Power in Diversity Leadership Conference - Multicultural Student Services

2021 Schedule

Thank you for attending the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference! We hope the keynote presentations and workshop discussions contribute to your personal and professional development in this virtual setting. 

This page is your main resource for the duration of the conference. Please find keynote, workshop and Zoom links included below for your reference throughout the event. 

Click HERE to join the keynote webinars or click the links in the schedule below. 
Meeting ID Number: 922 6881 6180
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If you have any connectivity issues or general conference attendee questions, please reach out to (320) 308-7432 or pidc@stcloudstate.edu

Friday, Jan. 29, 2021

10 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Keynote Address
with Yusef Salaam

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On April 19, 1989, a young woman in the prime of her life was brutally raped and left for dead in New York City's Central Park. Five boys - four black and one Latino - were tried and convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. They became known collectively as "The Central Park Five."

Their convictions were vacated in 2002 after spending between seven (7) and thirteen (13) years of their lives behind bars. The unidentified DNA in the Central Park Jogger Case, unlinked to any of the five, had finally met its owner, a convicted murder and serial rapist who confessed. The convictions of the boys, now men, were overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever. 

Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America's criminal justice system. In 2013, documentarians Ken and Sarah Burns released the documentary "The Central Park Five," which told of this travesty from the perspective of Yusef and his cohorts. 

In 2014, The Central Park Five received a multi-million dollar settlement from the city of New York for its grievous injustice against them. Yusef was awarded an Honorary Doctorate that same year and received the President's Life Time Achievement Award in 2016 from President Barack Obama. 

He was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018, and has released a Netflix feature limited series called "When They See Us" based on the true story of "The Central Park Five" with Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Robert De Niro, in May of 2019. 

12 p.m.

Lunchtime remarks from Chancellor of Minnesota State System, Devinder Malhotra, and roundtable discussion with St. Cloud State University President, Dr. Robbyn Wacker, and colleagues

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Following Chancellor Malhotra's remarks St. Cloud State University President, Dr. Robbyn Wacker, will host a roundtable discussion with colleagues Annesa Cheek, President of St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, President of Southwest Minnesota State University. 
1 p.m. Diversity Job & Internship Fair and Graduate School Fair 

As a part of your registration for the Power in Diversity Leadership Conference, you are also invited to the Diversity Job & Internship Fair and Graduate School Fair. You can login with your institutions Handshake account to pre-register. Please contact your institution if you have any issues logging in.

To pre-register for the fairs as a St. Cloud State University student or if your school is a Handshake school:

  • Login with your Star ID and password. If you are using the app, make sure to use your new St. Cloud State email address ending in @go.stcloudstate.edu. Or login with your Handshake school's credentials
  • Make your profile public to employers
  • Upload your resume and make visible
  • Click on Events
  • Click on Career Fair or Graduate School Fair
  • Click on Virtual Diversity Job and Internship Fair or Graduate School Fair
  • Click Register

Once you have pre-registered, start signing up for 1:1 sessions and group meetings with graduate schools or employers like: 

Employers:

  • ACR Homes/ACR Healthcare
  • Anderson Trucking Services Inc.
  • Capital One
  • Catholic Charities
  • CentraCare
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • KPMG
  • Mayo Clinic
  • St. Cloud Area Schools
  • Target
  • and more!

Graduate Schools:

  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Kent State University, College of Podiatric Medicine
  • Viterbo University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • St. Cloud State University, K-12 Educational Leadership & Higher Education Programs
  • and more!

Concurrent Sessions I - 1 p.m.

Where Do We Go from Here: Emancipatory Transformation or ???

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Dr. Tamrat Tademe, Associate Professor, Human Relations and Multicultural Education
St. Cloud State University

 This open forum discussion invites everyone to share their thoughts and experiences. If we are going to change things, we have to have all of our communities together. The future of multiple identity constituted multiracial resistance against state sanctioned murderous and racist terror depends on this. This deep dialogical discussion welcomes your analysis and observations and is designed to take inventory of the turbulent years of resistance to unremitting murderous and racist terror. Please bring your treasured thoughts and experiences to help create a vibrant and robust discussion.

