Workshop Presentations

The conference serves as an effective personal and professional development resource for faculty, staff, students, and professionals seeking to broaden and deepen their perspectives around topics such as bias awareness, discrimination policies and practices, identity development, social justice education, and identity-based topics such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity. Workshop presenters include both UNT and external community members from around the country.

2020 Workshops

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Academic Track: Concurrent Sessions 1

Speaker: Kim Jackon (she/her/hers), M.A.
Keywords: Cultural Humility; Diversity and Inclusion; Recruitment and Retention

Age is one of the main core identities that work spaces attempt to mediate. This workshop is designed to discuss some of the generational challenges in corporate and higher education spaces and to provide tools to create equitable and inclusive learning and working environments that diffuse the apathy that divides us.


Speaker: KD Brown (he/him/his), M.A.
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Recruitment and Retention; Talent Pipeline Development

Just as culturally responsive teaching creates a dynamic of inclusion in the classroom, culturally responsive career development shares the same elements to support student success in developing into a professional. In this presentation, a representative from the Relay Graduate School of Education will review the goals of culturally responsive career development and the strategies that students, faculty, and staff can implement to meet these goals.​

Speaker: Phyliceia "Fefe" Brown (she/her/hers); Brittney Bell (she/her/hers), Latrice Owens Moore (she/her/hers)
Keywords: African-American/Black; Cultural Humility; Self-Care/Self-Work

Approximately 7.5 million African American have a diagnosed mental illness, and 7.5 million more may be affected but are undiagnosed. Women may be over-represented in these populations given the reported 2:1 gender ratio of depression (Davis, 2005). According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, African Americans are 10% more likely to struggle with Psychological distress due to socioeconomic disparities such as exclusion from health, educational, social and economic resources - not to mention that there are 30% of African American adults with mental illness that receive treatment each year, compared to the U.S. average of 43%. The National Mental Health Association, found that most researchers focusing on African Americans and stigma related to mental illness have found a long history of negative attitude towards mental health. How do black women overcome the struggles of life, caring for the needs of others - family, friends, and spouses - all while being mindful and taking care of their mental health? Our presentation will address the beliefs of African American Women about mental illness/mental health, its misconceptions, and strategies for coping.


Speaker: Sharon Gooding (she/her/hers)
Keywords: Cultural Humility; Diversity and Inclusion; Intergroup Dialogue/Facilitation

This workshop will provide basic conflict resolution theories to help participants identify and manage intercultural conflict in the classroom. The workshop will also provide practical strategies to address and resolve intercultural conflict in classroom conversations. The challenges of communicating through conflict will be addressed as well as the ways in which conflict can be negotiated – both individually and collectively. Finally, participants will also have the opportunity to practice skills discussed utilizing a variety of interactive activities designed to help navigate conflict in our classroom communities.


Speaker: Lorena Tule-Romain, Viridiana Carrizales (she/her/hers)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Immigration; Privilege

Through an interactive and hands-on 90-minute workshop, educators will deepen their understanding of policies, opportunities and experiences of K-12 undocumented students and students in mixed-status families. Educators will be equipped with strategies and best practices in order to address the holistic needs of our students. This workshop is aimed to increase the capacity of educators while supporting their efforts in fostering an inclusive and safe school culture for immigrant students.


Speaker: Naylee Farjad (she/her)
Keywords: Coalition Building; Cultural Humility; Privilege

The workshop to educate attendees on American complicity that upholds institutionalized systems of oppression and racist policies. The discussion starting point will examine the intersections between the military occupation of the Palestinian people, indigenous people's rights, the movement for black lives, immigrants rights, and LGBTQ rights.

Corporate Track: Concurrent Sessions 1

Speaker: Shawn Brewer (he/him)

Participants will receive some guidance on basic approaches to identifying, creating and maintaining Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) on a limited budget and with limited time commitment. Key components of establishing a successful ERG will be identified and discussed. Action steps will be shared to help with future planning and specific examples of events and activities will also be provided. The focus of this workshop is to share successes of a variety of ERG models to help participants identify practical strategies and next steps to establish ERGs in their respective workplaces.

Speaker: Amanda Fisher (she/her)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Leadership Development; Organizational Culture and Development

Today’s economy is changing. People are working longer than they ever have before and it is the first time in history that we have all five generations in the workplace. How does this affect the workplace? Each generation is shaped by its unique experiences and its members' diverse ideas about what they want in their work lives and personal lives. Join us as we: 1. Identify and define the five generations and their characteristics. 2. Identify potential challenges. 3. Demonstrate techniques that foster respectful communication.



