Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Find information for the Tuesday, October 26th sessions of the Diversity Symposium below.

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

Presented by Patricia Vigil, Caridad Souza, Silvia Minguzzi, Lisa Morgan

Session Description: Recent national events including the break-down of civil engagement, the difficult climate in the post-election period, and the recent reckoning with our racial legacy has seen an outcry for social justice literacy. Our national conversation over the past year has focused on understanding systemic inequality, highlighting the work we need to complete for addressing the vast inequities in our society as educators through curriculum and classroom dynamics. Educational institutions reflect complex, multidimensional inequities in our society and can also play an important role in moving our country forward on equity. Our team offered a Carl A. Bimson Humanities Seminar titled Social Justice Literacy in Colorado Secondary Schools: Intersectional Principles and Practices for Equitable Learning to provide opportunities for secondary school teachers to: 1) Examine how teaching practices influence classroom dynamics by directing focus and intention on how social justice principles enhance the culture of learning in schools; and 2) Develop social justice literacy around pedagogy with attention to student development levels. In this presentation we share the theoretical framework for the project which included intersectionality and transformative social practices as important funds of knowledge from which to build communities of care and justice within educational settings in an interactive format, sharing information, videos, and simulations of the activities from the seminar.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: Staff, Faculty, and Students

About the Speaker(s): 

Dr. Patricia Mestas Vigil, Director of University Partnerships and Student Success is a Licensed Psychologist, an Executive Leadership Academy Fellow, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley, an American Psychological Minority Fellow, and a founder for the Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinx. Her research focused on training working with racial/ethnically diverse clients. She chairs the CSU Multicultural Staff and Faculty Network, teaches Psychology of Diversity, Chicanx History and Culture and provides training in diversity, equity, inclusion and Restorative Justice at local, national and international levels.

Dr. Caridad Souza is a faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies and the director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary race & ethnic relations and theories, poverty, multiracial and decolonial feminisms, critical ethnography, and intersectional well-being and inequality (race, class, gender, and sexuality). She uses art-based practices, especially Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, in her classes as a way towards increased embodiment and learning about oppression among her students.

Silvia Minguzzi has a Master’s in fine arts and more than 15 years’ experience in Visual communication, Silvia has extensive knowledge applied to the digital media world. Her past work spans from Art Direction, Media and Event Coordination, teaching of New Media. Main focus of her work as a visual artist uses perspective and projections as technique and philosophy: challenging stereotypical perspective to fight income, gender, racial inequality. Member of CSU Women and Gender Studies board, she offers her design services to local and national entities dedicated to educating, organizing, promoting change to facilitate and improve quality of life for immigrants.

Lisa Morgan is a member of the CSU Dance Faculty, where her work focuses on dance education and integrating movement in pK-12 schools. She is the dance coordinator for BRAINY (Bringing Arts Integration to Youth), a program that brings students from Title I schools to the University Center of the Arts to experience music, theatre, dance and visual art for a day. Lisa teaches Movement Improvisation with the Music Therapy Department and coordinates, Moving Through Parkinson’s – a movement therapy program for individuals living with Parkinson’s. Collaboration across disciplines is at the center of her work which leads to projects like Social Justice Thru the Arts in collaboration with CSU Alliance Partnership and CLA’s Women’s Studies and Gender Research.

