Welcome to the Multicultural Women’s Symposium. Thank you for the time you are investing in prework in advance of the intervention. We appreciate your commitment to increasing your awareness and deepening your experience.


In the busyness of day-to-day life, we often focus on the here and now. This Historical Timeline pre-session experience balances that focus with a view of historical patterns in our society across decades to:

  1. Better understand our Multicultural history of how we got to today
  2. See our place in a larger quilt of understanding
  3. Recognize the challenges and opportunities affecting relationships between Multicultural Women and White Women.

This exercise offers a view into historical events in the United States relating to African American people, Asian/Pacific Islander people, Hispanic/Latinx people, and women’s focus. These historical events and individuals, and many more, provide a picture of past events and insights into where we find ourselves today as unique employees in the workplace and society at large.


Allow a half-hour in a place where you can relax with minimal interruption.

  1. Click on the first “Historical Timeline” link in the following menu list (right-side navigation).
  2. Take time to scroll through the Historical Timeline.
  3. Take a breather if you need to do so, and then come back until you make your way through the whole timeline.
  4. Make a note of anything new or surprising.
  5. Notice the feelings that come up as you make your way through the timeline.
  6. Think about the implications of bias throughout the Historical MCW Timeline:
    1. What examples of biases do you see in the MC timeline, such as class, gender, or ethnicity?
    2. Identify biases that have changed, evolved, and even disappeared over time.
  7. Take a moment to reflect on your own life against the timeline.
    1. Where does your family’s experience overlap with events on the timeline?
    2. What “personal historical marker” would you add to this timeline?
      1. It might be arriving in the U.S. as an immigrant, being the first college graduate in the family, or earning a promotion.
      2. For some, it is starting their own family or being the first female on the debate team in school.