Session Title: Collapsing the Divide While Honoring the Path
This program includes interactive conversation and exercises that allows the audience to honor the differences between one another to impact growth and change. As leaders, we can honor the beauty of each piece of the mosaic as we honor the whole masterpiece that is US.
Kim Pevia is a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator whose specialty is addressing the issues that keep us stuck and help us move beyond them. Whether personal, professional, leadership, community or economic development, she moves between these areas with a rich understanding of the interdependence on each other. Her message is empowerment. She serves as the President of the Pembroke Chamber of Commerce, Board Member of the Southeastern Family Violence Center, Committee Chair of the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference and many other local and regional committees.
The vision of local economy through local foods, rich culture and regional arts is woven in the fabric of her work. Unique, insightful, inspiring, interactive and humorous are descriptors of her work. Building the bridge is the outcome.
Session Title: Stereotypes & Stigmas about Women in Leadership Roles
Women are quickly becoming some of the most recognized and celebrated leaders in the world. But, even in 2013, we are still subjected to the stereotypes such as being too emotional, too impulsive, and too unstable to run large organizations and nationally recognized companies. My goal is to challenge young women to brand themselves as strong leaders without sacrificing their femininity and unique personalities.
Natasha Nichole Lake is an engaging and charismatic speaker whose background in Communication and Humanities allows her to connect with audiences in a unique and impactful way. In 2003, Natasha entered the National Rotary speech competition to raise awareness about drug abuse among teens. After winning 1st place in the competition, she committed to using her talents and compassion to better the world by inspiring young people to make success-driven decisions. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BA in Communication and Humanities, Natasha started her own speaking firm: NNL Workshops. By customizing workshops for corporations, clubs, community organizations, group homes, universities, churches, and individuals, this celebrated speaker has been changing lives all over the globe since 2009. As a youthful and energetic speaker, Natasha brings a unique and phenomenal energy to every stage. She combines her natural ability to connect to people with years of oratorical training and speech training in order to provide audience members with the tools needed to make vital strides in their personal and profession lives. Every individual who has the opportunity to be in Natasha’s audience will benefit from her customized, authentic speaking style.
Session Title: Personal and Financial Responsibility
One saying that I say to all my clients is “It’s not how much you make, but how you manage your money.” Individuals first have to recognize that they have a problem in order to get the help they desire. Helping individuals identify their strengths and finding the root of a problem are equally vital. If one doesn’t find the route of their financial struggles they will never gain control of their money. It is about progress not perfection.
Louvenia J. Locklear is a Housing Services Coordinator and Certified Housing Counselor at North Carolina Indian Housing Authority. She has held that position for five years. Her primary goals as Housing Services Coordinator are to help clients become homeowners by educating clients how to navigate through the home buying process. Part of that process involves teaching clients how to effectively manage their finances. In March of 2013, Louvenia started her own business where she counsels individuals regarding their finances, if they are not going through the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program. Ms. Locklear has earned an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a minor in American Indian Studies. In addition, she will be receiving her Master’s in Social Work with a focus on Children and Family in May 2013.
Session Title: Unlocking the Doors of the Academy: The Absence of Disadvantage Black Males in Higher Education
The purpose of this session is to examine the absence of disadvantaged black males in higher education while developing a true understanding of what they might be experiencing or have experienced in the past. It is important that institutions serving disadvantaged black males take responsibility and initiative to teach them about the importance of the academy. While the presence of disadvantaged black males continues to increase in prison, those of us who are a part of the academy must recognize the decreasing presence within the academy. Historical and cultural factors that contribute to that absence will provide a framework for which to begin expanding dialogue.
Frederick H. Stephens is a Professor of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He received his Bachelors’ degree from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his Masters’ degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, California. He is a PhD. Candidate and has taught at UNCP for twenty years. Professor Stephens is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Session Title: From Diversity to Humanity: Achieving Harmony & Prosperity
Through powerful stories of crossing religious barriers to sign up with a basketball team and running through a sniper-ridden field for a job interview, Wazan explains how he makes ethnic, religious, and cultural differences the very factors that can increase one's intellectual and emotional intelligence. The program inspires audience members to see beauty in differences, see past social labels, see beyond appearances, see matters in relative terms, and be motivated by a humane connection for the good of all people.
