Jen Collins joined us at K12 Sunday April 30th. Jen spent the hour of K12 telling us about diversity experiences in the School of Education. Jen told us about the diversity experiences in the block classes where students spend time in class room before student teaching. One of the options for the last practicum is to visit an urban school in Milwaukee for 2 weeks. Another option for a diversity experience is the Study Abroad to England for 2 weeks. Jen and Hayley talked about the experience students get to have in the U.K. during their two week visit.
Even in North and South America we have such diversity. On the board by the water fountain you can find the flags of the countries of North and South America with facts underneath of them. You can tell by the flags what the popular colors of the Americas are. Underneath the flags you can see other similarities and differences we share.
Every one has probably heard “Sticks and stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s not always that simple. Words can hurt some one. Watching what you say could mean the difference between life and death, the beginning or end of a friendship, and many other things. Using inclusive language, or language that doesn’t make some one feel singled out is very important now, while you are in college, and later when you have a job and are trying to move up in the work place. I challenge you to use inclusive and polite language for the rest of the semester, and also help others find different words to use.
Many countries have their own languages. Learning how to say Merry Christmas in another language can be a fun way to greet people. They then will ask what language you spoke in and it could spur a new conversation, or if some one hears Merry Christmas in their own language they might just feel a little more welcome. Check out the bulletin board next to the water fountain to see all the stockings hung in a row and Merry Christmas in other languages.
On the bulletin board between room 218 and 219 is a blue board with some fish, an octopus, and coral like things. Just like the sea wouldn’t be beautiful or diverse without different shapes, sizes, and colors of fish, neither is the land. If every fish in the sea looked the same the coral reefs would be plain, each one would look the same. If every one on land had the same color of skin, came from the same background, lived the same life, we would have opportunities to learn and grow. Every one helps make our planet, our continent, our country, our state, our campus, and our specific wing unique ones. Enjoy the diversity we have here on campus, talk to an international student, learn about a new culture. Take every opportunity sent your way because of the diversity of this campus and use it.
Every one occasionally says something without meaning it to be offensive, but some times it’s hard to think about what you say. Check out the board by the drinking fountain for somethings to think about before you speak. What if the person you are speaking to is a survivor of a sexual assault? How do you think they would react to hearing you say “that test just raped me”? Inclusive language will help you meet more people and make more friends.
Deaf has two different means whether you have a “D” or a “d”. We learned about deaf communities and the meanings of the two wards Deaf and deaf. We also learn the Alphabet, and some basic words like yes and no please and thank you and sorry among others.
In the study in the basement of Hugunin is a timeline with things that women and blacks have achieved throughout history. Anything on Blue is Black History Month, anything on Red is Women’s History Month, and anything on Purple is something a Black Woman has achieved. Go down and check out some pretty cool and interesting facts. Learn something new or if you think of something that could be added for next year let us know.
The purpose of Boxes and Walls is to facilitate an interactive museum that provides historical perspective on a various oppressed groups while creating situations where participants will experience discrimination or relive an event in history. The title of the project is meant to signify the “boxes we place people in based on differences and the “walls” we build between people and us who we view as different.
Disney teaches us many things. We can learn about ourselves and how to treat others while immersing ourselves into great movies. Learn some great movie quotes and lessons from one of the greatest teachers. Disney shows us so many ways to include other people, and make them feel good. You can find these on the board across from Holly’s door, and if her door is open say Hi.