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Workshop Session C

Workshop Session C (2:15-3:15)

C1: "Diversity" a Source of Knowledge and Understanding
American Society could look at the knowledge and understanding that other cultures can offer its institutions.  The presenter will share the “Ganoñhanioñ”, the Thanksgiving Address, as well as how this tradition of the Haudenosaunee affects those participating in it.  The Ganoñhanioñ inspires thanksgiving, appreciation and respect for the Natural world and a value for it develops. This understanding and shift in values may be a key in helping human kind survive into the future.

Freida Jacques,
Clanmother of the Turtle Clan and resident of the Onondaga Nation

C2: Human Library- Celebrate Differences and Encourage Understanding of People Who Come from Varied Cultural or Life Style Backgrounds
A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community with whom they might not normally interact. Visitors to a library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow and engage in 30 minute conversations with a Human Book.  Human Library’s promote tolerance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or life-style backgrounds.

Presenters:  Mari Tsuchiya, Senior Library Assistant in Rush Rhees Library; Katie Papas, Library Assistant in Rush Rhees Library; Megan Mack, Communications Project Manager for River Campus Libraries

C3: Let’s Get Real About Diversity
Let's Get Real about Diversity is designed to engage participants in an interactive session as we explore and grapple with what diversity looks like, how it impacts us personally, and cause participants to reflect and respond to questions in different categories. This is a fun, collaborative activity that participants can replicate in their own circles to engage others in talking about diversity.

Presenters: Michelle Thompson-Taylor, Director of the Intercultural Center at the University of Rochester

C4: Engaging LGBTQ Communities in Clinical Researchmoran
Learn techniques and strategies used by the Rochester Victory Alliance at URMC when working with LGBTQ communities for research. This interactive session will cover community engagement/education, recruitment, cultural sensitivity, and involving community stakeholders in the research process. The skills learned here can be transferred to other settings and communities.

Presenters:  Andrew Moran, Community Educator & Recruiter;Catherine A. Bunce, Clinic Coordinator

C5: Poetry of Resistance: The Power of Our Words
Poetry is a powerful form of expression that can be used to articulate feelings related to a number of experiences, from the real to the imagined. When presented in a meaningful and welcoming setting poetry can create spaces for increasing agency and empowerment in individuals.  Workshop attendees will write and perform their own poetry. We will begin this section of the workshop by performing personal poetry as well as poetry by other artists.

Presenters:Avilene Tiscareno, Masters student in Counseling and Human Development; Edward Rivero, Masters student in Counseling Psychology at Boston University

C6: Embracing Deaf, American Sign Language (ASL), and Hearing Loss as Unique Assets of the Rochester Communitydewindt
Rochester is Unique! Where else can you meet Doctors, Nurses, Cashiers, Dentists, Veterinarians, and Engineers who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing? Redefining diversity to include Deaf and Hard of Hearing people opens new doors to exploring how research, healthcare, education and employment can fully embrace the entirety of the Rochester Community. Through role-playing, question and answer, and didactic learning, workshop attendees will gain practical and personal experience to support them and their organizations toward including Deaf/HoH students, colleagues, patients, participants, & consumers. 

Presenters:Lori Dewindt, Rehabilitation Therapist ; NCDHR Staff / Faculty and community partners

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