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We all have an internal list of those we still don’t understand, let alone appreciate. We all have biases, even prejudices, toward specific groups. In our workshops we ask people to gather in pairs and think about their hopes and fears in relating to people of a group different from their own. Fears usually include being judged, miscommunication, and patronizing or hurting others unintentionally; hopes are usually the possibility of dialogue, learning something new, developing friendships, and understanding different points of view. After doing this activity hundreds of times, I’m always amazed how similar the lists are. At any moment that we’re dealing with people different from ourselves, the likelihood is that they carry a similar list of hopes and fears in their back pocket.– From Waging Peace in Our Schools, by Linda Lantieri and Janet Patti (Beacon Press, 1996)

In this workshop Grabriella Bergamo, will discuss the importance, similitude and differences in Hispanic Cultures and understand the large, but diverse, population with connection to the Spanish language or culture from a Spanish-speaking countries. This workshop is oriented to front line workers and community in general.

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