Telling Difficult Stories about Your Institution and Your Community

November 5, 2023

Every institution has stories to tell about its origin and its history—and some of those stories are painful, potentially shameful when viewed through a contemporary lens, or at least out of touch with the institution’s current reality. During the past few years, CIC has developed several grant programs designed to help member institutions rethink, reframe, and reckon with their past, often in partnership with communities that are struggling to rethink their stories, too. This panel features campus leaders of three funded CIC projects. These are models of thoughtful, honest storytelling with lessons for other independent colleges and their communities. 


Dean A. Pribbenow, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean of the Faculty, Elmhurst University (IL)

From the NetVUE Institutional Saga Grant project

Woody Register, Director, Roberson Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation at Sewanee: University of the South (TN)

From the Legacies of American Slavery project (multi-campus initiative to catalogue and contextualize Lost Cause monuments)

Brandi Simpson Miller, Assistant Director, Center for Social and Racial Equity, Wesleyan College (GA)

From the Crafting Democratic Futures initiative

Chair: Christon Arthur, Provost, Andrews University (MI)