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Beyond Tolerance Workshop Series 2014 - 2015

Innovative, informative and interactive. Juniata’s commitment to inclusion goes public each year with BeyondTolerance — a series of lectures, workshops, screenings of films, and travel opportunities designed to help us learn more about one another and better discuss challenging issues. Whether discussing cultural differences or expanding the varied meanings of diversity, the Beyond Tolerance series helps move all of us beyond simply tolerating one another and toward challenging what we think we know about one another.




Earn your PEACECertificate

by attending Beyond Tolerance workshops!

   "Identity has it’s Privilege:  

What is yours and how are you

using it?”

    September 22, 2014,

    Sill Board Room, Von Liebig Center for Science

    2:00pm  - Faculty & Staff Session

    7:00pm  - General Audience




In many spaces in higher education we will here the words, Power and Privilege as  it relates to diversity and inclusion? However, what do these words mean?  What if I don’t feel privileged, or experience privilege? Does that mean I don’t have it.  What if I do have it, what am I suppose to do with it?  Am I wrong to enjoy it?  These are all great questions, let’s talk about it.  Don’t miss this opportunity to join Rev. Dr. Washington and others of the Juniata community as we continue and deepen our commitment to creating a more inclusive campus community.

Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington

A passionate speaker with an extraordinary talent to bring disparate voices into harmony. Dr. Washington holds a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation and Music from Slippery Rock State College, and a double masters’ of science degree from Indiana University/Bloomington in higher education administration and counseling, with a concentration in human sexuality. He holds a Ph.D. in college student development, with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Washington completed his master of divinity program at Howard University School of Divinity in May of 2004.


Safe Zones Training

w/ Dr. Gene Kelly

October 1, Sill Board Room Von Liebig Center for Science

10:00am Safe Zones 101 (Beginner's Session)
2:00pm Understanding Fluid Sexual Identities (Advanced Session)
7:00pm Safe Zones 101 (Beginner's Session)


A SafeZone is a place where all people feel welcome and safe.  It may be a room, a car, or entire college campus.  It is important that institutions take proactive steps to create these safe and welcoming environments that promote teamwork and unity. SafeZone Training increases the awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals while addressing the challenges that exist when one wants to do "the right thing" for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends and co-workers. This training will give participants the language and skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive.

Dr. Gene Kelly

Dr. Kelly is Associate Dean of Intercultural Development/Director of Gender & Sexuality Programs at Lafayette College. He is a consultant and trainer in multicultural organization development and culturally competent strategic planning, professional, student leadership, and program development, mentoring program development, and project based administrative services. He is currently holds a  Ph.D. in Human Development from Marywood University and earned his master’s degree in Higher Education Counseling from West Chester University in 2003.




Juniata Alumni Advocates Panel

Rejane Frederick, Paul Berry, Marissa Gunn, Denique Conner

October 16, 7:00pm

Sill Board Room

This year we celebrate 10 years of the African American Student Alliance. Join alumni who have been on the forefront of creating change, both on Juniata’s campus and in the world, as they share their experiences. Four panelists will reflect on their past, looking back at their days at JC; how Juniata prepared them for their current life, work, and passion; and their hopes and visions for the future.  Their wisdom will serve as inspiration for our community, whose commitment to equity and justice continues to grow.



Belief without Borders

Linda Mercadante

November 6, 7:00pm

Sill Board Room

The last twenty years have seen a dramatic increase in "nones": people who do not claim any religious affiliation, and who now outnumber even the largest Protestant denominations in America. Not to be confused with secularists, many nones identify themselves as "spiritual but not religious" (SBNR). Public response to the emergence of SBNRs has been wildly mixed. Nones have been evaluated, statistically analyzed, classified and categorized, derided as shallow dilettantes, and hailed as spiritual pioneers, but very rarely asked to describe their own views and experiences. In Beliefs without Borders, theologian and one-time SBNR Linda Mercadante gives nones a chance to speak for themselves.