Sam Wazan is the author of The Last Moderate Muslim, a Global Trustee at United Religions Initiative, member of the Board at Mecklenburg Ministries, member of the Comparative Religion committee at Temple Beth El in Charlotte, the chair of the Charlotte Cooperation Circle, and a blogger at Charlotte Viewpoint and Religion News, LLC. Wazan is a fifteen-year combat-zone survivor, a Middle East expert, and a grassroots catalyst for peace. He grew up surrounded by remorseless sniper fire, indiscriminate rocket attacks, and vicious religious massacres. In 1995, he earned an MBA in the USA. In 2000, he founded an Information Technology services firm, which he sold in 2005. In 2009, Wazan resigned from a corporate position to catalyze peace and write his personally inspired novel. He converted his war stories into lessons learned to inspire the public to act for a more peaceful world.
Session Title: Engaging Preservice Teachers in Cultural Competence through Multicultural Pedagogy & Response to Intervention
RTI models are implemented to promote equity by ensuring that all students receive intensive, systematic, and evidence-based interventions before the need for special education services is considered. Culturally responsive RTI is a tool that can be used in the transformation of schools into agents of social change requiring certain beliefs on the part of persons implementing it. Teacher educators must adopt a perspective of education that liberates rather than perpetuates the historic marginalization of students from minority groups through inappropriate referrals and placement into special education. The model will serve to incorporate the conceptual frameworks of RTI and liberation theory into existing teacher preparation programs
Gretchen Robinson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Special Education within the Department of Educational Specialties at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She holds a B.S. in Speech Pathology & Audiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an M.S. in Communication Disorders from Western Carolina University, and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her interests include Response-to-Intervention, early literacy for students at-risk, language learning disabilities, culturally responsive practices, and disproportionality. She teaches courses in assessment, instructional methodology, and special education law & policy. Dr. Robinson presents at local, state, and national conferences. Her 14 years of service includes teaching in higher education and serving exceptional, diverse, and at-risk students in the public schools.
Session Title: The "N"word
Engaging in interactive conversation on one of the most offensive words in the English Language, and how society uses it in the 21st Century. Lash will cover a brief history on the term, contextual use and what we consider "acceptable", and its’ new found mainstream use, especially in hip-hop. Lash will challenge participants to think about the power of their words and ask the question “Can such words be reclaimed for endearment or will they forever remain sores of oppression?”
RaKim R. Lash is a 21 year old, Political Science Major, Leadership Minor at Western Carolina University. He also is the Executive Administrator for Student Support Services at WCU. RaKim is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He will start graduate school this fall to obtain a Master's in College Student Personnel and begin a career in student affairs.
Session Title: Moving from Diversity to a Culture of Inclusion
The session begins with an engaging exercise where one member of the audience will join Mr. Richards in an exercise to see how the audience automatically lumps individuals into “diversity” boxes by asking the audience which "diversity" traits they feel each one of us possess. This will serve as a backdrop to discuss show how many different groups qualify under "diversity". For the rest of the discussion, Mr. Richards will be going over real life examples, primarily in the workplace but a few for college campuses, that show how just having differences is not enough; to be “inclusive” we have to understand what qualifies as difference and embrace the others for how their world-view and experiences can show us more about ours.
Session Title: Queer Theory
This presentation will highlight perceptions of what qualifies as sexuality in our modern culture. Mr. Richards will begin with historical facts about sexuality in a variety of (predominantly Western) cultures. From there we’ll go into a discussion as to what “sexuality” means in modern American society and the difficulties in defining it. From there we’ll have a brief overview of key theories to understanding what “queer” means. The presentation will engage students in an organic discussion of sexuality and their views on the topic and a discussion on what they think is “sexuality” really means.
