Fiscal Year 2013
|Grant Event Title||Recipient||Year Awarded|
|Make a Difference! Dr. Paul Hernandez||Natalia Carvalho-Pinto||2014|
Before he earned a PhD in Sociology, before his bachelors degree from a university, before his Associates degree from a community college, Paul Hernandez was an "at-risk" K-12 student - at risk of dropping out.
In his own words: " Administrators and Teachers often spoke of me as a thing rather than a person. They struggled to connect with me and my homeboys or to help us see beyond the Los Angeles ghettos we called home. Rather than trying alternative methods to engage or mentor students like us, our schools funneled all their resources toward college-track students. Eventually, I dropped out, and dedicated the remaining of my K-12 years to the streets of LA, as a homeless teenager."
Today, Dr. Hernandez focuses on helping young, at-risk students like him. Through his dynamic, high energy and inspirational lecture, he tries to inspire college students to engage in mentorship programs that help at-risk students to pursue higher education and achieve their college degrees. He also works with schools and universities to implement a unique pedagogical approach of his own design that helps teachers, college professors and administrators improve passing rates and build meaningful relationships with students at risk of dropping out.
In 2012 Dr. Hernandez was awarded the Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award for his work with college students and at-risk youth.
|"Imaginary Indians" as an Artifact of Power||Bonnie Wright||2014|
| "Imaginary Indians" as as Artifact of Power is and exhibit of over 150 artifacts representing
the American Indian as an imaginary figure existing in the realm of popular culture.
The fictionalized and commercialized representations steal the identity and mock Native
Amewrican cultures, replacing the historical with something that never existed. The
exhibit highlights theses of erasure, invisibility, the myth of discovery, colonialism,
the fantasy "Indian in a Cupboard," and the "Indian Head" as a commodity of consumption.
This exhibit will be supported by guest lectures in classrooms, a public presentation,
and a work session of faculty and students to produce a narrative panel for the existing
items portraying Native Americans in the Jim Crow Museum. This series of events is
designed to facilitate a deconstruction of popular misconceptions of native Americans,
and to replace hurtful fictionalized portrayals of American Indian cultures with historic
and modern perspectives of native American people. University.
|“The Alphabet Soup: Learning about LGBTQIA people and the SafePlace Program” (DVD)||Connie L. Randle-Morcom||2014|
The Television and Digital Media Production program, Instructional Design course would
produce, direct and develop a DVD titled “The Alphabet Soup: Learning about LGBTQIA
people and the SafePlace Program” (DVD). Three to four videos would be published to
teach the Ferris learning community and others about the Safe Place Program (SP) a
network of lesbian gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, allies, and questioning
(LGBTQIAQ) people who contribute to the open and safe environment at Ferris State
|The Mythology of the Jewish Experience||Barry Mehler||2013|
The Mythology of the Jewish Experience will be and exploration of Jewish mythology as well as mythologies about Jews. The image of the Jew has always been a protean one, changing over the course of millennia, shaped and reshaped to fit diverse cultural, political and theological needs. Thus, Jews are portrayed as communists and capitalists, liberals and fascists, killers of Christ, enemies of humanity, the evil behind all evil, the minions of Satan.
Aviva Cantor has spent a lifetime combining activism with journalism. She has been described as the "great synthesizer," bringing together Jewish feminism, Zionism, socialism, animal rights and concern for the environment. "She is best known for her work as co-founder and editor of Lillith, the independent Jewish feminist magazine, her landmark The Egalitarian Haggadah, and her passionately analytical and theoretical work*, Jewish Women/Jewish Men: The Legacy of Patriarchy in Jewish Life, and exploration of Jewish History, culture and psychology."
In her more than forty years of journalism, Aviva Cantor has reported on Jewish communities in Africa, Latin America and Europe. During her visit to campus she will also meet with our journalism students and discuss the ethics of journalism and how journalism has changed over the past half century.
*Amy Stone, Jewish Women, http//jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/cantor-aviva
|Just Marriage - From Outlaws to Inlaws: Marriage Equality, Family Health and Human Rights||Michael Berghoef||2013|
The films “Inlaws & Outlaws” and “Just Marriage” highlight the important issues around
marriage inequality and the need to address prejudices against our LGBT community
members and their families. Director Drew Emery has travelled the country educating
university students and community members on the importance of examining these issues
with compassion and an eye to the social justice issues they raise. Participants will
be asked to consider the human rights of a large portion of our society and the effects
on all of us as we make decisions in our families, in our courts and in the voting
booth. This event will engage the FSU community in 3 distinct West Michigan locations
in a dialog about the ethical issues surrounding marriage equality for the LGBT members
of our community, and encourage attendees of the film screening and director talk
back to consider where we’ve come from and where we are headed next in our current
struggle for equality.
|Nowruz - Persian/Iranian New Year Festival||Sara Ansari||2013|
Nowruz - Persian/Iranian New Year Festival is a 1-day festival that will be celebrated on the 20th of March with visitors from all walks of life. This will be the first time it is celebrated on a Ferris State University campus.
