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12:30-2:00 Concurrent Sessions

Diversity in Graduate Education: Challenges and Opportunities

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Interfaith Chapel, Lower Level

Presenters/facilitators: Wendi Heinzelman, Dean of Graduate Studies, Beth Olivares, Associate Dean for Diversity Initiatives, Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Director of Graduate Programs, Kearns Center, Donald Mitchell, Graduate Recruitment and Retention Specialist, Kearns Center
Description: This interactive session will provide participants with information about efforts in AS&E to recruit and retain diverse graduate students, and be an opportunity to reflect critically on issues regarding admissions, retention, and the climate for this very important part of the university community.

Gail LioneWomen in Business

Dewey Hall, Room 1-101
Facilitator: Rajiv Dewan, Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research; Chairman, Ph.D. Program
Description: This session will focus on strategies to attract more women to business education and help them succeed in their careers in global businesses.


Identifying and Preventing Microaggressions

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Critical Race Theory, Racial Microaggressions, and Campus Racial Climate: The
Experiences of African American College Students

Hutchison Hall, Lander Auditorium
tors: Nancy Ares, Associate Professor of Education and Dena Swanson Assistant Professor of Education
We will explore how microaggressions operate in classrooms and on campus in an effort to move to more a inclusive University. Microaggressions are commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward members of non-dominant groups. Their power lies in their invisibility to the perpetrator and seemingly plausible explanations for the offending action.  Yet, the exchange often leaves recipients feeling undermined or demoralized. Their effects are cumulative and corrosive.

Accelerated Program for Non-Nurses:  Diversity and Inclusiveness in Action

Helen Wood Hall, Hart Seminar Room
Facilitator: Kathy Rideout, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Description: This session will explore the issues of diversity in learning styles/needs and the increased need for accommodations for student learning.  Ways to provide academic and clinical support to meet these diverse learning needs will be discussed.

Why is our Diversity Important to Improving the Health of our Community?

Helen Wood Hall, Room 509
Facilitators: Nancy M. Bennett, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Community Health, Kathy Lewis, Director of Community Health Policy, Community Partner, Member of the Community Advisory Council, URMC
Description: Brief presentation of local health disparities and the key health challenges facing our community followed by group discussion of the impact of diversity at the University on our capacity to address these health concerns. 

Is Privilege Invisible?

Helen Wood Hall, Auditorium
Facilitators: Doug Lowry, Dean and Professor of Conducting and Ensembles and Ellen Koskoff, Professor of Ethnomusicology
Description: What exactly is privilege and is it a goodor bad thing? Is the University a privileged institution? If so, how can we see and negotiate privilege in our everyday interactions? Using the context of a professional school of music, we will discuss the interconnectedness of social systems and cultural beliefs that "invisibly," and perhaps unintentionally perpetuate privilege.

Summary: During the presentation, Ellen spoke about "Invisible Boundaries & Unpleasant Conversations: The Eastman DepartmentalDiversity Initiative (EDDI"); John Fetter (Music Education), spoke on "Seeing and Understanding Boundaries." To illustrate some of his points and to involve members of the audience, John played a few pieces on his violin, illustrating some of the social and cultural "codes" found in musical sound. Caterina Falli (Humanities) spoke about her work as the Director of the Writing and Study Skill Center at the School and how students, primarily those from East Asia,"Negotiate Ambivalence" as they pursue their studies here.