Posts Tagged:cross-cultural dialogue

TED-Ed: How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, explains how art examines and redefines culture. The “post-black” artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and culture. “Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be…

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TED Talk: Vernā Myers “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them.”

In this video, diversity consultant Vernā Myers encourages viewers to confront their own biases in order to fully face and change them. Her organization, the Vernā Myers Consulting Group, has helped break down racial, gender, ethic, and sexual orientation barriers in large corporations throughout the U.S. “We still struggle, you have to tell them, with…

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Books that Could Benefit White Educators who Teach Black Children

By Angela Wills How many non-white teachers did you have during your time in school? Black and Latino students comprise most underfunded public schools. Conversely, students who attend private schools tend to be white. The two variations that present many differences, some of which are inspiring and others, somewhat damaging. The one thing they tend to…

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Michelle Obama: The Importance of Studying Abroad (Video)

At the Stanford Center at Peking University, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to American and Chinese students about the value of studying abroad in an increasingly globalized and connected world. While the personal advantages to studying and living overseas are relatively clear, the First Lady also touched on the importance these inter-cultural connections impart towards the…

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Dealing With White Parents As A Black School Principal

By Giovanni Zaburoni If you’ve ever been a minority working in an all-white environment, you know there are a number of obstacles you have to overcome. The sometimes subtle, but often times overt, comments and actions from your peers may make you feel as though they lack respect for your ideas, perspectives, and hard work. Your…

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What American Schools Need to Improve Race Relations and Equality

By Ryan Velez The Justice Department hailed a federal court order in affirmation of desegregating schools in Cleveland, Mississippi, with the court saying that it would allow students to “learn, play, and thrive together.” The notion that desegregation of schools would even be a topic in this day and age may come as a bit…

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Tim Wise Urges Whites to Study Black History to Preclude Future Racism

By Angela Wills The contemporary American police force was derived from slave patrols, men who were hired to ensure that runaway slaves were captured and punished. This is the type of history lesson that needs to be studied, anti-racism activist and author Tim Wise told an audience of about 175 people in Jesse Auditorium. Wise…

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The Consequences of Cultural Competence for Teachers of Color in America

Cultural competence, the knowledge or skills allowing professionals to efficiently and effectively work across cultures, is a term increasingly discussed by professionals tasked with diversifying the workforce, particularly in education. This seemingly commonplace term appears to have reduced the significance of diversity and is counteracting diversity-related goals, thus contributing to the high burnout rates among…

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Skip The White Hero Complex And Teach

By Giovanni Zaburoni It’s a storyline seen in many Hollywood movies: wild, unruly, downtrodden black children who are unwilling to learn. They come from broken homes with parents or caretakers who can’t afford or don’t want to take care of them. Not a single person of color within the community is willing to step up…

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