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CCSU Presents: Creating a Welcoming Campus--

Honoring Our Connections

October 13, 2017

Please join the CCSU community for this special day honoring our connections to each other, our students, and our communities. Guest speakers Richard S. Spada and Jack Mordente will spend the day with faculty, staff, students and the greater CCSU community discussing diversity, inclusion, bias, and community.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Rainbow Breakfast [The Rainbow Breakfast is at capacity and not accepting new registrations; please contact Nick D'Agostino for possible waitlist registrations. Registrations for the other sessions listed here are still open.]

9:30-11:00 a.m.
Alumni Hall

In collaboration with the Divisions of Student Affairs and Institutional Advancement, the Office of Diversity and Equity is organizing a CCSU Rainbow Breakfast, an event to honor the contributions of our LGBTQ and Ally community. This event will feature a keynote address from Richard Spada, a CCSU Alumnus and Global Leader in Diversity and Inclusion at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation AG. Share coming out stories and honor members of our community with awards.

 

CCSU Rainbow BreakfastCreating an Inclusive Community

Creating an inclusive community is one of the most important responsibilities we have as members of a civilized society. Today, in 2017, it remains critical for each of us, as individuals and as members of the CCSU community, to step back and reflect on our role in creating a safe and welcoming community. This event will recognize the efforts of the LGBTQ Community and Allies who continue to help us in this work. 

Keynote: During this engaging and exciting keynote, Richard Spada will highlight the importance of raising our levels of knowledge and awareness around the benefits of creating an inclusive environment.  He will place a special emphasis on the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the LGBTQ community. Based on his global experiences, he will discuss the impact of Understanding, Leading, and Delivering upon the promise of what can be attained if we all work towards becoming more diverse and inclusive.

Coming out stories: Faculty, staff and students will be invited to share their coming out stories. These stories will highlight the richness of their lived experiences and how they have persevered in the face of adversity. 

Rainbow awards: The organizing committee is seeking nominations for faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members who have made contributions towards the advancement of CCSU’s LGBTQ community. Nominations can be made to Nick D’Agostino. If you wish to nominate someone, please provide a brief paragraph as to why you believe this person should be the recipient of the Rainbow Award. The following awards will be given out during the celebration:  Activism Award (one student and one faculty/staff), Ally Award, Distinguished Alumna Award, and a Community Award (external to CCSU). Nominations must be received no later than Friday, September 5, 2017.

 

Disrupting Bias: The Right Thing to Do

Do You Dare to Be a Disrupter? with Richard S. Spada
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Constitution Room, Memorial Hall

Have you been treated differently because of who you are?  Have you ever treated someone else differently because of who they are? Have you ever been impacted by what you considered to be an unfair or biased work process? We know that as human beings we are all biologically wired to be biased. And, if this bias is left unchecked, it can turn into potentially challenging and destructive behaviors that are exhibited towards others. Our work systems, processes and tools can be negatively impacted by bias “in the system” as well as our interpersonal and working relations can be riddled with bias. This can all lead to decreases in employee engagement and productivity. And, ultimately, we risk losing our talent to other more inclusive businesses and organizations.

On the other hand, we know that when we have inclusive work places, employees can thrive! Employee performance, innovation, creativity, engagement, and retention can all increase.

In his keynote, Richard S. Spada willl discuss some of the latest thinking and research behind how we should all be looking at the prevalence of bias in our everyday life and at work.

Richard will share with us some of the current research to back up the need to "flip" our views on bias – to include looking at the impact and cost of being the recipient of it. He will share some personal and organizational strategies to tame bias as it is formed and mitigate it as it emerges.

Topics to be covered/addressed include:

  • What is diversity? What is inclusion? And, why it important to discuss this today, in 2017
  • What is bias, how does it form and what the impact is on individuals and organizations
  • Ways in which we have experienced bias in your personal and professional life
  • The impact of bias on individuals and organizations
  • Understand, Lead and Deliver Approach to creating an inclusive and bias-free environment for all
  • How to “disrupt” bias either before it emerges or as it surfaces (Catalyst’s Disrupting Bias Model)
  • CTI Research (2017) on Disrupting Bias

REGISTER HERE

 

Veterans in Higher Education

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Constitution Room, Memorial Hall

For Faculty/Staff with Jack Mordente

In his talk, Jack Mordente will discuss:

  • The Military Branches
  • The difference between Active Duty/National Guard/Reserves
  • Why our young men and women join
  • The Military Enlistment Process
  • Military Occupational Specialties
  • Turning Civilians into Soldiers
  • How our current wars are different
  • The Realities of War
  • The Brotherhood
  • Women in the Military
  • Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Suicide
  • Connecticut and Southern’s war losses
  • Veterans Transition to College and Civilian life
  • The Gl Bill
  • Military Discharges
  • Student Veteran Characteristics
  • The strengths and challenges veterans bring to college
  • Suggestions for Faculty and Staff
  • Establishing a Veterans Friendly School

REGISTER HERE

 

CCSU Student Workshop on Diversity

Inclusion for All: Coming Together to Create an Inclusive and Welcoming Community for All at CCSU with Richard Spada
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Constitution Room, Memorial Hall

Have you been treated differently because of who you are? Have you ever treated someone else differently because of who they are? Have you ever been impacted by what you considered to be an unfair or biased work process? We know that as human beings we are all biologically wired to be biased. And, if this bias is left unchecked, it can turn into potentially challenging and destructive behaviors that are exhibited towards others. Our work systems, processes and tools can be negatively impacted by bias “in the system” as well as our interpersonal and working relations can be riddled with bias. This can all lead to decreases in employee engagement and productivity. And, ultimately, we risk losing our talent to other more inclusive businesses and organizations.

On the other hand, we know that when we have inclusive work places, employees can thrive! Employee performance, innovation, creativity, engagement, and retention can all increase.

In his keynote, Richard S. Spada willl discuss some of the latest thinking and research behind how we should all be looking at the prevalence of bias in our everyday life and at work.

Richard will share with us some of the current research to back up the need to "flip" our views on bias – to include looking at the impact and cost of being the recipient of it. He will share some personal and organizational strategies to tame bias as it is formed and mitigate it as it emerges.

Topics to be covered/addressed include:

  • What is diversity? What is inclusion? And, why it important to discuss this today, in 2017
  • What is bias, how does it form and what the impact is on individuals and organizations
  • Ways in which we have experienced bias in your personal and professional life
  • The impact of bias on individuals and organizations
  • Understand, Lead and Deliver Approach to creating an inclusive and bias-free environment for all
  • How to "disrupt" bias either before it emerges or as it surfaces (Catalyst’s Disrupting Bias Model)
  • CTI Research (2017) on Disrupting Bias

Students should take one of the IAT’s – the Implicit Association Test: tap/click here

REGISTER HERE

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn R. Fallahi at fallahic@ccsu.edu.

Creating a Welcoming Community is sponsored by the President’s Office, The Office of Equity and Diversity, The Office of Institutional Advancement, and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.

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