Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason welcomed the students and introduced the Multicultural Ambassadors. Each Multicultural Ambassador then shared their personal experiences. Students were able to hear about the volunteer work that Multicultural Ambassadors had done in the past, such as working at the Tarrant County Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity. Students then completed an activity in which they were asked to draw a forest with wild animals without any other instructions. As the activity concluded, Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason signified that each student's drawing was different, because each student thinks differently. The importance of multiculturalism and diversity was emphasized as students were asked to question why an activity with different drawings is relevant to life experiences. As the session concluded, students were given cards that invited them to the first Multicultural Ambassador meeting. For more information about the Multicultural Ambassadors, you may contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at email@example.com.
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
In this session, students examined how they can take risks on ourselves to help them evolve in ability and perspective. A modified version of rock-paper-scissors was played in this session. As students won at each rock-paper-scissors game, they evolved from an egg to a chicken, then a ninja, and finally, a superhero. Based on this activity, students then reflected on risk-taking in life when interacting with other students. In order to become superheroes, students had to be willing to play the game and take risks.
For more information about this event, contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or 254-968-9488.
Monday, April 27, 2015
" The reality of who you are needs to closely align with the perception of who you are and what you stand for. " - Trenzio Turner
Monday, April 20, 2015
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.