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Lunchtime Talks ‘Dig Into Diversity’

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The Faculty Development Center hosts “Digging Into Diversity,” a lecture series to help gain insight and ideas, learn new skills to take back into the classroom or office, and meet with other faculty and staff members.

The Tuesday 11:30 to 1 p.m. sessions will be held in Room 240 of the Pollak Library.

Upcoming talks:
Sept. 27 — “Learning About the Facts and Fiction of Diversity Stereotypes,” led by Shaun Pichler, associate professor of management. Pichler, who teaches courses in human resource management and organizational behavior, will talk about how people process information about others, including stereotyping and the rationale behind and evidence/or lack of such stereotypes, including those that have made headlines: “Are Millennials Really Narcissistic” and “Are Asian Americans Really Better at Math?”

Oct. 11 — “Fostering Identity and Safe Spaces for Muslim Students” with Sawssan Ahmed, assistant professor of psychology and a licensed clinical psychologist. The talk will examine the American Muslim community, the rise of anti-Muslim hate incidents in the U.S., and how the campus community can empower Muslim students.

Oct. 25 — “Autism 101: Understanding the Postsecondary Education Experiences of Students With Developmental Disabilities” during which Sasha M. Zeedyk, assistant professor of child and adolescent studies, will focus on the helping students with autism spectrum disorder and others with developmental disabilities who are at-risk of dropping out of college.  

Nov. 1 — ”Understanding the Black Lives Matter Movement, Social Activism and Higher Education” presented by Tyler D. Parry, assistant professor of African American studies. The talk will cover the movement since its beginnings in 2013 as well as reactions to it, and give attendees an opportunity to dissect different representations of the movement and its pertinence.

Co-sponsoring the lecture series are: the offices of Graduate Studies and Research Development; ASI LGBT/Queer Resource Center; African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latino and LGBT faculty and staff associations; Researchers and Critical Educators (RACE); and SOAR (Strengthening Opportunities, Access and Resources) at CSUF.

Register through the calendar at the Faculty Development Center website. For more information, contact Matt Englar-Carlson, professor of counseling and FDC faculty coordinator for diversity and inclusion.