2016 Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, November 4, 2016

3:00-5:00pm - Registration
Moseley Student Center, First Floor outside of McKinnon Hall

4:00-4:50pm - Conference Opening
Moseley Student Center - McKinnon Hall, First Floor

5:00-5:50pm - Session I
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

5:00-5:50pm - Session I Presentations

Understanding and Teaching about Implicit Bias
Presented by Raj Ghoshal

Lakeside 212
Research demonstrates that unconscious & semi-conscious prejudice and bias around race, gender, age, and appearance are common, even among people who believe themselves unbiased. This interactive workshop features two parts. Part one presents the concept of implicit bias and evidence of its impact, especially surrounding race but in other domains as well. Part two introduces an interactive method for teaching about implicit bias, including reducing its impact, that can be applied in classrooms and other group settings. Recommended: a laptop, iPad, or smartphone.

On the Whiteness of White Rappers
Presented by Stephen Bloch-Schulman and Rebecca Scott, Elon University

Lakeside 214
After briefly discussing the history of white musicians in the 1950-1980 period, we will focus on White rappers (including Vanilla Ice, Eminem and Macklemore) to see how White rappers situation themselves to Blacks and to Blackness (and thus how they enact different forms of Whiteness). This will offer some important lessons about the nature of Whiteness and how White people can and should respond well to their position in a racist society.

Beyond Tolerance: How Can We Learn the Language of Multi-faith Understanding?
Presented by LD Russell, Elon University

Moseley 105 (Ward Octagon)
In a time when adherents of different religious traditions increasingly cross paths and when religious extremism threatens to rip apart the very social fabric, how can we move beyond the binaries of tolerance vs. intolerance to find ways of truly appreciating the religious worldviews of others, including those of atheism and agnosticism? What might we stand to gain from the practice of compassionate curiosity and radical empathy?

Am I a Feminist or a Womanist? Why Knowing the Difference Makes the Difference
Presented by Prudence Layne and Maria Gant, Elon University

Moseley 215
When Alice Walker coined the term “womanism” to describe Black feminism, she was crafting the language and terms for a brand of feminism that was activist in its approach to the intersections of race and gender,” Walker notes that “womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender” (In Search of Our Mothers Gardens 1983). In this interactive workshop, participants with limited to emerging knowledge of feminism will be led through a series of discussions and other dynamic activities that explore the difference between feminism and womanism, suggest strategies and resources for becoming conscious womanist men and women’ and equip participants with the knowledge they need to articulate their own unique brands of feminism.

Everyone Needs a Place to be Real:The Importance of Authenticity on a College Campus
Presented by Alexis Franzese, Elon University

Moseley 216
Authenticity—the idea of being one’s true self—is held as a virtue across many cultures. Yet, social structural factors related to power and privilege facilitate the ability of some individuals to display their authentic selves, while inhibiting others from authentic self-expression. This workshop will expose participants to the state of the science on authenticity, allow participants to consider their own identities and places on campus where their authenticity can be enacted, and facilitate discussion of ways in which we can support a campus community in which each member feels that the authentic self is valued and can be expressed.

A Day in the Life of Women in Leadership
Presented by Emily Golden, Katie Mars, Joyce Choi, Caroline Cirby, Mollie Somers, and Audrey Funk, Elon University students

Moseley 217
Among S&P 1500 companies, there are fewer female CEOs than male CEOs named John. It is no secret that women's experience in the world of leadership is different than that of men's. The student directors of She Can Lead invite you to step into the nude pumps and power blazers of female leaders as we take you through the day in the life of a woman in a position of leadership. Join us in exploring the stigmas related to female leadership that affect women on a national scale. Learn about how she can lead, and how he can lead with her.

Brain Storms: Finding the Calm in Mental Illness
Presented by Lyndsay Clark, Elon University student

Inman Admissions Weisenburger Room
Everyone has mental health but not everyone has a mental illness. The stigma surrounding this often prevents individuals from speaking out about, and seeking help for their mental illness. Individuals suffering from a mental illness face challenges in day-to-day living that others may never experience. Unfortunately, others often minimize this struggle, because our society in general has a lack of knowledge and education about mental illnesses. Experience a day in the shoes of a person with a mental disorder, and open up the conversation to help our community speak out about mental health. Let’s talk about it.

