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Embracing Identities

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
10:30am – 11:45am

Storrs Campus
Gentry 142

The current political climate continues to foster division instead of unity. This division occurs across not only party lines but lines of race, class, gender, sexuality, language, and more tensions revolving around race have been extremely prevalent locally and nationally. As participants enter the room, we are going to have someone stationed at the door directing people on where to be seated. Participants are going to engage in a series of exercises and activities to better understand our identities and how current tensions impact them. Upon getting everyone seated, we are going to show a Youtube video. This will act as a segue into our poetry activity based one George Ella Lyon's "Where I'm From" poem. After this activity we are going to talk about how they were arranged in the session, and have a brief discussion on segregation and overcoming adversity. We believe that this will be a beneficial experience for participants because it is important that we provide spaces where the identities of all students, especially minoritized students, are embraced and celebrated. This allows everyone to move forward in learning endeavors with a sense of pride and validation in who they are, how they can learn and lead through diversity, and rise above systemic discrimination in the world (Emdin, 2016). Participants will also have the opportunity for a campus tour after the presentation that highlights the cultural centers and supports they provide.

Intended audience: High school Students, those interested in teaching high school, those who work with high school students, college students

Presented by EDCI 5875 Students Emily Orkins, Caitlin Murphy, Laura Labato, Cindy Portillo, and Andrew Och

Contact:

together@uconn.edu

Together (primary), Neag School of Education, UConn Master Calendar

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