Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Find information for the Wednesday, October 27th sessions of the Diversity Symposium below.

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

Presented by Dora Frias, Michelle Cadena, Kacee Collard Jarnot, Jose Hernandez

Session Description: In the spring of 2021, El Centro engaged undergraduate and graduate Latinx students who were expected to graduate in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2021 in an assessment to better understand their collective experience at Colorado State University (CSU). The assessment specifically asked students to share, if applicable, where they were able to find community at CSU, how they define success beyond academics, describe their overall CSU experience, and how they navigated El Centro. Through this mixed method design, El Centro gathered over 300 responses from students. These responses inform not only how higher education practitioners can better support Latinx students as they navigate their higher education experience at CSU but highlight the ways in which intentional support contributes to the overall student success, including increased persistence and graduation rates. This assessment really highlights the complexities Latinx students face as they work toward academic success at a predominately white institution and encourages practitioners to engage in conversations around how to better support this population. This presentation also includes a student panel that invites students, staff, and faculty to critically reflect on the practices and processes they uphold and how they can contribute to the success of our Latinx students by directly engaging in conversation with students about their lived experiences at CSU.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Dora Frias (she/her/ella) is the Director of El Centro at Colorado State University (CSU). Dora was born in Durango, Mexico and grew up El Paso, TX. She earned her B.S. from Texas A&M University and her M.S. at CSU in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Dora has spent the last 11 years working in Student Affairs, specializing in social justice education and advocating for underrepresented students on a variety of campuses across the country. She has served on leadership boards for several local and national organizations and has been featured on a Higher Ed Live episode titled “LGBTQ + Latinx Issues in Student Affairs.”

Michelle Cadena (she/her/ella) is the Assistant Director for El Centro. Michelle was raised in Tijuana/San Diego and completed her B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Education with an Emphasis in Multicultural Counseling at San Diego State University. Michelle has worked in Higher Education for over 10 years which include experience in Student Affairs, TRiO programs and Mentoring Programs. Her passion for educational justice stems from her personal experience navigating the education system as a transborder Latinx student, as well as, her experience working with students who have been historically excluded from the higher education narrative.

Kacee Collard Jarnot (she/her) manages University-wide projects fostering student persistence and graduation. In 10+ years at CSU, she has worked with parents and families of college students, student organization conduct processes, the President’s Leadership Program, and staff selection and development for University Housing employees. Each role has provided opportunities for collaboration to support the success of first generation students, those from limited-income backgrounds, and students of color.

Jose Hernandez (he/him/el) is a second-year master’s student in the Student Affairs and Higher Education program at CSU. He currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for RamRide, as a Chapter Graduate Advisor for Phi Gamma Delta, and is completing a practicum experience with El Centro. Jose was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Theatre Education.

Presented by Jazmin Murguia

Session Description: For many Xicanx students, religion may be a factor that student practitioners do not account for when thinking about Xicanx student’s holistic development. Identity development for Latinx students is oftentimes only observed and researched through a racial and ethnic lens and rarely through a religious or spiritual lens. I aim to explore with the audience how religion and spirituality form part of Xicanx student’s identity and consciousness development as they navigate familial expectations with their college or university experience. Identity development for Xicanx college students is intersectional, accounting for the varying power dynamics and traditions in their families and communities outside of the home. Through this presentation, I encourage student affairs professionals to promote success and growth for Xicanx students by identifying how religion and spirituality influence their consciousness development.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): Jazmin Murguia, M.A. is a midwestern Xicana dedicated to DEI work within student affairs. She holds a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Student Affairs Administration with a graduate certificate in Xicanx/Latinx Studies. She is currently the Residence Director for Braiden Hall within University Housing Department at CSU. Her lifelong goal is to be the director of an organization focused on Latinx youth growth and development within the Midwest.

