Winter Symposium 2021

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Event Website

https://www.pdx.edu/academic-affairs/winter-symposium

Start Date

15-4-2021 8:30 AM

End Date

15-4-2021 12:30 PM

Description

Time 2 Act: Continuing Action for a Just and Equitable PSU is a follow-up to the Virtual Equity Summit: Time to Act held by Global Diversity & Inclusion during fall term. Severe weather and power outages impacted many in our campus community in mid-February leading us to make the difficult decision to cancel the February Winter Symposium and to reschedule for April 15. All PSU community members, including faculty, staff, and students, were invited to attend.

Since the fall summit, the work has been organized into five task forces according to the five-dimension framework, and since February, the work has continued. The campus community was been invited to review the Acting on Equity and Racial Justice webpage (https://www.pdx.edu/diversity/equity-and-justice) to explore the task forces' recommendations and to provide feedback before the symposium event. A recording of the event and additional event details can be found on the Time 2 Act event web page hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion.

AGENDA

8:30am

Event Welcome

Susan Jeffords, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

8:35am

Our Journey Toward Racial Justice and Equity

Stephen Percy, President, Portland State University

8:45am

Panel Discussion: The History and Future of DEI Efforts at PSU

  • Roberta Hunte – Assistant Professor, School of Social Work (Panel Moderator)
  • Carlos Crespo – Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Steve Percy – President, Portland State University
  • Darrell Grant – Professor, Jazz Studies
  • Toeutu Faaleava – Director, McNair Scholars Program and Assistant Professor, University Studies

9:20am

Breakout Sessions - The History and Future of DEI Efforts at PSU

Event guests are randomly assigned to join panel members in break out rooms to further discuss PSU DEI efforts. Panel members will ask guests one or more of the below listed questions in their breakout rooms.

  1. During your time and engagement with justice and equity work at PSU, what are the peaks and valleys that have most stuck with you? What lessons do those provide as we deepen our commitment to the work now? What must we do differently now to ensure sustained success/get to transformation?
  1. In what ways have you seen PSU have a shared reality around this work? In what ways do we need to? What will it take for us to do this?
  1. Psychological safety is required for transformation. Yet it is fraught in this work, because of our different positionalities, experiences, and power. What do we do about this?
  1. Where do you find yourself getting stuck in this work? Where do you fight hopelessness? What do you do when you are in that place? What advice do you have for those in that place? Where do you find hope?

You are welcome and encouraged to provide your responses to these questions via the breakout discussion form.

9:50am

Breakout Room Report Outs - Event Guests Rejoin the Main Event

Panel members report out on the larger themes discussed in their session

10:10am

BREAK (15 minutes)

10:25am

Update on the Equity Summit Taskforce Outcomes and Next Steps

Ame Lambert, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion

10:40am

Framing the Conversation: Living our Values as we Make Challenging Decisions

Stephen Percy, President

10:50am

Breakout Group Discussions: Living our Values as we Make Challenging Decisions

Event guests are randomly assigned to breakout rooms to discuss the following questions:

  1. There are major headwinds impacting all of higher education, especially access and opportunity institutions like Portland State University. The headwinds mean we will be making the difficult decisions required to address structural issues that impact our financial health. From your perspective, what does it look like to lead with racial justice and equity as we make these difficult decisions? Dig in on this question: What does it really look like in practice?
  1. The President has set achieving racial justice at PSU as his highest priority. What will it take for us to be a racially just PSU? What will it look like and feel like if we successfully lean into this work? What questions do you have as we prioritize racial justice at PSU?

You are welcome and encouraged to provide your responses to these questions via the breakout discussion form.

11:40am

Breakout Report Outs and Questions

Breakout group hosts report out on the larger themes discussed in their sessions.

12:05pm

The Journey Ahead

Ame Lambert, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion

12:25pm

Event Wrap / Report Out / Next Steps

Ame Lambert, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion

12:30pm

Event End

MEET THE PANELISTS

Roberta Hunte Assistant Professor, School of Social Work (she/her/hers)

Roberta is a Black Feminist scholar, mother, facilitator, and cultural worker. She is an Assistant Professor at Portland State’s School of Social Work and is an affiliate faculty in Black Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her academic areas of focus include reproductive justice, women of color feminisms, and cultural work for social change. She is particularly interested in how people of color talk about their lived experiences with systems of oppression coupled with their survival strategies and their recommendations for equity; areas of focus include Black perinatal health and racism related stress, higher education access for adult learners, and Black tradeswomen in construction.

