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“One Thing” Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Scroll to the bottom of the page to leave your “comment” for your “One Thing”.

Thank you to all who participated in the “One Thing” Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.  We had the drawing for the $50.00 gift card on Monday, April 30, a Riverpoint Library staff member won it.  We want to encourage you to keep doing “One Thing” to foster and support diversity and inclusion and report back on this blog. 

The One Thing activities took place from January 1, 2012 to April 29, 2012.  Below are a few suggestions of the One Thing you can do:


  • Read a book (fiction/nonfiction/poetry) about another culture; discuss it with a colleague/fellow student (book club?)
  • Read a biography of a person from another culture; discuss it with a colleague (book club?)


  • See a movie or documentary about another culture; discuss it with a colleague/work department/fellow student (the WSU/EWU libraries have a large number of documentaries that you can check out or check out your local PBS or History stations)


  • Start to learn a foreign or indigenous language
  • Learn to cook a meal from another culture (bring samples for your colleagues or fellow students)
  • Learn a dance from another culture


  • Go to lunch/dinner at an “ethnic” restaurant, one in which you have not eaten the specific “cultural/ethnic” food before (a great office/school activity)
  • Take a colleague/fellow student to lunch from another culture; learn more about the colleague/fellow student and their culture

ATTEND AN EVENT (and bring along a colleague or fellow student)

  • Attend a diversity/inclusion or employee resources group committee meeting
  • Attend the Riverpoint Diversity/Cultural Events/Activities Subcommittee meeting (1st Thursday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in SAC 401A)
  • Attend diversity/inclusion training at WSU/EWU or in the community
  • Attend a cultural, diversity & inclusion or social justice meeting in the community
  • Attend a diversity/cultural event at Riverpoint or in the community
  • Attend the WSUS student Diversity Club meeting/activity
  • Attend a cultural/ethnic music event or poetry slam
  • Attend a religious service of another religion that you are not affiliated with
  • Attend a cultural/ethnic dance event
  • Attend a cultural/ethnic play in the community
  • Visit a cultural exhibit at a museum (i.e. the MAC has an exhibit called Lasting Heritage regarding both ancient and modern tribal people and the land)
  • Visit an art museum or art gallery showing the work of an artist from a different culture.


  • Volunteer to help with a diversity event at Riverpoint or in the community
  • Mentor (formally/informally) a colleague or student from another cultural/ethnic group
  • Volunteer at an organization that serves low-income persons/families (community centers, schools, etc.)
  • Volunteer at the Veterans Hospital or similar organization that serves veterans
  • Volunteer at an organization that serves persons with disabilities
  • Volunteer at an organization that serves women, children, or women and children
  • Volunteer at an organization that serves the LGBT-Q community
  • Volunteer at an organization that serves the homeless
  • Volunteer at an organization that serves the elderly

Note: volunteering for this initiative is a short term commitment.

To find out about various cultural events that are taking place at Riverpoint and in Spokane, visit the WSUS Diversity Calendar at

If you have questions about this initiative, please email or call Yvonne Montoya Zamora at or 509.358.7554.  Thank you.


83 Responses to ““One Thing” Diversity and Inclusion Initiative”

  1. Barb Chamberlain Says:

    I wrote a blog post for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  2. Liz Says:

    I stayed overnight for a program that houses homeless families, Family Promise of Spokane. This is a great program that allows families to stay together while they find affordable housing. They provide counseling, access to social services, and help with job search if needed. (A lot of the parents have jobs, but aren’t paid a decent wage, so they are generally living on the edge financially.
    Family Promise’s website is

  3. Judith Van Dongen Says:

    I saw the French movie “Women on the 6th Floor,” a lovely comedy about a bourgeois Frenchman whose life turns around when a new Spanish maid arrives at his residence.

  4. Dan Topping Says:

    I spent the winter break filming dialogues in the Russian language with the assistance of five native-speaking students enrolled at WSU/EWU! Pharmacy, nursing, premed and public administration students came and volunteered their time.

    This is a part of an elective course I am developing entitled “Russian for Healthcare Providers” that will be an interdisciplinary activity for all of the health-related professions students on the Riverpoint campus.

    The goal will be to have our students work together to improve their cultural competency and language skills to better serve the healthcare needs of this large and diverse group in our area.

  5. Dee Rodgers Says:

    I am reading Debra Magpie Earling’s book PERMA RED with my book club.

