Program for the 2016 PDI

Monday, January 11th

10:45 AM

Session Title:
How a Public University Educator Can Better Support Spiritual Diversity in the Classroom?
Presenters:
Elizabeth Sink
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
10:45 AM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
304 LSC
Description:
This session will explore common public higher education classroom scenarios where issues of religious/spiritual/non-religious diversity arise. It will introduce research from the field of Interfaith Studies that emphasize strategies of religious pluralism within the public classroom, which attempt to change cultural views of extremism and polarization.
Goals and Target Audience:
Provide educators with considerations and strategies for engaging students in topics of spiritual diversity (religious/spiritual/non-religious).

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Stories 'n' Steps: Narratives of Gendered Experiences at CSU
Presenters:
Darrie Matthew Burrage,Cindy L Griffin
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
Longs Peak Room (LSC)
Description:
Among the different identities we carry, gender tends to take precedent as a dominant feature of our everyday lives, and can become highlighted in our interactions with others. We all have encountered moments of challenge, revelation, and triumph related to our gender in one way or another. Which of these experiences should be told? How can our stories help us and others grow? This interactive session will be discussion-based and will focus on participants giving words to the moments when gender has mattered to their experiences here at CSU.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goals of session are as follows: (1) Model the Environment We Seek to Cultivate on Campus – Create a safe space for participants to be their most vulnerability by having session facilitators demonstrate their own vulnerability and active listening skills. (2) Understanding Gendered Experiences – Have participants reflect and be able to identify how their gender has informed different experiences they have encountered here at CSU. (3) Writing Skills – Have participants practice articulating their gendered experiences to one another and to themselves by using writing as the method of achieving such ends. (4) Opportunities to Share – Provide an opportunity for participants to have their writing be safely stored and carefully shared with the CSU Stories-n-Steps grant project. There is no particular target audience of this session; however, we hope to have representation from participants no matter the gender (or any other point of identity) and position at the university (faculty, staff, student, etc.).

3:30 PM

Session Title:
Success for Students with ASD
Presenters:
Julia Kothe,Kathleen Ivy,Karin Bright
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Monday, January 11th 2016
Start Time:
3:30 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
Longs Peak Room (LSC)
Description:
Presenters will use an interactive format to provide best practice strategies to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorders succeed in and out of the classroom. This session will provide up-to-date information and examine how to help students with ASD in all aspects of college life while maintaining a positive learning environment for all students.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to help faculty and staff gain an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders and learn how to apply effective support strategies to help students with ASD succeed in and out of the classroom. Faculty and staff will also learn how to address potential behavioral issues and learn about helpful resources on campus.

Tuesday, January 12th

9:45 AM

Session Title:
Learn How to Help All Students Reach their Potential with Accessible Course Materials
Presenters:
Allison Kidd
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
9:45 AM
Session Length:
2 Hours
Room:
Computer Classroom 175 Morgan Library
Description:
This hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to design electronic learning materials to work well with technology. Specifically, how to make PDF documents searchable, how to format Word documents using Styles, and formatting PPT presentations for multiple uses. Formatting these materials prior to embedding them in various technology platforms enables students to access the content through multiple media and technological tools, thus supporting students of all abilities to engage the material.
Goals and Target Audience:
Any Faculty, TA, or Staff member who prepares electronic content for distribution, whether in a course, on the web, or for administrative purposes.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Fueling Potential, Following Passion, and Finding Purpose: Stories of First Generation Graduates
Presenters:
Tae Nosaka,Barb Musslewhite
Category:
Diversity
Date:
Tuesday, January 12th 2016
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 Hour
Room:
300 LSC
Description:
Join us to hear the personal journeys of CSU staff members who attained a Bachelor’s Degree when neither parent ever had the privilege of doing so. As the first to attain a degree, hear how passion led to living a life of purpose, hear the struggles along that path, the perseverance, and the constant reflection of those who navigate the current reality with the former life.
Goals and Target Audience: