A few of my residents and I went to Bridgeway for dinner last night. We expected the usual Bridgeway feast, but were pleasantly surprised. Right away the sushi table caught my eye. For International Education week they made sushi and promoted studying abroad. They had pamphlets on studying aboard in places like Japan and Fiji. The sushi was delicious and got us thinking and discussing studying abroad and expanding our horizons. We also learned a little more about the culture. I really hope they do something like this again because it wasn’t just sushi for dinner, it got most people thinking about studying abroad and different cultures.



Giddy with Giraffes!

Our welcome back theme was a safari theme. I made these giraffes with different patterned paper and colors to show how everyone’s different. Even though they are different, they are all still beautiful and are happy together and embracing their differences. This creates an inclusive community… just like 2 South!

Pizza with a Professor

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.

Countries of the Americas

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.

Watch your words

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.

How to say Merry Christmas

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.

Inclusive Language

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 Culture

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.

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