Spokane June 2012 Diversity/Cultural Events

 Gay and Lesbian Pride Month

June was selected as Gay and Lesbian Pride month due to the three-day protest in 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.  This event marked the first time that the gay community joined together to fight for its rights, thereby gaining national attention.  The anniversary of this event was one of the reasons June was chosen as the national proclaimed month to celebrate GLBT pride.


Black Music Month

                  For generations, African-Americans have created music that communicates across racial boundaries, initially through spirituals while under the bondage of slavery and through modern genres of blues, jazz, ragtime, gospel, and hip hop.  June honors the pioneers of African-American music and their legacy, and today’s music artists.  The website http://blackmusicamerica.com/ is preserving and promoting the legacy and contributions of Black musicians.

 National Caribbean American Heritage Month

A celebration of the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the U.S.  In June 2005, the House of Representatives unanimously adopted H. Con. Res. 71, sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, recognizing the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the United States.  On February 14, 2006, the resolution similarly passed the Senate, since the declaration, the White House has issued an annual proclamation recognizing June as Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  For more information, visit their website at http://www.caribbeanamericanmonth.org/.




WSU Spokane will once again participate in the School Supply Drive for Unity in the Community to be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  You can drop off school supplies at Student Affairs in the Spokane Academic Center (SAC) starting Monday, June 11, 2012.  For more information, contact Jane Kinkel at 509.358.7537 or email her at kinkel@wsu.edu.


“One Thing” Diversity and Inclusion Initiative blog is still up and running if you wish to add a comment about a cultural/diversity event you attended, film you watched or book you read.  The “One Thing” Diversity and Inclusion Blog can be found at http://spokane.wsu.edu/blog/diversity-inclusion/?p=38?edit.  For more information, contact Yvonne Montoya Zamora at montoyazamora@wsu.edu or 509.358.7554.



YWCA – Nominate Someone– Each year outstanding women of our community are recognized at the luncheon (October 25, 2012) with the prestigious Women of Achievement Awards.  For 29 years, the YWCA has honored women who, through their accomplishments and leadership, have demonstrated the mission of the YWCA, and have made Spokane a better place for all of us to live. To download the nomination form and review this year’s categories, visit the YWCA website at http://www.ywcaspokane.org/news.php?nid=69.  Deadline June 30, 2012.


Youth Leader Award – Nominate Someone – With Youth Day and Unity in the Community (UIC) coming together, the Youth Awards awarded by Youth ‘N Action will be given out at Unity this year.  To download the nomination form and view the award categories, visit UIC website at http://www.nwunity.org/category_s/39.htm.  The deadline is July 20. 2012.


Lasting Heritage

Lasting Heritage uses personal stories and human-made objects to articulate the spiritual and visceral links between ancient people, modern tribal people and the land.  Hundreds of historic cultural objects, modern works by American Indian artists, and historic photographs fill two galleries.

Date:  Saturday, December 3, 2011 (no end date, long term exhibit)

Location:  MAC, 2316 W First Ave

Cost: $7.00 adults, $5.00 seniors & students

For more information visit their website at http://www.northwestmuseum.org/ or call 509.456.3931.




Around the World with Michael Moon Bear

Date: Each Thursday of the month

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You will music from around the world.  Hosted by Michael Moon Bear on KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org


The Asian Fusion Show

Date: Bi-weekly first and third Thursday of each month

Time:  noon – 12:30 p.m.

At the Asian Fusion Show learn about the diversity amongst Asian cultural, listen to the experiences from individuals, music, artists, writers, cooks, and poets.  Hosted by Jung Yun Xiang and Piah Song on KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org


Inner Tribal Beat

Date:  Every Tuesday afternoon

Time:  2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Inner Tribal Beat is radio show program where you will hear Native American News, music, commentary, cultural, environmental, interviews, local, and public affairs.  Hosted by Gabe, Eve, Jeff, and Twa-le, KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.

