Tuesday, January 12
The Value of Diversity-Lindsay Bernhagen, Ph.D.
Research tells us why diversity matters and how it improves problem-solving and decision-making. Join this session where participants will be challenged to reflect on their own perspectives and perceptions relative to their identities in order to uncover unintentional ways that we might send inclusive and/or exclusive messages in our interactions with others.
Lindsay Bernhagen, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CITL) at UW-Stevens Point. She hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Studies and M.S. in Gender Studies and Ethnomusicology. In addition to directing the CITL, she also teaches courses in Women's and Gender Studies, Education, and Sociology and serves as Editor-in-Chief of To Improve the Academy: A Journal of Educational Development.
Wednesday, January 13
Battling HeteroCisNormativity-Sylf Bustamante
In this session, we will explore the dismantling of societal norms that box our perception of others into categories; view gender and sexuality as a spectrum rather than the false dichotomy of binary systems; learn to break away from socially constructed practices of assuming heterosexuality and cisgender expectations on other people; discuss the effects of problematic policies and how a better understanding of others can address current issues and improve the access to resources for all.
Sylf Bustamante is the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Coordinator at UW-Stevens Point. The Center earned the UW System Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for LGBTQ+ advocacy in 2018. The Center also co-chairs the Faculty/Staff Gender-Sexuality Alliance and coordinates the UW-Stevens Point approved Safe Zone Training for students and the community.
Thursday, January 14
Immigration Politics-Saemyi Park, Ph.D.
Immigration remains one of the most contentious political issues in American politics. This talk will provide an overview of immigration policy from different theoretical perspectives and will investigate some of the most divisive issues raised in relation to immigration policy: unauthorized immigrants, citizenship, visa eligibility, and refugee policies.
Saemyi Park, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Political Science at UW-Stevens Point. She earned her doctoral degree in Political Science from UW-Madison. Park also has two masters' degrees International Communication (American University, Washington, D.C.) and in International Relations (Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea). She teaches courses in American Politics and is interested in finding similarities and differences in political behaviors of racial and ethnic minority groups.