Academic Track: Concurrent Sessions 2

Speaker: Megan Cunningham (she/her), Rachel Jackson (she/her), Vicki Campbell (she/her), Desiree Padron (she/her)
Keywords: Coalition Building; Cultural Humility; Organizational Culture and Development

This panel is designed to introduce faculty, staff and graduate students to Unlikely Allies, a dialogue-based curriculum hosted by Diversity and Inclusion. This session will introduce the concept of the series, the two main components of the program (intragroup and intergroup) and provide an opportunity to hear from past Unlikely Allies participants. Intragroup dialogue opportunities occur among those with the same racial and ethnic identities and intergroup dialogue is between those of differing identities. The program is based on the book "Unlikely Allies in the Academy: Women of Color and White Women in Conversation;" however, the series is open to all gender identities.

Speaker: Tishara Jackson (she/her)
Keywords: Cultural Humility; Diversity and Inclusion; Organizational Culture and Development

A beginning discussion on the interconnection between mindfulness and multiculturalism. This involves understanding how our culture determines how we see ourselves, others, and our interactions, and how mindfulness enables us to turn off our cruise control and safely be in the moment with others by showing cultural understanding and empathy.


Speaker: Eve Shateen Bell (she/her), Alisha Carter Harris (she/her)
Keywords: Changing Institutional Practices; Diversity and Inclusion; Title IX

A truly robust Title IX enforcement model must also address discrimination based on race, ethnicity, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, class, and other intersecting factors. This session will explore the impact of sexual misconduct enforcement on students who are members of underrepresented minority groups. Ideas for how to best support and care for marginalized students who have experienced or been accused of sexual misconduct will be discussed. The session will also examine campus climate assessments and data-driven approaches to reducing sexual and gender violence on college campuses.


Speaker: Alvin Akibar (he/him), Mara Swoboda (she/her), Seanne O'Hara (she/her)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Intersectionality and Intersected Identities; Privilege

This workshop will expand upon attendees' understanding of basic elements of identity intersections, with a focus on how marginalized identity groups relate to systems of oppression. Discussion will highlight ways that intersections of marginalized identities may render needs of certain groups invisible during policy and decision-making meant to affect each identity group.


Speaker: Jennifer McCluney (she/her)
Keywords: Coalition Building; Diversity and Inclusion; Privilege

This workshop will explore inclusive language and microaggressions. Participants will leave the session with ways of recognizing these concepts that create barriers and be armed with ready-to-use tools for reducing and eliminating these hindering biases.


Corporate Track: Concurrent Sessions 2

Speaker: Hassan Abdulhaqq (he/him), Aishah Saunders (she/her)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Leadership Development; Organizational Culture and Development

This interactive discussion will provide attendees an overview of the evolution on the focus of diversity and inclusion and will present targeted and highly engaging best practices. The presenters will discuss how a company that embraces diversity can broaden its skill base and become more competitive and innovative, including framing diversity in terms of current corporate and cultural challenges. During this strategic discussion, the presenters will discuss and identify sources of inclusion, how to align inclusion to improve stakeholders' engagement and corporate results, and address methods to assess the effectiveness of the diversity and inclusion initiative. The takeaways will include quantitative and qualitative tools for success.


Academic Track: Concurrent Sessions 3

Speaker: Kateeka Harris (she/her)
Keywords: Cultural Humility; Privilege; Socioeconomic Class

This workshop will focus on understanding the complex nature of poverty and the various types of poverty. We will unpack the history of poverty in America and the ways in which organizational structures create unintended barriers. Participants will learn what it means to be poverty informed and examine individual and institutional strategies needed to build trust and create bridges for success.


Speaker: Jody Jones (he/him)
Keywords: Leadership Development; Mentoring; Self-Care/Self-Work

We are living in a world where our teens and young adults feel more stress than any previous generations, yet we have done a poor job of teaching self-care and healthy habits to strengthen defense mechanisms and mental well-being. Not only have we done a poor job of educating but a culture has been created where some self-care habits are shunned or culturally unacceptable, exacerbating the physical manifestations of a stressed-out society. We haven’t just ill equipped them, we have unequipped them and left unarmed generations to fend for themselves.


Speaker: Devin Axtman (he/him), Czarina Muñoz (she/her), Devon West (he/him)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Intersectionality and Intersected Identities

Disability is one of the few identities that crosses every other identity and an identity that people can acquire at any time. Increasingly, people with disabilities are a larger part of our campus community with growing needs. Too often the actual people with disabilities are not consulted on issues that impact them. This interactive workshop will give attendees the opportunity to engage UNT students with disabilities on their experiences, challenges, and suggestions for improvement.

