Dr. Joel Piperberg
Millersville, PA 17551
The purpose of this letter is to request that the theme for 2001-2002 be "Unity Through Diversity." The theme committee would be the M.U. Commission on Cultural Diversity and I would chair the committee.
As we begin to see the next century, Millersville and America as a whole is faced with various constituencies who are striving for self determination and self definition. At the same time, we are all in this fish bowl together. It is apparent that we are not building and can not buid unity on a pretense of sameness or by attempting to round the edges of triangles, squares, or rectangles into circles. Additionally, research indicates that while homogenous societies have less conflict, they stagnate economically, politically, and socially. Instead, during this year, students, faculty, staff, and community will learn to build relationships on difference. This is essential since heterogeneous societies are much more progressive, even though there is maybe more conflict.Activities will center around traditional dichotomoies, men vx. women, black vs. white, Hispanic vs. Anglo, subjective vs. objective, Christians vs. Hebrews, Hebrews vs. Muslims, science vs. religion, art vs. technology, fiction vs. fact, East vs. West, etc. In terms of process, the types of activities would include panels that would present part point and counterpart point not to the typical conclusion of win and lose, but to a win-win result. Other activities will include projects and presentations developed by diverse groups. An example may be a multimedia project by Islamic and Jewish students on the crisis in the Middle East. Another example would be an art exhibit which is a joint project of fine artists and computer scientists. A final example would be the development of culturally diverse curricula for the social sciences, the sciences, mathematics and the language arts by educators, and pure scienctists which would be presented in an exposition to which local educators would be invited. Sincerely, Rita Smith-Wade-El, Ph.D.
|To:||Joel Piperberg, Chair, University Theme Committee|
|Date:||16 February 1998|
|Re:||Possible Idea for Academic Theme 2001-2002 (or beyond)|
|Date:||Mon, 16 Feb 1998 10:13:12-0500 (EST)|
|From:||"Jamie M. Byrne"
|Subject:||Academic Theme idea for 2001-2002|