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Registration Open! Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies

(Please distribute widely. Apologies for cross-posting.)

When: July 27 and 28, 2012
Where: University of Minnesota - West Bank

"Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies"

The disability community is at a crossroads: many historic victories have been made for rights and inclusion while the emergence of Disability Studies as a field has expanded boundaries of knowledge, understanding and experience. Yet, new demands and challenges at many junctures threaten the advances made by the disability community and force us to reconsider our own assumptions and adapt to emerging issues. 

This year's Disability Studies Symposium will focus on the history and future of disability rights under the theme, "Perspectives: Past, Present and Future of Disability Studies." This conference will bring together scholars and professionals working in disability studies or disability-related fields for a weekend of shared research, community and dynamic interdisciplinary discussion. 

Keynotes and Entertainment
The Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies is pleased to welcome two Keynote speakers for the conference: Kim Nielsen, Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo; and John Tschida, Vice President, Public Affairs and Research, at the Courage Center. Conference participants will also get to experience a Saturday evening performance by the Twin Cities dance group, "Young Dance." The conference will also include a reading by poet Katie Hae Leo.

Registration is free, although space is limited this year. Please register by July 16.

Meals will be provided at no charge during both conference days, and vegetarian meals will be available. If you have special dietary needs, please e-mail Rachel ( Donations to help off-set the cost of this year's complimentary meals are welcome and may be made on site.

Lodging for conference participants who are traveling to attend is available from the Days Inn Hotel - University Avenue SE. Participants must pay for their own lodging but can receive a special conference rate of $75 per night. Participants must make their reservation as soon as possible in order to receive the special rate. Participants should indicate that they are part of the Minnesota Symposium on Disability Studies when they book.

Participants who would like to request disability accommodations should e-mail Jonathon ( as soon as possible.

Mary Grace Hyland, M.Ed 
Associate Education Specialist
Disability Services | University of Minnesota  
612-626-9459 |

The theme of the 2012 Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference is "Creating the change we want to see in the world: Sharing our knowledge, truth, tools, and best practices."

The Midwest Culturally Inclusive Conference is a regional conference for business and community leaders, college students and educators - from K-12 teachers and administrators to postsecondary faculty and staff - who want to strengthen diversity throughout the Midwest and work collaboratively towards resolving issues related to equity, diversity, inclusion, representative leadership and advancing professional development opportunities.

The purpose of the conference is to facilitate participants' understanding of the economic and equity implications of diversity in a 21st century global economy, equip participants with skills to uproot discrimination across multiple forms (i.e. gender, class, race, sexual orientation, veterans and disabilities), and foster relationship building between diverse groups to promote inclusive activism.

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Internationalizing the Curriculum & Campus

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The Third Annual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference is free and open to all University of Minnesota staff and faculty interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campuses.

Organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance. Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (UMTC), Instructional Development Services (UMD), International Education Office (UMD), Office of Information Technology, and the University Libraries.

March 23, 2012
9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
3M Auditorium, CSOM Building (map)
Twin Cities campus

More Information

Schedule, poster titles, and presentation topics are available at the conference website.

For more information, please contact Gayle Woodruff, director of curriculum and campus internationalization, at 612-625-6065 or Mandi Allers, conference coordinator, at 612-625-8829.

This email was sent by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance at the University of Minnesota, 331 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55414.

©2012 Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Call for Proposals: 2012 JCLC


2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Conference

Call for Proposals

The 2012 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color, JCLC 2012: Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories and Embracing Communities will take place from September 19-23, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.   The mission of JCLC is to advance the issues affecting librarians of color within the profession and to also explore how best to serve the incredibly diverse and changing communities that use our libraries.

The Joint Conference of Librarians of Color is a conference for everyone and brings together a diverse group of librarians, library staff, supporters, trustees and community participants to explore issues of diversity inclusion in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services.  JCLC deepens connections across constituencies, creates spaces for dialogue, promotes the telling and celebrating of one's stories, and encourages the transformation of libraries into more democratic and diverse organizations. This groundbreaking event is sponsored by the five ethnic caucuses: the American Indian Library Association (AILA), Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking(REFORMA).  JCLC 2012 follows the first gathering in 2006 in Dallas, Texas.

The 2012 JCLC Steering Committee invites you to submit a proposal for a presentation at the conference.  Proposal submission deadlines are listed below.

JCLC Tracks and Topics

JCLC 2012 seeks conference session presentations in all areas of diversity, including, but not limited to, the topics below.  Ideal sessions will either provide insights, skills, tools and strategies that stress solutions, implementation and practical applications; highlight exemplary programs, approaches and models; facilitate constructive dialogue, interaction, and understanding around significant issues affecting conference constituencies; or discuss efforts to create more inclusive environments, programs and curriculum. 

 •   Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration

Marketing; outreach to diverse populations; community collaborations; user spaces; public policy; health education; using census data and other government information; cultural programming; services to and rebuilding of communities hit with disaster; research; undocumented, urban, rural and low-income communities; etc.

•   Collections, Programs and Services

Ethnic and multicultural collections; film and music; information literacy; children's, youth and adult programming; programs for diverse populations; reference; instruction; grant funded programs; technical services; archives; preservation; documenting traditional knowledge; research; cataloging/subject headings/controlled vocabulary; etc.

•   Deep Diversity and Cultural Exchange (understanding and valuing differences)

Increasing awareness and tolerance of "minorities"; disabilities; gender; celebrating elders; religion; sexual orientation/LGBT populations; nationality; sharing traditional knowledge; serving the incarcerated; immigrant and refugees; cross cultural issues; transnational communities; multiculturalism; best practices and model programs; etc. 

•   Leadership, Management and Organizational Development

Administration; staff development/training; recruitment and retention; leadership; organizational culture; management; cultural competencies; mentoring; assessment; mid-career strategies; staff and paraprofessional issues; conflict resolution and mediation; re-organization and re-structuring; leading during tight economic times; institutional change; research; fundraising; etc.  

·         Technology and Innovation

Teaching and learning; emerging technologies; e-repositories; social networking applications; digitization; equal access for users; library tools; e-books; mobile devices; widgets; mashups; online learning and collaboration; open access movements; social aspects of technology and implications for use; videos; etc.


Session Formats

All sessions are 75 minutes long and may take one of the following formats:

·         Panel

·         Individual Paper/Presentation

·         Roundtable

·         Workshop

·         Poster Session

**JCLC will also accept proposals in different formats (other than those listed above) that will excite, engage and create a new learning environment for conference attendees**


Submission Guidelines

All proposals must be submitted to the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color website at:


All proposals must be received by midnight PST on September 15, 2011.  No late submissions will be accepted.  Notifications of proposal selection will be made on a rolling basis beginning on November 1, 2011 and ending on December 15, 2011. 

Selection Criteria

All proposals will be blind reviewed (without author identification) by the JCLC Program Committee.  Proposals are evaluated on quality and clarity of content, uniqueness of topic, relevance to conference attendees, ability to engage the audience, and the relationship of the proposal to the mission of the conference. 


Many questions can be answered on the JCLC website at: Questions may also be sent to Alanna Aiko Moore, JCLC Program Committee Chair, at

JCLC 2012 Program Planning Committee

The JCLC 2012 Program Committee members include:

Alanna Aiko Moore, Program Chair, JCLC Steering Committee (University of California, San Diego)


Toni Anaya (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Jeehyun Davis (University of Texas Libraries)

Gerardo A. Colmenar (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Min Chou (New Jersey City University)

Portia Latalladi (Chicago Public Library)

Sarah Kostelecky (Institute of American Indian Arts)

Susan Luevano (California State University, Long Beach)

Sara Martinez (Tulsa City-County Library)

Mark A. Puente (Association of Research Libraries)

Sandy Wee (San Mateo County Library)

Whose University Day of Education


Whose education?
Whose voices are heard?

As the University of Minnesota pursues a path toward becoming an elite, global research institution, it is becoming more visibly exclusive. The Whose University? Campaign is organizing students, educators, workers, and community members to challenge this institution's priorities in equal access and resources for underrepresented groups.  This semester we began production of adocumentary-style film which will be released next fall.
Please join us: 
April 2oth, 2011
11am-4pm, Coffman Memorial Union
RSVP at this website

Internationalizing the Curriculum

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Internationalizing the Curriculum
March 25, 2011
Carlson School of Management

This was the second annual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference.  The University Libraries co-sponsored this event with the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Instructional Development Service (UMD) and organized by the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance (Previously International Programs Office).  This was my second time attending this conference and both times I have been impressed with the number of participants and the representation across campuses of the University of Minnesota.

Several of my Library colleagues were in attendance, as well.  The Diversity Outreach Collaborative participated in the Poster Session. Laura Dale Bischof and myself came up with the content for the poster.  To see our poster click here: DOC International Poster March 2011.pdf.  Thank you to Andrew Palahnuik for designing this poster on our behalf.

