At Goucher, we encourage a wide variety of people to get involved in developing intercultural programs. As we continue to strive toward Goucher’s strategic goal of cultivating an intercultural perspective, we ask community members to consider various learning methods and program structures when planning programs. The following are learning goals that multicultural programs have the potential to promote:
- Celebrate particular cultures and identities.
- Investigate the history of a specific culture or identity.
- Share diverse perspectives, identities, and voices.
- Provide cross-cultural dialogue.
- Facilitate a simulation activity that provides participants with real time examples of power and privilege.
- Empower a marginalized culture or identity.
- Connect curricular/formal learning with lived experiences.
- Create space and time for personal reflections.
- Build skills that provide tools for working interculturally and challenging the status quo.
- Explore the intersection of identities and issues related to more than one culture or identity.
- Unpack the study abroad experience and the concept of identity while abroad.
If you, your office, your club, or your academic department is contemplating an idea for a program that promotes diversity, multiculturalism, or inclusion, please think broadly and let us know your plans and ideas. We have created this form to facilitate your communication with us so that we can be more intentional about intercultural programming on this campus.
Upcoming special event:
- Civil Rights Theme Semester: In Spring 2015, to honor the anniversaries related to the 20th-century civil rights movement, the entire Goucher community will be exploring the multifaceted, ongoing struggle over the meaning of "civil rights."
- Civil Rights Theme Semester Courses
Some events from 2014 include:
- Native American Heritage Month which included a speaker, Stryker Sessions, who presented "The American Indian Illusion."
- International Education Week which included the following sessions: Internships in Francophone Europe; "Gender Equality in South Africa: A Look Back on 20 Years" presented by Janine Hicks, commissioner for gender equality for South Africa; International Students' Forum; Third-Culture Kids; Student Research: School of International Training; Short-Term Study Abroad: "Views of Students from the Nazareth Intensive Course Abroad"; and "Favelas at the Vanguard" a discussion by Theresa Williamson, founder of Catalytic Communities regarding the favelas in Rio de Janeiro.
- Racial Microaggression Dialogue: A dialogue aimed towards confronting the affects and source of racial microaggressions, ally-ship, reshaping the culture on campus and the continuation of a campus-wide dialogue sponsored by Umoja.
- Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Student-led discussion about the Israel-Palestinian conflict through the guidance of a book called One Land, Two Stories, co-written by two professors with separate perspectives, both of whom have their doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies.
- Consciousness-Raising Series: Psychology of White Racism: A three-part community discussion series about racism created by the students, for the students. The parts include a small group discussion on "Racist Microaggressions and the Antiracist Responding"; a discussion on "Healing from Internalized Racism" within racial/cultural group sanctuary discussion, and a discussion on "Antiracist Community Process and Integration" as a whole group. This event was sponsored by students enrolled in Goucher's "Psychology of White Racism" seminar course.
- Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month which included the following sessions: Studying Abroad . . . .En Español; "Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them" presented by Maria Costa; and a crafts workshop.
- Listen in/Speak Out on Ferguson and Cultural Bias: An opportunity for students, faculty and staff to listen to the facts of the incident and speak out from diverse viewpoints about cultural bias in Ferguson, as well as in our own community.
- Kente Cloth Ceremony: A rite of passage for students of color, in which graduating seniors will be donned with a stole of Kente, a fabric native to Ghana reserved for special occasions, and given an opportunity to share their story and thank their supporters.
- Gay-pril which included the following events: Circumstance Film Screening; B'more Proud LGBTQUIA Leadership Summit; Drag Ball; Prism Ice Cream Social; Race & Queer Identities, a discussion panel sharing experiences as LGBT people of color; Todo Sobre Mi Madre Film Screening; Blood Drive; Out & Abroad session about studying abroad as an LGBTQ student; Coming Out Monologues; Take Back the Night;
- Goucher's Seventh Annual Rainbow Reception: An opportunity to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ and ally graduates of the Class of 2014 .
- National Women's History Month which included the following events: "That Takes Ovaries" Open Mic Night, Trailblazers in Habits Film Screening; SHEro Craft Night; Iron Jawed Angels Film Screening; "The Making of Goddesses" presented by John Mason, a Guggenheim Fellow and Yoruba priest; The Vagina Monologues; and Dance Showcase.
- Islamic Awareness Week which included the following events: Muslim and Ex-Muslim Student Panel; Asma Harif who spoke on domestic abuse of Muslim women and Islamic feminism; Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat who spoke on misconceptions of Islam and the effect of extremism on Muslim communities; and Circumstance Film Screening
- Annual MLK Tribute Dinner: An opportunity for the Goucher community to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance. A chamber theatre work that celebrates the lives of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay.
- 8th Annual Jewell Robinson Dinner: Named for Jewell Robinson - actress, writer, producer, and the first African-American student admitted to Goucher - this event is a chance for celebration, reflection, and fellowship for students, alumni, faculty and staff of color.
- The Humanity of Our Racialization: Campus-Wide Race and Identity Discussion: A narrative-based fishbowl discussion in which a panel of Goucher students, faculty and staff shared their complex humanity and stories of racialization.
- Star Power a game that helped students explore inequal distribution of power and resources.