The Center for Diversity Education

The Center for Diversity Education Our vision is to help build relationships across differences to create a more inclusive and equitable community.
Please visit our website: www.diversityed.org to view a complete list of the Board of Directors and staff members.
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11/12/2018
Final Event Program.pdf

The UNC Asheville Symposium on Genocide: Past and Present will take place Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15, on UNC Asheville's campus. The event will highlight instances of genocide both historical and contemporary, feature information on both the causes of genocide and its prevention, and highlight responses to genocidal acts. For more information, please see the attached schedule. Please contact Patrick Bahls ([email protected]) or Rena Lubin ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are happening all over the US in an effort to write marginalized people into the 6th most used ur...
08/27/2018

Wikipedia Edit-a-thons are happening all over the US in an effort to write marginalized people into the 6th most used url in the world. By one study 8.5% of wiki writers are female and only 1% are transgender with the majority of entries coming from Europe and North America. This is an opportunity include the individuals and institutions from WNC with a wider experience by gender, race, ethnicity, and more - and in collaboration with the Baird Family Reunion which is the oldest black family reunion in the country

Diversity Education for a Better more Peaceful Worldwith host McNair Ezzard5:00pm, July 26Many people are calling for ex...
07/26/2018
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Diversity Education for a Better more Peaceful World
with host McNair Ezzard
5:00pm, July 26

Many people are calling for exclusion and supremacy of one race or culture over others. Deborah Miles believes in the opposite. Deborah and others have been working to bring diversity education about inclusion and equity to communities, schools and organizations throughout Western North Carolina. She says it's part of what we need to foster peace in our world. She received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, highest civilian honor bestowed by North Carolina's governor.

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This is a project 20 years in the making - before websites, barely after email, before digitization. Remember microfiche...
07/26/2018
Grant helps Buncombe become 1st NC county to digitize slave deeds

This is a project 20 years in the making - before websites, barely after email, before digitization. Remember microfiche as being high tech? Many thanks to the high school students who did the digging of old script on the cusp of the 21st century and Drew Reisinger who saw the responsibility of government transparency.

For hundreds of years, slave trade deeds have sat on dusty courtroom shelves in North Carolina. But, thanks to a nearly $300,000 grant from the United States Archives to UNC Greensboro, that could be changing.The register of deeds in Buncombe County was th

Rubin Feldstein will be speaking at UNC Asheville OLLI Center tonight, Thursday, July 19, at 7:00 for the viewing of a n...
07/19/2018

Rubin Feldstein will be speaking at UNC Asheville OLLI Center tonight, Thursday, July 19, at 7:00 for the viewing of a new video that will be shared with school students to educate about the Holocaust. Join us!

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Daniel White, the Blackalachian,  will be speaking on Thursday, July 26 at The Edington Center about his hike on the App...
07/17/2018
The "Blackalachian"

Daniel White, the Blackalachian, will be speaking on Thursday, July 26 at The Edington Center about his hike on the Appalachian Trail and his upcoming bike ride along a route of the Underground Railroad from Alabama to Canada.

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Daniel White Spreads Love and Light. Asheville native Daniel White is one of only a few African Americans who have thru-hiked the world-famous Appalachian Trail; in fact, during his six-month trek, he met only one other black hiker. But the camaraderie, friendliness,

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07/09/2018

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Rubin Feldstein, long time volunteer with the Center for Diversity Education, will be featured in an upcoming program at...
07/06/2018
"You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught" – July 19 Video Screening and Discussion at UNC Asheville to Feature Holocaust Escapee and Diversity Educator Rubin Feldstein | News Center

Rubin Feldstein, long time volunteer with the Center for Diversity Education, will be featured in an upcoming program at OLLI. Mark you calendars for July 19.

Thursday, Jul 5th, 2018 Featured image vertical: body: Rubin Feldstein, a Polish Jew who escaped the Holocaust, and who has shared his story in local classrooms for many years, is featured in a new short video that will be presented in a special event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 in UNC Ashevill...

How Will You Respond to Family Separations?
06/26/2018
How Will You Respond to Family Separations?

How Will You Respond to Family Separations?

“[Sally Hemings'] room has a strange status — not quite a historical artifact, not entirely a shrine, more like an architectural prod to the conscience.” —  The Washington Post

06/13/2018

Join the Center for Diversity Education on Thursday, June 14 to thank all the volunteers, board members, students, teachers, donors, employees, interns, and more who have contributed so much in these last 23 years. Reception is at 6:00 and the program begins at 7:00 at the Sherrill Center Ingles Mountain View Room.

