The University Office for Diversity & Inclusion invites you to take part in the 7th annual Diversity THINKposium. This year’s theme, Voice, addresses how we use our voices to contribute to the sense of belonging for, and the retention and engagement of, all stakeholders at Carolina. Attendees will participate in interactive workshops, insightful panel discussions and small group breakout sessions that will explore the impact of using our voices to effectuate change.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from campus leaders, as well as Dr. Maria Armoudian, lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, who will deliver the keynote, “From Human Potential to Genocide: How Media Helps Construct Society.” Breakout sessions will engage participants in role-playing and discussions about how to connect the Blueprint for Next with strategies for providing a space for “voice” in everyday practice, policies and programs.

THINKposium: Voice will be held on Wednesday, Sep. 4, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. THINKposium is free to attend but requires registration due to limited seating. To reserve your seat and confirm your attendance, simply register below by August 21. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

Register here.

 

2019 THINKposium Agenda*

8:30 a.m. Registration/Doors Open
9:00 a.m. Welcome | Gretchen C. Bellamy, Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives
9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker | Dr. Maria Armoudian, Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand: “From Human Potential to Genocide: How Media Helps Construct Society”
10:00 a.m. Panel Session 1: THINK before you SPEAK! | Moderated by Ion Outterbridge, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
10:30 a.m. Small Group Discussions
11:00 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Panel Session 2: “Alexa, What are the ways I can use my voice to effectuate change?” | Moderated by Dr. Erin Malloy, Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Connecting Carolina’s Strategic Plan to the Power of Voice | Kevin Guskiewicz, Interim Chancellor and Bob Blouin, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
2:00 p.m. Bystander Training | Viviane Linos, Violence Prevention Coordinator, Student Wellness and Prevention Initiatives
2:30 p.m. What Would You DO? | Bystander and Center for Faculty Excellence representatives
3:30 p.m. Large Group Discussion
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks | Gretchen C. Bellamy, Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives
4:15 p.m. Evaluation

 

* Subject to change

 

Participants at THINKposium workshop share a laugh

The annual THINKposium is a meeting of interested participants on a particular issue or topic, engaged speakers providing data and context, a free exchange of ideas, and fuel for creative problem solving. The program is led by the Chief Diversity Officer at Carolina and developed by a planning committee of members representing multiple units and departments.The THINKposium is meant to be a non-conventional approach to addressing diversity, inspiring action, and facilitating the solution-making process.

Who Should Attend?

Faculty, staff, and students, especially those who have roles related to advancing diversity within their departments; administrators on diversity committees, task forces or in positions related to access, support and retention for students, faculty and staff; and researchers whose research is related to workforce inclusion policy or practice. The session is free for attendees. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

What is a THINKposium?

THINKTANK: NOUN

  • A group operating at a high cognition level
  • Conduct research, provide consultation and advocacy
  • Solve complex problems and predict or plan future developments

SYMPOSIUM: NOUN

  • Formal meeting or conference
  • Several speakers providing short addresses
  • Participants engaged in a free exchange of ideas

THINKPOSIUM: NOUN

  • A meeting of interested participants on a particular issue or topic
  • Engaged speakers providing data and context
  • A free exchange of ideas
  • Fuel for creative problem-solving and positive action

The THINKposium is a non-conventional approach to addressing diversity, inspiring action, and facilitating the solution-making process. The 2019 THINKposium, Voice, highlights areas of critical interest for faculty and staff and provides participants with resources and professional development opportunities related to diversity. The THINKposium has been organized as an innovative and creative discussion on essential topics in diversity and provides information on the current state of diversity and opportunities for solution-sharing.

 

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