Reception for International Students
On September 28th, the Diversity Committee and the Office for Intercultural Engagement hosted a reception for international students who are currently attending Centenary College.
Tribal Historian and Vice Principal Chief of the United Houma Nation, Michael Raymond Dardar Sr. spoke on "Native Peoples: Perspectives on Culture and Political Sovereignty," and gave talks for several different classes on Centenary's campus on November 11-12.
Michael Raymond Dardar Sr. “T. Mayheart” was born in the Houma Indian settlement adjacent to the town of Golden Meadow, Louisiana. He is the son of Elsie and Raymond Mayheart Dardar. Michael spent his childhood and adolescent years trawling and trapping with his father. He eventually graduated high school with a love of history and reading. Later Michael worked as a crane operator, diesel mechanic, and tankerman.
Michael has been a member of the United Houma Nation Tribal Council since 1994. He was inspired to Houma community service by the examples of his grand father Jean Dardar and his aunt, former Tribal Chairperson Helen Gindrat. Michael currently serves as Vice-Principal Chief and appointed Tribal Historian. Through public talks and writings, Michael continues to be an outspoken advocate of Houma culture and political sovereignty.
Centenary Model Arab League
Centenary's Diversity Committee, with support from the Department of History and Political Science, is organizing a debate team to join the Southwest University Model Arab League.
The purpose of the Model Arab League (much like the Model United Nations teams that operate at other colleges and universities) is for college/university groups to represent one of the Arab League's 22 member-states. Centenary's team is representing Yemen.
Student delegates work to achieve consensus on questions that real-life diplomats wrestle with daily. They write, debate, and pass resolutions that seek to resolve some of the Arab countries' most difficult challenges. The dynamics and interactive nature of the role-playing by students stimulate critical thinking, heighten creativity, expand knowledge, and cultivate understanding as no book, video, or coursework ever could.
5-10 participants are preparing for the Conference, which will take place April 7-9 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Issues for debate range from Palestinian Affairs, Joint Defense, as well as Social, Political and Environmental topics. Students interested in participating do not have to be from a specific area of study, just interested in a unique opportunity that is new to Centenary.
For more information about the Model Arab League Southwest, visit Southwest Conference.
If you are interested in learning more about the Model Arab League, send a brief email describing your interests to Dr. Fulwider.