Professional Development Courses & Workshops

Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion

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Each semester, the CSU, Chico Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents several lunchtime Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion that are open to the entire campus community.  Many subjects have been covered over the years and have included information about – and the concerns of – people of various ethnicities, veterans, the poor, people with physical disabilities, the mentally ill, GLBTQ people, and many others. The gatherings provide a safe space for members of the campus community to consider the often sensitive issues around identity. In providing this forum for the many voices on campus to be heard, it is hoped that, through education and acceptance, there will be more enlightenment, understanding, and acceptance.

Conversations on Diversity & Inclusion

   

Aging is the New Normal

Dr. Seema Sehrawat & Dr. Celeste Jones

Faculty, School of Social Work, CSU, Chico

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Demographics are changing dramatically, in the U.S. and globally, as Baby Boomers (people born from approximately 1945-1964) retire and become “senior citizens.” As Dr. Sehrawat and Dr. Jones explain, again is not simply a story of higher numbers. “Boomers” are being transformative and breaking the social norm. They are not letting age define them, and they view “later life” as power years and a time of possibilities. The presenters emphasize that an aging society is about all ages.

Presentation Time: 55 minutes

Moving Men of Color Forward

Malcolm J. McLemore

Coordinator, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, CSU, Chico

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One of the goals of the system-wide California State University Graduation Initiative is to close the achievement gap in graduation rates between Underrepresented Minority (URM) and non-URM students by 2025. In this presentation Malcolm McLemore shows a short video that illustrates, through national statistics, some of the challenges that men of color face in order to get a college education. He then presents data specifically about men of color at Chico State. McLemore lists ways to assist these students through mentorship from faculty/staff men of color, peer advisors, leadership development, and institutional support. A discussion follows about how to help male students of color achieve their full potential.

Presentation Time: 47 minutes

The Undocumented Student Experience at CSU, Chico

Student Panel

Isabel Albino, Paola Esparza, Eder Gutierrez, Gerson Palacios, Dilan Pedraza, Angella Terres Toral

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With the passage of the California Dream Act, immigrant students who were brought to the United States without documentation may now apply for campus scholarships and institutional grants. Other legislation has made life easier for these students, such as the law that keeps eligible students from paying nonresident tuition at California public colleges and universities. But these advances have been hard-fought and a long time coming. Do we really know and understand the hardships undocumented students overcome to obtain a higher education? In this Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion session, we learn about the obstacles that our very own CSU, Chico undocumented students continue to overcome on a daily basis. Hear first-hand about the experiences of these students and learn the truth behind the myths heard in the news media.

Presentation Time: 50 minutes

Race and America’s Prison Industrial Complex

Dr. Jesse Dizard

Faculty, Anthropology Department, CSU, Chico

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Transcript

Dr. Jesse Dizard starts his presentation by noting that there are 4,575 prisons in the United States – this is four times more than Russia, the country with the second-highest number of prisons. The cost of running these prisons is staggering, and an increasing number of them are run by private, for-profit companies rather than by the government. Dr. Dizard shares statistics that illustrate the over-representation (in contrast to their percentage of the U.S. population) of Hispanic and black inmates, both as part of the prison population and as death row prisoners. He concludes that it is difficult to ignore or overstate the enduring effects of racism in the American prison system.

Presentation Time: 51 minutes

Does Size Matter? Reflections on Weight Based Stigma & Discrimination

Dr. Michelle Neyman Morris

Faculty, Nutrition & Food Science Department, CSU, Chico

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Dr. Michelle Morris calls dieting “a national pastime,” and points out that the weight-loss market is worth $61 billion annually and that the #1 New Year’s Resolution, according to the New York Times, is to lose weight. Dr. Morris expresses concern about the pitfalls of a health paradigm that is focused on losing weight, as a person’s physical, social, and economic environments can all contribute to health problems. Not only that, but obese people face some of the same elements of oppression that other marginalized groups face, including threats of violence, blaming the victim, stereotyping, cruel jokes, and workplace discrimination. Numerous negative media images, especially those that depict weight gain as a character defect, further the stigma faced by people who are considered “overweight.”

Presentation Time: 48 minutes

Women Who Served: Their Stories of Struggle, Sacrifice, and Success

Panel Discussion:

Annabel Grimm, United States Navy

Meghan Monokian, United States Coast Guard

Hannah Williamson, United States Army

Autumn Gainer, United States Army

Facilitator: Donna Smith, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and United State Air Force Veteran

Women Who Served

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Women veterans who are CSU, Chico students share their personal journeys of serving in the United States military. From recruitment to transitioning back to civilian life, they provide a candid look at their experiences. Their stories include difficulties such as sexual harassment and being forced to sign forms stating they were not homosexual, to more positive experiences. The women finish the program by talking about skills they learned in the military that they brought with them to college and to civilian life as a whole.

Presentation Time: 53 minutes

Cultural Dialogues: Serving Chinese Students at CSU, Chico

Panel Discussion

CSU, Chico Faculty, Staff, and Chinese Students

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Shortly after Dr. Baohui Song, faculty in the CSU, Chico School of Agriculture, came to the U.S. in 2001, he went to Burger King to buy a hamburger. The person waiting on him said they didn’t have “a hamburger” there. After some discussion, the worker said, “Oh, you want a Whopper!” It was just one illustration of the “culture shock” international students often experience. A panel of CSU, Chico Chinese students then discusses some of the experiences they have had since coming to the U.S. The students explain the many differences between the Chinese and American higher education systems, and also how they work to overcome language barriers. As one student notes, “The English we learn in China is not the English used here.” The students also share why they decided to study at Chico State.

Presentation Time: 53 minutes

Income Inequality in America

Dr. Susan Roll

Faculty, CSU, Chico School of Social Work

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Transcript

Dr. Roll begins her presentation with the question, “Is America the ‘Land of Opportunity’?”  She goes on to examine why there is an increasing income inequality in the U.S. Regarding public perceptions of wealth, Dr. Roll shares data from a socioeconomic class survey by the Pew Research Center.  Among the results: only 43% of those polled felt that wealthy people got that way because of their own hard work, ambition or education, while 46% said the wealth came from knowing the right people or being born into wealthy families.

Presentation Time:  41 minutes

The Writer’s
Voice: Creative Non-Fiction

Dr. Daryl
 Farmer

Faculty,
Department of English, University of Alaska-Fairbanks

 

Dr. Daryl Farmer reads from and discusses “Bicycling
Beyond the Divide: Two Journeys into the West.” His book follows him on his 5,000-mile
journey through the diverse populations and ever-changing physical and social
landscapes that make up America. In 1985, Dr. Farmer traveled by bicycle
through 11 Western states and the Canadian province of British Columbia. He
wrote his book 20 years later, using the notes from the journal he kept while
“on the road.” His story takes place in the context of the world of the
mid-1980s and also in the context of his current perspective. He is the
recipient of Barnes and Nobel’s Discover Great New Writers Award.

 

Presentation Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes