This highly engaging, action-packed presentation tackles issues facing campuses today, such as the unique challenges each school faces in creating a safe campus environment that appreciates, respects and encompasses all demographics. Traciana shares key strategies to empower students to share their unique voices in their various roles around campus as they simultaneously benefit from a campus where their peers are doing the same.
Using song, storytelling, experiential education and multimedia, this presentation is guaranteed to support students in:
• Addressing the critical need to bring civility to life on campus on a day-to day basis
• Creating campus wide initiatives that are characterized by engaged students who communicate effectively
• Identifying ways to promote and appreciate diversity
• Engaging students from diverse backgrounds to find common threads of connection
• Becoming Upstanders who stand up for inclusion and speak out against lack of campus kindness
• Fostering key partnerships with student groups and organization invested in creating an environment of kindness and inclusion where all students have a stake in campus life
• Understanding the various consequences and legal ramifications of lack of civility and its various forms can take, including: hazing, harassment, sexual assault and cyberbullying.
Traciana Graves shares her experience of losing her brother during a horrific hazing incident in which hundreds of bystanders stood by and did nothing. Using song, storytelling and research packed multi- media, this presentation explores how such tragic events are not isolated and what Greek, athletic organizations and residence life can do to create positive initiation experiences and beyond. During this presentation, participants:
• Learn to leverage leadership to create a culture of leadership and service in their organization and on campus
• Internalize the various laws that apply to hazing and bullying
• Discover tips and strategies to implement positive initiation activities and rituals
• Cultivate a safer and more respectful culture of friendship and inclusion within the Greek, athletic and residence life communities and on campus in general
In The DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER sent out in the spring of 2011, the US Department of Civil Rights recognized that women have unequal access to higher education. Due to sexual harassment, dating violence and discrimination, women continue to face unparalleled adversities throughout their college experience.
Traciana Graves’ Don’t Call Me a B—–: EmpowHERment for Women’s History Month and Every Other Month presentation is a critical interactive opportunity for all women and men committed to employing social justice and advocacy to creating more equity on campus, and in the world at large. Using song, storytelling and multimedia activities, Don’t Call Me a B—–: EmpowHERment for Women’s History Month and Every Other Month underscores why we have a month dedicated to the unsung heroines who used their voices to create a more tolerant, equal society for people of all backgrounds, and why women today must continue to work to ensure the forward march of progress.
Through the stories of visionaries such as Adrianne Rich, Rosa Parks, Sr. Theresa and others, we explore the challenges, achievements and legacies each person has contributed through their unique and essential voice so that participants understand how they can benefit from the works of these visionaries today. Together, Traciana and audiences explore how we can continue to benefit from and continue the works of these visionaries.
Participants will be able to:
• Articulate five challenges facing women and girls today in schools, colleges and in the workplace
• Develop three strategies to prevent harassment, discrimination, and violence against women
• Identify one EmpowHERment technique to grow their voices in order to advocate for injustices they choose to take a stand for
• Articulate three personal benefits from participating in a Women’s History Month program
Creating Hope: Celebrating Everyone’s Dreams provides a unique experience in which every participant CELEBRATES the overlooked hopes and dreams of their personal and family legacy. During this highly interactive presentation Traciana creates a journey that contrasts the mainstream media’s portrayal of African American men and women with stories of some of the key unsung African American heroes. Throughout American history, these heroes harnessed their hopes and dreams to create a more tolerant, equal society for people of all backgrounds.
Using song, storytelling and research packed multi-media, Traciana creates an essential opportunity for the audience to examine some of the prevalent materialistic and often superficial aspirations featured in mainstream media with their own diverse and rich legacies that have been pushed aside or forgotten.
Through the stories of visionaries such as Bayard Rustin, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte and others, Traciana highlights the challenges and achievements each one has contributed by using their unique and essential voice and choices. This presentation also explores how we can benefit from the work of these visionaries today and how we can continue their work in the future.
Participants will be able to:
• Identify one empowerment technique to grow their voices in order to advocate for injustices they choose to take a stand for
• Develop three strategies to overcome personal obstacles
• Develop three strategies to create a more inclusive culture on campus
• Articulate three personal benefits from participating in a Black History Month program
• Articulate three limiting misconceptions about American history
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