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Published on February 12, 2008

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Reaching New Heights in Diversity through Themed Events:  Reaching New Heights in Diversity through Themed Events Michigan State University Diversity Themed Events Committee Diversity Themed Events Committee:  Diversity Themed Events Committee EdTrinise Page, Kristen Schlicker, Letisia Pena, FloResha Foreman, Angie Hull, Krista Strobel (not pictured) Committee’s History:  Committee’s History Diversity Themed Events Committee established in 1999, when MSU School of Social Work adopted diversity as its signature theme Sue Bowden, undergraduate coordinator, helped establish the committee Main Purpose: Creates a safe place for the MSU community to become more culturally informed while engaging in social activities How do we define diversity?:  How do we define diversity? Diversity is multi-dimensional and not limited to ethnicity We define diversity based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, education, socioeconomic level, ability and family status The Big Picture:  The Big Picture Stereotyping stems from ignorance By exposing ourselves to different populations we humanize those who are different Since we hold certain bias and prejudice it is important to be active in assessing our views It is difficult to stereotype when we feel a connection with individuals who are different from ourselves Detroit:  Detroit First Diversity Themed Event was to Detroit The group visited: Greektown Second Baptist Church African American Museum Chicago Field Trip:  Chicago Field Trip Bi-annual overnight trip (even years) Journey through the past, present, and future of the human service profession Hull House:  Hull House Jane Addams historical settlement house Hull House Association of Chicago is the direct descendent of the settlement house founded by Jane Addams in 1889 The original Hull House complex consisted of 13 buildings Mexican Fine Arts Museum:  Mexican Fine Arts Museum Largest Latino culture organization in the country Goal: to stimulate and preserve the appreciation of the richness and beauty of the Mexican culture DuSable Museum of African American History:  DuSable Museum of African American History The oldest museum of African-American history in the country Established to preserve and interpret the historical experiences and achievements of African-Americans Howard Brown Health Center:  Howard Brown Health Center The Midwest’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health organization Focus is on good quality, nonjudgmental services to all who enter through the doors Broadway Youth Center-provides youth services for anyone under 24 National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum :  National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum Inspires a greater understanding of the real impact of war with a focus on the Vietnam War Houses over 500 works of art, including paintings, photography, sculpture, poetry and music All the works in the Museum’s permanent collection were created and comprised by 125 artists, who chronicled their individual experiences from the Vietnam War Chicago Cultural Center:  Chicago Cultural Center As one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States, this landmark building is the setting for hundreds of programs and exhibitions presented annually by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Reservation:  Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Reservation Bi-annual trip (odd years) Trip with the MSU Law School Tribal Court:  Tribal Court Serves to protect the sovereignty, culture and values of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe The Tribe is a key political entity with national, state, and local governments Social Services Building:  Social Services Building Ngodewaangiziwin- “Helping Our Families” Philosophy: Prevention before Intervention Utilizes native traditional ways to address social issues Tribal Education :  Tribal Education Strives to bridge the gap between two worlds Contains programs that are immersed in cultural heritage and learning styles K-12 Program: provides tribal tutors Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center:  Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center Goal is to promote healthy lifestyles Services Provided: Medical/Ambulatory Care Clinic Dental Clinic Public Health Department Pharmacy Fitness Center Nimkee Fitness Center:  Nimkee Fitness Center Provides fitness services and activities Promotes good health and disease prevention that will enhance quality of life and a sense of well being Free for all members of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Behavioral Health Department:  Behavioral Health Department Focus on the strengths of the person, family, and community Looks into support systems that the individual has, to help guide them to wellness Looks at four components of the individuals life: Spiritual Emotional Physical Intellectual Domestic Violence Shelter:  Domestic Violence Shelter Nami Migizi Nangwiihgan- “Under the Eagle Wing” First Native American Domestic Violence Shelter in the country Includes: 6 adult beds, 2 juvenile beds, and 2 cribs Services include: Safe Haven Clothing Bank Group/Individual Therapy Cultural Sensitivity Referrals to Community Agencies 7th Generation:  7th Generation Mission Statement: "The purpose of the Seventh Generation Program is to provide a culturally experienced team facility, which will provide education and practice for community members to learn the Traditional Anishinaabe way of life." 7th Generation cont.:  7th Generation cont. Sweat lodges, used for spiritual cleansing during any significant transitional time in ones life Many would use sweat lodges before vision quest The steam from the rocks is the breath from the rocks, and rocks are sacred and highly respected Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways:  Ziibiwing Center of Anishinaabe Culture & Lifeways Mission Statement: The Ziibiwing Center was created to enlighten and educate all communities in the rich culture, heritage, and history of the Anishinabek people of the Great Lakes. Featuring the Diba Jimooyung: Telling Our Story permanent exhibit, changing exhibits, lectures, and educational workshops, the Ziibiwing Center provides learning opportunities for all ages. Ziibiwing Center:  Ziibiwing Center Ziibiwing Dinner:  Ziibiwing Dinner The Tribe provided dinner which consisted of traditional food including: Wild Rice with Mushroom Sauce Fried Bread Indian Corn Soup Diversity Potlucks:  Diversity Potlucks 1-2 potlucks per semester Participants include: Social Work students and faculty and guests Participants bring ethnic foods to share Potlucks are a tool to build bridges between diverse populations Food:  Food Ethnic foods that have been brought to potlucks: Sauerkraut Hummus Mexican Rice and Beans Chinese Dumplings Enchiladas Lebkuchen Pear Juice Mexican Candy and Gum Future Goals:  Future Goals Implement incentives for those working towards diversity certificates to participate in meetings to stimulate interest Coordinating more volunteer activities with diverse populations More trip locations Jamaica :  Jamaica Hopes for an exchange program with the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus A continuing education spring break field trip for students and faculty Diversity Themed Events Committee :  Diversity Themed Events Committee EdTrinise Page, Kristen Schlicker, Letisia Pena, FloResha Foreman, Angie Hull, Krista Strobel (not pictured) Survey:  Survey Main Question: When we traveled to the Native American Reservation and to Chicago, participants learned a lot about diversity and culture. What are some other field trip ideas you may have that our group could use in the future? Questions???:  Questions??? More Information??:  More Information?? Please feel free to contact any of us with any questions or suggestions about future locations and group ideas Kristen Schlicker schlick5@msu.edu Letisia Pena penaleti@msu.edu FloResha Foreman foremanf@msu.edu Angie Hull hullang1@msu.edu EdTrineise Page pageedtr@msu.edu Krista Strobel strobel3@msu.edu

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