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Cup of Culture Series

Cup of Culture Series dates and topics

The Office of Muticultural and International Student Services and the Center for Justice & Reconciliation are bringing the Cup of Culture series to the PLNU campus throughout the 20/21 academic year

The impact of systemic injustice is woven into our lives. “Cup of Culture” is a forum centered around opening a dialogue space for community members of PLNU to engage in meaningful, challenging, and urgent conversations about diversity, inclusion, justice, and reconciliation and all that it entails. This forum seeks to challenge the PLNU community to explore our identity (racial, ethnicity, nationality, ability, gender, etc.), understand the experiences of others, critically identify social systems of oppression, and to work towards living a more socially just life. 

This monthly event creates space to learn and discuss these issues with curated content, expert speakers, and facilitated conversation. We believe that we can come together in civil discourse about what makes us different so we can move forward united. This brand new program is a co-sponsored event from the offices of Multicultural and International Student Services and the Center for Justice & Reconciliation.

Grab your tea or coffee and join us for a conversation on the following topics: 

Please register for each event to receive your unique link to join.

09/16/20 Race: Unpacking Whiteness

Conversation facilitated by Sam Kwapong featuring Jer Swigart

Wednesday, September 16

View the Recording Here!

Our discussion was framed by clips from the following webinars, but we highly recommend watching the full versions to enhance your conversations:

About our Speakers

Samuel Kwapong
Samuel Kwapong

Samuel Kwapong has over a decade of experience in higher education, specifically in the diversity, inclusion, leadership development and international student services field. Sam joined Point Loma Nazarene University as the Director of Multicultural and International Students Services in 2014. He has 13 years of experience within different departments in higher education from Academic Affairs to Student Development/Affairs. He has implemented and organized multiple student engagements and trainings on race and racial reconciliation. As a native of Ghana and a former international student, he leverages his experiences and knowledge of the US immigration system to assist students in dealing with their immigration needs. Sam has lived throughout the United States because of his background in the military. Through his experience, he has encountered different cultures and has learned how to thrive in a multicultural environment. This makes his job as the director of Multicultural and International Student Services that much more fulfilling. This year he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy award. This honor is awarded to staff or faculty who embodies the ideals of Dr. King. Currently, he is working on completing his dissertation in higher education leadership. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Connecticut State University and a Master’s in Christian Education, with an emphasis in youth/college ministry from Azusa Pacific University. He is also an adjunct professor at PLNU in the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program. Sam has dedicated his career to raising future leaders and creating a space for them to thrive. 

 

Jer Swigart
Jer Swigart

Jer Swigart (@jerswigart) is the cofounder of The Global Immersion Project.  A peacemaking training organization, Global Immersion is cultivating an everyday peacemaking movement that is seeking to remake our divided world.  As a modern-day peacemaker, Jer has found himself contending for peace in beautifully bizarre corners of our global village. Whether in the tribes of northern Pakistan, the slums of India, the red-light districts of Southeast Asia, the conflicted regions of Israel & Palestine, the borderlands between the U.S. and Mexico, or the racial divides within his own neighborhood, Jer lives, loves, & leads in a way that disarms violence and awakens imaginations to restorative possibilities. His engagement within national and international conflicts as well as his experience as a faith leader, educator, and trainer has formed him into a guide for leaders, teams, and organizations that are yearning to leverage their influence as instruments of peace. When he’s not traveling the country and world as a practitioner, coach, and speaker, Jer and his family live in and love exploring the Pacific Northwest.  He’s written for numerous publications, has contributed to several books, is a Pepperdine Cross Sector Leader Fellow, is currently working on his Doctorate in Leadership, and is the co-author of the award winning book, Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World (IVP, 2017). 

10/21/20 Human Trafficking: The diversity of exploitation

Conversation facilitated by Ryana Contreras, featuring Jessica Kim, Keelin Washington, Buki Domingos and Marcia G Harrison

Wednesday, October 21

*This conversation was not recorded at the speakers' request*

We recommend diving deeper into this topic in the following ways:

About our Speakers

Jessica Kim
Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim, MSW is a Social Worker, Advocate, Author, and Public Speaker. She has over 10 years of experience in prevention, education, research, and public speaking in the anti-human trafficking field. After she escaped years of sexual exploitation under the control of her step-father, she found freedom through her faith and through education. Passionate about learning and books, Jessica now uses her knowledge and life experience to educate and inspire a wide range of audiences. Through her work with Point Loma Nazarene University, she continues to find solutions to empower the public and survivors of trafficking to exit the life of exploitation and find freedom. She is currently in the development stage of Onramps, a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort to build financial and educational opportunities for survivors of trafficking. She is vice president of the Survivor Leader Network of San Diego and on the Advisory Board as the Survivor Voice for The San Diego Regional Human Trafficking & the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Council. 

