Being Miss Maumee Valley

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Springboard! Session 12: My Place in the World

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Today’s learning outcomes: Examining Values, Creative Problem Solving, Participation and Self-Assurance.

The goal of the session today was to familiarize everyone with the issues of diversity and discrimination. Although all BGSU students have to take at least one cultural diversity course (if not more depending on their program), I think this session imperative. Ethnic and l/g/b/t issues are beginning to find their place in primary public school readings and teachings, however, many college freshman still come from sheltered communities, thus the sooner they are made aware of such issues, the better their college experience can be.

he following two activities can become touchy, but I think they’re both wonderful tools for dispelling stereotypes introducing diversity. We divide into small groups and are given posters with ethnic or social groups printed on them. IE: sorority girls, Asian-Americans, welfare recipients, lesbians, elderly, college students. etc... On post-its we write common stereotypes for each group. Next all the posters (with post-its attached) are hung on the wall; we go up one at a time, removing several post-its and giving examples which dispel the stereotypes. By realizing that stereotypes are not always true, hopefully we can teach ourselves not even to waste our time thinking them in the first place. Given my diverse family, despite the non-diverse rural community I hail from, I am extremely sensitive to this issue; stereotyping is one of my biggest pet peeves.

The next exercise is called “The World in a Village.” Our workbook reads, “if we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaining the same, enter the number out of 100. "

-Out of 100% divide following: Asians, Africans, Europeans, Latin Americans, Canadians, USA citizens, citizens of the South Pacific

-Out of 100%: men vs. women
-Out of 100%: white vs. non-white
-Out of 100%: heterosexual vs. homosexual
-Out of 100%: Christian vs. non-Christian

-What percent of people possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth?

-Out of 100%, what percent of people live in substandard housing?
-Out of 100%, what percent of people are unable to read?
-Out of 100%, what percent of people suffer from malnutrition?
-Out of 100%, what percent of people have a college education?
- Out of 100%, what percent of people own a computer?

Some of these percentages are tough to guess and many of the “real answers” are hard to believe and will make you feel extremely grateful. Post your guesses as comments and I will let you know the correct percentages.


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