Linda Mercadante is B. Robert Straker Professor of Theology at The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She has been using film in her teaching for some fourteen years now, since graduating from Princeton, and wishes she had started publishing in this area sooner! In 1999 she was the Visiting Scholar at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) in their Media and Theology program. That year she also spent time consulting with the Social Communication Program at The Gregorian University in Rome. She frequently leads film discussion groups in order to engage people in reflection upon religion, values, and culture. Her theological work is in the areas of victimization, gender, addiction, sin and evil, imagery for God, and the Shakers.

Besides many articles, her books include: Victims & Sinners: Spiritual Roots of Addiction and Recovery(Westminster/John Knox Press, 1996); Gender, Doctrine, and God: The Shakers and Contemporary Theology(Abingdon Press, 1990) and From Hierarchy to Equality(GMH Books, 1978).



The Five Reasons Why We Haven't Cured Racism

(and the Five Ways We Can)

Dr. Jeanine Staples

February 11, 7:00pm, Sill Board Room

February 12, 10:00am, Sill Board Room

In this talk, Dr. Staples provides an overview of the primary indicators society relies on to verify the absence the racism and explains why these indicators are misleading. She also presents alternative methods to eliminating racism (which, in her research, is understand as a type of social cancer). Participants will be given practical methods to tackle these issues in various types of interpersonal and social situations, ranging from classrooms to boardrooms.

Is an internationally published scholar and nationally renowned educator and coach. She is a tenured, Associate Professor of Literacy and Language and African American Studies in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts, respectively. Dr. Staples studies the ways media, popular culture, language and technologies intersect with society, in addition to the ways they story race, class and gender. Her research is accessed to inform understanding about the ways teaching and learning happen in multiple contexts and in various forms. Dr. Staples is the recipient of the 2005 Ralph C. Preston Award for scholarship in Teaching and Literacy Research in the Service of Social Justice. She was named a 2008 GATE Fellow in Teacher Preparation and Research. And, she was most recently named a 2014 TEDxPSU speaker. Her talk, How to Die Peacefully, is available here: http://youtu.be/WonC2e5a0GE




Brian Johnson

March 18, 7:00pm, Ellis College Center Ballroom

March 19, 10:00am, Sill Board Room

Ecotonos is a fun and interactive multicultural simulation provides participants with an opportunity to engage in decision making and problem solving in several multicultural contexts. Ecotonos offers a unique opportunity to explore and develop strategies and skills to more effectively problem solve across cultures.

Co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008). Winner of the 2009 Chinn Book Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education; author of We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training (2009). Keynote: Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Central Leadership conference (February 2012); Keynote: Southeastern Intrafraternal Conference (March 2012)

Brian C. Johnson honors the struggles and accomplishments of the ordinary citizens who launched the Civil Rights Movement by committing himself personally and professionally to the advancement of multicultural and inclusive education.

He serves as a faculty member in the department of developmental instruction at Bloomsburg University and is the director of the Frederick Douglass Institute for Academic Excellence.

Having earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in English from California University of Pennsylvania, Brian is a doctoral candidate in communications media and instructional technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Brian is the co-author of Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook (2008), winner of the 2009 Chinn Book Award by the National Association for Multicultural Education, and the author of We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training (2009), and Sintimacy: The Christian’s Love Affair with Secret Sin (2009).



Multicultural Storyfest

Lessons from Around the World

Wednesday, April 23, 2015 (Liberal Arts Symposium)

Back by popular demand! Tap the fun and spark the connections as Juniata’s international students present popular tales and original stories about their homelands. Bring the family. Dress in your ethnic garb. Share an ethnic tradition, dance, poem or song. Discover the hidden and yet common “morals” that weave us all together as a global village.

See photos from last year's Multicultural Storyfest!

In collaboration with the Juniata College Communication Department, Center for International Education and the Global Village.