Last year's conference posed the question, "What does global competency mean to you?"  From comments and conversations from the 2010 conference the following definition was created:

Globally competent University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students will demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and perspectives necessary to understand the world and work effectively to improve it.

Below are some summaries and thoughts about the various sessions that I attended:

Session 1

Peer Programs to Internationalize the Curriculum and Campus

Presenters: Grace Machoki, International Student and Scholar SErvices (UMTC), Catherine Clements and Bethany Schowengerdt, CLA and a student panel

  • United States has the biggest number of incoming international students
  • Peer programs offer a beneficial experience

Tandem Plus
  • Language and culture exchange program
  • CLA Language Center offers for free
  • An opportunity to meet someone from a different culture
  • An opportunity to practice language skills...all done by peers and does not require leaving campus.
  • Primary participants are U of MN students, faculty, staff and scholars, both international and U.S. American.
  • Opportunity to expose students to different cultures.
  • Offers a virtual face to face program using Skype; U.S. based students are paired with students from various countries.
  • Conversation Groups are offered to practice English and share experiences and support from peers.
  • In the Class to Class exchanges  this program is integrated into the curriculum
  • Not  limited to CLA, but priority given to them.

Cross Cultural Discussion Groups  
Program from International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS)
  • 2 hour - weekly meetings for both graduations and undergraduates (U.S and International)

International Buddy Program (ISSS)
  • International Sstudents paired with a local mentor or buddy.  Matched based on college/major, interest, hobbies.
  • Weekly and monthly organized events
  • Focus groups conducted and found that making connections was at the core of the appeal of this program to both mentors and buddies. Also provided support, empowerment, and understand of cross cultural issues.

Some of the significant factors that peer programs provide are:
  • better academic achievement
  • lower drop out rate
  • less depression, stress and anxiety

Student Development outcomes are integrated into these programs (cross cultural understanding, self awareness and appreciation of differences)

Session 2

Beyond Curriculum Integration: Collaborations between education abroad and career services

Roxanne Rawson and Katie Selby, Carlson School of Management (UMTC); Blythe Cherney, Learning Abroad Center (UMTC)

What are employers thinking about the broad number of experiences students have in undergraduate?

One of the key topics -- effectiveness of students' ability to articulate relevance of their international experience.

Recruiter's Perspective (Recruiter from Target)
  • Relevancy
    • Need to talk about it in interviews. Be able to articulate the value.
  • Some common pitfalls are overselling their study abroad experience
  • Prep tips
    • How do you translate what you have done and how it is relevant to your career?
    • What are some of the skill sets that were developed?

Collaborations with Career Center
  • Career Center offers Skype interviews during On-Campus Recruiting events
  • IP and Career Center staff assess intern aboard programs jointly
  • Career uses IP student data to communicate with students abroad about recruiting process.
  • Workshops
    • Marketing your International Experience Workshop
    • Planning Career Search around Study Abroad Workshop

Section 3

Infusing Intercultural into your International: Examples, Outcomes, and Participant Dialogue

Paula J. Pedersen, Ed.D. UMD

This session will be recorded and should be made available on the GPSA website.

Article by King and Baxter Magolda (2005)

Session 4

Intercultural Competence; Engaging Diversity within a First Year Multidisciplinary Classroom

Amy Lee, Na'im Madyun, Jill Trites, Rhiannon Williams (PSTL, CEHD)

Being taped and will be made available on the GPSA website.

Common Course Required to All FY Students
  • First Year Inquiry Course (CEHD) 4 credit hours2 semesters -- Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing
  • Students work on a Capstone Project
  • 80 or 90 students per class
  • They also have learning communities where students take several classes together in similar disciplines and some courses share assignments.
  • CEHD Reads (common book that everyone reads) to challenge student to grapple with social or critical issues.
There were many University Libraries attendees at this event. Please feel free to share your experiences by commenting on this blog post or contact Jody Gray directly to do your own blog post for the U Libraries Diversity Outreach Collaborative Blog.

Below I have included a few of the posters that I thought might be of interest.

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International Students.jpg
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The Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference is a free conference open to all University of Minnesota staff and faculty interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campuses. 

Organized by the Office of International Programs and co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning, Instructional Development Services (UMD), and the University Libraries.

2011 Conference

March 25, 2011
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
3M Auditorium, CSOM, Twin Cities campus (map)

Note that one of the poster sessions is presented by Jody Gray and Laura Dale Bischof.

  • Academic research support for a global community
  • Gray, Jody; Laura Dale Bischof (Twin Cities)

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