DIRECTO enables ways to incorporate diversity and inclusion in research projects, teaching methods, and higher education life at FSU by

  • Offering a “safe-space” for individuals, groups, and the Tallahassee higher education community to feel comfortable to discuss issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Connecting people and initiatives on campus that can increase diversity and enhance equity and inclusion.

Our actions foster opened dialogue and help to move forward the quest for diversity and inclusion in higher education in Tallahassee.

Conference registration and agenda coming soon!

Conference Welcome will be given by President John Thrasher, Keynote speakers are Dr. Pamela Mccauley, and Dr. James Frazier (see more information below), and breakout and poster sessions will be facilitated by faculty, staff, students, and postdocs from FSU, TCC, FAMU, Valdosta State, and Auburn.


Keynote: Pamela Mccauley, PH.D., C.P.E.

Dr. Pamela McCauley is an ergonomics and biomechanics expert, an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, a Professor and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida where she leads the Human Factors and Ergonomics in Disaster Management Research Team. She previously held the position of Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She is the author of over 80 technical papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and the best-selling ergonomics textbook, Ergonomics: Foundational Principles, Applications, and Technologies. Many of her leadership, diversity, innovation and STEM education related keynote talks draw from her research-based book; Transforming Your STEM Career Through Leadership and Innovation: Inspiration and Strategies for Women, which examines the growing need for leadership and innovation in America, particularly among women and STEM professionals. To inspire students, particularly minorities and females, to consider careers in STEM, she authored, Winners Don’t Quit…Today they Call Me Doctor, in which she shares her challenging yet inspirational journey to engineering success despite financial, academic and personal difficulties.

Dr. McCauley is an award-winning educator often described as an “outstanding” professor and “enthusiastic” teacher. Her teaching efforts have resulted in the receipt of both the College of Engineering Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the Teaching Incentive Program Award (TIP). She is also the recipient of the National 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Award for Educational Leadership and the Promotion of College-Level Education.

The U.S. State Department awarded Dr. McCauley the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship for the 2015-2016 term. Jefferson Science Fellowships are distinguished appointments to senior academics based on their stature, recognition, and experience in the national and international scientific or engineering communities, and their ability to rapidly and accurately understand scientific advancements outside their discipline area to effectively integrate this knowledge into U.S. Department of State/USAID policy discussions.

Dr. McCauley has the distinction of being a 2012 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Specialist Program Awardee for her US-New Zealand Human Engineering and Mobile Technology in High Consequence Emergency Management Research Program. Due to her extensive expertise in biomechanics, human factors, and ergonomic design, Dr. McCauley is a highly sought Certified Professional Ergonomist (C.P.E.) and Expert Witness.

Keynote: James Frazier

Dr. James Frazier is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Affairs for the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of the Arts, where he is a tenured Professor. Now rounding out his twelfth year at VCU, Dr. Frazier chaired VCU’s Department of Dance and Choreography from 2007-2012. This is his third season as Co-Dean of the American Dance Festival.

Frazier earned an EdD in Dance from Temple University and both a MFA in Dance and a BS in Marketing from Florida State University. He serves as a Visiting Evaluator for the dance accrediting body - the National Association of Schools of Dance, and he has held the elected offices of President and Secretary of the Council of Dance Administrators (a national organization).

Dr. Frazier danced and toured professionally with Kokuma Dance Theatre Company (England), Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Texas), and was a founding member of Edgeworks Dance Theater (Washington, DC); and he has worked as a guest or creative collaborator with many others, performing nationally, including engagements at Jacob’s Pillow, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Dance Place, the Publick Playhouse [sic], Philadelphia’s Prince Music Theater, The Joyce (SoHo) and more. His own choreography has been presented in numerous US venues, including the Kennedy Center (Concert Hall and Millennium Stage). In 2009 he was commissioned to create a new ballet on the Richmond Ballet Company. He is a past recipient of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Choreographic Fellowship.

Past appointments include: Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance History, Florida State University; Associate Artistic Director, Dance Institute of Washington (District of Columbia); and Publicity Coordinator for the Urban Bush Women Summer Dance Institute (1998 and 1999); and adjunct appointments as a dance instructor at Florida A & M University, Florida State University, Temple University and Montgomery College (MD). Dr. Frazier participated in the mentoring program of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, and serves as Co-chair of its Diversity Task Force. He is a graduate of VCU’s Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, and is a member of The Honor Society of Phi
Kappa Phi.

