MARQUETTE – A three-day Domestic Diversity Institute – the first of its kind at Northern Michigan University – will be held Sept. 14-16 in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

          The program will feature keynote presentations by nationally recognized diversity consultants, breakout discussions, presentations by NMU faculty and staff, and a luncheon/strategy development session for the campus community.

          Titled “Diversity Stimulation: Transforming Attitudes, Community and Curriculum,” the institute is sponsored by the university’s Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee (ECDC) and the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

          “The 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, chair of the ECDC at NMU. “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 be developed that will ultimately affect the future of domestic diversity initiatives at NMU.”

          The 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.

          Martell will deliver a keynote presentation titled “Enhancing Student of Color Membership in the Social and Intellectual Communities of K-12 and College Communities” from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Gorski’s keynote address, titled “So You Think You’re an Anti-Racist?: Shifts of Consciousness for Well-Meaning White Folks,” is scheduled from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15.

          Other topics covered at the institute will include The Politics of Exclusion: Teaching Multicultural and Transnational Literature; Native American Inclusion in the K-16 Classroom; White Privilege and the Achievement Gap; a Unified World View: Reconciling Differences; Effecting Change for a More Inclusive Community; and A Checklist for Teaching in Diverse Classrooms and Communities.

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Kristi Evans
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