6:00-6:50pm - Session II
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

6:00-6:50pm - Session II Presentations

The Importance of Anti-Violence work with Faculty and Staff
Presented by Leigh-Anne Royster, Elon University

Lakeside 212
This session will focus on understanding the critical work of anti-bias and anti-oppression with employees who shape campus climate year in and year out. "Diversity Education" is often required of college students. This is critical in preparing capable and effective global citizens. These learning and growth opportunities are also essential components of developing, supporting and retaining campus leaders/mentors who shape campus climate toward ever increasing inclusion and celebration of difference. Participants will explore multiple ways to effectively engage university employees in these necessary opportunities and consider what the phrase "diversity education" means for different audiences.

Why Don’t They Look Like Me?: Diverse Representation on TV
Presented by Sheresa Rankin, Chelsea Cuthbertson, and Deijah Wannamaker, UNC-Greensboro

Lakeside 214
Television is considered the #1 pastime in America, but what does it mean to not see people that look like you on the television screen? In this session, we take a closer look at diversity on television. Together, we will reflect on diversity on tv; where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going. With shows like Black-ish, Jane The Virgin, and Empire diversity on television is changing, let’s take a deeper look at how.

“The Rose that Grew from Concrete”:Celebrating the Resilience of Identity
Presented by Sarah Dumas, UNC-Greensboro

Moseley 105 (Ward Octagon)
When thinking about interculturalism and how we can create a better global community, some people focus specifically on fighting systemic oppression and privilege. Although these conversations are very relevant and necessary, cultivating an environment where individuals feel their identities are celebrated is equally as important as breaking up systems of oppression. Using Tupac Shakur's "The Rose that Grew from Concrete" poem as a metaphor, this session will focus on finding ways to remain energized as a social justice warrior by celebrating culture, intersectionality of identity, and the history of underrepresented communities while still remaining vigilant against systems that have been put in place to oppress marginalized communities.

The Secret Weapon: A Guide to using Media as a Catalyst for Social Change
Presented by Tony Weaver, Weird Enough Productions

Moseley 215
Using principles of media literacy, this session will explore the strong influence that media has on shaping social norms and belief systems. After providing a brief introduction, this session will explore strategies for how the vast influence of media can be used positively in order to solve important social issues. Media professionals and casual media consumers alike will be empowered with the knowledge needed to make meaningful change.

The African-American Experience: A first Generation's Take on Race in America
Presented by Mariatu Okonofua, Elon University

Moseley 217
An African to Americans, an American to Africans, Mariatu Okonofua's experience as a first-generation American of African descent has provided her with a unique focal point through which to view race in America. Exploring topics such as double marginality of 'First-Gens,' Black culture, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Black Lives Matter Movement, Miss Okonofua provides a social critique chock full of humorous anecdotes and powerful lessons on race relations in the US.

Rac(e/ism) in America: Have We REALLY Made Progress?
Presented by Li Miles and DeAuszlo Swift, UNC-Greensboro

Inman Admissions Weisenburger Room
The BlackLivesMatter Movement. Police shootings. The Flint Water Crisis. The Dakota Pipeline Protest. These are some of the things the media has covered and the topic of frequent conversation amongst many of us in America. With everything going on in American society, many ask the question, “Have we made progress?” Join us as we dive into the topic of race in America. We will discuss the definition of race, its social and political impact, the injustices experienced by racial groups, and how we as a society can improve racial relations as well as plan ways to truly unify America.

7:00-8:30pm - Dinner, Friday Keynote Speaker, and Entertainment
Moseley Student Center - McKinnon Hall, First Floor

8:30-9:30pm - Dessert Social and Networking
Moseley Student Center, First Floor outside of Ward Octagon

Saturday, November 5, 2016

8:30-9:20am - Registration
Moseley Student Center, First Floor outside of McKinnon Hall

8:30-9:20am - Continental Breakfast and Saturday Opening
Moseley Student Center, McKinnon Hall

9:30-10:20am - Round Tables
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

10:30-11:20am - Session III
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

10:30-11:20am - Session III Presentations

Through Various Lens: Using Your Privilege to Combat Prejudice
Presented by Magnolia Justice and Renard John-Finn, UNC-Greensboro

Lakeside 212
So often in inclusive campus programming initiatives, the space is defined by those who have lived experiences of oppression and personal narratives of actuated violent cultural norms that are so embedded and normalized into our modern American system. Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory as the framework to create allyship among privileged students, we will explore high-impact educational practices that you as a student leader may utilize to foster awareness and empathy, as well as to cultivate an integrated community of intersectional and interdisciplinary scholarship and advocacy, to effect campuswide change.

#Slactivism: Can Social Media Activism Really Make a Difference?
Presented by Sheresa Rankin, Janae Sanders, and Maurice Smith, UNC-Greensboro

Lakeside 214
In today’s social media driven world we see a lot of hashtags supporting different causes and movements such as #BringBackOurGirls, #BlackLivesMatter, and #IceBucketChallenge to name a few. But what influence does social media activism have on these movements? Do you think retweeting hashtags and posts are enough? In this session we will discuss the influence of social media activism and discover the difference social media can have on social movements within society.

