2014 Conference Schedule at a Glance

Friday, November 21, 2014

3:00-5:30pm - Registration
Moseley Student Center
, First Floor outside of McKinnon Hall

4:00-4:50pm - Educational Session #1
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall


5:00-5:50pm - Educational Session #2
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

6:00-7:30pm - Dinner, Friday Keynote Speaker, and Entertainment
Moseley Student Center -
McKinnon Hall, First Floor

7:30-8:30pm - Dessert Social and Networking with Geena Rocero
Moseley Student Center, First Floor outside of Ward Octagon

Saturday, November 22, 2014

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

8:30-9:20am - Continental Breakfast
Moseley Student Center, First Floor outside of Ward Octagon

9:30-10:20am - Educational Session #3
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

10:30-10:30am - Educational Session #4
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

11:30am-12:20pm - Lunch
Lakeside Hall, Lakeside 212, 213, and 214

12:30-1:20pm - Educational Session #5
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

1:30-2:20pm - Educational Session #6
Moseley Student Center and Lakeside Hall

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

Friday Workshops
4:00-4:50pm - Educational Session #1

I AM LISTENING: Using Dialogue to Explore Identity and Experience
Presented by Stacie Dooley, Coordinator of Inclusive Community Programs
Lakeside 212
Our culture is rife with examples of “debate” – political elections, news media, and talk shows often use debate as a means of communicating and conveying ideas. But is anybody really listening? This session will explore using dialogue as a means of learning about and understanding ourselves, other people, and the experiences we have that shape our perspectives.

I am an Activist!
Presented by Becca Bishopric Patterson, Coordinator for Health Promotion, and Evan Small, Assistant Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement
Lakeside 213
What does it mean to be an activist? What are some of the ways in which you can engage in activism? How does one become an activist on a college campus? Is activism the same thing as civic engagement? In this highly-interactive program, participants will explore these and many more questions as we think critically about civic engagement, advocacy, and activism. Participants will discuss activism in the context of recent movements like Moral Mondays, while examining how these ideas can be brought to campus. We will also seek to understand social justice and examine critical issues prevalent in today's society.

Developing an Engaged Citizenry Despite a Politically Polarized World
Presented by Dr. Jason Husser, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Lakeside 214
Political polarization is the movement of people and elites to the poles of ideological distributions. Polarization has been one of the dominant themes of the last two decades of American politics. The incivility associated with polarization brings difficulty for everyday citizens to talk and learn about important issues. This presentation will cover an overview of polarization, its sources, and tips for citizens to engage despite a divisive world.

International LGBT Rights and the Expanding Global Equality Movement
Presented by Ashley Fowler, Program Assistant at Human Rights Campaign
Moseley 103 - Oak Room
There are millions of LGBT people around the world who are gaining visibility and fighting for their rights, some living in fear and isolation, under the rule of governments that criminalize their very identities. This session will briefly explore the work of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT organization, with a particular focus on their new efforts to strengthen the global equality movement. That will be followed by an overview of the successes and setbacks of LGBT activists, advocates, and allies around the world in 2014. The session will conclude with ways that we as individuals can advocate for equality and fairness for all.

Value-Laden Leadership
Presented by Dr. Randy Williams, Presidential Fellow and Special Assistant to the President, Dean of Multicultural Affairs
Moseley 105 - Ward Octagon
Leadership is a value-laden construct, driven in many cases by personally relevant elements. What are your values? Which ones are most important to you? How do those values influence your leadership? These questions and others will be explored during this interactive session that centers on 9 values, providing participants with shared meanings for exploration. Come prepared to affirm your values. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how values shape their leadership and will also leave the session with their own set of Value Cards to use for later exploration.

5:00-5:50pm - Educational Session #2 - Student Presentations

Leading Diverse Groups
Presented by Omolayo Ojo ‘15
Lakeside 212
Recruiting a diverse group of individuals is only half the battle. Once you have everyone in the same place, how do you make sure they stay together, work together towards a common goal, and feel equally valued? In this session, attendees will work through the challenges and rewards of bringing together various peoples and walk away with valuable skills to take back to their classrooms, halls, organizations or departments.