Speaker: Ashley Lamar (she/her)
Keywords: African-American/Black; Diversity and Inclusion; Latina/o/x

Racial trauma is catalyzed by experiencing events of racial discrimination that cause a feeling of danger. This type of trauma displays similar symptomology to PTSD. Experiencing racial/ethnic trauma over the course of a lifetime can lead to increased vigilance, sensitivity to threats, psychological and physiological symptoms, drug and alcohol abuse, aggression, as well as narrow a person’s sense of time. By increasing awareness and recognition of racial/ethnic trauma, interventions can begin to work towards eliminating racial/ethnic bias on an individual and institutional level.


Corporate Track: Concurrent Sessions 3

Speaker: Martha Feeback (she/her), Silvia Siqueira (she/her), Alex Lambros (he/him), Chad Hale (he/him)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Organizational Culture and Development; Privilege

When it comes to diversity and inclusion efforts—especially initiatives to eliminate gender bias—men have a critical role to play, yet they too often remain an untapped resource. Catalyst will present the research findings on Engaging Men and the panelists will discuss key leanings and actions necessary to change individual mindsets and behaviors. Catalyst’s MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) empowers men to engage in workplace inclusion through research-based programming. MARC is committed to support gender equity.

Speaker: MiShon Landry (she/her)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Leadership Development; Organizational Culture and Development

The ROI return on investment, efficiency and value of corporate diversity and inclusion programs have been questioned over the years. However, with more and more organizations utilizing data-driven metrics and analysis, there are some critical methods that organizations can use to correctly measure this key component. In this session we will discuss both quantitative and qualitative measures. Join this session to explore the business case and ROI of diversity and inclusion.

Academic Track: Concurrent Sessions 4

Speaker: Landon Ellison (he/him), Latrice Owens Moore (she/her)
Keywords: Academic Affairs; Changing Institutional Practices; Socioeconomic Class

Higher education professionals must provide students with opportunities to succeed academically and professionally. It is not uncommon for student employees to be assigned mundane tasks that are not useful on a resume. This session will share information on the UNT Texas Work-Study Mentorship Program, commonly known as G-Force, within the Office of Outreach. The presentation provides tips for full-time professionals who have invested time and resources to develop student employees for them to succeed professionally following graduation.

Speaker: Amber Briggle (she/her, they/them)
Keywords: Changing Institutional Practices; Equal Opportunity; Gender Identity & Expression

There are a million school supply lists and pro-tips for parents when your kids go back to school. But what's on the to-do list when your child goes back to school with a new name and pronouns? When "being trans" is a politically charged issue, how can my son's teachers protect him against bathroom bills and discrimination, without getting themselves fired? Let's demystify what it means to "come out" for a trans student in a public school, and ways to create a more equitable learning environment.


Speaker: Frederick Gooding (he/him)
Keywords: African-American/Black; Latina/o/x; Privilege

To assist Black and Brown Males in freely developing into their own identity at the critical juncture of their lives in young adulthood, it is imperative first that mentors and instructors are savvy and hip to the subtle yet stubbornly persistent patterns that frame their image. Once these patterns are properly recognized, they can then be decoded consistently whilst building bridges for success.

Speaker: Guy Chet (he/him)
Keywords: Cultural Humility; Intergroup Dialogue/Facilitation; Intersectionality and Intersected Identities

American Jews exhibit great uniformity in sociological profile, skin color, cultural sensibilities, and religious habits. Israel is a mix of African, Middle-Eastern, Central-Asian, and European Jewish identities, with great diversity in cultural/linguistic background, religious tradition, skin color, and cultural sensibilities. Americans assume Israelis look, think, and act like U.S. Jews because they are unaware of other Jewish identities. This breeds misconceptions about Israel and the Mideast.

Corporate Track: Concurrent Sessions 4

Speaker: Ticily Medley (she/her)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Privilege; Recruitment and Retention

This session will explore the topic of Imposter Phenomenon (IP) through an equity and diversity lens. Research estimates that 70% of the general population will experience Imposter Phenomenon at some point in their lifetimes. Therefore, we must question what we can do to disrupt Imposter Phenomenon, but before we get there, we have to understand the connection of Imposter Phenomenon to identity development, mental health, equity and cultural humility. We will even explore Imposter Phenomenon in the context of privilege and oppression and possible interventions.


Speaker: Laura Corkery (she/her)
Keywords: Diversity and Inclusion; Employee Resource Groups; Gender Identity & Expression

The Frito Lay Diversity & Inclusion Team and EQUAL ERG Leaders developed a course to enable business leaders to become champions of inclusion by understanding the D&I business case, walking in the shoes of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and building inclusive leadership skills through immersive application activities. This program focusing on unconscious bias was designed to accelerate culture change from the Executive Committee to Front Line Managers. This session provides an overview of the training and participation in some of the featured exercises.