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        Instructions
        The Diversity Passport is hosted by the Business                  3. Reflect
        and Finance Diversity Committee (BFDC) in                             Take some time to journal in the space provided.
        collaboration with its partners and the U-M                           Please note that your passport is yours to keep and
        Diversity Coordinating Council and in thanks to                       will not be collected at any time.
        a grant awarded by U-M Diversity Council. The
        passport program runs from October 2009 through                   4. Validate
        June 2010.                                                           Upon completing at least one event or activity per
                                                                             month, validate by telling someone about what you
                                                                             did, what you learned and something you will do
        1. Register Online: www.bf.umich.edu/dpassport                       based upon what you learned. Have the person sign
              Registering on-line connects you into the Diversity            your passport in the “Validation Area”.
              Learning Community and enables you to receive
              valuable updates, announcements, communications,            5. Evaluate
              and resources.                                                  Evaluate your experience when the passport program
                                                                              ends in June 2010. Watch for details!
        2. Participate
              Participate in at least one activity or event each month!
              Information and suggestions have been provided, but
              feel free to invent your own way of participating.


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        Welcome To The Diversity Learning Community                                                                                4


        The theme of this year’s University of Michigan Diversity Passport program is “Exploring Global Connections”.
        Through this passport program we become part of a community that is participating in self-guided diversity
        learning opportunities in order to broaden our ability to be effective citizens of the university and the world.
        The more we learn about the interesting and different ways that people live and interact with one another, the
        better equipped we are to “travel” in this increasingly complex world, with true respect and appreciation for our
        similarities and differences.
        Let this Diversity Passport guide you to new places, conversations, events, movies, books, restaurants and more.
        Each month, take time to reflect and allow your new experiences to broaden your thinking and enrich your life.
        Share your observations with your family, friends and co-workers and listen to their thoughts, as well.
        “When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to
        preserve it and build on it.” -Yo-Yo Ma
        Here’s to a wonderful learning journey!


            A special thanks to Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Lester Monts, and the University of Michigan
            Diversity Council, for a grant to make this resource available to the university community.




        Diversity Passport 2009-2010



        Diversity Passport 2009-2010 Theme:
        “Exploring Global Connections”

        The Diversity Passport Program invites us to:
        F Explore ways to expand and deepen our involvement/engagement in diversity activities/issues;
        F Experience new ways of thinking, and perspectives different from our own;
        F Participate in continuous diversity-based learning and conversation opportunities;
        F Create a welcoming and inclusive climate in this rapidly changing world;
        F Reflect upon and/or discuss your experiences.



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How to Participate                                                                                                                 6



F Do Something, Go Somewhere, Try Something New! Each month, participate in at least one
diversity-related activity. Themes, special days, events, programs, and “On Your Own” activities are suggested to
help get you started. The “On Your Own” ideas are included because some of us are not able to attend programs
during the work day and these ideas can be done anytime!

F What I Did: Write it down—what did you do? What did you think about it? Enter notes into your
passport to help you keep track of what you did and what you are learning.

F What I Learned: Think about what you did, where you went, and what you experienced. What did you
observe and learn about in terms of customs, people, interactions, ideas, rituals, traditions, etc? This reflection
exercise can help us record new insights and can be a way to express new ideas, information, and perspectives.

F What I Will Do Differently: Use this space to document a few key reminder words or phrases about
how you can apply what you learned. For example, I will remember to… I will appreciate…. I will be careful to…

F Validation Area: This is a voluntary invitation to have some fun with the passport! One way you could
complete this step is to tell someone what you did , what you thought about it, and then ask them to sign in the
validation area.