06/07/2018
Mountain Xpress

Mountain Xpress

Asheville and Western North Carolina News | Local Matters - Arts, Food, Music and Movies

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation has a long history of developing intercultural relationships based on respect and mut...
06/01/2018
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Home Page

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation has a long history of developing intercultural relationships based on respect and mutual benefit. Welcome Dr. Cable!

"Grounded in Arthur Vining Davis’ principled and innovative leadership in national corporate life and philanthropy, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations strengthen America’s intellectual life, humane instincts and democracy through philanthropic support for private higher education; interfaith leadership and religious literacy; public educational media; environmental engagement, stewardship and solutions; and palliative care".

A new online workshop with Desiree Adaway. Deadline to register is Friday, June 1.
05/31/2018
Whiteness at Work: Summer Intensive

A new online workshop with Desiree Adaway. Deadline to register is Friday, June 1.

How white supremacy manifests in our organizations and what to do about it. Join us for a summer intensive that will explore the following: A deep dive into the characteristics of white supremacy culture and how

05/23/2018
The Center for Diversity Education

The Center for Diversity Education

UNC Asheville invites you to a celebration of the Center for Diversity Education and 24 years of community engagement -

Center for Diversity Education Celebration & Retrospective

Thursday, June 14, 2018

6:00 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Program

Wilma M. Sherrill Center, Ingles Mountain View Room (Room 417)

Celebrate the work of community members including K-12 teachers, students, participants, volunteers, donors, board members, CDE interns & employees, faculty, staff, and Deborah Miles, Director of the Center for Diversity Education (1995 - 2018)

RSVP by June 7 to [email protected]

05/23/2018

UNC Asheville invites you to a celebration of the Center for Diversity Education and 24 years of community engagement -

Center for Diversity Education Celebration & Retrospective

Thursday, June 14, 2018

6:00 p.m. Reception

7:00 p.m. Program

Wilma M. Sherrill Center, Ingles Mountain View Room (Room 417)

Celebrate the work of community members including K-12 teachers, students, participants, volunteers, donors, board members, CDE interns & employees, faculty, staff, and Deborah Miles, Director of the Center for Diversity Education (1995 - 2018)

RSVP by June 7 to [email protected]

To be clear, General Rutherford traveled an ancient indigenous trail when he went on this "expedition". This ancient roa...
05/11/2018
NCDOT proposes walking, biking path between Canton, western Buncombe

To be clear, General Rutherford traveled an ancient indigenous trail when he went on this "expedition". This ancient road needs to be referred to as something other than Rutherford Trace especially as the DOT considers returning a 10,000+ year old foot path between Canton and Hominy.

05/08/2018

People Not Property: Examining Digitized Slave Deeds

Mars Hill University
July 9 - 13
3 Full CEU's, FREE, FREE, FREE

Level II - Special Topic: Slave Deeds Research
Teaching with Primary Source Documents at Mars Hill College is collaborating with the UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education to host a summer institute at Mars Hill University.
Before the end of the Civil War, the "bill of sale" for an enslaved person was documented at the Buncombe County Court House - the site of the current Vance Monument. In 2013, Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger digitized the documents which are now viewable at the Buncombe County Register of Deeds website . This important research has spread to other NC counties as well as other states.

The workshop is limited to 20 participants for this Level II institute and is open to all teachers, but may be most effectively implemented in high school, college, or community college settings. The week will include scholarly lectures, presentations by teachers who use the deeds in the classroom, field trips to sites across Buncombe County, and opportunities to create lesson plans for the classroom. This work shop counts towards a Global Education Badge and a Digital Learners Competencies.

The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of DemocracyMonday and Tuesday, June 18 and 198:30am - 3:30pmUNC AshevilleOne U...
05/08/2018
Facing History and Ourselves: The Reconstruction Era & the Fragility of Democracy Professional Development Workshop

The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy
Monday and Tuesday, June 18 and 19
8:30am - 3:30pm
UNC Asheville
One University Heights
1.2 CEU's, FREE, FREE, FREE

In this two day workshop, Michele Phillips and Phredd Matthews Wall with Facing History and Ourselves will teach best practices and pedagogy that builds critical thinking.

How does society rebuild after extraordinary division and trauma, when the ideals and values of democracy are most vulnerable? The study of the Reconstruction Era in American history is essential to the understanding of citizenship and democracy in the United States today. We will explore this significant period in U.S. history, when Americans were faced with the challenge of restoring a nation amid the social and political upheaval of the Civil War. In this workshop you will:
• Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce historical and literacy skills
• Explore themes such as historical memory, justice, and civic participation in a democracy
• Receive a free copy of The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy

This workshop counts towards a Global Education Badge and Digital Learning Competencies.

