The Office of the Vice President for Diversity is pleased to announce our spring diversity workshop series for February – April, 2018 featuring speakers from the CSU community. Check back for more details and registration soon. While all workshops are free, registration assists us in planning purposes. All workshops will be held from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in LSC 382.
February 1st, 2018 – Rediscovering America: Understanding Indigenous History for Our Shared Futures, facilitated by Dr. Doreen E. Martinez, Dr. Margit Hentschel, Dr. Paula Yuma, and Jake Matlak
Description: The Rediscovering America workshop traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery and governmental engagements onto Native American peoples, communities and cultures. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions towards our collective futures. Partners include Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and Center for Racial Justice Research and Advocacy. Click here to register.
March 27th, 2018 – “Parenting with Social Justice in Mind,” facilitated by Carmen Rivera and Monica Rivera
Description: This session will include parenting experts who have it all figured out and never ever mess anything up. Just kidding. Let’s be real, being a praent/guardian/auntie/influencer-of-small-humans is hard-freakin-work. From the seemingly constant need to educate them about All.Of.TheThings. (seriously, why can’t they come pre-programmed?) to the profound pressure to not only keep them alive but also grow them into the kind, compassionate and socially conscious adults needed to lead our movements. Even the most well-intentioned of us struggle for guidance when it comes to issues of privilege and oppression and most “parenting” books don’t take identity into account while doling out advice. In this session we will NOT give advice. Rather, we will explore some of the strategies that parents use while attempting to raise socially conscious humans. While this session isn’t only for parents, it is intended for folks who: 1. have (or will have) some level of direct influence over small humans as parents/family/guardians/teachers/babysitters/etc. and 2. come to the session with a baseline understanding of identity, power and privilege. Click here to register.
April 26th, 2018 – “Holding Tension Between Shame and Pride: Fat Identity Development Theory,” facilitated by Kodi Phelps
Description: While much scientific literature focuses on the ideas of stigma, health effects, and societal beauty standards, there is little research that attempts to develop a social identity model for those who identify as bigger bodied. As body positive movements continue to gain momentum and the conversation becomes more mainstream, Student Affairs professionals need to be educated and prepared in order to adequately serve student populations. This thesis project utilizes personal interviews, disability and sexuality identity development theories, and queer theory to create a potential framework for fat identity development theory while synthesizing information from existing literature on how fatphobic culture also shapes identity development. Click here to register.