Defining Self and Self Defining Moments
Presented by Yasmine Arrington '15
Lakeside 213
In this session we will discover how to "define self," what are "self-defining moments," and learn strategies on how to apply these topics to our leadership in a diverse world! Participants will walk away with a heightened sense of self and perception and a better understanding of how to maximize strengths and improve weaknesses in leadership.

The Problem with "Coexist"
Presented by Kelly Richard '17
Lakeside 214
There is a trend among social activists today to promote the idea of “coexisting” with other religions, races, genders and ideals. But does this relationship model truly promote or celebrate diversity? Through discussion and interactive activities, this session will explore what it means to be diverse, the different relationships between people, and whether simply “coexisting” is enough.

¡Qué Viva El Ritmo!: Exploring the musical foundations of Afro-Cuban Music
Presented by Nicole Payne ‘15
Moseley 103 - Oak Room
A poignant exemplification of an oppressed people, music in Cuba throughout the centuries has retained, represented, and restored African culture. Cuban music, as it exists today, contains a long and complex history of transculturation of African and Spanish traditions. The ancient African characteristics that survived and endured through the long and difficult era of slavery in Cuba became incorporated into the heavily Spanish-influenced musical culture, and adapted to form new art forms. Through examination of music collected through study in Cuba, this presentation will explore the elemental styles that ultimately combined to create the Afro-Cuban music of today.

I am a Volunteer
Presented by Rachel Lewis '15, Maria Restuccio '15, and Catherine Palmer '15
Moseley 105 - Ward Octagon
This discussion-based presentation given by the Elon Volunteers! interns seeks to address the issue of ethical service versus helping and voluntourism. In the presentation, interns will discuss the difference between helping a community and serving one, the issue of voluntourism, and how we can encourage ourselves and others to go into service with an open mind and an awareness of the privileges that we carry when we enter service sites, especially those outside of our own communities. Attendees will learn tips and tricks for ethical community engagement and service work.

Microaggression: The PC Form of Racism
Presented by Jasper Thomas '17
Moseley 215
Microaggressions are described as being the everyday verbal or nonverbal slights that can be intentional or unintentional. They are used to communicate derogatory or negative messages based only on marginalized group membership. In this session, we will look at different examples of microaggressions, how to identify them, and other ways to convey certain questions without offense.

Saturday Workshops
9:30-10:20am - Educational Session #3

The Personal Power of Critical Reflection
Presented by Jodean Schmiederer, Associate Dean of Students for Leadership and Honor Code
Lakeside 212
Opening ourselves up to learning from others is a key element in leadership, cultural competence, and creating social change.  But engaging with difference is not enough.  It must be accompanied by critical reflection – intentionally challenging oneself to think critically, exploring personal values, discussing those thoughts with others, and identifying assumptions or biases.  But, strong critical reflection is a skill that needs to be developed.  This interactive session will walk participants through the process of critical reflection, provide opportunities for practice, and give guidance on infusing this practice into our daily lives to be more effective agents of change.

I am a Woman of Color that Watches Television: How the media works to create identity for viewers
Presented by Dr. Naeemah Clark, Associate Professor of Communication
Lakeside 213
As the broadcast industry becomes more converged with digital technology, the role of diversity becomes more complex. Not only is there an ethical obligation to serve these audiences, but there are also economic and societal benefits to considering the “other” in the evolving media. As a result, there needs to be a greater understanding of how diverse audiences including use digital media to create, consume, and discuss media content. This talk will share examples of how broadcast and digital media have had an impact on diverse audiences and on the broadcast industry as a whole.

Servant-Leadership and Conflict Resolution
Presented by Dr. Olivia Choplin, Assistant Professor of French, and Mark Elberfeld, President, Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership
Lakeside 214
The servant-leader model questions traditional concepts of leadership in which one all-knowing and all-powerful leader makes decisions for the group. The practice of servant-leadership challenges structures of power and privilege in order to promote the development of the individual and the organization. Via reflection, discussion and a small-group activity, attendees will come to understand how the principles of servant-leadership can help groups move from conflict to confrontation to collaboration. Attendees will discuss the roots of various types of conflict and learn strategies to engage in productive confrontation in order to move forward to collaboration.

