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New Game of Life: Diversity Workshop uses Board Game as Teaching Tool

(Posted October 12, 2009)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Gene Kelly, a senior consultant for PerceptionsUnlimited, will ask Juniata students and employees to play the game of LIFE, but with a twist. The diversity specialist will ask players to play several scenarios where life opportunities differ for different groups as part of a workshop at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21 in Sill Boardroom in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The workshop is free and open to the public. The workshop is part of the college's Beyond Tolerance series, in which diversity presentations are held once a month.

Called "Archie Bunker's Neighborhood," after the notoriously bigoted television character from the 1970s CBS situation comedy "All in the Family," the game is highly interactive and gives students the chance to create communities in the context of differences based on race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and other factors.

Kelly has been a senior consultant for PerceptionsUnlimited since January 2009. He also has worked as a consultant for Pyramid Consulting Services since 2006.

Before entering the private sector, Kelly was associate director of student activities at Lebanon Valley College from 2004 to 2008. He also taught classes as an adjunct instructor of American Studies at the college from 2005 to 2008. He also worked as a residence life coordinator and coordinator of programs for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students at Lehigh University from 2003 to 2004.

Kelly earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and English in 2001 from Lebanon Valley University. He went on to earn a master's degree in higher education counseling in 2003 from West Chester University. He currently is enrolled in a doctoral program in higher education administration at Marywood University.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.