Visit below to REGISTER - FREE

Event Details: Location: UNC Asheville, Zagier Hall Date: June 18th-19th Time: 9 am- 4 pm Priority will be given to Middle and High School teachers

Women in adventure sports is the focus of No Man's Land Film Festival hosted by Mountain True on May 16.
05/04/2018

Women in adventure sports is the focus of No Man's Land Film Festival hosted by Mountain True on May 16.

Fast Forward follows bikepacker and ultra-long-distance racer Lael Wilcox as she takes on the 800+ mile Arizona Trail. Will she make it? Find out at No Man's Land Film Festival. Free at New Belgium Brewing, May 16. RSVP and more info here: http://ow.ly/DFKo30jsQ8g

NEXT WEEK: The 2nd Biennial Conference on the Philosophy of Disability will start Friday, April 20th-Saturday, April 21s...
04/12/2018
Conferences | Department of Philosophy

NEXT WEEK: The 2nd Biennial Conference on the Philosophy of Disability will start Friday, April 20th-Saturday, April 21st. The events will kick off in the Laurel Forum at 7pm. Events for Saturday begin at 9 am. For a full schedule, click the following link to the Department of Philosophy page:

Undergraduate Philosophy Conference18th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Undergraduate Philosophy Conference18th Annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy Conference Undergraduate Philosophy Conference18th annual Southern Appalachian Undergraduate Philosophy...

In March, Dr. Walter Ziffer spoke to over 500 students, ages 13 - 22 in UNC Asheville Lipinsky Auditorium about his expe...
04/12/2018

In March, Dr. Walter Ziffer spoke to over 500 students, ages 13 - 22 in UNC Asheville Lipinsky Auditorium about his experience as a survivor of the Holocaust. Lily Sutton, a student at Nesbitt Discovery Academy, shared her reflections in the essay below. It is posted today on the Holocaust Day of Remembrance - Yom HaShoah.

My heart is pounding, and I am on the edge on my seat. I can feel the energy around me as I graciously listen to his words. Seventy-eight years have passed, yet he is telling his story as if he is the same thirteen-year-old boy living in treacherous misery. His name is Dr. Walter Ziffer, and he is a Holocaust survivor. Dr. Ziffer speaks of many hardships that morning, and I am clinging on to every word. The pain, the fear, the agony, that he must have gone through, alone. He was just barely a teenager when the Nazi soldiers brought down their wrath, murdering six million of his brothers and sisters.

I had heard of the Holocaust, but I did not know what it was until I was about 12 years old. I remember sitting there in that history class thinking, “A person really did that? A person really tried to eliminate an entire race? Why would he do that?” Here I am, years later, thinking the same thing. Before now, I had read stories and memoirs, and I have even watched a couple of interviews. But there is something so incredibly breathtaking about being in that auditorium, hearing that sorrow in his voice, feeling the passion in his soul growing louder and louder. Dr. Ziffer explains that it hurts him, even now, to recall his past and speak about it. But, he says, he must. He must let young people like me know what really happened, and he must bring awareness to the topic. In that auditorium, there are kids as young as 11 and 12. And Dr. Ziffer doesn’t sugar coat anything either. He speaks of being ripped away from his family, of men and women being raped and killed, of being worked nearly to death at the camps, of all the murder that surrounded him. Everyone is touched by his words. As nothing but humans, our differences seem irrelevant now as we listen to him speak.

Here’s what I think. Without a doubt, I am more than in awe of people like Dr. Ziffer. I am beyond thankful for Elie Wiesel, Samuel Bak, Primo Levi. In Elie Wiesel’s “The Perils of Indifference” speech, he inspires members of the twenty-first century to never show indifference to others, and to always possess compassion. This is key. These survivors have witnessed and experienced things that most people only have nightmares about. They use that to inform young people about this monstrosity. Adolf Hitler, former chancellor of Germany, responsible for the death of over 6 million people. But here we are today, united as a people at least on the opinion that the Holocaust was simply evil. It was inhumane and wrong. We have to learn to effectively communicate, especially when we disagree. The is precisely why Dr. Ziffer’s story needs to be told. In America, we are fighting about politics, religion, civil rights … everything. But we can all join together on this, and never let it happen again.

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1 University Heights, 212 Highsmith Student Union
Asheville, NC
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