Session Title: Multiplicity Theory
The discussion will focus on how we socially construct human difference by progressing through a series of models: additive model for diversity, hybridity theory, and finally multiplicity theory. The final term, Multiplicity Theory, is understanding which focuses on how difficult it is to isolate the experiences of individuals in a specific group because each social construction of these traits is co-constructed with the others. To say it another way, this is a way to move past trying to view “diversity” traits in isolation, because humans understand individuals through a variety of traits, and is simply a more useful tool for looking at systemic and isolated instances of prejudice and discrimination.
Brian Richards joined the Carolinas Chapter of the National Diversity Council (NDC Carolinas) as a Coordinator in June of 2012. He is passionately dedicated to making diversity and inclusion a more important, more intricate part of the lived experiences of EVERYONE. His professional experience is within the fields of training, marketing, teaching, counseling, and social scientific research. His focuses within the broader theme of diversity include organizational recruitment, gender, and the social construction of difference.
Brian earned is BA in Psychology from Ohio University and served in counseling and supervisory roles for therapeutic treatment programs for teenagers in Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. He earned his MA in Communication Studies, focusing in Organizational Communication, from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a Communication Studies Lecturer at Central Piedmont Community College.
Though a native of Ohio, Brian has lived in five states and has been in Charlotte, NC for about 3 years. He cherishes his family and friends, as well as enjoys disk golf, motorcycles rides, role playing games, reading, conferences, and the great outdoors.
Session Title: Social Justice 101
This interactive workshop will allow participants to gain a better understanding of social justice, social identity, and the ways that individuals can break the double standards and status quo that exist within society. Participants will explore individual and collective values, and will discuss a number of strategies in order to create more socially-just communities and environments.
Session Title: Power of Symbols
This workshop will challenge individuals to develop a “cultural lens” in order to develop more effective and productive cross-cultural communication. Thinking in the back of your mind, can symbols mean different things to different people? Can one’s use of symbols sometimes send mixed messages? And, can these messages have an impact on the way individuals are viewed and treated in society? These are the questions that will lead the powerful workshop.
James Felton is the founding Director of the Department of Intercultural Affairs at Western Carolina University. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for the University’s leadership minor program. He earned a BA in Psychology and a MA in Educational Administration with a concentration in student affairs from McDaniel College in MD; and he is currently completing his PhD in Global Leadership with a specialization in academic administration at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne, IN. He has over 17 years of experience in the areas of diversity and multicultural affairs at numerous colleges and universities in the Northeast and Midwest. Felton is a member of numerous fraternal, national and international organizations. His research and teaching experience are in the areas of social justice, leadership, and urban studies.
Session Title: Making a Difference: How A Diverse Campus Newspaper Staff Can Lead to Positive Change
This workshop will examine selected multicultural stories covered over the past decade by the campus newspaper and the impact the coverage had on issues of diversity on the University campus. The presentation highlights that reporting on diversity issues becomes more inclusive and accurate when the staff is made up of members from many different ethnic, racial, gender, religious, sexual orientation, and disability groups.
Session Title: Tomorrow’s Media Gatekeepers: How Infusing Multiculturalism in Journalism Curriculum Can Impact Future Career Goals
The American Society of Newspaper Editors Diversity Committee identified some progress in recruitment of minority reporters but little progress in advancement to leadership positions. They published The Passionate Editor with the goal to inspire young journalists from diverse backgrounds to attain leadership positions. This presentation examines data on the use of this publication over multiple semesters instructing diverse groups of junior and senior journalism students. Data found that minority female students, especially, were influenced positively.
Judith G. Curtis, Ph.D., is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She earned a BA in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University, an MA in political science from Hood College, and a PhD in mass communication from the Union Institute and University. Prior to beginning her university teaching career, she worked for several decades as a professional journalist, editor, and executive in the newspaper, magazine, and book publishing industries. She is in her 21st year of higher education teaching and completing her 11th year at UNCP, where she received an Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011. She is the faculty advisor of the student newspaper, which wins yearly awards from the American Scholastic Press Association and the North Carolina College Media Association. She also oversees the journalism curriculum. Her research interests focus on journalism pedagogy as well as Agenda Setting Theory and its extension to social issues.
