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2014-2015 Cultural Events Calendar

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Participating in at least one of these activities will qualify as the Calvin College annual required FEN-related activity.
June 2014

Thursday - Saturday, June 19 - 21, 2014

Understanding Racism Workshop presented by Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation (CORR)
CORR, composed of the Anti-Racism Teams of Madison Square, Coit Community and Church of the Servant invite you to attend an anti-racism workshop. The 3-day experience at Madison Square Church is designed to raise awareness and organize for racial reconciliation. The facilitators for this workshop are Laura Carpenter and Janice McWhertor. More information and RSVP...

NOTE: The Office for Multicultural Affairs does not have funds to pay for the registration fees but we do encourage you to attend.
August 2014

Thursday, August 21

See Fall Conference Schedule for time and location.
Fall Conference: Diversity Consultant Report Highlights
During Spring semester ‘14 the college contracted a diversity consultant to provide an assessment of where the college stands with regards to its diversity and inclusion efforts. This afternoon session will present an overview of the consultant’s findings and recommendations, as well as provide an opportunity to discuss next steps. Light refreshments will be provided.
August 21, 2014
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2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by August 11
Managing Diversity Flashpoints
The goal of this workshop is to assist faculty and staff development aimed at identifying and practicing strategies for responding effectively to difficult interpersonal situations with students related to cultural identity differences.
September 2014

Monday, September 15

September 15, 2014
President's Conf. Rm.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch
RSVP by September 4
Fall Reading Group begins
Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart by Christena Cleveland
Winner of a 2013 Leadership Journal Book Award ("Our Very Short List" in "The Leader's Outer Life" category) Despite Jesus' prayer that all Christians "be one," divisions have been epidemic in the body of Christ from the beginning to the present. We cluster in theological groups, gender groups, age groups, ethnic groups, educational and economic groups. We criticize freely those who disagree with us, don't look like us, don't act like us and don't even like what we like. Though we may think we know why this happens, Christena Cleveland says we probably don't. In this eye-opening book, learn the hidden reasons behind conflict and divisions. Learn:
  • Why I think all my friends are unique but those in other groups are all the same
  • Why little differences often become big sources of conflict
  • Why categorizing others is often automatic and helpful but can also have sinister side effects
  • Why we are so often victims of groupthink and how we can avoid it
  • Why women think men are judging them more negatively than men actually are, and vice versa
  • Why choices of language can actually affect unity
When: Every other Monday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 15, 2014 (Sept. 15, 29, Oct. 13, 27, Nov. 10)

Tuesday, September 23

September 23, 2014
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3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by September 10
Unmasking Micro-Aggressions and Their Impact
Simply stated, micro-aggressions are brief exchanges that send denigrating messages to marginalized groups. Any group can be guilty of delivering micro-aggressions, but the most painful and harmful ones are likely to occur between those who hold power and those who are disempowered. Often times, micro-aggressions are unintended or come from a place of good intentions. This workshop will explore several variations of micro-aggressions and provide participants with tools for responding in ways that interrupt and educate.

October 2014
October 7, 2014
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3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by September 26

Tuesday, October 7

Unlearn Week Session
Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible is a film which explores what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice. This film catalyzes powerful dialogue to support the learning, change and healing of all people who want to undo race-based oppression. This film and discussion is open to all and provides pathways for learning and analysis that can build real bridges between White People and People of Color, who can then have authentic relationships across a racial divide.

Thursday, October 23

October 23, 2014
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3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by October 10
Anti-Racism 101 **CANCELLED**
With the adoption of the From Every Nation document in 2004, Calvin College has encouraged an anti-racist posture. Anti-racism includes beliefs, actions, movements, and policies adopted or developed to oppose racism. Anti-racism tends to focus on institutional or structural racism rather than personal or individual racism. This workshop introduces and unpacks the meaning of Anti-Racism, as well as briefly reviews the themes and goals of the FEN document.

Tuesday, October 28

October 28, 2014
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3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by October 16
Multicultural Organizational Development:
Implications for Calvin

In this interactive session, participants will assess the current state of their departments and the college as a whole with respect to creating an inclusive, socially just environment for all; review a model to achieve social justice and social diversity; and identify possible next steps to move the campus closer to its goal of becoming an inclusively excellent campus. This workshop is based upon the  Bailey W. Jackson’s work, Theory and Practice of Multicultural Organization Development.
November 2014

Monday, November 24

November 24, 2014
Meeter Center Lecture Hall
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by November 12
Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter
The college’s latest strategic plan includes the theme “Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion Efforts”. This workshop begins with an exploration of models of organizational diversity, includes a review of the several “cases” for diversity and inclusion in higher education, and concludes with a presentation of Calvin College’s Diversity KPIs.
December 2014

Tuesday, December 2

December 2, 2014
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (bring your lunch)
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (refreshments provided) Both sessions will be held in the Alumni Board Room, Commons Annex
Refreshments provided
RSVP for either by Nov. 21
Update on the College's Move Towards Inclusive Excellence
The purpose of these sessions are to update the Calvin community on the progress of our Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion Efforts. The session includes an introduction of the Diversity and Inclusion theme from the current Strategic Plan, an update on diversity KPIs, and an opportunity for members of the Calvin community to ask questions about or make suggestions for strengthening Calvin’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Please note: the 3:30 session is a repeat of the 12:30 session.
January 2015

