My attention was drawn towards the Southerns, Blondes, and Lawyers workshop. I had no idea what to expect, the only thing I knew was that it was a diversity workshop. Right away when I walked into the room I sat down at a table with six other 4-Her’s. (There was about a total of 40 kids in this workshop.) I noticed signs on the walls spread across the room which were labeled: Jocks, Blondes, Southerns, Lawyers, and Asians. Other signs that were next to those were: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree, and Strongly Agree.
The first part of the workshop we had pictures on the table which were simply ones such as, the Midnight sky, someone dancing, a sunset, etc. We were asked questions and we choose a photo that best represented our answer to that question, and then explain to the group as to why we picked that photo. One of our questions was to pick a photo that best represented us. The next part we focused our attention to the words on the wall. With a partner we went around to each poster and wrote the first thing that came to our mind when we thought of that ethnic group. When we all finished with that we discussed our answers. We all realized that some of the things that were written were only us judging a single ethnic on solely what we have heard or seen from others.
The last part of the workshop we were focusing on the other posters. We all stood in the middle of the room and then she asked different questions. If we agreed or disagreed we went to those posters. We then defended/discussed our answer about that question and how we felt about it. I really enjoyed this part because it is always interesting to hear different answers and how others felt on the situation presented.
Overall I really did enjoy this workshop and would go to it again in a heartbeat. This was my favorite workshop overall during National Congress. I would recommend this workshop for any 4-H group if they want to explore into their own clubs ideas and to get to know your 4-Her’s on a different level.
Article written by Katrinia Martinez
4-H State Youth council 2011-2012 Vice President/Historian
Custer High School Senior