Thursday, October 22, 2020

Find information for the Thursday, October 22nd sessions of the Diversity Symposium below. The Thursday sessions of the Diversity Symposium highlight the School of Education Strand – a series of sessions geared towards educators, but open to everyone!

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

Presented by Kyle Oldham and Pamela Graglia

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Session Description: As a facilitator it is important to recognize our identities, and those of participants impact how we hold space when facilitating conversations and learning. In this session we will cover basic facilitation skills and reframe their use by infusing elements of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity. Find your voice, build your toolkit, and develop your skillset.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Administrators

Session Tags: Education, Self Awareness, DEI Skill Building

About the Speaker(s): Dr. Pamela Graglia works as the Assistant Director for University Housing Apartments, in addition teaches qualitative research methods and leadership development for higher education administrators and leaders. As a true believer in transformational learning and education, Pamela utilizes research, critical analysis and reflective praxis to engage scholar practitioners in building resiliency as future leaders and change agents in dismantling oppressive systems of white supremacy.

Dr. Kyle Oldham serves as the Director Workplace Inclusion & Talent Management for Housing & Dining Services. As a trainer and facilitator Kyle believes that everyone should learn about themselves in relation to others, and realize the impact our actions and thoughts have on others. Education & Awareness are the tools we need most in an ever changing world, where we are challenged to be our best selves. In addition Kyle is an avid and passionate follower of all things Marvel Comics.

Presented by Dr. Anita Alves Pena, Dr. Alexandra Bernasek, Dr. Niroj Bhattarai, Wisnu Setiadi Nugroho, and Ashish Sedai

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Session Description: The Poverty Action Center within the Regional Economic Development Institute (PAC@REDI) at CSU utilizes interdisciplinary mixed-methods to guide poverty action locally and globally. PAC@REDI researchers use original survey design and econometric data analysis within Colorado and beyond. Our panel will highlight initiatives surrounding gender, race/ethnicity, and international dimensions of diversity. We extend beyond traditional economics by considering how objectives and experiences of minority populations can frame both formal modeling and our understandings of findings in diverse contexts. Presentations and audience brainstorming will draw from:

  • Dual Enrollment in Colorado: Are there Inequities in the Program?
  • The Gendered Impact of COVID-19 on Workers in CO
  • Education, Technology Gap, and Disruption caused by COVID-19 in Developing Countries: A Case Study of Nepal
  • Geographic Poverty Traps in Indonesia: Isolation, Disasters, and Vulnerable Female-Headed Households.
  • Are ROSCAs seed for gender parity? Evidence from a panel analysis of household ROSCA membership in India

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Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Education, Gender, Intersectionality

About the Speaker(s): Dr. Alexandra Bernasek is a Professor of Economics and Research Associate at the Poverty Action Center at CSU. She has written on self-employment, health insurance and employment transitions, household financial decision making, pension investments, risk aversion, Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and women’s informal sector work and maternity leave in developing countries.

Dr. Niroj Bhattarai is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Research Associate at the Poverty Action Center at CSU. His research is in the field of education and its role in development. Dr. Bhattarai, in partnership with Rotary, built gender-specific toilets in a village in Nepal, and documented increases in enrollment and attendance, particularly for girls. His current work focuses on factors affecting school attendance and achievement in rural and urban Nepal.

Dr. Anita Alves Pena is a Professor of Economics and Research Associate at the Poverty Action Center at CSU. Her research interests are broadly in public sector economics, labor economics, and economic development and her current research relates to undocumented and documented immigration, public policy, poverty, education/skill, and agricultural labor markets.

Wisnu Setiadi Nugroho is a PhD candidate in Economics and a PAC@REDI graduate student. His research relates to impact evaluation of poverty alleviation programs, poor households’ economic behavior, and household and firm behavior related to taxation. He is familiar with managing field studies and cleaning household surveys. He was previously a research associate with the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction, Office of Vice President, Republic of Indonesia. He also is an inactive researcher and lecturer at Gadjah Mada University.

Ashish Sedai is a PhD candidate in Economics and a PAC@REDI graduate student. His current research interests are on the linkages between informal finance, wealth distribution, women empowerment and community support. He completed his Master’s in Philosophy (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India and was previously an Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Delhi. He also has worked as consultant/research associate specializing in applied research.

12:00 – 1:30pm Sessions

Presented by Leslie Patterson and Daniel Birmingham

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Session Description: Historically our society and educational systems have promoted privileged boys rather than girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. These actions have negative ramifications for all girls but are especially detrimental for minoritized and economically disadvantaged girls. Our research and outreach work focuses on empowering girls from marginalized populations in STEM academics and careers. We argue promoting young minoritized and economically disadvantaged girls in STEM dilutes educational inequality, giving girls from marginalized populations opportunities to gain academic skills, meaningful STEM learning experiences, and confidence to be successful in STEM academics and careers. Furthermore, especially important in the current atmosphere in the United States, our work aims to break down racial barriers and systemic racism that prevent young women from achieving and forming positive identities in STEM. This workshop will highlight this work and discuss implications for socially just educators through focus on three potential outcomes: individual, sociological, and economic benefits of empowering marginalized girls in STEM.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, Educators

