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Students set to present at Diversity Conference

September 22, 2009
By Rebecca Howard

Now that the CSU Diversity Conference has officially begun, three CSU students and one CSU professor are set to present a new website geared toward the discussion of media and diversity. Their presentation is one of many sessions offered over the course of the three-day event.

Discussing media and diversity

Media plays a significant role in how people view the world. It helps them form ideas about other people, places and cultures. With that said, the media can sometimes give false portrayals that are harmful or misleading.

These issues surrounding diversity and the media are important for everyone to be aware of. To help facilitate the open discussion of issues of diversity, 10 JTC undergraduate students, with the guidance of Assistant Professor Rosa Mikeal Martey, created MeDLi.

MeDLi online forum, resource

MeDLi is an online resource for students and instructors to “connect, collect and contribute” articles, videos and more, with user-generated content and other interactive features, like online forums. They will be presenting the site for the first time at the Diversity Conference at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 in Room 213-215 of the Lory Student Center.

Students gear up for presentation

Three of the students involved with the creation of the site will participate in the presentation along with Assistant Professor Martey -- senior Carol Noon, senior Leslie Groves, and CSU graduate Leslie Stinson. Noon is a journalism student with a minor in ethnic studies. Groves is also a journalism student who is interested in activism and outreach. Stinson graduated last spring with a journalism degree and a computer science certificate, and was one of the Today @ Colorado State student writers last year.

Noon said she got involved in the project because she’s always been interested in issues surrounding diversity. “MeDLi, since its beginning, has been a way for me to help reach out,” she said. “Diversity affects us all... All aspects of our identities are affected by topics and ideas within diversity.”

Multi-media presentation on how to use the site

The multi-media presentation will include a walk-through of the site and an explanation of the thought process behind its construction. The presentation will also include information on how students and faculty can use the site.

“MeDLi will be a powerful resource for CSU students, staff, and faculty, but only if they get involved with it,” Noon said.

Diversity Conference has a lot to offer

This presentation is just one of many that will take place at the Diversity Conference. More than 30 sessions are offered over the course of the three-day event. A full schedule of sessions, visit the Diversity Conference website.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.