The 2019 Multicultural Awareness Conference
The American Dream
The Multicultural Awareness Conference (MAC) is a co-curricular experience based on High Impact Practices including faculty and staff mentorship with students outside the classroom. The MAC also gives students the opportunity to present and attend a college conference. The primary conference goal is to encourage collegial discussion and build civic engagement on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dates and Times
The MAC will convene between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on:
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Rampart Range Campus
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Downtown Studio Campus
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Centennial Campus
Centennial Campus Schedule
|11:05–11:10||“American Dream”—poetry reading||Coi Foster|
|11:10–11:25||“American Dream Fatigue”||Aja’Dae Trent|
|11:25–11:40||“The American Dream and Autism”||Savannah Berry|
|11:40–11:55||“The Perception of the American Dream”||Rain Pruett|
|11:55–12:10||“The Pursuit of American Success”||Amber Dawdy|
|12:15–12:45||Gallery tour (in The Grove) & FOOD!|
|12:45–1:30||One-Act Plays and discussions.||Theatre Dept|
|1:30–1:45||“The Dream and San Luis, Colo.”||Raven Sanchez|
|1:45–2:00||“America the Melting Pot”||Thomas Michael|
|2:00–2:15||“Immigration and the Dream”||Geraldine Himes|
The first Multicultural Awareness Conference (MAC) convened in March of 2013. The MAC committee assigns a theme each year to serve as the thematic foundation for the conference. Previous themes have been:
- Religion, 2013
- Poverty, 2014
- Service, 2015
- We are All Human, 2016
- Education Opportunity, 2017
- The Culture of Other, 2018
The American Dream
“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement… It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.
Consider the above passage from The Epic of America by James Truslow Adams and as you explore the topic of “The American Dream,” consider the following questions:
What is your definition of “The American Dream”?
What type of cultural, social, legal, environmental, and/or political characteristics make it possible?
What role does race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or ethnicity play in achieving this dream?
How does economic policy, criminal justice and policing, or media, technology, and education support or inhibit different people in achieving The American Dream?
Faculty and staff members will serve as mentors for students as they create an academic project based on the conference theme. Faculty and staff members will also assist their mentees with developing a 15-minute presentation based on their academic project. The MAC will feature student presentations (particularly at the Rampart Range Campus), a film screening and discussion (Downtown Studio Campus), and a student panel discussion (Centennial Campus) based on the conference them. ALL PPCC STAKEHOLDERS are encouraged to either bring their class or invite students to attend the MAC.
Continuing students who completed a class project or assignment during the fall of 2018 semester that fits within the conference theme are ideal candidates to participate in the MAC. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to adjust their spring 2019 syllabus to afford students another opportunity to create a project to present during the MAC.