Tag: cultural competency

Fat stigma: Cultural competency series presentation examines bodyweight variation

The element of diversity known as bodyweight variation will be explored through both a scientific and personal lens in the latest presentation of Lawrence University’s cultural competency series.

Professor Mark Jenike
Mark Jenike

Mark Jenike, associate professor of anthropology, presents “Fat Stigma: Why All of Us Are Stakeholders in Obesity” Thursday, Jan. 11 (rescheduled from Jan. 4) at 11:15 a.m. in the Warch Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration would be appreciated at div-inclusion@lawrence.edu.

A  world-wide issue, fat stigma has emotional as well as physical consequences, including poor health outcomes and exacerbating obesity. Incorporating results from a recent focus group study involving large-bodied individuals from the Fox Valley, Jenike will discuss some of the causes of bodyweight variation and the role personal responsibility plays.

The program is designed to highlight ways to show more respect and inclusion for people of all sizes by avoiding stigmatizing and blaming.

A specialist in nutritional anthropology and human evolution, Jenike serves as an advisor to Lawrence’s Food Recovery Network. He joined the Lawrence faculty in 2004.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

 

Self-care focus of opening 2017-18 cultural competency lecture issues

Erin Buenzli
Erin Buenzli

A lecture series examining issues related to cultural competency launched last year by Lawrence University returns Thursday, Sept. 21 with the opening program of the 2017-18 academic year.

Erin Buenzli, Lawrence’s director of wellness and recreation, presents “A Community of Self-Care” at 11:30 a.m. in the Esch-Hurvis Room of the Warch Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public.

Underscoring the importance of taking care of ourselves as well as others for the betterment of the campus community and society, Buenzli, will discuss campus resources available for creating an inclusive wellness culture where each person’s unique needs are recognized and nurtured in their individual pursuit of wellness.

a icon for the cultural compency lecture seriesShe also will examine ways each members of the Lawrence community can take part in the shared responsibility of creating a culture of compassion, empathy and self-care.

The cultural competency lecture series is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

Student activism focus of final cultural competency series presentation

A pair of Lawrence University seniors will explore effective forms of student activism in the final presentation of Lawrence’s 2017 cultural competency series.

headshot of Lawrence student Max Loebl
Max Loebl ’17
head shot of Lawrence student Guilberly Louissaint
Guilberly Louissaint ’17

Max Loebl, Whitefish Bay, and Guilberly Louissaint, Brooklyn, N.Y., present “Lesson’s from the Trenches: Activism for Social Change in the New Millennium,” Friday, May 26 at 11 a.m. in the Warch Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Student activism has become interwoven with campus culture, taking on forms ranging from protests, workshops and the creation of healing circles. As a result, it is increasing important to be as strategic as possible when it comes to student organizing. Communication and solid leadership are key components in creating successful outcomes during times of turmoil.

Loebl and Guilberly will discuss effective activism through the lens of student engagement, goal setting, impact analysis and their own personal experiences.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.

Cultural competency series examines global citizenship

 The third presentation in a five-part Lawrence University series examining issues related to cultural competency looks at global citizenship Friday, March 3. The one-hour program “Intercultural Skills for Successful Global Citizenship” begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Warch Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.

A headshot of Lawrene University director of international student services Leah McSorley.
Leah McSorley
A headshot of Lawrence University lecturer in English Cecile Despres-Berry.
Cecile Despres-Berry

The program will be led by Cecile Despres-Berry, lecturer in English as a second language and director of Lawrence’s program with students from Tokyo’s Waseda University, Leah McSorley, director of international student services at Lawrence and Laura Zuege, director of Lawrence’s off-campus programs. Collectively they will explore the idea of global/intercultural competence, offer practical tools for intercultural communication and provide resources for internationalizing one’s perspective.

Lawrence is home to more than 200 students with global backgrounds, nearly 200 students who have studied abroad as well as faculty and staff with a wide range of international professional and personal experiences.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.”  Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.