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Workshop Session C

C1C1: Closing the Achievement Gap:  Increasing Success in First and Second Year Chemistry for Students Underrepresented in STEM

This workshop focused on the results of a five year long chemistry study group program at UR, designed to support underrepresented minority, low-income, and first generation college students during their first two years of chemistry. Since its pilot year in 2007, the program has increased the passing rate to an average of 92%, from 7% before the program began. This project has been cited by the National Science Foundation as a promising practice that should be replicated at other institutions

Charlana Simmons, Associate Director of Pre-College Programs in the David T. Kearns Center for Leadership and Diversity in Arts, Sciences and Engineering

C2C2: What About Me? Addressing Generational Diversity

For the first time in US history, classrooms and workplaces now include four generations of employees and students. Members of each generation bring distinctive values, attitudes, and behaviors to the workplace and classroom. This workshop explored the impact of this significant demographic shift; it posed challenges and opportunities for educational and organizational leaders who must understand and leverage this generational diversity in order to create cultures of collaboration, high performance, and inclusiveness.

Maria Marconi
, Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

C3C3: Understanding Language Diversity: Creating Inclusive Linguistic Communities

This workshop examined the role of language diversity in the community. We discussed the diversity of languages, and attitudes toward this diversity in our community. Issues concerning what linguistic diversity is, how it affects us, the role it plays, the need for tolerance and inclusion of language differences.

Scott Paauw
, Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Joyce McDonough, Chair of the Department of Linguistics
Wilson Silva, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Linguistics

C4C4:The Interrelationship Between Language and the Environment – A Native American Perspective

The presentation briefly outlined the profound history and makeup of the Haudenosaunee and their impact on local and national history, as well as the environment. Neil Patterson discussed contemporary environmental issues of the Seneca, Cayuga, Tuscarora, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk Nations and their respective territories in NYS, and how we can help in the preservation of the totality of the environment surrounding us.

Neil Patterson, a member of the Tuscarora Nation and works for the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, centered at the Onondaga Nation.

Coordinated by: Christopher Bethmann, Joe Latimer, and Carlie Fishgold

C5: Health Disparities for the LGBT Community:  Can Changing the Conversation Improve your Health?

Sharon Glezen's PowerPointAccording to Healthy People 2020, “LGBT individuals face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights."  What are these health disparities?  How are we at the University of Rochester educating ourselves and our future health care providers in order to better care for this group of patients?

Sharon Glezen,
Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine 

2012 Diversity Conference: Change the Conversation