Carlos Crespo Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (he/him/his)

Dr. Crespo is a Professor in the Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University Joint School of Public Health, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Training in Biomedical Research at Portland State University. He graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and has a Master of Science in Sports Health from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Public Health in Preventive Care from the Loma Linda University. Previous work experience includes working for CDC at the National Center for Health Statistics, and as a Public Health Analyst for the National Institutes of Health. His main area of research involves the epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases, and research on minority health issues.

Stephen Percy President, Portland State University (he/him/his)

Now in his fourth decade as an educator and leader, PSU President Stephen Percy has dedicated his career to fostering vibrant connections between universities and the communities they serve. An expert in public policy, administrative ethics and urban politics, Percy is known for his ability to advance civic engagement and create innovative solutions by linking the skills and capacity of universities to the knowledge and energy of communities. President Percy has worked extensively with diverse, urban-serving universities, which knock down historical financial, geographic, and socioeconomic barriers to education for students who are low-income, first-generation, and from communities of color.

Darrell Grant Professor of Music (he/him/his)

Professor of Music Darrell Grant is a creative artist who harnesses the power of music to create change. Whether through performing, composing, teaching, or organizing musical initiatives around community, sustainability or social justice, he seeks to leverage a deeper level of engagement and connection. Grant was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2011, he was the first recipient of the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize in the Arts from Portland State University, He has been named Portland Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalist Association, and received a Northwest Regional Emmy. He is an Associate Director of the School of Music and Theater and directs the co-director of The Artist as Citizen Initiative in the PSU College of the Arts.

Toeutu Faaleava Director, McNair Scholars Program and Assistant Professor, Univ. Studies (he/him/his)

Toeutu Faaleava is the director of the PSU McNair Scholars Program, and an assistant professor in University Studies. He co-chaired the Asian American, Asian and Pacific Islander (AAAPI) Task Force. Faaleava earned his MPA2 from Harvard University, JD and PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in capacity building for community development, self-reliance and resilience. He helped create multiple Samoan and Pacific Islander community organizations, one of the first “one-stop-shop” programs for the homeless in CA, a drug rehabilitation program, a church and a ministry. He is also a US military veteran who deeply appreciates PSU’s special connection with veterans.

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Apr 15th, 8:30 AM Apr 15th, 12:30 PM

Time 2 Act: Continuing Action for a Just and Equitable PSU

Time 2 Act: Continuing Action for a Just and Equitable PSU is a follow-up to the Virtual Equity Summit: Time to Act held by Global Diversity & Inclusion during fall term. Severe weather and power outages impacted many in our campus community in mid-February leading us to make the difficult decision to cancel the February Winter Symposium and to reschedule for April 15. All PSU community members, including faculty, staff, and students, were invited to attend.

Since the fall summit, the work has been organized into five task forces according to the five-dimension framework, and since February, the work has continued. The campus community was been invited to review the Acting on Equity and Racial Justice webpage (https://www.pdx.edu/diversity/equity-and-justice) to explore the task forces' recommendations and to provide feedback before the symposium event. A recording of the event and additional event details can be found on the Time 2 Act event web page hosted by Global Diversity and Inclusion.

AGENDA

8:30am

Event Welcome

Susan Jeffords, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

8:35am

Our Journey Toward Racial Justice and Equity

Stephen Percy, President, Portland State University

8:45am

Panel Discussion: The History and Future of DEI Efforts at PSU

  • Roberta Hunte – Assistant Professor, School of Social Work (Panel Moderator)
  • Carlos Crespo – Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Steve Percy – President, Portland State University
  • Darrell Grant – Professor, Jazz Studies
  • Toeutu Faaleava – Director, McNair Scholars Program and Assistant Professor, University Studies

9:20am

Breakout Sessions - The History and Future of DEI Efforts at PSU

Event guests are randomly assigned to join panel members in break out rooms to further discuss PSU DEI efforts. Panel members will ask guests one or more of the below listed questions in their breakout rooms.

  1. During your time and engagement with justice and equity work at PSU, what are the peaks and valleys that have most stuck with you? What lessons do those provide as we deepen our commitment to the work now? What must we do differently now to ensure sustained success/get to transformation?
  1. In what ways have you seen PSU have a shared reality around this work? In what ways do we need to? What will it take for us to do this?
  1. Psychological safety is required for transformation. Yet it is fraught in this work, because of our different positionalities, experiences, and power. What do we do about this?
  1. Where do you find yourself getting stuck in this work? Where do you fight hopelessness? What do you do when you are in that place? What advice do you have for those in that place? Where do you find hope?

