Monday, October 25, 2021

Find information for the Monday, October 25th sessions of the Diversity Symposium below.

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

Presented by Lori Kogan, Jen Currin-McCulloch, Cori Bussolari, Wendy Packman, and Phyllis Erdman

Session Description: Service dogs are individually trained to perform specific tasks for an individual person with a verifiable disability. Many students with disabilities depend on service dogs to attend classes and carry out daily activities. However, limited literature addresses the impact of the loss of a service dog due to retirement or death. This study was designed to better understand the loss and grief experiences of individuals with disabilities whose service dog had retired or died. Recipients of a dog from Canine Companions for Independence (an organization that trains and places service dogs), were asked to complete an online anonymous survey. A total of 118 people responded. Results suggest that loss due to retirement shares many commonalities with loss due to death, including the impact of self-compassion. Yet, there were differences between the two types of loss. For example, while there was a higher level of grief reported by those whose dog had died, service dog partners whose dog had retired appear to experience more disenfranchised grief, perhaps due to the nature of their loss. Yet, both types of service dog loss include elements that make them different, and therefore their needs different, than the loss of a companion animal. This interactive session will include a 60-minute presentation with the research team, CCI staff, and service dog handlers who will talk about the relationship they have with their service dog. This will be followed by a 30-minute discussion.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s):

Lori Kogan, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University. She is the Chair of the Human-Animal Interaction section of the American Psychological Association and Editor of the Human-Animal Interaction Bulletin. She has published numerous journal articles and books pertaining to human animal interactions in both psychology and veterinary medicine venues.

Jen Currin-McCulloch is an assistant professor at Colorado State University’s School of Social Work. Her research focuses on psychosocial adaptations to chronic and life-limiting illnesses. She employs mixed-method designs to explore how the role of hope and meaning-making in coping with physical, social, and emotional grief and loss.

Cori Bussolari, Psy.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of San Francisco and a licensed psychologist. Her research has focused on pet loss, the social and emotional benefits of human/companion animal relationships, as well as health related positive coping.

Wendy Packman, JD, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Emerita, Palo Alto University. Dr. Packman has studied, presented and written extensively on sibling bereavement and continuing bonds, the impact of a child’s death on parents, and the psychological sequellae of pet loss. She is the primary investigator of an international cross-cultural study examining the continuing impact of a pet’s death.

Phyllis Erdman, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling and Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in the College of Education, Washington State University. Her research focuses on promoting the interdisciplinary nature of the field of human-animal interaction, as well as various aspects of human-animal interaction research, including grief work and legal and ethical implications of animal assisted interventions.

Presented by Lubna Tahtamouni, Amr Amin, Linda Forero, Nadia Al-Atoom, Sahar Toulabi

Session Description: Many STEM international scientists decide to make the US their permanent home because this country provides the best professional development and career opportunities (DeWitt et al., 2011). Building a scientific career in the US frees these scientists from bureaucratic practices and difficulties they face in their home countries (Widener, 2019). International scientists are invaluable to science in the US, especially in STEM fields. For the US to maintain its scientific lead, the public and private sectors need to recruit and retain those scientists. According to a recent survey, 34% of biomedical scientists in the US are non-citizens (Heggeness et al., 2016). However, life of these scientists is not without challenges such as immigration laws, limited funding opportunities, and different cultural barriers (Bankston, 2018). This session aims at increasing the awareness about factors affecting international scientists and how US institutions can support them. We hope that this session will be part of a larger discussion to improve the scientific environment for all STEM researchers in the US. This will ensure that the US will continue to be the lead country in Science through diversity and inclusion. The session will discuss the career plans and future aspirations of 5 international scientists as well as the challenges they all have gone through during their professions in the US. Each scientist will have 12 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes of Q&A.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience:Faculty, Staff, Educators, Mentors, Supervisors, International Office, Graduate school

About the Speaker(s): 

Lubna Tahtamouni is a Jordanian biologist who has received multiple awards for her work, such as the 2011 L’OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science and the BBC 2016 List of the World’s 100 Most Inspirational and Influential Women. Tahtamouni is currently on sabbatical leave working at Colorado State University where she is carrying out detailed research on triple negative breast cancer and neurodegeneration. Additionally, Tahtamouni is an advocate for women in Science.