Page Diagram
                                                        Monthly Theme: Each month features a national or
                  Monthly theme                         international theme, heritage celebrations, holidays, religious,
                                                        cultural, and/or other events that highlight opportunities to learn
                                                        something new.
                 Diversity events,
                  activities, and
                                                        On Your Own: These are suggestions of things you can do,
                     holidays                           well, “on your own”! The ideas include ways to learn about a
                                                        lifestyle, culture, celebration, observance, etc., that may be different
                                                        from your own. Feel free to come up with your own activity, too.
                                                        Please Note: Themes, events, and activities presented in this
     “On Your Own”                                      passport are simply suggestions to help you participate. Many
     suggestions and                                    sources were consulted (websites, calendars, diversity resources,
          ideas                                         etc.) and every effort was made to insure inclusion and accuracy.
                             Journal Reflection
                                                        The list is not all-inclusive. Feel free to come up with additional
      Validation Area                                   activities and ideas! If you have information to share with the
                                                        Diversity Learning Community, please forward details to the B&F
                                                        Diversity Committee at bfdc@umich.edu.


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                                 Disability Employment Awareness Month                                                                        8
                                 In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October as “National Employ the Physically
                                 Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge individuals
                                 with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month. This national
                                 effort, along with the U-M’s Investing in Abilities Week, heightens awareness while recognizing
                                 the contributions of Americans with disabilities to both our workforce and our society.
                                 Also: National German Heritage Month, Italian-American Heritage Month,
                                 Filipino American History Month, LGBT History Month, Diversity
                                 Awareness Month, Family History Month, Polish American Heritage Month

F Oct. 11 – National Coming Out Day                                     F Oct. 3 - Dec 12 – Center for Chinese Studies Film
  International awareness day for “coming out” and discussing             Series
  lesbian, gay, bisexual, & transgender (LGBT) issues.                     Films from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong,
                                                                           Taiwan, and the US will be featured, which reflect the diversity
F Oct. 17 - 21 – Diwali (Hindu)                                            and sophistication of current Chinese cinema. All films are
                                                                           subtitled in English. (Time varies; Auditorium A, Angell
  Five-day Hindu Festival of Lights, marked by the lighting of             Hall; Free; http://www.ii.umich.edu/ccs/events_programs/
  lamps and candles, feasting, and the exchange of gifts.
                                                                           chinesefilmseries)
F Oct. 22 – Demonstration of Indian Classical Dance
  (Kathakali) with Shanmughan and Kaladharan                            F Oct. 27 – Panel on Deafness: Personal Perspectives
  Kathakali is a highly stylised Indian dance-drama noted for its          Sponsored by the U-M Council for Disability Concerns. Sign
  attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes and well-           language interpreters and CART provided.
  defined body movements in tune with music and percussion.                (2-3:30pm; Kuenzel Room, Michigan Union; Free; http://
  (8-9pm; Britton Recital Hall, E.V. Moore Building; Free)                 www.med.umich.edu/abilities)




On Your Own                                                               What I Did:
G Attend and participate in the Invest in Abilities Week
  (Oct 21-31) programs on the U-M campus:
  Films, workshops, performances, panel discussions, and more!
  http://www.med.umich.edu/abilities

G Visit the U-M Spectrum Center website to read
  about the mission and services of this office: http://                  What I Learned:
  spectrumcenter.umich.edu/

