Upcoming Events & Past Recordings

To promote a culture of understanding and inclusiveness, the CALS Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee hosts the Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series. We have a number of excellent upcoming speaker events you can attend in person or join via webinar, and have hosted many excellent talks in the past that you can view the recordings of below.

Upcoming Events

Professional Empowerment Series Networking & Kickoff Event
June 28, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Forbes Lobby and Boardroom

Join us for the Networking Kick-off Event of the Professional Empowerment Series

The goal of the series is to provide targeted professional development opportunities for non-tenure, non-continuing track faculty, appointed professionals, and staff with an emphasis on topics which are particularly relevant to underrepresented groups.

For this Networking Kick-Off Event we will provide more information on the series, and solicit your feedback about topics that are relevant and interesting to you. We will also PROVIDE LUNCH!


Join us: 12pm-1pm, in the Forbes Lobby and Boardroom on Thursday, June 28th!

Brought to you by the Office for Diversity & Inclusive ExcellenceCALS Diversity & Inclusiveness CommitteeCALS Staff Council, and CALS Appointed Professional Council

Past Recordings

Diversity and Inclusiveness in CALS 101—Maria Marzinsky & Brian Berrellez

This presentation will serve as a brief introduction about diversity and inclusion. The Data Solutions Team will present on quantifiable social dimensions of the CALS community, which includes students, faculty, and staff. The presentation will focus on three aspects.

  1. The current composition of CALS diversity
  2. The projected future composition of CALS diversity
  3. Our composition’s position compared to the University
Addressing Implicit Bias in Health Care—Dr. Jeff Stone

Emerging research indicates that primary care physicians can hold implicit biases (negative attitudes and stereotypes) about African-American patients that negatively impact clinical interactions and treatment recommendations. Dr. Stone’s research examines if the presence of implicit bias in health care extends to other stigmatized patient groups (Hispanics) and providers (nurses), and if the activation of both medically accurate and inaccurate stereotypes about stigmatized patients occurs outside of the provider's conscious awareness. He will also present evidence to suggest that a brief, active learning workshop for medical students on the psychology of implicit bias can be effective for reducing implicit stereotyping of Hispanic patients.

Reframing Disability How What We Think We Know Shapes Our Campus Community—Dr. Amanda Kraus

This presentation will explore prevalent models used to frame disability and discuss how these ideas impact our professional practice. Typically, disability is understood as an individual problem, deficit or tragedy, not a sociopolitical phenomenon created and perpetuated by systemic design. Drawing from Disability Studies, we will problematize messages we receive about disability and discuss how to operationalize new thinking that will ultimately contribute to a more equitable and inclusive experience on campus

Unconscious Bias and Micro-Aggression—Dr. Laura Hunter

Unconscious bias is pervasive, with nearly all people displaying unintended biases toward certain groups.  Micro-aggressions are one consequence of unconscious biases.  After a brief introduction to the research, we will consider strategies for addressing others’ unconscious biases and micro-aggressions and offer teaching and assessment strategies that reduce the impact of our own unconscious biases.

Ready, Set, Gay? Sexual and Gender Minority Prejudice in Collegiate Athletics—Dr. Russ Toomey

Young athletes are engaging in sports in an ever-evolving environment where larger discourses and public opinion polls suggest that attitudes toward sexual and gender minorities (SGM) are becoming more tolerant and affirming. This presentation will explore findings from a recent study of college student athletes’ perceptions of the sports climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender players. Dr. Toomey will present descriptive findings that characterize the climate for SGM players, describe intervention in homonegative or transnegative language or behaviors, and provide recommendations for how to cultivate safer climates for SGM players. While the studies are focused on the collegiate sports context, applications can be drawn to the larger university setting.

Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom—Dr. Jill Williams

Recent research has pointed to the positive effect talking about race- and sex-based discrimination has on young people from marginalized groups.  From fostering motivation to pursue the sciences to improving self-esteem, integrating discussions of racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression into educational contexts has the power to positively impact marginalized students.  In this talk, I will briefly review some of the relevant research on this issue before facilitating a conversation about how we can integrate discussions of discrimination into our everyday teaching practices in a way that fosters inclusive educational environments.  

Beyond Lip Service: Moving from Diversity Work to Equity/Justice Work on College Campuses—Dr. Zachary Ritter

Diversity and Inclusion are words that are thrown about a great deal in higher education as well as other industries. But they mean different things for different folks. How do we go beyond counting how many folks of color, how many women, or how many LGBTQ+ folks we have in our campuses/workplaces, to practicing justice and equity work, where discriminatory policies and procedures are eliminated and positive campus/work climates are created? Utilizing current scholarship, this workshop will illustrate how we can go from “diverse faces” on a brochure or website, to a tangible reimagining of institutional practices and institutional cultures.

Combating Imposter Syndrome in Academia—Dr. Laura Hunter & Dr. Mika Galilee-Belfer

Imposter Syndrome is common among high achievers, and it occurs when people are unable to accept their successes and internalize their accomplishments. They often attribute their accomplishments to luck rather than to ability, and they fear that others will unmask them as a fraud or imposter. This talk will provide an overview of impostor syndrome, common thoughts among those with impostor syndrome, and examples of how impostor syndrome impacts education and careers. There will be opportunities for participants to reflect and identify their own impostor thoughts and how it may be impacting their careers. Strategies will be offered on how to overcome or address impostor thoughts, and participants can share strategies they have found helpful.

Behind the Masc.: Challenging notions of toxic masculinity—Bryant Valencia

This session will provide participants with an introduction to male socialization and masculinity. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and reflect on how their agency is vital in addressing toxic masculinity in their communities.

Creating More Inclusive Environments for Students: Countering Micro-aggressions—Teresa Graham Brett

In this session, we will discuss the concept of microaggressions, how they contribute to a larger campus climate for students, and ways to counter and create a more inclusive environment that supports student success. Participants will explore types, examples, and impacts of microaggressions, as well as resources and support for navigating the environment. 

Engaging Native American Students in STEM: Theoretical Framework and the iSTEM Program—Dr. Sally Stevens

Increasing and retaining Native American students’ interest and retention in STEM education is critical to students’ future employment, expanding the STEM workforce, and for bringing diverse perspectives to STEM disciplines. This presentation focuses on using a culturally relevant theoretical framework, Funds of Knowledge (FoK) to guide the iSTEM program; a successful STEM educational program for 3 -8th grade Native American students. An overview of FoK and the iSTEM program will be presented along with lessons learned and the outcomes achieved.

Ask for What You Want—Lydia Kennedy

If you don’t ask, the answer is always no!  Negotiations are opportunities that happen to us every day.  In this session, we’ll look at our view of negotiations and opportunities to be creative in asking for what we want. Learn how to prepare and develop strategies for mapping out your next negotiation.