African American Families

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African American Families - Panel Discussion


Tiana Carter

Tiana Carter

Speaker Bio

Biography: Tiana Carter began her career with Michigan State University at Infrastructure Planning and Facilities. Her diverse experience ranges from supporting the development of the Multicultural Center and helping develop the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan to supporting more than 60 full time engineers and architects on various construction projects. She was responsible for overseeing the Facility Coordinators Workgroup for campus and played an integral role with the Faculty Readiness Program ensuring laboratories were up and running for newly hired research faculty. Over the past eight years, Tiana has worked hard to achieve a healthy work-life balance at MSU as she works full time and attends classes to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. Tiana is a proud Spartan who is passionate about supporting others and illustrates the importance of always being your authentic self, both professionally and personally.

Dr. Ted Ransaw

Ted Ransaw

Speaker Bio

Theodore S. Ransaw Ph.D. is an Outreach Specialist, K-12 Outreach, for the Michigan State University College of Education and Affiliate Faculty, African American and African Studies

 Co-editor: The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health

Co-editor: The Handbook of Research On Black Males

Author: The Art of Being Cool: The Pursuit of Black Masculinity

Questions for Panelists

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  1. How do you define "family"?
  2. Who holds the most "status" in your family?  Why?
    1. How important is hierarchy?
    2. How are gender roles perceived?
  3. How important is education in your family?
    1. Are people encouraged to question things?
    2. Are people encouraged to be more action-oriented or to be more contemplative?
  4. Do you eat foods that are indigenous to your culture?  (at work and/or home)
    1. Why or why not?
    2. If yes, name some of the foods that you eat.
  5. Did you ever live with your grandparents or extended family?
    1. What are the cultural attitudes toward aging and the elderly?
    2. How do people view obligations toward one another?
  6. How important is religion to your family?  Why?
    1. Do you plan to pass religion on to your children?
    2. How important is connection with nature?
  7. Define and describe the most important (or most celebrated) holiday of your culture.
    1. Are your holidays recognized in your workplace, i.e. are you able to take days off without problems?
    2. What are the norms around weddings? Births? Deaths?
  8. If you are from a culture that speaks English as a second language, do you speak your native language?
    1. If not, why?
    2. If so, will you teach your native language to any children you have?
  9. What is considered most dis/respectful in your culture?
  10. What would you say is, from your perspective, the most commonly held misconception about people of your culture?