G Go with a friend to a local ethnic grocery store - try
  something you’ve never seen before!
G Try learning a new ethnic dance at the Ann Arbor
  Council for Traditional Music and Dance: http://www.
  aactmad.org/index.html.
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                                Native American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month                                                           10
                                The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. Red Fox James,
                                a Blackfeet Indian, rode horseback from state to state, getting endorsements from 24 state
                                governments, to have a day to honor American Indians. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush
                                declared the first National American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month to honor and
                                recognize the original peoples of this land.
                                Also: Hispanic Heritage Month
                                                                     F Nov 13 – Indian American Student Association (IASA)
F Nov. 2 – Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)                        Cultural Show
  A Mexican celebration to remember those who have departed             Every year IASA holds the largest student-run cultural show in
  with flowers, special foods, and candles.                             the United States, featuring a variety of choreographed dances.
                                                                        (Hill Auditorium; http://www.umiasatest.com)
F Nov. 2 – Playing for Change
  A global multimedia phenomenon founded by Grammy-
                                                                     F Nov 13 – Race and Reconciliation in Our Community
  winning producer Mark Johnson, the Playing for Change Band            President Obama has called for a national conversation on
  has launched a worldwide concert tour featuring musicians             race. The discussion will reflect the multifaceted nature of our
  from around the globe. Johnson will be the keynote speaker at         community. Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond
  the Business and Finance MLK Convocation in January 2010.             Tutu, will facilitate. (7:30pm; Rackham Auditorium; Free)
  (8pm; The Ark; $40; http://www.theark.org/)
                                                                     F Nov 25 - 28 – Hajj (Islamic Annual Pilgrimage to Mecca)
F Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day                                               The Hajj event consists of several ceremonies, meant to
  A day to honor veterans of the armed forces. It was first             symbolize the essential concepts of the Islamic faith. The fifth
  observed in 1919 as Armistice Day, to commemorate the end             and the last of the five pillars of Islam, the Hajj, is observed by a
  of World War I.                                                       Muslim who journeys to Mecca to join other Muslims.




On Your Own                                                            What I Did:
G Watch a documentary about Native American
  communities in the United States.
G Learn to tango at the Community Milonga
  of Ann Arbor: http://communitymilonga.org/
  communitymilonga/index.htm.
                                                                       What I Learned:
  Or take lessons with the Michigan Argentine Tango
  Club: http://umich.edu/~umtango/
G Talk to a veteran about his/her service. Ask them what
  kind of experiences they had in relation to diversity.
G Visit the Arab American National Museum in
  Dearborn: http://www.arabamericanmuseum.org/
  Home.id.2.htm
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                                  Universal Human Rights Month                                                                                   12
                                  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948 as a response
                                  to the Holocaust and to set a standard by which the human rights activities of all nations
                                  are to be measured.



                                                                        F Dec. 12 – Hanukkah ( Jewish)
F Dec. 1 – Rosa Parks Day
                                                                            The Festival of Lights is celebrated for eight days. The eight-
  Commemorates Rosa Parks’ 1955 arrest for defying segregation              candle menorah is lit each night, and special readings and songs
  by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger.                 of praise celebrate liberty and freedom.

F Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day                                               F Dec. 18 – Islamic New Year (Muslim)
  The United Nations’ (UN) World AIDS Day is held on                        Islamic New Year occurs on the first day of Muharram, the first
  December 1 each year to recognize the victims of the AIDS                 Islamic month. It is observed relatively quietly, with prayers,
  pandemic and focus attention on the prevention and treatment              readings and reflection upon the Quran.
  of HIV and AIDS related conditions. AIDS affects tens of
  millions of people around the world.
                                                                        F Dec. 25 – Christmas Day (Christian)
                                                                            Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.
F Dec. 5 – The 37th Annual Noel Night
  Over 30 Detroit institutions, including the Institute of Arts,
  the Science Center, the Historical Museum, and the Public             F Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 – Kwanzaa (African American)
  Library open their doors to the public during this Cultural               A harvest festival, which began in 1966, to celebrate black
  Center-wide holiday “open house.” (5-9:30pm; Midtown                      heritage. Families exchange gifts, have feasts, and light a candle
  Detroit’s University Cultural Center District; Free)                      on a seven-pronged candleholder each night.




