How Did You Come to Be Here?
Dear Campus Community, how did you come to be here? As our campus community begins to integrate the newly adopted inclusive core values and Strategic Planning Campus Action Plan (
) into the curricula and co-curricular activities, Chancellor Black and the Diversity Commission invite your participation in the 2011-2012 campus theme “How did you come to be here?” The question is at once simple and profound. How did YOU come to be here? Are you indigenous to this land? Were your ancestors forced here in slavery? Did you or your ancestors emigrate? What was the interaction between these different racial, cultural, religious groups? And WHO ARE WE NOW, as community? Students, staff, faculty and administrators alike are encouraged to deeply consider these questions and your own unique story of coming to this place: whether yours is a history of sovereignty, emigration, forced relocation or some unique combination, it is important that we journey towards cultural self awareness in preparation for acceptance and celebration of our rich diversity. Possibilities for participation: * Integrate (
) this theme (
) into your classroom or co-curricular activities: * Attend a performance of Pastures of Plenty: How did you come to be here? November 11th and 12th at 7pm in Marshall Performing Arts Center (
) * Share YOUR story website (
) * Watch The danger of a single story - (
) * Find inspiration in the various bulletin boards, posters, presentations and campus wide discussions this fall and spring. * Contact us (
) * Read, watch, study
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How did you come to be here [at UMD] or in the Duluth/Superior area?
Here are some guiding questions that may help you with the next question. Please keep in mind this is YOUR story and that you do not need to answer all or use any of the guiding questions: (1) if you were born here, how did your parents, grandparents or ancestors come to be here; (2) if they came from another country, from where, how, and why did they come?; (3) If they chose to come, what did their journey to get here look like (if you don’t know stories from your own family, what can you discover through the stories of others that were in similar experiences?; (4) If they were forced to come here, what did their journey to get here look like (if you don’t know stories from your own family, what can you discover through the stories of others that were in similar experiences?; (5) If some or all of your ancestors were indigenous to this country, where did they live and in what ways were they impacted by immigration and colonization? If they lived in different areas at different times, when, how, and why did they move?; (6) In what ways did your forebearers lives impact and shape the lives of their descendants?
How did you come to be here in this country?
In what ways do your stories and histories impact your present life and future journey?
Thank you for sharing your story with us. Don't stop here. Find out the stories of the people around you and continue the conversation.
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