Real Talk Diversity Series continues in November

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WMU's Real Talk Diversity Series continues in Nov. with three events.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University's Real Talk Diversity Series continues in November with three events that are free and open to the public.

At the intersections

"At the intersections: An interactive presentation on race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity," will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Multicultural Center of the Trimpe Building. During this interactive presentation, Dr. James M. Croteau, professor at WMU in Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, and Denise Miller, faculty member at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, will speak about personal and professional journeys at the intersections of race, religion, gender identity and sexual orientation. The presenters also will focus on navigating the intersectional identities with success. Participants will have an opportunity to share stories, ask questions and make comments. Refreshments will be provided.

Tribal governance

"Tribal governance: What does it all really mean?" will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 1220 of the Chemistry Building. Emily Proctor, educator on Tribal Governance through MSU Extension Office, will provide an overview of federal policy and how that has led to the creation of the current tribal government structures in Michigan. In addition, participants will learn more about programs that have been developed as a result of relationship building with Michigan Tribal Nations. Refreshments will be provided.

Living traditionally in a modern world

"Living traditionally in a modern world: Native Americans of West Michigan adjusting to an ever growing and expanding world," will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, on the tennis courts at the Student Recreation Center. During this presentation by Marcus Winchester, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, participants will experience traditional Native American dancing and music, as well as hear the personal experiences of history and culture of Native Americans in West Michigan. Participants will learn about the Native American community holistically while considering worldwide perceptions.

For more information, contact Tiffany White at or (269) 387-6327.

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