ASC presentations focus on equity and diversity

(01-25-2012)

Dr. Brenda Allen of University of Colorado Denver gave a variety of presentations on the theme "Negotiating the Landscapes of Diversity in Higher Education" over three days at Adams State College. Community members joined campus representatives at her keynote on Jan. 24.

The author of Difference Matters, Allen is an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor in the University of Colorado Denver Department of Communication. Her research and teaching focus on organizational communication, diversity, group communication, and critical pedagogy.

At Adams State, she engaged participants in discussions of ways that higher education can support work toward equity and inclusion. Important factors include identifying and sharing resources, having conversations about equity, finding ways to reward equity work, and acceptance of responsibility for equity.

"All parties must feel a responsibility to heal and mend," Allen said. She also noted that Adams State has "a legacy of responding to equity issues," such as the 1996 change of athletic mascot from Indians to Grizzlies.

Her visit was sponsored by Adams State's Center for Equity in Learning and Teaching (CELT), Title V (which supports Hispanic Serving Institutions), and President's Office.

By Julie Waechter