Website: http://www.kyrs.org


The Latin Lounge

Date:  Every Monday evening

Time:  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

35 W Main St, Ste 340, Spokane, WA

Phone: 509.747.3012 (office)

Hosted by “Corazon” and David Behar, you will hear a wide spectrum of Latin music on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org


Latitud / Latitude

Date:  Every Monday afternoon

Time:  noon-1:00 p.m.

Latitud is radio show program about sharing intercultural experiences among the Latino community.  Hosted by Zandunga in Spanish, playing music, (Spanish/Latin), and discussions of local, and public affairs on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.

35 W Main St, Ste 340, Spokane, WA

Phone: 509.747.3807 (requests) / 509.747.3012 (office)

Website:  www.kyrs.org


The Persian Hour

Date:  Every Saturday afternoon

Time:  noon – 1:00 p.m.

The Persian Hour’s consists of a variety of Iranian music from hip hop to traditional, Jazz, blues, rock and roll and the usual.  Also, they will share stories, recipes, and interviews.  Hosted by Sharo and Yasmine, KYRS 92.3 FM or 89.9 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org



Date:  Every Thursday evening

Time:  6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

QueerSounds is radio show dedicated to playing music by and for LGBTQ people.  Music, interviews, community events




Five Women Artists

Artists: Betty Hageman, Bobbie Halperin, Ellen Picken, Jesse Rasche and Kathleen Secrest display their many and varied works.

Date:  June 1, 2012-June 29, 2012

Times:  Monday 8 a.m.-8: p.m., Tuesday-Friday 8: a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Location: Chase Gallery, lower level Spokane City Hall, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information, visit their website at http://www.spokanearts.org/.


26th Annual ArtFeast

ArtFeast is have a raffle, on display at the MAC will be at ArtFeast,  Purchase 5 tickets for $10-.00 for a chance to win one of four art works.  You can purchase the tickets on line (see below for website) or call 509.3693.5355.

Dates: Friday, June 1, 2012 – Sunday, June 3, 2012

Time:  noon-8:00 p.m.

Location: Coeur d’Alene Park in Brown’s Addition, between Chestnut & Spruce (2nd & 4th)

Cost: Free

For more information, contact MAC at 509.456.3931 or visit their website at www.northwestmuseum.org.


16th Annual Pride Cruise on Lake Coeur d’ Alene

18 and over event only.

Date:  Saturday, June 2, 2012

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., boarding begins at 1:00 p.m.

Location: Coeur d’ Alene, ID, dock behind the CDA Resort Hotel.

Cost: $20.00 in advance, $25.00 on the day of

For more information visit their website at http://www.outspokane.com/ or email info@outspokane.org.


Inland Northwest Latino Chamber of Commerce (INWLCC)

Date: Monday, June 4, 2012

Time:  7:00 a.m. doors open, meeting starts at 7:30 a.m.

Location:  Best Western Peppertree, Liberty Lake Inn, 1816 N Pepper Lane

Cost:  Contact Ty Barbery at 509.244.9737

For more information contact Ty Barbery at 509.244.9737 or visit http://www.inwlcc.com/.  RSPV for meeting to sales2@peppertreeinns.com.



Date:  Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Location:  The LGBT Center, 1522 N Washington Ste 102

Cost:  Free

For more information, visit their website at http://www.outspokane.com/.


WA State Human Rights Commission – Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Rule Making Group

The public is invited to provide input into the implementation of sexual orientation/gender identity as a protected class from discrimination under the WA State Law Against Discrimination (WLAD), RCW 49.60.  Under this law, the WA State Human Rights Commission must develop rules and guidelines to eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, credit and insurance transaction and the use of public accommodations based on sexual orientation.  This may require updating revising or amending the administrative codes (WAC 162) that dead with the WLAD.

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time:  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Rock Pointe Plaza Building III, Conference Room A (3rd floor)

Cost: Free and open to the public

For more information contact Ramon Alvarez at 509.568.3201 or email Ramon.Alvarez@hum.wa.gov.


Unity in the Community Committee Meeting

Date:  Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time:  5:30 p.m.

