MamaBlogger365 – Multicultural Mothers: The Many Hats We Wear

Join us for our next day conference on Monday, December 5th — register early and save! Advance tickets are $55 online (registration link at bottom of page)– or $74 at the door.

The Many Hats We Wear

Monday, Dec. 5 at the Museum, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

featuring Nomadic birth, maternal healthcare around the world, saving mothers and saving lives, film by White Ribbon Alliance and more…

When we say mothers wear many hats, it’s more than just a turn of phrase or a fashion statement. Within a given family, multiple cultures often exist simultaneously, making the family structure a melting pot for ideas, traditions, folklore and more. As we acknowledge a multicultural world with global perspectives, so too, our 21st century homes and communities have become microcosms of this phenomenon, making creative, tolerant perspectives imperative when it comes to keeping old traditions alive and cultural information available to the next generation.

Now, more than ever, institutions and communities must work to preserve folk knowledge and cultural family traditions, paving the way to a collective archive, such as the one emerging within the Museum Of Motherhood, for the sake of collecting, organizing, preserving and sharing matriarchal values, sister traditions, patriarchy as it relates to family structure, birth practices and so much more, so that we may examine these links from the past, to understand ourselves and best transform our future.

Join us! Click here to pre-register!

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Museum Of Motherhood
401 East 84th St., NYC (Lower level, between 1st and York)
212.452.9816 | MOMmuseum.org

Multicultural Mothers:

The Many Hats We Wear

Agenda

9:00-9:10 Museum Tour

9:10-9:30 – Joy Rose: Multicultural Motherhood through a magnifying glass – incorporating tolerance and traditions through family & community experiences.

Joy is the Founder and Executive Director of Museum Of Motherhood. Opening remarks, museum tour and presentation on the mission and context of the Museum Of Motherhood located in New York City, USA. As a Christian, married to a Jew and practicing Buddhism in the home, Joy’s direct experience blending family traditions recognizes the unifying force is our connection to our humanity. Understanding, accepting and celebrating our differences will lead us into the future.

The Museum Of Motherhood is a sacred space for birthers and caregivers, managing information in a local, community and global context. She is President and Founder of Mamapalooza Inc., a company by women, promoting mothers for social, cultural and economic benefit. Inspired by her experiences as a wife and mother in the arts, Joy is dedicated to championing opportunities for Mom-Artists, Educators and Entrepreneurs.

9:30-9:50Global Motherhood presents Saving Mothers.

Saving Mothers is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to women’s health, education and empowerment. Through public health initiatives, we aim to give women and their health care providers the tools they need to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.

10 Minute Open Discussion

10-10:20 – Rachel Ishofsky: Jewish Heart for Africa.

Rachel Ishofsky is the Associate Executive Director of Jewish Heart for Africa, a non-profit organization that brings sustainable Israeli technologies to rural African villages. While studying art and literature at New York University, Rachel took some time to study and teach in West Africa, where she founded a small non-profit for street children. After graduating summa cum laude with a B.A. in individualized study, she decided not to get her PhD as planned, and traveled the world instead, before returning to her native New York and joining the Jewish Heart for Africa team. Rachel has worked with various non-profits promoting the arts, education, and human rights. She speaks Hebrew and Spanish, has taught English on three continents and has traveled to over 30 countries.

Rachel will be speaking about the challenges facing rural African mothers, from the unavailability of healthcare and maternity services at night without electricity, to the problem of not having vaccines to give to their children, to walking for hours to provide water for their families. She will also be speaking about the solutions to these challenges to be found in sustainable technologies.

10 Minute Open Discussion & Break

10:30-10:50 – Clare Misquitta: Healthcare For Multicultural Moms.

Where are the resources for Multicultural Moms? Many multicultural moms don’t get the care they need because of health disparities relating to ethnicity and race that are often ignored. Clare will share with you the facts and show you where you can find healthcare resources in America and Globally . Learn about healthcare disparities and join the movement to spread the word and help other multicultural moms. “This session is devoted to my mom who passed away in 2000 in search of cancer cure.”

Clare has worked with the Museum of Motherhood since 2009 and is proud to speak at the Multicultural Mom event. She is a healthcare writer and her primary goal is to inspire the business community to build a sustainable world. She has traveled, worked and spoken across the Globe and has helped many leading pharmaceutical companies to build free educative healthcare programs for patients and the healthcare community. Her multicultural expertise extends to the African American, Asian (Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Malay, Laotian and Hmog), European and Candian community.

10 Minute Open Discussion

11-11:20 – Tanya Fields: The BLK ProjeK

Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother in a marginalized community Executive Director Tanya Fields created and founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009.Tanya used her experiences as an underserved, low income woman and mother to inform and enrich the work of several high profile local environmental organizations such Mothers on the Move, Sustainable South Bronx and Majora Carter Group. Tanya utilized her network, resources and knowledge to create the BLK Projek.

The BLK ProjeK seeks to create economic development opportunities that address food justice, environmental justice and public and mental health issues. By empowering underserved women of color through political education, beautification of community spaces, urban farming and holistic health programming, by creating equal access to these enriching experiences for under-served women of color, we strengthen and empower our entire society.

