Breakout Session 3 - Nevada State College

Breakout Session 3

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Breakout Session 3: Workshops
Please select one of the following four workshops to attend during this session.

Intersectionality is Lit! Creating Spaces for Identity Discussions with Literature

Themes: literature, identities, intersectionality

This session utilizes interactive activities and real-world examples to show how literature can address intersectionality and identity in higher education. We define intersectionality and have participants create posters showcasing their identities. We then share ways literature can be used to create safe discussions on diverse identities: 1) through book clubs (such as the White Fragility Book Club and the One Book One College initiative), 2) through sharing literature for different age groups, and 3) through partnerships with diversity committees to help promote authors from underrepresented populations. Attendees should bring three pieces of paper and a writing instrument for the activities.

College of Southern Nevada (CSN) Presenters

Stephanie Espinoza Villamor | eLearning Librarian

Stephanie helps online students with research and information literacy. She serves on her library’s equity, diversity, and inclusion team and was past chair of the CSN Women’s Alliance diversity committee (2017-2018). She has presented at NSHE Diversity Summits on women in computer fields, neurodiverse literature, and embedded librarianship.

Theri Wyckoff | Professor, Education Department

Theri teaches Valuing Cultural Diversity. Previously she was a classroom teacher for 20 years. Theri conducts research and presents on diversity and inclusion elements in Harry Potter and student success with embedded librarians in online courses.

Michelle Dominguez | Business Faculty

Michelle explores innovation and builds learning environments based on her professional experiences as an Asian immigrant woman in the United States. As a lifelong learner, she understands the challenges students face in their educational journey and advocates for inclusive programming with CSN’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Autism is Awesome: Teaching Neurodiverse Students in the College Classroom

Themes: autism, pedagogy, neurodiversity

While instructors are doing the hugely important work creating more inclusive classrooms, face-to-face courses often follow an instructional pattern that is difficult for learners on the spectrum to easily navigate, especially if a student displays “distracting” behaviors or is non-verbal. Quite simply, autism is another learning style, which necessitates a different pedagogical approach—one that, when purposefully constructed, will benefit all students. Therefore, this session seeks not only to raise awareness of the growing population of neuroatypical students entering college classrooms every year, but also to demonstrate just how awesome neurodiverse learners can make the classroom for their neurotypical peers.

Nevada State College (NSC) Presenter

Joanna Shearer, Ph.D. | Humanities Chair, Associate Professor of English

Joanna’s (she/her/hers) son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in 2017, and since that time, she has worked to include conversations on neurodiversity when discussing inclusivity to bring awareness of the number of neuroatypical students entering college classrooms.

Leading the Charge: Mentoring Minority Learners to Multiple Successes

Themes: mentoring, minority, successes

A midwestern community college has one of the most successful minority mentorship programs in the country, having garnered national awards for its positive impact on African American male students. From the pilot semester (fall 2015), this program has produced results: increased retention and persistence, higher GPAs, significant student engagement, astounding degree completion and transfer rates among the most underperforming ethnic demographic.

With the key learnings from that pilot cohort, the program expanded to include other underserved demographics (African American females, Latinx, Native American) with the same positive results. In its sixth year of life-changing, community-building results, the program itself is not ephemeral and should not be limited to this one institution. Starting with program success statistics, we will deconstruct the contributing factors and determine what elements (if not all) are transferable for student success and diversity, equity, and inclusion goals at your institution.

College of Southern Nevada (CSN) Presenter

Anne DeClouette | Department of Business Administration

After a career at Fortune 500 companies, Anne transitioned to higher education as business faculty, serving also as dean and vice president of academic affairs. She briefly returned to corporate life and is thrilled to be back as full-time faculty. Anne teaches a range of business topics with research interests in corporate governance.

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Presenter

Bryon Dickens | College Mentorship Program Director

Bryon Dickens serves as the director of the nationally-recognized mentorship program at OCCC. Before joining the college, Bryon founded Covington Image Consulting and has conducted training internationally for corporations, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. He is passionate about helping students successfully navigate the rigors of higher education.

How to Interact with a Deaf Person: A Beginner’s Guide

Themes: diversity, equity, inclusion

This session utilizes interactive activities and real-world examples of challenges and other issues within the deaf community. We will have an immersion experience learning sign language without using voice. If you encounter a deaf person, how do you handle the situation? This workshop will help you to be alert to social cues when you run into a deaf person.

Nevada State College (NSC) Presenter

David Kelsey, Ed.D. | Lecturer of Deaf Studies, Humanities

David has been employed at Nevada State College since 2006 as an adjunct American Sign Language instructor and became a full-time lecturer of deaf studies in January of 2018. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership in July 2019. He wrote a manuscript called “Enhancing American Sign Language Instruction quality through ASL Dialects acquisition” and holds an American Sign Language Teacher Association Certificate.

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