CALS Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series

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February 21, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Forbes Building, Room 124A
Tucson, AZ 85721

To promote a culture of understanding and inclusiveness, the CALS Diversity & Inclusiveness Committee is bringing back the Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series for Spring! 

Mark your calendars for noon-1 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month for each of our great speakers. Here's the line-up of talks:

1/17   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. 

2/21   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. 

3/21   Engaging Native American Students in STEM: Theoretical Framework and the iSTEM Program – 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. 

4/18    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.

We will provide lunch for in-person attendees in Forbes 124A (that’s the basement), but it’s on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure you’re there early. These sessions will also be made available via webinar, so tune-in even if you can’t be there in person. Online registration is required for the webinars.

Heather Roberts-Wrenn