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Diversity Day schedule set

Friday, January 17, 2003

The schedule for the 6th annual Diversity Day at the Storm Lake High School has been set. The complete session list is available here.

Diversity Day

Storm Lake High School

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003

Schedule of events

Please note, the Food Fair/International Festival in the Student Center and Cafeteria will be during sessions 2, 3 and 4. Various ethnic food items ranging in price from 50 cents to $2.00 available in the Student Center from 11 a.m. through 1:55 p.m. All-American school lunch of hot dog and apple "pie" will be served at 11 a.m., Noon, and 1 p.m. in the regular cafeteria line.

Opening Assembly 8:30-9:50 a.m.

Local Mexican Band, Armoas Y Raices, will help set the tone of celebration and reflection in the opening assembly while California gang member, Senor Chocolate, discusses the power of education in transforming a person's life to achieve personal and social growth.

Closing Celebration 2-3 p.m.

Lao musicians and dancers, Bosnian dancers, vignettes stimulating our viewpoints, challenging words to help us understand the strength of diversity, and a rousing Gospel/Folk revival celebrating our wonderful world of diversity, will bring Diversity Day VI to a close.

The sessions are:

!Viva El Baile! 10 a.m.

Salli Nichols

Anyone and everyone can dance the "Gorilla" and El Tiburon (the Shark) and a few other Spanish Hits.

Use of Stem Cells in Human Medicine 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

Professor Donald C. Beitz, Iowa State University

After defining and describing stem cells, I will elaborate on how stem cells can be produced from embryos. This will be followed by an illustration of the technique used to clone animals. Then I will discuss the use of stem cells in treating a variety of human diseases. I will conclude with a discussion of the regulation of stem cell and cloning research and the ethical issues of this research.

Apartheid - It's Not What You Think 10 a.m., 11 a.m.

Dr. Deb Nook, Schaller

Dr. Deb Nook has lived in Africa for a short period of time. She has observed the customs and interactions of cultures in South Africa. She will use slides and pictures to present an unbiased view of apartheid in Africa.

Making Pottery in Hopi Style 10 a.m., 11 a.m.

Ron Netten

*This is a double session (Sessions 1 and 2)

Hopi pottery is an art of the earth. Students will use appropriate methods to create their own small vessels and decorate in the Native American Hopi style. Because of time limitations, works will not be fired.

Origami 10 a.m., 12 p.m.

AI Slight

Learn the basics of paper folding which has been a part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years. Participants will learn basic origami folds and will create one paper animal. Plans will be available for those who wish greater challenges.

Discover Yourself 10 a.m., 1 p.m.

Pegg Stark

How would you like to understand anyone in the world? Would you like to reduce stress and conflict and strengthen leadership abilities? Would you like to improve your relationships with your friends and family? Then this session is for you. Participants will discover valuable information that will change the way they see themselves and others from now on. You will

learn to identify your strengths and talents, which will help you become better friends and students. Learn to be more tolerant and celebrate diversity!

Swing Dance Lesson 10 a.m., 1 p.m.

Dan and Brenda Anderson

Learn some popular swing dance steps that you can use at the Winterfest Dance and Spring From!

Date Rape 10 a.m., 11 a.m.

Sara Huddleston and Leah Johnson, Council Against Domestic Abuse

This session will look at an overview of "date rape" definitions, statistics, and prevention for both men and women. Speakers will discuss attitudes and stereotypes harmful to both sexes. A video entitled "Campus Rape" depicting women who have been raped on college campuses will be shown. The video discusses both acquaintance rape and stranger rape. Both males and females are encouraged to attend.

Hate Crimes/Racial Profiling 10 a.m., 11 a.m.

SLPD Chief Mark Prosser

Storm Lake Police Chief Mark Prosser will describe what a "hate crime" is and how it is different from a common crime. He will look at reasons behind some of the hate crimes committed and the prevention aspects provided by diligent and swift law enforcement against hate crimes. The chief will also present information on Racial Profiling, the illegal discrimination of taking action against a person because of skin color or ethnicity. There will be time for questions and discussion throughout the session.

The Homophobia Stops Here 10 a.m., 12 p.m.

Chad Thompson

Is homosexuality a choice? Some theories on sexual development claim that homosexuality is developed after birth as a result of a person's environment. Others have said that it's genetic and can be traced to a specific gene.

Whatever the case, nobody initially chooses to be homosexual, and many have chosen to overcome unwanted homosexual attractions through various religious organizations and counseling programs.

This seminar examines common myths about homosexuality, deals with prejudice and ridicule

experienced by lesbian and gay youth, and provides a primer on scientific and biblical references to homosexuality.