Session Tags: Education, Gender, Race

About the Speaker(s): Dr. Daniel Birmingham – Dr. Daniel Birmingham is an assistant professor STEM education in the School of Education at Colorado State University. Dr. Birmingham’s research examines potential avenues to bridge community and school experiences in order to alter modes of participation in STEM and support transformative learning for youth from traditionally marginalized communities. A central aspect of his research is focused on the design of collaborative forms of qualitative research necessary for expanding dialog on the enduring challenges we face in the areas of educational equity and opportunity in STEM education., 970-491-3979

Leslie Patterson – Leslie Patterson is a student at Colorado State University in the Education, Equity and Transformation doctoral program. Ms. Patterson founded a non-profit, The Quarter Project of Northern Colorado, in the spring of 2015 to promote young females from marginalized populations in STEM academics and careers., 970-556-0994

Presented by Alison Swanson and Anna Walker

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Session Description: Students access course materials using a wide variety of operating systems, mobile devices, and software. In today’s online learning environment, electronic inclusion is critical for a diverse range of students, including students with disabilities, international students, English Language Learners, and non-traditional students such as veterans. Learn how to create materials that are accessible and inclusive for use with a variety of technologies. This session will focus on quick tips for formatting your digital content to ensure your courses are inclusive for online learners.

Session Audience: Faculty, Instructors

Session Tags: Access, Dis/Ability

About the Speaker(s): Allison Swanson is the Accessibility Facilitator for the Assistive Technology Resource Center at CSU. She works to enhance awareness of accessibility and to foster a proactive approach to the problems caused by inaccessible electronic materials and systems.

Anna Walker is the Campus Service Coordinator at the Assistive Technology Resource Center. She supports the assessment and implementation of assistive technology with employees and students on campus, allowing for successful participation in their work and educational roles. She also supports campus members in creating accessible electronic materials.

2:00 – 3:30pm Sessions

Presented by Dr. Antonette Aragon, Dr. Ray Black, and Cheryl Distaso

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Session Description: The protests in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder called for the reexamination of the relationship between schools and law enforcement. This presentation discusses the efforts of a diverse group of community activists in Fort Collins to end the contract between the local school district and law enforcement. The presenters are activists-scholars at CSU, who are members of the School Justice PSD coalition. Their work combines academic research, the experiences of students, and lobbying efforts by students, parents, and community members. This case study will describe the steps that bring all of these elements together into action.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, Administrators

Session Tags: Education, Race, Activism

About the Speaker(s): Dr. Ray Black is an assistant professor of ethnic studies focusing on African American studies. He studies how undergraduate African American Studies students of color succeed in higher education. He has recently published an analysis of Gifted and Talented Education’s disparate treatment of African American students, the Racialization of African American students in STEM majors, and an analysis of African American male undergraduates use of Counter-Spaces at HWIs. He is currently examining Woke Pedagogy as a means to engage and create safe spaces for undergraduates.

Cheryl Distaso, MSW, has over 25 years experience as a community organizer in Fort Collins. She joyfully teaches concentration year policy and community practice classes in the School of Social Work. Cheryl’s interests include social justice, liberatory practice, Critical Race Theory (CRT), Theater of the Oppressed and Paulo Freirean based praxis. She has presented at various conferences, primarily focusing on white privilege and social justice. In the community, she works on decriminalization of homelessness, immigrant rights, community empowerment, disability rights and increased public transportation. She is committed to the praxis of her community work by utilizing CRT as a theoretical lens; she is equally committed to keeping her social work classes relevant by bringing her real-time experiences to students for inquiry and critique.

Dr. Antonette Aragon, associate professor, is in Colorado State University’s School of Education and a race scholar in the Race and Intersectional Studies for Educational Equity (RISE). Her scholarship centers social justice, cultural responsiveness, and equitable opportunity particularly with Latinx students. A Latina activist scholar, she and her community work for equitable change. Her educational leadership praxis intersects CRT, critical feminism, and LatCrit. Her publications include a co-edited book, and top tiered articles.

Presented by Amelia Castañeda and Natalie Lester

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Session Description: This session will focus on the importance of serving students in a holistic manner to aim at closing the achievement gaps for underrepresented students. We will provide an overview of the CSU’s Community for Excellence program and the historically underrepresented student population it serves (first generation, low income, students of color, ect.). We will discuss the impact of collaboration across departments, Scholar Contact’s holistic mentoring, and retention efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will drive deeper into the questions of “who are we serving, who are we not, and who could we be serving?”.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff

Session Tags: Access, Education, First Generation, Intersectionality

About the Speaker(s): Amelia Castañeda (She, Her, Hers) is a Scholar Success Specialist with the Community for Excellence Programs at Colorado State University. In her role, she applies holistic mentoring and appreciative advising models to support students. Amelia’s commitment for access, equity, and social justice is deeply rooted in her own experiences a first-generation, woman of color. Her background in TRIO has shaped her passion to work with and advocate for historically underrepresented students in higher education.

Natalie Lester (She, Her, Hers) is a Scholar Success Specialist at the Community for Excellence Programs at Colorado State University. She advises/mentors students receiving the Denver Scholarship Foundation award. She is an alum of CSU and was involved with Key Communities. It is from her work as a Key mentor she found her passion for holistic mentoring for historically underrepresented students in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Her experiences of being a student of color in a predominantly white institution sparked her advocacy for inclusion, access, equity, and social justice. In the future her goal is to earn a masters degree in Student Affairs and continue her advocacy for student success.