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Snapshots in Diversity
These short lessons in diversity will cover a wide range of diversity topics. The goal of 'Diversity Lessons' is to share knowledge and experience in order to educate and inform - with a focus on highlighting people's unique differences that are often unknown or overlooked.
"Diversity Lessons" are scheduled for May 21 and May 22. Each speaker will be allotted 20 minutes to speak and 10 minutes for a question and answer session.
One session will be held at the Riverpoint Campus on May 21, from 5:30-6:30 pm, in PHASE 1, Rm. 122.
A Call for Interfaith Action. Malik Ayesha, EWU Student. My name is Ayesha Malik and I am a Pakistani-American Muslim. At the age of 8, I visited the site most holy in Islam: the Kaaba. The Kaaba, also known as the Sacred House, is a cube shaped building in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. At a young age, I can still distinctly remember the diversity that was present there. There had to be a person from every country in the world in attendance at the Masjid al-Haram (the Kaaba). Every race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age was represented there. There were many differences between us , but we were all united under Islam. I've never felt so much brotherhood in my life. The United States is no different when it comes to the melting pot of people that live here. Just like the Kaaba, Americans are from different parts of the world. This has made us the most diverse country in the world. Now we all know what the obvious difference between the Kaaba and the US is: religion. There is no one religion that dominates this land. The United States has become the most religiously diverse country in the world. Religion has spanned across the country's multicultural immigrant heritage. If you keep up with current events, you will see that religion has played a major role in conflicts. The September 11th attacks, the Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting, and the Boston Bombing. Americans are started to attack each other in rage after events like this. To help prevent hate crimes, we must engage in interfaith dialogue. These times require all of us to be interfaith leaders. We must distinguish the worst elements of every religious tradition represent nobody. We have to teach all communities to make our nation a better place. I am making a call for interfaith action. The voices of religious intolerance are growing louder, so we must stand up for what is right. Let us build bridges between all faith groups to prevent hate from spreading. Wed, 5/22@2:00 pm
Cultural Competence in the 21st Century. Dr. Caprice Hollins, Cultural Connections, Inc. America has always been a country full of diverse people and cultures. Historically our approach has been to assimilate into dominant cultures values, norms and customs. Today we are learning to become multicultural but cultivating these skills doesn't come easy nor do they happen overnight. We must unpack the ways we've been socialized to think about differences, engage in courageous conversations and develop new ways of being. As a result of this keynote address, participants will develop a common language and understanding of what is meant by cultural competence and deepen their understanding of the work they can do to develop their ability to effectively work across cultures. Mon, 5/20@12:00 pm
Developing Cultural Competence. Dr. Jeffrey Kawaguchi, Program Director, Athletic Training Program. The world college graduates of today enter is much different than in the past. The physical distance that once separated us from those of other cultures has long since diminished... For example in the United States, we have become a much more racially and ethnically diverse nation. According to Kenneth Prewitt, former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, the United States "is on the way to becoming the first country in history that is literally made up of every part of the world." Additionally According to the US Census Bureau projections released in December of 2012, by the end of this decade no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under the age of 18, and in three decades no single group will constitute a majority of the country as a whole. In response to this change it has become imperative that college graduates be prepared to manage the social and cultural differences that exist. It is for this reason the field of cultural competence has emerged as a part of a strategy to reduce disparity in a number of professions including healthcare and education. As a healthcare provider my own personal journey has allowed many experiences that have helped me to develop my own sense of cultural competence. Thus the purpose of this presentation will be to discuss:
• A brief history of cultural competence in this country as it applies to the profession of health care and education.
