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October 29, 2015

Attend diversity learning events Nov. 12-13

Submitted by Chris Urban

Attend one or all of the diversity learning events jointly offered by the 10th annual Diversity Summit and fifth annual Institute for Student Learning Assessment on Nov. 12-13 in the K-State Student Union. The events — except meals — are free for K-State faculty and staff. See the full schedule of events. Highlighted events and topics include:

  • Fostering Diversity Learning through Teaching — Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Association of American Colleges and Universities senior scholar and CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group, will be this year's keynote speaker. Clayton-Pederson will deliver the keynote address from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 13. For a more in-depth discussion on teaching practices that promote diversity learning, attend the dinner from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 12. The dinner requires preregistration and is $25 to attend.
  • Wounded Warriors: Overcoming Adversity — Retired Col. Greg Gadson served in the U.S. Army for more than 26 years. Gadson is a passionate advocate for wounded warriors, veterans and those with disabilities. He will speak on the importance of helping our wounded veterans make a meaningful return to civilian life from 8:10-9:05 a.m. Nov. 13.
  • Diversity Learning Sessions — Breakout sessions on defining and assessing diversity learning within disciplines will be from 9:15-11:45 Nov. 13.

  • A Walk through Multicultural History at K-State — From the papers of the first African-American K-State graduate to letters between Booker T. Washington and the K-State president; from 1970s feminist publications to a collection of LGBT Native American authors, attendees will get a glimpse of multicultural history at K-State through rare and unique materials. This session will be from 5-6 p.m. Nov. 12 and again from 11-11:45 a.m. Nov. 13. 

  • Micro-aggressions Workshops: The workshops will help participants understand what micro-aggressions are, how harmful their cumulative effects are, and how we might avoid unintentionally exhibiting these behaviors which contribute to a hostile and unsupportive climate for diverse people. These workshops will be from 2-3:15 p.m. and 3:30-4:45 p.m. Nov. 12.

To attend one or more of these events, please register for the Institute/Diversity Summit by Nov. 1. Registration without meals is free for K-State faculty and staff. Preregistration is encouraged even if you can only make it to one or two sessions. See the conference home page for more information.

The institute/summit is sponsored by K-State's Office of Assessment, Office of Diversity, Teaching & Learning Center, and the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries.