CONFERENCE AGENDA

 
 

8:30am

Registration Begins

Memorial  Union Pioneer Room, 3rd Floor

 

9:00am

Welcome Remarks

Kenyatta Shamburger, Conference Co-Chair

9:15am

Morning Discussion: The Achievement Gap in Name, The Opportunity Gap in Practice

Dr. Denise Williams-Klotz, Conference Co-Chair

Memorial Union Pioneer Room, 3rd Floor

10:00am

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Concurrent Session One (50 minutes)

Multicultural Student Services Regional Conference Planning Committee Meeting 

Memorial Union Room 2210
Memorial Union Cardinal Room, 2nd Floor
The members of the Multicultural Student Services Regional Conference Central Planning Committee will gather during this time to discuss current projects and upcoming initiatives.
Denise Williams-Klotz | Iowa State University

Let's Get Naked: How to Amplify Student Voices in Vulnerable Conversations

Memorial Union Gold Room, 2nd Floor
Are you concerned that workshops about diversity and inclusion are not giving anything back to your students? We've been there. Come hear our story and learn about the evolution of our two-hour, interactive workshop for new underrepresented students at UNI. We've learned that to lead these conversations we have to be courageous, vulnerable, and committed to nurturing student voices. We invite you to bring your own stories and experiences in facilitating conversations about identity, self-awareness, and affinity group building.
Jade Horning | University of Northern Iowa

Colice Sanders |University of Northern Iowa

 

Campus Climate: What We've Seen. What We've Done

Memorial Union Gallery Room, 3rd Floor
Across the country, campuses are navigating challenges and seeking opportunities related to campus climate. Join this discussion to share what you’re seeking on campus and to engage in dialogue about effective (or not so effective) strategies employed on your campus to address campus climate.
Tabatha Cruz | Iowa State University

11:00am

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Concurrent Session Two (50 minutes)

Coaching First-Generation Students to Success Through Partnerships

Memorial Union Cardinal Room, 2nd Floor
The path to and through college can be complex. Through our unique collaboration and partnership with College Possible Omaha and Multicultural Affairs at the University of Nebraska Omaha, we strive to build a community of support among our students that serves in connecting them to not only resources but also empowers them to serve as an additional source of encouragement for one another. Students have the opportunity to receive coaching through their transition to college and are supported all the way through college graduation. They also receive in-person coaching on campus that connects them to resources on campus, tackling barriers and identifying future opportunities. Their success is our ultimate drive!
Elizabeth Blanco Rodriguez | University of Nebraska at Omaha
Alisha Limonges | College Possible Omaha
Carly Wacker | College Possible Omaha

Building Student Engagement Through Specialized Employment and Leadership Roles

Memorial Union Gold Room, 2nd Floor
The objective of this session will be to supply you with ideas and methods that will help you build student engagement and buy-in through the creation of valuable leadership roles, internships, and employment within your office. The roles that we will discuss will go beyond your typical student office assistants jobs. We will teach you how to create roles that will allow students to be involved in the planning and implementation of programs, orientations, marketing, etc.
Hemie Collier | Cornell College
Tiyah Western | Cornell College

Stone Catching: Active Bystander Training for Bias Incidents

Memorial Union Gallery Room, 3rd Floor
This session will give participants an overview of the active bystander training for bias incidents offered at Creighton University. The program introduces the concept of what it means to be a "Stone Catcher" and how this mission centric practice can be used to actively engage in identifying barriers to diversity and inclusion and gain skills to effectively address bias incidents impacting our community. Time will be given for session attendees to share about similar trainings that are being offered at their institutions.
Becky Nickerson | Creighton University

12:00pm

 

Lunch and Keynote Address: When It Gets Personal: Connecting, Collaborating and Closing the Gap

Stancia J. Whitcomb JenkinsAssociate to the President/Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Access, and Inclusion for the University of Nebraska System

Memorial Union Pioneer Room, 3rd  Floor

Reporting to the President, Stancia J. Whitcomb Jenkins is the Associate to the President/Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Access, and Inclusion for the University of Nebraska system. In her role, Jenkins provides leadership in developing and implementing policies, practices and initiatives that enhance access, inclusion and retention of a diverse student body, faculty and staff for the University of Nebraska. She also assesses high-impact strategies, programs and activities to promote diversity, access and inclusion across the university in the three mission areas of teaching, research and service. Jenkins also monitors and communicates national trends and the development of laws, policies, and regulations affecting diversity and equity in higher education and fosters collaborative relationships among the diversity officers across the system.

