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  • It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
  • Disney Diversity

    1. 1. Disney Diversity: From Mickey to a Princess and her Frog Mark McNalley Community Director UNC Asheville
    2. 2. Over View <ul><li>Ground Rules and Terminology </li></ul><ul><li>Building Connections </li></ul><ul><li>Identify </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Points to Ponder </li></ul><ul><li>Unify (take it back to your campus) </li></ul><ul><li>Questions/Comments/Additional Points </li></ul>
    3. 3. Ground Rules and Terminology <ul><li>#1 – No one in here is an expert </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not even your presenter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>#2 – Everyone is entitled to their opinion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore, there are not dumb questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>So, speak up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>#3 – The point of this presentation is to get you talking </li></ul>
    4. 4. Ground Rules and Terminology <ul><li>The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences.  These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies.   It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Building Connections <ul><li>Theory of mine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Millenials (those born from 1982 – 2002) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>That’s us…btw… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have grown up under close scrutiny </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grew up with the most safety regulations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grew up with U.N. focusing on global treatment of children </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Labor laws, for example </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have also grown up with diversity talks constantly happening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology has allowed for it in our life time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Satellites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May tune out on diversity talks now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore, re-directing competency in one area can lead to discussions in other areas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Competency = Disney, Tougher Subject = Diversity </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Identify <ul><li>Provides a foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A starting point </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sheets provided to you </li></ul><ul><li>I am a… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aladdin Example </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are you? </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s share </li></ul><ul><li>Foundation Reality </li></ul>I am a… 1. Street Rat, 3. Prince Ali Ababwa 2. Scoundrel,
    7. 7. Unify <ul><li>Different perspectives bring together different ideas </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a matter of coming together for one goal </li></ul><ul><li>The Incredibles Example </li></ul><ul><li>What are areas/people/resources that can be brought together to benefit everyone? </li></ul>
    8. 8. Lion King <ul><li>Family Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Father? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uncle? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>That was a joke but this epic Disney adventure does show a depressed central character </li></ul></ul>Today, my uncle took my father out of the picture…before I just couldn’t wait to be King, now I just can’t wait to wither away and die…FML…
    9. 9. Hunchback of Notre Dame <ul><li>Physical Ability </li></ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vs. Suppression </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mother </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passed away while giving birth to Quasimodo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Murder? </li></ul></ul>…And we’re the three best friends that anyone can have… yes, we’re the three best friends that anyone can have…
    10. 10. Little Mermaid <ul><li>Family Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsibility towards father/kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Socio-economic (in a twisted sort of way) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Physical Ability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Was not happy until she got working legs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lost her voice in exchange </li></ul></ul></ul>We will come back to me later…
    11. 11. Beauty and the Beast <ul><li>Depression </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Walls Put Up </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Socio-economic </li></ul><ul><li>Gender Roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaston? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over-masculinized jerk vs. Hero </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart female </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not necessarily a damsel in distress </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Points to ponder <ul><li>In the interest of time </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To hopefully spark conversation afterwards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jail Time for our heroes? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aladdin? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lightning McQueen? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have you ever seen a Disney villain die? </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Ability </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beyond Little Mermaid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding Nemo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wall-E </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Minor Points to Ponder <ul><li>Sexual Orientation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No clear examples but possible voices for that particular category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sebastian? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lumiere? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Genie? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Timon and Pumbaa? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>First Disney Bromance? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Gender roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mulan? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spirituality? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Princess and the Frog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mulan? </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Points? </li></ul>