The 14th Annual Diversity Leadership Conference

Sam Houston State University

February 23 & 24, 2018


Diversity Leadership Conference

Workshop Tracks

The Diversity Council is excited to introduce workshop tracks to this year's Diversity Leadership Conference! Conference participants have the option of attending the Diversity Leadership Conference workshops based upon which track aligns with their interests. The four (4) tracks at this year's Diversity Leadership Conference are:

Social Justice & Activism

This track is designed to deepen your understanding of social justice issues. This is your chance to connect with other students, staff, and faculty on challenging ideas that are prevalent in today's society. Student & Campus activism has also risen as a result of the increasing awareness in social justice issues. Workshops that address activism also fall within this track.

Identity & Personal Development

This track is designed for conference attendees to explore their own identity & others that exist. Workshops that fall under this conference track educate attendees on the various forms of identities, specifically highlighting marginalized communities. There is also a chance for attendees to learn more about intersectional identity in workshops within this track.

Leadership Development

This track is designed for conference attendees that are interested in brushing up on skills that are necessary to be an effective leader in today's global society.

Advisor/Graduate Student

This track is designed but not limited for conference attendees that are graduate students, student organization advisors, staff and faculty. Workshops within this track address the issues that campus administrators/faculty may face in their institution.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Workshop I: 10:40 AM - 11:30 AM

Path to Freedom: Social Responsibility
Presented by Monica Watkins, Jerry Chu
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC 110

Modern culture has never been more dynamic and difficult to comprehend. Social disruption is ever-present. Inequality of all kinds. We all have an obligation to act for the benefit of society at large. Social responsibility is a duty every individual has to perform so as to maintain a balance between the economy and the ecosystems.

We address 3 types of socially responsible individuals and what type we see ourselves. We also engage the students at our workshop what type they see themselves.

Being Socially Responsible means that people and organizations must behave ethically and with sensitivity toward social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. As a grassroots non-profit organization, Beauty to Freedom focuses our efforts in raising awareness and working with survivors through the creative arts to build self-esteem, confidence and creativity. We provide examples of the work we’ve done and the impact.
The workshop engages personal reflection, thinking, group conversation around the topic of social justice and social responsibility. We will constantly return to one simple question: How can you incorporate social responsibility within your day or internship knowing that everyone can make a difference?

Ending Rape Culture
Presented by Not On My Campus: Nicol Ruiz, Ashley Segura, Kennedy Lundberg
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC 304

Students will gain knowledge of rape culture on college campuses and how victims are treated by the justice system.

How the Humanities Help Veterans Transition from Military Life to Higher Education
Presented by Craig Plunges
Workshop Tracks: Identity & Personal Development
Location: LSC 306
This workshop is equally relevant to veteran and non-veteran students, as it will address how the study of the humanities plays an essential role helping individuals put their experience in context and look forward to new opportunities. Everyone who attends college faces a transition, the severity of which depends on the unique qualities of the culture they inhabited beforehand. Reading texts by, for example, Plato and Martin Luther King, Jr., helps students bring those experiences into focus in ways that no other field of study can. Working for 3 years transitioning veterans and serving as the Director of Education for the Warrior-Scholar Project, I gained a detailed understanding of the issues veterans face (e.g. age difference, different life experience, often first-gen college students, more mature priorities and responsibilities, routinely misunderstood by classmates and instructors alike, etc.) when pursuing college degrees. By starting a conversation about these issues, I hope to outline steps towards a more inclusive culture of learning, not just for veterans, but for all traditionally marginalized groups.
Financially Responsible Leadership: Wealth Management
Presented by Patricia Collins
Workshop Tracks: Leadership Development
Location: LSC 307

Leaders need to be financially responsible. True financial management leads to the stability required in a leader’s personal life that allows them the time to lead others. Students will learn how to process percentage-based budgeting as well as how to align their personal and financial goals. In addition, students will learn how to assess their personal net worth.

