DISI Graduate Research Conference

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The Graduate Research Conference committee is one of several committees dedicated to pursuing the goals of the T. Denny Sanford School of Social Dynamics' Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI). Visit the DISI website for more information.

Conference Details

Where: ASU's Memorial Union
When: February 2019

Registration will be free to ASU graduate students

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) Graduate Research Conference is to celebrate and share work across disciplines that explores the lives, experiences, and well-being of individuals, families, and communities in our diverse world. Additionally, we aim to support graduate students from diverse backgrounds in developing all aspects of their social identities and raise societal consciousness through scholarship that affects how people feel, think about, and act in regard to diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative Graduate Student Research Conference

Conference Date: February 7-8, 2019

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Introduction: The Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) is a signature program in the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at ASU. Sponsored by the school, we, as graduate students, are holding the 2nd annual conference designed to showcase how the work of ASU graduate students from all disciplines advances diversity and inclusion efforts. We intend for this conference to be interdisciplinary and encourage submissions from any ASU graduate student. The conference seeks to:

  • Celebrate and share work across disciplines that impacts the lives, experiences, and well-being of individuals, communities, and cultures in our diverse world.

  • Support graduate students from different backgrounds in developing all aspects of their social identities.

  • Raise societal consciousness through scholarship that affects how people feel, think, and act in regard to diversity and inclusion.

As such, we invite graduate students from any discipline on any campus at ASU to participate in the 2nd annual DISI Graduate Student Research Conference. Anyone who is enrolled as a graduate student at ASU at the time of the conference (Spring 2019) is eligible to present. We are committed to an interdisciplinary perspective of diversity and inclusion, and encourage submissions that address work from areas including, but not limited to:

  • Technology, innovations, infrastructure, economic justice, etc. that provide access to meet individual and community needs

  • Examining experiences, attitudes, physical and mental health, etc. of diverse individuals

  • Law and policy work that promotes equity and protects the rights of underrepresented populations

  • Creative works and programs that examine how artists navigate the ethics of representation and inclusion of diverse audiences in created experiences for audiences

The conference is free for ASU graduate students!

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Themes: We welcome proposals from graduate students in any discipline that reflect, inform, and promote learning and knowledge about diversity and inclusion. Students will have the opportunity to share research findings and project ideas, participate in difficult dialogues in supportive spaces, and enhance skills related to diversity and inclusion. The conference will focus on four major themes. Examples of research or projects are given below each theme. Please note that these examples are in no way exhaustive.

  1. Navigating personal identities
    1. Representation within academic and non-academic fields or institutions (e.g., gender, immigrant, LGBTQ, low-income, ethnic/racial minorities, individuals with disabilities, first generation college students)
    2. Developing relationships with mentors and students
    3. Power and privilege within and outside of academic settings
    4. Combatting stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice
  2. Conducting research that defines and/or promotes diversity and inclusion
    1. Community-based projects that require input from multiple stakeholders
    2. Research with underrepresented populations or subjects
    3. Understanding processes and interventions that lead to inclusion amongst groups that are often excluded (e.g., gender, immigrant, LGBTQ, low-income, ethnic/racial minorities, individuals with disabilities, first generation college students)
    4. Technological advancements that promote diversity and inclusion
    5. How humanities and the arts contribute to our understanding of or represent diversity and inclusion
  3. Promoting Social Change and Empowerment
    1. How to empower communities by furthering social justice, supporting human rights, and improving the lives of individuals from diverse backgrounds
    2. Integration of activism into research and identity as a scholar
    3. Engaging in partnerships with research participants and communities in responsible and respectful ways
  4. Incorporating diversity and inclusion into teaching and mentoring inside and outside of academia (e.g., K-12, community, professionally)
    1. How to address topics of diversity and inclusion in the classroom or other settings
    2. Classroom/organization management
    3. Addressing the needs of diverse students/mentees
    4. Developing curriculum that addresses diversity and inclusion, implicitly or explicitly  

Note: If you are unsure where your work might fit within the scope of the DISI Graduate Student Research Conference, please contact us at DISIGrads@gmail.com.

Format/types of sessions: For each of the themes listed above, we are soliciting submissions in a variety of formats. We invite any empirical, theoretical, historical, methodological, or policy-related projects and experiences contributing to the advancement of diversity and inclusion. Please note that all presenters must be graduate students in Spring 2019.