Taking Control of Your Finances

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Lynn MacDonald, Associate Professor
St. Cloud State University

 

So many beliefs limit our ability to have control over our finances. "If only I earned a higher wage" or "if it weren't for all these emergencies, then I could get my finances in order." This interactive workshop will offer useful tips for budgeting and practical tools to put in place right now to help manage your finances and student debt. Learning these tools now can help you feel more in control and can help make financial decisions seem less overwhelming. Today is a great day to start taking control over your finances. 

 

Preparing for Graduate School

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Sean Pitzer, Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
St. Cloud State University

 

 

Contemplating attending graduate school may instill thoughts of excitement, nervous emotion, and confusion. Obtaining as much information regarding graduate education by learning about the graduate school search, proceeding with application completion, and embracing your graduate school journey, are vital to the overarching conversation. Preparing for Graduate School will offer concise, but thorough, insight into the processes of considering and obtaining advanced education. 

Leaders of the New School

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Emeka Ikegwuonu, Assistant Professor
St. Cloud State University

This presentation is designed to engage leaders and emerging leaders in the nuance of student leadership. As all students have different life experiences prior to and during their enrollment into higher education institutions, student leaders must be aware of these experiences to understand how to lead their respective communities. The presentation is designed to address students' needs of their communities situated inside and outside the higher education institutions. Furthermore, how can student leaders engage their communities and institutional allies to serve the needs of both constituencies.  

Combatting Toxic Masculinity; Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys

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Marc Alexander Markell, Professor
St. Cloud State University

Toxic Masculinity may be a major contributing factor in sexism, homophobia, racism, and violence. Boys are taught from a very young age to fit into a gender stereotype that is harmful to society. According to Mary Polce-Lynch, boys are taught to follow "pack rules." Pack Rules include: not crying, having "No Fear," bragging about heterosexual conquests, abhorring homosexuality, not liking or accepting anything that is "girlish" (such as dolls, the color pink, playing house, sewing). This presentation will address emotions, problems with the way boys are socialized, and what families can do to raise healthy boys and combat toxic masculinity. 

Can Justice Be Unleashed Within the Rule of Law?

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Judith Siminoe, Special Advisor to the President
St. Cloud State University

Some say the changes needed in the U.S. are so significant that the rule of law must be challenged. Others say protests occurring within the rule of law have a better chance of generating momentum over time. What does our history show? What is the "rule of law?" Can both be sword and shield? Do today's social media tools lead to a different answer than in the past? 

The idea is to present some basic information about the tactics used in past social change movements and consider whether the comparisons provide insight for those seeking change today. For example, arrests during the civil rights movements of the 60's viewed through the lens of today seem unfair. What are the consequences of violating the law to force change? 

Student Stories Needed!
Let's Address Academic Equity Gaps

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Equity by Design Team
St. Cloud State University

This session will highlight Equity by Design, a methodology to understand and address academic disparities in the classroom and move towards equity-minded practices.

We hope to hear from students about individual or institutional barriers that impacted your classroom experiences and influenced your academic path. We also want to identify the best ways to include you in this work.

Protest, Power & Identity Politics: Justice for BIPOC at a PWI Post-Trump

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Bryant Smith, President
Smith Consulting & Networking

Protest, Power & Identity Politics, BIPOC Social Justice Institute: This experiential learning symposium is a new type of leadership experience designed to enhance the leadership capabilities of the next generation of BIPOC social justice activists. Post George Floyd's death the next generation of BIPOC student leaders will have to learn new skillsets that help them navigate academic responsibilities while balancing cultural commitments. This symposium will teach them to manage their social justice interests through value centered, servant leadership that engages in a holistic approach to examining issues, managing resources and guiding organizations through times of crisis and tranquility. Learning outcomes will include: 1) Effective Communication. 2) Critical Thinking. 3) Proactive Planning. 4) Conflict Resolution. 

