Elliott will visit Adams State for a free workshop on prejudice


jane elliott

The Adams State University Counselor Education Department, in conjunction with Dr. Mark Manzanares, professor of counselor education, and the campus multicultural class, is pleased to bring Jane Elliott, recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, to campus. She will host a workshop "The Anatomy of Prejudice," at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in Carson Auditorium, Student Union Building. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Elliott was a third-grade schoolteacher when she created the famous "blue-eyed/brown-eyed" exercise, which later became the basis for her career in diversity training. The purpose of the exercise, conducted the day following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, was to try to teach her students the effects of being a minority. Her exercise, and the subsequent controversy, became the basis for the television documentaries Eye of the Storm (1970) and A Class Divided (1985).

Elliott will discuss the Eye of the Storm and explore with the audience the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism and the responsibility shared by all of us for illuminating them in and eliminating them from ourselves and our environment.

Those attending the presentation will be encouraged to discuss the issues raised as they relate to their own workplace. They will also be encouraged to discuss the materials presented on the handouts which are designed to help them to identify their own racist statements, behaviors, and attitudes. Participants will receive a list of suggested activities which, if implemented, can help them to decrease the amount of racism in their environment and a list of books which, if read, can provide added insights to the problems of the -isms with which we are all confronted.

McDaniel Hall is located on First Street, on the north side of campus near the stoplight. Parking is located east of McDaniel Hall. Adams State parking lots do not require permits after 5 p.m.

For more information on The Class Divided visit A Class Divided.

For more information contact the Adams State Department of Counselor Education at 719-587-7827.