2020 Annual WSU Diversity Conference
CONNECTIONS, OBSTACLES, AND OPPORTUNITIES:
Employing Intersectionality to Transform Racial Hierarchy into Humanity
Virtual Event | October 1 & 2 | Free & Open To The Public
This year's theme focuses on the connections and disconnection in our society with oppressed populations. Together we will explore ways and opportunities where we can align what we say with what we do, and look for the connections or disconnects that allow things to happen.
Video Recordings of the Conference:
OPENING NIGHT - KEYNOTE: DR. PEPPER GLASS
Dr. Pepper Glass (he/him/his) is an associate professor of sociology at Weber State University. He has published his research on racial inequality, social movements, and youth culture in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Mobilization, and the Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.
Book: "Misplacing Ogden, Utah: Race, Class, Immigration, and the Construction of Urban Reputations" from the University of Utah Press.
Moving At The Intersections: Connecting Drama, Dance, & Diversity
Whose influences are not rooted in the philosophy of our historical modern dance leaders? As well as driven, and inspired, by the dance makers of today? Although the influences of the 20th century are the foundations of my technical education, I return to the Africanist characteristics that are the cultural foundations of my experiential upbringing. The foundation of my class is based on the philosophy of the pioneers of modern dance (Wigman, Limon, Humphrey, Holm, Nikolais), driven physically by contemporary choreographers that I have been honored to re-create their repertory works (Doug Varone, Alicia Sanchez, Bill T. Jones, Tandy Beal, Trisha Brown, Charlotte Boye-Christensen), yet are grounded in the exploration of the African diaspora: polyrhythm, use of the spine, the transference of weight through the pelvis, as well as the aesthetic of the cool. The class will be a fast-paced, physical contemporary modern technique class that explores the use of the physical voice utilizing my past to investigate the now.
Presenter: Joseph "jo" Blake - Weber State University
jo Blake Bio: jo Blake (he/him/his), Assistant Professor of Dance at Weber State, has been honored to perform, teach, and choreograph throughout four continents. His interest in community-based engagement and social justice have led him to work with community outreach projects: Ogden’s YCC, Minding Motion for Graceful Aging, Yoga Behind Bars, as well as Mark Morris’s Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. jo is the Director of joBdance, an interdisciplinary movement-based experience with collaborations in dance, sound score, and visual arts.
Transforming Community by Becoming a System Leader
Now more than ever we need people who are willing to be system leaders to bring together anchor institutions, partners, and residents to address the most challenging issues in our communities. Learn what it means to become a system leader.
Presenter: William Cook - Ogden CAN
Bill Cook Bio: Bill Cook (he/him/his) worked in local government for 29 years before retiring in February 2017. He served as Executive Director for the Ogden City Council for 15 years. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Office of Community Development at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and as the Executive Director for the Ogden Civic Action Network. He is the author of five books, is a certified professional facilitator, and is known for being a system leader.
My Role As An Educator & Advisor In Shaping Diverse & Inclusive Communities In Math & Science Education
Connecting Equity and Understanding: The Role of Educators in Shaping Diverse and Inclusive Communities in Math and Science Education
Presenter: Dr. Jon Marshall - Weber State University
Dr. Jonathan Marshall Bio: Dr. Marshall (he/him/his) is a Professor of Zoology at Weber State University. His academic career began at Dixie College, then a community college, where he received an Associates of Science degree. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Utah, a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics at Brigham Young University, and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Marshall has authored and co-authored over 30 articles that have been cited over 2,800 times in other scientific papers. He has a long-standing commitment to educational and social equity and in 2014 with culturally and linguistically diverse WSU students, they founded the Multicultural Advancement in Science (MAS) Club. MAS is committed to being a space of belonging and a support system for students of color, first-generation college students, and other underrepresented students in the College of Science. Since this time, Dr. Marshall has supported more than 20 MAS students in being accepted and pursuing their careers in medical, dental, physician assistant schools, and various other elite graduate programs across the country.
