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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Nearly 70 SRU faculty, students join three-day 'Diversity, Inclusion Series'

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University's three-day "Diversity and Inclusion Series" programs will offer more than 16 breakout sessions presented by nearly 70 faculty, students and guest speakers.

"This year we have worked to involve more faculty and students as guests and panelists," said Erin Strain, director of SRU's Leadership Development Program who has stepped in as program organizer following the departure of previous chair Jessamine Montero-Michaels. "With all-day programs, we hope students and faculty will join in the various programs as their schedules permit. I think the all-day 'Bridges Out of Poverty Certification,' planned for March 6 will be especially popular."

"With the schedule as full as it is, we welcome people to attend as their schedule permits," she said.

All sessions are in the Smith Student Center Ballroom.

Keynote speakers include:

William Sturkey, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina and a historian of modern American, African American and Southern History, who will present "Killing Jim Crow: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Struggle to End Racial Segregation in Dixie," at noon, March 3, and "The Freedom News: The 1964 Freedom Newspapers and the Power of Expressive Resistance in the Classroom" at 1 p.m.

Lynda McKinley Lambert, a 1989 SRU fine and performing arts graduate and a 1994 master's degree in English graduate, now with a studio in Wurtemburg, who will deliver a "Vision and Revision: Creating Art with Limited Sight, Not Limited Vision" address at 11 a.m., March 4, and "Mythos of Blindness and Next Steps to Recovery: The rehabilitation process" at 12:30 p.m. And,

Jim Ott, of ah! Consulting, who will deliver a "Bridges Out of Poverty Certification" workshop at 7:30 a.m., March 6.

Additional details on the speakers is available at:

March 3, programs begin at 9 a.m. with Joy Urda, instructor in exercise and rehabilitative sciences, and Randy Nichols, professor of physical and health education, discussing "Wellness at Work: Acting Today and Changing Tomorrow," which will provide awareness of opportunities at work to improve health and wellness.

Heather Hertel will offer an update on the International Juried Exhibit of Women's Self-Portraiture on display through March 14 in Martha Gault Art Gallery, at 10 a.m.

"What about the Women: Unfinished Business for the Constitution" is being presented by Jodiann Solito, director of SRU's Women's Center" at 11 a.m., and Junko Yamamoto, associate professor of secondary education/foundations of education, will offer "Promoting World Culture Awareness Through Literature: Kappa Delta Pi's 'Read Across the World'" program being partnered with Moraine Elementary School.

Elizabeth Kemeny, instructor, and Colleen Cooke, associate professor, both in the parks and recreation department, will lead a session titled "The Impact of SRU Service-Learning Wellness Program on Students' Knowledge and Skills for Inclusion Practices for Individuals with Disabilities" at 2 p.m., and Health Rice, assistant professor, Sharon Sykora, associate professor, and David Kershaw, assistant professor, all in the political science department, will offer "Rolling Back Voting Rights: The Rising Tide of Voter Suppression" also at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., George Brown, professor of political science, along with SRU students who attended the International Model NATO Conference in Washington, D.C., will present how "Model NATO and International Diversity" work together at.

Heather Frederick, assistant professor of political science, and a number of her students will offer presentations on civil rights issues and struggles under the "Civil Rights and Personal Experience" title. Frederick and student representatives will also present "Historical Figures of Civil Rights" at 4 p.m.

Bystander intervention, a topic frequently in the news, will be the subject of "Step Up! Bystander Intervention" offered by Renee Bateman, health promotion coordinator and student presenters, at 4 p.m.

The conference's second day opens at 8 a.m., with Maribeth Miller, associate professor of physical and health education, and graduate students presenting "People First Language Speak Out," and Dallas Jackson, assistant professor, Robert Arnold, professor, Pam Arnhold, assistant professor, and Wendy Fagan, instructor, all in the physical and health education department and, Linda Quidone, director of the Office for Students with Disabilities, and Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president, offering "The Reality of Climate Change and What We Can Do About It Now" at 9:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m., Pam Soeder, professor, and James Preston, assistant professor, both in the elementary education and early childhood development department, and Keith Dils, dean of SRU's College of Education, will present "The College of Education's performance-based assessments used to measure SRU teacher candidates' ability to teach diverse students in diverse settings."

Ted Hoover, from the Persad Center's Safe Zone Program, will offer "Signs of Suicide: Awareness and Prevention" at 11:30 a.m.

The afternoon session opens at 2 p.m. with Margie Riddell, manager of SRU's Payroll Office, Chris Cuberto, assistant professor in the SRU Counseling Center, Corinne Gibson, director of the SRU Office of Multicultural Development, and Christine Pease-Hernandez, assistant professor of communication, discussing the "Civil Rights Movement: Impacting Student Voices."

SRU student organizations RockOUT and Building Bridges will offer "Breaking it Down!," an interactive workshop focused on majority and minority status, community building and an exploration of societal rules at 3:30 p.m. George Brown, professor of political science, and students from the Model African Union will present "International Diversity and Model African Union at 3:30 p.m.

The day concludes with a showing of the award-winning film "Transamerica" in the Smith Student Center Theater followed by a discussion led by Debbie Schell, assistant director of the center.

The event's final day is devoted to the "Bridges Out of Poverty Certification" workshop. The program runs 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre-registration is required and should be made by calling 724.738.2414.

The President's Commission on Disability, the President Commission on Women, the President's Commission on Sustainability, the President's Commission on Wellness, the President's Commission on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, the President Commission on Race and Ethnicity and the President's Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Office are sponsoring the series.

The complete Diversity and Inclusion Series speaker's schedule is available at: schedule.pdf

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