Meet our Committee*


*If you want to be part of our committee, email us at

Call for Proposals


DIRECTO cordially invites all students, faculty, alumni, and staff from FSU, FAMU, and TCC to submit proposals for  its

2nd Annual Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion in Research & Teaching 

Sep 27th, 9 am – 5 pm

Turnbull Conference Center

(555 W Pensacola St, Tallahassee)


Submit Abstracts here

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Deadline for proposals:

 June 24th, 2019

DIRECTO’s Annual Fall Symposium seeks to promote constructive dialogue and provide participants opportunities to discuss issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and equity. More importantly, we want attendees and participants to walk away from the event with tangible ways to promote diversity and foster inclusion in their research projects and teaching methods.

The symposium is supported by the President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Division of Student Affairs, the Congress of Graduate Students (COGS), and the Graduate School at Florida State University.

Interested parties should submit a 150-250-word abstract describing a breakout session or poster that addresses a specific element of diversity and inclusion and how it relates to teaching and/or research [read more]. Participants are encouraged to think “outside-the-box” for their presentation structure and review suggestions for presentation formats here

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Past Events

2019 Spring Conversation Series

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Links to the presentations files and photo gallery

Spring Conversation Series Goal

We hope these events will create a “safe-space” for individuals and groups within the FSU community to discuss issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and equity. More importantly, we want attendees and participants to walk away from the event with tangible ways to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their research projects and teaching methods.


Each Conversation Event is organized in two parts. The first begins at 11:30 AM, with a presenter or presenters leading a conversation on the topic designated for that day. We will then have lunch from 12:15-12:45 PM (lunch is included, but be sure to indicate if you plan to stay for lunch when you register). The second part is after lunch and will feature a second presenter or presenters leading another conversation on the topic designated for that day.  Presentations will be designed in formats conducive to encouraging conversation and participation on issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity.


11:15 AM: Check-in open

11:30 – 12:15 PM: First presentation/conversation

12:12 – 12:45 PM: Lunch (included for those who have registered for lunch)

12:45 – 1:30 PM: Second presentation/conversation

*Check for updates on presentation titles and descriptions coming soon!

*Presentations will be facilitated by students, faculty, staff, and administration from a variety of disciplines across campus. Seating is limited, so register soon!


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Join us for our upcoming University‐wide Diversity and Inclusion in Research & Teaching book club, sponsored by the FSU President’s Diversity & Inclusion Mini‐Grant Program. This book club will provide an opportunity to "continue the conversations" started at the Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching, which will be held at FSU 10/5/2018. Participants for the book club and symposium are welcome from all areas of the university: faculty, staff, undergraduate students, graduate students & alumni!


The first 20 people who sign up to attend all 4 book club meetings, AND the Inaugural Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion in Research & Teaching (to be held on 10/5/18) will receive a free copy of this book!!!

Register here:

When: Fridays, 3-5 pm 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, & 11/9
Where: Room 3009 Honors, Scholars, & Fellows House

Download the Flyer by Clicking Here!


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Inaugural Symposium on Diversity & Inclusion in Research & Teaching

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The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE), and the Fellows Society have teamed up to host the First FSU-wide symposium focusing on diversity and inclusion in teaching and research. The symposium is part of the President’s Diversity & Inclusion Mini-Grant program, which sponsors projects that engage with the University’s mission statement, strategic plan, and commitment to diversity. The symposium aims to have an impact on a significant portion of the campus community and will be open to all students, faculty, alumni, and staff.

Download PDF Flyer by Clicking Here!


Symposium goal

We hope this event will create a “safe-space” for individuals and groups within the FSU community to discuss issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and equity. More importantly, we want attendees and participants to walk away from the event with tangible ways to incorporate diversity and inclusion in their research projects and teaching methods.

Date and Location

The symposium will take place on October 5, 2018 in the Nancy H. Marcus Great Hall (4th floor) of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House (HSF)

Register for the symposium by clicking here!