Teaching About Social Justice in the Classroom
Presented by Karla Eidson
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC 315

Students will understand how issues of social justice can be introduced in the classroom (designed around future teachers) and by doing so, become more aware of injustices in the process. Through the introduction of the student led movement called the Red Thread Movement, students learn about geography and the culture of the Nepalese, and the plight of an alarming amount of women trafficked from their homes into the sex trade.

“But I have a _________ friend!”: The Impact of Microaggressions in Daily Life
Presented by Elise Yenne, Temilola Salami, Craig Henderson
Workshop Tracks: Identity & Personal Development
Location: LSC Theater

Microaggressions are defined as the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (Sue, 2010). In this workshop, participants will hear a brief presentation about microaggressions in everyday life, with an emphasis on the idea that microaggressions may have great impact even when the aggressor has no intention or awareness of the harm they may be causing. The presentation will also address the possibility of using microinclusions as a potential strategy to remediate the impact of microaggressions at various levels (ex: individual, group, societal) and settings (ex: work, school, socially). They will then participate in an experiential activity where they are invited to share personal experiences of microaggressions then participate in an experiential activity where they are invited to share personal experiences of microaggressions anonymously. This is followed by a discussion of the universality of both experiencing and committing microaggressions. Additionally, participants will discuss how to address microaggressions in their own lives, both from the perspective of experiencing a microaggression, as well as those they may have commit.

Overcoming Adversity
Presented by Christopher Holmes
Workshop Tracks: Leadership Development
Location: LSC 321

Overcoming adversity is a workshop that everyone can reflect on. It hits on everyday life and the challenges of today. If you look at history in the past, all leaders had to overcome some kind of adversity to get to the position they are today. It takes skills, leadership, innovation, and determination. These are just a few of the characteristics that are displayed in a leader. In this workshop, we will look at a few examples of overcoming adversity to obtain their great reward. You can do the same if you apply these methods.

Workshop II: 11:40 AM - 12:30 PM

Professional Appearance and the Law
Presented by Tracy Sanders
Workshop Tracks: Identity & Personal Development
Location: LSC 302

Students will gain knowledge of federal and state employment law, intersectionality of race, gender identity, and religion in the workplace, and best practices for a happy, productive work environment.

Oh Say Can You Kneel: The Game Anthem and the Politics of Civic Ritual
Presented by Grant Wiedenfeld
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC 304

The playing of the national anthem before sporting events has become a flashpoint for political conflict since NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the ceremony in 2016. However, this is not the first time anthem ceremonies have occasioned political controversy. In this workshop, attendees will learn about key historical events and look back toward the origins of these popular rituals. Why do sports include these civic ceremonies, but other public entertainments do not? Through some brief historical background and anthropological observation, attendees will gain an enhanced perspective on protests around the national anthem.

Be a Leader You Would Want to Follow
Presented by Makayla Baker, Willie Kinch
Workshop Tracks: Leadership Development
Location: LSC 306

Our purpose with this presentation is to give attendees the characteristics of an effective leader. After this presentation, attendees will walk away with the knowledge and lifelong tools needed to be a great leader. They will learn what it takes to be a leader, the sacrifices that come with being a leader, and how to ensure that the position of leadership is for them.

The Role of Mentoring For Inclusive Communities: Promoting Minority Student Success
Presented by Stephanie Bluth
Workshop Tracks: Advisor/Graduate Student
Location: LSC 307

Best practices will be shared in the key concepts of mentoring across the context of differences including culture, communication skills, intergenerational understanding, sexual identity, gender, and race and subsequently mentoring across power asymmetry. As campus communities, there is a need to connect graduate students with resources and support services and training mentors to build strong developmental networks, in particular with minority graduate students, to promote student success. After the presentation, attendees will be able to evaluate current mentoring relationships using the learning-centered mentoring paradigm as laid out by Malcolm Knowles (1980). Students and advisors will gain knowledge in preparing themselves to provide effecting mentor/mentee relationships based on the seven critical elements of reciprocity, learning, relationship, partnership, collaboration, mutually defined goals, and development.

