Beyond Tolerance Workshop Series 2013-2014

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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.

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Samuel Simmons

Reclaiming the Narrative:

African American Historical Trauma

  Samuel Simmons
  September 25  7:00pm Ellis Ballroom
  September 26 10:00am (Faculty/Staff session) –
  Sill Board Room

This workshop is an opportunity for participants to explore the link between historically traumatic experiences and perceptions, beliefs and behaviors that have acted as challenges to the African American community. We will examine practical, culturally sensitive, trauma- informed best and/or promising practices and the importance of personal awareness of perceptions and beliefs when working with the African Americans. Participants will gain a better understanding of intergenerational trauma experience and the importance of being aware personal perceptions and beliefs.

Sam Simmonsis licensed as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor and behavioral consultant who has over 22 year background in program development, group facilitation, and curriculum development specializing in the areas of Violence Abatement, Chemical Dependency and working with African American men & young people. He has a personal commitment to improving the African American Community and vast experience in addressing individual, family and community experiences with intimate partner violence.  He is an active member of 100 Men Take a Stand for domestic peace and the Minnesota Father & Families Network as a Board member and was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award

Co-Sponsored by the Juniata College Social Work Department & Human Resources Department

Alumni Advocates Panel

October 24th
7:30pm Ellis College Center, Ballroom

Paul Blore ’05

Maria Clara Samaniego ’07

Leah Eslinger ’08

Brenda Tyler ’10

Alumni who have been on the forefront of creating change, both on Juniata’s campus and in the world, have been invited to speak about 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.

Paul Blore '05
has served as the Executive Assistant at William Way LGBT Community Center in Philadelphia since 2011, working closely with the Director of Center Services to develop new programs and partner alliances; develop and implement social media strategies; and coordinate special events, including art gallery openings and archive exhibits. Before taking this position, he was Director of Development for Power Up Gambia.

Blore graduated Juniata College in 2005, where he focused on English and Theatre. During his college career, he held several officer positions for KVASIR; was a finalist in the Bailey Oratorical Speech Contest; he acted in and directed several pieces with the Theatre Department; and he collaborated with the Health and Wellness Center to produce "Shards of Skin & Porcelain", a play he also wrote, confronting the realities of sexual assault as it happens on college campuses. The play was then produced the following year at Moravian College.

Maria Clara Samaniego '07
is known for her dedication, strong work ethic, resilience and commitment to the Latino community. Maria Clara works as the Director of Development and Programs at the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the nation’s premier leadership organization for Hispanic Women. She is responsible for implementing strategic fundraising and communications efforts to support the organization’s award winning programs.

Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Maria Clara graduated from Juniata College with a B.S. in International Business and Art, and received recognition for her leadership and community-involvement on campus through “Juniata College Community Service Award.” In her spare time, you can find Maria Clara around Washington, DC, indulging in her love of salsa dancing, music, and the arts.

Leah Eslinger '08
graduated from Juniata in 2008 with a degree in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education. She is a special education teacher at Southern Fulton Elementary School and a graduate student at Shippensburg University where she is studying to become a reading specialist.

Leah is one of the founding members of the Juniata College chapter of Hillel, and served as vice president and president of the organization from 2004-2008. She was also a participant in the first ever Plexus Retreat for incoming freshman in 2004 and served at a teaching assistant to the CA299 Beyond Tolerance course.

Brenda Tyler '10
Following her graduation from Juniata Miss Tyler served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso, West Africa. While living in her village of Bouroum-Bouroum she worked on girls education and empowerment, taught sexual education to both girls and boys, provided constructive recreational activities for young women (such as soccer and theater) and lent a helping hand at the local health clinic. Upon returning to the United States Miss Tyler moved from her home state of California to Washington D.C.. She is a current graduate student at George Mason University School of Public Policy working towards her Master’s degree in Peace Operations.

