Certificate of Recognition
To acknowledge schools, teachers and students for their participation, PRUDE Inc. provides a Certificate of Recognition for participating in the presentation and program evaluation.
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School Presentations & Workshops
We will "Make A World Of A Difference". We are proud to offer our new classroom presentations and workshops that will enable students to build on the work done in the past. This will allow further examination into stereotypes, challenge their assumptions, and provide them with the tools that they may need to develop a better understanding of the value of our diverse Canadian society and the role they play within it.
What does Diversity Education Program Coordinator do?
Growing numbers of immigrants arriving to our community has the demand for PRUDE’s Diversity Education Program double in the past two years. This clearly demonstrates the need in understanding diversity. Private/public schools (Anglophone South School District) invite PRUDE Inc. to their classrooms, PD training, cultural events, and public demonstrations.
Diversity Education Program (DEP) is critical in meeting the demands of our current targeted groups of elementary, middle and high school students from mainstream and new immigrant families. DEP allows PRUDE Inc. to initiate, plan, engage, implement and participate in many events such as: National Indigenous History Month, Black History Month, Elimination of Racial Discrimination Day, Multicultural Festivals and others. The number of requests from our partners such as the City of Saint John’s Population Growth Committee & Arts and Cultural Office, YMCA’s Newcomer Connections, Asian Heritage Society of NB, Crescent Valley Resource Center, ONE Change, Learning Exchange, Atlantic Human Services, SJ Newcomer Centre, Greater Saint John Chinese Cultural Association, UNBSJ, UNB Associate Alumni Network, Business Immigrant Mentorship Program, The Chamber’s Women in Business Forum, Saint John Local Immigration Partnership and the Atlantic Immigration Submit is strong and steady.
The DEP Coordinator is a pro-active supportive role for our mainstream public, newcomers, visible minorities as well as other Multicultural and Settlement serving agencies. Knowing different cultural dynamics is a difficult task because most of us only know our own. Since birth our life experiences, values, and our cultural background lead us to see and do things which become our “default”. Assumptions and formulating stereotypes is human behaviour, however in the absence understanding differences, we tend to follow what we think or feel, rather than question the validity of these assumptions. Data collection/evaluation methods, is required by all participants. Results show that there is a strong need to continue the promotion of diversity in its many forms such as attitude, behaviour, traditions, beliefs etc.
Statements made by participant’s “Workshops have made them see the difference about the way they perceive things, and how they actually are, or should be”. Some shared they felt uncomfortable with certain comments, and didn’t know how to react.
Who is the workshop for?
Our workshops are being offered to all teachers and students of middle schools and high schools throughout Greater Saint John.
What does the workshop include?
The workshops delivery meets the needs of various learning styles. A Power Point presentation, open dialogue and engaging activities for participants challenge the assumptions that often lead to stereotypes and discrimination. Teachers and students are asked for reflective feedback on the content, which is valuable for moving forward in addressing issues that may arise in the future.
More the same than different!
Participants share their experiences as students, exploring different ways people are made to feel "included" and "excluded" from others and opportunities. Discussions allow students to examine consistencies and differences in individuals' stories. This activity provides opportunity that demonstrates despite our outward differences, we are more the same on the inside than different.
Building a better future through education
Living Culture is the unique part of the presentations. Usually, newcomers are invited to talk about specific topics that will benefit both your studies and your mindset. Providing an alternative perspective on topics, you’ll benefit from their different thinking and immersive discussions. As a guest speaker, they plant the seeds by sharing their real stories. Those stories have almost an instant impact on the audiences.
This project has been funded by the Province of New Brunswick
2018-19 ESSAY WINNERS
Kathlene Carpenter (left)
Belleisle Regional High School
Charles Schmidt (middle)
Princess Elizabeth School
Sawyer King (right)