Presented by Lauren Kelly and Eric Ishiwata

Session Description: In 2020, the horrific murder of George Floyd prompted a heightened awareness to structural and institutional racism. In unprecedented ways, corporations and institutions were provoked to examine their complicity in systemic discrimination. For the first time, PWIs voiced interest in being held accountable and expressed support and dedicated resources to launch anti-oppression initiatives. CSU was not an exception. In the past year, leadership in the Office of Engagement and Extension, including Extended Campus (CSUEC) has placed a greater emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts to improve employee climate and create transformational change in the workplace. This interactive session will focus on the experiences of two staff members who were heavily invested in DEI work prior to this “great awakening,” sharing their challenges and triumphs while engaging oftentimes DEI-hesitant colleagues. We plan to use 45 minutes for the presentation, 20 minutes for breakout sessions, and 20 minutes for large group discussion, questions, and debrief. The presenters will first outline action steps OEE and CSUEC has taken to engage staff in DEI work as well as share the pushback received in these efforts. Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on and discuss strategies in breakout rooms that could be used to encourage DEI participation within PWIs and address resistance with prompts based on lived experiences of the presenters.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Lauren Kelly (she/ her) is a Student Success Coach at CSU Online. She is currently the co-chair of CSU Online’s Principles of Community Committee and facilitates diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for CSU Extended Campus. Lauren is a second-year doctoral student pursuing her Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Student Affairs Administration and Leadership at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. Her research interests include critical whiteness studies in higher education, social justice education and advocacy, college student development, and critical pedagogy and transformative learning.

Eric Ishiwata is an Associate Professor in Ethnic Studies. With community partners, he supports resident-driven programs throughout the State, with funding from the Colorado Health Foundation, Women’s Foundation, Bohemian Foundation, United Way, and Centennial BOCES. He is a Faculty Practitioner in Community Engagement for the Access Center, Affiliate Faculty for CWSGR, member of CSU’s Undocumented Student Support Committee, board member for the Latino Community Foundation of Colorado and ISAAC, and member of CU Anschutz’s PACT Council and the Governor Office’s New American Subcommittee. In 2021, he began a halftime appointment with the Office of Engagement and Extension to focus on DEI.

11:00am–12:00pm: Get to know Dr. Kauline Cipriani, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

12:00pm – 1:30pm Sessions

Presented by Joe Tiner

Session Description: While often seen as a visible disability, there is a lot that goes unseen and misunderstood about the experience of blind people. This session will explore different aspects of blindness such as identity, culture, stereotypes, and the experience of blind people. Participants will also learn about how to create e a more inclusive and accessible society for blind people.

Zoom Format: Webinar

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): Joe Tiner (he/him/his) is a First-Generation college graduate and alumni of CSU. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and Media Communications and his M.Ed. in Education and Human Resource Studies. Joe currently serves as an Accommodation Specialist at the Student Disability Center. He has also served in a variety of roles at CSU having held positions at the Assistive Technology Resource Center, Office of Support and Safety Assessment, and with the Student Success Indicatives. Joe is passionate about advocating for the rights and inclusion of disabled people.

Presented by Katie Ditter, Meredith Naughton, Lucy Paltoo-Brady, Mentors & Mentees

Session Description: Interactive session that includes an overview of the HDFS Peer Mentoring Program, student panel discussion, professional dialogue with attendees, Q&A session, and collective conversation about building a collaborative mentoring community beyond the symposium. Piloted in 2018, the HDFS Peer Mentoring Program was designed to support new, first-year students who identify as racially/ethnically diverse or first-generation college students in their successful transition to college. The program centers on a one-to-one mentoring model that pairs new students with juniors or seniors with shared identities who serve as peer mentors throughout the students’ freshmen year. Mentoring students earn credit for participation in the year-long program through a shared mentoring course. Leveraging experiences & identities, and through relationships with mentees, mentors help shape the transition experience for first-year students while further developing leadership & interpersonal communication skills, while enhancing their campus & professional networks. Mentees gain access to support, resources, and individualized mentorship to help them successfully navigate the college transition. Program evolution, challenges, and impacts will be discussed. Session will include a Mentor/Mentee Student Panel.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: Faculty, Staff

About the Speaker(s): 

Katie Ditter (She/Her)
Director of Undergraduate Advising in the Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) Department, Katie Ditter has implemented and coordinated peer mentoring programs at CSU since 2011. Her interest in mentoring programs as an effective approach to supporting student success, particularly among historically marginalized student populations, has been informed through her 20+ years working in student affairs. Katie is interested in continuing to learn best practices in mentoring while collaborating with students and colleagues engaged in similar work.

