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From Every Nation Symposium on Race

The From Every Nation Symposium on Race, or FEN Sym, is an annual lecture series sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Affairs. This event revolves around the three principles of the From Every Nation document: Multicultural Citizenship, Anti-racism & Accountablity, Reconciliation & Restoration. Guest lecturers present on an array of topics; from cultural awareness and diversity in schools, to embracing one's racial identity and issues of racism, in order to challenge the audience's minds and change perspectives in hopes of progressing towards becoming the community we would like to be.

The 2015 FEN Symposium Events

Tuesday, March 24

"Stereotypes and Stereotype Threat" Workshop
3:30 pm, Commons Lecture Hall, Please RSVP by March 11, 2015

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.”  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 information.
Wednesday, March 25

“Racial/Ethnic Identity Development” Workshop
3:30 pm, Commons Lecture Hall, Please RSVP by March 11, 2015

Understanding where people are at in their ethnic identity development helps us to appreciate the lens in which they view the world. Our knowledge can be used as a tool to assist us in navigating difficult conversations around race. This workshop looks at the different dynamics related to ethnic identity development specifically between People of Color and European Americans. Participants engage in reflection and conversation to identify stages of their own identity development and how this influences their relationships across cultures. As the presenter discusses the different phases of ethnic identity development that individuals may go through, she shares personal stories and experiences to increase participants’ understanding of ethnic identity development and models the benefits of reflective practice.

Hollins This year's FEN Symposium on Race events will be presented by facilitators Caprice D. Hollins and Ilsa Govan, co-founders of Cultures Connecting: Addressing Race Relations in the 21st Century. Govan
Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D.   Ilsa Govan, M.A.






Past Symposium Guests

Eric K. Foster
"Bias, Assumptions, and Stereotypes" Workshop

video screening
"American Revoluntionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs"

Michael Fosberg

Teatro Luna
"Loose Women"

Dr. Daniel White Hodge
Campuswide Intercultural Compentency Training

Dr. George Yancey

"Neither Jew Nor Gentile"

Dr. Ishani Maitra
"The Sound of Silencing"

Melanie S. Morrison
"Has Worship Anything to do with Reconciliation?: A Case Study of Congregations"

Rukshan & Jody Fernando
On Being the Only One"

Dr. Mark Mulder
"Has Worship Anything to do with Reconciliation?: A Case Study of Congregations"

Dr. Sandra Mayo
"Integrating Multiculturalism into the Curriculum"

Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodriguez
"Racial Reconciliation and the Church: Forgiveness with Justice"

Dr. Victor J. Honosa
"The Most Segregated Hour in America"

Kimberly Huyser
"Native Fruition: Inequality and American Indian Perseverance"

Dr. John Palmer
"Challenging the Myth of the Model Minority"

Dr. Kristal Brent-Zook
"Sunflower Kids: Multiracial Identities and the Coming Age of the Non-White Majority"

Dr. Allan Johnson
"Social Construction of Difference"

Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
"Racism without Racists"