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Sixth Annual Cultural Diversity Conference
Within Our Grasp: Building Community
Through Diversity

Educational Sessions

March 2, 2006

Culturally Responsible School Counseling

Location: Seymour College Union, Room 114
Moderator: Caitlin Landers
Presenter: Rose Merrell-James,
School Counselor,
Rochester City School District
Presentation Description: This presentation focuses on the needs, issues and concerns that students-of-color bring to the student/counselor relationship. Emphasis is placed on the role of school counselors in addressing diversity in school counseling practices and serving as advocates for academic, social and emotional support for students, thus bridging the gap between community and school.
Program Objectives:
  1. To provide a definition of culturally responsible school counseling
  2. To discuss issues, challenges and concerns that students-of-color face in setting and achieving social, career and academic, including collegiate, goals
  3. To provide participants with references and resources for further investigation of counseling for diversity
  4. To provide participants with strategies and methods for facilitating culturally responsible counseling

In Praise of Cynicism

Location: Seymour College Union, Room 220-221
Moderator: Jenna Tonkery
Presenter: Tim Madigan,
Assistant Visiting Professor of Philosophy,
St. John Fisher College
Presentation Description: In “The Case for Contamination” (January 1, 2006 New York Times magazine) Kwame Anthony Appiah makesa plea for cultural diversification rather than cultural preservation. He credits this view to the Ancient Greek Cynics. Dr. Madigan will discuss the Cynic concept of “Cosmopolitanism” and why he agrees with Appiah that this ancient philosophy, with its inclusive universalism, has much to offer for the 21st century.
Program Objectives:
  1. To provide a definition of culturally responsible school counseling
  2. To discuss issues, challenges and concerns that students-of-color face in setting and achieving social, career and academic, including collegiate, goals
  3. To provide participants with references and resources for further investigation of counseling for diversity
  4. To provide participants with strategies and methods for facilitating culturally responsible counseling

Rebuilding Relationships with Vietnam: Replacing Tears with Smiles

Location: Seymour College Union, Room 119
Moderator: Jeff Nutting
Presenter: Kenneth J. Herrmann, Jr.,
Associate Professor and Director,
SUNY College at Brockport Vietnam Program
Presentation Description: This presentation will examine the efforts of the SUNY Brockport Vietnam Program in helping students to immerse themselves in the culture of Central Vietnam while engaging in efforts to build friendly relationships with the people of Vietnam, assist the poor and those still suffering from the war, and communicate caring and genuine concern. The only international education program of its kind, SUNY Brockport’s Vietnam program has been functioning in Danang since it was established in 1999. The program has been the subject for hundreds of media reports around the world.
Program Objectives:
  1. To discover an avenue through which distrust between peoples can become trust and mutual cooperation
  2. To explore methods of cultural communication between widely divergent cultures
  3. To create an understanding of the complexities of rebuilding international relationships through education and community service

Are Fathers Really Important to Children?

Location: Seymour College Union, Room B116
Moderator: Elizabeth Wiley
Presenter: Edward Lemon, Jr.,
President, Lemon Enterprise
Presentation Description: This morning more than 40 percent — some 24 million — of our children awoke in households in which their biological fathers do not live. What is this doing to our society and our way of life?
Program Objectives:
  1. To develop an understanding of the impact that absentee fathers have on their families
  2. To create an understanding of how children feel about not having their fathers available
  3. To establish the importance of fathers in the lives of their children
  4. To learn what we can do to help all families

Rebuilding Communities as a Volunteer

Location: Seymour College Union, Room 185
Moderator: Chris Daudnhauer
Presenter: Pat Tweet, Instructor,
Department of Sociology,
SUNY College at Brockport
Presentation Description: Tired of always working for yourself? After Hurricane Katrina, people across the country volunteered to help flood victims. But volunteers are also needed day to day in their home communities. Come to this workshop to discover how volunteer workers rebuild relationships and civic institutions in crisis situations and on an everyday basis, and in the process, grow as people and as members of their communities.
Program Objectives:
  1. Encourage volunteering
  2. Dialogue about diversity

The Failure of American Democracy: Women’s Representation in the United States and the World

Location: Seymour College Union Ballroom West
Moderator: Greg Murray
Presenter: Richard E. Matland,
Professor of Political Science,
University of Houston, Texas
Presentation Description: Dr. Matland will describe levels of representation and present explanations as to why the United States, at 84th in the world, finds itself far behind the levels of representation found in virtually every other industrialized democracy and more in line with the levels of representation found in Turkmenistan, Zimbabwe and Angola.
Program Objectives:
  1. To expand knowledge of women’s roles in society, in particular the political world
  2. To develop an understanding of the impact that institutions and rules have on political representation, particularly that of women
  3. To explore the relationship between democracy and women’s representation
  4. To consider broadly which values are spread with democracy

 

 

 

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