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Dinner Meeting

Hello Everyone,

Mark your calendar for this month’s second Dinner Meeting to be held on Sunday, November 24, 2013.

In keeping with the “Humanist” component of our organization, we feature educational programs at our monthly Dinner Meetings that cover a broad range of topics members find of interest.

At this second Dinner Meeting, MMAH member Kathy Yates will conduct a workshop, entitled “Appreciating Diversity Beyond Race.

What do you really know about race?  What is culture?  Where do stereotypes come from?  The ability to appreciate diversity affects how we relate to others.  Cultural competence/humility is a necessity in helping everyone feel respected and valued and in navigating our way through life.  An understanding of where history has brought us will enhance our ability to truly be sensitive to those who are different.  This workshop will explore the concepts of “race”, culture and ethnicity as well as their historical significance in the U.S.  Power, oppression, and stereotypes will be examined along with the privileged groups that attempt to exert control.

This workshop is meant to facilitate discussions and increase appreciation of all of the diverse ways in which we each think, communicate and view our world.

Speaker Profile

Kathy Yates is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work with Honors.  She is a licensed social worker with 30 years of experience in Child Welfare and Adoption.  She has worked in international adoption and foster care adoption, as a case worker, supervisor and director of adoption and child welfare programs. Currently Kathy is the Adoption Program Manager with a non-profit agency in the Lansing area.

Kathy has developed, presented and coordinated training for adoptive and foster parents and professionals since 1995.  Much of her focus has been in the area of cross cultural parenting, as well as appreciating diversity. Kathy is a certified trainer for the California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale National Diversity program.  She has been a regular co-presenter of “Cross Cultural Parenting” at the Michigan Adoptive Foster And Kinship Families’ yearly conference.  She was a presenter for the ongoing Cultural Proficiency Series for the CMH Impact program in the Greater Lansing Area.  She is also a trainer for MSU School of Social Work ongoing training for adoptive parents.  Kathy is an adoptive parent of four children, now adults, who were adopted cross culturally, and is a board member at the Nokomis Native American Learning Center in Okemos, Michigan.

Dinner and Socializing will be from 5 to 6:15 PM.

Program will start at 6:30 PM.

Old Great Wall Restaurant (Private Banquet Room)
4832 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Lansing, Michigan 48917

Click on interactive map. (Not to be confused with the World Buffet Restaurant on the same strip mall, located west of Mall Drive that runs N-S between the 2 restaurants)

Menu Options:
• Buffet $9.65 incl. tax (beverage extra except for hot tea)
• Order individual entrée from the menu

RSVP appreciated by email and/or on our Meetup website to provide an approximate headcount.

Join us for another evening of discussion and fun, and get acquainted with new members who have joined us in recent months.

Jim Hong, Director
Mid-Michigan Atheists and Humanists
American Atheists Affiliate
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"An Atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist believes that deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanished, war eliminated."
…….Madalyn Murray O’Hair

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  • Jim H.

    Well said by all in appreciation of Kathy's splendid presentation!

    November 26, 2013

  • Kathy

    Thank you all :)

    November 25, 2013

  • Bree (.

    Kathy is as intelligent as she is sweet!

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Eva

    Kathy Yates is a true professional. She gave an interesting, informative, and engaging presentation on a wide range of issues relating to racism, bigotry, bias, stereotyping, and cultural diversity. In the course, Ms. Yates motivated attendees to look introspectively about their own views on this important subject. Thank you Kathy for your wonderful presentation!

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • Steve

    Interesting topic with an excellent presentation.

    1 · November 25, 2013

  • dean r.

    Very good presentation

    1 · November 24, 2013

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