In an effort to increase cultural awareness, the 8th annual Human Relations Summit was held March 14-16. Each year, 50 students are selected to participate in this summit. The summit offers an opportunity for students to become more knowledgeable about the culturally-diverse society in which they live. Students engage in a variety of experiential activities, such as self assessment, interpersonal communication, validating group diversity and problem solving while exploring the impact of stereotypes and bias on interactions.
At the summit, students engaged in a variety of exercises to help them understand unique aspects of race, discrimination and personal culture. A powerful activity called the privilege exercise—referred to as the tape exercise by students—required that students be identified by their own uncontrolled privileges or lack of privileges. Another activity involved stereotyping individuals based on looks and perceptions, only to find out that these stereotypes were mostly false. An identity “stand up” exercise gave participants an opportunity to express who they felt themselves to be. These activities were followed by open and purposeful small group discussions. Participants were able to share their own thoughts and feelings in a safe and respected environment.
The Human Relations Summit is organized and sponsored by Educational Equity Services, Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Life and Development, and is made possible by additional resources contributed by the Associated Students, Inc. and the 49er Shops.
For information about the Human Relations Summit, visit www.csulb.edu/studentlife or contact the SLD office at (562) 985-4181.