On Your Own                                                                What I Did:
G Promote fair wages for all people! Learn about fair
  trade online, then visit a store that sells fair trade
  items. Ten Thousand Villages in Ann Arbor (http://
  www.tenthousandvillages.com/) is a great place to buy
  beautiful jewelry and home decor while supporting
  artisans from India, Ghana, Vietnam, and more!
                                                                           What I Learned:
G Dec. 5th is International Volunteer Day. Select a
  special way to give of your time this month.
G Attend a holiday celebration that differs from your own.
G Make a recipe from another country! Visit:
  http://www.internationalrecipes.net/
  http://www.cooksrecipes.com/category/international.html

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                                  National Mentoring Month                                                                                  14
                                  National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as
                                  how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities
                                  and nonprofits—can work together to assure brighter futures for our young people.
                                  Also: Dominican Heritage Month, National Braille Literacy Month

                                                                        F Jan. 22 – Fondly Do We Hope… Fervently Do We Pray
F Jan. 18 – Business and Finance MLK Convocation                           Continuing his tradition of thought provoking work,
  Keynote speaker: Grammy-winning producer/engineer/                       MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Bill T. Jones is creating
  filmmaker Mark Johnson. Johnson founded Playing For Change,              a new evening-length work about Abraham Lincoln. By
  a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and                   envisioning the America that might have been had Lincoln
  bring peace to the world through music. (1-3pm; Rackham                  completed the Reconstruction, Jones exposes the great distance
  Auditorium; Free; http://www.playingforchange.com; http://               between what is and what could have been. (8pm; Power
  www.bf.umich.edu/diversitycommittee.html )                               Center for the Performing Arts; Tickets - visit www.ums.org)

F Jan. 18 – U-M 2010 MLK Symposium                                      F Jan. 27 – National Holocaust Memorial Day
  Sponsored by the MLK planning committee and Ross School of               Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest
  Business, this event features guest speaker Gwen Ifill, journalist,      of Nazi Germany’s concentration camps.
  television newscaster and author (10:30am; Hill Auditorium;
  Free; Visit http://mlksymposium.umich.edu for a full schedule)        F Jan. 30 – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
                                                                           Grammy award winning male choral group from South Africa
F Jan. 19 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day                                that rose to worldwide prominence as a result of singing with
  Federal holiday to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr.            Paul Simon on his album, Graceland. (4pm; Hill Auditorium;
  Martin Luther King Jr.                                                   Tickets - visit www.ums.org)




On Your Own                                                               What I Did:
G Attend and discuss an MLK event with a friend.
G Find someone who celebrates a different New Year
  from your own and ask them how they celebrate it.
G Watch some of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous
  speeches on YouTube.                                                    What I Learned:

G Celebrate National Braille Literacy Month – check out
  a book written in Braille from the library or learn how
  to write your own name in Braille!
G Visit the Playing for Change website to preview
  what is in store for the Jan 18th event! http://www.
  playingforchange.com/

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                                 Black History Month                                                                                       16
                                 Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as “Negro History Week”
                                 and later as “Black History Month.” Dr. Carter Woodson launched these efforts and chose
                                 February because it includes the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln, who freed the
                                 slaves during the Civil War, and Frederick Douglass, an American abolitionist, editor,
                                 orator, author, statesman, and reformer who worked to end slavery.



F Feb. 8 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)                                      F Feb. 16 – Mardi Gras (Christian)
  Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana. This is a Mahayana            Also known as “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras is the last day
  Buddhist festival that marks the death of the Buddha.                   of feasting before Lent, the 40-day period of fasting and
  Buddhists celebrate the death of the Buddha, because they               repentance leading up to Easter.
  believe that having attained Enlightenment he achieved
  freedom from physical existence and its sufferings.                  F Feb. 17 – Ash Wednesday (Christian)
                                                                          The first day of Lent. In ancient times, dusting oneself with
F Feb. 14 – Chinese New Year (2010: Year of the Tiger)                    ashes was the penitent’s way of expressing sorrow for sins and
  Also known as the Spring Festival, it is the most important of          faults.
  the traditional Chinese holidays. Often called the Lunar New
  Year, especially by people in mainland China and Taiwan.             F Feb. 17 – Béla Fleck: The Africa Project
                                                                          Renowned musician Béla Fleck brings with him some of
F Feb. 15 - 21 – Random Acts of Kindness Week (Intl.)                     Africa’s most talented musicians, including those from Mali,
  Established in 1995 to inspire people to share kindness with            Tanzania, South Africa, Madagascar, and Tanzania. (8:00pm;
  one another, people can discover their power to have a positive         Hill Auditorium; Tickets, visit www.ums.org)
  effect on their community.




