Undergraduate Diversity Conference

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Schedule for "Speaking Truth To Intolerance"


Friday, April 5, 2013

7pm        Keynote Presentation        (Henderson Learning Center, Room 112)

Patrick Mureithi, filmmaker, will present ICYIZERE:Hope


Saturday, April 6, 2013


Registration opens at 8:00

Breakfast provided 8:00-9:00 in the Kansas Room, Washburn University Memorial Union


Session 1: 9:00-10:20


Panel 1: From Knowledge to Action      (Shawnee Room, Union)

Christian Gilbert (Washburn University), “Not for Sale”

Khotso Libe and Melanie Burrier (University of Louisville), “Moving from Passion to Action”


Panel 2: Diverse Expressions      (Vogel Room, Union)

Phillip Watson (Washburn University), “Frienemies”

Megan Smith (Washburn University), “No Excuse”

Christina Howard (University of Missouri, Kansas City), “Pretest Posttest Stress Effects of Mandala Art Therapy on College Students Engaged in Coursework”


Session 2: 10:30-11:50


Panel 3: International Views       (Shawnee Room, Union)

Mario A. Obando, Jr. (Wittier College), “Transnational Transformations:  Challenging Costa Rican xenophobia via Costa Rican Emigrant Discourse”

Sydney Doster (Baker University), “The Controversy of Language in Post-Colonized Africa”

Christina Bowden (Washburn University), “Expansion of Cultural acceptance among nursing students”


Panel 4: On Behalf of Teens       (Vogel Room, Union)

Colby N. Bruner (Kansas State University), “Project Response”

Cynthia E. Singer (Kansas State University), Study of Adolescent Suicide

Caitlin Sturgeon (Washburn University), “Increasing the Number of Schools in Topeka that Include LGBTQ Issues as a Part of the Anti-Bullying Policy”


Lunch: 12:00-1:30       (Kansas Room, Union)

Roundtable/Workshop: Activism After Graduation ($10 fee for cost of lunch)



Session 3: 1:30-2:50


Panel 5: Literature and Symbol       (Shawnee Room, Union)

Kristen Allred (University of Missouri, Kansas City), “Rhetoric of the Hijab: Embracing Difference Through Fashion”

Doricka Menefee (Emporia State University), African American writers and the Environment

Stephen N. Potter (Washburn University), Kiss of the Spider Woman  


Panel 6: Equity-Minded Training: Providing Student Leaders with Tools for Change       (Vogel Room, Union)

Andrew Heald (University of California, San Diego)          

Elizabeth Garcia (University of California, San Diego)

Carrie K. Wastal, Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego)

Sonia Rosado, Ed.D. (University of California, San Diego)