Beyond Diversity: Creating Communities Where Everyone Feels Welcomed

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  • In 1635 Mary Dyer left England and came to the shores of Massachusetts Bay because her Puritan religious faith was outlawed in England.As time passed, Mary’s religious beliefs changed and she eventually became a Quaker. Massachusetts did not allow religious freedom and banned all Quakers from the colony, burned all Quaker books, and put newly arriving Quakers in jail. When Mary refused to renounce and give up her Quaker faith, she was hanged.
  • The people on their books covers were forced to live as slaves in this country. They were sold off like cattle, forced to live in poverty, beaten and killed if they did not obey the slave laws and the people who “owned” them.
  • In the 1830’s The Cherokee Nation from Georgia, the Choctaws of Mississippi, the Creeks of Alabama, the Chickasaws of Mississippi, and the Seminoles from Florida were all forced off their land so that white settlers could move in and claim ownership. The United States government broke their treaties with the Native Americans, moved them to unsettled and often inferior land, took over the property left behind, and forced the Indians to march with few provisions and clothes to a new location. Many died along the march.
  • This is a depiction of an anti-immigration riot that took place in Philadelphia in the early 1800’s. There has been protests and violence committed against almost every new group of immigrants who have come to the United States – the Irish, Germans, Catholics, Chinese, Jews, Italians, Poles, other Asian cultural groups and Latinos. Some people in this country did not like that the new immigrants spoke a language they couldn’t understand and were afraid that the new arrivals would take away jobs from U.S. citizens.
  • Different supremacy groups – people who believe they are superior and others not like them are inferior – have promoted hatred and violence against Jewish people here in the United States. They have newspapers, radio programs and websites that promote hatred and distribute brochures to get their message of intolerance out to others. They graffiti their homes, buildings, synagogues, and cemeteries and beat-up and even kill people simply because they are Jewish. Such activity happens today here in Colorado – in Boulder and Larimer Counties.
  • Segregation did not just happen in the South. When I was your age, these signs were in store and restaurants here in northern Colorado
  • “One time I was walking down the street with a woman I was tutoring. She was going to give me a ride home. These men approached us and surrounded us. They started yelling and calling us “lezzies” and dykes” and “freaks.” It was scary. It was dark. There were just the two of us. We didn’t respond to anything they had to say, and they had somewhere else to go. They just wanted to harass us. They just wanted to scare us. They thought it was funny.
  • Beyond Diversity: Creating Communities Where Everyone Feels Welcomed

    1. 1. Intercultural Community Builders<br />Beyond Diversity:<br />Building Communities Where<br />Everyone Feels Welcomed<br />Shepard Symposium on<br />SOCIAL JUSTICE<br />University of Wyoming<br />April 2011<br />©Intercultural Community Builders, 2011<br />
    2. 2. Intercultural Community Builders<br />Our VISION<br />Building communities where people <br />from all cultural backgrounds <br />feel welcomed and included and <br />are encouraged, supported, <br />and empowered to <br />reach their full potential.<br />©Intercultural Community Builders, 2011<br />
    3. 3. Introductions:<br />Your Dimensions of Diversity<br /><ul><li>Find five things you have in common; for example, you are all female or male.
    4. 4. Find five things that describe how you are different; for example, one of you wears glasses and the others do not.</li></ul>©Intercultural Community Builders, 2011<br />
    5. 5. Why is this workshop important?<br />Us and Them<br />A History of Intolerance in America<br />By Jim Carnes<br />Illustrated by Herbert Tauss<br />Published by Southern Poverty Law Center<br />©Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    6. 6. Religious Intolerance<br />Mary Dyer – hanged for refusing to deny her religious beliefs.<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    7. 7. Slavery in America<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    8. 8. Intolerance Against<br />Native Americans<br />©Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    9. 9. Anti-Immigration / Anti-Catholic<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    10. 10. Anti-Semitism<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    11. 11. Exclusion<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    12. 12. Homophobia<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    13. 13. © Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    14. 14. Your Experiences With <br />Intolerance & Discrimination<br /><ul><li>What examples of intolerance have you witnessed or experienced?
    15. 15. How did this incident make you feel?
    16. 16. How did this incident affect your behavior?</li></ul>© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    17. 17. Impact on the Target Victim<br />P.T.S.S. (D)<br />Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (Disorder)<br /><ul><li>Anger
    18. 18. Self-hatred
    19. 19. Self-doubt
    20. 20. Depression
    21. 21. Withdrawal
    22. 22. Fear/Paranoia
    23. 23. Violence
    24. 24. Learned Helplessness
    25. 25. Flashbacks/Restimulation
    26. 26. Multiple Addictions
    27. 27. Physical Acting Out
    28. 28. Verbal Acting Out
    29. 29. Poor Relationships
    30. 30. Suicide</li></ul>© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    31. 31. Prejudice<br /><ul><li>A learned belief
    32. 32. Based on incomplete information
    33. 33. Leading to a judgment about the targeted individual or group
    34. 34. Resulting in negative attitudes and behavior towards the targeted individual or group.</li></ul>©Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    35. 35. What beliefs were you taught about human <br />differences? How were these beliefs taught to you?<br />Human Differences: Religion, sexual orientation, gender, income, differently abled, ethnicity, education level, and so forth.<br /> <br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    36. 36. What beliefs do you teach others about human <br />differences? How do you teach these beliefs?<br />Human Differences: Religion, sexual orientation, gender, income, differently abled, ethnicity, education level, and so forth.<br /> <br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    37. 37. Interculturally skillful community leaders are agents for positive changes that benefit the<br />entire community.<br />Are you an interculturally skillful community leader?<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    38. 38. Characteristics of an<br />Interculturally Skillful Community Leader<br />Practices and models excellent intercultural skills in your personal and professional lives.<br />Devotes time, energy and resources to learning about cultures different from your own cultural groups.<br />Is non-judgmental, acknowledging that cultural differences are not good or bad, right or wrong, but simply different.<br />Promotes the appreciation of community cultural groups by creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for all.<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    39. 39. The Interculturally Skillful Community Leader<br />Is an opinion leader and positive role model who encourages others to be more inclusive and accepting of all cultural groups.<br />Demonstrates their comfort with cultural differences by building trust relationships with culturally diverse colleagues, clients and community members.<br />Facilitates communication among cultural groups, making sure that members of all groups are respected for their beliefs and practices.<br />Serves as a cultural mediator to help build bridges of understanding and collaborations between members of different cultural groups.<br />© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    40. 40. The Interculturally Skillful Community Leader<br />Confronts discriminatory behaviors and policies that limit opportunities and create obstacles for culturally diverse co-workers and clients.<br /> Works on eliminating harmful prejudices and intolerant behaviors.<br /><ul><li>Put a check mark  in the boxes that best describe you now.
    41. 41. Put a star in the boxes that best describe your intercultural leadership goals for the next six months.
    42. 42. On the box at the bottom of the page, write the first action you will take to become an interculturally skillful community leader.</li></ul>© Intercultural Community Builders 2011<br />
    43. 43. Intercultural Community Builders<br />Our VISION<br />Building communities where people <br />from all cultural backgrounds <br />feel welcomed and included and <br />are encouraged, supported, <br />and empowered to <br />reach their full potential.<br />©Intercultural Community Builders, 2011<br />

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