Program for the 2014 PDI

Monday, January 13th

2:15 PM

Session Title:
Conversation with the Vice President for Diversity
Presenters:
Ria Vigil
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2014
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
107 Behavioral Sciences Building
Description:
Please join the Vice President for Diversity, Mary Ontiveros, for an informational update on current University diversity iniatives.
Goals and Target Audience:
Staff and Faculty

Wednesday, January 15th

9:45 AM

Session Title:
From Soldier to Student: Supporting Student Veterans on a College Campus
Presenters:
Erica Schelly,Joshua Burns
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
103 Eddy Hall
Description:
Institutions of higher education are witnessing an increase in the enrollment of Post-9/11 military veterans. Many of these men and women have sustained serious injuries while on active duty, such as traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorders, amputations, burns, visual impairments and other physical wounds. These injuries, along with the transition from being a soldier to a college student can present many challenges for student veterans as they strive to complete their degrees. The New Start for Student Veterans program is designed to support student veterans who have sustained a service-connected injury as they pursue academic and life success. This session will explore the unique strengths that student veterans bring to a college campus as well as the challenges that they may face while being a student, and will describe the ways that the New Start for Student Veterans program can help students achieve their goals.
Goals and Target Audience:
The target audience for this session includes educators and student support services personnel. The goal is that participants gain a better understanding of: 1) the major strengths and challenges of student veterans on a college campus; 2) support strategies to help student veterans be successful and feel more comfortable in the classroom and on campus; 3) how to connect student veterans to appropriate resources that can aid in their transition, well-being and academic success, including the New Start for Student Veterans program.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Against All Odds: A Learning Community Resulting in Higher Retention, Student Engagement, and Academic Performance for Diverse Students
Presenters:
Tae Nosaka,Heather Novak
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
105 Behavioral Sciences Building
Description:
The Key Communities are intensive, intentional, structured and diverse Learning Communities at Colorado State University with structured integration of the curriculum and co-curriculum in order to increase retention, engagement, and academic success. Created as a response to data depicting lower academic performance and retention of diverse students, Key has become an integral strategy for student success. This presentation will share the overall model of the Key Communities (purpose, structure, curricular and co-curricular integration, staffing), and the results of a research study which showed the positive impact of participating in Key Communities on student success as measured by first year retention and the deep approaches to learning scale obtained from the National Survey for Student Engagement. This study utilized regression models to explore the impact of the Key Communities on student success after controlling for prior academic preparation and student demographic characteristics.
Goals and Target Audience:
This presentation will have two main goals. First, we will share the purpose, structure, and model of the Key Communities, which includes the curricular (course clusters) and co-curricular integration, and staffing model. Second, we will share the results of a research study which showed the positive impact of participating in Key Communities on student success. For this study student success is measured by first year retention and the deep approaches to learning scale obtained from the National Survey for Student Engagement. This study utilized regression models to explore the impact of Key Communities on student success after controlling for prior academic preparation and student demographic characteristics.

2:15 PM

Session Title:
Exploring Planning and Effectiveness: A Culture of Continuous Diversity Improvement
Presenters:
Robert Jones,Mary Ontiveros
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2014
Start Time:
2:15 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
105 Behavioral Sciences Building
Description:
How can a department or program plan effectively and demonstrate fully how it contributes to CSU's attainment of the Diversity goals and strategies outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan? An online Planning and Effectiveness tool will be introduced that facilitates integration of unit planning and effectiveness into overall University success. The goal of enhancing campus diversity will be used as a theme to demonstrate the potential for systematic planning by all units as a means of advancing institutional success, especially for progress with diversity initiatives.
Goals and Target Audience:
Department Heads, Directors, Coordinators, faculty, staff