Friday, October 23, 2020

Find information for the Friday, October 23rd sessions of the Diversity Symposium below.

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

Presented by Jesús Calderón and Dr. Elizabeth S. Parks

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Session Description: This session focuses on diversity and inclusion through the lens of deaf culture and sign language acquisition. As knowing multiple languages becomes an increasingly coveted skill, educational institutions ought to consider how deaf education not only promotes learning of course content, but also how a bilingual deaf education might promote teaching multiple signed languages and increased deaf world awareness. This session uses the current case of the Uruguayan education system’s exploration of introducing American Sign Language as an alternative to English for all deaf students to help us begin to notice the potential knowledge and practice holes in our US institutions and begin to address them.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Access, International, Language

About the Speaker(s): 

Jesús Calderón (BA, Communication Studies, Colorado State University) is a second year graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies. He is interested in Latin American representation and identity composition in multimedia, currently focusing his scholarship on meaning-making processes in media surrounding social issues. Throughout his academic career, Jesús has been active with CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation as a trained facilitator; this work entails facilitating conversations based on values surrounding issues at the local level. He also supports multiple communication, culture, and media related research projects as a Research Assistant with Dr. Elizabeth Parks.

Dr. Elizabeth S. Parks is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, the dialogue and diversity specialist for the Center for Public Deliberation, and adjunct assistant professor with the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research and teaching blends social scientific and humanistic methods to better understand how we can improve dialogue and listening with people who are different than ourselves, whether that be based on diverse ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender, ability, or other identity performance.

Presented by Michael Katz and Aileen Weed

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Session Description: The first half of this session will provide a brief overview of Colorado State University’s student conduct process. We will explore the identities and experiences of students who come through the process using both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The second half of the session we will engage the audience in a discussion about the student conduct process including the Student Conduct Code, perceptions of the student conduct process, the role of the criminal justice system (law enforcement and the courts) in the student conduct process, and any other related topics that audience members wish to discuss.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, Administrators

Session Tags: University Culture

About the Speaker(s): Mike currently serves as an Interim Director for the Student Resolution Center and Associate Director for Student Conduct Services. He has over 17 years of student conduct experience in higher education at several different universities. Mike has a focus on innovation and systematic improvement incorporating conflict resolution practices, social justice, fundamental fairness, access to treatment, and student development theory. He takes a holistic approach to student success while balancing community impact with attention to repairing harm. In addition to student conduct, Mike is trained in conflict coaching, restorative justice, and social justice mediation.

Aileen Weed has worked in higher education for over 13 years serving in a variety of roles at several institutions maintaining a strong commitment to community responsibility, diversity and social justice, just and fair processes, and accountability for students and staff alike. Aileen serves as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct Services in the SRC. Her primary focus is addressing off-campus student conduct. Aileen maintains a close partnership with Fort Collins Police Services, the City of Fort Collins, and various campus offices related to student life off campus to keep a pulse on student interaction/behavior and to serve as a resource.

12:00 – 1:30pm Sessions

Presented by Michelle Foster and Colleen Webb

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Session Description: A goal of the graduate school is developing intentional initiatives to promote equitable mentoring and professional development experiences. Diverse students experience more isolation and less access to quality mentoring than non-diverse peers (Girves) (Blake-Beard, 2001; Ellis, 2000). This is especially concerning as these relations are critical for career development, job market preparedness and subsequently job management (Girves). Positive mentoring experiences include both career development and strong personal relationships (Vance, 2002). Therefore, graduate school programs provide the competencies and training required to effectively mentor students with specific emphasis on mentoring diverse/multicultural individuals, as well as creating an environment where these positive mentoring relations can be pursued. This includes helping guide, protect and support graduate students by developing polices, providing resources and implementing best-practices. This session will provide discussion about Graduate School resources produced to remove barriers that hinder success and enhance the graduate experience especially for underrepresented and marginalized people.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Advisors, Mentees

Session Tags: Access, Allyship, Mentoring

About the Speaker(s): Dr. Michelle Foster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in the College of Health and Human Science. She additionally serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the Graduate School. Michelle was first-generation student who acquired a BS in Chemistry from the Historic Black College Spelman and later went on to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience and Behavior from Georgia State University.

