The Day of Dialogue is a campus-wide day of workshops and discussions that focus on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. With day classes suspended, we hope to bring the community together to engage with each other and learn from one another.
This year's theme, Creating Change Through Community: Action and Organizing, encourages us to explore the many ways that community organizing can empower us to make change, here at MCLA and in all of the communities of which we are a part. Community organizing is the process of building collective power—particularly among those who have been marginalized—to make change, always with an eye toward creating a more just community and society for everyone.
Dr. Kerri Leyda Nicoll is Associate Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at MCLA. She received her PhD in Social Work and Political Science from the University of Michigan, her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and her BA in English from Connecticut College.
Kerri’s primary goal as an educator is to facilitate students’ understanding of themselves as learners, thinkers, and members of a broader community. She is committed to learning with her students as they critically examine their own perspectives, engage with the ideas and perspectives of others, and develop the skills and knowledge needed to create a more just society.
Here at MCLA, Kerri teaches Introduction to Social Work, Inequality & Social Policy, Intergroup Dialogue, Community Organizing, Poverty & Place, and the internship course for students in Social Work, Criminal Justice, and Sociology. She is one of three Faculty Fellows for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
In addition to her work on campus, Kerri is active in antiracism and equity efforts in the local community. She volunteers with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, where she has led community conversations on gentrification and serves on the leadership team to bring the City-SPIRIT dialogue program to the northern Berkshires. She is also a member of the Williamstown Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity (DIRE) Advisory Board (appointed by the Select Board) and Williamstown Racial Justice and Police Reform (WJRPR).