    Earling teaches English at University of Montana, and is a Bitterroot Salish. Her novel, set mostly on the Flathead Reservation, mixes visceral realism with the magical. Fans of Sherman Alexie and Lousie Erdrich must add Earling to their “to read” list.

  6. Leslie Hall Says:

    I know this is a bit late, but I attended the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on January 16. It was wonderful to hear so many small towns in the area shout out and be recognized. It was a huge crowd and an inspiring event.

  7. Pilot license Says:

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  8. Joanna Moznette Says:

    I recently got Rosetta Stone-Latin America. I hope to begin learning Spanish bit-by-bit. I have wanted to for years.

  9. Joanna Moznette Says:

    I am reading “Thinking in Pictures” by Temple Grandin. I hope to better understand those whose perspectives and abilities differ from my own.

  10. kaki king - Visitor Says:

    I am also studying Rosetta Stone but I am learning French. Has been a dream of mine for a long long time.

  11. Veronica Elias Says:

    I attended Tim Wise talk on February 1, 2012, as well as the Whitworth University event “SPOKANE DIVERSITY COMMUNITY: COURAGEOUS COMMITMENTS” on February 2. Tim Wise’s lecture broadened my understanding about racial biases that we all have but are unconscious about. The event at Whitworth University the day after Tim Wise’s lecture, brought me closer to other people’s personal perspectives on racial issues, as well as their efforts to welcome and enhance a more diverse community

  12. Erin Sebring Says:

    I decided to try cooking a Thai curry. To get the ingredients, I went to an Oriental market. The employees taught me about cooking a curry and gave me some invaluable tips. I had a great time learning about cooking and making a delicious meal from a culture I have not had much experience with.

  13. Joanna Moznette Says:

    I attempted “Sorting People” activity Yvonne shared from the PBS site. I was uncomfortable because I knew how subjective it was. No surprise–I got a lot wrong, but I suppose that is the point.

  14. Diane Wick Says:

    I took the Sorting People quiz at out at

    I did poorly, 4 right out of 20 – that’s only 20%. This proves the point that using appearance and applying sterotypes to filter information results in mispercetions and false understanding.

    Everyone should try the Sorting People quiz.

  15. Liz Says:

    I took the sorting people quiz as well. It was hard, lots of guesses. I got 50% right. I also attended the Spokane Diversity Community meeting on February 2. There were a lot of higher ed people there who have worked hard for a long time to inform and support diversity efforts in Spokane.

  16. Mikel Allen Says:

    I have been volunteering to help a refugee family from Nepal, they just had their first child here in the U.S., and the child care knowledge and practices from this culture and very different from what we consider the “norm” here. I had the experience of being in the hospital with them when he was born and for several days after, and it was an experience to see how the staff treated them. Has opened my eyes to how un-educated the health care world is in caring for those from other cultures and experiences.

  17. Megan J Says:

    I watched Dolphin Tale with my 3 year old daughter. It is a true story about Winter, a dolphin that ends up loosing her tail and amazing people that banded together to help save her and get her a prostetic tail. Though it’s about a dolphin, it shows how the courage and determination of a small group of people can have on many children and people with or without disabilities. It fostered a great conversation with my little one about people and animals with disabilites and allowed her to ask me all sorts of questions. A great “One thing” you can do with your family.

  18. Megan J Says:

    I did the “Sorting People” quiz at
    It is very hard to do and got about 50% if that. Pretty eye opening to say the least. It just shows how sterotyping people can get you into trouble.

  19. Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora Says:

    Yesterday (2/8/2012) I attended a Japanese New Year celebration at the Japanese Culture Center at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. The food (chicken, salad, beans, orange slices, etc.) was excellent and I participated in my first Tea Ceremony. While the tea was very bitter, the sweet given to us to eat prior to drinking the tea offset the bittiness.

    I learned that over 10,000 students have attended Mukogawa, currently over 800 students are English majors, studying English as a Second Language (ESL) and an additional 27 students are Pharmacy students learning English. You may see the Mukogawa Pharmacy students on campus periodically as they tour WSU’s Pharmacy Department/College at Riverpoint.
    This is the year of the Dragon. The folklore story relayed by yesterday’s speaker that I really enjoyed went something along the lines of (I hope I got it right):
    “When the Koi swim upstream, those that make the leap over the top of the waterfall become Dragons – may you all become Dragons this year”.