Colleen Webb, is a professor in the Department of Biology, with a joint appointment in the Department of Mathematics. She is also a member of the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology and its director. She additionally serves as the Associate Dean in the graduate School where she focuses on professional development, mentoring, and diversity and access programs for graduate students and post-doctorates.

Presented by Fabiola Mora and Kacee Collard

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Session Description: Student success work at CSU is assessed regularly within departments across campus. However, is that assessment rooted in justice and liberation or is it further perpetuating inequalities without addressing the systemic issues? This session will explore the philosophy, continuum, and general complexity of Socially Just Assessment, why it is important for the institution to take responsibility for creating Socially Just Assessments in support of student success, and how participants can shift their thinking and individual learning to begin to provide this type of assessment.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff

Session Tags: Access, Intersectionality, University Culture, Assessment

About the Speaker(s): Fabiola Mora (she/her pronouns) has worked with students who are minoritized by race, class, disability, citizenship and first-generation status in higher education for the last 10 years. She approaches her work through a critical, intersectional lens to work towards equity, justice and liberation. Part of that work has included problematizing the ways in which student success is measured and dismantling traditional assessment models perpetuating systems of oppression.

Kacee Collard Jarnot (she/her) manages University-wide projects fostering student persistence and graduation. In 10+ years at CSU, she has worked with parents and families of college students, student organization conduct processes, the President’s Leadership Program, and staff selection and development for University Housing employees. Each role provided opportunities to critically assess programs and processes, leading to the creation of improved services grounded in students’ experiences and feedback.

2:00 – 3:30pm Sessions

Presented by Max Goldsmith

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Session Description: This presentation will focus on the experiences of transgender individuals who are assigned female at birth and the unique challenges that they face in navigating reproductive health care systems. It will include a nuanced discussion about the difficulties of reforming reproductive health care to be more inclusive to trans-masculine individuals.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Access, Queer & Trans, Health Care

About the Speaker(s): Max Goldsmith is a master’s student in the School of Social Work. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University’s Residential College of Arts and Humanities where his coursework heavily focused on social justice, history, education, and advocacy. He is currently interning for CSU’s Tell Someone Program.

Presented by Emeline Ojeda-Hecht and Dr. Elizabeth Parks 

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Session Description: We focus on the negotiation of intergenerational cultural values related to listening expectations within face-to-face and digital communication in the classroom context between people with diverse intersectional identities. Despite a growing digital platform use in education, students and teachers are often unaware that listening is an active process to which they need to attend. Interpersonal listening is underestimated, under taught, and yet remains an essential skill for effective education, in both face-to-face and digital contexts. This presentation builds awareness of listening differences among generations (especially Generation Z and others) and offers tips for better listening across age and generation.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Age, Intersectionality, University Culture

About the Speaker(s): 

Emeline Ojeda-Hecht is a first generation college student and originally from Anaheim, California. I received my undergraduate and graduate degree in Organizational Communication from Murray State University in Western Kentucky. I chose to pursue my Ph.D. at Colorado State based on the outstanding department faculty, resources, and atmosphere. My research interests include gender and generational differences in the organizational environment. I am currently working on a few projects that analyze how gender and generational differences might influence the perception of communication in the workplace through the use of overly casual emails and social media.

Dr. Elizabeth S. Parks is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, the dialogue and diversity specialist for the Center for Public Deliberation, and adjunct assistant professor with the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research and teaching blends social scientific and humanistic methods to better understand how we can improve dialogue and listening with people who are different than ourselves, whether that be based on diverse ethnicity, race, language, culture, gender, ability, or other identity performance.