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Millikin to host 7th Annual Civic Discourse Week March 27-30

This year’s focus is “Neurodivergence: The Visible and the Invisible”

Jonathan Mooney

DECATUR -- Millikin University will present its 7th Annual Civic Discourse Week from March 27-March 30, 2023. In the midst of an increasingly diverse array of perspectives, civic discourse helps demonstrate our shared responsibility to one another, our commitment to our systems and our willingness to choose to elevate the conversation.

This year's Civic Discourse Week theme is "Neurodivergence: The Visible and the Invisible.” This year’s program will feature interactive discussions and activities, including the opportunity to learn more about neurodivergence and connect with local businesses supporting neurodivergence. Keynote Speaker Jonathan Mooney will also share his experience navigating the education system while being neurodivergent.


What is Neurodivergence?

Neurodivergence is a non-medical umbrella term for anyone with a variation in their mental functions that diverges from what is typical or normal.

It can include, but is not limited to, conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Civic Discourse Week 2023 features the following events:

Monday, March 27 – 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Ice Cream Abilities
Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, University Commons

Take part in this event which features an obstacle course that shows how neurodivergence impacts daily life.

Tuesday, March 28 – 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. | Community Awareness and Mental Health Screeners
Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, University Commons

Come and explore local companies and businesses that support and provide services to people and families affected by neurodivergence.

Wednesday, March 29 – 7:00 p.m. | Jonathan Mooney

Millikin is pleased to welcome Disability and Neurodivergence Awareness Speaker Jonathan Mooney on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms on the University Commons’ third floor. Mooney’s presentation is titled “Learning Outside the Lines.”

Mooney faced low expectations growing up and learned to read when he was 12. Now an award-winning writer, entrepreneur and activist, he brings awareness to disability and neurodivergence and the potential within us all.

Thursday, March 30 – 3:30-4:30 p.m. | Wellness for All
Doug and Diane Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance, University Commons

Join us as we share ways to adapt yoga and wellness for everyone.