Through the Fire: A Reflection of Media Coverage During Civil Unrest
A Talk with Independent Journalist Georgia Fort and TV Producer Bianca Rhodes

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Bianca Rhodes, TV Producer

Georgia Fort, Independent Journalist

Bianca Rhodes and Georgia Fort reflect and discuss what it was like to be a media maker after the murder of George Floyd. They recall and reflect on the civil unrest in the Twin Cities that sparked a global protest.

Concurrent Sessions II - 2:30 p.m.

Don't Get Depleted: SUSTAINABLE Leadership for Justice

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Beth Berila, Professor, Ethic, Gender & Women's Studies
St. Cloud State University

In these turbulent times, how do we lead for justice in sustainable ways? How do we continue to nourish ourselves, particularly when we are harmed by systems of oppression? This interactive workshop will offer practical strategies for leading with purpose and living into liberation NOW, not just in the future. Participants will gain tools to assess where and how they are depleted and to focus their energies with a clear sense of purpose for justice and equity. We will learn Feminist Leadership and mindfulness practices to help co-create social justice leadership that is itself more nourishing than it is draining.

You Black Now What?

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Emeka Ikegwuonu, Assistant Professor
St. Cloud State University

This presentation is designed to engage African/African American Black students in their leadership skills and self-development. Often we understand we are Black but have little to no knowledge of the contributions of individuals of African descent to world history. This presentation is designed for individuals to develop ownership of information related to their culture, develop a knowledge base of critical authors throughout the diaspora, and mobilize the knowledge to advocate for their communities on campus

Grief and Oppression; Injustice and Loss

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Marc Alexander Markell, Professor
St. Cloud State University

People often think of grief as something that is experienced only when a loved one dies. However, grief is also something the people who suffer from oppression and injustice also need to face. This presentation will address issues of grief from a death loss as well as grief people experience from other losses.

Unleash Justice: Would a Law Degree Help?

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Judith Siminoe, Special Advisor to the President
St. Cloud State University

Obtaining a juris doctorate opens doors for professional and personal opportunities. This session is a means for me to share some advice and field questions about pursuing admission to, graduation from law school and bar admission.

This will be an interactive session as I will strive to learn what people know and what gaps and questions they have. I will provide some resources and contacts that attendees can use to gather information and inform their decisions. It is not my intent to recruit for a particular school but to be sure attendees are better able to evaluate the information out there to compare opportunities in legal education and careers in law.

My Existence is an Act of Survivance

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Anjanette Parisien, Teacher/Program Facilitator, Indian Education
Minneapolis Public School

American Indian survivance in educational systems is an inherent act of social justice. Discussion of the historical impact of United States Federal policies which have impacted American Indian education creates the context for Anjanette Parisien (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) to express how holding the space of an Indigenous practitioner scholar in higher education through authentic, unapologetic expression of self is her personal act of survivance. This session is formatted to share information both through a formal lecture style presentation followed by a personal storytelling component reflective of Indigenous methodology. Audience members will be invited to ask questions following the presentation before a short closing by the presenter.

"No, I Don't Know Your Parents," 
Revisiting the Experiences of Women of Color Administrators on Campus

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Brittany Williams, Assistant Professor of Higher Education
St. Cloud State University

Cori Basemore-James, Director of Retention and Success, Graduate School Diversity Office
University of Minnesota

Saby Labor, Director, Generd and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life
University of Minnesota

Heather Lou, Director of Student Life & Leadership Development
Metropolitan State University

Anitra Cottledge, Director, Women's Center
University of Minnesota

Women of Color (WOC) leaders experience gendered-racial microaggressions and lack of support on college campuses. These injustices are often compounding because many white, privileged people in the college environment dismiss and otherwise overlook their professional rank. In this interactive facilitated panel, five WOC administrators will share how they've navigated injustice and violence for their role in improving campus climates. We will then discuss how white, privileged students, faculty and staff can better support WOC on campus. Lastly, we offer advice to students, faculty, and staff of color on how to navigate these issues within their own workplace and/or campus context.

