Diversity & Heritage
This category reflects the Alliance’s goals, especially #2:
Protect and extend fundamental rights and opportunities throughout the range of human diversity
This goal is supported by efforts to protect individual rights, promote equality, and strive for inclusion; there are a number of barriers to overcome, such as racism & other inappropriate forms of discrimination.
Issues & events in the nations of Central and South America and of First Nations (indigenous, Native American, “Indian” populations) throughout the Americas, and as impacted by U.S. foreign policy, treaties, and interventions.
School of the Americas (now, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, WHINSEC).
Indigenous People and their role in the Americas (including discussion of Columbus Day & Indigenous Peoples’ Day)
by Erlinda Aguiar My experience has shown me that a community is an interactive group where its members have an impact on each other and that the diversity of its members only contributes to make the community better. I hope … more
by Diane Husic Recently, I took refuge from work to visit the former site of Bethlehem Steel. This may seem like a strange place for a retreat, but when your work involves ecological restoration of contaminated sites and adaptation to … more
By Molly Majewicz The Social Research Social Justice Annual Conference, held this year on April 8th, began in 2003 at Muhlenberg College in a collaborative effort between the faculty and students. The goal, as Muhlenberg’s website states, is to “create … more
Many residents of and visitors to SouthSide Bethlehem have come to take the Maze Garden for granted. Following is a fascinating history of this unique space, prepared by John Pettegrew of Lehigh University. The Maze Garden (1996 – 2013) November … more
Here are some initial thoughts on the community engagement process: Government agencies frequently accept public comment on proposed plans or projects, but the primary purpose is often only to fulfill a legal requirement. Members of the community often do not … more