Diverse Dialogues: Is Our Campus an Island? Exploring Diversity and Inclusion with the Keweenaw Culture Project

The Keweenaw region is geographically and, to an extent, culturally isolated.  The Keweenaw Culture Project (KCP) was launched to investigate our region, its residents, and the subject of inclusion (or exclusion) of its peoples in the cultural groups and institutions found in our strange corner of the U.P.  Through extensive interviews with nearly 100 residents, spanning the demographic range from 16-year-old high school students to 90-something lifelong residents, the interviews always centered on the question of whether or not residents felt they were welcome here, and why or why not.  Michigan Tech, being one of the largest employers in the area, is quite central to the region’s life, but is MTU really operating as a part of the region itself?  Or is Tech more of an island, operating as it wishes, separate from the rest of the region and its concerns?  How do we, as a university and a region, treat the marginalized among us?  


During this session, Josh Loar, KCP project director and faculty at Michigan Tech, will present some of his findings from a year of listening to residents, and will lead a discussion about how we can all encourage inclusion with our neighbors, colleagues, and the community (both on- and off-campus). 


The Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites you Wednesday, February 27th at 4:05pm in the Jackson Active Learning Center in Rehki G05 (the location has changed from the East Reading Room) to join the dialogue, Is Our Campus an Island? Exploring Diversity and Inclusion with the Keweenaw Culture Project presented by Josh Loar and CDI.


The Diverse Dialogues series aims to provide opportunities for students, faculty and staff to have conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice and much more. Join us and be part of crucial campus conversations, help to highlight underrepresented voices, elevate the social justice work being done by our Michigan Tech community, and engage and learn from difficult diversity and inclusion issues that affect us all. 


If you’re part of the dialogue, you’re part of the solution.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 4:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Rekhi Hall, G05 Jackson Active Learning Center
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

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