An Unblock Party: Addressing Organizational Inequities
Presented by Jessica Goodman and Hannah Moore, UNC-Greensboro

Moseley 105 (Ward Octagon)
This session is for emerging leaders looking for an open space to collaborate and develop skills necessary to work cooperatively with others. We will discuss examples of addressing inequities on campuses or in society and strategies for future instances. The goal of this session is to develop a greater understanding of skills and perspectives necessary for all individuals to address inequities in their daily lives.

Presented by Frank Hartfield Jr., Elon University

Moseley 215
On October 3rd, 2016, the world of social media rallied around rapper Kid Cudi when he publicly announced his struggle with depression on his Facebook page. That same day, "#yougoodman" debuted as the Twitterverse rallied behind him to encourage the black community to speak openly about mental health. #yougoodman will navigate through the stigmas of mental health within the black community. Content will be explored through personal narratives and testimonies. Strategies and practices of self-care will also be shared during this time.

Why Pronouncing My Name Correctly Matters
Presented by Daniela Sostita, Elon University student

Moseley 216
Your name is an important part of your identity. Names are often links to one's heritage and ancestry. As such, it is crucial to correctly pronounce names. This roundtable discussion will focus on the impact of having one's name mispronounced, offering participants the chance to discuss their own experiences with this, listen to stories others share, and to learn how to change their own habits regarding this issue.

Teaching about Race and Racial Inequities on Predominantly White College Campuses.
Presented by Damion Blake, Elon University

Moseley 217
People of color have experienced systematic exclusion and unequal access to socioeconomic and political opportunities since the end of the Civil War in 1865. Across the United States we are currently witnessing manifestations of racial tension and unrest, on college campuses, between citizens and police in lower income minority communities and racial micro-aggressions in workplaces and other public spaces. Engaging students on college/university campuses in deliberate ways via lessons taught and classroom discussions can expose Millennials to the realities of racial inequalities and discrimination deeply entrenched in the US body politic.

11:30am-12:20pm - Lunch
Moseley Student Center, McKinnon Hall

12:30-1:20pm - Session IV
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

12:30-1:20pm - Session IV Presentations

Battle Fatigue: Collateral Emotions
Presented by Detric Robinson, Elon University, and John Miller IV, William Peace University

Lakeside 212
Now that you have chosen to deepen your knowledge of diversity, now what? Valuing diversity doesn’t forgo the feelings of anger, guilt, shame, and hopelessness that may come when wrestling with the ideas of oppression and privilege. This session will discuss the emotional implications of valuing diversity, touching on topics such as: self-care, forgiveness, guilt, paralyzing fear, and finding emotional balance.

Addressing Our Media's Ethnically Refractive Lens
Presented by Melvis Madrigal and Emily Odgers, Warren Wilson College students

Moseley 105 (Ward Octagon)
This session will focus on the media’s preference towards racially and ethnically imbalanced coverage. Specifically, emphasize will be placed upon the applied discrimination between news events that gain national coverage and those that do not. Consequently, the session will also examine specific aspects about disregarded news and their ineffective portrayal within the media.

Context vs. Content: Understanding the Root Causes of Social Justice Issues
Presented by Uchenna Baker, Elon University, and Anuli Njoku, Ferris State University

Moseley 215
Participants will engage in exercises that highlight the distinctions between context and content. Utilizing historical frameworks and existing data, participant will explore and engage in dialogue about the often unexplored context behind some of the current thought-provoking stories in the media. Participants will also explore their own assumptions and misconceptions frequently rooted in content, not context. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in critical self-reflection through the exploration of the content and contexts of their own personal narratives.

Examining Roles of Campus Organizations in the Success of Underrepresented Students
Presented by Warché Downing, UNC-Greensboro, and Marcus Howard, NC State University

Moseley 216
Campus organizations play a vital role in the academic success of underrepresented students, particularly in engaging students early in their collegiate experience. Highlighting student deficiencies and academic disengagement are too common in the academic community with failure to recognize the impetus for change is not a student problem, but rather the lack of sustained, social-organizational integration to further ameliorate the success barriers. Incorporating the resource theory of pedagogy in which students are able to utilize collective and adequate resources from across organizations/social interactions, the greater the learning and personal development of the overall student followed by sustained academic success.

