The Office of University Diversity proudly announces the Week of Inclusive Excellence at CSU East Bay from Monday, January 17 - Friday, January 21, 2014. We have scheduled many interesting events throughout the week, more than a few of them of particular interest to faculty and staff in their support of student success. Below is a brief summary. For more detailed information and registration, visit the Office of University Diversity: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/about/diversity/
Monday, February 17, 2014
Week of Inclusive Excellence Kick-Off Event
President Leroy Morishita and Chief Diversity Officer Dianne Woods will help us to launch the week’s events by sharing our advances and challenges in meeting our aspirations for Equity, Diversity, Access & Success. We’ll also hear from Michelle Xiong, President of ASI, and Corey Gin, Director of LEEP. Special guest performances will be provided by The Aphasia Tones.
When: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Where: New University Union
Note: A light breakfast will be provided. RSVP: email@example.com
An Evening with the Lacks Family: The Story Behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Kim Lacks, Henrietta Lacks‟ granddaughter, and David Lacks Jr., grandson of Henrietta Lacks and son of David “Sonny” Lacks, will speak about their grandmother, Henrietta Lacks, and her important contribution to science.
When: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: University Theatre
Note: The only available tickets are for the overflow room in the New University Union Multipurpose Room.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Environment: Results of the 2011-2012 Diversity Survey
Participants will gain an increased understanding of diversity and cultural sensitivity issues on campus and in the classroom and will hear the suggestions of students, faculty and staff regarding creating a respectful and inclusive environment at CSUEB.
Presenters: Dianne Rush Woods, University Diversity Officer, University Diversity Office; Sarah Taylor, Social Work; Kim Geron, Political Science
When: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: Biella Room
Note: No reservations required.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The African Origins of Human Intelligence
HOW DID WE GET HERE? Our ancestors sprang from populations in sub-Saharan Africa that existed between about 100 and 250 thousand years ago. Rapid evolution produced Homo sapiens from Homo erectus. Our technology exploded during this evolutionary transition, with several apparent African ‘firsts’ and subsequent spreads of technology into Eurasia. We became human in Africa, and the African „firsts’ don’t stop with the initial spread of some Homo sapiens into Eurasia.
Dr. Yonatan Sahle, postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley‟s Human Evolution Research Center, has recovered the earliest projectile points in the world. Come hear him explain what they tell us about our intellectual origins … and grapple with the challenges they pose to our understanding of human evolution.
Wednesday - Thursday, February 19 -20, 2014
Tunnel of Oppression
This program is designed to create an awareness of various forms of oppression and its effects within society, and specifically, our campus community. Participants are guided through an interactive and engaging experience that includes a variety of experiential role-play scenarios, video clips, and activities designed to expose participants to racism, heterosexism, domestic violence, body issues, ableism, and other forms of oppression.
The goals in designing this program are to encourage students, faculty, and staff to explore personal beliefs and values about diversity, to encourage discussion about oppression and its effects, to enhance the cultural sensitivities of the university community, and to design effective strategies for confronting and ultimately transcending prejudice, stereotypes and general misconceptions.
Faculty and Teaching Assistants are encouraged to schedule class visits. To do so, please email preferred date and viewing/visiting time and number of students to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may accommodate accordingly.
When: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (both Wednesday and Thursday)
Where: New University Union, Multipurpose Room
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Beyond the Deficit Model: Enhancing Latino Student Engagement
Marcos Pizarro, author of Chicanas and Chicanos in School
Dr. Pizarro will share models and strategies for supporting successful course completion for Latino(a) students and move toward increasing our overall graduation rate. This workshop focuses on identifying the critical needs of the faculty and providing some support to increase their strengths in working effectively with Chicano(a) students.
Pizarro works with Chicana/o students at various stages in their schooling and tries to understand how interventions can help these students develop strategies that might aid them in their efforts to succeed in school and create social justice in their communities.
Islam and Hip Hop: Amer Ahmed
Amer F. Ahmed is a scholar, intercultural diversity consultant, and college administrator. He is also an acclaimed spoken word poet and Hip Hop activist. Why is there such a huge overlap between Hip Hop and Islam?
In exploring the history of Islam in Black America, the pervasiveness of Muslims in Hip Hop becomes less surprising. This session will unveil a historical continuum of Islam in relationship to the Black oral tradition of rhythmic storytelling.
When: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Diversity Center, New University Union
Friday, February 21, 2014
Best Practices for Intercultural Communication and Diversity Pedagogies
Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey
Research has highlighted that the educational expectations of international students are as diverse as those of domestic students (Biggs, 2003; Ryan, 2005). These students can range, for example, in academic ability, English language proficiency, motivation, educational experiences, as do many of the local students. However, there are some conclusions we can draw about the particular challenges facing international students that distinguish their experiences from those of domestic students. These include the challenges of:
Learning and living in a different culture;
Learning in a foreign university context;
Learning while developing English language proficiency; and
Learning the academic disciplinary discourse.
This seminar will focus on methods for modifying the curriculum to provide support and success for international students who comprise approximately 10 % of our student populations by:
Internationalizing the curriculum
Making lectures accessible
Creating opportunities for small group work
Adopting an educative approach to plagiarism
Supporting students in developing critical thinking skills
Explaining assessment expectations
Creating coursework that allows international students to present as authentic cultural experts.
International Student Panel
This workshop will open with a panel discussion by and about CSUEB international students. Panelists will discuss specific academic and social challenges they have faced on our campus; campus resources and pedagogical strategies that have helped them be successful; and suggestions for increasing inclusiveness.
There will be two students from China, one student from Japan, one student from Saudi Arabia, and one student from Korea. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with panelists.
When: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Where: New University Union Multipurpose Room
No reservations required.