This morning we had two presentations: another one by Dr. Remley and one by a UAB graduate and current Auburn doctoral student Asha.
Asha’s presentation was on multicultural counseling and more specifically counseling African American women. The subject of immigration arose and I learned something new about Alabama’s immigration law. She shared with us that Fellowship House (a substance abuse services facility in Birmingham and her place of employment) cannot provide services to individuals who do not have Alabama licenses. Fellowship House could lose their certification if they decided to ignore this law.
She also had us do the Privilege Walk, which is one of my favorite activities. Every time I participate I get something new out of the experience. It is a great activity to raise awareness and open a discussion of culture, social justice, privilege, discrimination, etc.
Dr. Remley had us begin by reflecting on our observations of Italian culture since his first presentation. It was interesting to hear our different experiences. He then shared some of his experiences in some other countries: Bhutan and Oman. This was very interesting as I knew next to nothing about these two places. Then, a doctoral student, Rachel, shared her experience about her living in China for the past five years. She shared with us that the earthquake Chengdu raised the need for crisis counseling. In China women have a higher success rate for suicide, which is different from in the U.S. The divorce rate is also rising.
Siena was such an interesting city!! It is divided into neighborhoods named for various animals like pandas, dragons, unicorns, owls, etc. The tradition is centuries old. The dragons colors are red, green, and yellow, and they had just had a celebration so those are the flags you see in one of the pictures below. The first bank in the world is located here as well. We toured a cathedral and that was heavily influenced by Muslim design. The final photograph is of the library of the cathedral (it is of the ceiling). A wonderful woman named Roberta gave us a 2 hour tour and shared much of the city’s history!
Here are some photographs: