As our campus community begins to integrate the newly adopted inclusive core values and Strategic Planning Campus Action Plan (http://www.d.umn.edu/chancellor/planning/action.html ) 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 (https://sites.google.com/a/d.umn.edu/divcom_curric_integration/home/ ) this theme (https://sites.google.com/a/d.umn.edu/divcom_curric_integration/home/events?pli=1) 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 (https://sites.google.com/a/d.umn.edu/divcom_curric_integration/home/events?pli=1)
* Share YOUR story website (https://docs.google.com/a/d.umn.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEt0U3A5Z1FONGE2bWg4eEpkejRuTFE6MQ&pli=1)
* Watch The danger of a single story - (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg)
* Find inspiration in the various bulletin boards, posters, presentations and campus wide discussions this fall and spring.
* Read, watch, study