Nowruz is a strong and unbreakable chain that connects several countries with diverse cultures, languages, and religions in different parts of the world that all once constituted the civilization of Greater Persia. All the Iranians in this great land, the Persian-speaking minorities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe; the people of Tajikistan and Afghanistan; and groups of people in Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Armenia, Albania, and Iraq celebrate Nowruz annually and consider it to be one of their main national festivals.
At this event, one beautiful and eye-catching Haft-Sin table will be displayed in the IRC connector. One or two Persian student(s) or community member(s) will explain the meaning and the symbolism of each item on the Haft-Sin table during the program. There will be an introduction about Nowruz, its history, and an explanation of the Haft-Sin Table by Sara Ansari in one of the rooms in IRC followed by a presentation about Persian culture and its connection with nature by Dr. Shahram
Revised September 5, 2012Parastesh, Iranian Scholar at Ferris. In the evening, Persian
food will be served to all attendees to give them a taste of the Middle East as well
take part in a Nowruz custom.
|The Rich Tradition of Oaxacan Folk Art||Carrie Weis||2012|
The Rankin Art Gallery, the Office of Multicultural Student Services, The Kendall Gallery, and Artworks of Big Rapids are working together to bring the stunning tradition of Oaxaca Folk Art to Ferris State University. The work will be on display at each location; Big Rapids main campus, Kendall Grand Rapids campus and Artworks of Big Rapids.
This exhibition will take place in tandem with the OMSS organized events that make up FSU's Hispanic Heritage celebration. Along with the art on display, the artists will be brought to our communities to talk to our students, faculty, staff and our public, covering topics that include information about the rich cultural heritage of Oaxaca Mexico, the current political climate of their country and most importantly the tradition of Oaxaca wood carving.
Along with meeting the artists and learning about their lives, students will have the opportunity to observe Jacobo carving and Maria painting during workshop sessions. Students and the public will also have an opportunity to learn and apply the unique method of painting in the colorful and delicate style. Workshops, demonstrations and presentations will be scheduled in all three locations.
|Interpreter Program Birkam Health||Joan Kronlein||2012|
Birkan Health Center at Ferris State University has systems in place to provide quality health services to students. While we pride ourselves in the provision of quality, comprehensive and affordable health care, Birkam Health Center is challenged to effectively provide care to Low English Proficient (LEP) students and students with particular disabilities. The specific challenge discussed here includes interpreting the spoken and written word for our LEP and International student population. A number of International students in the beginning English classes have come to Ferris State University without English-speaking skills or a very limited capacity. One can imagine the potential difficulty this would pose for a student seeking appropriate health care on campus.
LEP students have the right to receive health information in their preferred language
venue. This venue includes written information and verbal information including those
cultural factors that affect understanding of health information. Our goal is to provide
this by using special phones, translated materials, language services education, interpreters
and marketing supplies for LEP.
|"Torch" Program||Carol Rewers||2012|
Many pre-business participants are first-generation college students that lack exposure to university services, the business world, and career opportunities available to them because of educational success. Some of our students are academically under prepared for the university experience. The Torch Program is being initiated for these students because we believe they tend to fall through the cracks and are at risk of being unsuccessful in our learning environment. As we know, FSU offers many services for underprepared students. This program is not meant to take the place of current offerings. We believe some of our pre-business students need additional guidance and "intrusive" advising to utilize the available services. We believe these students will benefit through out-of-class contact which can also be provided by trained mentors in the business field. Specific business-oriented events will also be planned for the students participants.
|Native American Pow Wow & Round Dance||Michael Wade||2012|
"Native Exploration: Native American Pow Wow & Round Dance" is a new initiative to promote, teach and engage our campus community on Native American culture. The two-part event is one students, faculty, staff ad community members will enjoy and be able to participate in. The first event is a Traditional Pow Wow. Historically, Pow Wow's started in the 19th century, and today's gatherings are based on the fundamental values common to Native Americans across North America: Honor, Respect, Tradition and Generosity. The event at FSU will be the first of its kind here on campus that will include singers, dancers, vendors and families from all over Michigan to share and celebrate the culture.
The second event will be a Round Dance. Students, community-members will be invited to participate in the Round Dance exhibition.
The Round Dance will be participatory, and all will see the evolution to modern from
Pow-Wow to Round Dance. The event will include a talk from professional Native drummer
on the history and meaning of the Drum to the indigenous People, and a Dreamcatchers
workshop by the FSU RSO Circle of Tribal Nations. The events will be free and open to campus, a small fee will be charged for community
|Dr. Renn's visit during National Coming Out Week||Mischelle Stone||2011|
Dr. Renn's keynote address and workshop are designed to heighten faculty and staff awareness of the challenges LBGT students face in the classroom. These challenges range from benign neglect of LBGT perspectives and student perceptions that faculty do not understand them, to experiencing outright hostility from faculty and other students.
Research (e.g., Cotton-Huston and Waite, 2000; Lopez and Chism, 1993) suggests that lesbian, gay, and bisexual students experience high rates of discrimination and harassment on campus and that the classroom environment has an impact on student's coming-out experiences. There is also research (e.g., Malinowitz, 1995) to suggest that the coming-out experiences of students are linked to the retention and success of students in colleges and universities. This keynote address and workshop are designed to heighten faculty and staff awareness of these issues and provide them with concrete strategies for how to address them in the classroom.