Schedule of Events

Friday, February 11th

9:00 am – 10:00 am: IDEA 101:  Introduction to Terminology, Concepts, and Topics

To register for this workshop:

  1. Create a Passport Portal account
  2. Register on the Upcoming Activities page in the Passport Portal. (GatorLink credentials required).  If you already have a Passport Portal account, skip step 1.

Are you new to the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) space?  Or do you want a refresher on terminology, concepts, and topics as you continue your learning and development in these areas?  This workshop aims to provide an introduction to core concepts and topics, as well as help you gain familiarity with the terminology that you will encounter in IDEA or other diversity, equity, and inclusion-related programming.  Specifically, this workshop will cover diversity, inclusion, and equity in academia approaches to IDEA efforts, current practices, and more!  We will reflect, discuss, and answer questions in a collaborative, supportive environment.

Audience – all faculty, staff, and students

This event is co-sponsored and facilitated by the UF Center for Teaching Excellence. 

Monday, February 14th

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Cultivating Inclusive Spaces

Via Zoom:

Patricia Probert is a Clinical Assistant Professor, who serves as the University of Florida College of Dentistry’s Associate Dean of Student Advocacy and Inclusion. Dr. Probert has been engaged in professional and leadership development for 15 years, having implemented and directed programs involving students in counselor education, social work, and psychology, as well as pre-health and dental education. Dr. Probert works closely with faculty, staff, and students to support program and curriculum development, strategic planning, community outreach, accreditation, and other initiatives to enrich student success, and the institutional mission. Dr. Patricia Probert actively develops and supports diversity efforts, including as the Primary Investigator for a Robert Wood Johnson grant. The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a six-week, residential pipeline experience for pre-health students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Her teaching experience includes an inter-professional education course for health professions, families and community involvement for teacher education majors, and crisis intervention/suicide prevention for behavioral sciences professions. Dr. Probert is trained as an educator in Implicit Bias and Crucial Conversations and provides workshops for the UF community.

Audience – all faculty, staff, and students

Tuesday, February 15th

10:00 am – 11:30 am: Course Accessibility is Inclusivity

Via Zoom:

Designing courses with accessibility in mind is essential to providing an equitable experience for students with disabilities, and accessibility best practices will benefit all students. In keeping with the guidelines of Universal Design for Learning, an accessible course provides multiple means of accessing teaching materials and considers cognitive load. This workshop includes examples of accessible Canvas courses and gives you an opportunity to practice making a Word document more accessible.

Presenters: Laura Jervis, Heather Maness, Allyson Haskell, Instructional designers

Audience – faculty, though all staff and students are also welcome

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Content and Assessment Design

Via Zoom:

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an evidence-based framework to improve learning for all students. Instructors can use UDL to promote self-regulated learning with their content and assessments by clearly demonstrating their relevancy and providing variety. Courses should also include representation that both reflects the diversity of the community and gives students an opportunity to see themselves as experts in the field. Participants will practice designing learner-centered assignments to promote metacognition and equity.

Presenters: Heather Maness, Allyson Haskell, Laura Jervis, Instructional designers

Audience – faculty, though all staff and students are also welcome

Wednesday, February 16th

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Keynote: From Colorblind to Color-Conscious

Via Zoom:

Cindu Thomas-George is the Founder and Principal Trainer of Shakti Diversity and Equity Training. As a DEI practitioner, she designs and facilitates professional development experiences that promote equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and intercultural competence. As a nationally recognized speaker, Cindu’s speaking engagements are focused on encouraging cross-racial allyship, disrupting anti-Asian hate, moving beyond color-blindness to color consciousness, disrupting anti-Blackness in communities of color, and creating inclusion for women of color in the workplace. Cindu is also an award-winning tenured professor of Communication Studies at the College of Lake County specializing in Intercultural Communication and Public Speaking. In her seventeen years of working as a diversity educator, she has developed a mastery of creating and facilitating impactful learning experiences that equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to be advocates of diversity and agents of change who are empowered to work towards cultivating an inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist society. Cindu is also very committed to cultivating inclusivity and anti-racism within her own South Indian-American community and is a co-founder of  Malayalees for Social Justice and the South Asian Solidarity Project.

This interactive workshop will encourage participants to move beyond the colorblind approach to race relationships and embrace a color-conscious approach that can help promote racial inclusion and equity. Participants of this workshop will engage in experiential activities that will allow them to reflect on their own ideologies and personal histories of race and will walk away with a framework to approach future conversations regarding race, racism, and racial equality in professional and personal contexts.

Audience – all faculty, staff, and students

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Black Public Health Network Panel Discussion

Via Zoom:

Join the panel discussion organized by the Black Public Health Network.  The student panelists will discuss various aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics, give their thoughts, and provide context and valuable experience.

