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DIRECTO's 2nd Annual Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion in Research & Teaching & Follow-Up Book Club

Join us for DIRECTO’s 2nd Annual University-Wide Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion in Research & Teaching, and Book Club! The symposium will take place on Friday, September 27th, 2019, and the book club will occur the following four Fridays, to “continue the conversation.” These events are sponsored by the FSU’s President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion, The Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, The Division of Student Affairs, The Graduate School, the College of Business, and The Congress of Graduate Students (COGS).

Please see more details below, and register soon, as space is limited.

  • Register for the Symposium here. (See below for symposium schedule)
  • Register for the Book Club here. (See below for book club details)*The first 25 people who register for both the Symposium & all 4 book club dates receive a free copy of the book!

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The Symposium Welcome will be given by President John Thrasher. Keynote speakers are Dr. Pamela McCauley, and Dr. James Frazier (see more information on DIRECTO’s website), and breakout and poster sessions will be facilitated by faculty, staff, students, and postdocs from FSU, TCC, FAMU, Valdosta State, and Auburn. In addition to the symposium, there will be an accompanying book group based on Transforming Understandings of Diversity in Higher Education: Demography, Democracy, and Discourse. This book will lend itself to discussion of how particular topics in diversity and inclusion (race, gender, disability/ability, etc.) can and should be best approached when we teach and present our research

Preliminary Conference Agenda

Date: Friday, September 27th, 2019
Location: Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center
Time: 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

8:30 – 8:55 AM: Check in and Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:20 AM: Welcome remarks from President Thrasher
9:20 – 10:20 AM: Keynote Address by Dr. Pamela McCauley with Q&A

10:20 – 10:35 AM: Break
10:35 – 11:20 AM: Breakout Sessions

  • Self-Disclosure, Advocacy, and Adjustment: Creating Inclusive Spaces for Students with Diverse Abilities
  • Using a Cross-Disciplinary Teaching Approach to Attenuate the Void: Building Educators and Researchers at a Historically Black College/University (HBCU)
  • Association for Women in Mathematics Mentoring Network: Building Community and a Sense of Belonging in the Mathematical Sciences
  • Hierarchical Mentoring for Women in STEM: A Talking Circle
  • LGBTQ & Education
  • Share Your Stories

11:20 – 1:00 PM: Lunch and Poster Session

1:00 - 2:00 PM: Student Panel
2:00 - 2:15 PM: Break
2:15 - 3:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

  • PURPOSE: Partners United for Research Pathways Oriented to Social Justice in Education
  • Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: Creating Inclusive Classrooms
  • Moving from Comfort Zone to Learning Edge: White People Talking About Race
  • WEIRD and Not So Weird – Exploring the overrepresentation of the Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic in Research and Teaching
  • Walking the Tightrope of Intersecting Identities: Experiences in the Classroom, Conducting Research, and Abroad
  • The Experiences of Internation Graduate Students at FSU

3:00 - 3:15 PM: Break
3:15 – 4:00 PM: Keynote Address by Dean Frazier with Q&A
4:00 - 4:10 PM: Closing Remarks
4:10 - 5:00 PM: Reception

*Presentations will be facilitated by undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration from a variety of disciplines across campus. Register for the symposium by clicking here! Seating is limited, so register soon!

Book Club Information

This book club will provide an opportunity to "continue the conversations" started at the Symposium. Participants of the book club and symposium are welcome from all areas of the university: faculty, staff, undergraduate students, graduate students & alumni! The book club will meet on Fridays, 1-3 pm 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, & 11/1 in room 3009 of the Honors, Scholars & Fellows House. Register here for book club

The first 25 people who sign up to attend all 4 book club meetings, AND the 2nd Annual Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion in Research & Teaching will receive a free copy of this book!



Friday, September 27, 2019 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Turnbull Conference Center (TC), 2nd floor
555 W Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL

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