  • Interactive Sessions - intended to provide participants and presenters opportunities to engage with one another through discussions or activities. Your submission abstract should include a description of the activity/ies and a facilitation plan, including expected time (60 minutes), agenda, media, space, or required assistance. Up to two individuals can work together to submit an application to be facilitators for the same session. Please note that the conference cannot purchase materials and, thus, is limited to providing only a reserved space, audio/visual equipment, and/or volunteers.

    • Roundtables are informal facilitated discussions with conference attendees. Example roundtable topics include: personal experiences, strategies to be shared with other graduate students, successes and challenges faced, or implications beyond personal experience.

    • Difficult dialogues are meaningful dialogues about issues that are difficult to discuss in everyday conversations. Proposal submissions must delineate how facilitators will establish and manage a safe space that promotes respectful expression of opposing views, and provide an environment in which differing perspectives are defended, heard, and considered by participants who hold conflicting cultural values and ideas.

    • Experiential learning activities can include writing projects, group activities, simulations, interaction through technology, creative workshops, and any other formats that actively engage the audience as participants.

  • Research Presentations

    • Oral presentations will be 10-15 minutes of presenting research findings. Conference organizers will assign presentations to a symposium with students who share similar topics.

    • Posters are individual, free-standing presentations for proposed, in-progress, or completed research. They are ideal for material that can be explained briefly and/or includes graphic and visual presentation, or if the presenter would benefit from interactions and discussions.

  • Artistic displays and performances include, but are not limited to, visual arts, live performance, media and film, or applied arts. Please see “experiential learning activities” section if doing an interactive session. See proposal for details on logistics.

 

We are also currently seeking reviewers for the The Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) Graduate Research Conference. If you're interested in being a reviewer for the conference, please sign up here. Any graduate student at ASU is eligible to review.

Conference Goals

  • To promote interdisciplinary research that spans different sources of knowledge, methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and presentation formats.
  • To incorporate a variety of different aspects of diversity, including but not limited to: race/ethnicity, gender, family structure, sexuality, income, religion, disabilities, language, and politics, across contexts and across the lifespan.
  • To address the intersection between research and action in the form of practice, policy, and social justice.
  • To help bridge gaps between scholars of different disciplines through an engaging, interactive, and fun event.
  • To support graduate students across various aspects of their graduate school experiences (e.g., as a mentee, instructor, researcher), particularly with regard to diversity and inclusion.
  • To share and build skills and knowledge amongst the graduate student community.

Get Involved

Get Involved in the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative (DISI) Graduate Research Conference!

The DISI Conference Committee invites you to get involved in its 2nd annual conference designed to showcase how the work of ASU graduate students from all disciplines advances diversity and inclusion efforts. There is no cost to this conference for graduate students. Visit our website (https://thesanfordschool.asu.edu/disigrads) for more details. Questions regarding the conference can be sent to DISIgrads@gmail.com.

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Meet the Committee Members

Michelle Pasco
Steering Committee Chair


Michelle Pasco is a fourth-year graduate student in the Family and Human Development PhD program. Her research interests include how the neighborhood context, especially ethnic-racial concentration, influence ethnic-racial minoritized adolescent development. In her current research, she is using multi-methods to examine how the structural characteristics of the neighborhood is associated with Mexican-origin adolescents' ethnic identity. Because of her research and prior experiences in the Pilipino community, Michelle is dedicated and passionate about creating a fostering space where individuals can speak of diversity and inclusion.

Clarissa Abidog

Clarissa Abidog
Steering Committee Chair Elect

Clarissa Abidog is a first-year graduate student in the Family and Human Development PhD program. Her research interests include multiracial and Black/African American identity development, racial socialization, psychological well-being, and academic achievement outcomes. Her current research uses mixed methods to examine how neighborhood and school compositions moderate the relation between racial socialization and academic achievement in Black/African American adolescents. Clarissa's experiences as a McNair Scholar and Interdisciplinary Enrichment Fellow have been integral to informing her research, as well as her motivating her commitment to diversifying higher education.

Jayley Janssen

Jayley Janssen
Logistics Committee Co-Chair

Jayley Janssen is a first year graduate student in the Family and Human Development PhD program. Generally, her research interests focus on inclusion and equity in educational contexts. She is specifically interested in students' gendered and racialized experiences with peers, teachers, and school staff. Because of her research interests and her own experience with educational tracking, Jayley is committed to DISI's efforts to empower underrepresented groups and promote educational equity across disciplines.

