Hands of change : a program promoting diversity, pluralism, and tolerance for the middle and high school grade levels : an honors thesis [(HONRS 499)]
The "Hands of Change" program was created as a Honors College thesis project for Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana by Abigail Delpha during the spring of 2004. It was created in conjunction with The Girl Scouts of Wapehani Council. The council serves nine counties including rural areas, small towns, and small cities such as Muncie or Anderson, Indiana, which are of about 50,000-70,000 people. The program is to be used by the council for Girl Scout programs and training, as well as for outreach programs into its service area.The intent of the "Hands of Change" program is to promote the ideals and values of diversity, pluralism, and tolerance to middle and high school audiences, approximately age eleven to seventeen. The program title is targeted to each participant, that each individual can use their own hands to make changes in any unfair operation and discriminatory attitudes of their community or school. This should encourage accountability and individual responsibility to the cause, and this idea should be presented as such throughout the program."Hands of Change" was created as a result of a project called "The Other Side of Middletown," a project sponsored by the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry and spearheaded by Dr. Eric Lassiter. The project was an ethnographic study of the African American population of the Muncie area performed in the spring of 2003. The results of the study are published in The Other Side of Middletown, which was published by AltaMira Press in 2004. One of the reasons for this study was that the story of the African American population of Muncie had not been told. It became evident that African Americans as well as other minority populations in the area were not thoroughly integrated or of equal status to majority populations, and that there is a prominent reason to educate citizens in the area about the significance and impact of these populations.The middle and high school age groups are prime targets for education about diversity, pluralism, and tolerance, as they are old enough to understand issues and concepts regarding this theme, and young enough to make changes in their behavior and attitudes, if necessary.College "Hands of Change" may be used by the Girl Scouts of Wapehani Council as well as other groups that have a need for this resource. The program may be presented using each of the four one hour and fifteen minute units or as a combination of components from various units. Some of the components of this program are applicable to Girl Scout recognition through Studio 2B and other various Girl Scout programs. "Hands of Change" will hopefully have an impact not only on those that participate, but on their parents, schools, social groups, and communities.