On Your Own                                                              What I Did:
G Visit the Charles H. Wright Museum of African
  American History in Detroit: http://www.maah-detroit.
  org/index.html

G Learn how to make Chinese potstickers with your
  family! Visit http://www.recipezaar.com/Chinese-Pot-
  Stickers-13320 for a recipe.                                           What I Learned:

G Participate in Random Acts of Kindness Week. Help
  out an elderly neighbor, shovel someone’s walkways, or
  volunteer at your favorite non-profit organization!
G How did New Orleans become famous for its
  Mardi Gras celebrations? Read about it here: http://
  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras_in_the_United_States

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                                  Women’s History Month                                                                                       18
                                  The theme of “Writing Women Back into History” has been selected in honor of the 30th
                                  anniversary of Women’s History Month. As recently as the 1970s, women’s history was
                                  virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum. The women’s movement of the sixties
                                  caused women to question their invisibility in traditional American history texts. The
                                  movement also raised the aspirations as well as the opportunities of women, and produced a
                                  growing number of female historians.
                                  Also: Irish American History Month, Greek American History Month

                                                                        F Mar. 18 – Spectrum Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
                                                                          Transgender, Queer & Friends Staff/Faculty Social Hour
F Mar. 8 – International Women’s Day                                       This group meets on the third Thursday of each month from
  A global celebration for the economic, political and social              5:15-6:30 p.m. for food, drinks and socializing. A great way
  achievements of women.                                                   to meet and hang out with colleagues! (5:15pm-6:30pm;
                                                                           Michigan Union; Free; http://spectrumcenter.umich.edu/)
F Mar. 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
  Annual feast day which celebrates Saint Patrick, one of the           F Mar. 24 – Rama Navami (Hindu)
  patron saints of Ireland. Celebrations are generally themed              Celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious
  around all things Irish and, by association, the color green.            epic poem, the Ramayana.

F Mar. 18 – Palm Sunday (Christian)                                     F Mar. 30 – First day of Passover ( Jewish)
  The sixth and last Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday marks the                 Passover is an eight day holiday to commemorate the liberation
  entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the start of Holy Week, the            of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses.
  week leading up to Easter.                                               Work is not permitted on the first or last two days of Passover.




On Your Own                                                                What I Did:
G Check out some CDs of world/folk music from the local
  public library.
G When you visit the grocery store - take a look at what’s
  considered Kosher for Passover. You might be surprised!
  Ask someone who’s observing Passover about their
  experiences.                                                             What I Learned:
G Read about St. Patrick’s Day cultural symbols such as
  leprechauns and shamrocks - how did they come about?
  Who was St. Patrick and why was he revered?
G Read more about the National Women’s History Project:
  http://www.nwhp.org/


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                                 Celebrate Diversity Month                                                                                     20
                                 Originating in 2004, Celebrate Diversity Month is about opening dialogues that foster an
                                 appreciation of the differences that separate us, as well as the similarities that unite us.
                                 Also: Multicultural Communications Month

                                                                         F Apr. 12 – Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day
                                                                             Day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews
                                                                             who perished in the Holocaust.
F Apr. TBD – Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth                            F Apr. 13 – Vaisakhi (Sikh)
  Pow-wow
                                                                             Also known as the Sikh New Year Festival, it is one of the most
  Native American singers and dancers, artists, drummers, and                important dates in the Sikh calendar. Vaisakhi commemorates
  vendors from much of North America. Everyone is welcome.                   1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith.
  (All day; Saline Middle School. 7190 N. Maple, Saline, MI;
  http://www.umich.edu/~powwow/)
                                                                         F Apr. 21 – Ridván (Bahá’í)
F Apr. 4 – Easter Sunday (Christian)                                         The most important Bahá’í festival, Ridván is a 12-day festival
                                                                             when Bahá’ís celebrate the day when Baha’u’llah said that he
  Sacred day commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.                 was the prophet predicted by the Bab.

