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Promoting a Multicultural Antiracist Perspective

  1. Avoid stereotypes.
  2. Confront students who use stereotypes (to help dispel myths).
  3. Celebrate diversity of cultures with activities and programs.
  4. Support University-wide programs that celebrate diversity of cultures.
  5. Clarify definitions for yourself and others – terms such as ethnicity, culture, race, religion, nationality, assimilation, civil liberties, equality, discrimination, prejudice, human rights, oppression, tolerance, sexism, apartheid, etc., are not clearly understood by substantial portions of the population.
  6. Take courses in such disciplines as anthropology, sociology, Women’s Studies, Latino(a) Studies, Caribbean Studies, African Studies, etc.
  7. Acquaint yourself with the details of some of the infamous persecutions in world history and the psychological as well as the physical damage inflicted upon the victims.
  8. Engage in dialogue with others about prejudice, racism, and multiculturalism and analyze the dynamics of these topics, perhaps through values clarification or critical thinking exercises or through prejudice reduction workshops.
  9. Accept in your heart and in your thinking and behavior the following statement: "Everyone should be given an equal opportunity to become the best of what they could become in terms of their capacities and possibilities. They should neither be demeaned nor exploited, suffer indignity or discrimination or be denied opportunity because they are different from the majority. Hence, to reject or demean a person’s cultural heritage is to do psychological and moral violence to the dignity and worth of that individual."