  20. terry crews Says:

    What an excellent idea, which should be universal. My wife and I try and watch as many foreign movies as we can with our 6 year-old daughter, depicting how other cultures live – in the present day as well in the past.

  21. Visitor Says:

    Great idea! And a little motivation to learn something new.

  22. Visitor Says:

    If only I live there I would definitely join this program. I think this is the best thing we could do to create the unity of the world. That we are the same, that we live in the same mother earth. I love doing all the things above. Love cooking and tasting another country, love reading, etc. Great idea anyway.

  23. Palouse Pirates Says:

    Thanks for sharing, I will forward this around to my WSU friends.

  24. Georges Says:

    Here’s my suggestion of a french movie, called Amélie and starring Audrey Tautou, for the one’s trying to improve/learn the French.

  25. James Pritchard Says:

    I am a magician and I learnt some Cantonese so that I could perform as a wedding magician at a wedding in Hong Kong.

    There is a picture of me performing for the bride and groom on my blog –

  26. Visitor Says:

    That sorting quiz at PBS listed in the comments above was pretty neat. I wonder at how some of those people classify themselves the way they do. I got about 1 in 4 right, sometimes 2 of 4.

  27. Kristin Hunter Says:

    Two other nursing students and I presented to our fellow classmates on Friday, the 24th about diverse families. We covered the various family structures, provided a fun class case study activity, and followed by discussing the nursing implications in caring for diverse families and the importance of creating an environment which allows parents and caregivers of our child patients to feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable sharing personal information about sexual orientation or family dynamic, in order for us to provide quality family oriented care.

  28. Judy Zeiger Says:

    I completed the sorting quiz and didn’t do so well. Great exercise. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Visitor Says:

    Thanks for sharing I also did the sorting quiz also. Thanks again

  30. Visitor Says:

    I’ve read about how learning a foreign language when you are an adult is very good for the brain. I’m going to learn spanish!

  31. A Guthrie Says:

    On Valentine’s day I spent some time with members of a local retirement center.

  32. Visitor Says:

    I’m currently trying to pick German up again, spoke it as a kid, but it’s been so long…

  33. Chuck Zaagsma Says:

    Diversity is great. Everyone is different and no two people or anything created in this universe is the same. There is also a view that our cultures are blending so much for so long that we are becoming less diverse and more as one. We all live on this planet as one. We also need to find more green ways to support this planet that is growing so much.

  34. Yvonne Montoya Zamora Says:

    I attended the Emerge 7 Women 7 Stools on Saturday evening. The Spokane Community Choir sang several gospel songs, if you have not heard them before you need to attend one of their performances. The 7 Women 7 Stools was also very good. While several of the story lines were very familiar having seen them in other types of venues (i.e. the abused woman, the drug addict, the cancer patient) there was still suprises and the music used as a backdrop added to the event.

  35. Liz Says:

    I attended the movie, MissRepresentation, today. It was very thought-provoking and made me angry, sad, frustrated about how women are portrayed by the media. I’m sorry more people did not get a chance to see it.

  36. Judy Zeiger Says:

    I attended the Diversity Week Storytelling event on Wednesday. Five WSU students shared their international cultures and we had some wonderful international food. Thanks to Diana for organizing this event!

  37. Devon Kelley Says:

    I tried Queen Of Sheba, an Ethiopian restaurant at The Flour Mill with my friends. We had a great time and enjoyed the unfamiliar experience of eating food communally and with our hands. The owner came and talked to us about the culture of her country and why she enjoys making traditional food in an untraditional setting.

  38. Liz Says:

    I also attended the student story-telling event as part of diversity week. They all did such a great job, and they have such interesting backgrounds. I wish there had been more time. And the food was amazing:).

  39. Diane Wick Says:

    I viewed Miss Representation with other members of the Diversity Committee and campus community. It left me feeling sad and frustrated that women continue to be objectified by and in the media. And, more importantly, it inspired me to share the film with younger family members who are raising small children.

  40. Diane Wick Says:

    I visited an authentic Thai restaurant with my daughters in Portland last weekend. We enjoyed great food and I learned more about Thai cuisine.

  41. Nancy Oberst Says:

    I attended the International Unity Day presentation and lunch at SAC today. The food and entertainment were wonderful and I enjoyed being around the students and their positive energy! Thank you.

