Expert panel examines tensions in daily dialogue

Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, opened its new School of Business and Communication with a panel discussion titled “DeHate the Debate: Seeking a Common Ground to Disagree Without Disrespect.”

The new school offers a bachelor of arts in communication, a bachelor of arts in global business management, and a master of science in organizational and professional communication. Undergraduate students have the option to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in communication in five years. In addition to the university-wide study abroad programs, students in the global business management have the opportunity to spend a semester studying in Cyprus or Italy.

Moderators on stage at the DeHate the Debate discussion“Given the university’s current academic programs, our volume of students and our faculty expertise in the areas of business and communication, this school is a natural fit for Regis,” said President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. “This new school will enhance the student experience with expanded real-world experiences, putting them in the best position possible to lead the conversations happening around them instead of simply following. As a university, we’re committed to our students making lasting impacts on the world around them.”

Moderated by WCVB’s Janet Wu, participants included Newton Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren, Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Tom O’Neill III, former CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian and Regional Director of News and Operations GateHouse Media West Unit Anne Brennan.

More than 500 people enjoyed the free public event on Monday night that was streamed on Facebook live.

“At a time when our nation and its people seemed to be divided on many issues I appreciated the opportunity to help start a larger conversation about how we can better listen to and talk with each other,” Brennan said. “It is through listening to and respecting each other that we will likely discover what we have in common outweighs what we don't. It is there, I believe, that we can begin to heal the divide and strengthen our communities.”

The School of Business and Communication is the fourth school at Regis. The university also offers the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing.