Virtual Development Days: Friday, August 14

Music Performance students with Andre Garcia-Nuthmann, PhD

8:45 – 9:00 AM

Land Acknowledgement Statement
Attendance: All Faculty and All Staff
Presenter: Rebecca Maldonado Moore, PhD

9:00 – 9:50 AM

Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty and Staff
Presenter: Nancy López, PhD
Description: What’s Your Street Race? Understanding the Complexities of Identity, Intersectionality, Critical Reflexivity and Community Cultural Wealth for New Mexico Higher Education

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This is an invitation to lifelong critical reflection on intersectionality or thinking deeply about your own identity, social location, emotions, narratives, values, and politics within systems of power, privilege, oppression and resistance as well the possibilities for cultivating bridges of understanding and empathy for people that are different from you through flexible solidarity. “Intersectionality is a way of understanding and analyzing complexity in the world, in people, and in human experiences. The events and conditions of social and political life and the self can seldom be understood as shaped by one factor. They are shaped by many factors in diverse and mutually influencing ways. When it comes to social inequality, people’s lives and the organization of power in a given society are better understood as being shaped not by a single axis of social division, be it race or gender or class, but by many axes that work together and influence each other.…People use intersectionality as an analytic tool to solve problems that they or others around them face (Collins and Bilge 2016:2).”

10:00 – 11:50 AM

Transformative Teaching Across Disciplines: Sharing Your Strategies for Centering Student Cultural Wealth
Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty
Presenter[s]: Nancy López, PhD and Norma A. Valenzuela, PhD
Description: Faculty are invited to bring a copy of their favorite syllabus.

12:00 – 12:50 PM

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Virtual Lunch
Attendance: Open to Faculty Senate Executive Committee Members
Presenter: Roxanne Gonzales, EdD

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Chrome River
Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty and Staff
Presenter: Adam Bustos
Description: Chrome River is the University’s automated expense solution. Chrome River replaces the manual process of travel requests and vouchers, pcard expense reconciliations, and direct pay check requests with a fully automated and integrated solution that is developed to save end users and approvers time. Users can login to Chrome River via MyPortal, or on their phone or tablet using the Chrome River app.

1:00 – 1:50 PM

HUE Workshop
Attendance: Open to HUE Faculty
Presenter: Leon Bustos, MA
Description: “Learning Better Together: Improving Student Engagement & Academic Success”: This round table discussion will focus on improving the lives of our students in three areas: Academically, socially, and personally. The main goal for this round table discussion is to provide feedback to the Highlands Undergraduate Enrichment (HUE) program as they continue to develop and utilize best practices to help boost student engagement and academic success during their first year in higher education. Topics will include the modification of the learning community model, co-curricular activities, student assessment, and program identity.

1:00 – 1:50 PM

Strategies for Enhancing Diversity in New Mexico Highlands University Programs of Study
Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty
Presenter[s]: Jennifer Lindline, PhD, and Michael Petronis, PhD
Description: The National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture report the underrepresentation of women, African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native-Americans/Native-Alaskans and persons with disabilities in natural resources science and management fields. These federal agencies, as well as higher education institutions and professional organizations, recognize the importance of diverse perspectives and experiences in enhancing the scientific process and managing natural resources. The mission of the New Mexico Highlands University’s (NMHU) Environmental Geology Program, in alignment with that of the university, has long been to recognize, cultivate, and utilize the talents and skills of students from underrepresented groups and prepare them for entry into natural resources management careers. Diversity of perspectives and interdisciplinarity are the hallmarks of our degree programs. We will share strategies for enhancing participation of students from underrepresented groups in the Natural Resources Management degree programs that can be adopted by other NMHU academic units. These include 1) increasing opportunities for research experiences for students, undergraduate and graduate, from underrepresented groups; 2) enhancing the educational and research capabilities for students; 3) fostering educational and research partnerships between NMHU academic programs and those at majority serving institutions, research centers, and professional organizations; and 4) embedding globalization within our student learning outcomes. These strategies are working to not only recruit a diverse group of students into the Natural Resources Management programs, but preparing informed, open-minded, and responsible graduates to address local, regional, and global natural resources management issues.

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty
Presenter: Kelly Trujillo, PhD
Description: ARMAS is a tutoring and self-study center which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The ARMAS community is composed of intellects striving towards prestigious goals in STEM related fields. The staff at the center aim to provide a safe and stimulating work space that allows students to collaborate and learn with their peers.

2:00 – 2:50 PM

Culturally Responsive Teaching in Higher Education IS Your Responsibility
Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty
Presenter[s]: Adrian Sandoval, MA and Elisabeth Valenzuela, PhD
Description: This dialogue initiated a year ago as part of an ongoing conversation within NMHU’s School of Education. The intent is to take diversity beyond its use as a buzzword and make it the responsibility, commitment, and experience of faculty, staff, and students. This requires personal reflection and work as well as a tweaking of our professional practice.

3:00 – 4:30 PM

Faculty Sabbatical Presentation
Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Taik Kim, PhD, Associate Professor of Math Education and Math, Education

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Orit Tamir, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Social & Behavioral Sciences

4:00 – 4:30 PM: Helen Blythe, PhD, Professor of English, English & Philosophy
*Because of technical issues this talk was not recorded

3:00 – 4:50 PM

Understanding Inclusive Diversity, Implicit Bias and Privilege
Attendance: Open to ALL Faculty
Presenter: Eric Romero, PhD and Rebecca Maldonado Moore, PhD
Description: This workshop will provide insight, and exercise, for recognizing the importance and power of understanding bias and privilege as we engage with individuals of multiple cultural backgrounds. The discussion will include a practical appreciation of the concept of “culture” as behavior, relationship and perspective. It will include an inclusive embrace of cultural communities, beyond ethnicity and gender. We will discuss the complex relationships of power, privilege and institutional inequity. Workshop participants will benefit from recognizing inherent notions and prejudice that we all unconsciously employ. Strategies will be suggested for developing a NMHU institutional culture of inclusive excellence. Additional key concepts include intersectionality, liminality, third space theory, cultural identify formation and culturally responsive communications.