12:00 – 1:30pm CSU Inspire

1:45 – 3:15pm Sessions

Presented by Luisanny Perez, Christianne Magee, Patricia Vigil, Olivia Arnold, Wade Ingle, and Heather Hall

Session Description: A panel of program staff from the Zoetis Veterinary Perspectives Institute will share their experiences and outcomes from a youth summer program offered as a free, 1 credit, online course. Presenters will describe creating a case-based, experiential learning curriculum using a Salmonella outbreak scenario, within a paradigm of culturally competent mentorship, to facilitate exploration of topics in veterinary medicine and One Health. Veterinary medicine is a predominantly white profession with numerous roadblocks for those wishing to enter the profession. When the desire to become a veterinarian is deconstructed, a desire to help animals is often central to the career interest. The program goal was to provide participants with an understanding of various professional roles in the context of their desires and interests, as well as resources for overcoming obstacles to achieve their dream careers. Students were given insight into the veterinary profession, career options in One Health, and various pathways to attend college, all which are necessary when providing minoritized and marginalized youth with critical mentoring. Mentors provided relevant experience, offered positive relationships, and strategies for overcoming obstacles. CSU is a predominately-white institution and this program created opportunities for undergraduate and veterinary students, faculty, and staff to develop awareness, knowledge, and skills for working with diverse populations.

Zoom Format: Webinar

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Dr. Magee is an assistant professor in the department of Biomedical Sciences and serves as the Assistant Department Head for DVM Education and Clinical Services. She teaches in the DVM program, serving as course director for Veterinary Physiology, the faculty advisor for the DVM Parents Club and DVM tutoring program, and assists with several other aspects of DVM student success. She is also advisor for the biomedical sciences Master of Science animal anatomy concentration, oversees all aspects of domestic animal instruction in the undergraduate and graduate programs in biomedical sciences, and teaches Domestic Animal Anatomy, Dissection, and Case-Based Learning. Dr. Magee maintains an active research laboratory where she studies the role of kisspeptin in the horse and collaborates with others to study several aspects of neuroendocrinology using sheep and mouse animal models. She is the project lead for the Virtual Veterinary Education Tools team and the development of the suite of Virtual Animal Anatomy programs. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, skiing, riding horses, and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Wade Ingle:

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.

Luisanny Perez is a second-year student within CSU’s veterinary program. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Behavioral Neuroscience from Connecticut College prior to receiving a Master of Science in Toxicology. Growing up in The Bronx, New York, Luisanny didn’t see many veterinarians that looked like her. She would often visit family in the Dominican Republic and would notice the large population of stray dogs. Her childhood experiences ignited an interest in both veterinary medicine and diversity, equity, and inclusion. After veterinary school, Luisanny hopes to return to the east coast and work within Latinx communities.

Dr. Olivia Arnold currently teaches Cellular and Molecular Toxicology Techniques in the Toxicology graduate program (Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences Department) in addition to being the toxicology graduate program coordinator. Her research has focused on phytochemical quantification and its ingested biological effects by identifying its mechanistic pathway. Additionally, she has a background in regulatory compliance, food safety and environmental regulation. She has worked in these fields in the public and private sector at the local, city, state and federal level.

Heather Hall is the graduate education coordinator in the department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Rowan University and her masters of education from Colorado State University. Previous to her position at Colorado State, Heather taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English. In her role as graduate education coordinator, Heather oversees graduate admissions, retention, and alumni engagement for two 1-year masters programs in the department of Biomedical Sciences. In addition, she serves as co-coordinator and guest lecturer in the “Managing a Career in Science Class.”

Presented by Brian Hayes and Terry Schlicting

Session Description: There exist significant health disparities between socially disadvantaged populations and their privileged counterparts in the United States today. This presentation will describe some specific examples, and why they exist. We will explore some solutions to combat health inequalities including improving the diversity of the healthcare work force. We will discuss the challenges associated with making this shift and emphasize the importance of changing the existing narratives.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Brian Hayes (he/him)

