Our Celebration of Human Diversity Seeks to:
- Introduce Students to Intercultural Learning Themes.
- Introduce students to the vast array of backgrounds of the KSU student body, faculty and staff.
- Introduce students to the various ways people form their identities, including race, ethnicity, color, national origin, tribal citizenship, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, religion, ability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran.
- Create opportunities where KSU students may share their stories in safe settings within the ongoing goal of building an intercultural community where all experiences and identities have value.
- Encourage students to consider their rights and responsibilities as part of the KSU family.
2. Look for Commonalities with One Another in the KSU Family
- Serves as a foundation for recognizing difference in a non-threatening way while being a launching point for building intercultural relationships.
- Encourages students to understand that they are at a place that is welcoming and celebrates the human diversity continuum.
- Helps students learn to identify explicit and subtle ways that group differences exist on campus and in society.
- Encourages self-reflection on personal biases and social exclusion of those who are different.
- Raises awareness of ways that privilege and forms of advantage may contribute to cultural bias.
3. Understanding Stereotypes
- Introduces students to concepts such as implicit bias, stereotype threat, and attributional ambiguity.
- Helps students understand how the resulting prejudice and discrimination can harm groups and individuals, even unintentionally.
- Explores the possible ways that individuals experience the transition to the KSU family.
4. Learning to Interact
- Provides students with the opportunity to practice positive interaction in ways that recognize rather than repress identity issues.
- Provides students with templates and patterns for inclusive practice in the use of language and other forms of interaction.
- Introduces students to the dangers of aversive racism.
5. Your Responsibilities
- Overviews with students the rights and responsibilities of being a member of the KSU family.
- Provides students with effective techniques for active intervention in situations where the values of respect and celebration of human diversity are threatened or undermined.
- Introduces students to the many ways they can celebrate human diversity during their KSU experience, and encourages them to learn more about the study of human difference through the curriculum.
Intercultural learning leads us to strengthen our self-awareness and awareness of others. Intercultural development helps us to understand how to respond, behave, and reflect when around people like us or different from us. Intercultural learning and development does not ask us to change who we are or what we value. Intercultural development guides us to work successfully in community with others who are different than us in the classroom, personally, and professionally.
When we reach "intercultural confidence", we may state:
“I feel comfortable and do not feel threatened by others who may come from different backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, faith communities, or socio-economic ‘classes’.”
- I participate in intercultural activities without hesitation and when opportunities arise
- I can freely adapt to other cultural groups without giving up my own, inter-sectional identity
- I am aware of myself and how I interact with others
- I am curious about others
- I feel comfortable asking questions when I don’t understand
"I am inter-culturally confident"
Dr. Debra Bolton is the director of intercultural learning and academic success: email@example.com