Southwest and Melcher Halls teamed up for last week’s FNC to provide a cultural experience for UW-Platt students. There were six (6) rooms that displayed cool facts, decorations, games, and (most importantly) food from each continent (minus Antarctica). Students had fun sampling foods and drinks and answering trivia questions at the end. It was a unique experience and a great way to show different cultures around the world in an informative and interactive way.
Yesterday, we had a piñata in the basement with the goal of breaking it in non-traditional ways. These challenges represented different disabilities such as being blind (wearing a blindfold), Muscular Dystrophy (hit with a small plastic bat), use a wheelchair (sit in a chair), and other examples. The point of this activity was so residents can better appreciate and understand how normal, seemingly simple tasks, such as hitting a piñata, are more challenging with a disability.
The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate is a book by Gary Chapman, published in 1995. The book outlines the main five ways that you and your significant other give and receive affection: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. This test helps individuals discover their personal preferences for receiving love, as well as understand how their significant other prefers to receive it. There are many diverse ways for giving and receiving love and it is different for everybody, which is a super cool part about taking and understanding this test. You can take the test at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/.
Toward the end of Halloweek, Watson and I made awesome Harry Potter inspired wands out of chopsticks, hot glue, marbles, and paint. It was a super cool experience to make the wands and also talk to other students, where we found out two of them are from Germany. We talked about wand-making, different cultures, and overall had a great time!
On Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is November 1st, residents learned about the Mexican holiday and decorated their very own sugar skulls with frosting and sprinkles. Sugar skulls are a traditional treat for the holiday in honor of loved ones who have passed. It was a lot of fun to learn about different cultures while decorating.
In honor of LGBT History Month, I created a board that can help guide those who are confused as to when they should use the word “gay.” Many people are confused about when to say it, or they use the term in a negative sense. This visual model shows when it is acceptable to say “gay” and when another word should be used instead.
National Coming Out Day is October 11th.
As a tribute to my favorite book series, I made Hogwarts scarf door decs. However, these Houses represent something deeper than a fictional school of witchcraft and wizardry. Each House represents certain qualities for each student. Even though the students live with their own House, they attend class and spend time with other Houses. The same thing happens here in Platteville. Each and every person is different in their own way, but we all learn and grow together in Melcher Hall and on campus. These scarves represent the diversity of students, but also shows unity among us all.