2nd Annual UA Inclusive Excellence Symposium


      UA Inclusive Excellence Symposium

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    2nd Annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium | Friday, March 30, 2018 | 8 am – 5 pm | University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center

    “Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence (ODIEX) – Office of the Provost and the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA)

    This event is the UA’s in-house diversity and inclusiveness conference and will be an opportunity to examine issues and solutions related to campus diversity. There will be educational workshops and a free luncheon with keynote speaker. More details to come!

    Note: This year’s symposium falls on Good Friday, a Christian holiday, and to be respectful of those observing, ODIEX will provide accommodations.”

    Symposium Schedule

    More details to come. To request symposium workshop information in an alternate format (Braille, digital, or large print) please contact Charlinda Haudley at chaudley@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-3105.


    Special thanks to the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA) for partnering with our office for this year’s Inclusive Excellence symposium.

     Please direct all questions or concerns regarding the UA Inclusive Excellence Symposium to Charlinda Haudley, Program Coordinator Senior, at chaudley@email.arizona.edu or (520)-621-3105




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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. 2nd annual Inclusive Excellence symposium attended by 300 people, with 48 co-sponsors. Welcome by Vice Provost Jesus Trevino, who asked us to think about concept of “equity” all day in the keynotes/ sessions.
      Keynote Dr. Amanda Kraus (woman in a wheelchair) asked us to examine our ideas with respect to disability and the power of design. She said that the environment disables people, that impairment does not equal disability, that the ultimate goal is universal design, to become inclusive and welcoming to disabled students/faculty/staff/visitors.
      –first workshop on Multiracial Asians featured Dustin Natte (who is Chinese Viking) forcing us to address questions of “who are you?”, saying that people like him are “living contradictions”/never whole, just half/half – but also people who celebrate more than one type of holiday, can be bilingual, bicultural. Several mixed people of Hispanic or Native American ancestry voiced their experiences.
      –second workshop on #MeToo by CSW (Commission on Status of Women) at UA since 1992, to discuss pay disparity, equity/diversity/inclusion, hiring process, campus climate, sexual harassment. Group discussion were held on these topics for better response and recommendations for women on campus.
      Keynote at lunch: innovations to accelerate diversity and inclusion, invite others to The Dance. He said that innovators need 1) question your world 2) seek solutions across boundaries 3) engage with other innovators 4) experiment with new ideas and 5) take ideas to seek diversity/inclusion/equity. What’s missing? 6) leaders with courage to change things, that focus on solutions.
      –third workshop: Microaggressions vs. microaffirmations by Cynthia Demetrious — to help marginalized, first generation students and others survive college, by their accumulated experiences. Facilitator discussed microinsults/microassaults/microinvalidations vs. microcompliments/microsupports/microvalidations – not micro meaning small, but “rapid” in occurrence. How/when do students thrive on campus? We talked with another attendee about personal experiences and how to do better, more positive.
      Overall, very helpful, insightful symposium for 2nd year. Thought about concept of “equity” all day for Asians/racially mixed people, women, disabled, marginalized students – all seeking inclusive excellence.

    2. Registration for this symposium opened on Feb. 19 and was filled up a day/half later. I was fortunate to get registered in time. Stay tuned for my comments after this event.


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