Cedar Springs students, staff, and community members had the great opportunity to witness a powerful and emotional diversity performance by Dr. Michael Fowlin, a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and actor, on Thursday, January 27th. Dr. Fowlin brought a strong message emphasizing the importance of recognizing not only our individual beauty, but the beauty of others.
During the presentation, Dr. Fowlin transforms himself into several different student characters all with different backgrounds and facing a variety of conflicts, including racial identity, gender equity, and homophobia. Using emotion and humor, he challenged his audience to face the impact of ignorance and fear and to practice empathy and acceptance.
It is certain that everyone who left the performance that day were awakened to a new sense of beauty within and a readiness to celebrate their “difference” with others.