Amr Amin is an Egyptian cancer biologist studying hepatocellular carcinoma. He has more than 50 published research articles, reviews, and book chapters. Amin was on the 2019 Stanford List for Top 2% Scientists in the World. He is a member of several committees on research reforms and student activities.

Linda Forero is a Colombian Postdoctoral Scholar at Colorado State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Colombia, her master’s degree in Mexico, while her PhD was earned in Germany. Her work focuses on quantification of transcription dynamics at single genes using epigenetic markers and single molecule microscopy. She is passionate about training undergraduate and master students, and she serves as a judge for undergraduate posters and talks.

Nadia Al-Atoom is a Jordanian Ph.D. candidate at Tuskegee University, Alabama, working on identifying preventive and therapeutic peptides against Zika virus. Al-Atoom contributes to lecturing and tutoring undergraduate students as a teaching assistant. Nadia helps in building playground in Tuskegee public schools, as well as assists in creating a database for funeral homes to help families identify their loved one’s graves by creating an online database.

Sahar Toulabi is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Colorado State University. Her passion is to improve crop nutritional quality as a translational delivery vehicle for health. Sahar has worked with CSU Food Systems to evaluate market needs and barriers to introduce new crops, this in turn allowed her to become an ambassador at CSU Ventures. Sahar is the Academic Coordinator for the Graduate Student Council in her department, moreover, she served as one of CSU “International Presidential Fellows” in 2018.

11:00am – 12:00pm Keynote Address by Yavilah McCoy

Presented in partnership with the Presidential Task Force for Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism

12:15 – 1:45pm Sessions

Presented by Roe Bubar and Tiffani Kelly

Session Description:  This presentation explores how settler colonialism (Wolfe, 2008; Morgensen, 2012) goes unmarked and reinforces gendered, heteronormative, power relations (Arvin, Tuck, & Morrill, 2013). Here we consider how the “slow violence” of microaggressions reenacts settler colonial relationships and condones violence against Indigenous people in the time of MMIWG (Anderson, Campbell & Belcourt, 2018). This Indigenous research on microaggressions illuminates how genuine allies can show up while also pursuing liberatory framings constructed by Native women who took part in the analysis in this research. Disrupting settler colonial imaginings works to destroy colonial mentalities, centers Indigenous ways of being, and creates space to re-imagine Indigenous futures (Paradies, 2020).

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Roe Bubar, J.D., is a Full Professor at Colorado State University and jointly appointed in the Department of Ethnic Studies and School of Social Work. She also serves as faculty in Women’s Studies and is the Chair of the Women’s Studies Executive Board. Roe focuses on gender violence and Indigenous health disparities, specifically in tribal communities. In her work Indigenous methodologies, Indigenous feminisms and intersectionality inform her research methodology. Roe’s most recent scholarship focuses on ways microaggressions are deployed as settler colonial violence in Indigenous “mixed method” studies.

Tiffani Kelly, M.S. is the Assistant Director of the Native American Cultural Center. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Native American Advisory Council to the President at Colorado State University. Tiffani has conducted qualitative research with Native men and women on microaggressions and teaches a Native American Education course in the Ethnic Studies Department in the summer Native American Education Forum.

Presented by Fleurette King

Session Description: This workshop will offer insight into current efforts to ban critical race theory (CRT) teaching in the USA. Participants will have the opportunity to share their perspectives and the implications for creating an antiracist campus and society. CRT is one of many tools to name and fight for racism. This space is for people to have an interactive discussion. Participants should have a basic understanding to participate.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): Fleurette (Flo) King serves as the Equity Educator in Undergraduate Affairs and The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) at CSU. King is an instructor in the Student Affairs/Higher Education (SAHE) program. Flo provides instructor/faculty-facing professional development to assist with inclusive pedagogy and classroom management. King has been a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) educator for over 28 years in higher education. King has completed an M.A. in sociology from DePaul University and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University.

