2014 Diversity Conference

SPEAK! Language and Culture Implications in Education and the Global Workforce

The 2014 Diversity Conference will be held on June 12 & 13, 2014 at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois, in the Shilling Education Center.

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Conference Agenda

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Concurrent Session 1                                              2:00pm – 3:15pm

The Importance of Mentoring – Jessica Pickel & Laura Mondt

What Diversity Really Means – Marquez Woods

The Culturally Responsive Movement – Gianina Baker

Insular-Integrated Retention – Michael Morsches    

Concurrent Session 2                                              3:30pm – 4:45pm

Early Outreach: Planting (and Cultivating) the Seeds for Academic Success – Anthony Law III

How Can a Clothesline Help Create a Safe Zone? – Denise Sperruzza

Think Before You Speak: Mindfulness & Equity-Mindedness – Gianina Baker

Community College Latino Students: One Size Doesn’t Fit All! – Matthew Cullen, Alexandria Elvira, and Lissette Alvarado

Networking/Round Table Discussions                  5:00pm – 6:00pm

Community Reception                                             6:00pm – 7:00pm (Shilling Salons I and II)


Friday, June 13, 2014

Continental Breakfast                                              7:45am - 8:30am( Shilling Salons I and II)

Keynote Speaker: Touré, Iconic Journalist, Culture Critic, and TV Host
8:30am – 10:00am (Shilling Auditorium)

Concurrent Session 3                                              10:00am - 11:15am

Beneath the Bamboo Ceiling: Understanding the Model Minority – Tamima Farooqui & Eliza Plous

Do You Speak. . .?” Language Proficiency and International Culture in the Global Economy – Dr. Lily Siu

How Does Oscar Grant’s Death Relate to Trayvon Martin? – Dr. Hazel Rozema

Academic Integrity – An Arab Cultural Perspective – Michael Morsches

Concurrent Session 4                                              11:30am - 12:45pm

Speaking with Double Tongues: The Complexities of Managing Multiple Identities – Marcus Brown & Heather Kind-Keppel

Preventing Discrimination and Promoting Diversity: The Time is Now – Dr. Amy Williamson

Implementing a First-Year Course on a Multi-Campus College – Dr. Vernon Kays

Lunch                                                                         12:45pm - 1:30pm (Shilling Salons I and II)

Afternoon Speaker: Michelle Stephens, Educator, Author, Storyteller
1:30pm - 2:30pm (Shilling Salons I and II)

Conference Close                                                     2:30pm (Shilling Salons I and II)


2014 Conference Attendee List & Photos