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JMU Student Diversity Summit - February 22, 2020

No Longer Invisible:

Conversations with the Student Next Door

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Summit Schedule   


10:15am-10:25am - EnGeo 2301
Opening Remarks from President Alger

10:25am-10:35am - EnGeo 2301
Opening Address from SGA President Aaliyah McLean

Session 1 Breakout Sessions

11:35am-12:35pm - ISAT/CS 0259 (Intelos Room)

Session 2 Breakout Sessions

1:40pm-2:00pm - EnGeo 2301
Closing Remarks from Dr. Ruthie Bosch, College of Education

Session Titles and Descriptions

Sessions will be held in various locations in ISAT and ENGEO.

Session 1: 10:45am-11:30am

DiverStories: Through our presentation and discussion that shares the stories of students and their different identities, we intend to open the mind of students beyond their own personal experiences. This directly relates to the theme of the summit by sharing the stories of students to other students that they may have known nothing about. By Jason Starr

Don’t Get It Twisted – Deconstructing stereotypes of underrepresented students at JMU: Deconstructing stereotypes of underrepresented students at JMU - Our theme is linked to the summit by tackling how stereotypes affect people of diverse backgrounds and how they make those individuals feel. We further incorporated ideas, in which students and faculty here on the JMU campus, must understand in order to make individuals of diverse backgrounds feel included on this campus. By Leona Jafari

First-Generation Students: It is hard to identify a first-generation college student because many do not want to be seen as the stereotype of 'poor,' or "uneducated compared to their counterpart.' JMU does not formally recognize these students and do not have resources on-campus to help first generation students, so to bring awareness to this population on JMU's campus begins with conversation. By Charlene Nguyen

22 Reasons Why: Most people are dealing with mental health alone, especially in the minority community. It is a topic that people don't want or like to talk about and think they have to deal with it alone. We are here to tell the "Student Next Door" that they are not alone. By Nadeah West 

Diversity Initiative: Proposed Resolutions for Increasing Cross Cultural Dialogue and Inclusivity in Graduate Psychology Programs: Diversity Initiative: Proposed Resolutions for Increasing Cross Cultural Dialogue and Inclusivity in Graduate Psychology Programs - C-I's Diversity Initiative is a student led organization that strives to highlight and enhance the multicultural awareness and effectiveness objectives that are included in the C-I program’s goals for professional development. We are most interested in how to best train future clinical psychologists on cultural competence, fostering insight, awareness, and action regarding multicultural topics in order to cultivate respect for diversity in a meaningful way. A significant part of this learning has come from conversations with students. We are hoping to work with other graduate psychology programs to provide resources and training for professors (to integrate into curriculum) and student clinicians on cultural humility engagement, specifically as applied within clinical practice. This is a two-part session, make sure to sign-up for part 2 in session 2 as well. By Eliza Stucker

MyViola - Exploring Accessible Technology for the Greatly Needed Special Music Education: Exploring Accessible Technology for the Greatly Needed Special Music Education - Disabled musicians are invisible. When was the last time any of us saw a disabled person on the Grammy's? However, there are major award winners that have a disability, but are never featured as a "true musician" and when they are, they are spectacles for the public. "The Student Next Door" implies a neighbor, and this is what we hope to accomplish; to view disabled musicians as our neighbors, not our spectacles. By David Swanson 

I’m Not Your Good Deed of The Day: an Open Discussion with JMU Students With Disabilities: Our session links to the theme of the summit because it seeks to allow space for students with disabilities to voice their experiences on campus. It also gives the audience an opportunity to ask questions. Unfortunately, there are currently few spaces on campus that allow for such valuable exchanges. By Ashley Harris

Corporate Panel: Individuals from the corporate world come to share their experiences with diversity in the workplace. This panel will feature COB-partner businesses discussing diversity and inclusion in the professional world. By Tina Trumbo, DBS, Diversity & Inclusion, SAP, Shawn Mufti, JMU Campus Diversity Champion, PwC and Rachel Schnorr, Co-lead, Americas Diversity & Inclusion Council, Merkel Inc


Session 2: 12:45pm-1:30pm

The Gray Area: Where controversy can roam free: Where controversy can roam free - The presentation will describe how students can lead the conversation about inclusion in their departments. By Linette Watkins

Beyond the Binary: A Panel on Trans and Non-Binary Identities : A Panel on Trans and Non-Binary Identities - Often times people believe that those with trans or non-binary identities are very visible or "obvious", but it may be someone in your class you never knew held that identity. It is hard to advocate for yourself and gender identity when it is such a deeply personal thing. Getting to understand the variety of genders on our campus can really help LGBTQ+ individuals feel safer and comfortable. By Vic Tedrow 

A Girl’s Grit: Women’s Equity and Inclusion within ROTC: Women’s Equity and Inclusion within ROTC - Our session is intrinsically linked to the theme of the summit by helping the audience and the panel sympathizes with the experience of being invisible in the context of being silenced in a space you don’t find continual representation for inclusion. This session provides the conversations with students who may not have ever experienced ROTC but wish to understand why women participate and how they carve out their own path of excellence as future leaders in this subculture of JMU. This session additionally helps the audience to understand that despite being on the opposite side of campus in clothing that may not match the general population, the women of ROTC are much like the rest of JMU and each of us can share and learn from each other in how to navigate the many spaces we find ourselves in that are dominated by males, whether student or faculty. By Mary Curry

