Diversity Seminar Series

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Speakers from the 2013 Spring Seminar Series

Speakers at the 2013 Spring Seminar Series

This year, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is hosting the 2nd Annual Diversity in Higher Education Series, which is a three-part series that focus on diversity across three areas: Education, Access, and Research. Last year the series invited leading researchers and thought leaders on issues of “Creating Effective Mentoring Practices for Junior Faculty of Color” and “Pathways to Access and Engagement for Carolina Scholars”. This year the seminars bring together three panels on critical topics within higher education to discuss ways in which Carolina can continue to be on the forefront of addressing diversity and equity in higher education.

The American Indian Higher Education Experience: Best Practices for Success

Tuesday, November 12th 2013; Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

For our first diversity seminar on education, we are working with campus partners, including our American Indian Center, to focus on an aspect of the Native American higher education experience.  The seminar will feature a panel and facilitated discussion.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, North Carolina’s American Indian population is the seventh largest in the nation. At Carolina, we are continuing to have conversations about best practices to support our students staff and faculty towards increasing access, research opportunities and academic and social engagement.

The seminar is free and open to all but we request registration.

Featured Panel

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Dr. Bryan Brayboy (Borderlands Professor of Indigenous Education and Justice, School of Social Transformation Director, Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University)

Dr. Susan Faircloth (Associate Professor of Education, NCSU)

Dr Malinda Maynor Lowery (Associate Professor of History, Director of the Southern Oral History Program, UNC)

Moderator: Dr Christopher Barrett Teuton, (Associate Professor, American Studies, UNC)

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Interrupting Heteronormativity in Research: Advocating Inclusive Best Practices

Thursday, February 17th 2014; Toy Lounge, Dey Hall, 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

For our second diversity seminar on research, we are working with our campus partners including the UNC LGBTQ Center to focus on best practices for conducting inclusive research in higher education. The seminar will feature a panel and facilitated discussion.

Researchers have recognized the significance of demographic characteristics such as sex, race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status while engaging in scholarship and evidence based depictions of the population. In recent years gender identity and sexual orientation have emerged as demographics that help further inform our understanding. In this seminar we invite scholars who are engaged in promoting inclusive research to have a critical conversation on ways to conduct research that includes gender identity and sexual orientation.

The seminar is free and open to all but we request registration.

Featured Panel

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 Dafina Lazarus Stewart, PhD, (Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs, Bowling Green University)

Terri Phoenix PhD,(Director, LGBTQ Center at UNC)

Travis Albritton, (Clinical Instructor and Director, Triangle Distance Education MSW Program, UNC)

W. Roger Mills-Koonce, PhD, (Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and

Moderator: Dr Holning Lau (Professor of Law and Director of the UNC School of Law’s LL.M. degree program)

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Creating an Inclusive Climate for Female Faculty in the Sciences

Tuesday, March 4th 2014; Gerrard Hall, 3:00 PM- 4:30 PM

For our third diversity seminar on access, we are working with our campus partner, the UNC Women’s Center to focus an aspect of Creating an Inclusive Climate for Female Faculty in the Sciences. The seminar will feature a panel and facilitated discussion.

In the past few decades there have been many positive strides towards increasing female enrollment, degree attainment and faculty recruitment in the Sciences. There are still significant challenges that female scientists face in retention, mentoring and institutional support.  This workshop is a forum for units and departments who are working towards creating inclusive climates to hear about promising practices and also challenges that female faculty face in higher education. The seminar will feature several prominent female scientists in a panel discussion with a moderator. Participants will have the opportunity to dialogue with the panel and also are encouraged to bring information about any relevant initiatives that are being developed/practiced in their departments.

The seminar is free and open to all but we request registration.

Featured Panel

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Jenny PY Ting, PhD, (Co-Director, Inflammatory Diseases Institute; Director, Center for Translational Immunology; Program Leader, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center)

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD, (Professor, Epidemiology and Nutrition)

Valerie Ashby, PhD, (Professor  & Department Chair, Chemistry)

Pamela Johnson Rowsey, PhD, RN, (Associate Professor and Coordinator of Student Diversity and Recruitment, School of Nursing)

Moderator: Silvia Tomášková, PhD, (Associate Professor Women’s & Gender Studies and Anthropology, Director of Graduate Studies Anthropology)

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