Minorities. Disadvantaged. At risk. Underrepresented. Disenfranchised. Needs additional help. These are words and practices that are too common when describing students of color. How can we shift the narrative and focus on the cultural knowledge and strength that students of color bring with them to PWIs? Using the Community Cultural Wealth theoretical model by Yosso (2005), this workshop will define and explore the 6 different forms of capital that communities of color hold. This workshop will also provide practitioners with best practices to structure programs using an asset-based approach. Practitioners will be able to reflect on their own programs and work towards challenging policies and programs that view students of color from a deficit lens. Participants will also hear directly from student leaders in the BOLD Learning Community, an academic and social success peer mentoring program for first-year students of color.
Der Vang | Iowa State University

1:30pm

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Concurrent Session Three (50 minutes)

What Happens When HATE Comes to Your Campus

Memorial Union Cardinal Room, 2nd Floor
During the spring of 2018, UNL dealt with a problem that has become all to regular on U.S. campuses. A student espousing a message of hate went viral on the internet. We will discuss how students, faculty and staff worked together to change the narrative on our campus.

Kevin Reese | University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Charlie Foster | University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Joining Campus Forces for the Ultimate Pre-College Experience

Memorial Union Gold Room, 2nd Floor
Presenter will discuss how cross-campus collaboration between faculty, staff, advisors, colleges, various departments and student affairs educators come together to enrich and support students. The Summer Scholars Program exposes high school juniors (rising seniors) to the dynamics of a college campus environment through a six-week pre-college summer session. Participants learn about college academic coursework, time management, college admissions, college scholarships, and the financial aid process. They interact with faculty and staff, explore career options, and participate in community service activities. In addition to the academic benefits of the program, the scholars receive an increased awareness of current social and cultural issues and an opportunity to grow outside of the classroom by spending a week living at a Residence Hall on UNO's campus.
Elizabeth Blanco Rodriguez | University of Nebraska, Omaha

Do Believe The Hype: using Student Stories to Shape a Year-Long Faculty & Staff Training Initiative

Memorial Union Gallery Room, 3rd Floor
This session will outline the creation of a student blog and the year-long faculty and staff training program that grew from sharing the student stories. Join us to learn about the development of the program, what we found to be benefits and how you might implement something similar on your campus.
Denise Williams-Klotz | Iowa State University
Kenyatta Shamburger | Iowa State University

2:30pm

Gathering Sessions

Faculty Members and Other Campus Colleagues

Memorial Union Room 2210, 2nd Floor

Senior Administrators, Chief Diversity Officers and Directors

Memorial Union Multicultural Center, 2nd Floor
Convoluted and cumbersome processes for soliciting feedback can cost an organization a substantial amount of time and resources before there is a clear return on investment. This is especially true for large (and complex) organizations like colleges and universities. Moreover, amid competing campus priorities, we often rush through, put off or altogether disregard the surveys we are asked to complete. Creating lean and interactive processes, however, eliminates waste and can save our campuses money and time! In this gathering session, you will be introduced to an innovative and easily adaptable approach used to bring together campus stakeholders (many of whom for the first time) to address the disparity in retention and college degree completion among the university's Black and Latinx students. Additionally, participants will hear from both an ISU staff member and student who participated in our Think Tanks, followed by an opportunity for you to engage in a brief simulation of this process.

Gralon Johnson | Iowa State University

 

 

New and Early Professionals

Memorial Union Gold Room, 2nd Floor
Convoluted and cumbersome processes for soliciting feedback can cost an organization a substantial amount of time and resources before there is a clear return on investment. This is especially true for large (and complex) organizations like colleges and universities. Moreover, amid competing campus priorities, we often rush through, put off or altogether disregard the surveys we are asked to complete. Creating lean and interactive processes, however, eliminates waste and can save our campuses money and time! In this gathering session, you will be introduced to an innovative and easily adaptable approach used to bring together campus stakeholders (many of whom for the first time) to address the disparity in retention and college degree completion among the university's Black and Latinx students. Additionally, participants will hear from both an ISU staff member and student who participated in our Think Tanks, followed by an opportunity for you to engage in a brief simulation of this process.

Gralon Johnson | Iowa State University

 

 

Mid-Career Professionals

Memorial Union Gallery Room, 3rd Floor
Convoluted and cumbersome processes for soliciting feedback can cost an organization a substantial amount of time and resources before there is a clear return on investment. This is especially true for large (and complex) organizations like colleges and universities. Moreover, amid competing campus priorities, we often rush through, put off or altogether disregard the surveys we are asked to complete. Creating lean and interactive processes, however, eliminates waste and can save our campuses money and time! In this gathering session, you will be introduced to an innovative and easily adaptable approach used to bring together campus stakeholders (many of whom for the first time) to address the disparity in retention and college degree completion among the university's Black and Latinx students. Additionally, participants will hear from both an ISU staff member and student who participated in our Think Tanks, followed by an opportunity for you to engage in a brief simulation of this process.

Gralon Johnson | Iowa State University

 

 

 

3:30pm

Conference Closing and Refreshments

Memorial Union Pioneer Room, 3rd Floor