Brenda graduated from Juniata College in 2010 with an individualized Program of Emphasis entitled International Peace and Conflict studies. While at Juniata she was an active member in the African American Student Alliance, Muslim Student Association, Plexus, and Percussion Ensemble. In addition, Miss Tyler was a leader for the Plexus inbound group, a dedicated Bonner leader, committed herself to two Alternative Spring Break trips and was an intern for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. As an intern Miss Tyler attended the Social Justice Training institute in San Jose, California for a training program on the complex dynamics of oppression. After training, she and a fellow intern spent five months creating an innovative social justice minded project geared toward engaging college students to think openly and critically of diversity and its manifestation on college campuses. They later went on to present their project at both Juniata and for the Pennsylvania National Association for Multicultural Education.

Co-Sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations

Mimi Abramovitz

Women in a Bind:

The Decline of Marriage, Markets and the State.

Dr. Mimi Abramovitz
November  20th – 7:00pm Ellis Ballroom

The 2012 Presidential campaign turned women’s rights into a hot political topic! Until then it is safe to say that women’s issues had fallen off the public policy agenda. Today reports by women themselves, backed by hard data, make it clear that women from all walks of life are having a hard time making ends meet. Some blame women for their own plight. But the hidden story is that the two traditional sources of income for women -- marriage (for those who choose to marry) and the market (employment) –have become less reliable. In the past when these institutions failed women, regardless of race or sexual orientation women could turn to the state (i.e. government programs) for help. However, in this era of austerity, all three institutions---marriage, the market, and the state – have let women down. Let‘s find out why this happened and what needs to be changed!

Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, The Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York writes extensively about women, poverty and social welfare policy.  She is the author of  several books including Regulating The Lives of Women: Social Welfare Policy From Colonial Times to the Present.
Dr. Abramovitz’s research has appeared in the major social work and social science journals as well as in the popular press including The New York Times, The Washington Post , The Nation, and Women’s eNews. She has received numerous prestigious awards for her overall contributions to social work and social policy, including from two from top social work organizations: The Council of Social Work Education and the New York City chapter of the National Association of Social Work. She has also been inducted into the Columbia University School of Social Work Hall of Fame.

Co-Sponsored by the Juniata College Social Work Department

Robert Lupton

Toxic Charity

Robert Lupton
March 5th 7:00pm Sill Board Room

Veteran urban activist Robert Lupton reveals the shockingly toxic effects that modern charity has upon the very people meant to benefit from it. Toxic Charity provides proven new models for charitable groups who want to help-not sabotage-those whom they desire to serve. Lupton, the founder of FCS Urban Ministries (Focused Community Strategies) in Atlanta, the voice of the Urban Perspectives newsletter, and the author of Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life, has been at the forefront of urban ministry activism for forty years. Toxic Charity will show us how to start serving needy and impoverished members of our communities in a way that will lead to lasting, real-world change.

Dr. Lupton is a Christian community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through FCS Urban Ministries—a non-profit organization which he founded—he has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multiracial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. In addition to his latest book Toxic Charity, he has authored of four other books: Theirs Is the Kingdom; Return Flight; Renewing the City; and Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life).

Co-Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Center for International Education

Gene Kelly

Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood

Dr. Gene Kelly
March 26 7:00pm Ellis Ballroom

Play the game of LIFE, but you must play by Archie’s rules! Get a job, buy a house, and explore how life's opportunities differ for different groups. "Archie Bunker's Neighborhood" is a highly interactive, raucous game that will have you thinking about life in a whole new light.

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.

Safe Zones Training

March 26 10:00am – Safe Zones Training (Beginner)
March 26 2:00pm – Safe Zones Training (Advanced)

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.

Sign up on the Arch: https://secureweb.juniata.edu/training_sessions/index.html
or, if you are outside the Juniata College community, please email diversity@juniata.edu

Co -Sponsored by the Juniata College Human Resources Department

Multicultural Storyfest

Lessons from Around the World

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 (Liberal Arts Symposium)
Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts, Porch (rain location- Rosenberger Auditorium) 2:30-3:30pm

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 Center for International Education and the Global Village.