  42. Visitor Says:

    Great post.I recently watched this movie Thirty and ticking which is a great watch, I’m looking for an event to attend.Spanish is the next language i will learn.

  43. Barb Chamberlain Says:

    I just ran across this reference with some tips on using appropriate and respectful language in referring to people with disabilities:

    I thought this might be a useful resource for students writing papers so I’m sharing it here, because if you’re reading all these comments you obviously care!

    Bottom line: Put the person first, not the disability.

  44. Leslie Hall Says:

    I read Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. What a unique experience to have this window into the life of a Somali Muslim family. Hirsi Ali has broken with Islamic tradition. She is an outspoken champion for freedom, especially women’s rights and the abolishment of female circumcision.

  45. Leslie Hall Says:

    I watched Amreeka, the story of a single mother from the West Bank who emigrates to Illinois with her teenaged son. Life in the U.S. is nothing like either imagined. Like other immigrants before them, Muna and her son, Fadi, give up pieces of their Palestinian culture and adopt some new American ways. I really enjoyed this film.

  46. Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora Says:

    This morning on the LinkedIn listserv for Diversity and Cross Cultural Professionals, a new discussion came up. The topic was “The culturally competent leader is curious about and actively engages others’ about their background, perspectives, ideas and needs. Who have you spoken with today?” by Lisa Gaynier with Cleveland State University. I thought that was an interesting question – who have you spoken with today? I had lunch with a young woman who grew up in CA and has been in Spokane for several years; however her family origins are from Sri Lanka. Listening to her story about being a person of color in Spokane reminded me of what other young professionals of color have gone and/or are going though in Spokane. Finding community can be difficult if you are not already familiar with the Spokane area or know of someone in the area who is familiar and can assist in being a guide. I hope I was able to give her some awareness of community in Spokane. So who have you spoken with today?

  47. Sonja Carlson Says:

    I took to this time to examine my use of racial and sexual orientation identifiers in my speech. It isn’t the point so much that I use them, but rather how. Upon closer inspection, I became aware that I don’t use them consistently and inclusively. The question I asked myself is what is my norm and how does this get reflected in my speech in ways that may or may not be inclusive to someone else who does not share my norm. If I describe “those Black kids standing in line” but my speech never includes calling out the ethnicity of white kids in the same manner or if I make the assumption that someone’s spouse or significant other is always the opposite gender from them, then I’ve just identified two ways in which my speech could potentially make someone feel excluded, intentional or not. I want people from all walks of life to feel welcome around me because that is truly how I feel on the inside; taking some time to examine my speech is a good way to help ensure that my outward ways more accurately reflects my inward intentions of good will.

  48. Leslie Hall Says:

    I watched the movie ‘Desert Flower’ about real-life supermodel Waris Dirie who began life as a Somali nomad. The movie isn’t the greatest but there are insights into the nomadic life and Muslim families. Waris Dirie has spoken out against African female circumcision. You will find reviews of the film at

  49. Belinda Says:

    I went to the Moroccan restaurant on Division called Marrakesh. The place was decorated in a Middle Eastern fashion with warm tones of gold, rust, and brown. There were large rugs on the ground and on the ceiling hung fabric to resemble the inside of a tent. The tables were small, round, and knee height. The seating around the table was either a booth or a round cushion that resembled an ottoman. There was music playing in the background that sounded like it would fit with the mood of the décor. Our waiter sported a red silk-like material suit and a matching fez hat. It was very different hearing him speak; my ears had never heard such an accent.

  50. Visitor Says:

    I tried to learn the culture of many different communities. I spent some time with each one of them and tried to find out the common things between them. I really liked this practice and I will continue this for the coming years.

  51. Visitor Says:

    also watch “Desert Flower” very good movie … I loved …

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  52. Barb Chamberlain Says:

    On the WSU Spokane social media accounts (@WSUSpokane on Twitter, we regularly share news about diversity and inclusion.

    Today on Twitter we retweeted (i.e., repeated) an item from the American Public Health Association noting that it’s National LGBT Health Awareness Week, with a link to this resource from the CDC:

    We’ll put that out on Facebook later tonight too.

