Symposium Daily Schedule

Thursday, October 20, 2022

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Sessions

Presented by Jenny Kim and Sam Boren

Session Description:

We will be presenting on equitable hiring practices. Participants can expect to be placed in a small group whom they will work with throughout the session. Presenters will cover broad hiring practices and then give participants time to engage with them through an example job posting. The groups will be working through several layers of the hiring process (including identifying necessary elements to a job posting, drafting interview questions, creating an interview schedule, etc.) and will come back to the large group after each segment of the process. Presenters will provide discussion prompts, considerations, best practices, etc., to help guide the groups through the process. Presenters will reserve time for attendees to share their best practices and collect this information to share as an additional resource post presentation. As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to identify one new practice to increase equity in their hiring process. Additionally, participants can interrupt and edit an example hiring process to make it more equitable.


Keynote Speaker Schuyler Bailar

Breaking Waves: A Conversation with Schuyler Bailar

Schuyler is the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. By 15, he was among the nation’s top 20 swimmers in the breaststroke in his age group. By 17, Bailer set a national age-group record. Then he swam for Harvard University, on the winningest Harvard team in 50 years.

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Sessions

Presented by Briana VanBuskirk and John Heisel

Session Description:
Part 1 –Word Microsoft Word is a common software program used to create digital and printed content and is often utilized for PDF file creation. This training session will focus on how to create accessible Word documents by utilizing built-in accessibility checkers within this software. This session will also cover the basics of creating accessible Microsoft Word documents, such as document structure, headings and styles, alternative (alt) text for images, meaningful hyperlinks, simple table structure, color, and contrast. Part 2 – PowerPoint and Physical Space Concerns for Presentations Microsoft PowerPoint is a common software for creating presentations, and users often convert these files to PDF format for sharing. These presentations are visual and often take place in a physical space, which presents designers with unique challenges in communicating accessibly with the broadest audience possible. This session will cover how to make PowerPoint presentations inclusive using accessible templates, slide layouts, and unique slide titles. Additional topics include the choice of color, reading order, alternative (alt) text for images, audio quality, video recommendations, and electronic handouts. The session will also highlight physical space concerns for access to presentations.


Presented by Sarah Howard

Session Description:
In this interactive presentation, the speaker will discuss and introduce the fundamental concepts of linguistic equity in education based on existing research. Following this guided discussion on linguistic equity, the presenter will share ideas on how to empower speakers of minoritized languages in the classroom through language advocacy. The presenter will then provide the audience with an opportunity to reflect and share their personal stories on linguistic discrimination in academic contexts and to brainstorm other ways to advocate for minoritized languages in the classroom in small groups. This presentation aims to create awareness of linguistic discrimination and to understand the effects of linguistic inequity in education. Furthermore, it serves as an invitation for the audience to reflect on their own experiences as educators or members of the academic community with non-native speakers of English. Together, we will brainstorm how we can empower and celebrate linguistic diversity in the academic community.


2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Sessions

Presented by Kelsey Dayle John, Ph.D and Gilbert John, Ph.D

Session Description:

This is a traditional paper presentation focusing on the underrepresentation of Indigenous people and perspectives in animal sciences by challenging the exclusive use of Western scientific paradigms in research and education. Because of the systematic exclusion of Indigenous peoples from academic spaces, Indigenous perspectives have rarely been represented through empirical study leading the authors to believe this is a key reason for the underrepresentation of Native people in these fields. The authors conducted a literature review, searching for Indigenous contributions in animal sciences, finding a handful of articles in three areas: human-animal bond, genetic testing and breeding programs, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Given the interconnected paradigm of Indigenous worldviews, we suggest that the ongoing siloes of scientific disciplines, as well as the hierarchy of methodology, might contribute to the dearth of Indigenous perspectives. Our presentation offers some considerations for working across disciplinary lines to increase Indigenous perspectives and presence in the animal sciences and One Health. These considerations include increased support for proper tribal consultation, contextualization of the history of research in Native communities, and the creation of scholarly spaces to support these conversations. The presenters will reserve time in the end for Q&A and discussion.


Presented by Jen Dawrs and Ruth Hufbauer

Session Description:

Systems of oppression affect and shape every corner of academia, and faculty members are no exception. This session reviews nearly 20 years of data that map cultural and structural equity issues faced by faculty members with marginalized identities at CSU. Participants will learn about how equity issues in academic work affect overall campus climate and the larger CSU community. This session will introduce the new Faculty Success program at CSU, which seeks to improve equity in academic work by effecting change in CSU cultures, structures, and climate. Participants will identify ways to collaborate with equity efforts in the areas of faculty recruitment; retention and support for faculty members with marginalized identities; and equity-based resources and accountability for leaders in academic departments.