Challenging Oppressive Moments

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Seth Kaempfer, Director, LGBT Resource Center
St. Cloud State University

Participants will learn a simple tool for interrupting racist and oppressive moments, discuss the continuum of oppressive behavior, and practice interrupting oppressive moments. The goal of this session are to give individuals tools to handle racist and oppressive moments, clarify the roles of allies in interrupting racism, and understand the effects of oppressive behaviors.

Blackity Black Black: Blackness is More Than Skin Deep - A Healing Moment

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Sequoia Range, Secretary for Council of African-American Students
St. Cloud State University

Participants will engage in conversation about the importance and value of African's and Black American's mental health. The presenter will highlight similarities between different cultural groups and explore differences in African and Black American mentalities to uncover a deeper understanding of what it means to be black. There can be no sense of justice without soundness of mind.

Concurrent Sessions III - 4 p.m.

Thriving as a POC at a PWI

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Delaydia Frink, Coordinator of Competitive Sports
St. Cloud State University

At PWIs, students of color can be culture-shocked as they enter into a predominantly white space for the first time. A student of color thriving in any homogenous community can be difficult. Especially, when being a student of color can mean so many different things. In this workshop, there will be tips on how to thrive as a student of color at a PWI.

Mental Health is a Social Justice Issue

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Samantha Yang, Graduate Assistant, Healthy Huskies
St. Cloud State University

Even when socio-economic status is equal, rates of accessing mental health resources and health outcomes for people of color are still vastly different than that of white people. There are a variety of reasons for that, historical trauma, institutional racism within healthcare sectors, a lack of clinicians of color. To begin the workshop we will present a summary of previous research on the relationship between poverty and mental health. To wrap up the workshop we will discuss the perception of mental health in people of color communities and how you can destigmatize mental health.

Journey Into
Ally-Ship

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Kacey Bostrom, Graduate Student
St. Cloud State University

Engage in conversation to further the understanding of ally-ship while hearing the multi-pronged story of one heterosexual white woman's journey to understand and uncover her own privilege and bias.

Small group discussion will seek to broaden positive approaches to being better allies to POC and the LGBTQ communities with the understanding that one does not ever arrive at being an ally but that it is a state to strive for with humility.

"This is America"

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Norris Chase, Executive Director
Bradley University

In 2018, Childish Gambino shocked the world with his "This is America" music video and track. To date, this video has nearly 750 million views, and nearly three years later its message is still relevant. The video serves as a perfect launching point for students to evaluate their racial/ethnic identity, social structures within American society, and their agency to make positive change.

Using "This is America" as an analytic framework, this workshop will provide students with an opportunity to 1) explore the video's symbolism and its relation to current systems of oppression that impact minoritized populations (with a particular focus on the Black community); 2) critically evaluate the messages that students have received regarding American and higher education; and 3) reflect on culturally relevant methods of surviving and thriving.

Making Connections; Making Change

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Clare Rahm, Interim Vice President for Student Life & Development
St. Cloud State University

Working under the restrictions of COVID19 doesn't need to stop you or your student organization from communicating, holding meetings and presenting programs. Using Zoom, you can maintain connections and work together with other students to pursue social justice and launch initiatives on your campus. COVID19 cannot stop you!