  53. Gabriel Makler Says:

    I agree with you on the movie – the first half hour of it was great, actually. tailed off a bit towards end but still a way better film than it should have been

  54. Diane Wick Says:

    I just finished Half the Sky, a book about world-wide repression and oppression of women. I am struck by how little I knew of the abuses suffered by women, beginning as infants and lasting through their lifetime. The efforts described in the book are truly a call to action for each of us. I highly recommend this book, it was recommended to me by my colleague Yvonne; I urge you to read it. The book is written by two journalists, a married couple, who were the first to win a Pulitzer for journalism. Their description of abuses ranging from infanticide, trafficking, FGM, maternal health, and barriers to education are used to illustrate the work being done by humanitarian groups already underway in developing countries. But more importantly, they provide education and awareness to each of us about the work left to do. Every little bit helps. Please read the book and check out their website at

  55. Patti Petersen Says:

    I read the book “Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” By Beverly Makhani, University College

    A non-fiction book that touches on cancer, race, scientific advances, gender, ethics, genetics, class and poverty has been chosen as the 2012-13 common reading book for freshmen at Washington State University. A great read if you are looking for something interesting!

  56. Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora Says:

    I participated in a webcast last week via the U.S. Department of Labor entitled “Vulnerable Women in the 21st Century Workforce Series – Latina Workers”. The panel discussion was very informative about Latina employees: there are 28 million Latina’s in the workforce. They are vulnerable for several reasons which include wage theft, low salaries, have the highest percentage of injuries at work, and have no health care (39%). For every dollar that a White male earns, White women earn 81 cents, Black women earn 70 cents, Latina women earn 60 cents, which means that over 40 years, Latina women will earn $600,000 less than White males. Approximately 32.2% Latina women are in service occupations, 31.7% are in sales/office administration, 24.1% are in management positions, 9.3% are in production, and 1.7% are in natural resources. To read the report on Latina workers, visit the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement at and their campaign on “Trabajadoras” raising awareness about Latina workers. The link to view the webcast is

  57. Visitor - Stan Says:

    I went out of my way to NOT eat an Indian curry, as that’s already my favorite food and tried some mofongo from Puerto Rico instead.

  58. Bob Pringle Says:

    WSUS – I attended the photo exhibit about Heart Mountain relocation center for Japanese immigrants and US citizens in WWII. Trevor Bond was most informative. I was greatly impressed by the quality of the photos by both George and Frank Hirahara.

  59. Bob Pringle Says:

    WSUS – On Saturday April 14 I attended a Spokane Symphony concert featuring the Serbian composer and percussionist Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic. His manner of getting incredible tension from the high notes of his marimba was astonishing.

  60. Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora Says:

    I attended the “In the Heights” musical this past weekend (April 15). It takes place in Washington Heights in Manhattan over three days in July. The musical has various types of musical styles from Hip Hop to salsa with both English and Spanish used through-out. There are several story lines going on; however what binds them is the neighborhood of Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, and others. What would you do if you won the lottery of $96,000? The story line was conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, I remember reading several years ago that he was told to write what he knew about, thence “In the Heights”.

  61. Bob Pringle Says:

    I just finished Jeremy Seal’s “A fez of the heart: Travels around Turkey in search of a hat”, which he wrote in 1996. It brought my 1970′s memories of Turkey into more modern time, as he used his search for the beginning of the fez as a tool to discover Turkey. A nation of contradictions, cross-roads, the old mingling with the modern – it’s a great story written as a real travel book. It made me wish I’d known more, and wanted to know more, while I traveled there. And the fez? – symbol of modernity and of old-fashionedness, depending on when you ask!

  62. Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora Says:

    In the pass week I have attended three different events. On Tuesday, April 17 I listened to Marjorie Agosin as she described and showed a short film of the work of Chilean women who made arpilleras (small rectangle tapestries), pictures made of scrapes of materials of their beloved husbands, brothers, etc. who were detained and never seen again during the Pinochet regime. Dr. Agosin brought several of the arpilleras for us to see, very sad and beautiful at the same time.

    Another event I attended on April 18th was the photo slideshow of the Hirahara Collection which showed the daily life of Japanese Americans at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center located in Wyoming during World War II. The Japanese Americans interned at the Center were from central Washington and California. The pictures of the children were adorable until you realize the setting they were taken in.