10 Minute Open Discussion

11:30-11:50Leticia Velasquez: Adopting a New Paradigm of Cultural Diversity

How genetic diversity compliments cultural diversity. Leticia is the author of A Special Mother is Born an inspirational collection of stories from 34 parents of special needs children, and is a contributor to Encyclopedia of Catholic Social Thought, and the award-winning Stories for the Homeschool Heart. She writes three blogs: Catholic Media Review, Cause of Our Joy and the award-winning Causa Nostrae Laetitiae. She posts on Down syndrome for Ehealth and Wellsphere. She is a correspondent for the National Catholic Register, a contributor to MercatorNet, Mamazina, Catholic Online, and a columnist for Catholic Mom.

In 2008 Leticia co-founded KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome) to raise awareness of the unique gifts of people with Down syndrome to society. She has appeared on EWTN, and Canadian Television program “The Arena”, and on various radio shows including NPR, The Drew Mariani Show, The Day Gardner Show, and Health Matters. She, her husband, and their four daughters live in rural Connecticut. Book signing to follow.

12- 12:50 LUNCH BREAK – Sponsored by The Food Emporium, Upper East Side

1:00-1:40 – Dr. Phyllis Chesler, author of Mothers On Trial

Phyllis Chesler is an Emerita Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at City University of New York. She is an author, psychotherapist and an expert courtroom witness, with classic best selling books like Women and Madness, Women’s Inhumanity to Woman, the 25th anniversary edition of Mothers On Trial, and so many more. She has lectured and organized political, legal, religious and human rights campaigns in the United States and in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. A popular guest on campuses and in national and international print, television, radio and online media, she has been an expert commentator on the major events of our time. She has lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, and in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. She currently resides in Manhattan.

Dr. Chesler is co-founder of the still ongoing Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974), and is a charter member of the Women’s Forum (1973-74). She is a charter member of the Veteran Feminists of America, a founder and Board member of the International Committee for the Women of the Wall (1989), as well as an affiliated Professor with Haifa and Bar Ilan Universities.

10 Minute Open Discussion and Book Signing

1:50-2:10 Teen Mothers Present

10 Minute Open Discussion

Break

2:30-2:50 – Cynthia Odell for Afya

Ms. Butin, Occupational Therapist and Global Health Advocate is the founder and creator of The Afya Foundation. This organization is committed to providing an up to date computer-based inventory menu from which international health organizations and professionals can self-select medical supplies from the warehouse via the web that match the needs of recipient health centers/patients in Africa. These goods include consumables, sustainable equipment, medical office and community outreach supplies. Danielle Butin, Afya’s founder, spent the summer of 2007 traveling through Tanzania, meeting with numerous health workers who reported dire circumstances and severely limited medical resources. Health workers also reported being saddled with boxes of inappropriate medical supplies that neither matched the needs or capacity of the clinic. Inspired by the people she met she named the foundation “Afya”, which means good health in Swahili.

10 Minute Discussion

3:00-3:20Panel presentation: AID FOR AIDS

Panel Presentation- AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization committed to improving the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) in developing countries and who are immigrants to the United States of America. We work to empower PLWHAs, their caregivers, and the community at large by providing access to medications, health education, HIV prevention strategies and advocacy and by promoting leadership and capacity building for individuals and organizations.

10 Minute Open Discussion

Break

3:30-4:00 – Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach, Director of Birthfocus, presenting on Nomadic Motherhood (Short Film)

Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach is the Director of BirthFocus, LLC, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Birth Doula Trainer through Dona International, a Labor Support Doula, and, in September 2011, she will be certified as New York City’s first Fear to Freedom Facilitator! She has worked as a DONA certified labor support doula since 2004. She is the former Director of Maternal Health and Parenting Services at Inwood House, a non-profit that offers services to pregnant and parenting teens, and is responsible for developing their doula and childbirth education programs. She is an approved DONA International Birth Doula Trainer and offers trainings in NYC and internationally.

White Ribbon Alliance – (Short Film)

Conference Co-Coordinator Janae Seignious- Shields: Janae has a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in U.S. history from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s of Social Work from Monmouth University with a concentration in International and Community Development. She is a Class III Green for All Fellow. In 2011, Janae completed the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Family Development Credential for leaders.

Since 2006 she has been working at Goodwill Industries in the Workforce Development Division. Janae cowrote the proposal that secured funding to start a program to help single mothers become self reliant and empowered. Currently, she facilitates a monthly support group for single mothers. She continues to secure funding and donations to support programming for single mothers at Goodwill. She serves on committees that evaluate Welfare to Work Programs.

She is a certified Occupational Safety and Health 10- and 30-hour General Industry Trainer. She also teaches the Roots of Success Environmental Literacy Curriculum to people on and applying for public assistance to introduce them to green career opportunities and environmental justice issues facing people in their communities. She develops training programs and strategic plans to continuously improve quality and efficiency of Goodwill’s Workforce Development programs. She also sits on the Advisory Board for Samuel Gomper’s Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx, NY. Janae has a commitment to developing programs and services to help strengthen families and address issues of urban poverty, workforce development and environmental justice.

Register early and save! Advance tickets are $55 online or $74 at the door.

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