Thursday, April 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
On March 27th, 2015, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion hosted the #Leaders4Diversity conference. This conference was a one day event focused on empowering students to become leaders within diverse communities.
This event was sponsored by the College of Business Administration, Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives, AHA!, International Programs, SWAT, Center for Academic Readiness and Success, Academic Advising, JTAC/Grassburr, Applied Learning Experience, and Career Services.
Leadership Development-Tarleton Style was presented by Dr. Rudy Tarpley, the Department head of Agriculture & Consumer sciences. His presentation provided students with 10 suggestions for an effective leader.
The Wonderful World of LGBTQ Superheroes was presented by students Nichole Kirby, Bertie Gardner, Emily VanKirk, Torri Carrol, and Kaitlin Sullivan. During this panel, students were able to learn about positive representations of celebrities within the LGBTQ community.
Workshop II (10:50 - 11:50 AM)
Competencies and Karaoke: Two Methods of Selecting Diverse Work Teams was presented by Dr. Randy McCamey, Associate professor of Management. In this workshop, students were asked to think critically about building diverse teams through the use of personal strengths.
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? was presented by Dr. David Franzier, Assistant professor of Agricultural education. Students were able to use this hands-on workshop to learn about the importance of respecting cultural differences.
Inspiring Diverse Leadership in Ourselves and Others was presented by Lauren Donnell, Lacie Pence , and Jayna Bhakta, students in the social work program. This presentation incorporated the use of live social media to demonstrate the importance of networking to increase diversity. The presenters also highlighted how students can use diversity when developing organizations to maintain relationships on a college campus.
Decision Making in College: the Good, the Bad, and the Failed Out was presented by Patrick Byrne, a senior Agricultural Leadership and Development student at Texas Tech University. This workshop explores the decisions college students face that determine how successful they will be at reaching their goals.
Believing In What You Can’t See: Achieving Success in the Face of Adversity was presented by Landan Schaffert, a speaker and senior at Coloradio State University. Schaffert is also the National FFA Secretary. With this presentation, students were given information on how to combat challenges to reach their goals. Schaffert connected with students by speaking about a personal challenge he faces- being legally blind.
The Benefits of Study Abroad was presented by Dr. Marcy Tanter, Associate Professor of English. Dr. Tanter has led a study abroad trip to Scotland and South Korea at Tarleton. Dr. Tanter uses her personal experience to speak about how study abroad enhances tolerance through hands-on education. She also provided students with resources they could utilize to fund study abroad trips.
Workshop IV ( 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM)
The keynote speaker for this event was Priscilla Hartman Hedlin. Mrs. Hedlin is known for her blog at http://www.wheelchairmommy.com/. Mrs. Hedlin blogs about her life as a mother to three boys and shares words of encouragement. During the presentation, Mrs. Hedlin presented photos of her three boys and spoke about her choice to stay positive despite being paralyzed in 1999. She spoke of the misconceptions people have about her and told students, “ I don’t have to compare myself to anybody else and neither should you.” You can find more information on Mrs. Hedlin on her website.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
“Her Texas provides a wonderful window into the diversity and artistry of Texas women.”– Mimi Swartz, Executive Editor at Texas Monthly, co-author of Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron
On March 18, 2015, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion hosted a Diversity Dialogue dedicated to “ Her Texas” in honor of Women’s History Month. Editors Donna Walker-Nixon and Rachel Crawford were in attendance for students to have a discussion about the anthology.“ Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song” was released on March 1st. It is a collection of poems, songs, stories, paintings and photography from 60 Texas women. At this event, Dr. Marilyn Robitaille, Director of the Office of International Programs, donated a copy of “ Her Texas” to the Tarleton library.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
During this powerful speech, Ms. Lannert described the hardships she faced adjusting to life outside of prison. She also spoke of the importance of using the correct terms to identify sexual assault to prevent miscommunication. She informed that audience that 1 in 4 women in America are reported as being victims of sexual assault. "Most women are scared and ashamed to tell anyone about being abused and believe that they are to blame", Ms. Lannert said. It is because of this notion that Ms. Lannert presented on recognizing the signs of a sexual assault victim and ways to effectively comfort them. She also explained that everyone will somehow have a connection to the issue of sexual assault, regardless of gender or socioeconomic class.
If you have any questions about this event, please feel free to contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-968-9488.
For counseling services, please contact Student Counseling at 254-968-9044.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Many other women were also represented on posterboards where students were able to read about their accomplishments. These women were prioneers in the military, the entertainment industries, the civil rights movement, and the suffrage movement. They included cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, suffragist Susan B. Anthony, activist Malala Yousafzai, musician Celia Cruz, Selena Quintanilla Perez, political leaders Queen Lili’uokalani, Dilma Rousseff, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, and political prisoners such as Aung San Suu Kyi.
If you have any questions about this event, feel free to contact the Tarleton AAUW at aauwtsu@gmail. com or the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at email@example.com or
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
According to the Smithsonian Folkways, Spoken Word Poetry has a history within the African-American culture. Slam artists used this art form to express issues of social injustice and retain their identity through oral tradition.
Prior to the performances for spoken word, an open mic segment was held. Students were encouraged to present original pieces of recite works of art. Students recited song lyrics, performed songs, and poems.
To learn more about this event, please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org.