As we reflect back on this semester, one pattern becomes clear: There is insufficient interpersonal dialogue that brings people from all sides together.
Meaningful change can only be achieved through the address of real campus traumas.
We need to value the experiences and opinions of marginalized members of society.
Fostering good dialogue at Columbia depends on a willingness to disagree.
Our identities should not restrict our ability to participate in campus discourse.
Losing is reaching a deadlock, and winning is a progression of ideas.
All too often, we grow indignant at computer screens, when we really need to just talk it over in person.
Incisive discourse, while a focal point of a Columbia education, won't get us far beyond the walls.
Holding meaningful discourse about privilege means limiting the tensions.
Conscious open-mindedness will foster more constructive discussion in classes.
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