Raymond Watson, Dwayne Keys
Raymond Two Hawks Watson was born and raised in Providence, RI, growing up in the city’s Mt. Hope and Fox Point neighborhoods. He is a product of the Providence Public School system, graduating from Classical High School in 1997. Raymond graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a BA in Political Science in 2002 and the University of Rhode Island, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Community Planning, concentrating in Housing and Community Development, in 2005. Raymond currently serves as the CEO & Founder of the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative (PCEI), Social & Cultural Chair of the Rhode Island Young Professionals (RIYP) and as Executive Director of the Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Inc in Providence. Raymond is an Executive/Founding Member of the Eastern Medicine Singers American Indian Drum Group, and also serves as Pomham Sachem of the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe, Sunnâdin Sachem of the Nehantick-Nahaganset Nation, and National Director of the Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America (FANA)This session should particularly benefit students and attendees who want to initiate social cohesion, promote understanding about the diversity of the communities we live in, and promote positive pride in youth who come from diverse backgrounds.
Workshop Title: The Impact and Importance of Cultural Equity in the 21st Century
Workshop Description: The session will also provide insight on options for creating culturally Competent Curriculums in schools, addressing racial tensions in a manner that allows for bridges of understanding to be built, and how to stop Eurocentric interpretations of traditional art forms being utilized for financial gain with no benefit to cultural community that birthed them. Overall, a much better understanding about opportunity for more and better resources for the Cultural Artists community will be learned.
Workshop Time: Session I in Memorial Union Room 300