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Where Do We Go From Here: Creating An Intersectional Vision for Radical Social Change

June 13-16, 2017

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The 37th annual meeting of the AJCU Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE) will be held on the campus of Fairfield University from June 13, 2017 – June 16, 2017 in Fairfield, Connecticut.

CDE provides an opportunity for colleagues throughout the Jesuit College and University family and other networks to come together at the annual meeting to discuss relevant issues impacting diversity and equity on our respective campuses, as well to network with each other.

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Schedule

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
CDE Executive Board Meeting
TIME:
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
DSB 106
EVENT:
Annual Meeting & On Campus Lodging Check-in
TIME:
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Dining Room
EVENT:
Welcome Reception
TIME:
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Dining Room
EVENT:
Hospitality Area
TIME:
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Fireplace Lounge

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Annual Meeting & Check-in
TIME:
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION:
DSB Dining Room
EVENT:
Continental Breakfast
TIME:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Orientation for First Time Attendees
TIME:
8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
LOCATION:
DSB 108
EVENT:
Plenary Session
Chief Diversity Officers Session
TIME:
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Concurrent Session #1

Session A - “Beneath the Surface”
Session B - “Biblical Interpretation as a mode of Social Change”
TIME:
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
LOCATION:
Session A: DSB 105

Session B: DSB 110A
EVENT:
Lunch
TIME:
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
University Welcome and Featured Speaker Dr. Tanya Williams
TIME:
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Concurrent Session #2

Session C - “Identifying Implicit Bias to Create Social Change in Jesuit Higher Education”
Session D - “Because of the Mission? Mission-Talk About Racial and Religious Diversity at AJCU Schools”
TIME:
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Session C: DSB 105

Session D: DSB 110A
EVENT:
Networking Break
TIME:
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
DSB Main Lobby
EVENT:
Concurrent Session #3

Session E - “Recruiting and Hiring Teacher Scholars for Mission”
Session F - “The Global Scholars Program: Increasing Diversity in Study Abroad”
TIME:
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
LOCATION:
Session E: DSB 105

Session F: DSB 110A
EVENT:
Mass
TIME:
5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
LOCATION:
Jesuit Residence
EVENT:
Reception: Hosted by the Fairfield Jesuit Community
TIME:
5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
LOCATION:
Jesuit Residence
EVENT:
Dinner "On Your Own"
TIME:
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
EVENT:
Hospitality Area
TIME:
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Fireplace Lounge

Thursday, June 15, 2017

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Breakfast and Regional Meetings
TIME:
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Plenary Session

Funding the Revolution: A Guide to Understanding University Development and How Best to Partner to Secure Philanthropic Investments in Diversity and Inclusion
TIME:
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
CDE Business Meeting & Elections
TIME:
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
LOCATION:
DSB 110A
EVENT:
Lunch
TIME:
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Featured Speaker: Dr. Raymond Reyes
TIME:
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Concurrent Session #4

Session G - “Understanding Our Students and Their (In)Ability to Create Change”
Session H - “Undocumented, DACAmented, Mix Status . . . What does this all mean?
TIME:
1:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Session G: DSB 110A

Session H: DSB 105
EVENT:
Plenary Session
An Intersectional Approach for Discussing “The Other” in Politically Charged Contexts
TIME:
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Free time
TIME:
4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
LOCATION:
EVENT:
Closing Banquet and Speaker: Dr. Yohuru Williams
TIME:
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Dolan School of Business Dining Room
EVENT:
Hospitality Area
TIME:
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Fireplace Lounge

Friday, June 16, 2017

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by: Thomas Pellegrino, PhD, JD, vice president for Student Affairs
TIME:
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Dining Room
EVENT:
On-Campus Checkout
TIME:
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Fireplace Lounge

Concurrent Sessions

“Beneath the Surface”
Julian Haas, MA, assistant director, LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University

The rapid expansion of language and experiences around our relationship to Gender and Sexuality calls for new ways of interpreting and engaging in the classroom. In this workshop attendees will discuss existing and emerging language and concepts related to Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation. Participants will then work through a series of exercises to discover their own entry point and develop strategies for creating more inclusive classrooms, and programs. We invite all faculty and staff interested in integrating classroom and program culture; and those wishing to enhance existing practice to meet the changing needs of students.

 

“Biblical Interpretation as a mode of Social Change”
Rev. Abby King-Kaiser, M.Div., associate director, Xavier University
Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr, M.Div., gospel choir director, Xavier University

Common Ground is a mostly Protestant worship at Xavier, functioning as church, mostly, for the students who attend. Using the spiritual practices and SLOS of the Common Ground Team, participants will consider how expanding our notions of religious spaces grounds students in understanding a world with multiple perspectives, multiple interpretations, and help them to develop the notion of multiple literacies. These practices then influence their engagement in the world, forming their ability to see beyond their own perspective. Participants will reflect on religious spaces on their own campus to look for ways to teach a spirituality that inspires social change.

