Beyond Tolerance Workshop Series 2015-2016

Juniata’s commitment to inclusion goes public each year with Beyond Tolerance — a series of lectures, workshops, screenings of films, and travel opportunities designed to help us learn more about one another and better discuss challenging issues. Whether discussing cultural differences or expanding our awareness of the varied meanings of diversity, the Beyond Tolerance series helps move all of us beyond simply tolerating one another and toward challenging what we think we know about one another.

Our 2015-16 season is all about action.  Current events have been full of ups and downs in the arena of social justice. We saw marriage equality passed across the nation, transgender individuals gained prominent roles in the media, issues of mass incarceration took center stage in the national dialogue and a prominent symbol of intolerance was removed from state buildings. At the same time, awareness of incidents of police brutality and violence against the LGBT community are higher than ever.

 A shift of consciousness has taken place here in our little corner of the world. Juniata students have become more engaged and taken a stand for the things they believe in. While Juniata has a strong history of service to the community and even activism, this past year has seen growing participation and the energy is palpable.

This year’s series builds on that momentum with a focus on activism. As always, we hope the Beyond Tolerance series will provoke you to look at things in a new way and provide tools to act within our world to create positive change. While we recognize we may not be of one mind on these issues, we hope to continue to open a dialogue that will move us toward greater understanding and appreciation of the strength within our differences.


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Alumni Advocates Panel

 October 1, 7:00pm Sill Board Room

Alumni who have been on the forefront of creating change, both on Juniata’s campus and in the world, have been invited to speak about their experiences. Four panelists will reflect on their past, looking back at their days at JC; how Juniata prepared them for their current life, work, and passion; and their hopes and visions for the future.  Their wisdom will serve as inspiration for our community, whose commitment to equity and justice continues to grow.

Toria Burrow '12

Toria Burrow graduated from Juniata in 2012. Soon after graduating, she moved to Baltimore City, where she has worked as a community organizer and advocate in a collaboration between local non-profits and elementary schools. She has recently begun her first year teaching as a special educator. In both roles, she has focused on engaging parents and stakeholders in these schools to be active and involved in their children's education and to build their capacity for advocacy themselves.

Lori Harris '97

Lori Harris currently works at an Afrocentric charter high school in Philadelphia, PA. She coordinates activities involving student discipline and Peacemaking. She is also developing and teaching elective courses in Peace & Conflict Studies and Social Justice, introducing urban youth to basic concepts. Lori helped co-create and implement the Pillars of Peace Program and the Philadelphia Community Youth Court at the school and in the local community. She is a graduate of Juniata College where she was introduced to the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR).  After graduation while connected to NCPCR, Lori became involved with the Gathering of African - African American Peacemakers. She holds a Master of Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Lori has facilitated workshops in the areas of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and cultural awareness in Arizona and around Philadelphia and Central Pennsylvania. Her interests include Indigenous peacemaking, youth activism programs and Peace and Conflict studies involving urban youth. She believes young people are the solution and not the problem and there should be nothing about youth without youth. All voices should be heard, including and especially youth voice.

Fatema Juma '15

Originally from  Hamad Town, Bahrain, Fatema earned her  Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Juniata in 2015. She has been involved with NGOs in Bahrain since the age of thirteen, where she developed her passion for activism. In 2010, she gained political asylum in the United States and was involved in advocacy and lobbying efforts in the Washington, D.C. area. Currently, Fatema is a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh. Fatema joined the program because it will expose her to new challenges and support her interests in furthering a career in international affair​s and human rights.

Rounida Shwaish '15

Rounida Shwaish graduated from Juniata College in May of 2015 with a POE in Applied Sociology and worked in the college’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Ms.Shwaish interned at a Juvenile Detention Center in the social services office and was a campus leader on social justice issues. She has done non-profit fundraising for various organizations. Currently she is the Program Coordinator/Office Manager at the ACLU of Pennsylvania’s Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. 




No-Yes - Katie Koestner

October 22, 6:00pm


Katie Koestner, founder and executive director of both Campus Outreach Services and the Take Back the Night Foundation, will speak at Juniata. Koestner was the first survivor of date rape to speak out publicly, and appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine in 1991. In her “No-Yes” presentation, Koestner shares her survivor story.

 “No-Yes” has been called emotionally gripping and transformative. It provides students with a blend of facts, statistics, realism, and thought-provoking challenges around relationships, respect, substance use, and decision-making—interweaving her own story with vignettes from students across the country.

Katie Koestner is a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture. She has been a leader in the movement to end sexual violence since she took her own solo stand. Katie worked with HBO to make a documentary film about her story and subsequently, she has appeared on nearly 50 national television programs and spoken at more than 2000 college and school campuses. She has assisted the United States Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high-risk communities. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation.


