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New Book Series Launched to Encourage Exploration of Diversity

Winter 2008 | Archives

Recognizing the different learning styles and interests within the community, Metropolitan Community College launched the Diversity Matters Book Series this fall as yet another personal/professional development opportunity for MCC students, faculty, staff and community members.

As a voluntary activity, participants read the selected book for each quarter at convenient times and attend a final discussion with ideas to share or to solely listen to the thoughts of the facilitator and other readers.

Individuals or groups are welcome to participate; faculty are encouraged to consider a book to enhance classroom instruction and bring students to the final discussion. During the reading of the book, each reader´s personal journey with the selected diversity topic is expected to arouse a variety of perspectives, thoughts and questions that could contribute to rich discussions.

"The first quarter was a success with great interest expressed by many throughout the College," said International/Intercultural Education coordinator Barbara Velazquez. "While not all could attend the meetings, there were good discussions at each."

The book discussion for the fall quarter selection, The Absolutely True iary of a Part-time Indian, included comments and discussion encouragement from John Belindo, respected Kiowa/Navajo community member who formerly served as the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Health Board.

Participation is free and open to the public. Participants are expected to gain greater understanding on a variety of diversity topics. Contact (402) 457-2253 or bvelazquez@mccneb.edu for information on obtaining a copy of the book(s) or to suggest books for future book series. Recommendations for future books and facilitators and evaluations of the process will be received throughout the year to plan future book series.

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