Monthly Archives: January 2011

DeltaDays: The culture is the cure

In a welcome departure from a traditional lecture format, Ashara Ekundayo gave an eclectic, multi-media presentation entitled “Artivism and Eco-cultivation.” Ekundayo explained these somewhat unfamiliar concepts in an engaging and informative way.
She began by discussing artivism, which is a combination the arts and activism. Ekundayo explained that artivists are people who use art and culture to address problems in society. The philosophy of artivists generally is, “The culture is the cure,” which is the idea that culture can fix the world’s problems.

DeltaDays: Diversity in research

What responses can be made to the constantly changing world? Last week, the CSM community examined how diversity affects student’s lives at school and how students should celebrate the differences that are experienced in our community. Dr. Roel Sneider, in his lecture on diversity in the research environment, asked the question, “Why should we care about diversity?” Sneider then proceeded to answer his own question by stating, “I don’t know if you [have] noticed, but our world is changing… 30% of the US belongs to an ethnic minority.” While this certainly will not come as a surprise to many, it should cause us to stop and critically examine how we have made our school environment more open to minorities.


DeltaDays: Closing with a dance

Friday, January 21, marked the end of DeltaDays, “A week-long series of diversity-oriented events, centered on the life and legacy of Martin Luther King.” The closing celebration started at 6 PM in Friedhoff Hall where free pizza and birthday cake were served. Three different step teams performed at the event, including the Mines Dance Team. Attendees were encouraged to participate in their own way, either by clapping to the beat or dancing along. The night ended with a bit of Salsa dancing; an instructor gave a lesson before opening up the floor for freestyle dancing.


DeltaDays: Ancient traditions of Curanderismo in a modern world

There was a moment in Sofia Chavez-Frederick’s childhood when she realized her mind was not connected to her body. There was no physical-emotional connection between the situations she was experiencing and her state of mind. At this point, Chavez-Frederick’s consciousness had actually split from her physical body. “I thought it was normal,” she explained, “I thought this was how everyone lived.”  Little did she know, Chavez-Frederick had developed both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dissociative Disorder after witnessing and experiencing several different abuses.

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