F Apr. 10 – Baaba Maal                                                   F Apr. 25 – Earth Day Festival
  Senegalese master musician and social activist Baaba Maal                  Educational displays, live music, hands-on activities, face
  performs contemporary Afropop and expressions of traditional               painting, live animal presentations, a clean energy expo, and
  West African music. (8pm; Michigan Theater; Tickets, visit                 information about local organizations. (12-4pm; Leslie
  www.ums.org)                                                               Science & Nature Center; Free)




On Your Own                                                                What I Did:
G Ask someone whose first language is not English or
  has emigrated from another country about his or her
  experiences.
G Visit the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington
  Hills, Michigan.
G International Neighbors is an organization that offers                   What I Learned:
  friendship and cultural exchange with women who have
  come to the Ann Arbor area from other countries. Check
  them out at: http://www.international-neighbors.org/
G Locate and attend one of the U-M student group
  graduation ceremonies.
  La Celebration Latina: http://www.umich.edu/~oami/studprog/latina.
  html; Lavender Graduation: http://spectrumcenter.umich.edu/; Black
  Celebratory: http://www.umich.edu/~blkceleb/
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                                  National Older Persons Month                                                                             22
                                  Older Americans Month originated with a presidential proclamation in May 1963 and
                                  has been proclaimed by presidents every year since to acknowledge the contributions of past
                                  and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country.
                                  Also: Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage
                                  Month, National Share a Story Month, Haitian Heritage Month



F May 5 – Cinco de Mayo                                                  F May 21 – World Day for Cultural Diversity for
  Celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French               Dialogue and Development
  at the “Batalla de Puebla” in 1862. While Cinco de Mayo                   A UN designated observance since 2003, this day is an occasion
  has limited significance in Mexico, the date is observed in               for people to deepen their understanding of cultural diversity.
  the United States and other locations around the world as a
  celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
                                                                         F May 27 – Wesak, or Buddha Day (Buddhist)
F May 15 – The International Day of Families                                Wesak is the most important of the Buddhist festivals and is
                                                                            celebrated on the full moon in May. It celebrates the Buddha’s
  A global observance that celebrates the importance of families            birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment
  and the work started during the Intl. Year of Families (1994).            and death.

F May 19 – Shavuot ( Jewish)                                             F May 31 – Memorial Day
  Also known as the Festival of Weeks, Shavuot is a Jewish                  Day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the
  festival of both historical and agricultural importance, and is           United States.
  one of three major Jewish festivals.




On Your Own                                                                 What I Did:
G Visit the White House website to view the latest
  proclamation issued to honor National Older Person’s
  month: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/
  Presidential-Proclamation-Older-Americans-Month

G Which is really Mexico’s day of independence, Cinco de
  Mayo or Mexican Independence Day? Find out: http://                       What I Learned:
  www.clickondetroit.com/family/2990178/detail.html

G Learn about the contributions of Chinese Americans in
  the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.
G Volunteer at a nursing home or an assisted living facility!
  Ask the senior citizens you meet to tell you a story from
  their youth.

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                                  Gay and Lesbian Pride Month                                                                                  24
                                  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) events are celebrated by communities
                                  across the US and Canada on different dates from June through early August. During this
                                  time, people can find support and take pride in their community and its history.



