Equity and Diversity
"You must be the change you wish to see in this world."
The Office of Equity and Diversity collaborates with various Montclair State University organizations and departments on programs that encourage awareness of diversity and promote equality and inclusivity. We are located in the Student Center, rm 421. Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.
The American Conference on Diversity Here
November 8, 2013
2013 Theme: Bridging the Digital Divide:
Equity, Education, and Technology in the Global Marketplace
8:00-9:00am Vendor Set up
8:30-9:15am Registration, Networking & Breakfast
9:00am -3:00pm “Have a Seat Make a Friend”- Ball-pit Community & Creativity Project
Greetings - Dr. Susan Cole (Montclair State University President)
Greetings – Elizabeth Riley (President & CEO American Conference on Diversity)
9:30-11:00am “Unchartered Land: Technology, Possibilities and Challenges” Community Panel and Q&A (Student Center Ballrooms)
Moderator: James Harris, NAACP New Jersey
Our vocabulary is now sprinkled with new words and old ones that have new meanings: Internet, iPads, iPods, Droids, Androids, GPS, HDTV, and so on.Electronic devices get smaller in size as their capacity for global content and delivery of education explodes. Access to these data devices expands the divide between the haves and the have nots. How many such electronic devices do you have? If you are a parent, how many do your children have? How many does your typical student have?
· How can technology foster social justice? What role do social media play?
· What are the pros and cons of our digital life style?
· How can we promote sustainability when these devices have a built-in obsolescence?
· What can we individually and collectively do to narrow the digital divide?
· Brian Tangora, President, North Jersey Regional Chamber of Commerce
· Dr. Steve Dranoff, The Respect Project
*Refresh and Restore with Meditation facilitated by Mark Van Buren
11:15-12:45 Workshop Breakout Sessions
*Participants will select ONE of the following workshops to attend during the 11:15 to 12:45 time slot.
1. Access, Technology and Gender (Student Center Ballrooms)
Moderator: Teri Corso, College of Saint Elizabeth
Google these two terms: technology and impact on world decision making and women and technology and jobs. Technology fuels the power that leads to global decision-making changes across all sectors of societies. The silence of the female voice in these power-conversations is deafening. Why are women not entering the fields of computer science, and why – when they get there - do they not rise to the executive levels? Join the conversation as representatives from business, higher education and the government discuss this critical issue.
· Marge Kelly, Consultant, IT Senior Executive and Women’s Advocate
· Kit Nugent, 85 Broads
· Michael Qaissaunee, Chair of the Engineering and Technology Department, Brookdale Community College
2. Human Trafficking and Digital Access (Student Center Room 411)
Moderated by Dr. Esmilda Abreu-Hornbostel, Montclair State University
This workshop aims to look at how technology and other disruptive innovations can assist in creating personal and social safety. It will focus on homeland security and personal preparedness. This workshop will also discuss the role technology plays in crime prevention. As well as addressing the issue of human trafficking for children and other marginalized groups such as homeless transgender youth. With the help of a grant from Microsoft, Montclair State researchers hope to play a pivotal role in bringing an end to the online sex trafficking of children.
· Dr. Nicole Bryan, Asst. Professor of Management, Montclair School of Business
· Maybelle Jadotte-Clairvil, Private Sector Liaison, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness
3. Creating the Ideal Classroom: How Students Learn with Tech Access
(Student Center Room 417)
Moderated by Dr. Jennifer Jones, New Jersey City University
Technology is part of our everyday learning experience, from pre-K through advanced degrees. Not everyone, however, is so wired about the wired classroom and some educators question if technology really provides a richer experience for teaching all students. This workshop will examine learning preferences and how technology is used in the classroom and its impact on education programs. It will provide information about technology use for special education populations and individuals with disabilities. The presenters will discuss emerging issues and inequities regarding technology use and creating an ideal environment for a diverse population of learners.
· AJ Kelton, Director of Emerging Instructional Technology, Montclair State University
· Brian Friedlander, Associate Professor of Education at the College of St. Elizabeth
· Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel, Associate Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership
4. It’s Not All Sunshine and Roses: The Underbelly of Technology (Student Center Room 419)
Moderated by Charlie Williams, Kean University
The ease and convenience of technology-based activities, i.e., electronic data and email transactions and communications, social media usage, networking, etc. have all become tools that we have come to rely upon. There are many positive and important uses of technology; however, there are aspects of technology use that yields negative behaviors and actions, including online or cyber bullying, obscene/threatening behaviors, etc. Technology users must be mindful of their actions as it relates to their public, personal, and professional image, i.e., reputation management. The negative consequences associated with the use of technology can and do impact employment and college admission opportunities; and in some cases, employee discipline or student conduct or judicial actions.
o Dean Shannon Gary, Montclair State University
o David Lichtenberg, legal firm of Jackson Lewis
o Claudia Guevara, Student, Montclair State University
1:00-2:30 Lunch and Afternoon Keynote Panel and Spoken Word Performance
“Digital Narratives and Digital Storytelling: How Technology Helps Preserve the Past and Share Stories” (Student Center Ballrooms)
Moderated by Dr. Esmilda Abreu-Hornbostel and Sailume Walo-Roberts, Montclair State
Can technology enhance our ability to communicate stories and information? Ms. Strongwater describes her use of technology and digital aids in researching and creating the story of the “Lost Synagogues of Europe”. She will help us understand the importance of integrating the human story into the use of technology so that together the story of European Jewish life before the holocaust can emerge. "Where We Once Gathered: The Lost Synagogues of Europe" is a collection of vibrant paintings depicting synagogues that were eradicated before and during WWII. She will also have a book signing, video, and a special invitation to see the art work at the conference.
· Spoken Word Performance by Chris Rodriguez, Speaking Through Silence
· Andrea Strongwater, Artist “The Lost Synagogues of Europe”
· Steve McCarthy, School of Communication and Media, Montclair State University
2:30pm- 3pm Closing Remarks and Reflections /Evaluations and Raffle
(Student Center Ballrooms)
· Judith Faith Williams, Montclair State University
· Chris Fitzpatrick, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
3:00pm- 3:30pm The College of the Arts invites participants continue the conversation and visit: Andrea Strongwater’s exhibit, “The Lost Synagogues of Europe”* at Life Hall Exhibition Space in Memorial Auditorium
*For more information on Kristallnact programs go to: http://montclair.libguides.com/kristallnacht