Arvind Ramkumar

Arvind Ramkumar
Logistics Committee Co-Chair

Arvind Ramkumar is a First Year Graduate Student in Industrial Engineering. His research interests revolves around Production Systems and Logistics and Data Analytics. Prior to ASU, he did his Under-graduation in Aeronautical Engineering from Kumaraguru College of Technology, India. During his under-graduation he was an active member in various clubs and was the Student head for South India's largest Inter Collegiate Techno-cultural Fest - YUGAM. Owing to his interests in event management and to incorporate his ideologies and knowledge regarding Logistics, Arvind came aboard onto the Logistics Committee for DISI 2019.

Annabelle Atkin

Annabelle Lin Atkin
Programming Committee Co-Chair


Annabelle is a third-year graduate student in the Family and Human Development PhD program. As an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut, she majored in Psychology and Asian and Asian American Studies. Her research interests include the racial identity development, racial discrimination experiences, and racial socialization of Asian American and multiracial adolescents and emerging adults, and the associations of these variables with psychological outcomes. Annabelle joined this committee because she is passionate about social justice and promoting diversity and inclusion in institutional settings to ensure that underrepresented populations are supported and empowered.

Sarah Tan

Sarah Tan
Programming Committee Co-Chair

Sarah Tan is an MFA student in the Theatre for Youth program. Born and raised in Singapore, Sarah is a deviser, producer, performer, and educator in theatre and dance. As an artist with a deep passion for building spaces of inclusivity, she believes in the importance of creating relevant and impactful work (on stage and in classrooms) that bring together performance, education, social justice, and community engagement. Sarah hopes to continue engaging in interdisciplinary work that challenges both herself and her audience in the ways in which we choose to practice diversity and inclusion in our lives. Learn more about Sarah's work at www.sarahtanhy.com.

Abigail Gabriel

Abigail Gabriel
Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Abigail is a first-year graduate student in the Family and Human Development PhD program. She received a B.S. in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Broadly, her research is grounded in an interdisciplinary, mixed methods, and critical (mixed) race theory framework for understanding racial/ethnic identity and health disparities in Multiracial Americans and Asian Americans. Currently, her research examines how multiracial risk and resilience experiences vary across diverse ecological contexts, and how these experiences relate to mental health. As a 2017-2018 DISI Fellow, she is committed to challenging power and privilege by promoting equity and social justice for marginalized communities both inside and outside of the academy.

Obenewaa Oduro Opuni

Obenewaa Oduro-Opuni
Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Obenewaa Oduro-Opuni is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University in International Letters and Cultures. She received her Master's in German Language and Literature at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa with thesis work focusing on the representation of Africa, Africans and Black Germans in four selected texts from different time periods of German literature, from medieval to contemporary literature. Her dissertation weighs in on current debates about race and nation by investigating transnational Black resistance movements in various German contexts from the 18th to the 21st century, to bring to the fore differences, commonalities, and continuities by investigating abolitionism, the Black German Women's movement, and Black Lives Matter Berlin regarding black advocacy and self-representation. Obenewaa joined this committee to promote collaborations, conversations, and connections that transpire transnationally among oppressed and subaltern classes that inform people's perspectives and political consciousness which encourage movements that push for unity, equality, and social change for underrepresented populations.

Arlyn Y. Moreno Luna, M.P.P.
DISI Program Manager

Arlyn Y. Moreno Luna is the program manager of the Diversity and Inclusion Science Initiative. She received both her Honors Bachelor of Science in BioResource Research in 2013 and a Master of Public Policy, Social Justice (focus) degree in 2015 from Oregon State University (OSU). At OSU, she initiated the annual "Mi Familia" weekend event to connect the Hispanic-Latino parents to their college student's experiences at the university. She also was a Co-Advisor of the OSU-Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences student organization and served as an intern at the Oregon State Capito. Arlyn's commitment to diversity and inclusion is to enhance communities' well-being via equity, empowerment, reducing prejudice, raising awareness of the benefits of diversity, as well as promoting access to higher education for underrepresented students.

Chanler Hilley, M.Ed
DISI Program Coordinator


Chanler Hilley is a second-year doctoral student in Family and Human Development. His research interests revolve around supporting successful transitions to adulthood, especially for youth who have experienced adversity, and the application of advanced statistical methods to answer complex developmental research questions. Chanler's interest in diversity and inclusion (and, thus, interest in this conference) is twofold: (a) the aforementioned research interests in social factors that require consideration of power and privilege and (b) an overarching commitment to social justice and equity.

