Diversity Forum addresses race relations

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Diversity Forum addresses race relations

Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barceló, president of Northern New Mexico College and nationally-recognized leader on equity and diversity in higher education, will speak at the Fresno State 2014 Diversity Forum today (Feb. 19).

Barceló will participate in a panel at 1:30 p.m. in the North Gym, room 118, before delivering the keynote address, “Diversity or Inclusion? What’s the Difference?” from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

The day-long event to address the challenges in exploring the importance of diversity on campus is hosted by University President Joseph I. Castro and the President’s Commission on Human Relations and Equity.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with an open mic session in the Henry Madden library, room 2206, where student groups will discuss “Preventing Racial Tension Headaches: Embracing Student Diversity at Fresno State.”

From noon to 1:30 p.m. in Library 3312,   “What is Privilege?” will be discussed by representatives of two organizations, Researchers and Critical Educators (RACE) and the Fresno State Black Faculty Staff Association.

At 1:30 p.m., Castro and Barceló will be joined for a one-hour panel on race relations at Fresno State by Dr. Jody Hironaka-Juteau, dean of the College and Health and Human Services, and Gwen Burks, administrative aide for the Division of University Advancement.

The panel will discuss, “Everything’s Fine at Fresno State: Myths and Misconceptions about Campus Diversity” before Barceló delivers her keynote address.

The event concludes with the Student-Selected Lecture Series from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union.  Rosemary W. Diaz, a lecturer in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, will discuss “Building Bridges between the Deaf-World and Hearing Allies” at 7 p.m. following a reception.

In addition to her role as president of Northern New Mexico College since 2010, Barceló’s 30-year career in higher education also includes serving as vice provost and vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota.

She also worked at the University of Iowa where she helped found the Latino and Native American Cultural Center and was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award as a “pioneer in convincing university communities to embrace principles of equality, diversity, and multiculturalism.” A scholarship was established in her honor to fund student research on the history of Latinas in the Midwest.

Barceló received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Chico State College and master’s degree in Recreational Education and doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa.

For more information, contact Chris Vieira, administrative project coordinator, at 559.278.2083 or cvieira@csufresno.edu.

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