    The third event I attended was the Human Rights Banquet in Coeur d’ Alene, ID on Monday April 23rd where speaker Dr. Jianli Yang spoke of his experience with the struggle for democracy in China. Dr. Yang was at the 1989 Tiananment Square uprising and a political prisoner in China for 5-years. It was through his wife’s persistence with U.S. officials (Dr. Yang was living and working in the U.S. when he returned to China in 2002 only to be arrested and imprisoned) did China finally release Dr. Yang. He then returned to the U.S. to his family (wife and children) and now teaches at a university on the East coast.

  63. Leslie Hall Says:

    I feel so guilty for not keeping up with this blog. Yvonne, could you leave it up for a while? It will be a great resource.

    On March 2, I attended the Poverty panel presentation during the afternoon of the Research Symposium. The varied speakers provided a broad perspective of the issues faced by children living in poverty. I hope we can focus on a different group at the 2013 Research Symposium.

  64. Leslie Hall Says:

    I attended the screening of Miss Representation and found it very informative. These are ideas I have discussed with my education students, so finding this resource is very helpful.

  65. Leslie Hall Says:

    I completed the Sorting People activity. Oh, my!

  66. Megan Says:

    I will attend a “Hanami” on Saturday. This is an annual tradition for my friends and family and, literally translated means, flower viewing. Hanami is a popular traditional event in Japan in which people gather and enjoy the fleeting beauty of cherry blossoms. A good hanami also includes food and drink and is a great time to meet with friends and neighbors we are otherwise too busy to see. Although this is a Japanese tradition, it encourages inclusion as we are all powerless against the beauty of a cherry blossom…that is, until the rain knocks them all down!

  67. Leslie Hall Says:

    In late March, my students and I read Unequal Childhoods by Annette Lareau. She followed 12 families, 4 middle class, 4 working class, and 4 poor with children in the 4th grade. Lareau discusses at length the different parenting styles of the groups and how these translate into advantages and disadvantages when teaaching th children to deal with institutions. It was a great book for preservice teachers. I highly recommend it to the health-science community. Wonderful insights into the social capital of various SES groups.

  68. Leslie Hall Says:

    Today I found a fabulous Web site, the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan. The artifacts come from the private collection of Dr. David Pilgrim, a retired professor of sociology. When you go to the site , scroll to the bottom for a fabulous online collection of pictures and essays. I will use this site often in my social studies methods course.


  69. Sonja Carlson Says:

    I took several Project Implicit tests online that measures conscious and unconscious preferences for over 90 different topics ranging from pets to political issues, ethnic groups to sports teams, and entertainers to styles of music. The tests assess implicit attitudes or stereotypes relevant to the groups. The results can be very eye opening and/or interesting.

  70. Liz Says:

    I went to a State conference last week with others who work with students with disabilities in higher education. It was great information, but also reminds me how little I know. There are a lot of great resources out there however. I hope to make use of them this summer.

  71. Liz Says:

    I’m reading a horrifying book about life in North Korea – The Orphan Master’s Son. I am often attempted to put it down because some scenes are so brutal, but I trudge on because I haven’t found many other sources about life under this regime.

  72. Jimmy C Says:

    Is it possible to get a list of the places that I can volunteer in the community at Riverpoint and beyond? I appreciate learning more about the “one thing.” Thanks.

  73. Bill Says:

    Thanks to Diana for organizing this event! I attended the Diversity Week Storytelling event on Wednesday. The food was amazing and it was interesting hearing about the international cultures.

  74. Visitor - AG Says:

    What an awesome program. Who ended up winning?

  75. Visitor Says:

    I went to a State conference last week with others who work with students with disabilities in higher education. It was great information, but also reminds me how little I know. There are a lot of great resources out there however. I hope to make use of them this summer.

  76. Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora Says:

    I want to thank the following employees and students from the WSUS Diversity Club who helped with Stand Against Racism (SAR) on Friday, April 27, 2012. Employees and students placed orange ribbons around the trees and/or signs for SAR in the a.m. and removed the ribbons and stands in the p.m.
    Employees: Gretchen Eaker, Megan Jarrad, Jane Kinkel, Amy Meredith, Joanna Moznette, Liz West, Martha West, and Diane Wick.
    Students: Lauren Burrows, Jihye Yoon Johnson, Hung Le, Tin-Yan Lee, Jen-Wei Liu, and Erin Sebring.

