Diversity workshop: Shining the Light and Healing Community

Event date: 
Monday, October 15, 2012 - 12:00pm
Event date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 12:00pm

Join international diversity consultant Masankho Kamsisi Banda as he leads this unique approach that uses body/spirit-centered activities such as storytelling, movement, writing, song, experiential exercises and ritual. By opening the heart this approach allows the integration of awareness, healing and motivation for future harmonious behavior between races and cultures.

During this interactive workshop the following goals will be reached:

  • Create a community that is unified in a world that is becoming increasingly diverse
  • Identify conditions that will encourage increased diversity in the community
  • Heal past prejudices that have already occurred
  • Create an environment that is supportive of transformation and ongoing change
  • Empower each individual to find self-healing
  • Increase each individual’s knowledge of our differences and the gift of our oneness

Activities that participants will engage in and experience:

  • An opening activity to bring us together
  • Getting to know ourselves activity through movement
  • A series of body/spirit interplay exercises introducing group to different ways of being
  • Looking at some visuals and discussing them — Heart Exercise etc.
  • Sharing our own stories of the power of diversity
  • Songs that enable us to tap into our inner healing resources
  • A series of experiential activities allowing us to look at our differences
  • A series of experiential activities allowing us to look at our similarities
  • A closing activity to end the day

Results you can expect:

  • Healing of past prejudices and any incidents arising from them
  • Openness to discussing the pain that results from prejudice
  • A comfortable community that is welcoming for all who live in it
  • Creating a community atmosphere that can be examples for other communities
  • Increased communication and collaboration across race and culture
  • Healing that will affect all the other differences that challenge us in life

About the facilitator

Masankho Kamsisi Banda, originally from Malawi, Africa, teaches and performs traditional African songs, dance, and stories as an integrated way of teaching others about African cultures. He will provide a variety of resources for teachers to utilize in their classrooms. Masankho will have you singing, dancing and learning new techniques that you can immediately use in your daily classroom life. Resources will be made available for you to take with you. Learn more

How to register

You may register for this workshop online...

Hubbard Center for Faculty Excellence, International Education and Development
Contact name: 
International Education and Development
Contact telephone: 
+1 (828) 262-2046
Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union