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 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.

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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)

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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.

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

8:55 – 9:00 AM Welcome remarks

9:00 – 9:40 AM Dr. Keisha John, Director of Diversity Programs at the University of Virginialogo.PNG

9:40 - 10:20 AM Dr. Roxanne Hughes, Director for Center for Integrating Research and Learning at the MagLab

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

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!)

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

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

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

Closing remarks and reception – Following breakout sessions to 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.

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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!!!

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When: Fridays, 3-5 pm 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, & 11/2
Where: Room 3009 Honors, Scholars, & Fellows House

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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:

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