Location:  Community Minded Enterprises, 25 W Main St Ste 310

Open to all who have an interest in making this happen on August 18, 2012

For more information contact Traci Logan at tracil@community-minded.org or call 509.209.2625.


Sex + Money, a national search for human worth Film followed by a panel discussion

Date:  Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Gonzaga University, Wolff Auditorium, Jepson Hall

Cost:  Free

For more information, visit their website at http://worldreliefspokane.org/hthtraining/


Hands that Heal – Anti-Human Trafficking Training

Interactive community based approach to address issues of human trafficking and victim restoration.  Sponsored by The Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) and World Relief-Spokane.

Date:  Thursday-Saturday, June 7-9, 2012

Time: Thursday 7:00 p.m. (film above), Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 8:15 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Quality Inn Conference Center, 110 E 4th Ave

Cost: $75.00 conference (includes lunch for Friday and Saturday), course book $40.00

For more information, visit their website at http://worldreliefspokane.org/hthtraining/.


Northwest Coalition for Human Rights

Date:  Saturday, June 9, 2012

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location:  St Augustine’s Catholic Center, Parish Hall, 638 South Deakin Street, Moscow, ID

Cost:  Free, lunch will be served

For more information, contact Kristin Carlson at kristinc@uidaho.edu.  Must RSVP no later than June 4, 2012.


21th Annual Pride Parade – “Stand Up! Speak Out! Spark Change!”

Sponsored by OutSpokane

Date:  Saturday, June 9, 2012

Time:  noon to 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Downtown Spokane

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information check the website http://www.outspokane.com/.


2012 Rainbow Festival – “Stand Up! Speak Out! Spark Change!”

Sponsored by OutSpokane

Date:  Saturday, June 9, 2012

Time:  noon to 5:30 p.m.

Location:  Riverfront Park, Gondola Meadows (Post and Spokane Falls Blvd)

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information check the website http://www.outspokane.com/.


Voices of Victory

Speakers: Dean Lynch and Nancy Avery

Date:  Sunday, June 10, 2012

Time: Door opens at 1:30 for meet and greet (light refreshments will be served), program at 2:00 p.m.

Location:  Riverpoint Campus, Class Room Phase One, Room 122

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information check the website http://www.outspokane.com/ or call 509.720.7609.  Sponsored by EWU Pride Center, WSU Spokane, and OutSpokane’s Heritage Pride Institute (The Institute was established in 2006 in response to a LGBT community request for more information about movement landmarks and leaders.)


Hispanic Business Professional Association

Date:  Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time:  11:30 – social, networking, Noon – Lunch and agenda items, 12:30 – speaker/program

Location: Hacienda Las Flores, 5th and Freya

Cost:  $10.00

For more information regarding the luncheon, contact Bernadette Pillar at Bernadette@spokanepillar.com, HBPA President.


Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) Pride Networking Luncheon

Speaker: Marvo Reguindin, What does it mean to be a member of the region’s LGBT chamber?  Mr. Reguindin will present the networking connections INBA members and businesses have beyond Spokane, national certification for LGBT business, INBA’s affiliation with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and the connections to western state LGBT chambers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Date:  Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Time:  11:30 – noon: social, networking, Noon Lunch, 12:15 speaker

Location:  Europa Pizzaria and Bakery, 125 S Wall Street

Cost: $20 for members and first time guests, $25.00 for returning guests.

For more information, call 509.455.3699, or e-mail info@inbasspokane.org, website http://www.inbaspokane.org


2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration – Developing Community through Education

Presented by the Inland NW Juneteenth Coalition. Featuring live music, food, education, entertainment and vendors.

Date: June 16, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Liberty Park

Cost: Free



Promotes the health and well-being of LGBTQ persons, their families and friends through support, education and advocacy.

Date:  Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Time:  7:00 p.m.-midnight

Location: Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2715 S Ray St

Cost:  Free

For more information, call 509.251.2186 or 509.638.9767.


Diversity Recruitment Committee – Meet the Employers

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Time: Employers – 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. / Job-seekers – 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: WorkSource, 130 S Arthur Dr.