From Acceptance to Appreciation: The college and graduate experience of an Autistic, Double Duke: The college and graduate experience of an Autistic, Double Duke - Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorder has made its way onto college campuses nationwide. At JMU, there are few supports and a number of challenges with individuals with autism have with their experiences going unnoticed. Through self-advocacy, the student next door will be able to see the unique perspectives and talent that individuals are able to bring not only to JMU but also to campuses across the country. By Micah Hodges

 “I am Different, and You Should Notice It”: Material, Sensemaking, and Communicative Tensions in the Narratives of Students of Color at a Predominantly White University: Material, Sensemaking, and Communicative Tensions in the Narratives of Students of Color at a Predominantly White University - Often times, minority students like myself are ignored and forced to take on the dominant perspective. My research gives voice to those who are often invisible and allows me (the student next door) to possibly challenge people to be more inclusive. By Micah Wood  

And I Oop: a Look Into the Experiences of JMU’s Future Teacher’s of Color: Based on the theme the purpose of the summit is to provide a platform for groups of students who are currently “invisible” to speak from their personal experiences and research related to their experiences. Future teachers of Color is certainly one of those “invisible” groups on campus and in the larger community. Most people go their entire k-12 education and never have a teacher of color. Similarly, many JMU students go their entire college career thinking JMU is diverse because there are students from places like California and New Jersey. By Ashley Harris

The "Other" Kids: How You Define Yourself: How You Define Yourself - Mixed students provide a unique perspective of diversity and should be recognized as mixed and not have to identify as being one ethnicity or the other. By Justine Baltor

B(l)ack in the Days: This panel will showcase the Madison experience through the viewpoints of African-American alumni who graduated from the '70s and ‘80s through today. Their stories will illustrate how JMU excels and can improve on promoting a culture of inclusion for the African-American student through equity and opportunity for years to come. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer segment. By Members of the Black Alumni Chapter

Walk-In Policy

All conference attendees are highly encouraged to register using the link on this page. Space is limited and many sessions will fill up. Walk-in registration will be allowed starting at 9:30 a.m. Session availability cannot be guaranteed.

Inclement Weather

Please check the summit Instagram feed @jmu_sds for last minute updates in the case of inclement weather. 

Parking and Accessibility

Accessible Parking: Accessible parking is available in D2 lot with 4 van and 14 total accessible spaces.  Proper accessible permits are required. See JMU Campus map for lot locations. Please see below for building accessibility.

American Sign Language Interpretation will be provided for opening and closing remarks.

Dietary: Lunch has been selected to accommodate common dietary restrictions. Lunches will be clearly labeled to designate made without gluten, vegetarian or vegan. JMU Special events is managed by Aramark. Aramark relies on our vendor’s allergy warnings and listings. Because we operate a commercial kitchen where ingredient substitutions, recipe revisions and cross-contact with allergens is possible, Aramark cannot guarantee that any food item will be completely free of allergens. For additional dietary accommodations please email Kim Moubray.

Accommodations:  The Student Diversity Conference Committee has made every effort to ensure the conference is welcoming and accessible for all presenters and attendees to engage fully. To request an accommodation not listed above kindly contact Amanda Yankey at least two weeks in advance.  In all situations, a good faith effort (up until the time of the event) will be made to provide accommodations.

Building Accessibility

half-width.pngFor the complete JMU Accessibility map please visit the ArcGIS Accessibility Map.

ISAT/CS Building at a Glance:

  • Accessible Parking: D2 lot
  • Accessible Entrance: Access facing Carrier Drive is limited to the Physics/Chemistry Building (facing building far left) with ramp and automatic door or the loading dock ramp at ISAT (facing building far right), no automatic door.  ISAT has no accessible side or back entrances.  The connecting ENGEO building has a zero-entry automatic door on the amphitheater side (i.e. opposite/non-street side).
  • Access Between Floors: Elevator. 1st floor connected to ENGEO, Phys/Chem
  • Visual Fire Alarm System
  • Building Features Accessible Restroom
  • AED: 1

Engineering/Geosciences Building at a Glance:

  • Accessible Parking: D2 lot (park across from your preferred entrance, see below)
  • Accessible Entrance: Access facing Carrier Drive is limited to the Physics/Chemistry Building (facing building far left) with ramp and automatic door or the loading dock ramp at ISAT (facing building far right), no automatic door. Physics/Chemistry building also has a zero-entry automatic side door. ENGEO has a zero-entry automatic door on the amphitheater side (i.e. opposite/non-street side).
  • Access between buildings:  ISAT, ENGEO, and the Physics/Chemistry Building are connected by interior ramps.
  • Access between floors: Elevator
  • Building features: Accessible restrooms,  Men/Women restrooms that will be made universal for the summit,  Baby Changing Station in Men’s (0T01) and Women’s (0T02) restrooms
  • Lactation space available upon request. Please contact building coordinator .
  • AEDs: 1

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