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Lee Mun Wah, Traciana Graves present public talks as part of Multicultural Education Week

NEWPORT, R.I. – Lee Mun Wah, an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folk-teller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer, will serve up one of his “Stirfry Seminars” on diversity training when he visits Salve Regina University tonight

Mun Wah will present a public lecture, “What Stands Between Us,” at 7 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. Afterward, a screening of his documentary film, “If These Halls Could Talk,” will be presented. The film explores college students and their perspectives on race and racism.

For more than 25 years Mun Wah was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District. He later became a consultant to private schools, working with students that had severe learning and behavioral issues. He is now the executive director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation, and conflict mediation techniques.

Thousands of people from government and social service agencies, corporations and educational institutions have taken Mun Wah’s workshops and partnered with Stirfry Seminars & Consulting on their diversity initiatives

His first film, “Stolen Ground,” which chronicles the experience of Asian Americans, won honorable mention at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and his most famous film about racism, “The Color of Fear,” won the Gold Medal for Best Social Studies Documentary.

Mun Wah’s visit to Salve Regina is part of the university’s Multicultural Education Week activities that include a variety of speakers, seminars, workshops and activities involving the campus community.

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Traciana Graves, founder of Project Bully Free Zone, will present “Five Keys to Building a Strong Campus Community” at 7 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

A graduate of Georgetown University with a major in languages and a minor in international studies, Graves also has a degree in organizational coaching from New York University. Growing up in the shadows of bullies who taunted her throughout her early school years, Graves encouraged herself by studying the lives of heroes who used their voices to take a stand and empower others, including Dr. King, Gandhi and Anne Frank.

These leaders inspired her to persevere even through the most terrible incidents of taunting and teasing. However, her charismatic stepbrother, Joel Harris, was not as fortunate. During a hazing incident at his college, Joel was brutally killed. Hundreds of bystanders witnessed the violence without stepping in or speaking up. After this tragedy, Graves became determined to develop her individual voice to use it as a vehicle for change—just as so many of her heroes had done in times of adversity.