Thursday, February 17th

10:00 am – 10:45 am: Meet and Greet with UF’s New Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Marsha McGriff

Via Zoom:

Join this session to meet Dr. Marsha McGriff, UF’s new CDO.  Dr. McGriff will discuss UF’s new three year diversity plan, answer questions, and chat with attendees.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Poster Session

Presenters and Presentation Titles

Breakout Room # 1:

  • “Cultivating Core Competencies in Multiculturalism and Equity during Graduate Programs in CSD”
  • Candice Adams-Mitchell, SLP.D., Kristen Lewandowski, MS, Karen Hegland, PhD, Emily Plowman, PhD, Charles Ellis, PhD

Breakout Room #2:

  • “Facilitating Graduate Student Cultural Competence Using Self-Evaluation and Reflective Writing”
  • Kristen Lewandowski, M.A, CCC-SLP

Breakout Room #3:

  • “Operationalizing DEI in an Occupational Therapy Advocacy Course Using a Discovery Process of Student Identified “A-ha DEI Moments” from Level II Fieldwork”
  • Becky Piazza; Consuelo Kreider 

Breakout Room #4:

  • “Development of a community-based, trauma-informed, resilience-building public health course for MCH graduate students”
  • Allen, A., Carr, C., Dixon, B. N., King, L. M.

Breakout Room #5:

  • “The Use of Transdermal Optical Imaging Technology to Reduce the Disparity of Cardiovascular Disease Mortality in Rural Communities”
  • Michelle Aleman, Samantha Latsko, Sabrina Lopez

Breakout Room #6:

  • “Increasing Diversity through Holistic Admissions for Graduate Programs in Speech-Language Pathology”
  • Karen Hegland, Emily Plowman, Candice Adams-Mitchell, Kristen Lewandowski, Charles Ellis 

Breakout Room #7:

  • “Racial and ethnic differences in initiation of menthol tobacco smoking and subsequent tobacco use in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study, Waves 1–4 (2013–2018)”
  • Xinyu Yan, Ramzi G. Salloum, Man-Chong Leong, Georges E. Khalil, Ji-Hyun Lee, Xiang-Yang Lou

Breakout Room #8:

  • “Assessing the need for smart Continuous Glucose Monitors to promote diabetic self-management among low-income youths.”
  • Bhatt, Divyang; Patel, Parth

Breakout Room #9:

  • “Using Artificial Intelligence to address hesitancy in the COVID-19 vaccine among African Americans”
  • Anne Schweitzer, Jacqueline Banas, Rachel Bennett, Frederick Kates

Breakout Room #10:

  • “A Team Science Reflection on the Importance of (2TI) Transparency, Truth, and Intention in Research for and with Black Women’s Reproductive Health”
  • Karen Awura-Adjoa Ronke Coker, Tyler Scott Nesbit, Dr. Larry Forthun, Dr. Sarah McKune 

Breakout Room #11:

  • “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Research Opportunities: Adding Complementary Learning to Emerging Health Technology/Artificial Intelligence Lessons”
  • Rachel Bennett, Brandi Caughorn, Noah Hammarlund, Frederick R. Kates  

Breakout Room #12:

  • “Racial differences in anxiety, depression, and OCD in school-age children, one year into the COVID-19 pandemic”
  • Daniel Acosta, Yui Fujii, Diana Beaulieu, Anthony T Maurelli, Eric J Nelson, Sarah L. McKune 

Breakout Room #13:

  • “Equity Analysis: Combining ArcGIS and AI to Determine and Identify HIV/AIDS Populations for Interventions”
  • Shamika Chavda, Flora Maran, Elizabeth Rom, Frederick Kates, Rachel Bennett 

Breakout 14:

  • “Redlining and environmental justice:  identifying the roots of child health vulnerabilities to climate change”
  • Devon Nenon, Yui Fujii, Eric Coker

Via Zoom:

Join the PHHP Community for the virtual poster session!

Audience – all faculty, staff, students

Friday, February 18th

10:00 am – 11:00 am: An IDEA-Focused Introduction to Facilitating Equitable Faculty Searches

To register for this workshop:

  1. Create a Passport Portal account
  2. Register on the Upcoming Activities page in the Passport Portal. (GatorLink credentials required).  If you already have a Passport Portal account, skip step 1.

Do you love serving on search committees?  Hate serving on search committees?  Either way, this workshop is for you!  Time spent on a faculty search committee can be an exciting opportunity to engage with and identify potential new colleagues.  However, working with the search committee and facilitating an equitable search can be a challenging process.  This workshop aims to provide an introduction to the equity search process, including specific examples and resources.  Participants will leave with resources and a step-by-step guide that can be used, adapted, and applied immediately in their departments and on search committees.  Together, we will reflect, discuss, and answer questions about the equity search process in a supportive environment.

Audience – faculty and staff, though all are welcome

This event is co-sponsored and facilitated by the UF Center for Teaching Excellence.