Cost: This event is free, call number below for ticket.

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. (employers), 3:00 (job seekers) to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact Dirk Vastrick at 509.532.3038 or 509.532.3186.


Stem and Stein – 8th Annual Wine & Beer Tasting with Live and Silent Auction

Fundraiser to benefit Spokane AIDS Network

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Location: Masonic Temple

Cost:  $45.00 per person

For more information, call 509.455.8993 or website http://www.san-nw.org/events/stem_and_stein.asp


World Refuge Day

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Franklin Park (corner of Division and Queen Streets)

Cost: Free and open to the public

For more information, visit World Relief Website at http://worldrelief.org/spokane or call 509.232.2814.


1st Annual Denim & Diamonds Dinner Dance!

Sponsored by the Spokane Chapter, The Links Inc.  Processed will benefit scholarships and Spokane community civil events.  Includes silent action, buffet western bar-b-que, no host bar and best dress & western attire prizes.

Date:  Saturday, June 23, 2012

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Northern Quest Casino, Pent Oreille Pavilion

Cost:  $35.00 per person, $65.00 per couple, $40.00 at the door

For more information contact Sharon Cowan at 509.869.9408 or sharon.cowan@comcast.net.


Hoopfest 2012

Largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the streets of downtown Spokane

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 30-July 1, 2012

Location: Downtown Spokane streets

Cost: Free to observe. $108-$168 per team registration deadline May 21, 2012

For more information visit their website at http://www.spokanehoopfest.net/ or call 509.324.2414.


Out of Area Events


A Conversation with General Colin Powell, about his book, It Worked For Me

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Time: 8:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Location: Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave, Seattle, WA

Cost: one ticket and one book- $35.00, two tickets and one book-$50.00

For more information or to register visit http://www.seattlecityclub.org/.


The 7th Annual Mariachi & More Festival

The park will come alive with the sounds of top northwest mariachi groups, the tastes of affordable ethnic cuisine and entertaining children’s activities.

Date: Sunday, June 17, 2012

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Kennewick, WA, Columbia Park

Cost:  Free entrance. Parking $5.00 or 5 cans of food to be donated to 2nd Harvest

For more information visit www.tricitieshispanicchambersite,com.



If you know of diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to the monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at montoyazamora@wsu.edu with event details.

For general Spokane events visit www.visitspokane.com or http://www.spokane7.com/.






June 1                                    Black Music Month – US

A celebration of the talents and creativity of African American singers, musicians, and composers.


June 1                                    National Caribbean American Heritage Month – US

A celebration of the significance of Caribbean people and their descendants in the history and culture of the US.


June 1                                    Gawai Dayak – Malaysia

Festival marking the gathering of the rice harvest, proclaiming the new planting season and appeasing the spirits.


June 1                                    Children’s Day – China

                                    Children are celebrated with parties in elementary schools and gifts from parents.


June 1                                    Independence Day –Samoa

Marks independence from New Zealand on January 1, 1962, and status as the first independent Polynesia state.  The three-day celebration is in June because of the rainy season in January.


June 2                                    Republic Day – Italy

Marks the 1946 establishment of Italy as a republic.


June 3                  Pentecost – Christian, Coptic and Eastern Orthodox

Commemorates the Holy Spirit’s decent upon the 12 Apostles.  This day is known in Germany as Pinkster Day and in many other countries as Whit Sunday.


June 5                   Constitution Day – Denmark

                                    Commemorates the contry becoming a constitutional monarchy in 1849 and the new constitution in 1953.


June 6                                    D-Day – U.S.

Commemorates this day in 1944, when U.S. troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, representing the beginning of the end of World War II.


June 6                  Memorial Day – South Korea

Marks the day the nation pays tribute to its war dead with services at the National Cemetery in Seoul.


June 6                                    Flag Day – Sweden

Commemorates the date in 1523 when Gustavus I (Gustavus Vasa) ascended the throne.


