Cultural Competency Workshops to be held at Mount Union College

May 25, 2010

Patricia McDonald Cultural Competency Workshops will be held on Monday, March 24 and Tuesday, March 25 at Mount Union College. All sessions will be held in Campus Grounds of the Hoover-Price Campus Center.

Session I will be Multi-racial Perspectives: One Educator’s Journey to Know Self. This session will be held three times on Monday, March 24 from 10-10:50 a.m., 11-11:50 a.m. and again from 1-1:50 p.m. On Tuesday, March 25 Session I will be held again from 10:30-11:30 a.m. During this session, guests will learn how one educator came to know herself and her students better through social justice pedagogy. Participants will take part in activities aimed at cultural competence for all.

A viewing of the film Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible will be held on Monday, March 24 from 6 -7:30 p.m. This documentary is a must-see for all people who are interested in justice, spiritual growth and community harmony. It features the experiences of women and men who have worked to gain insight into what it means to challenge notions of racism and white supremacy in the United States. A conversation about the film will take place afterwards, facilitated by McDonald.

Session II will be WANTED: Culturally Competent Citizens. This session will be held on Tuesday from 9:10-10:25 a.m. and again from 1:10 -2:25 p.m. Participants in this session will build upon the ideas discussed during Session I to develop a strong understanding of what it takes to be culturally competent.

Growing up in a multicultural environment, McDonald has had a lot of exposure to experiences that fueled her desire for social justice and equity. She has committed the past 15 years to creating more culturally responsive classrooms aimed at success for all students. From Seattle, Washington, she has worked in early childhood through graduate level education while on the mission to better prepare teachers to work in today’s diverse classrooms. McDonald is currently a full-time faculty member in the Education Department at Highline Community College.

McDonald is a member of the REACH Center (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage).  For nearly 30 years the REACH Center, a nationally-recognized non-profit organization, has positioned itself as one of the most respected establishments to provide cultural diversity services. The Center specializes in providing these services to agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.

All sessions are free and open to the public. For further information, contact Dr. Peter Schneller, associate professor of education at schnelpl@mountunion.edu or (330) 829-8223.

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