2013 Multicultural Millennium Conference


Diversity in the Multicultural Millennium Conference

Affirmative Action: 52 Years of Debate
October 3-4, 2013
Wright State University Student Union


Welcome Dinner
6 p.m.
(Berry Room, WSU Nutter Center)
Welcome Remarks
S. Narayanan, Ph.D., Provost, Wright State University
Keynote Speaker: Michael Eric Dyson
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC)
8:30–9:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking
9:30–9:45 a.m.
(Apollo Room, Student Union)
Welcome Remarks
David Hopkins, P.E.D., President, Wright State
Kimberly Barrett, Ph.D., Vice President for Multicultural
Affairs & Community Engagement
10–11 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 1 (see session descriptions below)
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 2 (see session descriptions below)
12:30–2:15 p.m.
(Apollo Room, Student Union)
Kim Goldenberg Quest For Community Award Ceremony
Paul Laurence Dunbar Chorale, Wright State University
Luncheon Speaker: Marilynn L. Schuyler
2:30–3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 3 (see session descriptions below)
3:35 p.m. Closing

Concurrent Sessions 1, 10–11 a.m.

The Interculturally Competent Educator: Developing Intercultural Sensitivity and Promoting Equity and Engagement in a Multicultural, Multilingual, Multifaith Society
Session I—156A Student Union (Endeavour Room A)

Jameelah Xochitl Medina, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University, CA

In this workshop, participants will become more effective educators by learning about and from various ethnic, linguistic, and religious cultures that are represented in today’s classrooms. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect upon their worldviews, the culture they bring to campus, and how these affect teaching, learning, and classroom ambience.

Individualism within Pluralism: Serving Underrepresented STEM Students through Progressive Educational Planning
Session II—156B Student Union (Endeavour Room B)

Patricia Roberts, Ph.D., Wright State University
Jennifer M. Papadakis, Wright State University

This presentation will highlight current and new advising initiatives within dual departmental/college levels that work to increase engagement, support, and student success within the college. Resources that are used to promote student reflection, engagement, and building connections across campus will be shared.

Does Diversity Still Matter: Creating Cultures of Inclusion in 2013
Session III—163A Student Union (Discovery Room A)

Myra Kennedy Fincher, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Lisa Smith, Premier Health
Linda Burrs, Ph.D., Step Up To Success! LLC

Does diversity still matter in a time when inclusion is what we say we want now? What does diversity have to do with inclusion? In this workshop, participants will explore the five challenges to inclusion as a path toward bearing the “fruits of inclusion.”

Building Cultural Reconciliation and Action Orientation through Dialogue and Instruction.
Session IV—156C Student Union (Endeavour Room C)

Romena Holbert, Wright State University
Vonya Lewis, Sinclair Community College
Patricia Hicks-Smith, Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations

In this interactive presentation, presenters will share discussion-based teaching strategies, which promote understanding and appreciation among diverse participants. The strategies presented have been found to support community building in both face-to-face and online environments within and across ethnic groups and formal educational and informal community contexts.

Concurrent Sessions 2, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Diversity and Its Critics
Session I—163A Student Union (Discovery Room A)

William B. Irvine, Ph.D., Wright State University

In this presentation, the presenter will give a brief history of affirmative action programs in the United States and elsewhere, the relationship between affirmative action and diversity programs, and a critical appraisal of these programs.

Campus Transformation through Inclusive Learning: The Case Western Reserve University Train the Champion Model for Faculty and Staff
Session II—163B Student Union (Discovery Room B)

Edwin B. Mayes, Case Western Reserve University
Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Melissa K. Burrows, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
Robynn K. Strong, Case Western Reserve University

Through the university’s Train the Champion Program, faculty and staff explore various dimensions of diversity, from race and ethnicity to gender and age. The Program is designed to help faculty and staff learn how to be leaders in creating an inclusive environment on campus.

