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TSI 2015; Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Higher Education

The troupe will be performing two scripts with their "rehearsal for life" approach which allows faculty to demonstrate their strategies on stage. Learn more about their scripts "Parts of Speech" and "Identity Politics."

  • Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, language, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social  differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, country of origin, and ability status as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.
  • Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase one's awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within [and change] systems and institutions.
  • Equity (student focus): The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.
  • Equity (employee focus): The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations of employees (faculty and staff) to have equal access to professional growth opportunities and resource networks that are capable of closing the demographic disparities in leadership roles in all spheres of institutional functioning.
  • Cultural Competence: The state of having and applying knowledge and skill in four areas: awareness of one's own cultural worldview; recognition of one's attitudes toward cultural differences; realization of different cultural practices and worldviews; and thoughtfulness in cross-cultural interaction. Over an extended period of time, individuals and organizations develop the wisdom and capability to: 1) examine critically how cultural worldviews influence perceptions of power, dominance and inequality; and 2) behave honorably within the complex dynamics of differences and commonalities among humans, groups and systems.

(*Diversity definitons are courtesy of Fresno State University)

Key Topics

This year’s conference is dedicated to exploring issues related to inclusion in the classroom and in the university community as a whole. Potential topics for paper submissions include:

  • Promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion in the classroom and the lab
  • Helping underrepresented students succeed in different disciplines
  • Using assessment as a tool for promoting diversity instruction
  • Linking diversity and civic learning
  • Advocating inclusion in advising and in mentoring
  • Including diversity and inclusion as elements of retention and recruitment

Call for Papers

We invite submissions on the topics listed above or any topics related to the conference theme. Appropriate types of submissions include research reports, extended abstracts, case studies, and works in progress.

Faculty and staff in the University community whose work and expertise are related to the theme are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal to present as an individual, a group, or a panel. The presentation formats could be not only stand-up presentations, but also roundtable discussions, case study analysis, faculty and student panels, theater scripts, visual displays, and more.

Submission deadline: September 15, 2015

Submission Procedure: Please submit a title and a 250 word (maximum) abstract: Submission

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in the University of Oklahoma Student Union on the OU Norman campus.