Faculty of Color Symposium

November 4, 2022 | 8:30 AM - 1:15 PM

Faculty of Color Symposium

Navigating Educational Spaces in an Age of Racial Distress, Uncertainty, and Anxiety
Nebraska Union | Platte River

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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 2022 Faculty of Color Symposium will include an interactive session and featured speaker. This year’s topic will focus on instructional situations where the disruption of discourse/dialogue challenges the opportunity for faculty and students to share information and develop knowledge regarding diversity and inclusive excellence. Faculty and students struggle in what is perceived as a new context of the classroom experience and are more uncomfortable than ever before in class discussions.  Some faculty and students see a disconnect from the historical foundation of national/international social issues and concerns.  In this environment, faculty who address social justice, diversity, and inclusion are beginning to express feelings of distress, uncertainty, and anxiety in the context of education and classroom engagement. This disproportionately impacts faculty of color. Effective strategies for instruction and classroom management will be discussed. All faculty and administrators are welcome to attend this event.

All faculty and administrators are welcome to attend this event.

Keynote Speaker

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The Symposium features keynote speaker and UNL graduate Dr. Tehia Starker Glass, an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and Elementary Education in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at UNC Charlotte.  Dr. Starker Glass earned degrees from Bethune-Cookman University (B.S. Elementary Education), the University of Northern Iowa (M.A. Educational Technology), and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D. Educational Psychology).  Dr. Starker Glass’ teaching background spans K-12 through higher education.  She has taught in Japan, Italy, Hawaii, New York, Florida, and Tennessee.  The majority of her teaching experiences have been in urban and/or title one elementary schools while in the states. Dr. Starker Glass’ research interests include preparing preservice and inservice teachers’ culturally responsive teaching self-efficacy, examining motivational factors that influence teachers’ behavior towards culturally diverse students, culturally responsive classroom management, investigating the role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) and teacher education, and instructional design.

Symposium Organizers

Dr. Gwendolyn M. Combs

Director for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor Management Department College of Business

Dr. Dai Shizuka

Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola

Associate Professor Biological Systems Engineering and School of Natural Resources

Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones

Carl A Happold Assoicate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies

Dr. Cynthia Willis Esqueda

Associate Professor,
Department of Psychology and Ethnic Studies

The food registration deadline for the 2022 Faculty of Color Symposium was Friday, October 28. Although we are unable to guarantee a meal for registrations received after this date, we will do our best to accommodate. If you have any questions, please email diversity@unl.edu. We look forward to your participation in the 2022 Faculty of Color Symposium.


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