 

Keelin Washington
Keelin Washington

Keelin Washington is currently completing her Social Working and Psychology dual-degree program. She is a lived experience expert who has dedicated her life to making a difference. She is currently a lead program facilitator of the kNOw MORE program, an anti-human trafficking awareness curriculum for middle school and high school age youth.  She has taught at schools all over San Diego County, talked with thousands of students, and partners with other lived experience experts to continue the work. She is Lead Transition Resident Guide at Generate Hope, a safe house for survivors of human trafficking.  There she is able to walk alongside the ladies into the transition back into the community. She has spoken at the Hope Rising conference and has done a training video for companies who work with survivors. Since escaping her trafficker she has dedicated her life to bringing awareness and recovery to the community and survivors she serves.

 

Buki Domingos
Buki Domingos

Buki Domingos is a versatile singer/songwriter,instrumentalist, Nurse in Germany and California. Activist, and Motivational Speaker with over two decades of stage experience. Buki has an Album "To God in Prayer” and a Single “A Better World & Trust," several music projects, and productions throughout Africa, Europe, and USA. Buki has toured Europe and West Africa with several celebrities like Sir Elton John and African Mega Stars like Angelique Kidjo. Buki is a cohost of a radio show and podcast, Alafia Voices of the African Diaspora, a social justice show that elevate voices of color south of the eight freeway in San Diego. Buki is the founder of the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego. A survivor of human trafficking, she uses her story to motivate and raise awareness nationwide. Buki Domingos is the 2019 KPBS and NCRC winner of the Community Heroes Award for her work to raise awareness around human trafficking using her voice as a tool in Motivational speaking and songs. Buki is also one of the honorees of the 2020 National Conflict Resolution Center and KPBS sponsored Peacemaker awards for her work around human trafficking.  

Marcia Harrison
Marcia G. Harrison

Marcia G. Harrison received her Bachelor's degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from SDSU in 2012 and is currently a USD Masters in International Relations Candidate, primarily focusing on countering the effects of human trafficking. She currently works with law enforcement as a Victim Services Coordinator for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. As a survivor of child sexual assault, adult domestic violence, and exploitation herself, Marcia has devoted her career to assisting victims and survivors. After extensive therapy to understand her own trauma and triggers for vicarious trauma, she can now stand boldly and do the work she does. She aims to be a fierce proponent for human trafficking survivors by creating awareness for and promoting peaceful human rights laws, pushing policy reform, enhancing governance, coordinating and facilitating support and protective services for victims and survivors. She was previously a Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Victim Advocate and now conducts training for foster parents, she is involved with the Survivor Leader Network of San Diego and other collaborative community efforts to combat trafficking. You can learn more about Marcia's story through NBC 7's STOLEN Docu-Series about sex trafficking in San Diego.

 

11/18/20 Gender Stereotypes: Misrepresentation hurts us all

Join our November Cup of Culture discussion about gender stereotypes portrayed through the media. This conversation will specifically focus on the media’s influence on gender stereotypes and how that can send confusing, limiting, and even harmful messages about gender and the effect it can have on one’s culture.

Wednesday, November 18
5 - 6:30 pm

Register for your unique link to join here 

*Each individual student must register and attend live in order to receive chapel credit

About our Speakers

Linda Beail Head Shot
Linda Beail

Dr. Linda Beail is a professor of political science at PLNU, where she teaches courses on gender & race politics and feminist theory.  She writes about pleasure and anxiety in the pop culture representations of political women, with recent book chapters on Black Widow & gender in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and gender in presidential elections. She helped found the Women's Studies program and the "Results May Vary" retreat at PLNU, and loves to travel with students -- from the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, to the New Hampshire primary, to teaching political theory in Paris and Florence.  She lives in San Diego with her spouse and two children, who are weathering high school at home in a pandemic with grace and humor.  

Bella Passey
Bella Passey

Bella Passey graduated in 2020 from PLNU with a B.A. in Managerial & Organizational Communications and a double minor in Public Relations and Women Studies. While attending school, Bella was a 2-term President of B.R.E.A.K, the gender equality club on campus, leading the club to win the 2019 Excellence in Diversity Club Award. Currently, Bella works as the MOSAIC Liason at PLNU, wherein which she oversees the 9 MOSAIC clubs and chairs the Mosaic Activity Council. She also works as the Marketing & Events Coordinator at Girls Rising Above Child Exploitation, a nonprofit that works with survivors of human trafficking. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at PLNU.

 

01/13/21 Criminal Injustice: The school to prison pipeline

Wednesday, January 13
5 - 6:30 pm

Register for your unique link to join here

*Each individual student must register and attend live in order to receive chapel credit

03/17/21 Immigration: The God Who Sees with Karen Gonzalez

Wednesday, March 17
5 - 6:30 pm

Register for your unique link to join here

*Each individual student must register and attend live in order to receive chapel credit

04/14/21Mental Health: Dispelling the myths

Wednesday, April 14
5 - 6:30 pm

Register for your unique link to join here

*Each individual student must register and attend live in order to receive chapel credit

05/12/21 Youth without a home: How homelessness impacts students

Wednesday, May 12
5 - 6:30 pm

Register for your unique link to join here

*Each individual student must register and attend live in order to receive chapel credit