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Manhattanville Embraces Diversity With a Full-Day of Workshops
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:33

Diversity Final 210x130In honor of the Manhattanville College mission "to educate students to be ethical and socially-responsible leaders in a global community," the College is committing a day to "Realizing Our Mission: Mville Embracing Diversity."

On March 21, 2012, the entire Manhattanville Community will participate in workshops that are designed to tell the story of Manhattanville's commitment to diversity and how we can continue to embrace the diverse community on campus.

Sponsored by the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice, the Diversity Taskforce Committee, and Seeds of Peace, the full-day event will help to bring together staff, faculty, and students. This event will serve as a stepping-stone to build a better Manhattanville, where mutual respect, community, racism, sexism and the honor code will be addressed.

"The idea is to bring the community together to formulate an ongoing plan," said Christine Hugh '12 a member on the Diversity Taskforce Committee. "We decided the workshops would tell the story of who were we, where are we now, and where are we going."

These workshops will be facilitated by Tim Wilson, Senior International Advisor and Director of Seeds of Peace, Maine Seeds Program. Seeds of Peace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence.

Wilson has more than 50 years of experience in education, public service, and athletic coaching. Until 2006, he was the Director of both the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine and the Seeds of Peace Center for Coexistence in Jerusalem.

In 1997, the late King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan presented Wilson with a Medal of Honor. The Maine Youth Camping Association has honored him with the Halsey Gulick Award, and Seeds of Peace has recognized his efforts with a Distinguished Leadership Award. The Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation has also honored Wilson with the Distinguished American Award. Most recently, he was awarded the Franklin H. Williams Award, which honors outstanding returned Peace Corps volunteers of color who have put their overseas experiences to work in their communities and in their professions to promote a better understanding of other peoples and their cultures.

The Diversity Taskforce Committee is Deyshawn Thomas, Tizita Zeleke, Warda Khan, Pat Woods, Brandon Dawson, Professor Greg Swedberg and Profrossor Carolee Berg.


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – "Bridging the Gap" - Staff and Faculty

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – "Mville as a Community: Where are we now?" - Campus Wide

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 pm. – "Building Community: Where are we going?" - Campus Wide