Picturing vision and justice Author Allison Manswell examines importance of open dialogue Two-day conference explores the nexus of art, race, laws, and norms In what Assistant Dean Chris Ciotti called “a comfortable and safe place for an uncomfortable conversation,” scores of Harvard faculty and administrators gathered Thursday morning to discuss racism, sexism, LGBTQ rights, politics, white privilege, and economic equity as part of the FAS Diversity Conference “A Decade of Dialogue.”And while one speaker said that “the world needs Harvard to become a leader” in fostering an inclusive environment, keynote speaker Tim Wise noted that institutions everywhere are increasingly examining whether they foster or impede climates of belonging — because, he said, since the 2016 elections, “the deep divisions that were always there [in American society] are more apparent.”“What does it mean when conservatism in the modern era is not just, ‘I would like my taxes to be lower and businesses to have some deregulation,’ it’s actually a debate about the fundamental humanity of certain people and whether or not they’re going to enjoy equal rights?” he said. “We’re at that point right now.”Wise, an educator, author, and anti-racism activist, said the societal divisions that are often expressed in racial or other bias are rooted in both white privilege and a failure to understand that the system is rigged against most people by “rich white men telling not-rich white people that their enemies are black and brown.”“That is page one in the playbook,” he said.To illustrate his point, Wise pointed to “Minnesota Nice”: A version of the Golden Rule that three liberal college students told him during a visit there in the ’90s explained why they had no racism on their campus. “I always find it odd when white people tell me there’s no racism anywhere. I’ve been white a long time. It’s like when men tell me there’s no patriarchy and no sexism; I’m inclined to check with women.” — Tim Wise Related How to navigate the gender landscape at work Learning to talk about race in the workplace “I thought, now, that is weird. First, because I’m an antiracism educator, so why would you bring me here? It seems like a waste of my time and your money, because I most assuredly am cashing your check,” he said.“Second, I always find it odd when white people tell me there’s no racism anywhere. I’ve been white a long time. It’s like when men tell me there’s no patriarchy and no sexism; I’m inclined to check with women. So I started asking black folks and Latinx and Asian and indigenous people and they all went, ‘Oh, God,’ with the kind of eye roll you can actually hear, and they all said, ‘Minnesota Nice is killing us.’”“Minnesota Nice,” it turned it out, was a quiet cover for sustaining the status quo. If the marginalized minority groups wanted to question it they had to raise their voices, “and then they got tagged as Not Nice,” Wise said.What diversity meant to the young Minnesotans, Wise said, “was, ‘Y’all can come be part of our thing, but don’t you dare forget that it’s our thing. You can come and you can dance, but we pick the music.’”Wise said that changing an unjust status quo cannot be left to moral suasion (“White folks have never given an inch because they realized they’d been wrong”) but to advocacy and interest convergence — Derrick Bell’s theory that white people support racial equity only when it benefits them, such as when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to save the union, or the Civil Rights advances of the 1960s that let America claim to be land of the free while it promoted capitalism against communism.“Think about some of the things that have changed since ’01. ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ was still policy. You had presidential candidates who wouldn’t have dreamt of talking about marriage equality. We weren’t talking about transphobia. How did that happen in 17 years?” he said. “Because of the work of advocates throughout society pushing to change the narrative.”To effect change, he said, “We have to have that moment of interest convergence where we go to the dominant group and say, ‘We get that you’re scared, but it’s more frightening to see the division in this country because we haven’t learned to share.’“If you think that division is painful now, stick around and don’t do anything about it, and then see where we are in 15 or 20 years. This is self help.”During a lead-in discussion moderated by Boston Globe columnist Renee Graham, panelist Allison Manswell, the results officer of Path Forward Consulting, agreed with Wise’s point that “Power doesn’t concede power.”,“People who traditionally had power, were accustomed to power, are now facing a world that has changed. Some of what we’re seeing is the grasping of power,” she said. “We’re going to have to make a decision about what we’re willing to do, individually or collectively, to shake that.”“It requires real change,” said Sandra Upton, vice president of educational initiatives for the training and consulting company Cultural Intelligence Center. “Creating a diverse and inclusive environment requires commitment. It requires work. It requires a willingness to give up something. That’s the real challenge about why inclusion is so difficult.”Stephanie Huckel, senior global program manager for diversity and inclusion at the gaming company IGT, said managers can foster inclusion through respectful, one-on-one engagement, while Fosberg said that intergroup contact that lets individuals share their stories adds to a sense of belonging.“I think we often let ourselves off the hook by saying belonging is difficult to measure,” said Manswell. “What about if instead we looked for a ‘Stop Do’ list? Look for tangible evidence of things that make people feel they don’t belong, and get rid of them.”Author and activist Michael Fosberg said that it can be especially hard to discuss differences when it comes to gender and sexual identity. “There isn’t one way to have a conversation about this,” he said. “We need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”,“It’s not enough to have the discussion, it’s not enough to be aware, it’s not enough to be sensitive. The bottom line is it’s a set of skills that can be learned. Cultural intelligence is a form of intelligence that can actually be measured,” said Upton. “It takes a little education, but not only do they eventually get it, they get excited about it.”Manswell said it is hardest to foster inclusion and acceptance of significant political differences. “I’m still struggling with this particular one,” she said. “The biggest a-ha I had for why this has become so difficult is that is we used to look at political differences and they were grounded in economic policies and ways of doing things. [Now] the conversation we’re having as if it were a political conversation is actually a humanity conversation. Humanity has gotten enmeshed in politics.”