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Butte College Celebrates Diversity Days

Butte College Celebrates Diversity Days
October 14 & 15

Butte College is celebrating cultural diversity with Diversity Days held on October 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main campus.

"This two-day event increases awareness of all different walks of life -the different cultural and ethnic groups among us," says Ayse Taskiran, chair of the Butte College Diversity Committee and Anthropology instructor.  The event is open to the community and all students, faculty and staff, according to Taskiran.

Diversity Days events will include movies, live music and dancing, guest speakers, discussion panels, workshops, food, arts and crafts, and displays by student organizations and campus departments.

"The Diversity Committee has held workshops in the past but this is the first time we have done an event to this scale," says Taskiran. "Our goal is to show how much diversity we have on the campus, raise awareness and make this a more inclusive place for all." 

On October 14, the guest speaker is Lucky Preston who will discuss Native American identity and stereotypes. The workshop for that day, "What does it mean to be white? A Reflection on White Privilege from a White Male's Perspective" will be led by Butte College communications faculty member Tom Grothe. The movies "Skin Deep" and "Strange Relations" will be shown and a panel of faculty, staff and students will discuss diversity in hiring at Butte College. In the campus courtyard, there will be a variety of entertainment including salsa music and dance lessons.

Motivational speaker and activist, Maria Ramirez, who holds a masters degree in counseling, will present "Chicana: Her-Story," a multi-media presentation of oral history from the feminine perspective on October 15. The workshop for that day is Touchy Subjects II which highlights the socio-cultural and emotional dimensions of social class and how both faculty and student class background matters in higher education. A panel of students will host a discussion on ways to make Butte College a more welcoming environment and the Goddess2You belly dance troupe will be performing.

Diversity Days organizers and presenters will be wearing T-shirts printed with stereotypes and participants will receive plain T-shirts on which they can write the stereotypes they are subject to.

"The purpose of the T-shirts is to raise awareness and start conversations about these stereotypes. The goal of course is to get rid of those stereotypes but the first step toward that is recognizing them, learning about them and discussing them," says Taskiran.

Students will also have the opportunity to win prizes for participating in the Diversity Days activities. Each student will receive a "passport" for the day which will be stamped at every activity they attend. At the end of the event students may turn in their passports for the drawing of Diversity Day prizes which include a laptop computer, book vouchers and other prizes.

For more information about Diversity Days see the attached schedule of events or call Ayse Taskiran, Butte College Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at (530) 895-2564.

Tuesday, October 14th

Center for Excellence
(located in the main campus library, 3536 Butte Campus Drive).

10:00-11:00 a.m.
Movie: Skin Deep - An eye-opening journey of a diverse and divided group of college students as they awkwardly but honestly confront each other's racial prejudices.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 P.m.
Guest Speaker: Lucky Preston - Native American Identity and Stereotypes

12:45-1:45 p.m.
Movie: Strange Relations - How do people balance passion with society's need for social arrangements like marriage? Who has the strangest relations? Nyinba of Nepal?  Wodaabe of Nijer?  Canadians?

2-3 p.m.
Workshop: What does it mean to be White? by Tom Grothe - Reflections of White Privilege from a White Male's Perspective. 

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Panel: Diversity in Hiring at Butte College - Hiring practices will be discussed.

Campus Center Lawn

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Hip hop-Rap Music by DMJ and Chris Canyon Band

12:00-12:30 p.m.
Salsa Music, DJ: Jaime Calderon

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Salsa Dance Lessons by Jaime Calderon

2 -3 p.m.
Jazz/Blues Music by iBluze

Wednesday, October 15th

Center for Excellence

10 am-Noon
Workshop: Touchy Subjects II - Social class in higher education, by Julie Withers
This workshop focuses on the socio-cultural and emotional dimensions of social class and how both faculty and student class background matters in higher education.

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Maria Ramirez presents Chicana "Her-Story"
A multi-media presentation of oral history, including teatro, music, rap, and storytelling: A feminine perspective on what has transpired over these last 500+ years since 1492. 

2-4 p.m.
Movie: Crash - A compelling urban thriller tracks the volatile intersection of a multiethnic cast of characters struggling to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another's lives.

Campus Center Courtyard

11 a.m.-Noon
Student Panel: Do we feel at home at Butte Campus?
Students will discuss ways to make Butte College a more inclusive environment

12:00-12:30 p.m.
Belly Dancing by Goddess 2 You

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Jazz/Blues Music by Sweet Amy Celeste Band

Butte College | 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville CA 95965 | General Information 530.895.2511

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