Anti-Racism Ethnic Discrimination Issue Team History

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					Anti-Racism / Ethnic Discrimination Issue Team History

The Anti-Racism / Ethnic Discrimination Issue Team formed in the fall of 1998. Since then the
team has addressed several ways that we, as Marianists, can counter racism and ethnic
discrimination since these evils continue to exist in today's society.

During the fall of 1999 and 2000, the issue team concentrated on anti-racism within the Marianist
family by presenting an interactive program entitled " Don't Call Me No Racist" at four different
sites around the US.

In September, 2003, focusing on ethnic discrimination, the team offered a workshop, Multicultural
Challenges, which was given by representatives of the Mexican American Cultural Center
(MACC), San Antonio, TX. The workshop culminated with the formulation of "to do" lists for four
groups of participants: parishioners, reps of educational institutions, MSJC leaders, and members
of the Society of Mary.

In June 2004, the team offered the Racial Sobriety Workshop by Fr. Clarence Williams, CPPS, at
Cape May Point in conjunction with the Racism Justice Committee of the Diocese of Camden,
NJ. Father Williams demonstrated that racism is a dysfunctional social system that ha s become
part of American life, but he gave participants a means to be "sober", that is, to become as Christ
figures who can work to change the current system.

With the adoption of the Pledge to Eliminate Racism, we have recruited a team of both lay and
professed Marianists to make the Cultural Audit available to individuals and communities in the
Marianist Family. The audit is a tool that helps individuals and communities to better understand
their own culture and their attitudes toward people from other cultural backgrounds, but more
importantly gives people resources that foster intercultural communication. The overall goal of
the Audit is to build communities that are deeply multicultural in their attitudes and practices, and
hopefully their membership.