Confronting Discrimination: What can people and organizations do to make a difference?
The Virtual Global Citizenship Week 2021, carrying the theme, “Putting Global Citizenship into Practice”, is a showcase and search for solution-driven ideas. The real strength of Global Citizenship lies in the fact that it ties together nationalities, cultures, and personalities in the pursuit of the common good whilst keeping its distinctive traits intact. Much potential lies in taking a collaborative approach in dealing with the challenges we face.
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerned citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
The Melton Foundation values the uniqueness of every person. Our diverse backgrounds enrich our communities and expand our perspectives. We condemn all forms of discrimination. In an attempt to confront discrimination in all forms, and gathering inspiration from Zero Discrimination Day 2021 which rang the bells to end discrimination surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity, and religion, we are inaugurating the Virtual Global Citizenship Week 2021 with an Anti-Discrimination Townhall featuring top educators, trainers, and activists!
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Meet our Panelists!
In her own words, Manju Patel-Nair shares, “After 17 years as a teacher, I set up ChangeMakers UnLtd to deliver training and international consultancy, focusing on racial justice, community cohesion, global citizenship, and development education. Today I am committed to creating safe and courageous learning environments, beyond formal education spaces. I enjoy considering new ‘wisdoms’ to bring to my work – be it a chance encounter on the Tube, Dani D’Emilia’s ‘Radical Tenderness Manifesto’, a poem by Tagore, or a scene from a George Lucas movie. My practice is informed by philosophies both within and beyond familiar western thinking and incorporates the best parts of my unique upbringing. I thrive when my work leads clients to find in themselves the ability to hold difficult conversations. It is a joyful moment to see someone recognize in themselves the Changemaker and tap into their UnLimited capacity for growth.”
Kelli McLoud-Schingen, President of KMS Intercultural Consulting, is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Specialist with over 30 years of experience in the Diversity and Intercultural Fields. Kelli specializes in global diversity, equity and inclusion, healing racism, cross-cultural competence, conflict resolution/mediation, storytelling, and inclusive leadership. She has facilitated workshops for educational, non-profit, government, and corporate institutions in the USA and globally since 1989. Kelli is co-author of the “Cultural Detective: African American”, a contributing author for Sage Publications of “Prejudice, Bias, and Discrimination”, and a certified professional mediator and administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She holds a B.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Cross-Cultural Studies. She is also an accomplished actor and director and founded the World Stage Theatre Company where she serves as the Artistic Director. Kelli is a member of the Global Community Dialogue and is a Past-President and Advisory Board member for the Society of Intercultural, Education, Training, and Research. She is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.