Leading as Following
Presented by Steve Mencarini, Director of the Center for Leadership
Moseley 103 - Oak Room
Conversation often revolves around the concepts of "leader," "leadership," and how to improve one's leadership, but fails to take into consideration the responsibility of "followers." However more often than not, we don't find ourselves in a leadership role but in a followership position. This workshop will explore preconceived notions regarding the concept of "followers" and how one may move fluidly between the roles of leader and follower. A discussion will also demonstrate how one can play a more influential follower role.

“I am Large, I Contain Multitudes”: A Post-Oppositional Approach to Social and Institutional Change
Presented by Dr. Paula Patch, Lecturer in English
Moseley 215
The binary structure of oppositional structures “flattens out commonalities, reducing them to sameness: Our views are either entirely the same or they’re entirely different. And, if our views are not the same, …then one of us is right…and the other one…is wrong. There’s no room for contradiction; for overlapping perspectives and friendly disagreements; for the building of new truths” (Keating, 2012). Analouise Keating proposes enacting threshold theories, in which one may occupy multiple or “in between” identities and that “inspire us to be bold, to dream big...to envision radical change. “In this workshop, participants will be introduced to a post-oppositional way of thinking and begin to identify ways to enact this theory in all areas of their lives.

10:30-11:20am - Educational Session #4

I Am a Hip-Hop Feminist
Presented by Dr. Dawn Hicks Tafari, Visiting Assistant Professor at Winston-Salem State University
Lakeside 212
In this engaging, interactive workshop, participants will be led on a journey of discovery: an exploration of how Hip-Hop and Black Feminism intersect to birth a Hip-Hop Feminism; and an investigation of how Hip-Hop Feminism can be a tool for social change.  The facilitator will share her journey to discovering Hip-Hop Feminism and how being a Hip-Hop Feminist has not only given her the space to beautifully balance her multiple identities, but how it has also empowered her as an educator with a passion for social change by coloring her perspective on relationships, politics, religion, education, and life overall.

Understanding White Privilege in the Context of Ferguson
Presented by Dr. Jon Dooley, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Campus Life
Lakeside 213
The events at the end of summer that occurred after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, gave rise to a moment for a national conversation on race and privilege, as different segments of society interpreted the response to Brown's death very differently.  In this session we will review the conversations that occurred in the media in the weeks and months that followed, examine how those conversations reflect varying perceptions of privilege and race, and explore what our own understanding of privilege means for leadership and social change.

Cards Against Humanity:  A Game For Horrible People
Presented by Matthew Antonio Bosch, Director of Gender and LGBTQIA Center, and Russell Cornelius, Graduate Student at University of Central Missouri
Lakeside 214
Wanna play Cards Against Humanity? Now a popular party game at colleges exploring race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, etc, come watch students play a few rounds. Learn tips on how to respond to awkward situations about difficult diversity topics, in a quick easy, relaxed way around mixed crowds.

Gender Proud
Presented by Geena Rocero, Founder of Gender Proud
Moseley 215
Join our keynote speaker, Geena Rocero, in a discussion about Gender Proud, an advocacy and awareness organization that brings attention to the need for all transgender individuals to self-identify with the fewest barriers possible.

12:30-1:20pm - Educational Session #5

I am an Educator
Presented by Dana Carnes, Associate Director of the Center for Leadership, and Carla Fullwood, Associate Director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education
Lakeside 212
University administrators and faculty are often sought out by students as they explore the cross-sections of diversity and leadership. We are asked to present, facilitate, advise, educate, and consult on topics related to diversity and social justice. But how do we continue our personal and professional development to support students? How do we sharpen our tool box as culturally competent administrators in higher education? This roundtable discussion is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and graduate students to share information about diversity and social justice initiatives in existence on our respective campuses. We will also discuss resources and strategies used to stay engaged as social justice educators.

