MAP is guest panelist as Leadership Macomb presents “Cultures and Religions Day”. Objectives of this workshop are: 1) Gain a better understanding of the many cultures residing in Macomb County. 2) Build an awareness of the Faith practices and beliefs in the County. 3) Understand our similarities and differences and how they affect us personally and professionally.
About: Leadership Macomb seeks to produce a network of informed community leaders who understand the roles and relationships of people and systems that support and sustain our community; enable graduates and others to engage in civic leadership; strengthen organizational and community relationships.
7:30 am Breakfast
8:05 am Overview – Day Karen Smith LM Executive Director
8:10 am Impact Panel- How Culture Impacts your Area? With Pam Lavers as Moderator; Christine Johns, Ph.D., Superintendent Utica Community Schools; Monique Stanton, (LM XVII); CARE of Southeastern MI; Kathy Maitland, Michigan Abolishment Project.
9:15 am Macomb Cultural Overview – How it has changed over time. Pam Lavers, (LM XV); Deputy County Executive Macomb County Government – One Macomb
10:00 am Break
10:15 am What is Islam and who are Muslims? Exploring common misconceptions Steve Mustapha Elturk, Imam and President of the Islamic Organization of North America
11:15 am Immigration and Refugee Services -Catholic Charities of Macomb County, Jeralda Hattar – Director Immigration and Refugee services of Catholic Charities of Macomb County (Speaking on the integration/settlement process)
12:00 pm Lunch Mediterranean Bar Lorenzo Cultural Center
12:45 pm Cultural Origins Mapping Exercise IJ Campbell, (LM II), Retired: The City of Roseville
2:00 pm Break
2:10 pm Immigration 101 Ruby Robinson, Attorney Michigan Immigrant Rights Center
3:15 pm Overview of Interfaith Center for Racial Justice (ICRJ) with a discussion of current activities. Rev. Michail T. Curro, Executive Director of ICRJ
4:00 pm Wrap-up
4:30 – 6:30 Post Holiday Mixer in the Lorenzo Cultural Center for current class LM XIX and all LM alumni
Hors d’oeuvres and open bar
Committee Members: Heather El-Khoury (XVIII) Oakland University, Greg Griffith (XVII), Immanuel Lutheran Church, and Jeanette Driver(XVIII) Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union