Identity and Inclusion: When Difference Makes the Difference

The President’s Diversity Council presents “Identity and Inclusion: When Difference Makes the Difference” on February 25, 2014 from 8:30 am – 12:30pm in the Lincoln Park Student Center. The event is a collaborative project of DePaul University affinity groups: DePaul University Black Leadership Coalition (DPUBLC), DePaul Women’s Network (DWN), Elevate: DePaul’s Asian and Asian American Professional Community, Latinos Empowered at DePaul (LEAD), and the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network.
This event is being sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. Our keynote speaker is Patricia Arredondo, Ed.D., author, faculty member, and higher education professional focused on multicultural competencies and identity development in higher education. Subsequent concurrent sessions will focus on online organizing for social justice, religious diversity in the workplace, constructing allyship across identity lines, and Vincentian values in the classroom.

About the Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Patricia Arredondo
President-Chicago Campus
Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Patricia Arredondo is President of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP), Chicago Campus and Interim Vice President for TCSPP Academic Affairs and chief Academic Officer. She joined the school in mid-February after successfully serving in senior administrative roles with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and at Arizona State University. She created and led an organizational consulting company, Empowerment Workshops, Inc. in Boston for fourteen years. Patricia has an extensive scholarship record with a focus on multicultural counseling competency models, multicultural guidelines in psychology, immigrants and life changing processes; Latina/o issues in counseling; social justice advocacy, organizational diversity assessment, and women’s leadership development. She has authored more than 100 articles, book chapters, and training videos and is regularly invited for keynote addresses nationally and internationally. Her recently released co-authored text is Culturally Responsive Counseling for Latinas/os published by the American Counseling Association (ACA) Press. She considers herself a social justice advocate.
Dr. Arredondo is a national leader on many fronts. She is past president of four national associations. She was president of the ACA, and the only Latina to serve in that role, the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 45 - Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and the National Latina/o Psychological Association. Currently she serves on the APA Board of Professional Affairs and is co-chairing the updates to the APA Multicultural Guidelines. Previously, she was a member and Chair of the APA Board for the Advance of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Arredondo is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology given by the Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests. She also received the “Living Legend” award from the ACA, the Lifetime Achievement Award from APA Division 45, and honorary degree from the University of San Diego, and holds Fellow status with the American Psychological Association.
Breakout Session Descriptions:
10:10–11:10 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Religious & Spiritual Identity in the Workplace—Bring it
Presenters: Office of Religious Diversity Staff
Join us in a workshop to consider DePaul’s commitment to religious diversity, reflect a bit on your own religious or spiritual identity, and learn some practical tips to encourage a religiously-hospitable work environment where you and your co-workers can bring your whole selves to the workplace.
Adapting Vincentian Personalism in the Classroom
Presenters: Anne Clark Bartlett, Quinetta Shelby, Michael Bennett
This workshop invites participants to analyze case studies drawn from typical classroom situations and to reflect on the challenges presented by various categories of difference and the learning opportunities that they provide. The case studies will stimulate discussion about how we practice and demonstrate acknowledgement and respect for the multiple layers of identity, experience and perspective that shape the intellectual engagement and development of our students.
11:20 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Constructing Allyship Across Identity Lines
Presenters: Vijay Pendakur, Charles Snelling, Ann Russo
Moderated by: Natalie Daniels and Katy Weseman
Building alliances across identity lines to find points of intersection and common goals is essential in making the DePaul community stronger. This session features a panel of leaders from multiple areas within the university who can speak to the importance of allyship in reaching their goals. Attendees will hear the panelists speak of successes and challenges in building relationships across identity lines and will have an opportunity to engage the panel in discussion during a question and answer period.
Brand You! Building Your Identity Through Social Networking 
Presenter: Marcy Twete, CEO, Career Girl Network and author of You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works
Personal branding is a buzzword many say, but few understand, especially when it comes to social media. This fun and interactive workshop will give participants the skills needed to identify and create their own personal brand and tell the story of that brand online in social networking powerfully and skillfully. It’s not enough to know who you are—you have to be able to say it in 140 characters. You’ll leave this session knowing how you can become a thought leader (or even just a beginning participant) in social networking that will make your brand compelling and instantly recognizable in your field and to your friends.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8:30am to 12:30pm

Lincoln Park Campus Student Center, Room 120 AB 2250 N. Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL

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