Diversity and Educational Achievement: A Wisconsin Agenda

Monday & Tuesday, October 21-22, 2013
Union South, Varsity Hall
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Setting precedent as a two-day conference for educators, students and community leaders across Wisconsin, the Diversity Forum is pleased to present UCLA professor Sylvia Hurtado, Columbia University professor Derald Wing Sue, and attorney Kate Lipper of Education Counsel, LLC. This year’s forum is funded in part by a UW System grant to address statewide issues of academic achievement in higher education for underrepresented groups.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  *Individuals who require American Sign Language interpretation to ensure an enriching experience are asked to contact us at (608) 265-5228, or email dgardner@cdo.wisc.edu.

2013 Diversity Forum Program and Schedule


9–9:30 a.m.:  Registration and Refreshments
Annual Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) Diversity Forum Data Display (ongoing throughout the Forum)

9:30–10 a.m.:  Welcoming Remarks & Overview
Patrick J. Sims, Interim Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer

10-11:30 a.m.  

Morning Keynote Address

Professor Sylvia Hurtado, University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Sylvia Hurtado
Professor Sylvia Hurtado

Sylvia Hurtado is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences. Just prior to coming to UCLA, she served as Director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hurtado has published numerous articles and books related to her primary interest in student educational outcomes, campus climates, college impact on student development, and diversity in higher education. She has served on numerous editorial boards for journals in education and served on the boards for the American Association of Higher Education, the Higher Learning Commission, and is past-President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Black Issues In Higher Education named her among the top 15 influential faculty whose work has had an impact on the academy. She obtained her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and A.B. from Princeton University in Sociology.

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.:  Lunch
Recognition of Learning Communities Alumni

Professor Derald Weng Sue
Professor Derald Wing Sue

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote Address

Professor Derald Wing Sue, Columbia University and Professor Steve Quintana, Counseling Psychology 

Derald Wing Sue is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University and has served as a training faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies and the Columbia University Executive Training Programs. He was the Co-Founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association, past presidents of the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues and the Society of Counseling Psychology. Described as a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, multicultural education, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism, he has done extensive multicultural research and writing in psychology and education long before the academic community perceived it favorably, and his theories and concepts have paved the way for a generation of younger scholars interested in issues of minority mental health and multicultural psychology. He is the author of several books, including Counseling the Culturally Diverse: Theory and PracticeOvercoming our Racism, and Understanding Abnormal Behavior.

1:45–2 p.m.:  Break

2-3:30 p.m.:  Concurrent Sessions

Increasing Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM
Shirin Malekpour, Director, Wisconsin Emerging Scholars Program; Douglass Henderson, Professor, College of Engineering; Jennifer Ball-Sharpe, HHMI Grant Coordinator, Institute for Biology Education.

MODERATOR: Gloria Hawkins, Assistant Dean, School of Medicine and Public Health; Assistant Vice Provost & Director Appointee, Chancellor’s Scholars & Powers-Knapp Scholars Programs.

UW-Madison’s Center for Academic Excellence (CAE)
DeVon Wilson, Director, CAE; Assistant Dean, College of Letters & Science

The Precollege Impact
Jacqueline DeWalt, Executive Director, The PEOPLE Program; Erica Laughlin, Director, Information Technology Academy; Michael Johnson, CEO, Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, AVID/TOPS.

MODERATOR:  Nancy Blake, Director of Precollege Programs, School of Education.

The Personal Touch: A Holistic Approach to Diversity Leadership
Patrick J. Sims, Vice Provost & Chief Diversity Officer; Ruby Paredes, Associate Vice Provost; Carl Hampton, Special Assistant; Lesley-Anne Pittard, Research and Program Associate; & Maggie Sampe, Graduate Assistant.

Canoes, Clinics and College: Utilizing Community Engagement to Support Diversity and Health Equity
Sarah Esmond, Administrative Director, , UW Collaborative Center for
Health Equity (CCHE); Tim Frandy, Research Ambassador, UW Native American
Center for Health Professions (NACHP) and CCHE; Melissa Greendeer, Community and Academic Support Coordinator, NACHP; and Stephanie House, Research and Career Development Core, UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR).

Best Practices for Student Success: UW-Madison’s Posse Program
Albert Muniz, Director, & Ida Balderrama-Trudell, Assistant Director, Posse Program

UW-Madison Diversity Planning Listening Session
Ryan Adserias & Ruth Litovsky, Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee

Funding Diversity Efforts in Higher Education
Amy Kerwin, Chief Educational Opportunities Officer, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation; Dextra Hadnot, Director of External Affairs, AT&T; Edwardo Manuel, Senior Director of Development, UW Foundation.

