Monday, October 26, 2020

1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Opening and Introduction of Keynote

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Keynote by Dr. Ruth Simmons

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Educational Sessions Block 1

Recovering Filipina American Women's History in Mid-Twentieth Century Chicago
Presented by: Andi Remoquillo (She/Her/Hers), Ph.D. Candidate & Associate Instructor, University of Texas at Austin

This presentation covers the history of the early Filipinx immigrant communities in Chicago while paying specific attention to how immigrant women and their American-born daughters navigated through the cityscape, community organizations, and family life. This history of Filipina American women, particularly those that are born in the U.S., are very rarely taught in Asian American and Women’s and Gender Studies classrooms. In place of their stories are male-dominated narratives that oftentimes refer to the women in their communities with only a superficial understanding of how their experiences differed from that of most men in the area. Filipina American women’s absence in history books is therefore reflective of their marginalized status in the communities from which they came from. Through the stories and archival materials of one woman in particular who was born and raised in Chicago during the mid-twentieth century, my presentation aims to (re)present women’s histories in the Filipinx Chicago community as not existing in the margins, but as central to the making of Filipinx community.

[micro]AGGRESSIONS: A Discussion on Power, Privilege, and Antiracism 
Presented by: Qy'Darrius McEachern (He/Him/His), Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator, Texas State University

Our actions and language matter when we begin to think about creating inclusive spaces. This interactive session focuses on understanding the dynamics of power and privilege through the lens of microaggressions, and how the things we do and the words we say can influence group dynamics within our various spaces. Through powerful virtual activities and discussions, participants will better understand how to foster inclusivity, promote antiracist approaches in their various spaces, and challenge themselves to lead intentionally with an equitable mindset.

We hear them, we see them, but how do we challenge them? Confronting Microaggressions on your Campus
Presented by: Brandi Scott (She/Her/Hers), Director of Multicultural Student Center for Equity and Justice, The University of Texas at San Antonio | Dr. Traci Guinn (She/Her/Hers), Assistant Vice President of Inclusive Excellence, The University of Texas at San Antonio

Campuses across the United States are grappling with how to challenge systemic injustices in higher education and create more equitable and inclusive communities for students. In this session we will offer advice and suggestions about how to create a Microaggression Awareness Campaign on your campus to bring awareness to the impact of microaggressions and challenge ourselves and others to learn and grow. Microaggressions are the covert, subtle expressions of bias that impact marginalized communities. The presenters built a campus wide initiative at UTSA to help expose and confront microaggressions through the Microaggression Awareness Campaign. Learn how understanding and challenging microaggressions can support a more equitable and inclusive campus community at your institution.

Supporting & Engaging Black Students During Unprecedented Time
Presented by: Stephanie Tilley (She/Her/Hers), Program Coordinator for The Office of International Programs, Prairie View A&M University | Chelsee Young (She/Her/Hers), Assistant Director of Honors Program, Prairie View A & M University | Shannon Smith (She/Her/Hers), Academic Advisor II, Prairie View A & M University

Through an interactive panel discussion, the presentation will explore how to engage Black students during this unprecedented season and support them in navigating the barriers that they are experiencing. The presenters will provide insight on how to create an environment of support for Black students to ensure they are validated and advocated for during this time. The session will discuss mechanisms to help Black students navigate negative feelings regarding societal standards imposed on them or innately felt. The session will use pedagogy rooted in culturally responsive leadership to identify advising strategies and programming initiatives to engage and support Black students.

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Educational Sessions Block 2

Supporting Multiracial Students in a Racialized World 
Presented by: Jade Godoy (She/Her/Hers), Extended Orientation Graduate Assistant, Texas State University

Multiracial students are a unique group of individuals that are often overlooked during the development of programming for underrepresented students. Societal influences greatly impact a multiracial individual’s experiences. Student affairs professionals must be able to create a space for the development and awareness of their own racial and cultural identities to take steps toward creating an inclusive experience for individuals with multiethnic and multiracial identities. Participants will learn how to tackle fears regarding conversations about race while gaining insight and knowledge to better support students with multiracial identities.

Opening the Door to Higher Education for ALL Texas Students
Presented by: Yvonne Loya (She/Hers/Ella), Senior Outreach Program Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin

OnRamps students are entering two and 4-year institutions in Texas at increased rates. Moreover, they are twice as likely to receive a certificate or degree within six years of graduating from high school. OnRamps is accomplishing this by using a facilitated network of hundreds of high school districts, colleges, and universities that together drive meaningful change, reduce the preparation gaps and create a diverse pipeline of students equipped for college success. Learn about OnRamps’ statewide impact on improving college readiness and how it is reimagining representation and diversity in higher education institutions across Texas and the nation.

