Diversity Institute at NMU
three-day Domestic Diversity Institute – the first of its kind at
NMU – will be held Sept. 14-16 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University
Center . It will feature keynote presentations by four nationally
recognized diversity consultants, breakout discussions, presentations
by NMU faculty and staff, and a luncheon/strategy development session
for the campus community. The latter is scheduled from noon-4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 16.
institute, titled “Diversity Stimulation: Transforming Attitudes,
Community and Curriculum,” is sponsored by the university’s Ethnic
and Cultural Diversity Committee (ECDC) and the King-Chavez-Parks
president has given a charge to the ECDC to ascertain the level
of attention given to diversity issues and to make some recommendations,”
said Mary Etchison (Counseling and Consultation
Services). “The institute is an attempt to educate the campus and
greater community, as well as K-12, on the issues of domestic diversity.
The last day is dedicated to the campus-wide forum so that the university
community can have input on recommendations that will ultimately
affect the future of domestic diversity initiatives at NMU.”
following consultants will participate: Pamela Ann Martel, a higher
education consultant for the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative and member
of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota;
Paul Gorski, an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education
at Hamline University; Brandon Wilson, a college outreach associate
for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program;
and George B. Thompson, the executive director of the Diversity
Council in Rochester, Minn.
will deliver a keynote presentation titled “Enhancing Native American
Student Membership in the Social and Intellectual Communities of
K-12 and College Communities.” It is scheduled from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 14. Martell grew up in rural Michigan and has been
involved in educational programming since 1976 with a special emphasis
on Native American students. Martell will also participate in a
luncheon and panel discussion with NMU faculty from noon to 1:30
p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The topic will be “Major Native American
Issues in the Academy.”
will present “White Privilege and the Achievement Gap” from 3:30-4:30
p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. He conducts workshops and offers guidance
to schools and educational organizations. He created and maintains
the “Multicultural Pavilion” and the “McGraw-Hill Multicultural
Super Site,” two Web sites that are focused on multicultural education.
He is also on the board of directors for the National Association
for Multicultural Education (NAME). Gorski will deliver a keynote
presentation, “Defining Multicultural Education,” from 9:30-10:30
a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. He will also have a luncheon and panel
discussion with the faculty titled “Transforming Curriculum across
the Academy” from noon to 1:30 that afternoon. His discussion will
cover topics including curriculum reform, characteristics of multicultural
curriculum, and stages of inclusion within communities.
will also present at the faculty luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 15.
His speech is titled “Passing the ‘Torch of Tolerance’ for Years
to Come—Success Stories from Teaching Tolerance.” Wilson has appeared
on NBC’s Today Show and BET’s Ed Gordon Show, and has been featured
in Jet and Black Enterprise magazines. He has
conducted training programs and workshops throughout the country
for public schools and higher learning institutions, and advises
college and university presidents and senior-level administrators
across the country on ways to build campus communities that promote
inclusion. Wilson will facilitate discussion on such subjects as
how to recognize hate crimes and bias incidents, how to diagnose
institutional racism and bigotry, and how a bias incident can be
used to teach tolerance.
(no photo available) will present “Effecting
Change for a More Inclusive Community” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 15. Thompson has held positions on several community and state boards,
including Rochester Human Rights Commission, Citizens Youth Violence
Intervention Council, NAACP and a school board cultural diversity
committee. He has received numerous awards, including the Mayor’s
Medal of Honor, 1999 and 2001 NAACP awards for community service,
and the 2001 Indo-American award for Public Service.
faculty and staff presenting at the institute include Judith
Puncochar (Education), Jaspal Singh (English),
Shirley Brozzo (Diversity Student Services), Leann
Miller (Dean of Students) and Rodney Clarken
goals of the institute are to provide tools and stimulation for
personal, academic and community inventory; assist in enhancing
knowledge, attitudes and passion for domestic diversity; expose
ways to transform communities and curriculum to be inclusive and
informative about domestic diversity; encourage communities, K-12
schools and universities to make and teach positive and inclusive
efforts to learn, know, accept, honor and respect domestic diversity;
and introduce methods communities and schools can use to develop
strategies to help create welcoming and safe environments that help
all its students and citizens from all domestically diverse backgrounds
ECDC will present its recommendations, based in part on outcomes
of the Domestic Diversity Institute, to President Les Wong by the
end of the semester. For more information, go to ECDC .