Meredith Naughton, PhD.
Assistant Professor in the Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) Department, and first generation college graduate, Meredith’s interests are driven by a variety of personal experiences and professional roles in the field of education and especially, college access. Meredith’s early professional experience teaching high school in California and then as a TRIO director for a rural Upward Bound program inspired her passion for working with youth who have been historically disadvantaged in the college-going process. Her dissertation research explored ways near-peer mentors in three high schools uniquely built and used relationships with students to support their college aspirations. Meredith’s research will continue these threads of inquiry in the areas of mentoring, the development and enactment of college-bound identities, and programming that supports student instrumental and relational needs for success getting to and through college.

Lucy Paltoo-Brady (She/Her)
Lucy serves as an Academic Success Coordinator in the Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) Department and coordinates the HDFS Peer Mentoring program. Lucy joined the HDFS Department in December 2018 after 10 years of working with federally funded TRIO Student Support Services programs at the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University. Her personal passion and professional interests are focused on educational access, student success, and retention of marginalized student populations.

Mentors and Mentees
A panel of current and former mentees & mentors will discuss their experiences in HDFS and other department mentoring programs at CSU. Reasons they chose to participate, their mentoring relationship, benefits and challenges, as well as the impact of the mentoring community on their student experience are some topics that will be shared.

2:00pm – 3:30pm Sessions

Presented by Sabrina Slagowski-Tipton and Katie Knobloch

Session Description: 

In this session, faculty and staff working in CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation will discuss tools and practices community members, practitioners and students can use to increase external and internal inclusion in their conversations, speak across difference, develop mutual understanding, and better manage tensions inherent to challenging issues. The session will cover topics tied to wicked problems, setting conversation norms, reframing polarizing statements, and convening techniques to increase inclusion. Additionally, we will discuss different modes of engagement (online/in-person). We will also discuss best practice learned from our work with the City of Fort Collins on the Community Guide program and engagement for the Housing Strategic Plan. The presentation will be a combination of lecture-based information, small group discussions, and Q&A.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): Sabrina Slagowski-Tipton began her work with the Center for Public Deliberation in 2009 as a student facilitator. In 2016 she received her M.A. in Communication Studies with a specialization in Deliberative Practices from Colorado State University. Prior to joining the CPD team, she was an adjunct instructor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research and work focuses on the role of expertise in deliberation, applying trauma-informed care approaches to facilitation, and increasing equity and inclusion in community engagement efforts.

Presented by Vigor Lam and Mark Kamimura-Jiménez

Session Description: Institutions of higher education in the US were created in the colonial period by white settlers on land granted after Indigenous removal and were built using slave labor. These institutions exclusively served affluent white men for hundreds of years. Attend this session to learn with our co-presenters on the work they are doing to acknowledge, affirm, and build campus space centering racial justice and decolonization. Case studies at various institutions will be presented. And current practices building coalition and consensus building across professions within the institution, including students, administration, faculty, and staff, as well as outside the institution consultants, including architects, construction managers, and engineers.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Vigor Lam (he/him) is a current PhD student in the Higher Education Leadership program at CSU and also works as a construction manager for City College of San Francisco as a consultant where he helps lead and manage the $128M Student Success Center project, bringing together over thirty student affairs departments. Daily, engages with architects, engineers, contractors on design and construction of the building, as well as with stakeholders across campus, including students, administrators, faculty, and staff. He is a former student affairs professional with experience in multicultural affairs, campus activities, residence life, academic advising, and admissions.

Dr. Mark Kamimura-Jiménez (He/Him/His) is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at Washington University in St. Louis where he is a student-centered strategic leader focused on developing an inclusive experience that embraces the intersectionality of student identities on campus. Dr. Kamimura-Jiménez most recently served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at Texas Christian University, where he led the practice and research on identity, diversity and inclusion initiatives for strengthening the connection culture of undergraduate and graduate students as an integrated part of their college experience.