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                            MCCCD DIVERSITY INFUSION PROGRAM




                                                  SEMINAR MINUTES
                                                  Friday, October 17, 2008

Members Attending: Mary Burdett, Karin Enloe, , Lori Girshick, Tom Hansen, Vincent Huffman,
Rita Kasapis, Thomas Kirsch, Savoy McKenzie, Alicia Mullings, Ha Nguyen, Betty Parisek, Jim
Reed, Lori Riedel, Kaitlynn Santeford, Abe Sharif, Kim Smith, Eric Stauffer, Elijah Swift, Jr.,
Jeanne Tweeten, Sebastian Vempeny, Frank Wilson, Phyllis Salsedo, Paul Grocoff, Terry Mitich,
and Bonnie Gray.

Members Absent: Catherine Donnell, Francisco Garcia, Salina Gonzales, Virginia Ludders, Chevas
Samuels, Donna Thompson, Malik Toms, Frank Zamora, Sharon Zygowicz.

I.    WELCOME

II.   INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
               A. Dr. Gray reminded everyone that the next DIP Seminar is November 14th. This will be
                  the LAST seminar for the fall semester.

               B. The ACE Conference is also on November 14th at Rio Salado College – 2323 West 14th
                  Street, Tempe, AZ 85281. Please see the attachment for further information.

               C. Information sheets were distributed and changes / corrections were made.

               D. LAST WARNING: Bonnie reminded participants that pictures for our website are
                  needed. If you have not taken a picture or sent one in, several options are
                  available. Digital pictures should be sent to Bonnie, you may get a picture taken at
                  your college and send it, or Paul Grocoff can take a picture of you at a future
                  meeting.

               E. LAST WARNING: Don’t forget to send in your testimonial which is a short
                  personal statement describing your experience in the Diversity Infusion Program.
                  To view examples you may visit our website at
                  www.maricopa.edu/diversityinfusion/ put your cursor over the bar on the left side
                  titled “About the Program” and a drop down menu will appear. Click on “Quotes
MISSION STATEMENT: The Maricopa Community College District Diversity Infusion Program enhances the ability of faculty to
create a positive learning and teaching experience that includes increased awareness, understanding, appreciation, respect, and
inclusiveness for all people.

VISION STATEMENT: Each course offered within the district will construct an inclusive environment that fosters learning of
diversity issues, perspectives, and intercultural competency skills, as well as mutual respect and appreciation of all people.
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                    from Participants” and you will see what former participants have said about our
                    Program. When you complete your testimonial you may send it to Bonnie and she
                    will make sure that the Webmaster will add it to our website.

               F. Please share articles, links, and other resources with us, as well as events at your
                  Colleges

III.      GUEST SPEAKERS

               A. Ms. Kathie Gummere – LGBTQQIAA (Lesbian, Gay Men, Bisexual, Transgender,
                  Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Androgynous, and Allies)
                           Ms. Gummere - Attorney at Law, spoke to participants about lesbian, gay,
                  and transgender issues. She distributed two handouts – the first, LGBTQQA
                  Definitions and the second, Gender Identity and Education. Kathie mentioned that
                  allies of the LGBTQQA would vote to defeat proposition 102. She discussed that
                  Sexual Orientation is who you are attracted to physically and emotionally. Kathie
                  stated that the LGBT community does not particularly like the term “Homosexuals”
                  because the term contains the word “sex”. She then spoke about Gender Identity
                  which is the sense that you have if you are male or female – this is what your head
                  tells you and doesn’t have to do with your physical body. This is generally very
                  apparent in children between two- and four-years old when they may not want to
                  do things consistent with their physical characteristics. An example would be a
                  boy who wanted to wear dresses and paint his fingernails. If the feeling is very
                  strong the boy may not want to be referred to as a boy and may not want to be
                  called a name that would be considered male. The outcome in adulthood varies
                  related to whether or not the boy is transgender or heterosexual. When asked,
                  Kathie’s opinion is that children should be allowed to act the way they feel is
                  natural to them.
                           Next, Kathie spoke about Transgender acronyms and what they mean. She
                  stated that a transgender person can be gay or straight. The most vulnerable time
                  for a transgender person can be the year prior to their transition when they must
                  spend a year living as the other sex. Brought to our attention was the realization
                  that as people we sometimes make assumptions about people we meet every day
                  and that people may not have what we assume they have between their legs. It is
                  best to respond to people the way they present themselves. If you are unsure than
                  there are three respectful choices in responding to a person. 1) – act neutral, 2) –
                  respond to the way they are presenting themselves, 3) – ask them with what
                  gender they identify.
                           Ms. Gummere is very involved in the political arena and spoke about a
                  recent lawsuit – Doe vs. Yunits. Doe was a male who felt female and wore female
                  clothing to school. The principal of the school required Doe to check in daily
                  before school to see if the clothing Doe was wearing was acceptable. Many times
                  Yunits did not feel the clothing was acceptable and sent Doe home to change. Doe
                  sued and won for expulsion adding that it was discriminatory since girls were
                  allowed to wear pants (traditionally male clothing) to school. When people don’t
MISSION STATEMENT: The Maricopa Community College District Diversity Infusion Program enhances the ability of faculty to
create a positive learning and teaching experience that includes increased awareness, understanding, appreciation, respect, and
inclusiveness for all people.