 

“Identifying Implicit Bias to Create Social Change in Jesuit Higher Education”
Joseph Bernardo, PhD, intercultural affairs associate, Loyola Marymount University
Abbie Robinson-Armstrong, vice president, Intercultural Affairs, Loyola Marymount University
Steven Neal, MSEd, M.Div., director, Academic Community of Excellence, Loyola Marymount University

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner (Kirwin Institute, 2016, p. 14). This session provides an overview of the first part of Loyola Marymount University two-part Implicit Bias Initiative and its anticipated impact on the campus community. This multi-year initiative, which began in 2016, aims to increase the bias literacy of faculty, staff, and students, enhance multicultural understanding, stimulate behavioral change, and positively affect social change within higher education. The session will highlight components of the initiative including, identifying implicit bias and real-world implications.

 

“Because of the Mission? Mission-Talk About Racial and Religious Diversity at AJCU Schools”
Nancy Dallavalle, PhD, vice president for Mission & Identity & associate professor of Religious Studies, Fairfield University

This 20-minute presentation (followed by discussion) unpacks a common refrain at AJCU schools, that is, that we value diversity not in addition to being Jesuit and Catholic, but because we are Jesuit and Catholic. It teases apart that claim in two ways. First, it presents the notions of catholicity and the Ignatian understanding that God is found "in all things," notions that support this claim. But second, recognizing that race and religion are different sorts of difference (and that each has been used in problematic ways), it presents the limits of this claim, asking how it can be effectively and honestly understood, and operationalized, for our students, faculty and staff.

 

“Recruiting and Hiring Teacher Scholars for Mission”
Kimberly Misa, research associate, Loyola Marymount University
Abbie Robinson-Armstrong, PhD, vice president, Intercultural Affairs, Loyola Marymount University
José M. Chávez, BA, academic affairs associate, Loyola Marymount University

This session highlights Loyola Marymount University’s strategic efforts to grow their faculty for mission and faculty of color. Presenters detail these efforts including targeted recruiting at conferences, professional development provided to faculty search committees, and utilizing institutional data on our faculty by ethnicity and gender. Such efforts help to yield diverse candidate pools while also equipping faculty search committee members with the tools to implement successful searches. Further, this approach has the potential to lead to radical social change by diversifying the faculty, which in turn positively impacts our students while at our institution and throughout the rest of their lives.

 

“The Global Scholars Program: Increasing Diversity in Study Abroad”
Anita Deeg-Carlin, MS, associate director, International Studies Program, Fairfield University

With support from a Department of Education grant, Fairfield’s International Studies Program and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program launched the Global Scholars Program in Fall 2016. The program encourages and supports students who are underrepresented in Study Abroad – such as students of color, first generation university students, and student athletes – to intern in the Global South during the summer. This presentation discusses the barriers that underrepresented students face when considering studying abroad and incorporates their reflections from the field to illustrate the value of immersive experiences abroad, particularly in the context of the Global South.

 

“Understanding Our Students and Their (In)Ability to Create Change”
Taj Smith, PhD, director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Xavier University

Based on four semesters worth of data from an Intro to Gender & Diversity Studies course, participants will grapple with how students of various demographics understand their identity development, and discern their readiness to create social change after spending a semester learning about power, privilege and oppression.

 

“Undocumented, DACAmented, Mix status…What does this all mean?”
Angel Garcia, MS, assistant director of Residential Education, Georgetown University
Jessica Chilin, executive assistant, Georgetown University

This session will highlight the experiences of undocumented students at Georgetown University and the ways in which faculty and staff can be allies to both undocumented students and students from mixed status families. We will share an overview of the national landscape in regards to undocumented students at universities nationwide, with a focus on what Georgetown is currently doing to support their respective journeys.

Registration & Costs

Registration Costs:

The Registration fee for CDE includes access to all conference materials and all meals (beginning with Tuesday night reception). Fee includes complimentary wireless access across campus, and free parking. Please note that Housing is NOT included in the registration fee.


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Registration Type:

Late Registration

$425 (May 16, 2017 - June 16, 2017)



Special Registration Type

Fairfield University Faculty/Staff: $200

Fairfield University Undergraduate/Graduate Students $100



REFUND POLICY: Registration and Housing fees are fully refundable until June 1st. After June 1st, refunds will be done on a case-by-case basis.

Trip & Lodging

FABER HALL ACCOMODATIONS

Lodging is available on-campus for all CDE participants at a competitive rate. Participants will be housed in Faber Hall. Participants will be staying in single occupancy rooms, with private bathrooms. The rate includes all linens and towels. More details about Faber Hall are available. Participants may request double occupancy room for reduced rate.

CDE participants are strongly encouraged to make arrangements to stay on-campus. The Housing fee is NOT included in the registration fee. On-campus lodging is available in Faber Hall, which is air conditioned.

CDE participants will be housed in traditional residence hall rooms with a private bathroom. All rooms will include linen and towels and wireless access. The residence hall is accessible for wheelchairs and includes an elevator.


