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Diversity Conference hosts sessions for faculty, staff

August 30, 2010

With the percentage of underrepresented students and faculty on the rise and a new Vice President for Diversity, it's an exciting time to be working at Colorado State University. No matter the department or how long you've been working at CSU, diversity on campus is a collaborative effort. The 2010 Diversity Conference, "What the Recession Revealed," will give faculty and staff the opportunity to address and discuss diversity not only at CSU, but across the nation and internationally as well.

10th Annual Diversity Conference
What the Recession Revealed
Sept. 21-23
Lory Student Center

The annual Diversity Conference has a long history at Colorado State University. In 2001 the very first, one-day “Diversity Summit” was held off campus and only select deans, department heads, and directors were in attendance. As the 2001 “Diversity Summit” progressed into the “Diversity Conference,” the guest list was expanded and the length of the conference tripled.

This year, the 2010 Diversity Conference “What the Recession Revealed,” will take place over three days, Sept. 21–23.

Projected attendees include graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, administrative professionals, classified staff, Fort Collins community members, and any other person that chooses to filter through.

All sessions are free and open to the public and no pre-registration is required.

Keynote address by Ray Suarez

The Keynote for “What the Recession Revealed” is Ray Suarez, author and senior correspondent for The NewsHour. Suarez will address the public on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center.

While most session are all-inclusive, here is a list of sessions that were designed with faculty, administrative professionals, and classified staff in mind. It was difficult to choose just a few of the 45 topics to highlight; for more information about the conference schedule and keynote please visit

A Collaborative Response to Decreasing Resources

Session date, time and location: Tuesday, Sept. 21; 3–5 p.m.; LSC 213-215

Presented by: Vani Narayana, assistant director of Campus Activities at CSU and responsible for an area of Campus Activities called Diversity and Social Justice Programs (DSJP); Bethel Nathan, program coordinator in Campus Activities at CSU; Helen Kang, second year graduate student in the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at CSU

In this session presenters will explore the impact of budget cuts in higher education on offices and organizations that serve the most underrepresented students on campuses across the nation. Specifically, the session will address how Campus Activities has implemented a collaborative model to maximize resources and serve underrepresented populations as well as support the programming of the Student Diversity Programs and Services offices and related student organizations in a sustainable way.

International Student Recruitment Initiatives: Where in the World is CSU?

Session date, time and location: Wednesday, Sept. 22; 2–3 p.m.; LSC 213-215

Presented by: Mark Hallett, NAFSA Professional Educational Pathways task force; Petra Marlin, assistant director in Admissions at CSU

This session will discuss the International recruitment initiatives that the Office of International Programs, Provost’s Office and Office of Admissions have been working on to increase overall international student numbers and diversity within our international student population. Presenters will provide background information about international student recruitment at CSU. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and ask for clarification regarding initiatives.

University Performance Data for Diversity in 2009-2010, CSU Research Findings for Student Success, Student Perceptions, and University Planning Activity

Session date, time and location: Thursday, Sept. 23; 8–9:30 a.m.; LSC 203-205

Presented by: Kim Bender, director of Assessment; David McKelfresh, executive director of Research and Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs, and Program Chair for the Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Program; Paul Thayer, associate vice president for Student Affairs and special advisor to the Provost for Retention

This presentation shares the past year’s diversity performance findings for the areas of student success, student perceptions, and university planning activity, including program action plans. Presenters will discuss the three main sources that Colorado State University uses to collect diversity-related data. Attendees will have the chance to voice their ideas of how diversity data should be gathered.

Prospective Veteran Students: CSU’s Experience Since the Post 9-11 GI Bill

Session date, time and location: Tuesday, Sept. 21; 4:30–5:30 p.m.; LSC 203-205

Presented by: Panel presentation; each member serves on the campus-wide Veterans Advisory Board coordinated through Adult Learners and Veterans Services.

This panel presentation will discuss the Post 9-11 GI Bill and its effects on student veterans at Colorado State University. Representatives from Enrollment and Access will share insights about this diverse population and efforts being made to recruit, admit, enroll, and retain them. Attendees will learn how they can help our veteran students be successful.

Contact: Kira Maixner
Phone: (970) 491-2297