Day Of The Dead is October 31st through November 2nd. It’s a Mexican holiday to remember and pray for loved ones who have passed away and guide them through their spiritual journey. Many women wear traditional Mexican dresses, like the door decoration I made. I think it’s important to remember Halloween isn’t the only holiday celebrated in fall and it’s interesting to learn about or even celebrate others.
I gave my residents a globe to color that opens up with lined paper inside so they can write about where they want to explore and why. Some of my residents have already colored them and put the continent they want to go to on their globe. I can’t wait to see them colored and know where people want to explore!
This is the banner we created for our Homecoming theme “Going Global.” We have Pangea on the banner to show we are all connected and need one another. The hand prints show the diversity and everyone working together. It was awesome to work with more residents in Hugunin along with second floor residents.
Traveling is amazing. There’s so many different cultures and opportunities in the world. I put up some facts about all the diverse continents and some of the fun things you’d see if you went there. I asked my residents and anyone else who wanted to participate, if they could go anywhere, where would they go? I put out lots of tacks and a world map so they could tack the exact place of where they would enjoy traveling to. Some residents did it right after I put it up which led to great conversations about why they wanted to travel there. I can’t wait to see the map filled with all those tacks!
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.
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!
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.