June 7                                    Corpus Christi – Christian (Catholic)

A festival in honor of the Eucharist, observed on the Thrusday after Trinity Sunday since 1246.  In the US, this solemn occasion is known as the Body and Blood of Christ and observed on the following Sunday.


June 8                                     Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival – U.S. Native American

A three-day festival that features nearly 2,000 artists from over 100 tribes, nations, and bands designed to promote and preserve the rich tradition of Native American culture.


June 9                  Queen’s birthday – UK


June 10                  Race Unity Day – Baha’l

Promotes racial harmony and the essential unity of humanity.


June 10                  Camões Day – Portugal

Observes the anniversary of the death in 1580 of Luiz Vaz de Camões, national poet.


June 11                  King Kamehameha day – US/Hawaii

Honors the first monarch of Hawaii, Kamehameha I, who ruled from 1795 to 1819.


June 12                                    Independence Day – Philippines

Celebrates independence from Spain in 1898 (Spanish American War).  The Philippines were a U.S. colony until 1946.


June 12                                    Independence Day – Russia

Marks the 1991 vote for the first popularly elected leader (Boris Yeltsin) in the 1,000 –year history of the Russian state.


June 12                                    anniversary of Loving vs. Virginia Decision – US 

Observes the anniversary of the 1967 decision by the US Supreme Court that struck down the miscegenation laws remaining in 16 states barring interracial marriage.  Mildred and Richard Loving were a real couple that fought for their right to marry regardless of race.  Also known as Loving Day.


June 14                                    Flag Day

Honors the flag as a symbol of patriotism on the anniversary of its adoption in 1777.


June 16                                    Martyrdom of Guru Argan Dev – Sikh

                                    Commemorates the death of the fifth guru of the Sikhs and the first Sikh martyr.


June 16                                    Shab-e-Miraj – Islamic

Commemorates the ascent of Muhammad, holy prophet of Islam, to heaven.  Begins at sundown the previous day.


June 17                                    Independence Day – Iceland

Recognizes full sovereignty from Denmark in 1944.


June 17                                    Father’s Day – U.S.

                                    Honors all fathers in the world.  Louise Dodd of Spokane, WA, began the tradition in 1910.


June 19                  Juneteenth – U.S./African America

Also know as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day.  Commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.  Twenty-six states recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday or state holiday observance.


June 20                  Litha – Celtic/Pagan

Litha occurs on this day on the Northern Hemispheres; in the Southern Hemispheres, today is Yule.


June 20                  Solstice – International

                                    In the Northern Hemisphere, summer begins today.  In the Southern Hemisphere, today is the beginning of winter.  Between the equator and the Arctic Circle, the sun rises and sets farthest north on the horizon for the year and the period of daylight is at its longest – 12 hours, 8 minutes at the Equator and increasing to 24 hours at the Arctic Circle.


June 20                   Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) – Israel

                                    Commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and the reestablishment of Jewish control over the Old City in 1967.


June 21                  National Aboriginal Day – Canada

A day to recognize the diverse cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, collectively known as Aboriginal peoples in Canada.


June 21                  National Day – Greenland

In Greenlandic, this holiday is known as Ullortuneq, which means “longest day.”  Since the country’s current flag was instituted on this day in 1985, it is also a day to honor the flag.


June 23                  St John’s Eve – Christian

Marks the celebration of the summer solstice and the feast of St. John.  Also know as Midsummer’s Eve.


June 23                  National Day – Luxembourg

A celebration of the 1921 birthday of His Royal Highness Grand Duke Jean, as well as the country’s independence in 1890 from the Netherlands and Belgium.


June 23                  Tuen Ng (Dragon Boat Festival) – China

Honors China’s first major poet, Ch’u Yuan, who drowned himself in 278 CE in protest of injustice and corruption.


June 23                  Victory Day – Estonia

Commemorates the Battle of Vonnu against the Germans, in 1919, during the War of Independence.  The victory marked the end of 700 years of German control.


