| Put This On The Map
|The event entitled "Put This On The Map" includes a three-part presentation that examines
how twenty-six young people exercise courage in creating social change in Seattle.
In confronting bullying and other acts of violence, these young people chronicle the
movement from fear and social isolation to fearlessness and liberation. The first
part of the presentation consists of educational roundtable by the filmmakers and
some of the film's participants to discuss the history of making the film and the
grass roots movement that resulted in a candid evaluation of the school, family, and
community experiences of queer youth. The second part of the presentation consists
of a 34-minute documentary film that reveals how young activist voices and conversations
about intersecting identities and popular culture result in systemic change. Part
three of the presentation - the talk back session - seeks to steer the conversation
beyond the symptom of bullying, to address systemic issues and deeper beliefs about
gender and sexuality that impact queer/trans youth.
| SWC Tour of Museums
|University College and the Students with Children program are pleased to request a
diversity mini grant for Ferris students and their families to enhance their education
via a “Tour of Museums”. The growing number of underserved college students with children
has inspired University College to seek, identify, and support the needs of this population.
Funding for this event will allow participants to engage in a cohesive series of group
learning experiences that will increase awareness of historical landmarks and scientific
phenomena, and introduce museum learning to families so they may explore more museums
in the future. The museums selected are located in Big Rapids and surrounding cities
in Michigan; with the conclusion of the tour being hosted at the Adler Planetarium
and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago museum tour
will be an overnight experience to spend quality time at two of the largest museums
in our region.
| Spiritual Expo Fair
|The Spiritual Exploration Fair is designed to help Ferris State University students
enhance their spiritual development. This event will be set up as resource fair with
tables being hosted by spiritual RSO’s, local spiritual centers/places of worship,
and underrepresented spiritual centers/places of worship from outside of Big Rapids.
|Using Our Skills to Help Countries in Need: Training African Rats as Life-savers in
|Dr. Alan D. Poling, a psychologist from Western Michigan University, uses psychological
learning technology to train African pouched rats (who are bigger than many squirrels)
to detect land mines and tuberculosis bacteria. Working for APOPO, a non-governmental
organization headquartered in Tanzania, Dr. Poling has been working to improve the
training and evaluate the success of rats to detect the existence of land mines so
that they can be neutralized. He is also evaluating the ability of these large rats
to detect the tuberculosis bacterium quicker and more accurately than microscopy.
Dr. Poling will describe his work in his presentation. Besides the interesting content,
his work reveals how information our students learn in our classes can be used to
help others here and abroad. He also is an example of someone who has been willing
to go to remote and dangerous places to help make the world better.
| Diversity Training for FLITE Employees
|Dr. David Pilgrim will present the internationally renowned OUCH - That Stereotype
Hurts diversity training program to FLITE Library's staff in Summer 2011. A follow-up
discussion will be held in Fall 2011.
| Sexual and Relationship Violence Awareness Week: Shattering the Silence
|Angela Rose's decade of work on the issue of sexual violence has made her a highly-respected,
engaging speaker and expert on sexual assault and violence prevention. She is also
widely recognized as an advocate for survivor empowerment. Angela's efforts have been
profiled by CNN, The Today Show, TIME Magazine, The Montel Williams Show, The John
Walsh Show, CosmoGirl, Girl's Life magazine and in newspapers nationwide.
| IT Instructional Video Narrated in Native Languages of Students in FSU Intensive
|Incoming international students enrolled in the Intensive English Program require
a way to effectively learn how to use Ferris State University's MyFSU portal, email
account, and FerrisConnect in order to be successful at the university. ITS and the
Office of International Education would like to collaborate and provide a video for
these students narrated in their native language to assist them with their transition
to Ferris. The video could be reused with new narration as necessary in the native
language of the students requiring assistance, assuming Ferris has a student available
that is both fluent in English and that language.
| STEP AFRIKA!
|Step Afrika! is the only professional dance company in the world dedicated to the
tradition of stepping. Founded in December 1994, the company is critically acclaimed
for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the
tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.
| OSU Alumni Club, FSU-GR, KCAD, GRCC, GVSU presentation of THEM-Images of Separation
|OSU Alumni Club partnered with Ferris State University Grand Rapids (FSUGR), Kendall
College of Art and Design (KCAD), and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Grand
Valley State University (GVSU) to bring to Grand Rapids a traveling exhibit; "THEM
- Images of Separation." This exhibit includes 35 separate framed pieces that illustrate
some of the most sensitive and contentious cultural issues of our time. Our group
cares about making an impact on the sensitivity and diverse understanding of students
and community members. With the increasing numbers of hate crimes and hate groups
we feel that this is an important topic that impacts us globally, nationally and locally.
We believe that by working with other educational institutions, we can foster intellectual
explorations that will lead to improved attitudes about individuals and groups that
differ from our own. Through the traveling pieces of the Jim Crow Museum we can provide
an innovative way of presenting objects of intolerance to teach tolerance.
| Out and About: Examining Gay Life in Small Town America
|The event entitled "Out and About: Examining Gay Life in Small Town America" is a
three-part film series that examines small-town life for members of the LGBT population.
Each of the films chronicles the real life experiences of individuals living in small
towns in America. Though different in their make-up and focus, each of the films fits
within the overarching theme of the challenges that members of the LBGT face in coming
to terms with their own sexual nature and the rejection of friends, families, and
community members. Further, it examines the ways in which members of the LBGT community
deal with this rejection.
| The Black Jews Dialogs
|What's so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken
livers in common? That's what you'll find out in this extraordinary two-actor play
on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism within the context of the American
Black-Jew experience. The Black Jew Dialogs combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations,
and multi-media to create a show that has gained praise across the U.S. and the U.K.
| Relating to and Caring for People from Diverse Cultures
|According to Dr. Oosterwal’s presentation description, the program will be two-fold:
“ The first will focus on the ways people from diverse cultures consider disease,
experience and respond to pain, see body image, try to understand the causes of disease
and death, consider the best treatments, relate to medications and foods, expect of
bedside manners, relate to care givers, see the role of family, deal with pregnancy
and parenting, and other factors involved in the experience of illness. The second
part of the program will focus on the issue of cross-cultural communication. Comparisons
will be made between our American (and mostly Western) ways and those of other cultures
and religions.”Dr. Oosterwal will be invited to speak with students and faculty from
Allied Health, Optometry and Pharmacy.
| The Tombstone Project
||Bonnie Wright/Michael Wade
|The Tombstone Project is a graphic display recording the stories of individuals who
lost their lives in Michigan during the past year due to domestic violence. The display
is accompanied by a panel presentation that is designed to educate proactive responses
toward domestic violence across professions that Ferris students are preparing to
enter after graduation. For a three week period, the campus community will see artistic
renderings of tombstones, set up in the quad, bearing the date of birth, date of death,
gender, and an excerpt from the police report describing the cause of the victim’s
death. At the end of this three week period, a panel of campus professionals will
speak shortly on ways that domestic violence is proactively treated in medical fields,
criminal justice professions, and education.