Workshop Session C (2:15-3:15)
"Diversity" a Source of Knowledge and Understanding
American Society could look at the knowledge and understanding that
other cultures can offer its institutions.
The presenter will share the “Ganoñhanioñ”, the Thanksgiving Address, as
well as how this tradition of the Haudenosaunee affects those participating in
it. The Ganoñhanioñ inspires
thanksgiving, appreciation and respect for the Natural world and a value for it
develops. This understanding and shift in values may be a key in helping human
kind survive into the future.
Freida Jacques, Clanmother of the Turtle
Clan and resident of the Onondaga Nation
Human Library- Celebrate Differences and Encourage Understanding of
People Who Come from Varied Cultural or Life Style Backgrounds
A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with
individuals in their community with whom they might not normally interact.
Visitors to a library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow and
engage in 30 minute conversations with a Human Book. Human Library’s promote tolerance, celebrate
differences and encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural
or life-style backgrounds.
Mari Tsuchiya, Senior Library Assistant in Rush Rhees
Library; Katie Papas, Library Assistant in Rush Rhees Library; Megan Mack,
Communications Project Manager for River Campus Libraries
Let’s Get Real About Diversity
Let's Get Real about Diversity is designed to engage
participants in an interactive session as we explore and grapple with what
diversity looks like, how it impacts us personally, and cause participants to
reflect and respond to questions in different categories. This is a fun,
collaborative activity that participants can replicate in their own circles to
engage others in talking about diversity.
Presenters: Michelle Thompson-Taylor, Director of the Intercultural Center at the
University of Rochester
C4: Engaging LGBTQ Communities in Clinical Research
Learn techniques and strategies used by the Rochester
Victory Alliance at URMC when working with LGBTQ communities for research. This
interactive session will cover community engagement/education, recruitment,
cultural sensitivity, and involving community stakeholders in the research
process. The skills learned here can be transferred to other settings and
Presenters: Andrew Moran, Community Educator & Recruiter;Catherine A. Bunce,
Poetry of Resistance: The Power of Our Words
Poetry is a powerful form of expression that can be used to articulate
feelings related to a number of experiences, from the real to the imagined.
When presented in a meaningful and welcoming setting poetry can create spaces
for increasing agency and empowerment in individuals. Workshop attendees will write and perform
their own poetry. We will begin this section of the workshop by performing
personal poetry as well as poetry by other artists.
Presenters:Avilene Tiscareno, Masters student in Counseling and Human
Development; Edward Rivero, Masters student in Counseling Psychology at
C6: Embracing Deaf, American Sign Language (ASL), and Hearing Loss as Unique
Assets of the Rochester Community
Rochester is Unique! Where else can you meet Doctors, Nurses, Cashiers,
Dentists, Veterinarians, and Engineers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing? Redefining
diversity to include Deaf and Hard of Hearing people opens new doors to
exploring how research, healthcare, education and employment can fully embrace
the entirety of the Rochester Community. Through role-playing, question and
answer, and didactic learning, workshop attendees will gain practical and
personal experience to support them and their organizations toward including
Deaf/HoH students, colleagues, patients, participants, & consumers.
Presenters:Lori Dewindt, Rehabilitation Therapist ; NCDHR Staff / Faculty and