“We really are talking about all of us,” said Huckel. “How do we draw people into the conversation? By reminding them we’re also talking about you. We’re not talking about ‘the other.’ The personal is political and the political is personal. Political decisions have very real ramifications on our lives.”The seminar also included an appearance by Nina Livingstone, a journalist and public speaker who lost her sight and hearing in 2000. Livingstone talked about occasional public misunderstandings when her senses were still failing — drawing a crowd at Bloomingdale’s with a long conversation with a fashionable woman who turned out to be a mannequin; having a bank clerk, asked to repeat herself, tell her loudly and clearly, “You have $12.15 in your account. Do you want to withdraw?” — as well as episodes of empathy, such as the man who approached as she walked through Harvard Square with her mobility cane to ask if she was able to see anything at all.“He asked about my condition [Usher syndrome], and I told him, and it turned out he’d heard of it. He was a student at Harvard Medical School,” she said. “I loved this. I felt like I was included somehow. And I don’t want to be ignored.”The conference was offered in partnership through the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications. To view the conference video, click here. LGBTQ language and institutional responsibility are where it begins
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by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Two Wellington Middle School teams are playing for Pioneer League Division III Tournament basketball championships Thursday night after winning two exciting games Monday night in Clearwater (see Pioneer League brackets here).The Wellington seventh grade boys beat Circle 31-30 on a buzzer beater. Silas Popplewell hit a three-pointer from the top of the arch as time expired to lift the Knights to victory. The Wellington boys will now play Mulvane in the tournament championship on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Clearwater Middle School gymnasium.The Wellington seventh grade girls were big winners over Winfield in a game almost as exciting. The Lady Knights won by one, 20-19. Wellington will play top seed Rose Hill Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.Â Unfortunately for the Wellington eighth grade teams, their seasons ended quickly in the first round of the Pioneer Tournament in Wellington. No. 5 seed Ark City girls beat No. 4 seed Wellington eighth graders 26-18 in the first round. Ark City would go on to lose to Rose Hill 33-4 Monday night.Rose Hill girls battle Circle Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Wellington Middle School gym at 5 p.m.In the eighth grade boys division, No. 5 Wellington lost to No. 4 Winfield 32-28 in the first round. Ark City will battle Circle for the tournament championship at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the WMS gym.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Wellington seventh grade boys big winÂ The Knights were a celebrating bunch Monday night (see video in post below).Wellington opened the Pioneer League tournament with a huge 46-26 win over Ark City. That set up a showdown with Circle which beat El Dorado 38-28.On Monday, Wellington was down 30-28 with 10.8 seconds left. Wellington had called timeout. After inbounding the pass, Zander Vargas made an assist to Popplewell, who at the top of the key buried a 3-pointer to the jubilation of all the Knight fans.â€œThe boys executed the play perfectly,â€ said Chad Whaley, Wellington seventh grade boys basketball coach.Wellington led 17-13 at the half but came out flat in the third quarter and trailed 24-19 going into the fourth.â€œEveryone played their role last night,â€ Whaley said. â€œI am so proud of how far the boys have come this season. We have battled some injuries and lineup adjustments.â€Whaley said Tyler Brown holding Circleâ€™s best player to only 4 points was a big factor in the game.â€œTravese Love has also really come along for us and is contributing a bunch to the teamâ€™s success right now,â€ Whaley said.Scoring for Wellington were: Popplewell 11, Vargas 7, Love 6, Gage Cunningham 5, Brown 2.Whaley said the focus now is on Mulvane.â€œWe will enjoy this win against Circle but we must turn our focus to Mulvane now and stay hungry so we can bring home some hardware Thursday night,” Whaley said.â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢â€¢Wellington girls onto championshipWellington seventh grade girls won an exciting game against Winfield to improve to 13-2 for the season.“So far we have done what we have needed to do,” said Kim Lewellen, seventh grade girls basketball coach. “The girls have adjusted well to whatever has been thrown at them from their opponents.”Lewellen said as long as they play together play their game under control, they will defeat anyone.“I am super proud of how they have worked this season,” Lewellen said. “Thursday should be a fun and exciting game.”They will play Rose Hill Thursday at 6:30 p.m.Scoring for Wellington were: Lindsey Scheufler 7, Kennedee Lara 6, McKenna Jones 3, Kylie Aufdengarten 2 and Tori Lewellen 2.In an earlier game on Saturday, Wellington beat Ark City 26-25. 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This Saturday morning on Sportsday we look ahead to Day Three of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.There’s also the latest ahead of the third day’s play at Lord’s between England and Pakistan and Chelsea’s bid to sign Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante.We have highlights from a thriller between Sussex Sharks and Hampshire and the latest from the Tour de France.All brought to you by Lisa O’Sullivan and the team.