Five Challenges Black Leaders Face in White Organizations
Presented by Anthony Harris
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice | Leadership Development
Location: LSC 315

The presenter will discuss five challenges that black leaders face in predominantly white organizations. While the focus will be primarily on educational organizations, attendees will easily connect those challenges to an array of disciplines and organizations. Students will gain knowledge of the history of those challenges and how they impact the efforts and outcomes of leadership by black leaders who work in predominantly white organizations. Five archetypes will be presented that further explain those challenges and their impact of black leaders working in white organizations.

Leadership Styles: Who you are VS Who you want to be
Presented by Lucero Nava, Ricardo Antela
Workshop Tracks: Leadership Development
Location: LSC 319

Attendees will identify what type of leader they are versus the type of leader they want to be and able to develop a plan on how to improve their current leadership style and/or achieve their target leadership style. Each attendee will complete a simplified version of the Leadership Compass Self-Assessment created by Be The Change Consulting. Then, attendees will be able to identify what type of leader they are. As a group, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of each leadership style. Immediately after, attendees will compare the type of leader they identifies as to the type of leader they want to be and/or another leadership style they would like to develop. Finally, each attendee will be asked to develop a list of short-term and long-term goals that will help them improve and/or change their leadership style.

Race of Privilege
Presented by Kharah Bell, Kennya Torres, Amanda Downs
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC 320

The race of privilege is a race to show privilege is used in America. Participants will line up at the starting point, holding hands. Statements will be made and if the statement is a positive statement and it applies to the participant, they will step forward. If it is a negative statement or a statement that symbolizes a form of oppression, they will step back. All statements will be about social class and systemic issues. There will be markers on the floor, so everybody will take equal steps. Statistics will be shared in between statements. After the race, the facilitators will open a discussion, so the participants can share their experiences.

Taming the Dragon: Dealing with Stress & Anxiety
Presented by Stacey Pearson-Wharton
Workshop Tracks: Leadership Development | Identity & Personal Development
Location: LSC 321

College students are facing more stress and anxiety than ever before and they are overwhelmed. The stress dragon has taken over – but like any monster, it has weaknesses. This workshop offers tools to help students manage and tame stress. Dr. Pearson-Wharton’s interactive techniques will reveal the difference between productive motivational stress and problematic anxiety, and offer strategies for training ab aby dragon before it becomes a full-blown monster. The discussion will also challenge the cultural mindset around the virtues of being stressed. Students will become their own mental health champions and learn to support the people they care about who may be facing anxiety. By taming their stress dragons and finding inner peace, students will be on the road to finding “happily ever after.”

 Workshop III: 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Finish line
Presented by Delta Xi Nu Multicultural Sorority: Beatriz Zapata, Cindy Garcia, Jeanelle Godson
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC Theater

Students will further their knowledge on what privilege means and will learn to confront and identify common situations where privilege is not acknowledged or easily visible. It aims to provide college students the opportunity to understand the intricacies of privilege that they may not have thought of before. The workshop aims to illustrate that we all have some privilege, but that we all have the power to recognize and use our privilege individually and collectively to work for social justice. Our privilege should not be used to deter others on their path of success, rather to help and uplift others’ path to success.

Pick a Card, Any Card: An insight into the differences between race and social class in America
Presented by Katharine Evans, Will Kinch, Georgia Pilling
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC 110

Participants will be given a card at random. Each card has several statistics on it based on a socioeconomic racial class. They will be asked to read the statistics aloud for the group, and at the end, the presenters will reveal the socioeconomic class and race that they have been reading statistics for. This will show the clear differences between races in terms of systemic privilege. The presenters will then facilitate a guided discussion about the statistics and the implications thereof. After the presentation, attendees will be able to pick up literature and information on systemic racism and privilege, including but not limited to a Beginners Guide of links, literature, and viewing media that will get them on the path to understanding systemic privilege.

