Leading in Multicultural Communities

Ally Building

File Name Description Requirements Action
DisAbility Awareness Week  On Monday April 11, 2010 I More
 On Monday April 11, 2010 I volunteered for the info booth in Red Square. I have never been a part of this before and I was very excited to let people know about DisAbility Awareness Week. This week was designed to increase awareness about all disabilities, both visible and invisible. This was an amazing experience and I definitely became aware of the issues surrounding disabilities. 
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Ethnic Student Center Conference In November 2008 I went to More
In November 2008 I went to a two day conference which was held in Camp Casey, Whidbey Island. This conference was an opportunity for all of the students who were in the ethnic student center clubs at Western to share experiences and build relationships that will be sustained beyond the conference. I met new people, built relationships, and learned a lot from this experience. At this conference I also had the opportunity to share my Where I am From poem from my Diversity in Higher Edcuation class to the students who had come to the conference.
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Latino Student Union In the fall of 2009 I became More
In the fall of 2009 I became an ally in the Latino Student Union club at Western. The reason why I had joined this club was to support my friends who were fighting for issues that Latino students face here at Western and in the United States. I wanted to learn about these issues and raise awareness to other individuals in order to make a difference in this society. LSU has taught me a lot about myself as an minority and has also gave me a broader perspective on the issues that Latinos and minorities face everyday.
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Latino Student Union Dinner Committee  I was a part of the More
 I was a part of the LSU dinner committee which consisted of about 10 students. This committee was designed to help organize the big dinner event that LSU puts on every year. This committee was divided into subgroups; food, publicity, budget, and decorations. I was in the food committee and our job was to design a menu for the dinner. The dinner committee met every Wednesday for about 3 months. This was an amazing, but stressful commitment, but the end result was a success. I was very impressed with the overall dinner.
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Women of Color Empowerment Dinner  On March 6, 2010 I attended More
 On March 6, 2010 I attended my first Women of Color Empowerment Dinner at Western. As an Iranian female college student I think it is very important to learn about the issues other ethnic minorities and women of color experience. I think that this dinner was amazing, empowering, and unforgettable. Many women spoke of the struggles they experienced as a women of color which was very powerful. As a women of color there are many struggles, triumphs, and experiences that shape our lives in positive and negative ways. 
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Team Building and Team Development

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success- Henry Ford More

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success- Henry Ford

Understanding Diversity in Higher Education

We all have to expand our capabilities to encompass the changing world, its growing diversity and, indeed, its complexity ~Lachlan Murdoch More

We all have to expand our capabilities to encompass the changing world, its growing diversity and, indeed, its complexity ~Lachlan Murdoch

File Name Description Requirements Action
NASPA Conference As a part of the Diversity More
As a part of the Diversity in Higher Education class in the Spring 2008 our teacher had asked a few of the students to drive down to Seattle to be a part of the NASPA conference which is used to serve as a professional developmental opportunity for student affairs individuals at all levels within the profession. NASPA stands for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. There were about seven of us who went to the conference and we held a workshop to describe our personal experiences with the Diversity in Higher Education class and how we plan to use these experiences in the future as a part of the student affairs administration. This experience was definitely worth the trip because I learned a lot from our own workshop and other workshops on how to serve college students by embracing the core values of learning, teaching, diversity, and leadership.
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Diversity in Higher Education and Student Affairs In the Spring of 2009 I More
In the Spring of 2009 I was the teaching assistant along with another colleague for the Diversity in Higher Education class. I was in the class as a freshman the first time that it was taught in Spring 2008. This was the second time that this class was taught at Western and I was hesistant as to whether or not this class was going to be the same as the time that I was in the class which was the first time that this class was taught or completely different. In conclusion, the class was completely different because our teacher chose to take a completely different route by making it a larger class and changing some of the curriculum. The class was not as engaged as both the teacher and I would have liked for it to have been, but along with the negative outcome there was definitely some positive outcomes as well. At the end of the quarter I had to write a final assignment describing the experience that I have had throughout the quarter with the class and the positive or negative outcomes of being a teaching assistant for the class. I learned a lot from this experience about myself as a leader and also myself as a learner.
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Where I am From Poem In the Spring of 2008 I More
In the Spring of 2008 I was a part of the Diversity in Higher Education class (SAA 375) and one of our assignments was to put together a poem descibing where you are from. The poems were then read by each student and were merely personal experiences/stories which were marked by humor, emotion, and anger. This was a very incredible experience and I learned a lot from it. After each piece was read each student then gave positive feedback to honor eachothers work which definitely made the class as a whole become more comfortable with eachother . This was definitely one of the most memorable experiences at Western.
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