Prior to returning to graduate school, Chanler was an Academic Advisor in ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, where he advised for the Interdisciplinary Studies, Communication, General Studies, and Exploratory programs and the LGBT Studies certificate. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University and a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education at ASU.

 

 

2018 Conference Overview

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

11-11:30 am Check-in
11:30 am - 12:30 pm Welcome Address by Dr. Rick Fabes and Dr. Stanlie James
Lunch
12:30-1:30 pm Opening keynote address - Dr. Vivian Tseng
1:45-3:15 pm Roundtables
Art and Media Displays on Navigation Personal Identities
3:15-3:45 pm Networking and Poster Presentations
Musical Interactive Session
3:45-5:15 pm Research Symposiums on Teaching and Mentoring
Research Symposiums on Navigating Personal Identities
Science Interactive Session

Friday, February 2, 2018

8-8:30 am Coffee and Bagels
8:30-9:45 am

Faculty Panel on Dangers of Colorblindess on People of Color
Faculty Panel on Being an Activist Scholar
Faculty Panel on Teaching and Mentoring

10-11 am Symposiums on Conducting Research - STEM
Symposiums on Conducting Research with Race/Ethnicity
Symposiums on Conducting Research on Gender
11:15 am - 12:15 pm Closing keynote address - Dr. Robert Sellers
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch with Community Leaders
1:30-5:30 pm Afternoon of Action

Themes:

We will feature presentations from graduate students across disciplines that reflect, inform, and promote learning and knowledge about the science of diversity and inclusion. Students will have the opportunity to share research and ongoing projects, participate in conversational spaces, and enhance skills related to diversity and inclusion. The conference will focus on three major themes.

  • Conducting research that defines and/or promotes diversity and inclusion
    • Research with under-represented populations or subjects 
    • Understanding processes and interventions that lead to inclusion amongst groups that are often excluded (e.g., gender, immigrant, LGBTQ, low-income, ethnic/racial minorities, individuals with disabilities, first generation college students)
  • Incorporating diversity and inclusion into teaching and mentoring
    • How to address topics of diversity and inclusion in the classroom
    • Classroom management
    • Addressing the needs of diverse students 
    • Developing curriculum that addresses diversity and inclusion, implicitly or explicitly
  • Navigating personal identities within institutions 
    • Representation within academic fields (e.g., gender, immigrant, LGBTQ, low-income, ethnic/racial minorities, individuals with disabilities, first generation college students) 
    • Developing relationships with mentors and students
    • Power and privilege within and outside of academic settings
    • Combatting stereotypes, discrimination, and prejudice

 

 Types of sessions:

  • Oral presentations
  • Discussion panels ​
  • Artistic displays and performances
  • Interactive sessions with roundtables or experiential learning activities ​
  • Posters​
  • Flash presentations ​

 

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Vivian Tseng is the Senior Vice President for Programs at the William T. Grant Foundation, where she leads the Foundation's grantmaking programs and initiatives to connect research, policy, and practice to improve child and youth outcomes. Dr. Tseng has longstanding interests in strengthening the career pipeline for scholars of color. Under her leadership, the Foundation has deepened its support for scholars of color, including increased grantmaking and capacity support to underrepresented researchers and a grants program to promote stronger mentoring for students of color. Her research interests include racial, cultural, and immigration influences on child development, improving social settings and promoting social change.
Dr. Robert Sellers is a Professor of Psychology and Education, as well as Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion, and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan. In this role, he works with university administration on matters related to diversity regarding academic, student, and faculty affairs. Dr. Sellers' research interests include racial and ethnic identity, personality and health, and athletic participation. His research examines the ways in which the interaction between personal characteristics (e.g., identity and attributional styles) and characteristics of the social environment influence subsequent behavior and adaptational outcomes. He is one of the founders of the Center for the Study of Black Youth in Context, which conducts research on the healthy development of African American youth and provides an important training ground for future researchers.

DISI Grad Conference- Day 1: Tseng from Arizona State University on Vimeo.

 

DISI Grad Conference - Day 2: Sellers from Arizona State University on Vimeo.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the conference, feel free to contact us at: DISIgrads@gmail.com