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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Professor uses experience as refugee to discuss diversity

The Pittsburg State University Tilford Group on Diversity and Multiculturalism will continue its new lecture series by welcoming the first speaker of the spring semester. Dr. Anh Tran, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Wichita State University, will discuss “Strategies to Promote Diversity Appreciation,” at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, in the Governors Room of the Overman Student Center.

The discussion will include three essential elements that help transform discrimination into diversity appreciation: mindfulness, tolerance, and practice. Participants are encouraged to take part in the lecture’s hands-on activities. In addition, 101 cultural activities will be shared to promote diversity efficiency.

As a member of the “boat people” and a refugee to the U.S., Dr. Tran will share personal stories of what she encountered when arriving to the country. In addition to writing multiple articles on diversity and teaching English to non-native speakers, Tran is an experienced diversity program trainer, supervisor of migrant education and ESOL director.

The free lecture is open to the public.

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