How to Transform Your Organization into One of Full Diversity and Inclusion
Session III—156C Student Union (Endeavour Room C)

Calvin D. Heard, Heard Management

This presentation provides organizations with a basic understanding of the pros and cons of taking proactive steps to address the lasting impact of past discrimination.

Mental Health Stigma on College Campuses
Session IV—156B Student Union (Endeavour Room B)

Jeevitha Kempegowda, Wright State University
Jason Weisman, Wright State University
Emily Kiourtsis, Wright State University

This presentation will address the ongoing effort to eradicate mental health stigma leading more students to seek treatment. Recent research utilizing college students suggests that such stigma is particularly salient for students of culturally diverse backgrounds, who are also likely to experience discrimination.

Homegrown Outcasts: The Struggles and Triumphs of College-Age Muslim Students after the 9/11 and Boston Marathon Tragedies
Session V—156A Student Union (Endeavour Room A)

Jameelah Xochitl Medina, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University, CA

This presentation offers findings to increase higher education faculty and administrators’ understanding of Muslim women and how their academic lives have changed after the 9/11 and Boston Marathon tragedies. The equal treatment, social acceptability, and professional opportunities of Muslim women have proven to be both minor challenges and major obstacles for mainstream society.

Concurrent Sessions 3, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Is the Supreme Court’s Fisher v. The University of Texas Decision a Quiet Death of Affirmative Action in Higher Education? What Is the Future of Race-Conscious and Race-Neutral Admissions Programs?
Session I—163A&B Student Union (Discovery Room A&B)

Scott Greytak, Campinha Bacote LLP

This presentation addresses the significance of race in higher education and the determinative impact of Fisher, and explores the future of race-conscious and race-neutral admissions policies in higher education following the June 24, 2013, decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Homegrown Outcasts: The Struggles and Triumphs of College-Age Muslim Students after 9/11 and the Boston Marathon Tragedy
Session II—156A Student Union (Endeavour Room A)

Jameelah Xochitl Medina, School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University, CA

This presentation offers findings to increase higher education faculty and administrators’ understanding of Muslim women and how their academic lives have changed after the 9/11 and Boston Marathon tragedies. The equal treatment, social acceptability, and professional opportunities of Muslim women have proven to be both minor challenges and major obstacles for mainstream society.

How We Teach All Students Well Regardless of Their Backgrounds
Session III—156C Student Union (Endeavour Room C)

Reginald J. Gardner, Ph.D., Union Institute & University

Most depictions of diversity are based on demographic differences (i.e., age, gender, race, religion, lifestyle, nationality). This presentation will address how we teach students regardless of demographic differences and will focus on other human characteristics such as idea generation, personality traits, and learning preferences.

Understanding and Enhancing the STEM Workforce Climate: LEADER Social Science Research
Session IV—157A&B Student Union (Atlantis Room A&B)

Sarah M. Jackson, Wright State University
Tamera R. Schneider, Ph.D., Wright State University

This presentation focuses on the underrepresentation of women in STEM—a national concern. An NSF ADVANCE-funded collaborative implements best practices to improve recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in STEM. Research on diversity and bias training and persuasion has reduced bias and improved attitudes, resulting in a warmer climate for men and women.

From One-Size-Fits-All to JUST-MY-SIZE: Student Persistence Factors that Matter to African American and Latino College Students
Session V—156B Student Union (Endeavour Room B)

Patrick Jackson, University of Akron

Many minority college students experience degree derailment due to institutional and sociocultural barriers. One-size-fits-all success programs cater to a traditional student profile that no longer exists. This presentation reveals seven factors that predict academic performance and persistence for African American and Latino students, and will also include discussion of intervention strategies.

Keynote Speakers

Michael Eric Dyson

dyson.jpgBestselling Author/Scholar/Cultural Critic

Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D.—who is an American Book Award recipient and two-time NAACP Image Award winner—is one of the nation’s most influential and renowned public intellectuals. He has been named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony magazine. The Philadelphia Weekly contends that Dyson “is reshaping what it means to be a public intellectual by becoming the most visible black academic of his time.”