2:00 – 3:30pm Sessions

Presented by Thomas Dunn

Session Description: Anxieties about sex, sexuality, and gender performance have long been present in CSU history. Indeed, recent research shows significant concerns about performances of masculinity, femininity, gender-bending, and sex among CSU students and other residents of Northern Colorado during the first five decades of the university. These anxieties are historically specific, yet have meaningful and important connections to contemporary questions about making CSU a more inclusive place for transgender and non-binary folks, gender non-conforming individuals, gay men, lesbians, women, and others. However, in our efforts to show our “Ram Pride,” we regularly bury these moments deep in the past where they go forgotten and unaddressed. Thus, “pride” becomes a block in reaching a more just past, present, and future. Drawing on academic research in “queer rhetorical pedagogy” and “queer shame,” this presentation begins to resolve this block. Via an interactive lecture, we will examine a few notable instances about sex and gender anxiety at CSU from the university’s first 50 years, as a preview of a new educational and community program called the Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado. With a better understanding of these long-forgotten memories and an interactive-prompt driven discussion, this presentation then suggests how we might better incorporate these memories to do the work of making CSU a more welcoming and safe place today.

Zoom Format: Meeting format

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): Dr.. Thomas R. Dunn is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director of Public Speaking, and a 2020-2022 Monfort Professor at CSU. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in LGBTQ+ communication and queer theory, as well as a variety of classes in rhetoric. His award-winning research focuses on how LGBTQ+ people turn to the past to advocate for social, cultural, and political change in the present. He is the author of the book Queerly Remembered and an in-progress monograph on LGBTQ+ experiences of the Holocaust, a sought-after teacher, and the founder of the Queer Memory Project of Northern Colorado.

Presented by Amy Cailene, Connie Jaime-Lujan, John Henderson, Penny Gonzales-Soto, and Susana Muñoz

Session Description: To effectively support CSU students who are undocumented requires awareness of the many contributions they make to the campus and their unique and powerful stories. It also requires knowledge of the challenges they face in the broader socio/political context including how they have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and its aftermath, and resources that are available to support them while at CSU and when considering their transition to career opportunities. In this interactive session that includes discussion prompts and encourages questions, learn about recent research and the legal developments that will impact these students and hear directly from students who are undocumented to determine how you can be supportive.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: Traditional and Non-Traditional Age College Students, Community Members, Faculty, and Staff

About the Speaker(s): 

Amy Cailene is the Career Education Manager for the Career Center and the College of Natural Sciences. She is passionate about serving students who are undocumented, and has worked with historically underrepresented populations spanning 25 years in roles including teaching, career advising, and writing. Amy works closely with CSU’s DREAMers United Organization to help them navigate the unusual career landscape they face post-graduation.

Connie Jaime-Lujan serves as Director for Educational Transitions and Support Services with the Access Center. As a limited-income and first-generation college student, Connie was very fortunate to have had several inspirational people assist her in navigating the college process. She believes in empowering others in the same way, especially students who are underrepresented in higher education.

John Henderson serves as Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Parent and Family Programs through the Vice President for Student Affairs office. John is passionate about supporting students who are undocumented because they are an invaluable part of our Ram Family – bringing diverse perspectives and tremendous talent to the campus while having to work through systemic and cultural systems that unfairly impact them.

Penny Gonzales-Soto is an Attorney with Student Legal Services at Colorado State University. She has specialized in immigration law for over 20 years working with various non-profit organizations, an Immigrant Resource Center, and her own law practice. Penny focuses on using her experience with diverse communities to counsel and guide students in various areas. She also strives to empower students with the tools to address the new and evolving life changes that students will encounter as they move beyond CSU.

Dr. Susana Muñoz is Associate Professor of Higher Education, Program Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership (HEL) Program, and Co-Director of CSU initiatives for the Race and Intersectional Studies for Educational Equity (RISE) Center in the School of Education at Colorado State University (CSU). She focuses her research on issues of equity, identity, and campus climate for undocumented Latinx students.