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August 21, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone:  (360) 992-2921
E-mail: bkerr@clark.edu

ARE YOU CULTURALLY AWARE?
CLARK COLLEGE PRESENTS "BAFA BAFA: 
A CULTURAL LEARNING EXPERIENCE" 

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- “Bafá Bafá: A Cultural Learning Experience” will be presented at Clark College on September 27. 

“Bafá Bafá” will be held from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Thursday, September 27 in Room 237 of the college’s “T” Building, located on the west side of Fort Vancouver Way between McLoughlin Blvd. and Fourth Plain Blvd. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.

Cost is $95 per person and includes light lunch and refreshments.  Space is limited so those interested are encouraged to register early.  Additional information is available by calling 360- 992-2939 or by sending an e-mail message to jward@clark.edu.

“Bafá Bafá,” which was originally developed as cultural awareness training for the U.S. Navy, is an experiential cultural simulation in which participants come to understand the powerful effect that culture plays in every person’s life. This simulation allows participants to rethink their own bias and how they perceive differences. “BaFá BaFá” will help participants identify diversity issues, including how stereotypes are developed and barriers created within organizations, and equip participants with new skills and strategies for effective interpersonal and intercultural relations.

Dr. Mark Cole will facilitate the Bafá Bafá session.Dr. Mark Cole, who has a Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from Arizona State University, will serve as the facilitator for the session. 

“Bafá Bafá” is hosted by Clark College Corporate Education and the Clark College Office for Equity and Diversity.  Todd Oldham, Executive Director of Corporate and Continuing Education at Clark College, noted, “If you work, teach, or deliver a service in today’s world, no matter where, no matter with who, you are interacting in a multi-cultural environment. Gender, ethnicity, national origin, even different departments within the same organization can present cultural differences and challenges that call for self awareness, cultural understanding and cross-cultural skills.  ‘Bafá Bafá’ is a wonderful experience that brings those skills to life in a positive learning environment.”

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