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. We partner with the Office of the President, the Chief Diversity Officer, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. The series highlights the work of UNI faculty and students and local community organizations to build a more inclusive and diverse society.
- All events held at the ScholarSpace in Rod Library -
Monday, September 24, 7 PM - McNair Scholar Presentations
The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare high achieving scholars for doctoral studies through rigorous participation in research, seminars, conferences and other academic activities. The goal of this national program is to increase the attainment of Ph.D. degrees by students from segments of society generally underrepresented in academia. Two SAC students present their theses at the SAC Diversity Colloquium Series.
- Kyla Ford (Criminology, '19) - "Evaluating School Conduct Policies in Relation to School Violence" - This presentation examines the relationship between the kinds of responses to violations in school conduct policies and the severity of violence in schools from 2016-2018 in the U.S.
- Dante Miller (Sociology, '18) - "Remembering Obama in the Era of Trump" - This presentation examines the idea of post-racial ideas and their relationship to U.S. history, particularly in relation to the elections of Obama and Trump.
Thursday, October 25, 7 PM - Myth Vs. Reality: Race, Gender, and (In)justice in the Media
Professor Gayle Rhineberger-Dunn (SAC Faculty) will discuss how the media play an important role in constructing social reality, shaping our beliefs about crime and justice and influencing criminal justice policy. This presentation focuses on the depictions of race, gender, crime and (in)justices presented in prime-time crime fictional television programs, news media and other popular culture outlets, and the significant consequences of these inaccurate media portrayals.
Thursday, November 29, 7 PM - What Can You Do With That? Navigating Career Pathways in "Useless" Majors Through Service-Learning Partnerships
Cara Burnidge and Yasemin Sari (Philosophy and Religion Faculty), as well as philosophy and religion students, will discuss their experiences from two critical service-learning seminars in collaboration with the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center in Fall 2018.
Tuesday, February 19, 7 PM - Protection from Prosecution: Privilege and Illicit Substance Use in Reality TV
Kimberly M. Baker (SAC Faculty) will present on her research on reality television shows focused on substance use and treatment, or what she calls "addiction entertainment". Popular criticisms of the war on drugs have focused primarily on the consequences for poor communities and communities of color, but there has been less attention to the ways that white, middle class and wealthy users have been protected from these consequences. I argue that this exceptionalism is supported by popular media, particularly realty television shows like Intervention and Celebrity Rehab. These shows feature predominantly white, middle class and wealthy users who bypass the criminal justice system to enter expensive private treatment programs. I argue that while reality television does not affect public policy directly, it does affect how lay audiences think about substance use and social responses.
Thursday, March 28, 7 PM - Family separation: The impact of immigration policy on children and families
Maria Alcivar, a doctoral student in Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University will present on the impact of family separation policies. A total of 5 million children in the U.S. have at least one parent who is undocumented/unauthorized, living in the U.S. without proper documentation. These families live in constant fear of detention and deportation due to archaic immigration policies that fail to reflect demographic changes over time. The last major immigration legislation in the U.S dates to 1996, and it was not intended to support families but instead create more restrictions and penalties. Nevertheless, immigrants, with or without status, have become an integral part of the U.S. as workers, families, entrepreneurs, taxpayers, and neighbors. But what do we know about the interaction between immigration policy and child welfare? What is the short- and long-term impact of archaic immigration laws on children and families? What is the overall public health impact of anti-immigrant policies?
Thursday, April 18, 7 PM - Emotions in Crisis: The Consequences of Ceremonial Refugee Camp Visits
Kamryn Warren (SAC Faculty) will argue that existing research on the process of refugee resettlement often downplays the wider everyday life in which these decisions are made. Often, we find that the face to face and daily interactions between refugees and the bureaucrats who make the resettlement decisions remain hidden from view. This presentation brings to light the complicated socio-political emotional exchanges of power and vulnerability that underlie the resettlement process by exploring one a set of interactions between refugees and migration officials.
Past Diversity Colloquia Series Events
- 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)