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2006 Midwest Biennial Social Work Education Conference (Big Rapids, Michigan)

2006 Midwest Biennial Social Work Education Conference (Big Rapids, Michigan)

 

The Southern Poverty Law Center is an important resource for educators of diversity education with their “Teaching Tolerance” curriculum. For years they have provided free educational materials to educators in the K-12 school system. This curriculum has been essential in providing our educational system with an important resource to enhance tolerance of difference for our nation’s children. But should we be satisfied with just “tolerance”? Isn’t “tolerance” too low of a bar to set for our goals in dealing with issues of valuing diversity and multiculturalism? Social work education offers a unique opportunity to challenge issues, provide leadership, and “raise the bar.” When we agreed to co-chair the 2006 Midwest Social Work Educators Conference, we knew our theme would be about diversity. Ferris State University is the proud home to one of the most unique learning labs in the world, The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia (www.ferris.edu/news/jimcrow ). Due to the work of one of our colleagues, Dr. David Pilgrim, this museum provides a deep learning experience about oppression and racism that raises awareness that mere “tolerance” can indeed be destructive. We do need to raise the bar. We do need to raise our voices. We are proud to sponsor this conference “Beyond Tolerance”, and hope you will take the opportunity to visit the Jim Crow Museum while on our campus as well as attend the many excellent workshops that are scheduled. Thank you for coming and being part of the collective voice that says “no more.” This conference was held at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan on March 9 and 10, 2006.

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