Dyson’s pioneering scholarship has had a profound effect on American ideas. His first book, 1993’s Reflecting Black: African American Cultural Criticism, helped establish the field of black American cultural studies. His next book, 1994’s Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X, was named one of the most important African American books of the 20th century. Dyson’s first book on Martin Luther King, 2000’s I, made a significant contribution to King scholarship by recovering the radical legacy of the slain civil rights leader.

According to book industry bible Publisher’s Weekly, his 2001 book Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur helped to make books on hip-hop commercially viable. His 2006 book Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster was the first major book on Katrina and probed the racial and class fallout from the storm. Dyson’s 2005 New York Times bestseller Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind? helped to jump-start a national conversation on the black poor that has been called the most important debate in black America since the historic debate between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. His book, the New York Times bestselling April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Death and How It Changed America has been hailed by the Washington Post as “an excellent sociological primer on institutionalized racism in America.” His most recent book, Can You Hear Me Now? The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson, offers a sampling of his sharp wit, profound thought, and edifying eloquence on the enduring problems of humanity, from love to justice, and the latest topics of the day, including race and the presidency. It is both revealing and relevant, and at once thoughtful provoking and uplifting.

Not only has Dyson taught at some of the nation’s most prestigious universities—including Brown, Chapel Hill, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania—but his influence has carried far beyond the academy into prisons and bookstores, political conventions and union halls, and church sanctuaries and lecture stages across the world.

Dyson has appeared on nearly every major media outlet, including The Today Show, Nightline, O’Reilly Factor, The Tavis Smiley Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher —and he has cemented his star appeal on such shows as Rap City, Def Poetry Jam, and The Colbert Report. He is also a contributing editor of Time magazine. In addition, he hosts an hour-long news and talk program on NPR, The Michael Eric Dyson Show, where he delivers thoughtful analysis of today’s biggest stories from pop culture to race relations.

His powerful work has won him legions of admirers and has made him what the Washington Post terms a “superstar professor.” His fearless and fiery oratory led the Chronicle of Higher Education to declare that with his rhetorical gifts he “can rock classroom and chapel alike.” Dyson’s eloquent writing inspired Vanity Fair magazine to describe him as “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today.”

Dyson is presently University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University where, in 2011, he received widespread attention for his course “Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z.” His legendary rise—from welfare father to Princeton Ph.D., from church pastor to college professor, from a factory worker who didn’t start college until he was 21 to a figure who has become what writer Naomi Wolf terms “the ideal public intellectual of our time”—may help explain why author Nathan McCall simply calls him “a street fighter in suit and tie.”

Marilynn L. Schuyler

MarilynnSchuyler.jpgSchuyler has been developing affirmative action plans for public, private and academic institutions since 1996, and has been working in the field of equal employment opportunity since 1988. Schuyler began her professional career at the Department of Labor, where she was the department’s affirmative action officer in its national office. She also served as the affirmative action officer for the Office of the President at the University of California.

Prior to establishing Schuyler Affirmative Action Practice, Schuyler was a senior attorney and director of affirmative action program development at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Schuyler received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was an editor of the Poverty Law Journal, earned an Olin Law and Economics Fellowship and received first place at the Negotiations Competition. She earned her B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was an alumni scholar.

She is the co-chair of the Washington Metro Industry Liaison Group and the Region III director for the American Association for Affirmative Action. She also reviews and recommends grants for the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, which donates to and administers grants for nonprofit organizations.

Schuyler received the Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award for her work at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. She has also been recognized for her pro bono work, including assistance with the Election Protection Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She authored an article published in the CCH Labor Law Journal and two publications used by federal agencies for evaluating alternative dispute resolution systems.


We recommend visiting the site of Dr. Elizabeth S. Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan; a Resource Page for Teaching and Study on Race, Gender, and Affirmative Action for faculty who are designing courses concerning affirmative action, race and gender; for staff, students and all others who are interested in being more informed about these issues.  We thank Dr. Anderson for allowing us to link to her homepage.