You are welcome and encouraged to provide your responses to these questions via the breakout discussion form.

9:50am

Breakout Room Report Outs - Event Guests Rejoin the Main Event

Panel members report out on the larger themes discussed in their session

10:10am

BREAK (15 minutes)

10:25am

Update on the Equity Summit Taskforce Outcomes and Next Steps

Ame Lambert, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion

10:40am

Framing the Conversation: Living our Values as we Make Challenging Decisions

Stephen Percy, President

10:50am

Breakout Group Discussions: Living our Values as we Make Challenging Decisions

Event guests are randomly assigned to breakout rooms to discuss the following questions:

  1. There are major headwinds impacting all of higher education, especially access and opportunity institutions like Portland State University. The headwinds mean we will be making the difficult decisions required to address structural issues that impact our financial health. From your perspective, what does it look like to lead with racial justice and equity as we make these difficult decisions? Dig in on this question: What does it really look like in practice?
  1. The President has set achieving racial justice at PSU as his highest priority. What will it take for us to be a racially just PSU? What will it look like and feel like if we successfully lean into this work? What questions do you have as we prioritize racial justice at PSU?

You are welcome and encouraged to provide your responses to these questions via the breakout discussion form.

11:40am

Breakout Report Outs and Questions

Breakout group hosts report out on the larger themes discussed in their sessions.

12:05pm

The Journey Ahead

Ame Lambert, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion

12:25pm

Event Wrap / Report Out / Next Steps

Ame Lambert, Vice President for Global Diversity and Inclusion

12:30pm

Event End

MEET THE PANELISTS

Roberta Hunte Assistant Professor, School of Social Work (she/her/hers)

Roberta is a Black Feminist scholar, mother, facilitator, and cultural worker. She is an Assistant Professor at Portland State’s School of Social Work and is an affiliate faculty in Black Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her academic areas of focus include reproductive justice, women of color feminisms, and cultural work for social change. She is particularly interested in how people of color talk about their lived experiences with systems of oppression coupled with their survival strategies and their recommendations for equity; areas of focus include Black perinatal health and racism related stress, higher education access for adult learners, and Black tradeswomen in construction.

Carlos Crespo Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (he/him/his)

Dr. Crespo is a Professor in the Oregon Health and Science University and Portland State University Joint School of Public Health, and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Training in Biomedical Research at Portland State University. He graduated from the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, and has a Master of Science in Sports Health from Texas Tech University and a Doctor of Public Health in Preventive Care from the Loma Linda University. Previous work experience includes working for CDC at the National Center for Health Statistics, and as a Public Health Analyst for the National Institutes of Health. His main area of research involves the epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases, and research on minority health issues.

Stephen Percy President, Portland State University (he/him/his)

Now in his fourth decade as an educator and leader, PSU President Stephen Percy has dedicated his career to fostering vibrant connections between universities and the communities they serve. An expert in public policy, administrative ethics and urban politics, Percy is known for his ability to advance civic engagement and create innovative solutions by linking the skills and capacity of universities to the knowledge and energy of communities. President Percy has worked extensively with diverse, urban-serving universities, which knock down historical financial, geographic, and socioeconomic barriers to education for students who are low-income, first-generation, and from communities of color.

Darrell Grant Professor of Music (he/him/his)

Professor of Music Darrell Grant is a creative artist who harnesses the power of music to create change. Whether through performing, composing, teaching, or organizing musical initiatives around community, sustainability or social justice, he seeks to leverage a deeper level of engagement and connection. Grant was inducted into the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame in 2009. In 2011, he was the first recipient of the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty Prize in the Arts from Portland State University, He has been named Portland Jazz Hero by the Jazz Journalist Association, and received a Northwest Regional Emmy. He is an Associate Director of the School of Music and Theater and directs the co-director of The Artist as Citizen Initiative in the PSU College of the Arts.

Toeutu Faaleava Director, McNair Scholars Program and Assistant Professor, Univ. Studies (he/him/his)

Toeutu Faaleava is the director of the PSU McNair Scholars Program, and an assistant professor in University Studies. He co-chaired the Asian American, Asian and Pacific Islander (AAAPI) Task Force. Faaleava earned his MPA2 from Harvard University, JD and PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in capacity building for community development, self-reliance and resilience. He helped create multiple Samoan and Pacific Islander community organizations, one of the first “one-stop-shop” programs for the homeless in CA, a drug rehabilitation program, a church and a ministry. He is also a US military veteran who deeply appreciates PSU’s special connection with veterans.

https://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/winter_symposium/2021/symposium/1