The symposium is organized in two parts. The first begins at 9am with a plenary session with keynote speakers. The second is in the afternoon and will feature a series of breakout sessions, approximately 45 minutes in length, focusing on specific concerns relating to issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, accessibility, etc. in teaching and research. In addition to the symposium, there will be an accompanying book group based on The Art of Effective Facilitation: Reflections From Social Justice Educators, by Lisa M. Landreman (Editor) This book would nicely lend itself to discussion of how particular topics in diversity and inclusion (race, gender, disability/ability, etc.) can and should be best approached when we teach and present our research.

Symposium registration:



Click here for the Symposium Photo Gallery & here for a video with the keynote speakers' presentations!

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Click here to see the Symposium Program!

8:30 – 8:55 AM Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:55 – 9:00 AM Welcome remarks by Provost Sally E. McRorie, Ph.D.

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9:00 – 9:40 AM Dr. Keisha John, Director of Diversity Programs at the University of Virginia. Talk: Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Research and Teaching. 

9:40 - 10:20 AM Dr. Roxanne Hughes, Director for Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the MagLab. Talk: The Causes for Women's Underrepresentation in STEM and What We Can Do About it.

10:20 – 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:20 AM Student Panel - Reflections on Diversity and Inclusion in Learning on Campus

11:20 – 12:00 PM Dr. Michael Bakan, Professor of Ethnomusicology at FSU. Talk: Neurodiverse Dialogues on Life, Music, and Autism.

12:00 – 2:00 PM Lunch Break (on your own)

2:00 - 4:30 PM Breakout sessions (there will be four sessions held concurrently in 2nd & 3rd floor classrooms during each session –check for updates on session titles coming soon!)

----Download the Breakout Session Abstracts by clicking here----

   Session 1Understanding Identities (2:00 - 2:45 PM)

  • “I Don’t See Color” and Other “Not So Woke” Insight on Diversity & Inclusion (Interactive Workshop) by Rod Kelley, Patricia Golay, and Kimberly Burgess - ACE (Academic Center for Excellence - Faculty and Staff)
  • Discrimination: Evidence, Consequences, and Ways to Overcome It (Interactive Workshop) by Hanna Hoover, Ellis Magee, and Tobias Potter -  Economics (Graduate Students)
  • Applying the Culturally Relevant Leadership Learning Model for Transformative Curriculum Design (Interactive workshop) by Laura Osteen - Center for Leadership and Social Change, and Maritza Torres - Leadership Learning Research Center (Staff)
  • International Students, Teachers, Researchers, and Cultural Awareness (Roundtable) by Thayumanasamy Somasundaram - Institute of Molecular Biophysics (Faculty)

   Session 2Theorizing Solutions (2:55 - 3:40 PM)

  • Reimagining Subjectivities: Using Cultural Intuition as Qualitative Researchers (Talking Circle) by Estee Hernandez & Sophia Rahming Graduate Students - Higher Education (Graduate Students)
  • Understanding the Challenges of Bilingual and Multilingual Writers (Interactive Workshop) by Maria Mendoza and Patrick Kennell -  CIES (Center for Intensive English Studies - Staff)
  • The STEM landscape for women (Talking Circle) by Roxanne Hughes and Amy McKenna - MagLab (Faculty and Staff)
  • Women in the Evolving Patriarchy of Digital Texts and Creative Media (Roundtable) by Caroline Krafcik - English Department (Undergraduate Student)

   Session 3Applications: Case Studies and Examples (3:50 - 4:35 PM)

  • Socially Responsible Arts Administration: A Case Study in Teaching & Learning (Innovative Case Study) by Antonio C. Cuyler -  Art Education (Faculty)
  • Increasing Graduate Minority Participation in Physics Via a Bridge Program (Case study and panel discussion) by Simon Capstick - Physics (Faculty and Graduate Students)
  • Best Practices in Proactively Designing Universally Accessible Course Materials (Facilitated discussion) by John Crow - Office of Distance Learning (Faculty)
  • From “For” Students to “With” Students, From “Token” to “Tool”: Reimagining Diversity to Reignite Civil Discourse (Presentation) by Samantha Politano and Isa Colli - Power of We Board Members (Undergraduate Students - Humanities)

Closing remarks and reception – Following breakout sessions until 5:30 PM (to be held in 4th floor - Nancy H. Marcus Great Hall)

*Presentations will be facilitated by undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and administration from a variety of disciplines across campus.

Register for the symposium by clicking here! Seating is limited, so register soon!

Click here for DIRECTO Inaugural Symposium Follow-up Evaluation.


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