June 24                  Feast of St. John the Baptist – Christian/International

A celebration of the birth of the precursor and baptizer of Jesus, the Messiah.  This day is often an official public holiday and is celebrated in many countries.


June 26                  Independence Day – Madagascar

A celebration of independence from France in 1960.


June 26                                    United Nations Charter Day – U.N.

                                    Marks the day in 1945 when the U.N. charter was signed in San Francisco, CA, by representatives of 50 nations.


June 26                                    Independence Day – Somalia

Celebrates the day in 1960 that the former British Somaliland grained independence.


June 27                                    Independence Day – Djibouti

Celebrates independence from France in 1977.


June 28                                    Stonewall Rebellion (LGBT) – U.S.

Commemorates the anniversary of the protests by gays and lesbians against police harassment in New York City.  It marks the first organized and open effort by gays and lesbians to seek equality under the law.


June 28                  Versailles Treaty Day – International

The anniversary of the 1919 signing of the Treaty of Versailles at Versailles, France, which officially ended Work War I


June 30                                    Independence day – Zaire

Signifies independence from Belgium in 1960.



Source:  Diversity/Cultural Celebrations from 2012 Novations Honoring Differences Diversity Calendar, www.diversitycalendar.com.


Ways to Celebrate Diversity/Inclusiveness at Work

1.      Get a world map; identify the various counties the employees in your department have visited by using push pins (one color for each employee) or get a map of North/South America and identify the various states and counties your employees have visited.  Include your hourly and student employees.


2.      Discuss comfort foods that each employee eats when needing “comfort”.  What memories does the food invoke?  Or if you were going to a potluck and asked to bring a food item from your culture what would it be and why did you choose that particular food item?  Go one step further and have a luncheon potluck of “comfort food” from your culture.



3.      Is there a movie or book about a different culture that everyone in the department has seen or read?  Discuss why they saw the movie or read the book what did they learn about the other culture and was it an accurate portrayal of the culture.  Or what is the best movie you have seen or best book (fiction) you have read and why.


4.      Want to know your co-workers better?  Ask each employee to fill out an index card with a fact about herself/himself that the majority of employees do not know (and, of course, are willing to share).  Shuffle the cards, have each participant select a card, read the fact out loud, and try to guess who wrote it.  If you can recognize the handwriting – print out the fact, tape or glue it to an index card.


5.     Ask each employee what type of music they listened to earlier that day (prior to this activity), let them explain what it is they enjoy about this type of music, who their favorite musicians are, etc. or what type of music they listened to growing up, have their music tastes changed or discuss what song takes you back to your childhood (teen years).


6.     What book(s) are being read and why or what are their favorite books/authors and why?  Pick a category: fiction, science fiction, nonfiction, biographies, suspense/mystery, military, and romance, etc. and discuss books/authors.


7.     Have each employee bring a personal item that is important to them from home or their work space.  Have them explain the significance of the item.


8.      For a generational aspect, as a group identify those events that were headliners for a specific generation and the impact for that generation (traditional, baby boomers, gen x, gen y).  Or discuss a specific event, what were you doing when you heard the news and the impact it had on you as a person?


9.     Have each employee discuss their name (first or last).  Were they name after someone in their family or a friend; how did their parent(s) decide on their name?  What significant does their name have for them and/or anything they want to say about their name (how unusual or common their name is, etc.).  Has your name changed or do you go by a different name or nickname, if so why?


10.   Discuss a current global event that most everyone is somewhat familiar with.  What are the ramifications of the event (if any) in a global context?  Or select a local current event, are there any ramifications on a national level?


11.   It’s easy to talk about the people who inspire us — heroes, sports stars, activists, etc., but what is it about them that causes us to be truly inspired?  Name one or two people who inspire you.  What is it that these people did/do that is inspirational to you?  Have you done anything differently as a result of their inspiration? If so, what? If not, what would you like to do?


12.   Celebrations/memorials often occur around life-cycle events such as births, graduations, marriages, and deaths, etc.  Describe a recent celebration/memorial that you attend around one of these events.


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