  77. Visitor Minto Hosy Says:

    I ‘m Agree with the sentences “Russian for Healthcare Providers” that will be an interdisciplinary activity for all of the health-related professions students on the Riverpoint campus”

  78. Visitor Says:

    I am agree with “The book is written by two journalists, a married couple, who were the first to win a Pulitzer for journalism. Their description of abuses ranging from infanticide, trafficking, FGM, maternal health, and barriers to education are used to illustrate the work being done by humanitarian groups already underway in developing countries.”

  79. Visitor-Lars Says:

    I played a double game of the board game “KALAHA”.

    My beatiful daughters at 6 and 3 doesnt really know the world of old fashin boardgames, like kalaha, chess and risk. They only do Nintendo and Wii.

    Having focus on a board game, instead of a screen – does train, in my opinion, a different kind of concentration, which is much needed – when they grow up and hit the High School and further sutdies.


  80. Visitor - mustafa Says:

    I tried to learn the culture of many different communities so helpful sharing..

  81. Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora Says:

    Several weeks ago (May 2, 2012 to be exact) while at Eastern Washington University’s JFK Library, I noticed a display of books that had been banned by Arizona. The Tucson Unified School District released a list of banned books in January 2012. I recognized several of the books that I have in my personal library and have read, one as recently as last year.

    Last week (May 17, 2012), I watched a documentary call Precious Knowledge on PBS. The film chronicles the Tucson Unified School District’s ban on Ethnic Studies. In 2011, Arizona passed House Bill 2281, giving the state superintendent of schools the power to abolish ethnic studies classes. The bill states:

    “A school district or charter school in this state shall not include in its program of instruction any courses or classes that include any of the following:
    1. Promote the overthrow of the United States government.
    2. Promote resentment toward a race or class of people.
    3. Are designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group.
    4. Advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”

    I went to the internet to search for the list of the TUSD banned books to see what books had been banned as I was not able to spend but a few minutes at the JFK Library at EWU. From the list (,), I have read the list of banned books below. I have to admit I am puzzled about some of the books especially dealing with history. One of the first things you learn in intercultural/cross-cultural communication is that you need to know about yourself and your cultural history. Thence, one of several reasons I read some of the books below and many others not on the list. In order to become global citizens, we must learn to effectively interact and communicate with people of other cultures. Without leaving our boarders, we in the U.S. are inhabited with many cultures. The melting pot has been pushed to the wayside, no longer are ethnic minorities assimilated into the dominate culture, rather we live in a very multicultural country with different languages spoken with many different traditions, dress and of course we cannot discount diverse types of food, all which brings a richness to our lives. To be honest I don’t understand the AZ lawmakers and their censorship of these books. I have decided that I have my summer reading list already made out for me, I plan to read at least 5 of the books on the banned book list.

    Books already read:
    -Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, by R. Acuna
    -A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present, by H. Zinn
    -Ten Little Indians, by S. Alexie
    -A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America,, by R. Takaki
    -The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven , by S. Alexie
    -House on Mango Street , by S. Cisneros
    -Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    -Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin, by Rodolfo Gonzales
    -Civil Disobedience by H.D. Thoreau

    No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive. – Mahatma Gandhi

  82. Visitor - Dr. Rosen Says:

    Diversity is a very important subject that we should include in our college course requirements. Thanks for sharing.

  83. Yvonne Montoya Zamora Says:

    On October 25, 2012, I attended the YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon. The keynote speaker was Naomi Tutu. During her presentation she discussed “color blindness” when people state they don’t see color when talking about race and people. She used her mother’s garden as an analogy. When walking into her mother’s garden, a person is confronted with a multitude of different flowers of different colors and should you tell Naomi’s mother that you only see flowers she will take you aside and explain the types of flowers and colors in her garden. I thought this analogy hit the mark, while I am not a gardener, I do know that different types of flowers are best suited for full sun, partial sun, shade, etc. and I enjoy the various types and color. Race/color is very much part of a person/individual and not to discuss this aspect of a person is ignoring a vital part of that person, especially a person of color. Naomi ended her presentation by giving us permission to talk about race (big applause from the audience), which is one thing we try to not to do. However, if we did talk about race, sounds like a heavy weight on people’s shoulders would become much lighter. Discussing race is scary and like most things scary, we would rather not do it, but to me, ignoring discussing race is much scarier than discussing it. Have you had a recent discussion on race with a family member, friend or co-worker – how did it go?

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