Working with First-Generation Students: Strategies Higher Education Professionals Can Use to Support First-Generation Students with Learning Disabilities
Presented by: Dr. Shemeka Phipps (She/Her/Hers), Residential Life Coordinator, University of Houston | Kellian Huges, Special Education Facilitator, Alief ISD

Success in higher education can be difficult for college students with a disability and who identify as first-generation. In general, both identities yield challenges, but so often, conversations are geared towards addressing the identities separately. The American with Disabilities (2006) reported that in comparison to 43% of college graduates with no disability, 32% of college graduates had a non-severe disability, and 21% had a severe disability. Statistics show that 20% of first-generation students obtain their degree in six years in comparison to 49% of continuing generation students (Center for First-Generation Students Success, n.d.). Furthermore, student disclosure of disabilities and use of accommodations to access college curriculum relates positively to students’ collegiate experience (Newman et al., 2009). With the growing concerns of graduation rates for first-generation students with disabilities, this interactive session aims to share strategies on how to support first-generation students with learning disabilities.

Special Collections, Special Collaborations
Presented by: Christine Self (She/Her/Hers), Associate Director, Texas Tech University | Jody Randall (She/Her/Hers), Director, Texas Tech University | Lynn Whitfield (She/Her/Hers), Archivist, Texas Tech University | Stephen Chao (They/Them/Their or He/Him/His), Administrator, Texas Tech University 

This session will explore how Student Affairs departments can collaborate with their institutions’ libraries and/or special collections to share important and often untold experiences with constituents as well as preserve their history for future researchers. Departments can leverage this relationship to engage students in meaningful curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities, such as history-gathering projects. Presenters will discuss how they have worked together to share the stories of women, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities, and other underrepresented groups on their campus as well as how they are creating engagement opportunities for students in completing this important work. In addition, these types of partnerships can lift-up minoritized people and provide further ways in which institutions can demonstrate their commitment towards more inclusive and affirming educational environments.

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

TACUSPArty Mixer
Join us for a variety of networking and engaging activities!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Educational Sessions Block 3

It’s Everyone’s Job: A Discussion on Incorporating Equitable Practices Into Your Professional Role
Presented by: Lauren Loper (She/Her/Hers), Academic Success Coach/Writing Coordinator, UT Health San Antonio | Victoria "Tori" Carrillo (She/Her/Hers), Residence Life Coordinator, Louisiana State University | Qy'Darrius Z. McEachern (He/Him/His), Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator, Texas State University 

DEI offices are not the only places that are responsible for DEI efforts. In this session, panelists will lead discussions about ways they incorporate both individual and community level DEI practices into their professional roles outside of DEI spaces. Participants can expect tips on how to begin doing this in your current role and a discussion on navigating common barriers including institutional politics, mental health and wellness, and finding your blindspots. Panelists will then open the floor for others to share what efforts they use in their spaces and allow common themes to guide our conversations. At the end of this session, panelists will ask each participant to commit to one behavior to carry out both professionally and/or personally.

Not Even the Ends: A Conversation Centered Around Black Hair
Presented by: Dalenesia Kendrick (She/Her/Hers), Learning Specialist, UNT Health Science Center | Lauren Carter (She/Her/Hers), Learning Specialist, UNT Health Science Center

This presentation is designed for student affairs professionals to understand the emotional significance hair has on Black culture and identity. Participants will learn from shared experiences, how to implement proper etiquette surrounding black hair, and create inclusive spaces.

Intentionally Inclusive: Turning Words into Actions
Presented by: Dr. Veronica Beavers (She/Her/Hers), Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Stephen F. Austin State University | Jalon Berry (He/Him/His), Assistant Director of Office of Multicultural Affairs, Stephen F. Austin State University

Institutions express a commitment for diversity but are they turning their words into actions? At SFA, the Office of Multicultural Affairs has developed inclusivity training programs for faculty and staff. This lecture session will go over our current trainings, program details and best practices.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Fireside Chat: Rep. Mary Gonzalez and Kyle Clark

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Career Services for Graduate Students
Are you a graduate student who is prepping for the next step after completing your graduate degree? Do you have any questions at all regarding the interview process, tips and tricks, or even how to navigate job searching during COVID-19? Join us for a frank discussion around career prepping and translating your degree experience to the workforce. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

TACUSPA Business Meeting & Awards

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote by Dr. Michael J. Sorrell

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing & Thank You

Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators

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