Session Title: Increasing Native American Student Engagement at UNCP
This workshop will focus on Native American engagement at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Native American students make up 16.22% of the student body at UNC Pembroke. A majority of these Native American students come from the local community. This presentation will examine some of these factors and explore interventions that can increase Native American student engagement on campus at UNCP.
Jody Thomas is a Professor of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke; he received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. He is a Doctoral Candidate and has taught at UNCP for 2 years. Professor Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). He has over 15 years of providing Mental Health services to the local community. He is also a member of
Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Session Title: B.Y.O.D- Bring Your Own Diversity
The presentation is designed to provide the audience with an opportunity to critically self-reflect on their own diverse views and characteristics. At the same time, audience will be provided with an opportunity to view a video that will facilitate a discussion on how racial biases often result from a lack of education regarding other races and cultures.
Marisa D. Roach Scott, Ph.D. has been an Assistant Professor at UNC-Pembroke since August 2009. She serves as the Program Coordinator for the Special Education program. Her research interests include critical self-reflection, cultural diversity and racial socialization. In addition to her work on various campus committees, Dr. Scott is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Born into a military family, Dr. Scott has lived most of her life in the Fort Bragg/Fayetteville area. She is a graduate of Cumberland County Schools, East Carolina University and University of North Carolina Greensboro. Dr. Scott is the proud mother of two beautiful children, James Ellis and Logan.
Session Title: American Women: Modern Day Veterans & Service Members
The objectives of the presentation are to inform, educate, debunk myths and eradicate prejudice/discrimination regarding women in the military and women veterans. This presentation will exhibit different topics pertaining to women in the military such as their roles in combat, sexual harassment, and the future of women in the military.
Vanessa Lech has a Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Management, Master's of Science in Health Sciences in Public Health and is currently working on her Master's Degree of Social Work. Vanessa completed her first Bachelor's and Master's degree while on active duty in the U.S. Army. She is 27 years old. Vanessa plans to specialize in Mental Health and Substance Abuse in the active duty military/veteran populations. She has multiple certifications related to the military population. Vanessa Lech currently (Spring 2013) is an intern at Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) non-clinical prevention program at Fort Bragg, NC. This summer, she will have a salaried internship at the VA Medical Center (VAMC) Fayetteville, NC and will serve veterans that will most likely have mental health and substance abuse problems. Vanessa Lech served on active duty for four years at Fort Lewis, Washington in the U.S. ARMY and then exited the military in January of 2012 after having completed her military contract.
Session Title: Dream-Catchers: Trapping Intolerance in a Web of Diversity
The presentation will exhibit the topic of teaching affective tools for overcoming intolerance and cultural prejudices especially targeted towards members of sexual minorities woven with the historical and geographical specifics of such instances of intolerance. the native American dream-catcher; a craft used to facilitate the flow of positive good dreams and omens while trapping negative ones, will be used to model our information.
Jonathan Woods, Jeremiah Shalom Moore, Jasmine Young, Lester Arnold, Christopher Ragin, Alexis QuickUNCP's Gay Students & Allies began in January of 2013 as the continuation of the longstanding LGBTQ group on campus. Aimed at helping to make the University more open and inclusive to its diverse student population, the group established a committee to create an interactive breakout session utilizing its executive board of officers. The group is presenting fresh off the heels of hosting UNCP's first Pride Week and parade earlier this month.
Session Title: What Separates Us!
This presentation will include a discussion about religion and how we use it to separate ourselves from other people who don't agree with our beliefs. This discussion will inform people about the humanity in all of us that should be respected first before the beliefs we have for one another.
Erasto C. Simmons is a 20 year old sophomore from Newton Grove, NC, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is an intern with the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs.
