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
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


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.