Timothy J. Bartik
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Diversity Specialist
Arab Americans in Michigan
Michigan is fortunate to be a state that has wonderful diversity in many different ways and areas throughout the state.
Leadership efforts in the Hispanic community.
Are you ready to dance?
In efforts to increase diversity, groups or individuals are at risk to develop a compliance mentality that focuses on numbers only. The numbers game becomes so important that little thought is given to what happens after that. Diversity ought to be pursued because it empowers groups to be better at what they do. Research shows that diverse teams outperform homogenous teams.
A first-ever Latino summit, sponsored by AT&T Michigan, was held on December 9, 2011 at the MSU Kellogg Center. The Michigan Alianza para Mejoramiento y Avance (MI-ALMA- Michigan Alliance of Latinos Moving Towards Advancement) convened over 100 Michigan Hispanic leaders and professionals for this important event. The focus was specifically on education and civic engagement, two important areas that can have tremendous impact on the trajectory of the lives of young children.
Enhancing cross-cultural communication
As collaboratives and coalitions increase the diverse background of their membership, communication will become more complex. Communication becomes foremost when diverse members in a group work to develop common goals and objectives which call for them to work cooperatively and collaboratively.
Cultural events develop cultural literacy
Diverse groups and systems building work.
Children "at risk' become children of "high return" when we invest in young children.
Is there a connection between culture and obesity?
The concern about obesity among children is a major one. It is an issue that a number of Great Start Collaboratives and Parent Coalitions identify as a priority to address in their communities. Data also tells us that children from communities of color experience a higher prevalence of obesity.
Have you ever wondered if culture and obesity are linked? Do parents from different cultures have perceptions about the level of physical activity of their children that impacts and leads to obesity in children?