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2019
Saturday, March 30th
7:00 AM

D.I.F. Conference Program

Georgia Southern University Office of Multicultural Affairs
Georgia Southern University Diversity Peer Educators

Russell Union

7:00 AM

The mission of the DIF Conference is to create an opportunity to openly talk, listen and learn about issues related to diversity, inclusion and fairness. Additionally, we have set forth the following goals for DIF:

• Develop an understanding of diversity, inclusion and fairness (Think).

• Increase awareness of one’s identities, biases and privileges (Think).

• Understand the value of inclusivity and how individual actions impact our environments (Create).

• Engage in Intergroup Dialogue to understand the effects of marginalization in order to create safe and inclusive environments (Create).

• Identify and develop the necessary skills to create positive and strategic change (Be).

• Challenge each other to acknowledge and expand the boundaries of our comfort zones

To think, create and be DIF, it is necessary for one to show up as their true authentic self, own their truths and be willing to share those truths with others in attempt to better understand one another and to shape their environments. This is where social justice meets diversity. This is how we impact change.

9:30 AM

Opening Keynote Speaker- Diversity Awareness Program

Jamie Piperato, JPHigherEd

RU Ballroom

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Keynote Address on Diversity Awareness Program

11:15 AM

"Calling In" or "Calling Out"

Amanda Thompson, Valdosta State University
Hilda Dwumfuor, Valdosta State University

Concurrent Sessions 1-4 (RU 2084)

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop helps people consider how to address the shortcomings of those who fail to respond to social injustice and inclusion issues. The presentation allows people to see controversial issues from a social justice and inclusion lens.

This presentation is scheduled for Concurrent Session 1 (11:15 a.m.), Concurrent Session 2 (1:30 p.m.), and Concurrent Session 3 (2:30 p.m.)

I have Questions

Nehemiah McClendon, Georgia Southern University

Concurrent Sessions 1-4 (RU 2080)

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Having cross-cultural conversations can be difficult. Asking culturally sensitive questions can be tricky if not done in respectful and appropriate ways. This workshop discusses how to be aware of microagressions and how to ask important questions without being offensive.

This presentation is scheduled for Concurrent Session 1 (11:15 a.m.), Concurrent Session 2 (1:30 p.m.), and Concurrent Session 3 (2:30 p.m.)

“Know Thyself: Taking Ownership of Your Identity”

Paul Bradley Jr., Georgia Southern University

Concurrent Sessions 1-4 (RU 2041)

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop allows participants to openly examine current stereotypes, concerns, and challenges of LGBTQ communities. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for them to share their experiences with their own identity or gain insight of people who identify differently. The presentation seeks to provide participants with the foundation to reclaim their identities and own who they are in all aspects of life.

This presentation is scheduled for Concurrent Session 1 (11:15 a.m.), Concurrent Session 2 (1:30 p.m.), and Concurrent Session 3 (2:30 p.m.)

Learning Diversity and Inclusion Through the Salem Witch Trials

Catherine Bishop, Georgia Southern University

Concurrent Sessions 1-4 (RU 2047)

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop is mix of short lecture, simulation activity, and discussion that will encourage participants to think and talk about why biases exist and how we can overcome them to attain true inclusion and fairness. The presenter will use the Salem Witch Trials as an example and basis of an activity.

This presentation is scheduled for Concurrent Session 1 (11:15 a.m.), Concurrent Session 2 (1:30 p.m.), and Concurrent Session 3 (2:30 p.m.)

3:30 PM

BE Panel

Isabel Thomas, Georgia Southern University
Domonick Pitts, Georgia Southern University
Chaverle Noel, Georgia Southern University
Samantha Bauer, Georgia Southern University

RU Theater

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Panel Discussion