                                                                          Summer Festival: Ticketed performances of theater, dance,
                                                                          comedy, and music by national and international artists at the
F June 5 – World Environment Day (WED)                                    Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
  The UN General Assembly designated WED in 1972 to                       (Time varies; Ingalls Mall, Power Center; Cost varies; www.
  mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the                     annarborsummerfestival.org)
  Human Environment and to call worldwide attention to the
  environment. WED is hosted by a different city every year.
                                                                       F June 19 – Juneteenth
                                                                          Observance of the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas
F June 5 – African American Downtown Festival                             and the Southwest on June 19, 1865. Includes music, poetry,
  The African American Downtown Festival features arts and                storytelling, performances, games, a children’s area, health and
  crafts, merchandise, food, a petting zoo, and lots of kids’             nonprofit information, concessions, and local vendors. (12 -
  activities. Musical entertainment includes jazz, R&B, and pop.          6pm; Wheeler Park, 810 N. Fourth Ave; Free)
  (Time is TBD; N. Fourth Ave. and Ann St., Downtown Ann
  Arbor; Free)
                                                                       F June 27 – Helen Keller’s Birthday
                                                                          Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and
F June 11 – July 4 – Ann Arbor Summer Festival                            lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of
  Top of the Park: A nightly series of free outdoor concerts,             Arts degree. The events of her life are depicted in the film “The
  global celebrations, and movies.                                        Miracle Worker.”




On Your Own                                                               What I Did:
G Visit the newly renovated UMMA, which features a
  variety of European, Asian, and African art as well as
  monthly lectures, workshops and performances: http://
  www.umma.umich.edu/
G Attend one of the Global Party celebrations at the Top of
  the Park that features international music and dance.                   What I Learned:
G Do some research on your own history—start a
  scrapbook or journal with what you discover.
G Visit an ethnic restaurant and try something new!
G Visit the U-M Spectrum Center website for news articles,
  programming, and Ally training. Learn what it means to
  be an Ally: http://spectrumcenter.umich.edu/
                                                                          What I’ll Do Differently:



                                                Validation Area


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        Don’t stop now! There’s so much more to do and see!

                                         July: Recreation and Parks Month
                                         F July 1-4: The Summer Festival continues (refer to page 24)
                                         F July 4: Independence Day celebration and fireworks (USA)
                                         F July 11: World Population Day
                                         F July 24: Pioneer Day (Mormon)
                                         August: Look up the many things celebrated this month!
                                         F Aug. 9: World Indigenous Peoples’ Day
                                         F Aug. 11: Ramadan (Muslim)
                                         F Aug. 12: International Youth Day
                                         September: National Hispanic Heritage Month
                                         F Sept. 9: Rosh Hashana ( Jewish)
                                         F Sept. 10: Eid-al-Fitr (Muslim)
                                         F Sept. 18: Yom Kippur ( Jewish)
                                         F Sept. 21: International Day of Peace




        What Will You Do Next?

            Visit the U-M Diversity Passport Website for lists of movies, books, restaurants and other suggestions:
            http://www.bf.umich.edu/dpassport/
            MOVIES: American Films: Babel (2006); Crash (2004); Dreamgirls (2006); Glory (1989); Men of Honor (2000);
            Milk (2008); The Namesake (2007) Foreign Films: Jibeuro (The Way Home) (2002) – Korean; Tsotsi (2005) – English
            BOOKS: Fiction: Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska ; Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan; Interpreter of Maladies by
            Jhumpa Lahiri Nonfiction: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder; Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Journey to
            Change the World by Greg Mortenson
            FOOD: African: Blue Nile (Ethiopian) Asian: Asian Legends (Authentic Taiwanese); Champion House (Chinese
            & Japanese); Chia Shiang (Chinese & Malaysian); Gourmet Garden (Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin); Kang’s
            Coffee Break (Korean); Marnee Thai; Maru (Korean) Middle Kingdom (Chinese); Miki ( Japanese); No Thai!; TK
            Wu (Chinese); Sadako ( Japanese); Saigon Garden (Chinese & Vietnamese); Siam Cuisine (Thai) European: Amadeus
            (Polish, Hungarian, Austrian); Café Japon (French & Japanese); Heidelberg (German) Greek: Frank’s Restaurant;
            Parthenon; Indian: Earthen Jar (Vegetarian); Madras Masala; Raja Rani; Shalimar Mexican/Latin American: Café
            Habana (Cuban); Sabor Latino (Latin American); Senor Lopez Taqueria (Mexican) Middle Eastern: Ali Baba; Ayse’s
            (Turkish); Charlie’s Mediterranean Cuisine; Eastern Flame; Jerusalem Garden Italian: Palio; Paesano’s Restaurant;
            Olive Garden Italian Restaurant. Brazilian: Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse.