Jamaal Anthony is a senior musical theatre major at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He has been featured in several university theatre shows including Little Shop of Horrors, The Crucible, The Odd Couple, Guys and Dolls, and Chicago the musical. Jamaal Anthony was the featured host on "Live With Jamaal" a popular radio show on WNCP's The Hawk Radio. Jamaal is the voice for “The Spirit of Carolina Marching Band.” He traveled with the band and announced performances for the ensemble. Jamaal is also a leader and active member of Resurrection Campus Ministries.
Session Title: The Role of Personal Development among Great Leaders
This presentation involves both lecture and discussion on how to discover your path for professional leadership and legacy. It will explore ways to develop character, vision and passion, along with ways to develop work ethic and personal balance. Participants will examine world-class leaders and the strategic methods they've used to gain power and influence.
Joseph (Joe) McDaniel Jr. is the Executive Director of Success In Life Consulting, LLC, where he provides business consulting, leadership coaching, economic development and community-support services. He is the author of two forth-coming books, "Now Is The Time", and "A Father's Journal". Mr. McDaniel serves as supporting faculty with the UNCP School of Business and has been a higher education professional for more than a decade. Mr. McDaniel received the Bachelor of Science in Communications from UNCP, the Master of Education, and the Master of Business Administration both from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. As a veteran, entrepreneur, minister, husband, and father, Joe works diligently to see that his 4 sons, students and clients have the tools they need to enjoy Success In Life.
Session Title: Who Am “I” In This Journey Of Life?
The workshop will focus on survival skills in today's society, which has all to do with having a strong sense of identity. There will be a 10-15 minute self-assessment process that will generate feedback to help improve your opinion of yourself and help increase your level of self-confidence and performance in any area of your life. This brief seminar will get you to first base in learning your leadership style and will enhance your ability to step out-of and up-to the plate when you need to.
Nancy L. Blue was born and raised in Robeson County, where she attended the public schools as an academic scholar. After graduating from high school, Ms. Blue worked several months and saved enough money to finance her educational expenses. Nancy was the first of her siblings to graduate from a community college and a four-year university. She presently works at Robeson Community College as Human Resources Development Instructor and Adult Basic Education Instructor. Ms. Blue, an alumnus of Robeson Community College, Fayetteville State University, and NC State University, earned a BS in Business Administration, Associate of Applied Science Degree in Executive Secretarial Science and has received many accolades throughout her career including Top finalist for the 2010 North Carolina Community College System State Level Instructor of the Year Award. Her passion to never forget where she has come from and what she has come through promotes her unending gratefulness to God for ordering her steps.
Session Title: Internalized Racism
This presentation will discuss how internalized racism began and the way in which it has affected minority groups. The presentation will also exhibit cases in which minorities begin to accept the stereotypes that they, and their ethnic groups, have been labeled with. It will involve an interactive discussion about how different minority groups begin to adopt racist notions towards their own ethnic group and even themselves.
Tawana Johnson, is a 21 year old senior from Monroe, NC majoring in English with a minor in Public Relations at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is an intern with the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs. " Tawana is also a Chancellor's Ambassador for UNCP.
Session Title: What is Supplier Diversity? Does it function with
Work Place Diversity?
This session will provide an overview of the emergence and development of supplier diversity in the Public Sector and Corporate America. See how and why organizations greatly benefit from leveraging diverse suppliers in their strategies to be highly efficient and effective. Learn what you can do to help move our communities from economic disparity to parity."
Annette Hibbert Stevenson has over 27 years of professional work experience in the personnel, management and procurement profession.
She currently serves as the Supplier Diversity Manager at SAS where she is responsible for advancing the goals and objectives of the company’s supplier diversity initiatives. She serves on several boards to include the N.C. Indian Economic Development Initiative and the State of North Carolina’s Diversity Advocacy Partnership Council. A graduate of Methodist College, Annette holds a degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, she served on active duty in the Army for over ten years as a Commissioned Officer and later retired from the Army Reserves.
Annette currently resides in Cary, N.C. with her husband.
Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013
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