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2020 KSUnite Event - Difference Makes Us Stronger

Schedule of Events, Tuesday, October 13, 2020

11:00 a.m.KSUnite - Difference Makes Us Stronger Welcome Video
12:00 p.m.Plenary Speaker Bunky Echo-Hawk
1:00 p.m.Plenary Speaker Clint Smith
2:00 p.m.Breakout Sessions 1st period
3:00 p.m.Breakout Sessions 2nd period

Welcome Video

Tune in for an update on the Action Plan for a More Inclusive K-State, messages from three of K-State's Affinity Groups: Alianza, the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, and The Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance and the 2020 KSUnite Event Student Speakers.

KSUnite 2020 Event Homepage

There are 19 sessions slated for the 2020 KSUnite to engage, educate and empower our community on the diversity and inclusion continuum. Levels of engagement have been added to the sessions this year to include: introductory, intermediate, and immersive.
Sessions are divided into two periods - Period 1: 2:00-2:50 p.m. and Period 2: 3:00-3:50 p.m.


2020 Breakout Sessions

1st Period (2:00pm-2:50pm)

An Atheist Asks: What am I Missing?
Daniel IretonAssociate Professor, K-State Libraries, Courtney Hochman, Alumni Representative, Aayat KaziSenior, Construction Science and Management, President, Muslim Student Association
Engagement: Intermediate

Choice of Weapons: Art to Open Minds
Doug Barrett
Director of Photography, 400 North Creative & Dr. Aileen Wang, Curator, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University
Engagement: Introductory

Collaborating to increase recruitment and retention of diverse students in undergraduate and graduate education in STEM Fields
Dr. Zelia WileyAssistant Dean for Diversity, College of Agriculture,  Dr. Amber CampbellProject Manager, Rainfed Agriculture Innovation Network (RAIN), Mirit ShamirAcademic Services Coordinator, Rural Resource Resiliency NSF Research Traineeship, Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering
Engagement: Intermediate  

Collegiality & Inclusivity: Tips for and Practice Being an Ally 
Dr. Chardie BairdExecutive Director, Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering
Engagement: Intermediate

From Deficit to Possibility: Indigenous Presence at K-State and the IFSA
Victor Andrews, Ph.D. Student in Kinesiology, LaVerne Bitsie-BaldwinDirector, Multicultural Engineering ProgramDr. Debra BoltonDirector of Intercultural Learning and Academic Success, Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, & Dr. Alex Red CornAssistant Professor and Coordinator for Indigenous Partnerships, Educational Leadership
Engagement: Introductory

Listening As a Path To Openness
Dr. Andrew Wefald
Associate Professor, Staley School of Leadership Studies
Engagement: Intermediate

Unpacking Unhealthy Relationships in 2020 - CANCELLED
Clara Valadares Kientz
Assistant Director, Center for Advocacy, Response and Education & Jessica HenaultSexual & Relationship Violence Prevention Specialist, Center for Advocacy, Response and Education
Engagement: Introductory

Unpacking Whiteness: Moving Beyond Allyship
Dr. Brenee KingAssistant Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry (OURCI)Dr. Sara LulyAssociate Professor of German, Department of Modern Languages, Kiley MoodyManaging Director, Scholar Services, Office of First Generation Students, Rebeca PazAssistant Director, Office of First-generation Students, Cheryl RauhProgram Manager, McNair Scholars Program, Mariya VaughanAssistant Director, K-State First, Paulicia WilliamsStudent Services Coordinator, TRIO Educational Supportive Services (ESS)
Engagement: Intermediate

2nd Period (3:00pm-3:50pm)

Black and Indigenous Activist Kansas
Dr. Mary KohnDirector of the Chapman Center and Associate Professor of English  & Dr. Lisa Tatonetti, Full Professor, Department of English
Engagement: Introductory

"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" Book Discussion
Tara ColemanAssociate Professor, K-State Libraries
Engagement: Introductor

Civic Discourse as a Disposition for Engaging Difference
Dr. Timothy ShafferDirector, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy
Engagement: Introductory         

Diverse Voices in the Media: Lessons from Reporting on LGBTQ Kansas 
Moderator: Dr. Steven Smethers, Director, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Panelists: C.J. Janovoy, Author of "No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas", Dr. Brandon HaddockLGBT Resource Center CoordinatorDarci Pottroff, Director of Application Services, Information Technology, Christopher RennerApplied Linguist, Educator, Multiculturalist and Community Organizer
Coordinator: Gloria FreelandProfessor Emerita, A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Sponsored by the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media/A.Q. Miller School of JMC
Engagement: Introductory

The Diversity Bonus: Differences Make Teams Stronger
Dr. Callie Rost, DVMAssistant Dean for Admissions, College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Zelia WileyAssistant Dean for Diversity, College of Agriculture
Engagement: Intermediate 

K-State's Undergraduate Diversity Learning Outcome
Dr. Frederick BurrackDirector, Office of Assessment
Engagement: Intermediate

Preparing for Class Discussions on Issues Related to Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice
Dr. Don SaucierUniversity Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Department of Psychological Sciences
Engagement: Introductory  

Surrounding Yourself with Difference: The Trusted 6
Jessica HarringtonStudent Engagement Coordinator, College of Health and Human Sciences
Engagement:  Intermediate

Understanding the Cognitive Toll Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Marginalization
Dr. Debra BoltonDirector of Intercultural Learning and Academic Success, Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs
Engagement: Immersive  

Using Data to Inform Our Actions and Improve Educational Equity at K-State
Dr. Jeannie Brown LeonardVice Provost, Student Success & Dr. Bin NingAssociate Provost, Institutional Research
Engagement: Intermediat