Theme - How did you come to be here?

As our campus community begins to integrate the newly adopted core values and inclusive Campus Climate goals into the curricula and co-curricular activities, the Diversity Commission invites your participation in the fall 2011 project “How did you come to be here?” The question is at once simple and profound.  How did YOU come to be here?  Are you indigenous to this land?  Were your ancestors forced here in slavery? Did your ancestors emigrate?  What was the interaction between these different racial, cultural, religious groups?  And WHO ARE WE NOW, as community?

Students, staff, faculty and administrators alike are encouraged to deeply consider these questions and your own unique story of  coming to this place: whether yours is a history of sovereignty, emigration, forced relocation or some unique combination, it is important that we journey towards cultural self awareness in preparation for acceptance and celebration of our rich diversity.

Possibilities for participation

Performance in MPAC, November 11 & 12, 2011

Written by Sara Thomsen and directed by Tom Isbell

At once a land of welcome and abundance, at once a land of exclusion and forced relocation, “Land of Plenty” wrestles with the conundrum of  the ideals of equal opportunity and the realities of inequality. Drama, song, and spoken word intertwine to create an odyssey of origins, a quest for equity. Featuring a collaboration of campus and community actors, singers, and musicians.

Campus/Community collaboration, fall 2011

This is an opportunity for UMD to come together through curricular, co-curricular and community engagement around a theme wherein all are encouraged to encounter cultural difference and commonality as opportunities toward increased intercultural effectiveness. Building up to the performance, this will include:

a.       An invitation to faculty, staff and campus units to use this as a theme or to somehow integrate the performance/concept into their curriculum and events for the fall term.

b.      A call for proposals of curriculum development from across the campus and academic units around the theme. Selected submissions will be compiled into a multidisciplinary “lesson guide”

Campus/Community Collaboration Events:

Please SHARE your resources and how YOU are integrating this theme into your curricular and co-curricular activities at UMD

    1. Share resources on the theme

    2. Share what you are doing to integrate the theme

Resources around the theme:
Pastures of Plenty: How did you come to be here? (some of the resources used in the creation of the performance, written by Sara Thomsen)

Workshops at UMD

Just Us is an ongoing training and discussion group for faculty and staff on creating curriculum/programming that addressed cultural competence, racism and establishing a more welcoming climate for all faculty, staff, and students. The group is open to anyone who would like to discuss the issues and enhance their competence in dealing with them.

While taking on issues of racism, power, privilege and social justice across the disciplines can seem like a daunting task, we strongly believe in it's importance and will help our faculty and staff support one another in the process.

Just Us Schedule, Fall 2011





#1: Having Difficult Discussions F 9/30/11 8:30-10:00 am EduE 142
#2:Creating an Inclusive Climate F 10/21/11 12-1:30 pm EduE 142
#3: Walking the Tightrope: Ally or Champion F 11/18/11 8:30-10:00 am EduE 142
#4: Understanding Privilege F 12/9/11 12-1:30 pm EduE 142

Looking through a Different Lens: the Albatross, IDS, Wednesday, 9/21/11, 9-10:30 am, KSC 268


Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry

by Mary Bauer and Mónica Ramírez.

A publication by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Exploring the Japanese American Internment through Film & the Internet

Children of the Camps: The WWII Japanese American Internment Camp Experience

The Library of Congress: American Memory

 “Mission: American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning.”

 Ansel Adams’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

from The Library of Congress American Memory

Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives

The Our Documents initiative is a cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, and USA Freedom Corps.

Executive Order 9066: Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese (1942)

President Andrew Jackson's Message to Congress ‘On Indian Removal’ (1830)

We Shall Remain (PBS documentary)

“We Shall Remain is a groundbreaking mini-series and provocative multi-media project that establishes Native history as an essential part of American history. Five 90-minute documentaries spanning three hundred years tell the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective.”

Slavery In the North

by Douglas Harper

Slavery By Another Name

Traces of the Trade

“In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.”

Reconnecting the Circle

The mission of Reconnecting The Circle® (“RTC”), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is to encourage people to learn about Native American people and cultures, and to develop a more meaningful and complete perspective on Indian Country.

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

“Immigration: An indigenous perspective,” by Chris Mato Nunpa

The Twin Cities Daily Planet, September 05, 2010

Chris Mato Nunpa, Ph.D is a retired Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies (INDS) at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall

Historical trauma

The German Americans: An Ethnic Experience

by Willi Paul Adams. Translated by Lavern J. Rippley and Eberhard Reichmann. (online book)

1930s Mexican Deportation


“They Take Our Jobs” and 20 other myths about immigration, Aviva Chomsky (Boston: Beacon Press, 2007)

 A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto by Jorge Ramos (Vintage, 2010)

 The Promise of America: A History of the Norwegian American People, Odd S. Lovoll (University of Minnesota Press, 1984)

 American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons by Mark Dow

 Immigration and Crime: Race, Ethnicity and Violence by Ramiro Martinez, Jr.

 Targeted: National Security and the Business of Immigration by Deepa Fernandes

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

Link to multicultural center calender, etc.