Courageous Conversations about Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion

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This presentation invites us into courageous conversations about diversity and multicultural inclusion. We must be willing to discuss our unique similarities and differences if we want to authentically engage in collaborative relationships in schools, churches, and businesses.

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Courageous Conversations about Diversity and Multicultural Inclusion

  1. 1. Courageous Conversations about Diversity & Multicultural Inclusion Julie Connor, Ed.D. Dreams to Action www.DrJulieConnor.com
  2. 2. The Second Grade Homework Assignment Draw a picture of what you would like to be when you grow up. Write a sentence to tell what you like about your career.
  3. 3. The Second Grade Homework Assignment The picture on the previous slide was proudly drawn by Loretta, a second grader. Her mother works at Home Depot. She sells shovels.
  4. 4. Today’s Art Assignment Portraits 1. Create a portrait of someone you know. 2. Sketch an outline of their face. 3. Use a “flesh” colored crayon to color the skin.
  5. 5. When does a phrase become a slur? • Mrs. Brown told her students, “We’re having as much fun as a barrel of monkeys!” • Mrs. Brown told her students, “Stop monkeying around.” • Mrs. Brown told her African-American students, “Stop monkeying around.” Audience + Intent + Political Correctness = ???
  6. 6. “Thank God for Brown v. Board of Ed. Now everyone is equal.” • Bleach bombings at African-American students attending the University of Austin (The Examiner, Oct. 5, 2012). • In Arizona, crimes targeting Muslims rose nearly 50% from 2009 through 2010; crimes targeting Latinos increased 11%. (The Arizona Sun, Oct. 5, 2012). • In California, anti-Hispanic hate crimes increased nearly 47% (The Arizona Sun, Oct. 5, 2012).
  7. 7. A word from U.S. elected officials … “The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise… African-Americans were better off than they would have been had they not been captured and shipped to the United States.” - Rep. Jon Hubbard, Jonesboro, AK, from his book, Letters To The Editor: Confessions Of A Frustrated Conservative (2009) “There is no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States.” - Rep. House Candidate Charlie Fuqua, Batesville, AK, from his book, God’s Law (2012) "The young folks that are coming into each of the [armed] services are anywhere from 17 to 22-23. Gee whiz, the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things [sexual assaults] to occur.” - U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (2013)
  8. 8. A Girl Like Me … • A Girl Like Me A 17 year-old recreates Dr. Kenneth Clark’s 1939 “doll test” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWyI77Yh1Gg&feature=player_detailpage • The Doll Test Revisited Children learn about stereotypes when they’re not discussed at home http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1vTnGnmiM3c • If This is How the Nice Kids Think Why we must engage in honest, courageous conversations http://bit.ly/18Pap5i • Darker Side of Fair Documentary filmed in India discusses a “light skin” preference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4jx9UEMxjk
  9. 9. The Missouri State Fair Sedalia, MO Aug. 11, 2013 http://blog.showmeprogress.com/diary/8609/at-the-missouri-state-fair-last-night
  10. 10. Minority Groups Celebration of DIVERSITY includes respect and understanding of racial and ethnic differences; but it also refers to "differences between people including, but not limited to:” Gender Color Age Sexual Orientation Family Background Economic Status Spiritual Belief Political Affiliation State of Minnesota, Cultural Dynamics Education Project Building Cultural Connections® Curriculum & Trainer’s Guide, 2000
  11. 11. Cultural Consciousness Unconscious “Innocence/Ignorance” Dys- Conscious Semi- Conscious Conscious What is the difference between Color-Neutrality, Color-Blindness, and Color-Consciousness? I Don’t Know I Don’t Know! I Don’t Know, But I Think I Do! I Know I Don’t Know! I Know I Know!
  12. 12. Courageous Conversation COMPASS Courageous Conversations Compass Believing Thinking ActingFeeling Moral IntellectualSoul Head RelationalEmotional Heart Body Courageous Conversations About Race, Singleton & Linton, 2005
  13. 13. Courageous Conversations About Race, Singleton & Linton, 2005
  14. 14. Hmmmmm? I don’t see color. I treat everyone the same. Racism and sexism happen all over the world. I think some people use diversity as an excuse. Thank goodness for Brown v. Board of Ed. Things are different now. We are all equal. I was just kidding! I’m so glad you’re not like one of them. You know, you’re a credit to your people. You don’t see other races complaining. I think it’s reverse racism (or sexism). Some of my best friends are African American, (Hispanic, etc.). You speak such good English. For someone who is Black/Brown/Red, I was impressed because he/she acts White.
  15. 15. Courageous Conversation COMPASS • Consider the following topics: – Affirmative action – Michael Vick “dog” trial – Culturally-biased mascots – Illegal immigration – National health care – DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) • Where do you position yourself on the compass? • How do you respond to people with different points of view?
  16. 16. Labels • Labeling ACTIVITY • How do we LABEL one another? • How do we LABEL ourselves? • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G YYSFpFGRBE
  17. 17. Recognize Rituals What habits and rituals do we unconsciously internalize and perpetuate? Recognize Bias Evaluate Values Act on Values How can we promote INCLUSIVITY? Recognizing Core Values to Fight Oppression in Higher Education, Steiert & Bartulski, 2012
  18. 18. Recognize Rituals What habits and rituals do we unconsciously internalize and perpetuate? Recognize Bias How does this internalization affect personal biases? How do these biases affect action? Evaluate Values Act on Values How can we promote INCLUSIVITY? Recognizing Core Values to Fight Oppression in Higher Education, Steiert & Bartulski, 2012
  19. 19. Recognize Rituals What habits and rituals do we unconsciously internalize and perpetuate? Recognize Bias How does this internalization affect personal biases? How do these biases affect action? Evaluate Values Understand how core values affect the internalization process and personal biases. Act on Values How can we promote INCLUSIVITY? Recognizing Core Values to Fight Oppression in Higher Education, Steiert & Bartulski, 2012
  20. 20. Recognize Rituals What habits and rituals do we unconsciously internalize and perpetuate? Recognize Bias How does this internalization affect personal biases? How do these biases affect action? Evaluate Values Understand how core values affect the internalization process and personal biases. Act on Values Acting through core values promotes authenticity in human interaction. How can we promote INCLUSIVITY? Recognizing Core Values to Fight Oppression in Higher Education, Steiert & Bartulski, 2012
  21. 21. Courageous Conversations About Oppression • Strategies for interrupting oppressions: – Give others the benefit of the doubt – Ask, “What did you mean by that?” – Allow them to explain themselves – Own up to personal ignorance, biases and emotions – Act authentically through your own values • Starting the conversation: – Identify the oppressive language – Dialogue how the language is oppressive – Offer alternative language choice
  22. 22. Dialogue Invites Understanding “Isn’t it amazing that we are all made in God’s image and yet there is so much diversity among his people?” Archbishop Desmund Tutu “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” Dalai Lama
  23. 23. QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? Julie A. Connor, Ed.D. Dreams to Action www.DrJulieConnor.com julie@drjulieconnor.com

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