2014 EIUnity Diversity Conference
Friday, February 7, 2014
Confronting the "ISM"
9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Conference at a Glance:
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration
3rd Floor Lounge, University Union
Safe Zone Training
Phase I - Casey Room
Phase II - Oakland Room
Multicultural Issues in Counseling
Presenters: Angi Parker & Lindsay Wilson, Counseling Center
Multicultural Issues in Counseling will identify barriers that may prevent a person
from entering into counseling and ways they may be addressed. Also, will address
other multi-cultural stigmas and issues that may arise in counseling sessions.
Making Sexual Orientation Relevant: Messages about Sexual Orientation
During Ordinary Interactions
Presenters: Clinton Brown, Student/Undergraduate Honor’s Thesis, Dr. Shirley Bell,
Faculty Advisor & Dr. Richard Jones, Faculty Advisor
This study explores the communicative practices people utilize to construct and inter-
pret messages concerning sexual orientation in everyday interpersonal interactions
and how it becomes relevant during the interaction. The study’s data draw on the re-
sults from self-report questionnaires administered to Eastern Illinois students (N=574)
during the Fall of 2012 and findings from in-depth interview data (N=6) conducted
during the same time period. The integration of both data sets offers evidence concern-
ing the ways in which members of a non-dominant cultural community are constrained
by dominant cultural values and norms.
Culturally Responsive Teaching in the College Classroom
Presenter: Dr. Catherine L. Polydore, Assistant Professor of CSD
Recent research suggests that a gap persists in the utility of culturally responsive
pedagogy (CRP) at the tertiary level. This interactive workshop will present the concept
of CRP, facilitate the reflection on current practices, and provide concrete examples of
how CRP can be applied in a variety of college classrooms.
Taking Diversity One Step Further: A Pluralist Perspective and Insights from
the Gulen Movement
Presenter: Omer Topaloglu, Assistant Professor of Marketing
We are fortunate enough to witness that the diverse makeup of our society has been
acknowledged by many. This presentation attempts to encourage stretching the
boundaries a little more, argues for proactively engaging with diversity, not settling
with apathetic tolerance, but embracing the differences, and concludes with a
contemporary example of pluralism.
Using LGBT Literature to Promote Diversity in the English Language Arts
Presenter: Teresita M. Hunt, Assistant Professor
Using lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature in the English
Language Arts classroom can help teacher candidates and in-service teachers explore
LGBT topics to dispel stereotypes, biases, and negative attitudes that exist. This will
be an interactive session in which participants can address these issues.
Vulnerability Issues in Disasters
Presenter: Bill Lovekamp, Associate Professor of Sociology
(No Abstract Provided)
The American Debt to African American Struggles
Presenter: Michael Loudon, Professor of English
African American struggles have moved the reality of American experience ever closer
to the ideals of America by creating an economic foundation, a political integrity, a
cultural synthesis and a spiritual redemption grounded in African humanism. Their
struggles for freedom continue to sustain all Americans in their quest for freedom.
Perceptions of Campus by Students Who Self-Identify as Having a Disability
Presenter: Cynthia Nichols, Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity
How EIU students, who self-identify as having a disability, view interactions among
students and perceive campus accommodations and services for persons with dis-
abilities will be presented. Responses from the fall 2013 climate survey will be shared,
as well as longitudinal data collected from students and other sources of information.
Understanding Poverty: A Look at Haiti and Understanding Students of Low
Presenter: Corey Gifford, Assistant Director, Counseling Center
This presentation will encourage you to open your mind to the different ways that
people live in the world. We will be looking at severe poverty in Haiti to help us under-
stand the limited resources that students have when they are from low socio economic
T-Time: Transgender 101
Presenters: Ben Wilburn, President, EIU Pride & Mol Ferris, EIU Pride
Join us for a cup of “T” as we offer a brief overview of the transgender spectrum and
touch on topics from trans* health issues to what it means to be trans* in college. We
will speak from experience on how to integrate progressive programming on campus to
Debt Doesn’t Care Who You Are!: Showing Students How to Become Debt Free
Presenter: Ja’Net Adams, Professional Speaker, EMACK Consulting
Debt doesn’t care what race, what ethnicity, what gender you are! Debt has an impact
on lives no matter the background and students are currently being affected the most
by debt. With the student loan debt now passing $1 trillion dollars students all over the
country are suffering financially and have not even walked across the stage yet! This
session will show students how to avoid common financial pitfalls in and after college
so that they can become debt free and live the life they always dreamed of.
NPHC Greek Organizations: Moving Beyond the Step Routines
Presenter: Dr. Shawn Peoples, Associate Director of Student Standards
The Divine 9 organizations of the National Pan-Hellenic Council were founded during a
time when African-Americans were struggling for equality. These organizations pro-
vided an opportunity for college students to come together to unite and provide a
supportive space for equality. However, many people associate the organizations with
stepping and strolling. Have the goals and objectives of these organizations changed?
Do they still have a prominent place on our campuses and in our communities? This
workshop will provide for open dialogue regarding the status of the organizations and
their relevance today.
Making Excellence Inclusive: Addressing Equity for Academic Achievement
Presenters: Bonnie Irwin, Debra A Reid, Richard Jones, Christiane K Eydt-Beebe,
Jeannie Ludlow & Felix Kumah-Abiwu
Making Excellence Inclusive (MEI) is a national initiative with 4 major components:
1) focusing on student intellectual and social development; 2) cross-campus
collaboration in support of enhanced student learning; 3) attention to cultural
differences learners bring to their educational experiences; 4) creating a welcoming
community that engages diversity in support of student learning. A group of faculty
from the College of Arts and Humanities will share in this session their approach to
MEI and invite those in attendance to share strategies to truly make excellence
inclusive on EIU’s campus.
Religion and Spirituality Among African American Students
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Robinson, Faculty
Religion and spirituality have historically been and continue to be central to African
Americans. This presentation will discuss the influence of campus ministry for African
American students. Behavior, coping, and academics are key concepts considered.
Through the Eyes of the Oppressed
Presenter: Black Graduate Student Association
In this session, the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) will show a film that
highlights Jane Elliott's controversial "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes Experiment". In the film,
Jane Elliott exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is, an irrational class system
based upon purely arbitrary factors. In response to the assassination of Martin Luther
King, Jr. over forty years ago, Jane Elliott devised the controversial and startling,
"Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise. This exercise labels participants as inferior or
superior based solely upon the color of their eyes and exposes them to the experience
of being a minority.
EIU Students’ Perception of Campus Climate
Presenters: Cynthia Nichols, Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, Caridad
Brito, Professor of Psychology & Willie Black, Heather Dragoo, Jennifer Muser, Office of
Civil Rights and Diversity
EIU students’ perceptions of other students’ attitudes and behaviors affecting campus
climate will be presented. Responses from the fall 2013 climate survey will be shared,
in the context of longitudinal data collected from students since 2001. Attendees will be
given the opportunity to discuss and explore these attitudes.
Think Tanks (What Would You Do?)
Please join us for the EIUnity Diversity Conference
Deadline Date for Registration: Tuesday, February 4, 2014