Key Explore & Key Health Professions Community Coordinator

Hometown: Denver, CO

In 2003, Brian arrived at Colorado State University as a first-year student participating in the Key Academic Community with intentions of studying Electrical Engineering. Sophomore year, he joined Key Plus and explored pursuing a degree in Business Administration. As a First-Generation student, he didn’t know what it really meant until his junior year, after an insightful conversation with the amazing Barb Musslewhite. That year, he switched my major to Communications, co-founded a student organization called United Men of Color with some of his closest friends, and spent the next two years as a mentor for the Key Academic Community. He graduated from CSU in May of 2008 with a degree in Communication, which set him up for a great experience as an Admissions Counselor for three years at CSU. In 2011, he was honored to become the Key Explore Community Coordinator and work with first-year exploratory students as they did some self-exploration, exploring majors and career options. He was also fortunate enough to complete a few graduate courses in the Students Affairs and Higher Education program at CSU, as well as teach in the President’s Leadership Program for a couple of years. He has been the Coordinator for both the Key Explore and Key Health Professions Communities the last two years, which allows him to continue working with exploratory students along with students who desire to pursue careers in human or animal health professions. He loves the connections because his dad was Lieutenant on the Aurora Fire Department, a Paramedic, and an Electrician who always encouraged their family and friends to pay attention to their physical, mental, and emotional health. Not one to sit still for long, Brian’s hobbies and interests include reading, writing, music, sports, coaching, eating, traveling, and engaging in intellectual conversations.

Terry Schlicting (he/him)
Terry is a health professions advisor who’s background is in disability services and advocacy. He has been an active member of DEIJ initiatives within the campus and surrounding community for over 15 years. He has had many experiences navigating healthcare as a patient which has taught him about the inequities in access to healthcare. His mission is to improve the experience of people with marginalized identities navigating the healthcare system.

3:30 – 5:00pm Sessions

Presented by Laurie Carlson, Dr. B Nathan, and Rashida Love

Session Description: We will begin the presentation by grounding the room in the following topics and asking the audience to reflect and answer the following: What have we been taught as standard research? What does it mean to you to decolonize research in higher education? What are the risks graduate students or advisors face in decolonizing research? How does decolonizing research influence the student and advisor’s growth? Next we will present our contemporary article where we engaged in an autobiography me-search paper on such reflection questions as who are we as a result of this research, why we believe in decolonizing research, and what would we tell other Black Women wanting to use Sista Circle Methodology, and advisors who have students wanting to use Sista Circle Methodology? Breakout rooms by students and faculty will follow our presentation. Students will engage in such questions as what are you being taught and how are you decolonizing research in your program? Faculty will engage in such questions as what is your reaction to students who want to use methodologies that you are not aware of and have no familiarity with and how do you engage in yourself work (in the role of an advisor) when you are not aware of the frameworks and methodologies your students are working? We will end with an appreciation exercise.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: Faculty, Graduate Students

About the Speaker(s): 

Dr. Laurie Carlson (she/her):
Dr. Carlson has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 2000. During her tenure at CSU, Laurie has advised 15 doctoral student dissertations, many focused on student affairs in higher education, diversity, and higher education leadership. Dr. Carlson holds a Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in school counseling from Western Washington University. Her research interests include school counseling/climate, counseling children and adolescents, measurement, and LGBTQ+ topics. Dr. Carlson has made over thirty-five national and regional presentations. Her professional experience includes thirteen years of experience in public schools.

Dr. B Nathan (she, her):
Dr. B has over 20 years of experience as a Higher Education administrator including the 8 years, she spent at Colorado State University as a midlevel administrator. Her years and history of action-oriented work in equity, inclusion and social justice serves as the spark in her life as she wants folks to truly be able to live their truths and authentic selves without any fear and harm. Dr. B returned to Colorado State to enter and complete her doctorate. Her dissertation illuminates the experiences of racism and sexism Black Women midlevel administrators experience from supervisors and direct reports; as well as how we supervise from the lens of being Black Women. B also serves as a facilitator for leadershape and works as an independent consultant working with organizations on aspects of DEI and supervision.

Rashida Love (she/her)
Rashida Love has built her career in service of equity, inclusion, social justice instruction and counseling. Rashida has worked in student affairs for over 15-year serving in positions at Loyola University Chicago (Resident Director), The Evergreen State College (Academic Advisor, Director of First People’s Multicultural Advising Services), and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (Director of Student Diversity and Social Justice). Rashida has also taught classes on leadership and identity. She is an active DEI consultant with a commitment to meeting people where they are and helping to build resilience.

