Experiencing Civil Rights: My Story
The fight for civil rights is a personal story for me and my family, as well as for most African-Americans in this country, and one which has shaped my work in the intercultural field. My aunt was a Freedom Rider, my uncle was a Black Panther and my grandfather served in World War II and was welcomed home, not as a soldier, but with racism and violence. While Jim Crow laws were abolished decades ago, our current climate shows that there is still a lot that needs to be accomplished to eradicate discrimination and inequities and to heal the racial divide in the U.S. In preparation for the SIETAR USA conference in Atlanta, home of Martin Luther King and the birth of the civil rights movement, please join me as I share my perspective and passion to fight for racial justice, and learn more about the history of the movement and what we as interculturalists can do to support anyone living under the cloud of prejudice, bias and discrimination.
The SIETAR USA conference in Atlanta is an opportunity to explore the concept of civil rights. Civil rights politics has its roots in the movement to end discrimination against African Americans. Civil Rights can be defined as the rights of an individual to receive fair and equal treatment and to be free of unfair treatment or discrimination in a number of settings. They are guaranteed under the United States Constitution (13th and 14th amendments and certain acts of congress). Unlike other rights such as human or natural rights that are inherent, civil rights must be given and protected by the state. They will therefore vary over time, culture and form of government. Defining and reading about the fight for Civil Rights is a dispassionate way of learning about them. Experiencing them is a different matter. In this webinar, I will describe my own history with civil rights as well as the history of my family. You will share in my passion for equal social opportunities and equal protection under the law regardless of race, religion, or other personal characteristics. This is my story.
Registration = FREE for current SIETAR USA members in good standing
Registration = $25.00 for nonmembers
About the Presenter
Kelli McLoud-Schingen, former President of SIETAR USA is also President of KMS Intercultural Consulting. She is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Consultant who specializes in Cultural Competence, Multicultural Teambuilding, Cross-Cultural Communication, Conflict Resolution/Mediation, Storytelling, Inclusive Leadership and Healing Racism. Kelli has facilitated development workshops for educational, governmental, non-profit, and corporate institutions since 1989 in the U.S and abroad. Kelli holds a Master of Arts degree in Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Aurora University. Kelli is a certified Mediator and an administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Kelli is the co-author of “Cultural Detective: African American®” and “Prejudice, Bias, and Discrimination” for the Intercultural Encyclopedia, Sage Publishing. In the corporate arena clients have included, Shell Oil, Chevron Phillips, and Walt Disney. In the Educational arena Kelli’s clients have included, Texas A&M University, Drake University, University of Pittsburgh, San Diego State University, University of Southern Florida, and the University of Jyväskylä. In government, clients have included the City of Helsinki, Finland, The City of Austin, TX and the City of Houston, TX, to name a few. With these institutions, she assisted with the implementation of plans to address the issue of inclusion and foster cultural competence.