We will host our next public forum event on Thursday, May 2 at 5:30 pm.The featured speaker will be Pat Shine, Professor of Human Services at NVU - Lyndon, who will explain how students, parents, and community members can talk to each other about diversity and social justice. Her presentation is titled, "What do you say after 'Don't say that!'?" Professor Shine has facilitated workshops and trainings on topics related to social justice throughout New England for more than 25 years.
While diversity is often used in reference to race, ethnicity, and gender, there are broader definitions of diversity that also include age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, marital status, language, and physical appearance. There are also diversity of thoughts and ideas, perspectives, and values. How does one effectively treat everyone fairly while at the same time eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of some groups?
While students are welcome to attend, the presentation is designed for adults and Professor Shine warns that it may be difficult for young students to engage.