This proposal will focus on the results from the quality standard of Care with an emphasis on team members, setting, and process. EM defines the quality standard of Care as “We have a responsibility to create an environment where our diverse community feels comfortable to ask questions, team members listen to understand, and we communicate with respect and honesty valuing each person’s cultural and identity differences.” In consultation with community leader and trainer, Delray C. Shelton, EM will undergo additional surveying to further analyze macro-level results of integration survey which will inform (a) foundational level training in race, anti-racism, implicit bias, and cultural diversity and (b) the strategical development of advanced training designed to directly shift the quality standard of Care and integration of team members, setting, and process with techniques focused in Enrollment Management services.
The times in which we live are times of dismay, anxiety, devastation, countless tragedies, hopelessness, and anger. All around us, beyond and within the U.S., democratic apparatuses are struggling to imagine freedom, throwing up nationalists, bigots, and fascists. How can we survive such mounting waves of suffering and loss? Where do we store and archive our wounds, anxieties, and uncaged dreams? And where can we locate the living archives for renewal and new times?
Central Valley Portraits is a photographic exhibition by photographer, filmmaker, and poet Yehuda Sharim. It is comprised of a series of photographs paired with poetic ruminations that reflect on facets of everyday life in the open fields and industrial complexes of Merced, California.
Yehuda Sharim explores the exteriors of environment and community — scanning the skies for flocks of birds traveling in mass during sunset and encountering strangers who become neighbors. He charts a region, in the midst of a global pandemic, often overlooked as “the other California”; gaps and cracks widening due to loss, everyday precarity, and continued neglect towards its most vulnerable. While listening to his surroundings through photographed images, Sharim navigates personal interior spaces in response to them as well, articulating fragmented thoughts that touch on individual memory, shared grief, and collective hope.