Topics for the 2019 Youth Diversity Summit
Adjustment to the Educational System:
Many immigrants come from a strict, traditional, and authoritarian system, which separates school and home. Canada, on the other hand, utilizes an open educational system, which promotes parent involvement in education. For many, this is a foreign concept. Often the opportunity for a better education for their children provides the impetus for immigrating. Therefore, the pressure to succeed in school is tremendous.
Adolescent Identity Crises:
Who are we? Caught between two cultures, which values do we accept? Reject? Newcomers must learn to be comfortable with their cultural heritage and be proud of who they are or there will be repercussions. It is important to stress the real advantages of newcomers’ cultural heritage. Those who successfully integrate their cultures are richer and stronger for it. They can draw on diverse values and experiences for more creative solutions to problems in work and in life.
Building a Better Manitoba Together:
Who and how.
There is generally little or no preparation for the challenges an immigrant faces with respect to their traditional value system. Both adult and children immigrants face cultural challenges: the adults through daily interactions and the children through the school system. How do you respond to the new culture whose value system differs from your own?
Dealing with Bullying in Schools:
Defining bullying behaviour, exploring the causes, and strategies for dealing with it in school.
Diversity through Generations:
Talk about generations and their often highly frustrating differences. Discuss with attendees how our differences are both a challenge and an opportunity.
From Whence We Come - Race in Manitoba:
This presentation will explore the racial history of Manitoba from the early legislation establishing an “all-white Province” to the more recent history of immigration from Europe to Asia to Africa and beyond – and what we can learn from it in order to “…craft a purposeful journey to our collective best tomorrow.”
It’s Just a Potluck:
Help attendees explore biases and stereotypes related to food – because who ever thought you could discriminate, even unintentionally, through food? The session will also examine attitudes and norms associated with cultural values around food.
Loss of Social Support System:
Family ties and deep friendships are frequently severed when newcomers leave their home countries. Immigrants often lack social resources to draw upon to support them through new experiences and difficulties in a new country. Feelings of loneliness and isolation are common as newcomers grapple with a new environment and settlement issues.
Unmasking Unconscious Bias:
Micro-aggression in the workplace. Attendees who want to gain a better understanding of micro-aggressions, how damaging they can be, and how to eliminate them will be interested in this presentation.
Voices of the Community – Supporting Domestic Violence Survivors:
Outline the impact of domestic violence on diverse communities and offer action steps for moving forward while being sensitive to cultural differences.