VISION STATEMENT: Each course offered within the district will construct an inclusive environment that fosters learning of
diversity issues, perspectives, and intercultural competency skills, as well as mutual respect and appreciation of all people.
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                    identify with their anatomical body they can be diagnosed with a disorder called
                    GID (Gender Identity Disorder) and may even be treated with aversion therapy and
                    shock therapy.
                             Unfortunately, a 15yr. old boy living in a group home was murdered
                    because he liked to wear dresses and make-up and sent a valentine to another
                    male. The male student who received the valentine freaked out and shot the 15 yr.
                    old boy (Lawrence) three times in the face. He was charged as an adult with first
                    degree murder. There was an outcry from the community asking how something
                    like this could happen. In fact, Lawrence had been harassed repeatedly and no
                    one did anything about it. Recent statistics show that a trans person has a 1:12
                    chance of being seriously wounded or killed compared to an average person with a
                    1/18,000 chance.
                             In closing, Kathie recommended that we educate ourselves by learning
                    definitions related to transgender people and how we can help them to transition in
                    a safe environment. She recommended the book titled, Transparent, which was
                    written by the mother of a transgender person. She state that trans people and gay
                    people are coming out earlier. Because of this kids should be protected from
                    psychological and physical harm in schools. The suicide rate among gay people is
                    3X higher and 10X higher for trans people than that of the general population. The
                    city of Chicago now has a special school for lesbian and gay students. For more
                    information you can view the 20/20 Documentary about transgender kids.

               B. Dr. Bonnie Gray and Dr. Paul Grocoff spoke about an International Perspective on
                  Diversity and Education and gave an exciting PowerPoint presentation describing
                  their travels and what they learned during Dr. Gray’s sabbatical. This included
                  visiting eight Universities throughout Europe and interacting with the locals in
                  various cities. They took the opportunity to see the world from another viewpoint
                  through formal and informal interactions and exchanges visiting England, the
                  Netherlands, and Belgium. Dr. Gray and Dr. Grocoff shared many interesting
                  stories and perspectives and summarized with the following conclusions:
                      a. We (USA) are still the leaders in Diversity Education
                      b. There are three possible approaches to Diversity Education
                                 i. Student adapts to institution or city
                                ii. University or cities adapt to the student
                               iii. Both have to meet and adapt somewhere in the middle
                      c. Thoughts to consider:
                                 i. To what extent can students maintain their own culture, feel
                                    included and respected and still adapt to the educational
                                    environment? Do lines need to be drawn? Do these lines keep
                                    moving?
                                ii. Do we need to reconsider our tried and true lecture foundation?
                               iii. Do we need to challenge our views about diversity?
                           In closing, Dr. Gray and Dr. Grocoff suggested getting ideas and
                  perspectives from outside the Maricopa culture.


MISSION STATEMENT: The Maricopa Community College District Diversity Infusion Program enhances the ability of faculty to
create a positive learning and teaching experience that includes increased awareness, understanding, appreciation, respect, and
inclusiveness for all people.

VISION STATEMENT: Each course offered within the district will construct an inclusive environment that fosters learning of
diversity issues, perspectives, and intercultural competency skills, as well as mutual respect and appreciation of all people.
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IV.       DIVERSITY RESOURCES
               A. Diversity Infusion Program Website: http://www.maricopa.edu/diversityinfusion
               B. The Diversity Helpline: Dr. Paul Grocoff at diversity.helpline@domail.maricopa.edu
               C. Special Library Collection on Diversity and Diversity guides –
                  http://www.sc.maricopa.edu/library/ResearchGuides/diversity.htm. The Diversity
                  Library Collection is housed at SCC but all materials can be sent to other Colleges.

V.        FUTURE SEMINARS – TO BE HELD IN THE PERIDOT ROOM AT SCC
               Fall Semester, 2008: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (Student interns meet earlier at 12:45)
                    Friday, November 14th (LAST SEMINAR FOR THE FALL SEMESTER)

               Spring Semester, 2009: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (Student interns meet earlier at 12:45)
                   Friday, February 6th
                   Friday, March 27th
                   Friday, April 17th


Respectfully Submitted,



Terry Mitich




MISSION STATEMENT: The Maricopa Community College District Diversity Infusion Program enhances the ability of faculty to
create a positive learning and teaching experience that includes increased awareness, understanding, appreciation, respect, and
inclusiveness for all people.

VISION STATEMENT: Each course offered within the district will construct an inclusive environment that fosters learning of
diversity issues, perspectives, and intercultural competency skills, as well as mutual respect and appreciation of all people.

				
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