Friday, February 17, 2012

Diversity Wall and Talking about Race

The Diversity Wall in the library is growing.  With many contributions from faculty and students spreading across the space.   In February the wall serves as a canvas to celebrate Black History, especially from the last 30 years. 
Next month is Women's History month and we will be asking everyone to contribute information about the women that inspire them.
While we are using these national events to focus the development of the diversity wall - we welcome all contributions of inspiration from diversity.
Please come visit and peruse! 

As the International community continues having discussions about diversity of all types, we are necessarily touching on sensitive topics including race.  The video below offers Jay Smooth's perspective on talking about race.  It's worth the 11 minutes to watch him speak about how to better have a conversation when you need to tell someone that something they said sounded racist, or when someone says that to you.  His message about making our conversations about what someone did, not about who they are applies to many situations. 

TEDxHampshireCollege - Jay Smooth - How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race

 "Jay Smooth is host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and is an acclaimed commentator on politics and culture."

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