In 2016, SAC established the Diversity Colloquium Series. This series represents our efforts to do something positive, thoughtful, and visible in response to police brutality incidents nationwide as well as a student demand to offer more diversity offerings on campus. The series highlights the work of UNI faculty and students and local community organizations to build a more inclusive and diverse society.
----All sessions held via Zoom. Advanced registration required.----
Thursday, October 15, 6 PM - Race, Social Justice and Policing: A Virtual Panel Discussion
Join us for a panel discussion that will explore the intersections of race, social justice, and policing in the United States and Cedar Valley. A moderated panel discussion will address issues related to racism, racial violence, protest, activism, police brutality, and their impact on the community. Panelists include Mr. Ryan Stevenson, who is a congressional staff member for Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, a local social justice activist, and UNI Alum (2018), Waterloo Police Chief, Dr. Joel Fitzgerald, and Professor of Criminology, Dr. Gayle Rhineberger.
Thursday, February 18, 6:30 PM - Barriers to Family Prison Visitation
Dr. Alison Cox (SAC Faculty) will present her research on the often overlooked experiences of the growing number of prisoner families. Family visits are beneficial to inmates through improved institutional adjustment and the decreased likelihood that they will recidivate post-release. Families and children also benefit from visiting incarcerated relatives by maintaining family connections and allowing prisoners a part in their children’s lives. Based on recent research, this colloquium will bring the voices of family members into current prison debates and provide suggestions for programming that would encourage visitation and family connectedness.
Thursday, April 15, 7 PM - Health Inequalities in the Age of COVID-19
Panelists from across UNI and the Cedar Valley community to discuss their research and professional experiences related to health inequalities and the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists include Dr. Adam Froyum Roise, physician and Black Hawk County Board of Health; Rev. Abraham Funchess, Waterloo Human Rights Commission; Francis Degnin, medical ethicist and Professor of Philosophy; and Ashleigh Kysar-Moon, Assistant Professor of Sociology.
Past Diversity Colloquia Series Events
- March 2020 - A Visible Scar: Loss & Memory in the Works of Zarina Hashmi & Rummana Hussain (Tracy Bonfitto, Curator at the Harry Ransom Center, Univ of Texas and Anthropology Alumni)
- February 2020 - Refuge, Asylum, & Immigration: A Contemporary Conversation (Kamryn Warren, SAC Faculty; Lisa Munoz, CVAIRR & Hawkeye CC; Umaru Balde, CVAIRR & Univ of Iowa; Sarah Kraft, EMBARC)
- November 2019 - Defining Diversity in a (Rapidly) Changing Iowa (Mark Grey, SAC Faculty)
- October 2019 - Maids, Wives, and Mothers: Women and the Courts in Early Modern England (Jennifer McNabb, History Faculty)
- April 2019 - Emotions in Crisis: The Consequences of Ceremonial Refugee Camp Visits (Kamryn Warren, SAC Faculty)
- March 2019 - Family separation: The impact of immigration policy on children and families (Maria Alcivar, Iowa State)
- February 2019 - Protection from Prosecution: Privilege and Illicit Substance Use in Reality TV (Kimberly M. Baker, SAC Faculty)
- November 2018 - What Can You Do With That? Navigating Career Paths
- ays in "Useless" Majors Through Service-Learning Partnerships (Cara Burnidge and Yasemin Sari, Philosophy & Religion Faculty)
- October 2018 - Myth Vs. Reality: Race, Gender, and (In)justice in the Media (Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn)
- September 2018 - McNair Scholar Presentations (Kyla Ford & Dante Miller)
- April 2018 - How do we end mass incarceration? (Community Panel - R. Allen Hays, Aaron Hawbaker, Sara Carter Geiger, & Dan Tallman)
- March 2018 - Child Maltreatment, Race, & Internalizing Problems: Evidence of a Mental Health Paradox? (Ashleigh Kaysar-Moon, SAC Faculty)
- February 2018 - The Relevance of Disability Studies in Education: A Framework for Change (Danielle Cowley, David Hernandez-Saca, & Amy Petersen, College of Education)
- November 2017 - Education and Collaboration: Key Elements for Cultivating & Sustaining Violence Prevention Efforts (Alan Heisterkamp & Annette Lynch, UNI Center for Violence Prevention)
- October 2017 - Social Justice in the Classroom: A Framework for Teaching and Learning (T. Elon Dancy II, University of Oklahoma)
- September 2017 - African American Labor History in Waterloo - Niria White (History, '19 & and McNair Scholar)
- April 2017 - Serving Our Community, While Learning: Service-Learning and Professional Development at UNI (Lazarus Adua, SAC Faculty & Students from Program and Policy Evaluation)
- March 2017 - “Why Don’t They Just Become Citizens?"and Other Questions about Immigration and Immigrants to the US (Panel - Cedar Valley Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)
- February 2017 - Men of Color, Mental Health, and the Correctional System (Community Panel - Tom Eachus, David Goodson, Bill Tate, & Cora Turner)
- November 2016 - A War on Drugs, Or A War on People? (Kimberly M. Baker, UNI Faculty, and Students from Drugs, Crime, & Society)
- November 2016 - Managing Emotions in the Classroom in an Era of Inequality (Carissa Froyum, SAC Faculty)
- October 2016 - What You Think You Know About Politics....And Why You May Be Wrong (Donna Hoffman & Chris Larimer, Political Science)
- September 2016 - Race, Poverty, and the Criminal Justice System: Protecting the Rights of the Accused in the St. Louis Area (Joshua N. Canavan, ArchCity Defenders)