Faculty of Color Symposium


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April 12, 2024 | 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Faculty of Color Symposium

Operating and Leading as the “Outsider-Within” in Higher Education Environments: Cultivating Voice in Critical Spaces
Willa Cather Complex | Red Cloud Room B-C

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents the Faculty of Color Symposium. The Symposium, organized by faculty members at the University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL), is designed to recognize the perspectives and unique experiences of faculty of color, observe scholarly contributions and successes and determine paths forward in fostering a UNL community that celebrates diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, research, and service/extension/outreach.  

The 2024 Faculty of Color Symposium focuses on faculty operating and leading as outsiders-within* higher education environments and offers an interactive program, including a keynote speaker, moderated panel, and participant discussion session. The symposium may be of particular interest to faculty and graduate students seeking strategies in negotiating career goals, navigating psychological safety and emotional toll, and adapting other success strategies given the broader conversations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

*Within the context of the outsider-within perspective, some faculty of color and individuals who identify with marginalized, underrepresented and/or minoritized population groups describe experiencing both internal and external challenges to their expertise and position as contributors and leaders; and feel that their voice is limited or unacknowledged.

All faculty, administrators, and graduate students are welcome to attend this event.

Keynote Speaker

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The Symposium features keynote speaker Dr. Ague M. Manongsong, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Development (HRD) at Louisiana State University. Dr. Ague Mae Manongsong is an Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development at LSU. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Education at Drexel University in Educational Leadership and Policy. She also earned a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from CSU, Sacramento and a second Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University.

Her research interests center on investigating the role of mentoring in professional and leadership development. In particular, she seeks to explore how these different populations can utilize and benefit from mentoring to achieve their leadership aspirations, while interrogating the systems that prevent successful mentoring relationships through intersectional, feminist, and developmental network frameworks.

Dr. Manongsong’s work has appeared in HRD Review (HRDR) and HRD Quarterly (HRDQ). She has also written chapters for The SAGE Handbook of Learning and Work and Handbook of Research Methods in Careers. Furthermore, she is a frequent presenter at annual professional organizational conferences, such as Academy of Human Resource Development and American Educational Research Association. Additionally, she serves as the managing editor of the Human Resource Development International journal, ne of the flagship peer-reviewed journals in the field of HRD. She is also a member of the Academy of Human Resource Development, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Dr. Manongsong has collaborated on projects funded by institutional grants from Drexel University and Glasgow Caledonian University, as well as National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Catalyst and MCA Directorate for Education and Human Resources grants.

Currently, as a faculty member in the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, Dr. Manongsong teaches courses on learning experience design and creating change through e-Learning.

Faculty Presenter Panel

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  • Cynthia Willis-Esqueda
  • Department of Psychology
Headshot of Theodore Hibbeler
  • Theodore Hibbeler
  • IANR Extension
Headshot of Sergio Walls
  • Sergio Wals
  • Department of Political Science
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  • Stephen Wegulo
  • Plant Pathology

Symposium Organizers

Gwendolyn Combs - Office of Diversity and Inclusion/College of Business (co-coordinator)
Neeta Kantamneni - Office of Diversity and Inclusion/College of Education and Human Sciences (co-coordinator)
Jeannette Jones - College of Arts and Sciences
Dai Shizuka - College of Arts and Sciences
Cynthia Willis-Esqueda - College of Arts and Sciences
Francisco Munoz-Arriola - College of Engineering
Lory Dance - College of Arts and Sciences
Darryl White - Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts
Theodore Hibbeler - Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Brandy Williams - College of Arts and Sciences
Jillian Kurovski-Legris -College of Arts and Sciences

Jackie Guzman - Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Tony Roebuck II - College of Engineering
Georgia Jones - College of Education and Human Sciences
Herita Akamah - College of Business
Shavonna Holman - College of Education and Human Sciences
Shoun Hill - College of Journalism and Mass Communication
Hernan Garcia Ruiz - College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Sciences
Tsegaye Tadesse - Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Kaitlin Tademy - College of Arts and Sciences
Miyauna Incarnato - College of Arts and Sciences

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