Inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit

February 24–27, 2020

In alignment with our institutional commitment to providing ongoing, innovative, and transformative DEI training and learning experiences, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has partnered with Academic Affairs to host Carroll University’s Inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit.

The summit will be held across campus, offering various modes of engagement, including lunch and learn sessions, interactive workshops and literature circles. A wide array topics, from utilizing intercultural and social justice frames to advocacy to engaging challenging dynamics in the classroom, will be featured. We hope to see you there! 

Schedule

Many of the DEI Summit sessions are open and do not require an RSVP. Seating may be limited for some that do require RSVP, please sign up early.

Monday, February 24

Lunch & Learn: Utilizing Intercultural and Social Justice Frames to Build Inclusive Student Affairs Practices (RSVP required)
Speaker: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC
12-1:30 p.m. | Stacker Ballroom, Campus Center

In recent years, Student Affairs has been evolving in a manner that seeks to support ever diversifying student populations. As this trend continues, it can be important to draw from a diverse set of theoretical frames to develop inclusive best-practices. Furthermore, it is important to recognize the need for Student Affairs professionals to develop and model the inclusive practices and behaviors that we seek to instill in students. This session will draw from Intercultural Development and Social Justice frames to engage skills that can support efforts to help foster an inclusive campus community. Lunch will be provided.
Sponsored by College of Arts and Science; College of Health Sciences; Faculty Development; General Education; iTTASC; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; School of Business

Faculty Workshop: Engaging Challenging Dynamics in the Classroom
Speaker: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC
4-5 p.m. | Stacker Ballroom, Campus Center

Instructors often encounter a myriad of challenging issues and circumstances that emerge in our classrooms. These issues may include divergent expectations, inappropriate comments, difficult and controversial topics, and/or a lack of shared identities and background with students. This interactive session will give participants opportunities to reflect, engage and discuss how to create a learning and student-centered environment, set a context that can effectively address challenging classroom dynamics, and better embrace the learning opportunities that emerge from difficult moments. The goals of this workshop are to: enhance participants’ awareness of the complexities of challenging classroom dynamics, explore teaching practices that foster an inclusive and equitable learning environment, and discuss strategies for attending to challenging classroom dynamics and facilitating difficult class discussions.
Sponsored by College of Arts and Science; College of Health Sciences; Faculty Development; General Education; iTTASC; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; School of Business

Tuesday, February 25

Faculty/Staff Workshop: The Life Cycle of an F-1 International Student (RSVP required)
Speaker: Megan Couch, Office of Global Education and Carroll’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO)
10-11 a.m. | Hastad Hall 145
With a variety of different factors impacting an F-1 student’s university experience in the United States, it is beneficial for faculty advisors and staff advisors/mentors to have a fundamental understanding of how a student maintains their F-1 visa status during their time at Carroll. The goals of this workshop are to: learn the key aspects of maintaining status, employment basics (on-campus and off-campus), and learn more about the university’s responsibility in supporting status maintenance. Light refreshments will be provided.
Sponsored by College of Arts and Science; College of Health Sciences; Faculty Development; General Education; iTTASC; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; School of Business

Lunch & Learn: Globalizing Higher Education (RSVP required)
Speaker: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC
12-1:30 p.m. | Humphrey Memorial Chapel
In recent years higher education in the United States has been trending towards a discourse of "globalizing" our campuses and curriculum. As this trend continues, the role of Global Intercultural Education has rapidly grown with a focus on increasing international student populations, sending students abroad, and embedding global topics and requirements into curriculum. This shift in focus has often been at odds with traditional discourses and historical issues related to U.S. Diversity, Equity and Social Justice issues in Higher Education. This session will present opportunities to synergize Intercultural and Global Educational issues in Higher Education with Diversity and Social Justice frames in order to help foster ideas that can support the development of diverse, inclusive and globalized campus communities with a commitment. to social justice. Lunch will be provided.
Sponsored by College of Arts and Science; College of Health Sciences; Faculty Development; General Education; iTTASC; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; School of Business