Presented by Dr. Kari Dockendorff, Maggie Hendrickson, Patrice M. Palmer, Meg Skeehan, and Dr. Ashley Grice

Session Description: Centered on the Principles of Community, a pronoun statement has been developed along with resources for how and when you can integrate pronouns into your classroom, job, and events at CSU. The session will begin with an overview of the statement history and website, a Visible Voices panel discussing identity, and then a workshop space in breakout rooms where you can practice with the facilitators and other participants, and ask questions about how you can create an inclusive space for everyone. Join us for a discussion about pronouns, why they matter, and how we can support LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff.

Zoom Format: Meeting

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Dr. Kari Dockendorff (they/them) is an assistant professor in the Higher Education Leadership Program in the School of Education at Colorado State University. In their research, Dr. Dockendorff critically examines the trans* student experience through the development of a survey tool that measures trans* inclusive behaviors, attitudes, and knowledge of staff in their interactions with trans* students. They also work on developing better approaches to measuring gender and sexuality in survey instruments, moving beyond a binary, categorical approach. Dr. Dockendorff collaborates with other queer quantitative scholars in higher education to develop Queer Quant Methodological approaches. Dr. Dockendorff completed their Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy, with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies, at the University of Utah.

Maggie Hendrickson (they/them) is the Assistant Director for the CSU Pride Resource Center. Maggie enjoys building community and centering joy for Trans, Nonbinary, and Queer folx at CSU. Their role oversees the Pride center’s education, advocacy & resource initiatives and they particularly love celebrating with students at the Pride Community Retreat and Queer Prom. Maggie has their M.Ed. in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and B.S. in Recreation & Youth Development from the University of New Hampshire.

Patrice M. Palmer (they/them/theirs) hails from both the Sea Islands of South Carolina & Detroit, Michigan. Patrice is an award winning DEI advocate, motivational speaker and DEI strategist. Working in both academia as an adjunct professor of Organizational Leadership and the inaugural Director of Social & Cultural Inclusion for the College of Business, Patrice has also brought their talents to the U.S. craft beer industry where they are the inaugural DEI Specialist for New Belgium Brewing Company the 4th largest brewing company in the U.S.

Meg Skeehan (they/them/theirs) has been at CSU for over eight years as a state classified employee. Meg served as Chair of the Classified Personnel Council 2018-2021 and helped lead the development and roll out of the Colorado State University Pronoun Statement. A presenter at many Diversity Symposiums, and speaker at the 2019 Diversity Symposium CSU Inspire, Meg believes in the power of service leadership, and working as an accomplice in DEI initiatives on campus and in the community. Meg is working on a bachelors in Ethnic Studies and Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts using the employee study privilege.

Dr. Ashley Grice (she/her/hers) is bringing with her a passion and commitment to diversity, equity, joy and inclusion work, particularly from a lens of intersectionality that will continue to build upon all the great work that has been developed in the Pride Resource Center. Dr. Grice completed her doctorate in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, and her dissertation focus was Faculty, Staff, and Student Perceptions of the Transgender and Gender-nonconforming (TGNC) Student Experiences at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Grice has invested much of her time and energy engaging, advocating and uplifting the LGBTQ+ community on campus and in the communities where she lives, and this is also true from a racial justice lens. As the Director of Pride, Dr. Grice is eager to continue coalition building and collaborations across the institution to further contribute to the ongoing efforts of increasing a welcoming and affirming campus community for all.

4:00 – 6:00pm Virtual Diversity Connect

A great opportunity for students to meet and make meaningful connections with employers rooted in a shared commitment to diversity and inclusion. Students can register for the event through Handshake.

This is virtual event hosted on Zoom.

Event Timeline:

Virtual Diversity Connect – October 27 (4-6:30 PM)

3:00 p.m. – Virtual Student Check-in (please plan on checking in early to avoid technical difficulties)

4:00 p.m. – Event Begins via Zoom

  • Welcome Keynote
  • Student Panel
  • Employer Panel

5:30 p.m. – Virtual Open Networking Session

6:30 p.m. – Event Concludes

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