Diverse Abilities 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Rm. 51

Tom Daniels and Julianne Gilbert, Faith Hope & Charity

Students will be given a chance to try adaptive equipment to experience how people with diverse needs and abilities manage their environment.

Whistle, Toot, Bang, and Clunk 10 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 9

Chenyl Crandell

See how and even play some ethnic instruments from around the world. There will be a bagpipe chanter (Scotland), finger cymbals (Egypt), gong (China), conch shell (South Sea Islands), flute (Bolivia), cymbals (Tibet), and many more.

Alternative Medicine - Healing Touch 10 a.m., Rm. 20

Jackie Scheidel, CHTP

Healing Touch is not magic; it's science. Come feel the flow of energy between your two hands, biomagnetic field flow. Learn how HT realigns, clears and balances the human energy system through touch. The body, emotion, mind, and spirit are influenced through a therapeutic process by altering the body's energy system to influence self-healing.

Cuba - Pearl of the Antilles 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Rm. 23

Don Mason

A brief look at the culture, the political environment, and the economy of Cuba - one of our closest neighbors that has been virtually off limits for Americans since the late 1950's.. Mason was a member of an Iowa Trade Group that visited Cuba this past fall.

Women and Politics 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Rm. 60

Molly Wilson-Kohler

Ms- Wilson-Kohler will discuss the role women have played in the American political process and "scene". She is a former staff member of the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota.

Facts vs. Myths on AIDS/HIV 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 57

Kitty Webster, R. Dodge AIDS Coalition, and guest speaker Rob Shedahl

People that are HIV positive are living longer lives due to new drugs and treatments but there still is no cure for AIDS. At least half of all new HIV infections are estimated to be among people under the age of 25. All teens are at risk. Every hour of every day, two teens are infected with HIV. This disease can affect your life. Listen to someone who is HIV positive and get the facts on

prevention.

You Can Make a Difference 10 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 25

Judy VerPloeg

Through the use of videos, handouts, and the facilitators personal experience, this presentation offers a glimpse into the lives and the needs of people living in Third World Countries... And what you can do about it.

Diversity in the Military 10 a.m., Rm. 24

Rey Solis

This session will show how people of diverse backgrounds can work together in the nation's armed

services. Teamwork, mutual respect and tolerance for individual differences will be the focus of the session, which also emphasizes pulling together towards a common goal. Students will learn how our armed services are an institution for promoting unity.

Polka Dancing Party 11 a.m., Gym

Dan and Brenda Anderson

Learn Polka dance steps to both authentic German Polka music and contemporary pop tunes.

The Buddhist Religion 1 p.m., Rm. 23

Swasti Bhattacharyya, BVU Professor

Swasti will be discussing the Buddhist religion, which is a growing religion in Storm Lake. She will begin with the story of the life of the Buddha and then talk about the main tenets of the Buddhist religion, which are the Four Noble Truths.

Sexual Harassment 1 p.m., Rm. 53

Sara Huddleston, Council Against Domestic Abuse

This session will focus on important definitions in regard to sexual harassment and a look at the difference between flirting and sexual harassment. A video made in Iowa by high school students entitled "Stop It" will be shown and discussed.

Medicine Cards 1 p.m., Rm. 41

Anita Coon

Students will learn to understand the concept of medicine in the Native American way by first redefining "medicine". The medicine referred to here is anything that improves one's connection to the Great Mystery and to all life. This would include the healing of body mind and spirit. This medicine is also anything that brings personal power, strength, and understanding. This ancient wisdom and tradition will introduce students to the healing medicine of animals and allow students to understand that Native American medicine is an all-encompassing "way of life," for it involves walking and living in harmony with the universe.

Have fun discovering the horoscope of the Native American culture, a tool that many people are using for guidance, inspiration, and help in finding answers to life's questions. This unique and powerful divination system draws upon ancient wisdom and tradition to teach the healing medicine of animals. Medicine Cards has found its way into the hearts and hands of many, guiding the way to healing the body, emotions, mind, and spirit, and providing insight into and understanding of one's unique purpose in life.

TimeOut 10 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 31

BVU Student Advocates or Diversity

TimeOut, a gay/straight alliance at Buena Vista University, has been committed to promoting a safe haven for people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and allies. The group has faced adversity among peers and faculty. In a one hour session, a panel of BVU student advocates for diversity will discuss coming out stories, homophobia, and the role of gay/straight alliance in an educational setting.