Allyhood & Bystander Intervention
Speaker: Dr. Amer Ahmed, Founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, LLC
4-6 p.m. | Stackner Ballroom, Campus Center

Acts of hate, bias and discrimination occur on college campuses every day. As a community, such acts undermine the sense of inclusion that various members feel while engaging and participating in it. However, as members of a campus community, we are not helpless bystanders to these actions and realities that occur. Given this, many wonder what can be done to address such incidents when they occur. How can we address such incidents when we witness them occur? This interactive workshop will encourage participants to explore and engage ‘bystander intervention’ and ‘allyhood’. What does it mean to be an ally? What actions should we take when we are bystander to acts of hate, bias and/or discrimination? What obstacles and barriers need to be overcome in order to develop effective actions that can interrupt these acts as they occur? In the workshop, participants will develop strategies that can be effective and help overcome fears that may exist in making interventions.
Sponsored by College of Arts and Science; College of Health Sciences; Faculty Development; General Education; iTTASC; Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; School of Business

Wednesday, February 26

Faculty/Staff Workshop: Gender Pronouns (RSVP required)
Speakers: Nicky Luckett, Director, Multicultural Affairs, Cole Pinno, Academic Advising, Tracey Whiteley, Residence Life
10-11 a.m. | MacAllister Boardroom, Campus Center

Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic to human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender and gender nonconforming people. In this session, we’ll offer helpful tips and answer questions. Come for the coffee, stay for the pronouns! pronounsday.org
Sponsored by Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Residence Life and Student Activities

Community Update: President’s Taskforce on Institutional Inclusion
Speakers: Dolores Ocampo Brown, Alumni Engagement, Vanessa Perez Topczewski, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
3-4 p.m. | Stackner Ballroom, Campus Center

In alignment with our strategic plan’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive campus community, Dr. Gnadinger has instituted The President’s Taskforce on Institutional Inclusion. The President’s Taskforce for Institutional Inclusion has been charged with evaluating and tracking campus climate, recommending initiatives, policies, and practices to enhance the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and advising senior leadership on critical diversity, equity and inclusion issues. In this session, we will provide a progress update and share opportunities to get involved!
Sponsored by President’s Taskforce on Institutional Inclusion

Thursday, February 27

Community Update: President’s Taskforce on Institutional Inclusion
Speakers: Dolores Ocampo Brown, Alumni Engagement, Vanessa Perez Topczewski, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
10-11 a.m. | Stackner Ballroom, Campus Center
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In alignment with our strategic plan’s commitment to a more diverse and inclusive campus community, Dr. Gnadinger has instituted The President’s Taskforce on Institutional Inclusion. The President’s Taskforce for Institutional Inclusion has been charged with evaluating and tracking campus climate, recommending initiatives, policies, and practices to enhance the University’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and advising senior leadership on critical diversity, equity and inclusion issues. In this session, we will provide a progress update and share opportunities to get involved!
Sponsored by President’s Taskforce on Institutional Inclusion

Lunch & Learn: Institutional Hiring Policies, Compliance and Inclusion (RSVP required)
Speaker: Dr. Jeneise Briggs, Marian University
12-1:30 p.m. | Stackner Ballroom, Campus Center

Commitment to developing hiring practices and policies that promote and diversity, equity and inclusion, requires an investment of time and resources. In this session, you’ll learn effective strategies and best practices that have been employed by colleges and universities to prepare for and achieve greater faculty and staff diversity. Lunch will be provided.
Sponsored by Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Panel Discussion: Interreligious Responses to Racism & Violence
Moderated by: Rev McCord
5:30-7 p.m. | Stackner Ballroom, Campus Center

In the United States and globally, bias, hate speech, and violence against various religious groups is on the rise. A panel of leaders from various religious traditions will reflect on experiences of violence and hate faced by their communities. They will also share how the values, teachings, and practices of their respective traditions support healing and peacemaking in the face of hate.
Sponsored by Office of Spiritual Life

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