How to Die Peacefully 

Jeanine Staples 

November 11, 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Sill Board Room

Sociocultural Literacist Jeanine Staples begins with a somber and surprising assertion. It is that sometime today, maybe tomorrow, and definitely by next week, you are going to die, and it will probably be violent. She admits that she will die too. Yet, she asserts that her death will be peaceful. In her fascinating talk, Dr. Staples explains how we die all day long throughout our lives, why those deaths are so often violent, and how we can instead facilitate peaceful deaths, thereby living peacefully: with courage, unconditional love and authority from the inside out.

Dr. Staples is an internationally published scholar and nationally renowned educator and coach. She is a tenured, Associate Professor of Literacy and Language and African American Studies in the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts, respectively. Dr. Staples studies the ways media, popular culture, language and technologies intersect with society, in addition to the ways they story race, class and gender. Her research is accessed to inform understanding about the ways teaching and learning happen in multiple contexts and in various forms. Dr. Staples is the recipient of the 2005 Ralph C. Preston Award for scholarship in Teaching and Literacy Research in the Service of Social Justice. She was named a 2008 GATE Fellow in Teacher Preparation and Research. She recently published her latest book, The Revelations of Asher: An Endarkened, Feminist New Literacies Event  which explores Black women's terror in romantic love. With poetry, prose and analytic memos, she shows how women's talk and writings about relationships revealed revelations, after 9/11.


 Charting Shifting Waters:

  Race (and Whiteness) in the College   

  Classroom - Jennifer Harvey

    February 17, 2016 , 3

We faculty and staff think we are talking about diversity well. Yet our students may report we’re talking about race either too much or not at all. Fro where does such a powerful disconnect come? What do we need to know to bridge it? Our commitments to diversity—in school settings, the workplace, faith communities—are more complicated than they seem. In this workshop we will identify the nature of these complications—especially looking at the challenge of dealing with “whiteness” (and, sometimes, white students). Doing so will provide us more tools to meet the challenges of a shifting U.S. racial climate; a climate that impacts the college classroom. Our commitments to diversity—in school settings, the workplace, faith communities—are more complicated than they seem. These complications are not only part of the reason it has proven so difficult to achieve meaningful and robust diversity in the United States.



From Ferguson to Charleston:

Reconciliation, Reparations and the Postures in Between

February 17, 7:00pm

Sill Board Room

“Regardless of whether or not any one person may know what to do about segregation and oppression, it’s better to protest than to accept injustice.” –Rosa Parks (1971) 

Pictures coming out of Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014 were eerily similar to iconic images seared in our collective, national memory from the 1950s. What does that similarity show us? How should we understand not only Ferguson but the onslaught of violence against Black men, women and children that continued to embroil this nation in the following months? In this presentation and dialogue we will explore the ways lesser known perspectives on the Civil Rights Movements—religious and secular perspectives—may help us better understand the racial climate we in right now. More importantly, the chastening wisdom and powerful courage of the stories—like the undertold story of Ms. Rosa Parks—can help us engage the most critical question: where do we go from here?

Jennifer Harvey is Professor of Religion at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Her teaching, writing and public speaking focus on encounters of religion and ethics with race, gender, activism, politics, spirituality, justice and any other aspect of social life in which religion decides to “show up.” Her greatest passion and longtime work, however, continually returns to matters of racial justice and white anti-racism. Her most recent book is Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). She is also the author of Whiteness and Morality: Pursuing Racial justice Through Reparations and Sovereignty and she writes regularly in a variety of public venues including the Huffington Post, Feminist Studies in Religion Blog and keeps her own blog formations. living at the intersections of self, social, spirit.  Dr. Harvey is also an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches (U.S.A.)


 Screening & Talk with filmmaker Curtis Chin

March 23, 3:00pm & 7:00pm

Sill Board Room

The gap in opportunities for different races in America remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city’s school-aged population, they represent less than 5% at the city’s most elite public high schools. Meanwhile Asian Americans make up as much as 73%. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. Tested includes the voices of such education experts as Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model-minority myth. Tested looks at the lack of racial diversity at the top public high schools in New York City by following a dozen families from different racial, socio-economic and religious backgrounds as they prepare to pass the grueling entrance exam.

Curtis has written for ABC, Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon, and won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the San Diego Asian American Film Foundation. As a community activist, he co-founded the Asian American Writers Workshop and Asian Pacific Americans for Progress. His first film, Vincent Who? has screened at nearly 400 colleges, NGOs and corporations in four countries.

Curtis is currently a Visiting Scholar at NYU.




Lessons from Around the World

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 (Liberal Arts Symposium)
Campus Quad at 2 PM

Back by popular demand! Tap the fun and spark the connections as Juniata’s international students present popular tales and original stories about their homelands. Bring the family. Dress in your ethnic garb. Share an ethnic tradition, dance, poem or song. Discover the hidden and yet common “morals” that weave us all together as a global village.

See photos from last year's Multicultural Storyfest!

In collaboration with the Juniata College Communication Department, Center for International Education and the Global Village.