Sign Language 11 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 24

Joe and Ruth Galey

Thanks to a special "language" of hand signs, many hearing disabled people have a renewed source of communication. Learn the where, whys and hows of sign language used in our local area and even learn a few basic signs you can use when communicating with a hearing impaired individual.

Building Bridges - Middle East Meets Middle West 11 a.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 26

Sue Happel (Alta) and Hassan Hujairi (Drake Student)

Common misconceptions in both the Arab and Western cultures often stand in the way of meaningful relations between those two groups that play such dominant roles in the international scene today. Ms. Happel, an Iowa native who lived and worked in the Arab country of Bahrain for the past eight years, and Hassan Hujairi, a Bahraini student at Drake University who is currently president of the International Student Organization there, will discuss some of these misconceptions their effects, and what might be done to eliminate them. Audience participation is welcome and encouraged.

Acupuncture (Alternative Medicine) 12 p.m., Rm. 41

Dr. Lee Meylor

Students will learn about acupuncture and other methods now being used in chiropractic medicine.

Party Time with Brasil 12 p.m., Rm. 23

Esther an Newton Vieira

Brazilians celebrate the arrival of winter with "Festas Juninas" and fun is provided with "Quadrilha". You are most invited to join us.

The High Price of Drug Addiction 12 p.m., Rm. 40

Bob Helmbrecht

A former meth addict explains how he started and how he quit and, in between those times, the high price he paid in short and long-term consequences, including his arrest and imprisonment and his life after meth.

Eating Disorders 1 p.m., Rm. 40

Karla Manternach

This is an overview of the symptoms and dynamics associated with anorexia and bulimia. Attitudes and behaviors for establishing healthy habits will be addressed. Ideas for helping those you care or will be discussed.

Immigrating to the United States 12 p.m., 1 p.m. Rm. 18

Francisco Altamirano/ISU Extension

Francisco Altamirano, currently employed with Iowa State Extension here in Storm Lake,will reflect on his immigration to the U-S, from Nicaragua. He will talk of the enforced military service at age 13 or even younger, separating teens from their families for two to three

years. His story also tells of the challenges of working while going to school in order to pay for a visa to live in the U.S., learning a new language and culture,and living with strangers.

Indian Awareness 10 a.m., 12 p.m. Rm. 43

John "Gray Eagle" Scantling

John "Gray Eagle" Scantling presents a program of "Indian Awareness" that covers the Native American in general. The program discusses traditional foods, transportation,clothing/ and housing. There are many artifacts, relics, and reproductions shown throughout the talk. And as time allows there will be a Q and A period at the end. John or Gray Eagle, as he prefers, is a card-carrying Indian, as defined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and is a member of the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma.

Laotian and TaiDam Music Traditions 10 a.m., Rm. 9

Khamlo Khounlo and Outhay Inthamath

These two Storm Lake community members will share their Asian heritage through their special music. Outhay plays the Khene which is a Laotian instrument consisting of sixteen long bamboo flutes that are put together at different levels. Khamlo plays the Khene as well but is featured more on the t'ing t^ai which is a two stringed instrument that resembles a guitar.

Traditional Lao Dances 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Rm. 62

Lao Dancers/rom SLHS

Storm Lake High School students will be performing traditional Lao dances. The dances are part of the Laotian culture and passed down through the generations. Enjoy the music, traditional dress and even some food samples!

Performers include Kesone Sriharath, Ammala Thammathai, Phon Satibanchong, Mary Keophanya, Dokketh Senaphan,Cathy Phiakhamta and Sivone Manatham.

Lao Games 10 a.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 5

SLHS students Amy Chanthavisouk / Stephanie Duriez & Mat Seebunheuang

Fun the Lao way! Several traditional Lao games and dances will be demonstrated and learned.

Children and AIDS 10 a.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 21

Molly Hamilton

Storm Lake Alumnus Molly Hamilton will share her experiences working with AIDS -infected kids and their families in a camp setting in Upstate New York the past few summers.

What is National Service and What Can it Do For Me? 10 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 44

Tina Dunphy, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service

Tina Dunphy, Program Officer with the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, will speak on national service programs such as AmeriCorps/ VISTA and NCCC. She will provide information on how you can connect with these programs as well as talk about the opportunities serving in a national service program can provide you. "Your world, your chance to make it better".

Buckskinning - the Mountain Man Tradition Lives! 10 a.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 74

Lorna and Dave Kremin, Jerry Schaefer

Learn about and experience a little of the Mountain Man and Native American Rendezvous history- Find out about glass bead trading, the clothing and why they, chose what they wore, the Indian teepee, and much more about a bygone era still enjoyed by some of today's hardiest! You will need your coat because you will eventually end up outside at our own Rendezvous site!