Privilege 101: How Dominant Groups Use their Privilege to Construct What is Normal and Not Normal in Society
Presented by Stacey Rusterholz, Student Life Fellow for Leadership
Lakeside 214
Dominant groups (able-bodied, white, Christian, etc.) enjoy rights and advantages at the expense of minoritized groups; that is one simple definition of privilege. During this session, participants will work in small groups to identify concrete examples of privilege that are taken for granted on a daily basis.

I am a Latina in Alamance County, USA: Implications
Presented by Dr. Vanessa Bravo, Assistant Professor of Communications
Moseley 103 - Oak Room
About one third of the U.S. population is formed by minorities, the largest-growing of them being the Latino population. About 7 in 10 Latinos in the United States are U.S. citizens, most of them born and raised in the United States. Some more are here with work visas, student visas, special permits, etc. In summary, only a small percentage of Latinos in the United States are undocumented. Nonetheless, there are many myths that make non-Latinos in the U.S. think of Latinos as "the other," as "foreigners," as persons who do not belong in here. This presentation offers statistics and facts that dispel those myths, and it also addresses the complexities of being Latino in Alamance County.

Diversity…I’m Tired of Talking about It!
Presented by Jamie Butler, Assistant Director for the Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education
Moseley 215
"Did we really do another diversity discussion program in my residence hall?” “I feel uncomfortable at diversity programs. I don’t have much to contribute.”  “I am so sick and tired of sharing my story.” “I feel like the people who need diversity training aren’t the ones coming to the program!” If you have had these questions or have made these statements, this presentation is for you. This presentation will engage participants in exploring the challenges of conversations around issues of diversity and move participates from talking about it to being about it.

1:30-2:20pm - Educational Session #6

Maximizing Experiential Learning for Student Success
Presented by Dr. Jeffery Coker, Director of the Elon Core Curriculum, and Desiree Porter '15
Lakeside 212
Various forms of experiential learning are widely recognized as high-impact educational practices for undergraduates – study abroad, research, service-learning, internships, and others. How can a campus ensure that these practices are accessible by all students? Although efforts by individual campuses to improve experiential learning can have huge educational paybacks, it is a substantial challenge to implement programs in a way that fully empowers all students. We have studied student motivations, perceptions, and outcomes associated with experiential learning across students’ four-year college experience. We will present themes that emerged from the findings that suggest best practices for maximizing experiential learning for student success.

Transformative African American Women Leaders – A Qualitative Study of Practices and Values in Industry
Presented by Dr. Yvette Bonaparte, Assistant Professor at North Carolina A&T State University
Lakeside 213
African American women comprise a small percentage of the leadership ranks within Fortune 500 companies, yet are impactful within their organizations and communities. The results of a qualitative study describing the leadership experiences and values of eight transformative African American women leaders in the pharmaceutical industry will be shared (using the seven tenets of the transformative leadership model as a framework). In addition, the leadership values embraced and practiced by these women leaders will be presented. Session participants will then be given the opportunity to develop their own leadership practices and values statement.

How Diversity Policies Can Hinder Minority Empowerment
Presented by Dr. Bojan Savic, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Lakeside 214
Universities everywhere attempt to engage a more culturally rounded audience by developing policies to attract and engage students (self-)identified as belonging to ethnic, linguistic, racial, social-economic, sexual, religious or other minorities. But do these policies serve to improve the cross-cultural conversations, empower minority identities and change their material conditions? In many situations, these instruments effectively isolate "multicultural" students from the general population. In this engaging workshop, participants will have the ability to critically examine institutional policies that produce and seek to foster diversity. They will brainstorm creative approaches to minority cultures that exist across campus and learn techniques to improve their cultural awareness and communication.

Cross Cultural Communication: Establishing Identity with West Africans and African Americans
Presented by Jason Aryeh, Assistant Professor of Dance
Moseley 215
Nelson Mandela described every black as triads from Africa. This reveals in a deep way how I want to address this topic and also as an artist. I find I am interested in the journey of blacks into the United States as a form of education. My experiences born and raised in West Africa, particularly rituals and ceremonies, have established my identity through the embrace of different cultural, social, economic, political, psychological, and spiritual climates. These have in turn shaped my creative voice,  inspiring me to acknowledge every colored person’s identity in the United States.