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Diversity Discussions

Center for Study of Diversity’s lunchtime Brown Bag Series

The University of Delaware’s Center for the Study of Diversity will hold its Brown Bag Series this semester on selected Thursdays, beginning Feb. 18, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the Faculty Commons, Room 116 Pearson Hall.

The series is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

The sessions feature informal discussions led by the center’s faculty and affiliates, who will share the progress of their award-funded projects, providing updates on diversity topics, approaches, data and concepts.

Following are the sessions and topics scheduled for this semester.

Feb. 18, Bitter Roots, Sweet Fruit.” In response to racist comments made on the social media platform Yik Yak during a UD football game in September 2014, Esme Allen-Creighton will present the real story of segregation in Delaware’s education system and the incredible reformers who worked to overcome it. Allen-Creighton, assistant professor of music, will present aspects of a research project in which oral history recordings of Delaware African Americans were intertwined with original music.

Feb. 25, “Making Visible the Invisible Through Arts-Based Research Projects.” Lynnette Overby, professor of theatre, will share her experience from involvement in several arts-based research projects that involved the assessment of incisiveness, concision, coherence and other criteria that express meaning on issues of race and culture.

March 3, “The Difficult Conversation: Perceptions of Race and Diversity at UD.” Lindsay Hoffman, associate professor of communication, will present the results of a survey conducted by a group of students in response to nationwide racial protests and a previously alleged hate crime on The Green at UD. The results provide insight into perceptions of race relations at the University.

April 7, “International Graduate Students and Gender-Based Violence.” According to a research project conducted by Emily Bonistall Postel, director of UD’s ADVANCE Institute, several factors make international graduate students vulnerable to victimization on college campuses. Postel will present these findings and discuss what universities can do to minimize the risk international students potentially face.

April 28, “Undergraduate Student Reflections of Disability: Implications for Postsecondary Pedagogy.” Marisa Kofke, a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development, will present data collected over two semesters on the relationship between undergraduate students’ perceptions of disabilities and their understandings from taking courses in disability studies.

May 12, “Fostering Interest in STEM and Higher Education for Students from Underrepresented Backgrounds.” Andrew Garcia, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, aims to provide a unique approach to foster increased involvement for minority and underrepresented students in a path to pursing higher education.

About the Center for the Study of Diversity

The Center for the Study of Diversity, part of the College of Arts and Sciences, was established to promote academic research and scholarship that facilitate dialogue and understanding of the social and academic impact of diversity.

Directed by James M. Jones, professor of psychological and brain sciences and of Black American studies, the center has an interdisciplinary focus. Faculty scholars represent a range of disciplines, including history, English, sociology, political science, chemistry and mathematics.

Among other activities, the center funds faculty and graduate student research and projects related to diversity, brings visiting researchers and scholars to campus to share their expertise, and generates scholarship about specific diversity-related issues at UD and in the wider community.