MODERATOR: Susan Fischer, Director, UW-Madison Student Financial Aid.

CeO: Center for Educational Opportunity – Celebrating 20 Years of Academic Excellence
Kirk Malnor, Director; Wilma Callaway, Assistant Director & Director of
the Mentor Program; Toua Thao, Advisor; Bill Hébert, Jr., Advisor; Megan
McGarry, Advisor and Study Abroad Specialist; Claudia Mosley, Advisor and
Career Advising Specialist; Shawn Peters, Writing Specialist and Lecturer; Jamila
Siddiqui, Advisor/Graduate Student; Carlos Lozano, Program Support/Graduate
Student; Linda Lam, Interim Office Manager; Ramon Roche Maldonado, Lead Mentor; Nkaoxee “T” Vue, Past Student Mentee, Mentor.

Micro-Aggressions Workshop with Professor Derald Wing Sue
A special session for Counseling Psychology Students and Professionals

3:45–4:15 p.m.: Closing Remarks from Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell

4:30 p.m.: Reception, Varsity Hall



9–9:30 a.m.:  Registration and Refreshments
Annual Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) Diversity Forum Data Display (ongoing throughout the Forum)

9:30–9:45 a.m.:  Welcome & Overview of the Day
Ruby Paredes, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice Provost      

9:45–10 a.m.: Opening Remarks
Dean John Karl Scholz, College of Letters & Science

10–10:30 a.m.:  2013 Diversity Forum Human Scavenger Hunt

10:30–11:30 a.m.:  The UW-Madison Diversity Planning Process
Introduction: Professor Marlys Macken, Chair, Campus Diversity and Climate Committee; Overview and Update: Professor Ruth Litovsky & Ryan Adserias, Chairs, Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee.

11:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m.:  Lunch

12:30–1:30 p.m.:  First Wave SOAR Internship Showcase and Talk Back
Professor Chris Walker, Artistic Director, Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives/ First Wave; Carren Martin, Director of Center for First Year Experience

1:45–2 p.m.:  Break

2–3:30 p.m.:  Concurrent Sessions

Promoting Black Women’s Health and Wellness
Carla Pugh, Clinical Director, UW Health Clinical Simulation Program; Lisa Peyton-Caire, Founder, Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness;  Diane Gooding, Professor, Psychology.

MODERATOR: Earlise Ward, Associate Professor, School of Nursing.

Promoting Diversity in the Workforce: Accessing Opportunities and Careers in Energy
Annette Miller, Emerging Markets and Community Development Manager, MG&E; & Diane Schuler, Director of Energy Delivery Resources, Alliant Energy.

MODERATOR: Adin Palau; Senior Human Resource Specialist.

UW-Madison Leadership Institute Learning Community
Join Sus in a discussion on how the Workforce Learning Communities experience helps to develop capacities eema Kapani, Leadership Institute Director

Innovation at UW-Extension and UW-Madison: Diversity and Educational Opportunities for Underrepresented Students
Aaron Brower, Interim Provost & Vice Chancellor, UW-Extension & Jeffrey Russell, Vice Provost for Lifelong Learning, Dean of the Division of Continuing Studies

The Urban League of Greater Madison
Kaleem Caire, CEO, Urban League of Great Madison

Academic Enhancement Seminars (AES)
Alberta M. Gloria, Professor, Counseling Psychology, School of Education; Martin Kivlighan & Maleeha Abbas, Teaching Assistants.

Delta’s Achievement/Equity Gap Project: Engaging Current & Future Faculty as Change Agents
Don Gillian-Daniel, Associate Director & Chris Carlson-Dakes, Senior Lecturer.

Creating Safe Spaces for Learning and Achievement: Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE) & UW-Madison’s LGBT Campus Center
Brian Juchems, Director of Programs & Gabe Javier, Director, UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center

Promoting Diversity in the Workforce: Increasing Underrepresented Student Participation in Retail
Val Gatson, True Value & Maggie Swanson, Target. MODERATOR: Jerry O’Brien, Director of School of Human Ecology Kohl’s Department Stores Center for Retailing Excellence.

Art Avenues to Empower Students
Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Chicago, IL; First Wave Scholarship Program.


Attorney Katherine Lipper
Attorney Katherine Lipper

3:45–4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Keynote Address

Katherine Lipper, J.D., EducationCounsel LLC.   

Katherine E. Lipper is a policy and legal advisor at EducationCounsel. A former seventh grade English and reading teacher, she focuses on the issues of access and diversity in elementary, secondary, and higher education.


4:30 p.m.:  Closing Remarks by Provost Paul M. DeLuca, Jr.