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        Why Diversity Matters at Michigan                                                                                         28

            Visit the Diversity Matters at Michigan website: http://www.diversity.umich.edu/
            It’s a gateway to the scores of people and programs that support and advance diversity at the U-M and beyond.


            “...more than ever, we must re-commit ourselves to a campus community that provides experiences and
            opportunities unlike any other university. A diversity of people, of ideas, and of cultures is a core value of this
            institution. We want a spectrum of students, staff and faculty, and we will always work to attain it, because it
            is a critical element of our commitment to academic excellence.”
            — Mary Sue Coleman, President (remarks from the 2009 MLK Symposium)

            “This organization, like any organization, is really about people. People like to be appreciated for who they
            are. Our staff members have much more to offer than what is defined by their job descriptions. We all bring
            everything about who we are to our everyday tasks. Diversity means embracing this fact. It means truly
            appreciating the unique value of each person’s contribution, regardless of their role in the organization and
            regardless of how similar or different we act or appear from one another. It means pledging to openly accept
            different opinions, suggestions, ideas, and feedback. It also means pledging to speak up, especially when you
            have a unique point of view to offer. We must embrace diversity in order to become the highest-performing
            organization that we are capable of being.”
            — Tim Slottow, EVPCFO




        Additonal Diversity Resources
            U-M Events: Exhaustive calendar of campus events, including performances, art exhibitions, lectures, film series,
            and more! [http://uuis.umich.edu/events/]

            U-M Museum of Art: Regularly hosts workshops, lectures, special exhibits, film screenings, and performances.
            [http://www.umma.umich.edu/]

            Multifaith Calendar: List of important holidays from around the world, along with interesting and
            informative descriptions. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/tools/calendar/]

            DiversityWeb: Interactive resource hub aimed at disseminating the latest ideas on diversity in higher education
            and promoting dialogue on institutional change. [http://www.diversityweb.org/]

            U-M Health System Diversity Network: Useful compendium of resources including a Supervisor’s
            Toolkit, which covers topics such as: Accommodating Cultural and Religious Beliefs at Work , Being Inclusive of
            Sexual Orientation, Building a Cohesive, Diverse Team , Diversity Conversation Starters, and many more!
            [http://www.med.umich.edu/diversity/]




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           Diversity Passport Notes to Travelers                                                                                         32

          Participation in the Diversity Passport Program is completely voluntary. For support to participate on
          work time, please consult your supervisor. Listed activities and events are merely suggestions for ways to
          participate in diversity-based learning each month. Feel free to invent your own activities. Any individual
          passport and contents (including written reflections) will remain the private property of the owner.

          Here are some ideas you might try:
          F What if you invited staff to bring their Diversity Passports into your next staff meeting? You could each talk about
          what you did and maybe come to some new understandings within your workgroup.
          F Food is a great way to bring workgroups together to share international food and stories of our heritage!
          F Send events, ideas, book and movie suggestions to share with
          fellow travelers to bfdc@umich.edu and it will be included in the
          monthly “Frequent Flyer Newsletter” that is distributed to those
          registered in the Diversity Learning Community.


The Diversity Passport originated from an idea of the BFDC facilitator/sponsor, Catherine Lilly – the BFDC members took it from there!
BFDC Diversity Passport Project Team: Bob Hannah, Ghazala Hussain, Lynette Wright, Emily Wang, and Raquel de Paula
U-M Project Manager, Maureen Ybarra; Passport logo, design and layout by Graphic Artist, Dayna M. Rinke.

				
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