Historic Scottish Music - The Bagpipes 10 a.m., Student Center

Archie MacKay

This session will present an historic perspective of the Scottish Highland music. This will include a discussion of music traditions as well as "how to" play the bagpipes!

Getting "Max"ed Out! 12 p.m., 1 p.m., Gym

SLPD Lieutenant Peter Bawden and SLPD Canine Max

Officer Bawden will explain the Storm Lake Police Department K-9 Program. With assistance from Resource Officer Pete Erickson, he will have Max demonstrate crowd control techniques, aggression training, and narcotic search procedures.

River City Traders - Making Indian Fry Bread 11 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 74

William Linderman/Sandra Manning

This session is a tribute to one of the staples of the Native American diet - Indian Fry Bread. Learn the history and variety of preparation of this bread of the earth. Participants must be game to try some samples! Bring your coat along - you may end up outside for a while.

Gang Trends 11 a.m., Rm. 40

SLPD Chris Cole and School Resource Officer Pete Erickson

This session will look at the national trends in gang activities, habits and actions in America's urban and rural settings.

Welcoming Other Cultures to Iowa 1 p.m., Rm. 24

Rey Solis, Interpreter, Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital and Cherokee State Bank

Settling down in the Cherokee area after his 20 years in the Air Force. Brownsville Texan Rey Solis will tell of the importance of the New Iowa Centers that have been established in Sioux City and Denison. The Centers assist newcomers with relocation concerns, job searches, home ownership pursuits, etc. He will also talk about the importance of celebrating Iowa's growing diversity as Iowa's rural demographics change.

The Hungarians - People from a little nation with a BIG HEART! 12 p.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 65

Rev, James Sanders

In a central European country barely the size of Indiana where for nearly eleven centuries empires have clashed and nations have battled, the Hungarians show great courage and dignity. In a nation which labored under forty years of Soviet domination and deprivation, the Hungarian people are resourceful and optimistic. In a nation which has endured frequent attempts by outsiders to oppress and control it, the Hungarians remain people of strength and hope.

In this session we will use stories and slides to celebrate this people and land from whom we can learn much about the strength of the human spirit and the will not only to survive, but to excel. We will also talk about how Hungarian youth contribute to that excellence.

(By the way, we will talk about Count Dracula and Hungarian Goulash as well.)

A Diversity Revival! 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Rm. 10

Psalms Gospel Group from Cedar Rapids Area (Sponsored in part by Storm Lake Area Arts Council)

Participate in some lively Gospel Music as you learn the history of Gospel Music from the traditional style to that with a more contemporary "hook"! (Reminiscent of the transformation of the music in "Sister Act"!) Be prepared to get fired up!!

Yoga - You Are What You Think 11 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 5

Kathryn McKinley. BVU

Yoga is a system of philosophy and physical exercise that began in India about 6,000 years ago. The goal of yoga philosophy is complete self knowledge or Samadhi Yoga is holistic, affecting the body, mind and spirit, i.e. the "whole" person. Hatha Yoga helps students take control of their lives by learning to control the body, breath and mind. Today students will learn some philosophy and some beginning yoga postures or Asanas.

Refugees: Elder Perspectives and Youthful Movements 11 a.m., Rm. 30

Iowa Refugee Bureau

Elderly refugees living in Des Moines tell their stories for the first time. These folks have faced challenging adjustments beyond the imagination of most Consider finding yourself in a new country with limited access to the workplace, language obstacles, and having to adjust to changing family perspectives toward the elderly. The experience of old age is far from what was expected. The new American elderly have more difficulty adjusting because they experience more losses and fewer gains than younger family members. This session will open your eyes to the need for respect and understanding. Several students from Bosnia will also present traditional

dances during this session.

Refugee Journeys 12 p.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 67

Iowa Refugee Bureau Employees

Bilingual employees from the Iowa Bureau of Refugees will share personal accounts of circumstances that forced them to leave their homelands and the turbulent journeys that brought them to the United States. The panel will compare their individual "home" cultures and

their new American experiences. These stories are amazing!

Ghana (Africa) to Iowa: A Cross-cultural Journey 10 a.m., Rm. 41

Seth and Florence Okoampa (BVU International Students)

Siblings Seth and Florence Okoampa will speak about their native Ghana, its customs and traditions, as well as of their "awakening" to the U.S. culture as students at Buena Vista University.

