The Office of Student Engagement and the Associated Students of Montana State University are committed to elevating the voices of diverse students and organizations of campus, and creating safe, inclusive spaces through programming and best practices. These initiatives are lead by the Student Director of Diversity and Inclusion.

 

The Office of Student Engagement and the Associated Students of Montana State University hosted the third annual MSU Diversity Symposium on March 9th, 2020. The intention of the event was to create a space and time that recognizes, validates, and appreciates all the services, research, and knowledge offered at MSU and the Bozeman Community.
 

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Diversity Symposium 2020 Schedule

 

Presenter(s) Name

Presentation Title

Description

Location

Start Time

End Time

Lunch & Opening Remarks

Join us for lunch, networking and opening remarks.

SUB Ballroom A

12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Tristan Harris Pierce

The History of African Americans in Film

The history of African Americans in film is a rich history that often falls unmentioned or is glossed over though it’s a close-knit piece of Film History. So join me on this look through American Film History from the Black Perspective.

SUB Ballroom B

1:10 PM

1:55 PM

Jacqueline Burgara and Iris Mora Ortega

Diversity within US

 

Fuerza Latinx (the Latino association on campus) co-presidents will discuss the situational factors that lead Latinos to move to the US and how they were received. They will explore the following three questions: What brought us here? What made us stay? What effects does that have on today’s US?

SUB Ballroom C

1:10 PM

1:55 PM

Jerico Cummings

The First of Its Kind: A Hate Crime Law Protecting LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit Citizens

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota is the first tribe in the United States to enact a hate crime law with the goal of protecting their LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit citizens. Before enacting this law, the tribe had to legalize same-sex marriage on the reservation which then called for the protection of such citizens. A brief historical overview of the traditional gender systems that existed pre-colonization will be introduced, followed by the effects that colonization had on this demographic, and how contemporary revitalization efforts led to the hate crime law’s enactment.

SUB Ballroom D

1:10 PM

1:55 PM

Jessica Britto

The Importance of Having Black Spaces

This presentation will focus on the importance of having designated spaces on campus and in life, and the spaces that are available for Black/African students at Montana State University. Updates about what the Black Student Union is doing on campus, and the progress of the Pan-African Studies Program will be shared as well.

SUB Ballroom B

2:10 PM

2:55 PM

Office of International Programs

International Study and Diversity

Please join the Office of International Programs staff members as they discuss theirroles in contributing to diversity on campus and abroad. Information will also be provided on how to get involved with OIP’s vision to bring the world to Montana and Montana to the world. 

SUB Ballroom C

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Mariah Hill

Generational Identity

This workshop will introduce participants to the five generational identity groups in the U.S. while exploring the sociocultural characteristics that define each generation. Participants will then reflect on their own generation and engage in a small and large group discussion exploring how different generation sociocultural characteristics influence their identity and that of others.

SUB Ballroom D

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Jessica B. and Anaya P.

The Concept of Colorism

Members of the Black Student Union will be going over what colorism is, and its origins both historically and contemporarily from an African American perspective. Presenters will also analyze the physical process of skin bleaching and how colorism impacts features other than skin color. The presentation will close with an explanation that highlights where and how colorism is present in society and the media, and details about how it affects the Black community.

SUB Ballroom B

3:05 PM

3:50 PM

Madison Kuehn

Basic Needs Services Training to Support Minority Students

The "Basic Needs Services Training to Support Minority Students" will detail how food and housing insecurity disproportionately impacts  minority students and provide tools to attendees to refer in-need students to services to support basic need security. Topics covered will include a discussion on the current state of basic need insecurity- particularly for diverse students, cover campus support programs, and enable attendees to better support students in need.

SUB Ballroom C

3:05 PM

3:55 PM

Micah McFeely

Diversity in the Outdoors: a needs assessment

With incredible proximity and access, outdoor recreation is a staple for many Bozeman residents. In recent years, local nonprofits and campus programs have sought to reduce barriers for people recreating outside, particularly for those from underrepresented and marginalized social identities (people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, etc.) This needs assessment session will seek to measure community interest in more diversity and inclusion related outdoor programs and barriers to people entering into these activities in the first place.

SUB Ballroom D

3:05 PM

3:55 PM

Lyla Brown

Reproductive Health in the Black Community

This presentation will dive deeper into the history of the relationship between the Black community and reproductive health. We will explore some of the mistrust in the community as well as some of the complexities surrounding this relationship. Attendees will be able to learn and understand how this complex history informs the modern relationship between reproductive health and the Black community.

SUB Ballroom B

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Bayleigh Bird Hat

An original short story reading - “Availability Heuristics”

Availability Heuristics explores the complexities of a loved one going missing. From IHS to the police, it is a story of how Charlie must navigate this issue and learn to heal as a Native man.

SUB Ballroom C

4:00 PM

4:45 PM

Jacqueline Burgara and Iris Mora Ortega

Nor from here nor from there

Co-Presidents of Fuerza Latinx will discuss the ideas of imposter syndrome and code switching within minority communities. These two terms were coined to address the feelings of living at the intersection of different identities and cultures, but it is a subject often  silenced throughout these communities. This then affects an individual’s daily mental health and wellbeing. When it comes to college campuses these feelings are amplified within individuals and yet again often ignored by those around them. This presentation aims to include active participation from attendees as well as include voices from across campus. 

SUB Ballroom D

4:00 PM

5:00 PM

Dinner & Conversation

This is an opportunity for Symposium attendees to network and dialogue about their experiences with Symposium presentations. Food for all dietary restrictions will be provided.

SUB Ballroom A

6:00 PM

6:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Haroon Moghul

How to be a Msulim: An American Story

 

SUB Ballroom A

6:30 PM

7:30 PM

Closing Remarks and Call to Action

 

Join us after the Symposium for an Open Mic Night at the SRO Coffee Shop in the MSU Student Union Building. Event Hosted by PACE.

SUB Ballroom A

7:30 PM

 



Jerico Cummings|ASMSU Student Director of Diversity and Inclusion| 406.994.2933