Making Your Campus Safe & Inclusive to LGBTQ+ Students
Presented by Jeremy Wallace
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice | Advisor/Graduate Student
Location: LSC 304

Campus safety matters to all students, but is particularly critical for those who identify as LGBTQ+ individual. An unfortunate reality is that instances of discrimination and violence against trans individuals are terrifyingly commonplace. In fact, a recent study of 27 Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) (AAU, 2015) found that 28% of students who considered themselves to be transgender, gender queer, gender non-conforming, or not listed had experienced sexual violence since coming to college. In this workshop, Jeremy Wallace equips college and university students, staff, and faculty with insightful ideas to encourage an atmosphere of inclusion and safety. The results of these efforts have the capacity to impact not only present LGBTQ+ students, but future students through recruiting efforts. Jeremy will play a vital role in helping your IHE shift from a reactive stance to diversity issues as they arise, to solidifying proactive diversity education policies that create a welcoming campus community for all.

All About the Huntsville Prison System
Presented by Megan Kimes, Jaren Crust, Jesus Infante
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice
Location: LSC 306

After this presentation, attendees will be able to understand the ways the Criminal Justice system works, as well as understand how to fix it. We will play a Jeopardy game, have an onsite interview with an employee of the prison system, and look at the percentage of POC prisoners compared to staff. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of how this system works.

Learn Human Centered Design and Design Thinking to Drive Effective Team Leadership
Presented by Cesar Rivera
Workshop Tracks: Leadership Development
Location: LSC 308

This hands-on workshop will teach attendees how to use Human Centered Design (HDC) and Design Thinking techniques to motivate effective team member leadership. HDC is described by as a process that srtas with people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs. At IBM, they use Design Thinking as a framework to solve our user problems at the speed and scale of the modern digital enterprise. Come learn how to implement these best practices to improve how leadership goals are formed, and strengthen and transform leadership within a team.

SHSU Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Diversity Committee: Successes, Challenges, and Future Decisions
Presented by Tessa Long, Elise Yenne, Craig Henderson
Workshop Tracks: Advisor/Graduate Student
Location: LSC 319

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Sam Houston State University recently created a Diversity Committee consisting of three student members and three faculty members. The committee strives to organically respond to psychologically pertinent cultural developments with the following goals in mind: 1) draw attention to the ways in which we, as researchers, clinicians, and teachers, can incorporate a greater understanding of diversity in our multiple professional roles, 2) promote diversity and inclusion among faculty and students of our department, 3) encourage integration of diversity training throughout our curriculum, and 4) promote awareness of university and community events related to diversity and inclusion. This workshop will focus on three main topics: 1) describing why the Diversity Committee was created within our program, 2) illustrating successes and challenges of committee creation and goal implementation, and 3) facilitating a reciprocal, integrative discussion in which the panel could advise audience members on how to implement similar diversity initiatives as well as receive feedback on our efforts. By attending the workshop, individuals will gain knowledge on the value such diversity initiatives provide for an organizational environment, share experiences about facilitators and barriers to their success, and mutually support goals related to diversity and inclusion.

#MeToo? Our Relationship with Sexual Assault, Harassment, and the Culture of Denial
Presented by Dana Van De Walker
Workshop Tracks: Social Justice | Identity & Personal Development
Location: LSC 320

After this presentation, attendees will be able to talk confidently about their relationship with sexual assault and harassment and will be able to advocate for others. The goal of this presentation is to challenge our thought process as victims. Why do we deny being victims? Why do we make excuses for others? Why do we downplay the widespread nature of sexual assault and harassment? Why don’t we acknowledge everyday sexism? Why are we afraid to say #MeToo?