The Stages of Change in Diversity/Multicultural Programs
Multicultural organizational change and behavioral health change have parallels as both have to account for a participant’s identity, personal readiness and resistance to change. The Stages of Change Model is an evidence-based model originating in healthcare (i.e. tobacco cessation programs) and has since been applied to other large- scale change processes. This session describes the model and how it may serve as a framework and lens to guide multicultural change.
Presenter: Donna Hunter - Weber State University
Donna Hunter Bio: Donna Hunter (she/her/her-s), M.A. has been a Wildcat for over 20 years with the majority of time as a staff clinician in CPSC. She is a specialist in trauma as an EMDR Certified Therapist and is the center's Crisis Management Coordinator.
Connecting In The Community: Libraries As Third Spaces For Inclusion & Engagement
Have you ever wandered around campus, or the streets of your neighborhood feeling isolated or unengaged, looking for a place where you could be yourself and connect with others? If so, you may not have known what you were seeking was a “third space.” Find out more about libraries as third spaces and how they connect patrons with not only information but other people across the spectrum of our community.
Presenters: Lydia Hunter - Weber Public Library & Ernesto Hernandez - Weber State University
Lydia Hunter Bio: Lydia (she/her/her-s) has been an adult services librarian with the Weber County Library System for almost six years. Prior to putting down roots in Ogden, she worked in several public and academic libraries in Oregon, earned a Masters of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Denver and a BS in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo. She currently coordinates adult literacy classes, sanitizes EVERYTHING, troubleshoots smartphones, and responds to every reference question with, “let’s find out!” She will probably ask you what you are reading.
Ernesto Hernandez Bio: Ernesto (he/him/his) grew up and is from Ogden, UT. Ernesto has a BS in Psychology from Weber State University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Ernesto is the Stewart Library General Education Coordinator and Instruction Librarian. Ernesto is a First-Generation college graduate. Ernesto's teaching and research interests include Critical Information Literacy Instruction, Social Justice & Social Activism, and working with underrepresented student populations.
Connecting During Crisis: Cultural Competence & Community Collaboration During Covid-19
In light of the health disparities which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 Pandemic, in April of this past year a group of diverse leaders came together to address the local needs of our historically marginalized, underrepresented, and underserved communities to form the Multicultural Task Force for COVID-19. This group is dedicated to supporting, connecting, and amplifying relief efforts and initiatives for the express benefit of our diverse communities. We are committed to ensuring equitable health outcomes and addressing health disparities in our community, as well as the promotion of cultural inclusivity and mindfulness. Join us as we discuss coming together during a global health crisis and the challenges which occur in building community collaboration and connectivity when it's needed the most.
Presenters: Multicultural Task Force for COVID-19
Taylor Knuth Bio: Taylor Knuth (he/him/his) is a lifelong resident of Northern Utah and a resident of Ogden City. Taylor is currently enrolled in the Education, Culture, & Society Ph.D. program at the University of Utah and is a proud graduate of both Southern Utah University (M.A. in Public Arts Administration) and Weber State University (B.A. in Theatre & Production Management). Professionally, Taylor is a Development Director for Weber State University, as well as a community volunteer and leader. He is currently the Chair of the Ogden City Diversity Commission and serves on many other community-oriented advisory boards.
Angela Choberka Bio: Angela Choberka (she/her/her-s) is the Community Partnership Specialist coordinating the Alliance for Determinants of Health, “The Alliance,” project in Weber County as well as supporting SDOH across the healthcare system. She joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2018 and is excited to take on the challenge of helping to create a more innovative approach to addressing the needs of community members that have not traditionally been a part of the healthcare system. Her experience includes being a project director for a Promise Neighborhood initiative as well as teaching at various levels. Angela is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah and is Chair of the Ogden City Council.
Alicia Martinez Bio: Alicia Martinez (she/her/her-s) is the chief executive officer for Midtown Community Health Center. As federally qualified health center, Midtown is focused on being a medical home for individuals and families in the communities they serve, especially for those facing communities who face barriers of geography, culture, language and economic or insurance status. Midtown operates across 4 counties in Utah and serves 26,000 individuals annually.
