Mount Union College Multicultural Retreat Focuses on Diversity

April 16, 2010

The Mount Union College Multicultural Retreat was held this past weekend. It is a semi-annual event designed to bring individuals together in a beautiful setting to discuss diversity issues and a variety of thoughts and ideas.

 

"We cover a wide spectrum of diversity issues. Culture goes way beyond color, and our discussions reflected that," said Rayna Middleton, a junior from Canton and multicultural retreat chairperson.

The retreat was open to all students and was held at Camp Gideon in Mechanicstown, Ohio. The theme was based on the Yiddish proverb, "Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven."

There were 15 participants, including students, faculty and staff. A variety of activities were planned such as a bonfire, movie presentations, and an international dinner featuring a variety of international foods prepared by the Multicultural Retreat Committee.

A "discrimination paper," activity gave the participants a chance to discuss times when they have been discriminated against and also a time when they have discriminated against others. Open forums provided time for the focus of the retreat - interracial families and relationships.

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