Selma, AL Cultural Exchange Trip

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The Cultural Exchange SELMA (CE SELMA) program provides opportunities for people of all ages to integrate intercultural understanding and develop culturally inclusive perspectives.

This program is designed to promote community service projects that expose individuals to people from different cultural, religious, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds and in so doing provide the opportunity for participants to develop a greater understanding of diversity – both in the United States and worldwide.  We encourage everyone to interact with and learn from people who are different from themselves and to participate in new and unique experiences beyond their own communities. CE SELMA assists participants to develop positive relationships with others, understand a broader range of perspectives, and develop the knowledge and skills needed for participation in our multicultural society.

Cultural Exchange SELMA is a partnership between The Resource Center for Nonviolence and Project Pollinate .

Your contribution will go to support TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS/SUBSIDIES for students and other undeserved community members.

The week-long trip is from Tuesday, March 27th - Tuesday, April 3rd 2018.  We will be flying from San Jose, CA to Birmingham, AL . From there, it is a two hour drive to Selma. We will be staying at the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation.

From air fare to ground transportation, we are asking for your help.  In addition to transportation, the funds raised will help to cover food, lodging, material and equipment costs.

Anything raised above our goal will be used to support the Selma Center for Nonviolence Truth and Reconciliation.

• 8 days and 7 nights in Selma, Alabama

• Lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner every day at the Selma Center for Nonviolence Truth and Reconciliation

• 4-hour Conflict Resolution Training at the Selma Center for Nonviolence Truth and Reconciliation

• Guided tours of the Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum as well as the National Voting Rights Museum


• Collecting oral histories of foot soldiers, transcribing of oral histories and/or archiving at the National Voting Rights Museum

• Cleaning the Civil Rights Memorial Park

• Permaculture Design with the farm-to-table coop

• Voter registration, education and mobilization

• Canvassing communities to hear current concerns for strategic planning to include the community's voice

• Teaching nonviolence and/or conflict resolution to youth using the arts

• Helping with the Community Garden in Ward 4

• Co-hosting a community radio program regarding current social justice issues

• Neighborhood cleanups and city beautification projects

• and much more!

Why Intercultural Understanding is Important!
Intercultural understanding is a primary focus of the CE curriculum. The knowledge, skills, behaviors and dispositions that, combined with curriculum content and community engagement, are designed to enrich participants and allow them to better live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.

Those enrolled in the CE program develop intercultural understanding as they learn to value their own cultures, languages and beliefs, and those of others. They come to understand how personal, group and national identities are shaped, and the ever-changing nature of culture. We encourage individuals to learn about and engage with diverse communities in ways that recognize commonalities and differences, create connections with others and cultivate mutual respect.

For intercultural understanding to be fully developed, participants will explore a range of underlying concepts:
• the complex, dynamic and variable nature of culture

• the relationship between culture and individual identity

• the influence of identity on individual beliefs, values, perspective and behaviors

• the relationship between culture and the values and practices of political and social institutions

Intercultural Understanding:
• promotes the idea that participants should be enabled to understand themselves in relation to others and the wider world

• should enable participants to engage with people of diverse cultural, linguistic and religious backgrounds in ways that recognize differences, create connections and cultivate respect

• builds participants’ understandings about their own and others’ cultural traditions, values and beliefs as well as their understandings of society and their connection to it

• involves processes that may lead to an enhanced ability to move between cultures and to cultural change

• involves explorations of culture conceptually and through engagement with others

involves examining and understanding the interrelationships of cultural groups in order to explore and counter the attitudes and values that underpin racism and prejudice and manifest as discriminatory and racist behavior.

Thank you for your support!

-Drew Glover, Lead Coordinator
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