Shardae Jones Bio: Shardae Jones (she/her/her-s) is a Community Health Worker serving community members in the Weber County area. Shardae has been a lifelong resident of Ogden, Utah and is a student at Weber State University pursuing a Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies with emphasis in HealthCare Administration, Criminal Justice and Communications. Shardae has several years of experience within the healthcare system. Her innate love of people and service to others is what attracted her most to serving as a Community Health Worker. Shardae is cognizant of the barriers those in her community face on a daily basis and is excited to be one of the many resources for change and empowerment for the community she serves.
Three Examples of Community-Based Initiatives in Secondary Mathematics Education
Mathematics educators and instructors struggle to incorporate social justice considerations in secondary mathematics education. I will present three examples of different types of community-based initiatives I have participated in involving middle and high school students (and teachers). Each project conceptualized and enacted social-justice ideals differently, yet they all shared a common thread: community.
Presenter: Dr. José F. Gutiérrez - U of U
Dr. José Gutiérrez’s Bio: José Gutiérrez’s (he/him/his) scholarship and teaching are driven by a commitment to diversity and social justice in mathematics education. José conducts critical interdisciplinary studies of mathematics education, policy, curriculum, and instruction in K-12 settings. He strives to develop theories of mathematical cognition and learning focused on alterity, embodiment, and social power dynamics. Furthermore, in his current role as Co-PI in an NSF-funded grant, he examines the design of preservice teacher learning activities centered on race/racism in elementary education.
Being a Person of Color in 2020
This panel discussion is focused on providing a space where we as Black Indeginous People of Color (BIPOC) can courageously and openly discuss where we fit in the larger conversation of social unrest and how that impacts our communities of color. Looking at the current social/political climate of 2020 where do we fit in as BIPOC? What have our experiences been so far and how have our experiences been portrayed in the media? How have we been treated within our immediate social locations? How do we navigate these ongoing inequities within the spaces we regularly occupy?
Presenters: JuanCarlos Santisteban & Greg Noel - Weber State Counseling & Psychological Services Center
JuanCarlos Santisteban Bio: (he/him/his) I was born in Guatemala. I am a first-generation college graduate. I am Weber State Alumni, class of 2006, BA in Family Studies. I have a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA class of 2009. I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a mentor, a friend, an adviser, a social justice advocate. My motto for life, "When you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark."
Greg Noel Bio: (he/him/his) As a first-generation Haitian-American Marriage and Family Therapist I believe in the immensity of intersectionality, which emphasizes how the various intersecting identities we embody such as our race, culture, and religion; influence how we engage one another and the world around us. Through my use of the following strength-based approaches: Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I focus on helping individuals, couples, and family understand the power of attachment, and how the complex relationships we engage with one another influences our emotional wellbeing and concept of self.
Online Innovation for Supporting Underrepresented Pre-College in STEM and Beyond!
Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for high school students designed to help build academic and social skills and generate a positive attitude toward success in their education. The Upward Bound program provides critical educational services and activities for eligible 13 to 18 year-old students in northern Utah, generally "lost in the shuffle," During these times, Upward Bound students are facing far greater challenges than most. This session will focus on the supports that were implemented to make sure students felt safe, were engaged and supported to progress academically during an on-line summer program. This is our story. Measures of student participation and academic progress will be shared.
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Claesgens and Samantha Hill
Dr. Jennifer Claesgens Bio: Jennifer Claesgens (she/her/her-s), Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Science & Math Education at WSU. Teaching is her passion. She believes that learning is an opportunity and that science and math classes should be viewed as a gateway for all students, not a gatekeeper. This summer she taught chemistry for Upward Bound using the Living by Chemistry curriculum that she helped develop.
