DIRECTO: Inaugural Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching

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The Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE), and the Fellows Society have teamed up to create DIRECTO, the Diversity & Inclusion in Research &Teaching Organization. DIRECTO seeks to host events that will serve to begin and continue conversations among FSU students, faculty, staff and alumni regarding diversity and inclusion –specifically, what these concepts mean, and what we, as individuals and as members of the FSU community and beyond are doing well and should improve upon to promote and ensure diversity and inclusion. Our main purposes are:

  • To offer a “safe-space” for individuals, groups, and the FSU community as a whole (and the community beyond FSU) to feel comfortable to discuss issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • To afford opportunities for FSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni to share by speaking about their experiences and ideas about diversity and inclusion with the FSU campus.


Meet our Committee*


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

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Conversation Series on Diversity and Inclusion in Research and

Teaching at FSU


Join us to continue the conversation on diversity and inclusion on campus (see flyer)!

When: Fridays, 11:30 -1:00 pm 2/1 and 4/12; and Thursday, 3/28
Where: Nancy H. Marcus Great Hall at the Honors, Scholars, & Fellows House


Register here for the discussion on Feb 1, 2019:




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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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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:


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

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

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

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.

Call for Proposals Submission Guide

Interested parties should submit a 150-250 word abstract describing a breakout session that addresses the issues addressed above. Participants will need to identify a specific element of diversity and inclusion and how it relates to teaching, research, or both. Participants are encouraged to think “outside-the-box” when it comes to breakout session structure. Possible structures are: talking circles, themed paper presentations, panel discussions, roundtables, workshop or interactive sessions, case studies, or something else! A description of the possible formats is included below. We ask: How can we turn theory on diversity and inclusion into practice? What tangible changes can we make in our classrooms and research to make these spaces more inclusive and equitable?

Topic suggestions include, but are not limited to: 

  • Inclusive teaching and Universal Design
  • Facilitating discussions on sensitive topics
  • International students, teachers, researchers and cultural awareness
  • Issues of identity in teaching and/or research
  • Implicit biases
  • Benefits of diversity and inclusion in research and teaching
  • Creating equitable environments for teaching and research
  • Recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in research
  • Closing the achievement gap and increasing college completion rates
  • Beyond the “diversity statement” – making long term changes

All submissions should include: applicant’s name, position, telephone, email, presentation title, and preferred presentation format. Roundtable discussions, workshops, single papers, coauthored papers, and any other unified presentations should include a single 150-250 word description.

Call for Proposals Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Use this link:

Questions? Feel free to email contact us at Fellows Society LogoPIE Logo Finished_Color Corrected for PDF Brochure.png



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