Division Staff Resources

Diversity Series

Student Affairs Staff Diversity Series

Spring 2014 Sessions

These sessions are limited to staff within the IUPUI Division of Student Affairs ONLY. Please register for each workshop topic, as your schedule allows. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Anderson at aeickhof@iupui.edu or 278-3365.

To register, please click on the following session titles. 


Presenters: Amanda Bonilla, Assistant Director for Social Justice Education, and Karina Garduno, Coordinator for Social Justice Education

Dates: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 309 AND Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 305

Description: This session focuses on learning about the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Community at IUPUI. Key topics that will be discussed include IUPUI's climate, as well as ways to work and interact with LGBT students, faculty and staff within the Division of Student Affairs. Through this facilitative dialogue, the session provides much needed insight into the perspectives of LGBTQ identified individuals.  Interactivity during the discussion is encouraged.

Gender Bias in Higher Education

Presenter: Kathy Grove, Director, Office for Women

Dates: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 148 AND Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 309

Description: We all have multiple identities that intersect and shape our world view and behaviors. One of these basic identities is our gender.   “Gender” is the cultural construction that society uses to define “male” and “female” characteristics, traits, behavior and roles whereas “sex” refers to biological distinctions.  Societies use “gender” to designate different roles, statuses, and privileges. These definitions can lead to stereotypes that constrict personal freedoms and development or they can change in response to new cultural and economic needs and demands for more justice and equity. Whereas, blatant gender discrimination is now against the law in higher education, unconscious gender bias still persists in both men and women and our expectations of each other. It is important that we become aware of our own unconscious biases and learn how they can operate to overvalue or undervalue a person based on their gender. Recent research has shown that attending college can be a gendered experience with different results and impacts depending upon a person’s gender. It is important for university personnel to be aware of these differences and to be cognizant of their own “gender expectations” in order to treat students fairly and to help each student maximize their college experience. In this training, you will learn about common “gender biases” and how they differentially impact men and women and how male and female students may experience college differently and how faculty, administrators and staff can support each in their differing needs.

Valuing-Diversity:  Cultural Values by the Office of International Affairs

Presenters: Sandra Lemons, Associate Director for Student Services, and Mary Upton, Associate Director for Scholar Services

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 148

Description: This session is designed as an introduction to the subject of international cultural values. As a first step, we will explore some of the commonly held U.S. cultural values evidenced through behaviors and assumptions about the world.  We will then contrast these with other values commonly held by other cultures. This will contribute to the participants’ ability to understand and empathize with diverse perspectives and to value differing priorities, values, and shared culture.  Participants will be better able to recognize how their own cultural values and perceptions shape their expectations of the world. 

Working with Adult Students

Presenters: Myron Duff, Jr., Director of Continuing Education and Jeremy Bohonos, Career Advisor

Dates: Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 148 AND Thursday, February 27, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 307

Description: The demographics of college students are shifting rapidly and dramatically as more adults start college after working, return to college to continue their post-secondary education, seek training to further their careers, and generally engage in the life-long learning that our knowledge society increasingly demands.  This workshop has been designed to equip college faculty and staff with cutting-edge knowledge and skills to effectively assist adults in higher education settings.

Disability in Higher Education

Presenters: Tim Anno, Associate Director, Adaptive Educational Services, and Pam King, Director, Adaptive Educational Services

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 148

Description: Generally, when people hear the word “disability‟ they automatically think of wheelchairs, ramps, “disabled toilets‟ and “disabled parking‟. Each of these responses is specific to mobility impairments and infrastructure issues, but not the totality of or a holistic representation of issues faced by persons with disabilities. The reality is, persons with disabilities (PWDs) are often marginalized, the intent of reasonable accommodation is misunderstood, and their existence as a minority group in higher education is barely acknowledged if at all. Disabled people have redefined disability “as the social barriers, restrictions and/or oppressions” faced and professional interventions are seen as adding to the problems (Oliver, 1996, p. 10).

Through this workshop, we will use Critical Disability Theory to analyze diversity in higher education through the lens of power and privilege, we will look at society and how issues of function and access impede this population of our students. Though participants will take a look at mobility and infrastructure considerations of “Universal Access”, it will not dominate the series as the training will investigate ALL aspects of the most common disabilities and related issues. The goal is to be an informative, useful, holistic training session which will create advocates with an awareness of what it means to be excluded and how we can work together to make equity a reality.

Working with Student Veterans

Presenter: Winnie Wilson, Manager, IUPUI Office for Veterans & Military Personnel

Dates: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 148 AND Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from 10:00am-11:30am in CE 148

Description: The number of service members returning to college has been growing rapidly since the implementation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and downsizing military operations overseas. As an emerging population, student veterans today bring a unique set of qualities, experiences, perceptions, and challenges that campuses are often unaware of.  IUPUI has the largest student veteran population at a four year institution in Indiana and faculty, staff, and administrators must both understand these challenges and prepare to meet the needs of this rapidly growing student population.