Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Find information for the Tuesday, October 20th sessions of the Diversity Symposium below.

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96562767930 

Session Description:

This session unpacks the complexity of identifying as Jewish at the present moment in the United States, and specifically at CSU. Introducing multiple perspectives from Arab, African, and European American Jews, we aim to sketch the dynamic but fragile status of American Jewish identities and discuss experiences of pride, fear, shame, community, and longing unique to our membership in the CSU community and Fort Collins, and broadly.  Multiple issues and perspectives will be discussed, such as intersectionality and simultaneity, negotiating if, when and how to reveal Jewish identities, acceptance and neglect, feeling invisible, the status of Jews of Color, white privileges, intergenerational trauma, myths and stereotypes, and Judaism as religion vs. ethnicity and culture.

Tentative Panelists (by alphabetical order):
  • Carolin Aronis, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), Affiliate Faculty, Department of Communication Studies; CSU Special Advisor on Prevention of Antisemitism; Co-Chair, Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism
  • Noam Dahary, Director, Denver University Hillel ; Sephardic/Mizrahi ERG lead, Hillel International
  • Mica M. Glantz, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology and Geography; Interim Chair of Ethnic Studies
  • Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, Member of the Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism
    Adjunct Faculty in the Philosophy Department;
    Faculty Advisor for the Chabad Jewish Organization, AEPi Jewish Fraternity, SAEPi Jewish Sorority and Students for Holocaust Awareness Week
  • John Henderson, PhD (he/him/his), Assistant Dean of Students; Director of Parent & Family Programs; Co-Chair, Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism
  • Julia Rosenwald (she/her/they/them), Graduate student in the Soil & Crop Science department in the College of Agriculture; Academic Advisor and Sustainability Program Lead at CSU Hillel; Member of the Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism
  • Matthew Zidbeck (He/Him/His), 3rd-year undergraduate Health and Exercise Science and Psychology Student; Member of the Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism; Vice President of Chabad at CSU

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, Administrators

Session Tags: Bias, Faith & Belief, International, Race, University Culture, Jewish Identity

Presented by Olivia Jones and Dr. Elizabeth Parks 

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98634392189

Slide Deck

Session Description: Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and over 16 million people act as unpaid caregivers, estimated at 18.6 billion hours of care. Caregiver investment is associated with personal and relational benefits, but there are also much higher emotional, financial, and physical costs for these caregivers as compared to non-caregiving populations. Online advice is one type of social support that can enhance everyone’s well-being. We offer communication advice for nonprofessional caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as avaialble online in 2019 and related to caregiver self-care, relational well-being, and physical well-being.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Allyship, Dis/Ability, Mental Health, Medical Diagnosis 

About the Speaker(s): 

Olivia E. Jones is a graduate student in Communication Studies at Colorado State University. An interest in written forms of communication, literature, and differences across cultures, sparked by a study abroad to Cuba, is what drew Olivia to communication as a field of study. Grounded in her previous role as a caregiver, her current research interests are in health and caregiver communication with the goal of using her experience to support other similar nonprofessional caregivers. Other research interests include parasocial interaction as it relates to novels, historical communication, listening across different identities, and visual communication across public spaces.

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.

12:00pm – 1:30pm Sessions

Presented by Cori Wong

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96382410078

Session Description: This session presents critical ways to understand whiteness and white privilege on personal levels – how it shows up in thoughts, actions, and beliefs – and what to do about it. More than just fragility and defensiveness, whiteness distorts how many people understand themselves in relation to others and systems of oppression (even, at times, among those who may identify as people of color). Learning how to identify the depth and layers of whiteness is critical for challenging its influence over how we know ourselves and show up for social justice.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Allyship, Race, Whiteness

About the Speaker(s): Dr. Cori Wong is philosopher by training, an educator at heart, and an advocate for social justice and inclusive culture change at CSU. Her approach to engaging diverse audiences on important topics like whiteness and intersectional feminism is rooted in the belief that thinking critically about oppression can be a practice that excites, energizes, inspires, connects, motivates, and heals.

Presented by Bridgette Johnson and Kacee Jarnot

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92021223039

Session Description: Informed by Institutional Research data demonstrating opportunities to eliminate persistence and graduation gaps, the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs are working collaboratively toward the success of racially minoritized students in science, technology, engineering, math, and medical disciplines.

In collaboration with five academic colleges hosting more than 50% STEMM majors, Student Diversity Programs and Services, the Career Center, and the Alumni Association, United in STEMM (US) is designed to solidify institutional support in creating a deeper sense of belonging, both in colleges and through more intentional connections with alumni and professionals of color. US also provides more equitable pathways to internships, job opportunities, and graduate and/or professional school.

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students

Session Tags: Access, Education, Retention, Student Success

About the Speaker(s): 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 has provided opportunities for collaboration to support the success of first generation students, those from limited-income backgrounds, and students of color.

Bridgette Johnson (she/hers), Director of the Black/African American Cultural Center as well as coordinator of student success initiatives for Student Diversity Programs and Services at Colorado State University. She is known to collaboratively lead with a student-focused mindset in the area of advocacy, student success, leadership, cultural development, and beyond a sense of belonging across divisions. She has worked in Higher Education for 27 years in the area of Enrollment and Access, OEO, Student Affairs, Student Retention and Social Justice and Inclusion.

2:00 – 3:30pm Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative Discussion

With Blanche Hughes, Mary Ontiveros, and Mary Pedersen, Co-Chairs of RBEI

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94513035854

Townhall topic: Creating pathways to better support cross-university collaboration and action through RBEI

Agenda will include:

  • Introduction of co-chairs and RBEI Council
  • RBEI structure and framework overview
  • Understanding additional DEI groups (Commission on Diversity & Inclusion, Equity and Inclusion Network)
  • RBEI goals
  • Accomplishments to date
  • RBEI communication resources
  • Future steps