Confronting Our White Fragility…and Potentially Tears
Presented by Emily Fox & Emily Odgers, Warren Wilson College students

Moseley 217
This workshop will be introductory, but challenging, where participants are expected to explore and reflect upon their own identity. Participants will learn about what white privilege and white fragility is, and the ways in which white privilege can affect community relationships, personal learning, and group dynamics.

#RealTalk: On Unfiltering Our Lives To Be More Authentic
Presented by Emily Mitch and Cristina Vega, Elon University

Inman Admissions Weisenburger Room
Ever experienced FOMO (fear of missing out) or have thought that the grass is always greener on the other side - only to find out you hadn't missed out on much? So much of our lives are cropped and filtered to highlight the "best" versions of ourselves or our lives which can make it feel unmanageable to navigate leading several organizations, a heavy workload, and having time for self-care. In this presentation we'll talk about what it means to take our masks off, be a little more vulnerable with each other in order to make room for our less than perfect selves. Attendees will leave with tools on navigating authentic lives and how to make room for others to do the same.

1:30-2:20pm - Session V
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

1:30-2:20pm - Session V Presentations

Leading Social Change in Student Organizations: A How-to Guide
Presented by Benjamin Brittan, Elon University Law

Lakeside 212
Based on the work of John Kotter, this session will lead participants through an 8 step process of how to lead social change in their organizations. Participants will walk away with a tangible approach to addressing societal issues and leading positive social change in their campus communities. While aimed at empowering student leaders to find a successful avenue for making positive impacts on campus, this session will be beneficial to any leader with limited experience in change leadership strategies.

An Introduction to Cultural Appropriation
Presented by Aster Brunstien Frazer, Mariah Murdoch, and Léa Nadri Churchill, Warren Wilson College students

Lakeside 214
Do you have an opinion on cultural appropriation? Are you unsure of what you think about it, or don't even know what it is? Come to this introductory presentation! We will be discussing cultural appropriation in the United States and learning a little about how privilege affects that. No prior knowledge is needed, all are welcome!

It Still Stinks
Presented by Evan Gaskin and Ethan Gaskin, Elon University

Moseley 105 (Ward Octagon)
The year 2016 has sent the digitally-globalized word into a seemingly unpredictable, unprecedented spiral. Rampant international terrorism, huge natural disasters, mass shootings, the 2016 American Election and then the important stuff that people actually care about, like the Kardashians, Kanye, Chance and Frank Ocean all competing to be the next Jesus figure, and Donald Trump being Donald Trump. But what's really important is recognizing how this year isn't actually brand new. There are cycles which have dictated American history for years and will continue to as long as we don't know anything about them. So let's talk about them.

Organizational Development: Skills Necessary to Work Cooperatively with Others to Address Inequities
Presented by Shannon K. Alford, Methodist University

Moseley 215
This presentation will help you understand the sociocultural and institutional barriers specific student populations face, identify effective measures, and how to apply effective measures while interacting with students. This presentation will provide the historical concept of multicultural competence and its relevance within the college setting and our everyday lives. It is important that we recognize our own privileges and how it affects the way we interact with students and each other as professionals. In addition, you will be provided helpful tools to use to assess your level of multicultural competence.

Presented by Alli Lindenberg, Elon University student

Moseley 216
We live in a hyper social world. Everywhere we look people are on their phones scrolling through some curated feed. While some might argue that social media has made us increasingly more connected, I would argue that it has fueled disconnection as well. My presentation will focus on this aspect of disconnection that social media has created and how we can reconnect with each other. A Day in My Shoes is a perfect platform for this discussion, because it is relatable for students and will help us step outside of our own shoes and see the bigger picture.

How Will You Know What You Don't Know?
Presented by Brooke Barnett, Elon University

Moseley 217
How often have you been frustrated by thoughtless comments by others and wondered why some people seem unaware of their biases? How will you know if you are doing that to someone else? What steps can you take to mitigate damage from your own biases? This interactive session will focus on self-reflection, learning and cultural humility. As part of the session you create your own personal enhancement plan to continue your learning and growth in order to be part of effective organizational change.

Pop Culture Power and Privilege
Presented by Jaimie Biermann and Cristina Vega, Elon University

Inman Admissions Weisenburger Room
From Orange is the New Black to Luke Cage, Macklemore to Beyonce, pop culture is ingrained in many aspects of our society. Power and privilege are continuously shown in many different facets in movies, television shows, music, and fashion. The presenters will give examples of power and privilege in pop culture to discuss and well as how to identify power and privilege in order to have conversations about power and privilege. We want attendees to leave able to identify power and privilege as well as able to identify action steps to have a discussion with peers.

2:30-4:00pm - Saturday Keynote Speaker
Moseley Student Center - McKinnon Hall, First Floor