• The basic aspects of cultural competence
• The lessons I have learned through my experiences about cultural competence
• How to develop your own sense of incorporating cultural competence
Tue, 5/21@12:00 PM
Diversity in Professional Development. Laura Sanchez, Career Advisor, College of Science, Health & Engineering. The focus of this lesson is to share how EWU students/alumni of diverse background, ethnicity, or culture have sought out opportunities and utilized resources that have/will benefit them in their professional endeavors. They will speak about their experience, including how they learned of these opportunities and what challenges they had to overcome to get there. Tue, 5/21@2:00 PM
A Jesuit, a Gringa, and Lots of Indians. Summer Hess, MFA, 2011 Fullbright Student. San Pedro de Atacama, Chile has been broadcasted to national and international audiences as an other-worldly, desert destination for adventure travel and luxury tourism that happens to have an indigenous population. In this talk, I explore the influence of one of San Pedro's most famous travelers: the Belgian Jesuit Gustavo Le Paige, who tried to rewrite the Atacameno culture's history and, therefore, identity, through guerilla archeology and journalism. As a result of his excavations and writings, Le Paige set this desert town spinning toward its future trajectory as touristic destination. The resulting growth and international exposure of San Pedro has generated unprecedented diversity as well as opportunities for commerce and development. However, it is unclear if the influx of international travelers and residents has permitted the expression of diverse identities rooted in race, ethnicity, gender, religious, and political beliefs. As the tiny town is advertised and "sold" as a destination, it seems that diversity has merely been a marketing strategy rather than a core community value. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie calls this propensity to diminish a people or a place to a static representation, such as a marketing campaign, "the danger of the single story." Eastern Washington University, in its promotional materials and course offerings, is also trying to write a narrative of diversity. Yet, in many circumstances, I have noticed only slim difference between developing and acknowledging diversity as a core value and leveraging it for some kind of gain. By connecting my experiences as a traveler in Chile to my work here at Eastern, I create space for considering the following questions: What is the difference between the exploitation of and celebration of diversity? How can we ensure that our endorsements of diversity truly value the identities that make individuals unique? How do we combat the detrimental impact of the single story on our campus? How do we encourage student voices so that the story of our university is as diverse as our student body? Tue, 5/21@5:30 PM (Riverpoint Campus, PHASE 1, Rm. 122)
The One-Drop Rule and Accidental Racism. Michael Reid, Student Services Coordinator, Asia University America Program. A two-part presentation with part one focusing on the continued difficulty faced by multi-racial people, especially those who have African ancestry, in having their complete identity recognized; part two will focus on the facile reframing of dialogs on race as being ones of blame and guilt on the one hand, and disingenuous declaiming of any cultural baggage on the other. Wed, 5/22@12:00 PM
The Power of The Gaze: Understanding the Effects of the Stares & Looks Majority Populations Give People of Difference. Rachel Dolezal, MFA, Adjunct Professor, Africana Education Program. There is power in looking. In earlier American history, black slaves were punished for looking at white masters and taught to divert their eyes. Women who confronted men with their gaze were sometimes slapped or disciplined for doing so. In 2013, the power of "the gaze" wielded toward people of color in majority white populations results in feelings of isolation, frustration, anxiety, and anger and can even lead to clinical depression, hopelessness, self-destructive patterns or violence. From young children who are the only representative of an ethnic group in their school class to college students, staff and faculty at EWU, "the gaze" of the majority population makes a deep and often permanent impression. This workshop will answer questions such as: What can be done about the negative effects of "the gaze"?; How can the majority population become more aware, inclusive and sensitive with their gaze? How can people of color and other visible identity differences recover from the negative effects of "the gaze," and how can we become empowered with our own gaze? Tue, 5/21@1:00 PM
Queering Gender Identites: A Deconstruction of Conservative Views on Gender. William Stotts, EWU Student. This presentation will discuss the heterosexist mediums that ingrain the concepts of what the average American's gender expression is supposed to look like. With specific focus on the way in which this heterosexist system impairs people from respectfully interacting with those whose gender identity is either ambiguous, or which does not match their physical sex. There will be discussion on queer gender identities, with particular focus on how other cultures around the globe, view gender identities in systems that are radically different from our conservative western culture. Further discussing how populations nearly as large as or larger than within the American culture as a whole, do not find gender identities other than man or woman to be problematic. A video production about gender assumption will supplement this presentation. Wed, 5/22@1:00 PM