Support the SELMA Cultural Exchange Trip 2018!

The Resource Center for Nonviolence is asking for your help:

 

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SUPPORT THE SELMA CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIP 2018! 

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




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Limited spaces still available: Registration form.

See a PDF PRESENTATION for additional info.

From Tuesday, March 27th – Tuesday, April 3rd 2018 a group of 12 students and community organizers from Santa Cruz will travel to Selma, AL for week-long trip to build the beloved community.

 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.

Our group of 12 will be comprised of representatives from The Resource Center for Nonviolence, Project Pollinate and Holistic Veterans with students from both UCSC and Cabrillo. While in Selma, the group has been asked to engage in an array of community service projects along side local residents to focus on three primary areas of service: Permaculture Design, Holistic Self-Care and Re-building infrastructure.

Community Service Projects Include:

  1. PERMACULTURE: Help to design and establish a 1-acre organic farm to support their new farm-to-table coop.
  2. HOLISTIC SELF-CARE: Meditation, yoga and qui gong workshops with an emphasis on healthy eating and the importance of movement.
  3. BUILDING: The Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation (where we will be staying) is in need of some clean up and some re-building. This will take the shape of installing gutters, building stairs and other maintenance jobs.

Other Community Service Projects include:

  • 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
  • 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!

 

To send each student or community representative the trip costs $1,039.

We have already raised over $1000 in donations and registrations but we need your help to be able to offer travel subsidies to students and underserved communities!

Please donate what you can and share this info and encouraging others  to contribute what they can.

Here is a PDF PRESENTATION for additional info

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SUPPORT THE SELMA CULTURAL EXCHANGE TRIP 2018! 

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




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“In Selma today, the town of about 20,000 people is roughly 80 percent black and more than 40 percent of residents live in poverty, Reuters reports.”

 

HELP US TO PROVIDE LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES

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.

THE TRIP INCLUDES:
• 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

“ON THE GROUND” COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS IN SELMA…

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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