Cultural and Religious Barriers to Clinical Research Participation

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Will Collis-Prather, Director, Applied Clinical Research
St. Cloud State University

There is a long history of racism and prejudice in the funding and conduct of medical research. This history, along with other cultural and religious barriers, continues to limit the diversity seen in clinical trial participation. To effectively evaluate medical treatments across a diverse population, researchers must generate clinical evidence representing that diversity. This workshop will include a discussion of the barriers to diversity, and implications of limited diversity, in clinical research. We will also discuss potential solutions for clinical research representing the full spectrum of communities that can benefit from medical innovation.

I'm Speaking

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Tiffany D. Flowers, MA, LMCH, LADC
Licensed Therapist, Poet and Entrepreneur

Participants will explore the traumatic effects that impact voicelessness; explore the range of emotions within yourself and your community; spark strength through verbal and written expression in a safe space; and walk away feeling connected and empowered. 

Staging a Coup on Whiteness

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Bryant Smith, President
Smith Consulting & Networking

Attendees will examine race through several different lenses with the goal of changing how we see, engage, understand, promote and respond to being racialized. The session is designed to engage the audience in a series of critical thinking activities which will help them strategize on how racial stratification is granted, how it creates power dynamics between and within marginalized groups, reinforces stereotypes, creates and maintains privilege, and promotes the ideology of racial supremacy. The workshop will conclude by helping attendees develop ten immediately actionable steps to recognize and counter the negative impact of race in their personal, professional, and educational environments.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

10 a.m.

Welcome

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After the Welcome address, participants will return here and self-select which Racial Identity Group Caucus workshop they will attend. 
10:30 a.m. Racial Identity Group Caucus Activity

Self-select into the Racial Caucus workshop you will participate in.

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ASIAN

ARAB

BLACK/AFRICAN/AFRICAN AMERICAN

CHICANX/LATINX

MULTIRACIAL

NATIVE AMERICAN/INDIGENOUS

SOUTH ASIAN

WHITE/ALLY

12 p.m.

Keynote and Close of Conference with Dr. Crystal Leigh Endsley

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Crystal Leigh Endsley, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York where she was honored with the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award. Crystal Leigh is an internationally renowned spoken word artist. She has been recognized by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a "Fun, Fearless Female," honored in 2019 by Syracuse University with the Poetic Icon Award, and by George Mason University with the 2015 Sojourner Truth Award for her social justice work. Dr. Crystal Leigh is a poet, performer and professor, and works to serve her community as an artist, and advocate for change. 

Two-time co-hose of the Zanzibar International Film Festival Music and Performing ARts stage, Crystal Leigh has collaborated with communities in Tanzania since 2006. She facilitates poetry workshops with youth in global communities and across the U.S. Her most recent scholarship-activism focuses on how spoken word poetry and performance can connect girls to each other globally, impact their communities, and inform government policy. From 2015-2019, Crystal Leigh directed the creative performance of spoken word at the United Nations for International Day of the Girl program hosted at the United Nations headquarters each year in the month of October. She is the co-chair of the Working Group on Girls, Girls Participation committee, where she trains high school girls for advocacy at the United Nations. She was a featured performer for the closing of the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women - Youth Forum in March 2017. Most recently, her John Jay College students joined her to perform spoken word poetry for the United Nations Women's Generation Equality opening event where they received a standing ovation in September 2019. 

Crystal Leigh's first book, The Fifth Element: Social Justice Pedagogy Through Spoken Word Poetry was released in March 2016 by SUNY Press and explores spoken word poetry as a tool for social justice, critical feminist pedagogy, and new ways of teaching and learning. Her second co-authored book entitled Open Mic Night: College Programming that Champions Student Voice was published September 2017 and was awarded a 2018 Outstanding Book Award by Division B from the American Educational Research Association. Crystal Leigh's scholarship has been published in Girlhood Studies, Feminist Formations, Transformations, Journal of Black Masculinities, and Words, Beats, Life among others. 

Spoken word poetry performances, workshops and curriculum development have taken Crystal Leigh around the world from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Hawassa, Ethiopia. From upstate New York to Managua, Nicaragua, Crystal Leigh delivers powerfully through performance.