Symposium Session Information

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Sessions

Presented by Kate Miller

Session Description:
The unconditional and nonjudgmental love from animals allows us to reach a wide diversity of populations, including the most vulnerable people in our communities. This talk will explore the role of therapy dogs in social work, emphasizing Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC), a center in the School of Social Work at CSU. The research will be shared on the benefits (and drawbacks) of animal-assisted interventions and pet ownership. Heartwarming, life-changing stories will be shared from the work of animals in hospice, long-term care, and school settings. Beyond the role of animal-assisted interventions, we will discuss the role of pets in the lives of people experiencing homelessness and children with adverse childhood experiences. The first 45 minutes of the presentation will be lecture-based (with occasional interactive activities), then 15 minutes of question and answer, followed by 30 minutes of interaction with therapy dogs. 


Presented by Helen Baer, Randyn Heissere-Miller, Kristy Lueshen, Rachel Ramer, Jimena Sagas, Mary Seaman, Mara Sedlins, and Scott Wiebensohn

Session Description:
The Libraries is committed to supporting the mission of the Symposium to ignite constructive conversations on campus about diversity. We seek an opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the Symposium by providing spaces to discuss, process, think, and resonate with other participants. We aim to provide an engaging and inclusive space in the Morgan Library for Symposium participants to engage in and discuss key issues in diversity in higher education. We plan to recruit and train roundtable facilitators to lead critical discussions with participants about issues they care about. We will do this by disseminating a call for facilitators and their topics of interest. After reviewing and selecting proposals, we will train and organize facilitators to lead constructive discussions in a roundtable format. We believe that by asking potential facilitators to submit their own topics of interest, rather than pre-identifying topics, we will provide an opportunity for the CSU community to engage in the topics that matter most to them. We would encourage facilitator applicants to submit ideas for topics that explore diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, such as inclusion in the employee life cycle; equitable practices in in recruitment, retention, persistence and success of student; diversity in technology; and becoming an HSI institution to name a few. We hope to create an inclusive, relaxed, and engaging environment.


11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CSU Inspire
LSC Theater

The symposium celebrates the work of our incredible faculty and staff through CSU Inspire, which showcases passion projects of their choice. Our presenters this year include Dr. Carolin Aronis, Dr. Aramati Casper, Dr. Candace Mathiason, Tonie Miyamoto, Helen Obuna, Dr. Melissa Raguet-Schofield, and Robert Wiggins. Enjoy cookies and refreshments during the presentations. 

12:15 – 1:45 p.m. Sessions

Presented by Jen Garvey, Happy Bennett, Andy Swanson, and Allison Swanson

Session Description:
This session highlights a variety of accessibility tools and resources available for making our electronic environment more inclusive. This includes tools for checking websites, documents and course materials for accessibility, resources for videos, and guidance on working with vendors to purchase accessible technology and software.


Presented by Stacey Baumgarn (he/him), Kimberly Cox-York (she/her) and Carol Dollard (she/her)

Session Description:

All We Can Save is an opportunity to come together to share, discuss, learn, reflect, and motivate ourselves “To nurture the leaderful climate community we need for a life-giving future. Addressing the climate crisis will take everyone. We’re glad you’re here.” All We Can Save is a book, a perspective, and a movement. The climate crisis affects all of us – and some more than others. Solutions and the voices participating are often too narrow – we are calling in All voices – to join, share, co-create, and inspire one another for All We Can Save. This sessions will be a facilitated dialog – yet proposes that YOU, the participants, bring, share, and create the content, the stories, and inspiration for our shared future. We do hope to focus our conversation and examples on CSU and our northern Colorado communities. Join us. Share your voice. No experience or prior knowledge needed. With luck, this session will result in the formation of an All We Can Save Circle – an ongoing group intended to expand the ‘who’ in the ‘we’ of climate action and All We Can Save.


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 towards “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 two of a two-part session being presented by El Centro professional staff and colleagues. In the spring of 2022, El Centro engaged undergraduate and graduate Latinx students who were expected to graduate in the Spring and Summer of 2022 in an assessment to better understand their collective experience at 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, negative experiences that impacted their success, experiences that supported their success, and how they navigated El Centro. Through this mixed method design, El Centro gathered over 250 responses from students. This presentation will share the analysis of this assessment to inform how CSU faculty and staff can better support and serve Latinx/e students as they navigate CSU. The data presented will highlight the complexities Latinx students face as they work toward academic success and personal success at CSU.


Presented by Elizabeth Sink

Session Description:
As an institution, we recognize numerous dimensions of diversity, and religious/spiritual/non-religious identities must be included.  Aligning with Principles of Community and the Courageous Strategic Transformation plan, Colorado State University has a great need for an office that promotes religious, spiritual, and secular identity exploration, development, well-being, and cooperative engagement across differences. The proposed Interfaith & Belief Center/Program at CSU aims to promote constructive dialogue and cooperative relationships across diverse religious, spiritual, and secular (non-religious) identities from an intersectional lens.