Spring 2021

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Monday, February 8th

My Global Identity: "I Am From" Poetry Project

Winona State University

The I AM FROM PROJECT is "a way to celebrate diversity at a time when our country is divided by hatred and fear." We want to be heard, not herded; we want to speak, not be spoken at or for; we want to break through stereotypes, profiling, and dismissal to be listened to in our full humanity.

The central goals of the project are:

  • To help people of all ages and backgrounds use the “Where I’m From” poem as a prompt to write about experiences that shape them.
  • To bring these voices together in community.
  • To get them heard locally.
  • To create a national river of voices, reminding America that diversity is our origin and our strength." https://iamfromproject.com/

Participants used a prompted poem outline to reflect on their origins, childhood, and ancestors.

A PDF of participant poems is available in this record.

My Global Identity: D2L Course

Winona State University

This self-guided short course is designed to be a resource in exploring and thinking about your origins and your own culture, as well as understanding others'. A series of activities, discussions, and suggestions for self-reflection are incorporated here. WSU community members were able to enroll in the D2L course and then use the Exploring Your Origins Course. D2L, or Desire to Learn or Brightspace, is the WSU course management system.

This resource is a Self-Register D2L course. WSU community members may enroll by signing into their D2L homepage, clicking on the Self Registration tab, and clicking Register next to the “Exploring Your Origins” Course listed below (TLT2020.117).

Friday, March 26th

My Global Identity: Photography Contest & Exhibition

Winona State University

Campus community members were invited to submit photos that represent identity through the lenses of Home, Community, and/or Travel. During the theme year, people could browse the entries in a virtual exhibition. A video of the virtual exhibit is available for viewing.