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Day programming (See the MSDO calendar for details)
January Series Speaker (see January Series Calendar)

Wednesday, January 28

January 28, 2015
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9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch provided
RSVP by January 16
Building Cultural Intelligence
Cultural intelligence provides insights about individual capabilities to cope with multi-cultural situations, engage in cross-cultural interactions, and perform in culturally diverse work groups. This full-day interactive workshop includes a CQ assessment, introduction to cultural intelligence, and skill development activities.
February 2015

Black History month programming (See the MSDO calendar for details)

Monday, February 9

February 9, 2015
President's Conf. Rm.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch
RSVP by January 28
Spring Reading Group begins
Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World by David A. Livermore
Twenty-first-century society is diverse, and Christians must be able to understand other cultures and communicate effectively between and among them. Following up on the bestselling Hurt: Inside the World of Today's Teenagers, this new addition to the Youth, Family, and Culture series explores the much-needed skill of Cultural Intelligence (C.Q.), the ability to work effectively across national, ethnic, and even organizational cultures. While rooted in sound, scholarly research, Cultural Intelligence is highly practical and accessible to general readers. It will benefit students as well as guide ministry leaders interested in increasing their cultural awareness and sensitivity.
When: Every other Monday from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 9, 2015. (Feb. 9, 23, March 9, 30, April 13.)

Tuesday, February 24

February 24, 2015
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3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by February 12
Managing Diversity Flashpoints
The goal of this workshop is to assist faculty and staff development aimed at identifying and practicing strategies for responding effectively to difficult interpersonal situations with students related to cultural identity differences. This session is a shorter version of the session in fall.
March 2015

Tuesday, March 24

March 24, 2015
Place TBD
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by March 13
FEN Symposium on Race
Stereotypes and Stereotype Threat
Shelly Harrell, Ph.D., states “A stereotype does not necessarily disappear from consciousness when it is successfully challenged. However, it does lose its “power” to influence feelings, attitudes, and behaviors so automatically.” Through video, interactive exercises and storytelling, participants are challenged to examine how unspoken, often unconscious, stereotypes create barriers to genuine relationships and influence our attitudes, behaviors and beliefs about one another. Participants will explore what they can do to effectively counteract stereotype threat using research based on Claude Steele’s work.
April 2015

Friday, April 24

Stand Against Racism - In partnership with the YWCA, Calvin College will be one of thousands of organizations nationally taking a stand to eliminate racism. As the college has done for the last three years, the college will host a signature drive. The goal is to have 500+ people sign the pledge to stand against racism. Place: Library Lobby, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (This does not count as a FEN-related activity.)

Tuesday, April 28

April 28, 2015
Place TBD
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Refreshments provided
RSVP by April 16
Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter
The college’s latest strategic plan includes the theme “Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion Efforts”. This workshop begins with an exploration of models of organizational diversity, includes a review of the several “cases” for diversity and inclusion in higher education, and concludes with a presentation of Calvin College’s Diversity KPIs.
May 2015
May 5, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (bring your lunch),
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (refreshmenets provided)
Both sessions will be held in the Meeter Center Lecture Hall
RSVP for either by April 23

Tuesday, May 5

Update on the College's Move Towards Inclusive Excellence
The purpose of these sessions are to update the Calvin community on the progress of our Strengthening Diversity and Inclusion Efforts. The session includes an introduction of the Diversity and Inclusion theme from the current Strategic Plan, an update on diversity KPIs, and an opportunity for members of the Calvin community to ask questions about or make suggestions for strengthening Calvin’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Please note: the 3:30 session is a repeat of the 12:30 session.

Friday, May 15

May 15, 2015
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9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lunch provided
RSVP by May 4
Building Cultural Intelligence
Cultural intelligence provides insights about individual capabilities to cope with multi-cultural situations, engage in cross-cultural interactions, and perform in culturally diverse work groups. This full-day interactive workshop includes a CQ assessment, introduction to cultural intelligence, and skill development activities.
June 2015

June

June, 2015
President's Conf. Rm.
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Bring your lunch
RSVP by May 15, 2014
Summer Reading Group (dates TBD)
Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class
by
Ian Haney López
In Dog Whistle Politics, Ian Haney López offers a sweeping account of how politicians and plutocrats deploy veiled racial appeals to persuade white voters to support policies that favor the extremely rich yet threaten their own interests. Dog whistle appeals generate middle-class enthusiasm for political candidates who promise to crack down on crime, curb undocumented immigration, and protect the heartland against Islamic infiltration, but ultimately vote to slash taxes for the rich, give corporations regulatory control over industry and financial markets, and aggressively curtail social services. White voters, convinced by powerful interests that minorities are their true enemies, fail to see the connection between the political agendas they support and the surging wealth inequality that takes an increasing toll on their lives. The tactic continues at full force, with the Republican Party using racial provocations to drum up enthusiasm for weakening unions and public pensions, defunding public schools, and opposing health care reform.


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