DETAILS:

Rate: $84 per night (includes applicable taxes)
Check-in: 12 Noon on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Check-out: 12 Noon, Friday, June 16, 2017


Faber Hall

LOCATED AT NUMBER 47 ON THE CAMPUS MAP


The Circle Inn

Fairfield University has reserved rooms from June 13, 2017 – June 16, 2017 at a special rate of $109/per night. Reservations can be made by accessing the fairfieldcircleinn.com website and clicking under Menu and Corporate/Group Discounts and entering the Discount Code "FFL67" where appropriate to receive the rate. Reservations can also be made by calling the hotel directly at 203-255-0491 and mentioning the group block. The cutoff date to make reservations under the group rate is May 23, 2017.


LOCATION:

Fairfield University’s 200-acre idyllic campus is situated on Connecticut's coastline, providing for beautiful, unforgettable surroundings. Located on Long Island Sound, Fairfield, Connecticut, has been ranked among America's best places to live by numerous publications for its beauty and quality of life. Downtown Fairfield is home to restaurants, theaters, museums and galleries - not to mention five beaches and a marina. Easy train access means we're close enough to New York City to turn a day trip into an adventure, yet far enough to make Fairfield seem like a completely different world.

Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
203-254-4000


FLYING TO CONNECTICUT


PUBLIC TRANSIT

Metro North EAST service to Fairfield from NYC and New Haven:

For information, from within Connecticut, call (800) 638-7646. In New York's Westchester and Dutchess Counties, dial (212) 532-4900. Car service is available at Fairfield Railroad Station.


Amtrak service to Bridgeport from Boston and Hartford:

For information, call (800) USA-RAIL. The Bridgeport station is approximately 10 minutes by car from Fairfield University. A 24-hour taxi service to Fairfield is available. For information, call (203) 255-5797.


DRIVING TO FAIRFIELD

From New York via Connecticut Turnpike (I-95):

Take exit 22 in Connecticut - Round Hill Road. Continue straight through the stop sign at the end of the ramp. At the traffic light, take a left onto North Benson Road (Rt. 135) and continue straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights.) The sign for the main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left.


From Providence and New Haven via Connecticut Turnpike (I-95):

Take exit 22 in Connecticut - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left.


From Hartford or Vermont via I-91:

Take I-91 South to I-95 South in New Haven. Take exit 22 in Connecticut - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left.


From New York via Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15):

Take exit 44. Turn left off the ramp, and turn right onto Black Rock Tpke. (Rt. 58) at the light. Proceed 2 miles to Stillson Rd. (Rt. 135) and turn right. Bear left, at the second light, onto North Benson Road. The University entrance will be on your right.


From Hartford and New Haven via Merritt Parkway (Rt. 15):

Take exit 44, take a quick left off the ramp, then take another quick left onto Black Rock Tpke. (Rt. 58), proceed 2 miles to Stillson Rd. (Rt. 135) and turn right. Bear left, at the second light, onto North Benson Road. The University entrance will be on your right.


From Boston/New Hampshire and North:

Take the Mass Pike (Route 90) West to I-84 West (exit 9). Merge onto I-91 South. I-91 merges into I-95 South in New Haven. Take exit 22 - North Benson Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp onto North Benson Rd. (Rte. 135). Go straight for 0.8 miles (through two traffic lights). The main entrance to Fairfield University will be on the left.


Contact Us

If you have questions about CDE 2017, please contact:

William Johnson, CDE 2017 Host Chair

Associate Dean of Students
Fairfield University
203-254-4211, wjohnson@fairfield.edu


Raymond V. Plaza, CDE 2017 Vice Chair

Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion
Santa Clara University
408-551-3383 (phone); rplaza@scu.edu


Caroline Fain, Program Assistant

Dean of Students Office
Fairfield University
203-254-4211, cfain@fairfield.edu


About CDE

Mission

Responding to the Jesuit call to stand in solidarity for and with others, the Conference on Diversity and Equity strives to ensure access and success of underrepresented students, provide professional guidance, and educate on diversity, social justice and equity.


Vision

AJCU CDE will be recognized as a leader in generating and promoting best practices regarding diversity and equity in higher education by actualizing magis to meet the challenges/demands/needs of an ever-evolving learning environment.


History

Founded in 1981, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) established the Conference on Multicultural Affairs (CMA) to provide a forum for diversity/multicultural affairs professionals and students from Jesuit universities and colleges across the United States to share information relative to students of color.

CDE is hosted annually on the campus of an AJCU member institution. The summer conference brings together colleagues of all areas of campus to discuss the broad range of issues that significantly impact the education of students of color in Jesuit institutions of higher education. In so doing, we endeavor to assist Jesuit institutions to identify those issues that are of the most immediate concern to their constituencies and develop strategies to effectively address those issues.


Regions

The CDE is composed of four regions: Northeastern, Southeastern, Midwestern, and Western. Each region has a representative, and each Jesuit college or university in the respective region has a campus representative.


CDE Structure & Board

The CDE Executive Board consists of a chair, vice chair and parliamentarian, secretary, treasurer, information officer, regional representatives, archivist, historian emritus, and board advisors. The annual meeting site coordinator also attends all board meetings. Within the framework of its organizational structure, the CDE establishes ad-hoc subcommittees which normally are short-termed in duration.


AJCU CDE 2018 Annual Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be hosted by Marquette University from June 24 – 27, 2018.