Symposium Schedule of Events

Monday, October 17, 2022

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Sessions

Presented by Dr. Naomi Nishi

Session Description:
So much of research takes race into account as a variable or category, but does not examine racial constructs critically. This allows researchers in STEM, medicine, education, the social sciences and beyond to treat race mistakenly as if it were a biological difference or a set of benign categories. In this workshop, Dr. Naomi Nishi will delve into the history of race and race-making in the US. Participants will understand race as a sociopolitical and hierarchical construct that privileges and empowers whiteness. Participants will reflect on how race is understood and used in research and in higher education and identify how to appropriately consider the impact of race, and particularly the role of racism in these systems. This session will discuss how to apply an anti-deficit approach to research that includes a racial component. Participants will dismantle myths related to race as biological or inherent. Participants will also reflect on their own work, research, or teaching to reimagine a critical approach to considering race that also considers racism and incorporates an anti-deficit approach.

REGISTER FOR CONSIDERING RACE AND RACISM IN RESEARCH

Presented by Nicole Kelp

Session Description:
The international Inclusive Science Communication movement encourages scientists to collaborate with diverse people to solve socio-scientific problems. However, the Kelp lab has analyzed published science communication trainings for STEM students, and most do not provide inclusive training. We designed scaffolded inclusive science communication trainings and implemented them in STEM courses throughout CSU. Our data shows that these trainings increase science self-efficacy and identity in students, especially those who are historically marginalized in STEM. In this presentation, after delineating this background information (35 minutes) we will engage faculty and students in discussions about identity, experiential expertise, and the intersection of social justice and science (15 minutes). We will provide tools for instructors from diverse disciplines to infuse inclusive science communication into their classrooms (20 minutes). The audience will brainstorm more ways we can promote inclusivity in how we teach and practice science communication at CSU and beyond (20 minutes).

REGISTER FOR THE STORY OF SCIENCE AND THE STORY OF OUR STUDENTS

11:00 a.m. – Noon
Keynote Speaker Haben Girma

Disability & Innovation: A Conversation with Haben Girma

Haben is the first Deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School. She is an author, an advocate for human rights, and a champion for disability accessibility. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organizations the importance of choosing inclusion. The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and TODAY Show featured her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.

REGISTER FOR KEYNOTE SPEAKER HABEN GIRMA

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Sessions

Presented by Marla Roll, Jessica Kramer and Terry Schlicting (He,Him,His)

Session Description: 
This session will provide an overview of the purpose and related efforts of the Inclusive Physical and Virtual Campus Committee( IPVC). Representatives of the IPVC committee will speak about why accessibility matters, highlight successful projects that have made our campus more inclusive in both the physical and virtual realm, and what our current priorities are in moving CSU forward in becoming a welcoming and inclusive place to work and learn. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a discussion about future IPVC priorities.

REGISTER FOR ACCESSIBILITY EFFORTS OF THE INCLUSIVE PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL CAMPUS COMMITTEE

Presented by Hiba Abdeljalil (They/Them) and Rachel Wada (she/her)

Session Description:
We have often wondered why so many students from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are categorized as white in the census. When this categorization wrongfully describes their lived experience. In this session, we will be learning about the history of MENA in the United States and how the Whitewashing of MENA students has resulted in issues supporting them within Higher Education. This session will initially focus on the history of SWANA in the United States and will later dive into a discussion as to what departments/offices have done to support SWANA students in the past and where support is needed after attending this session.

REGISTER FOR SUPPORTING SWANA STUDENTS

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Sessions

Presented by Dora Frias (she/her/ella), Michelle Cadena (she/her/ella), Jose Hernandez-Albarado (he/him/el), and Kacee Collard Jarnot (she/her)

Session Description:
As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the experiences, voices, and feedback of current Latinx/e students at Colorado State University (CSU) are critical as we move toward “servingness” of current and future students. “Servingness” is a concept that Dr. Gina Garcia (2019) argues is a multidimensional and conceptual way to understand what it means to move from simply enrolling Latinx/e students to serving them. This session is part one of a two-part session being presented by El Centro professional staff and colleagues. Part one of our presentation will share current national, state, and institutional data about Latinx/e student demographics, trends, and opportunity gaps that are critical as the first step of understanding as we work towards “servingness.” The highlight of part one of our session will feature a student panel of current Latinx/e students at CSU that invites students, staff, and faculty to critically reflect on the practices and processes they uphold and how they can contribute to the success and improve “servingness” of our Latinx/e students by directly engaging in conversation with students about their lived experiences at CSU.

REGISTER FOR THE LATINX/E STUDENT EXPERIENCES AT CSU PART 1

THE LIVE SESSION WAS CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS. This will be recorded at a later time and posted to our website. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Presented by Sarah Miley and Alicia Armentrout

Session Description:
The CSU Spur campus’ anchor mission and the CSU Suppler Inclusion program are dedicated to economic inclusion and social equity. After discussing economic inclusion, Sarah Miley from the Spur campus, and Alicia Armentrout, from the procurement team will then present our collective role in influencing spend. Sarah Miley will discuss related initiatives at the Spur campus, and she will share some lessons learned. Alicia Armentrout will share some best practices and tips and tricks to implement inclusive spending in your day-to-day choices. Both will discuss the importance of leading from the middle. We will include time for questions and answers from attendees. We also plan to include facilitated brainstorming sessions in small groups about what individuals can do in their units to influence their spending, and we will ask those groups to report what they discovered. Then, we will have a larger discussion about what we can and need to implement in the larger CSU ecosystem and how we might push this work forward as a campus. The presentation will be a hybrid of lectures, including sharing our experience and expertise and including time for interactive activities and discussion.

REGISTER FOR THE POWER OF THE INCLUSIVE SPEND

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Symposium Opening Reception
BSB 131 Entry

6 – 8:00 p.m.
Film and Panel Discussion

Please join us for our opening night reception on Monday, October 17, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. and the film I Didn’t See You There at at 6:00 p.m. Following the screening, a panel of experts will respond to accessibility and disability themes shown in the film with local pertinence. I Didn’t See You There will be screened in open captions, and ASL interpreters will be present to assist during live spoken programming. Wheelchair seating is available and accessible, and all-gender bathrooms are located nearby. For parking and directions, please see here.