El Comunicador 10 a.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 22

Jonathan Narcisse & Max Cardenas

"El Comunicador" is a new bilingual newspaper being disseminated across Iowa to empower Iowa's Latino community through meaningful communication and leadership nurturing; to keep the Latino community informed of those issues most vital to Latinos; and to build bridges of understanding between Iowa's Latino community and lowans, in general Discuss with the editor and publisher their mission and provide input as to the direction of their communication and leadership efforts.

Latinos/as en los Estandos Unidos (Bilingual) 1 p.m., Rm. 19

John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, M.S.W., University of Iowa

This session will be conducted primarily in Spanish. This workshop will focus on Latino/a youth's struggle to develop a strong sense of self by helping students to understand the cultural, linguistic and economic strength that they bring to their communities.

Mr. Chaisson is an immigrant from Guatemala, Central America and has over ten years' experience in services to culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Currently he directs Training and Technical Assistance at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice (NRC/FCP). Mr. Chaisson is also the director of the Institute for the support of Latino/a Families and Communities (ISLFC) at the University of Iowa and adjunct faculty at the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

Latino Youth: Leading our community to a brighter future 10 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 26

This is one of the required sessions from which freshmen and sophomores may choose.

Carlos and Andria Macias-Castillo

An open discussion about Family, Ganas, Relationships and our future leaders. Carlos works for the Iowa Department of Public Health and Andria is Executive Director of Hispanic Educational Resources.

Being Different: A Parent's Viewpoint 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Rm. 65

Brad Strader

This is one of the required sessions from which freshmen and sophomores may choose.

This session will be an interactive discussion of diversity from a different viewpoint. Learn from the father of a SLHS student with a mental disability what it is like to deal with the challenges and triumphs of "being different." You will be asked to share your opinions and ideas about dealing with people with mental challenges, so some prepared to speak up! The group size will be limited to allow time for discussion.

Coming of Age: Rites of Passage 12 p.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 46

Dr. Riki Saltzman, Folklife Program, Iowa Arts Council

This is one of the required sessions from which freshmen and sophomores may choose.

What is a ritual? Why are rituals important? Through rituals, people form their identities as a part of a cultural process. Often these "ceremonies" mark a natural physical change like birth, adolescence and the end of life. Graduation, marriage and holiday rituals are important, too. Rituals help teach individuals their role in the larger social group. They may be used to pass on group history and to emphasize the importance of cultural continuity. Prior to the session, ponder the rituals in your own life and explore their importance. Be prepared to share your thoughts on at least one.

"Homeboy" Continues His Rap 10 a.m., Rm. 40

Senor Chocolate

This is one of the required sessions from which freshmen and sophomores may choose.

Visit with the "homeboy" about his life in one of California, largest street gangs, and the "key" to his transformation from a life of drugs, crime, and violence. Other topics to be discussed include diversity, peer pressure, leadership, conflict management and resilience.

Valuing Diversity 11 a.m., 12 p.m., Rm. 61

Don Parkhurst, Sandy Mouw

This is one of the required sessions from which freshmen and sophomores may choose.

In this video/discussion students will learn to overcome communication barriers that come from stereotyping. The obstacles to cross-cultural understanding do not have to include prejudiced motives. They can be as simple as not paying proper attention to difference.

Viewers see stereotyping in action with Will and Pete, students suspicious of the new attention to AIDS- awareness at the high school. Quick judgment and stereotyping also doom the supermarket checkout clerk who finds difficulty in dealing with people from different cultures, social classes and those with unusual body sizes or visible physical handicaps.

"We Fight Bigotry" How About You?" 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., Rm. 55

National conferenceor Community Justice Staff/Sue Happel

This is one of the required sessions from which freshmen and sophomores may choose.

"What is bigotry?" An interactive demonstration and discussion will introduce this session. The history of this national organization and its Iowa programs will be discussed. A powerpoint slide presentation will show highlights of the award winning "Camp Anytown" that will be held of the 23rd time in 2003. Storm Lake High School students will be eligible to attend this week long

camp on human relations and cultural diversity that past participants declare a life-changing experience.

A Place at the Table 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Rm. 67

Susan Briggs, Sue Mann

This is one of the required sessions from which freshmen and sophomores may choose.

Video by award-winning filmmakers Bobby Houston and Robert Hudson that uses historical photos and archival and contemporary film footage to tell of our nation's struggle to ensure liberty and justice for all. Video is narrated entirely by young people, who share with each other and the viewer the stories of their families, experiences in that ongoing struggle - from the survival of slavery and cultural genocide to the challenge of finding a place at the table in today's pluralistic society. Discussion to follow.



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