Samantha Hill Bio: Samantha Hill (she/her/her-s) is the new director of Weber State University Upward Bound, a pre-college program for low-income, first-generation college students. She holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Weber State University and a master's degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Utah. Prior to becoming the director of Weber State Upward Bound, Samantha served as the program's STEM Specialist for four years. From her years of advising, mentoring, and creating STEM curriculum for the Upward Bound program, she has witnessed firsthand the unique challenges facing underrepresented high school students as they prepare to be the first in their families to graduate from college
PANEL: Intersections Of Identity Between Athletics & Diversity
What is it like being a student-athlete of color while trying to tackle social justice issues? Join this panel discussion to hear from student-athletes and coaches from Weber State who will share their experiences and perspectives. This panel will be facilitated by Jaynee Nadolski, Senior Associate Commissioner for the Big Sky Conference.
Presenters: Jaynee Nadolski -Senior Associate Commissioner, and Panel: Dominique Williams (Women's Basketball Athlete), Daryn Hickok (Student Athlete), Eddie Heckard (Student Athlete), Isiah Brown (Student Athlete), Quinton Ganther (Coach)
Jaynee Nadolski Bio: Jaynee Nadolski (she/her/her-s) is the Senior Associate Commissioner for Governance at the Big Sky Conference, and is the league's liaison between the NCAA and 13 Division I institutions for all compliance, academic and governance issues. Nadolski is a former Weber State women’s basketball player and graduated with a degree in Public Relations. Nadolski began her tenure with the Big Sky in 2000 with the sports information department, and has since served as Assistant Commissioner for Championships and Associate Commissioner for Compliance. In her current role, Nadolski also serves as the conference administrator for women’s basketball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s tennis, and is the liaison for several councils within the Conference governance structure.
Nadolski is a passionate advocate of the Ogden community, volunteering at various nonprofit organizations and serving on the Community Advisory Board for the Northern Utah YMCA. She is a founding member of the CHAMPS committee which collaborated with the Ogden School District to provide meaningful recommendations to improve the quality of athletics in the District, and continues to push for a stronger foundation for sport in the community, a re-defining of sport as an enhancement to student's education and a removal of obstacles to participation. Nadolski is a former President of the Junior League of Ogden, and was named the JLO Difference Maker in 2018. In 2019, she was selected as the Ogden-Weber Chamber Women in Business ATHENA Award winner and currently serves as a Hill Air Force Base Honorary Commander.
The former Jaynee Paskins, she is married to former Weber State football player, Benjamin Nadolski. The Nadolski’s are the proud and exhausted parents of two daughters, Hazel (10), and Millie (9). In her spare time, she enjoys writing, camping, out-fishing her husband, out-witting her daughters, and the sound of silence with her coffee.
Dominique Williams Bio: Dominique (she/her/her-s) plays Forward for the Weber State Women’s Basketball team. She is seeking her Master’s in Professional Communication after achieving her bachelor’s in Supply Chain Management. She is a firm believer in the following quote, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Daryn Hickok Bio: Daryn (she/her/her-s) plays Forward for the Weber State Women’s Basketball team. She is in her second year as a student-athlete and is majoring in Health Sciences.
Eddie Heckard Bio: Eddie (he/him/his) plays Cornerback for the Weber State Men’s Football team. He is in his second year as a student-athlete and is majoring in Professional Sales.
Isiah Brown Bio: Isiah (he/him/his) plays Guard for the Weber State Men’s Basketball team. He is in his senior year as a student-athlete and is seeking his Master’s in English
Quinton Ganther Bio: (he/him/his) Quinton, or Coach Q, is the running backs coach at Weber State. He was born in Oakland, California and raised in Richmond, California. He is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Weber State. Ganther is a former University of Utah and NFL running back. He is Weber State’s pro liaison and works directly with NFL and professional scouts. He also refers to himself as “the man who wears many hats at [Weber State].”
Keynote: Tim Wise
Tim Wise, whom scholar Cornel West calls, “A vanilla brother in the tradition of abolitionist John Brown,” is among the nation’s most prominent antiracist essayists and educators. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups, government agencies, and private companies across the nation about the issue of systemic racism and strategies for dismantling it in their institutions.
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