Multicultural Competence Drive-In Conference

Multicultural Competence Drive-in Conference
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Georgia Institute of Technology
Smithgall Student Services Building, Room 117
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and the Department of Housing

7:30 – 8:00 Light Breakfast

8:00 – 8:15 Welcome

8:15 – 9:45 Workshop Session I

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Environments for Transgender Students in Higher Education

Creating an inclusive and accessible campus for transgender and genderqueer students begins with understanding students’ identities, but does not end there. It is critical to create policies and procedures that increase access and inclusion. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to explore gender beyond the binary of man and woman and present promising practices to create more access and inclusion for transgender and genderqueer students. Finally, this session will challenge participants to think of ways to create these changes immediately in their own departments and units.

Program Outcomes

Participants will be able to:
• Differentiate sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation
• Describe promising practices to support transgender and genderqueer students
• Identify departmental and university policies and practices that can be improved to be more inclusive of transgender and genderqueer people

Dr. Michael Shutt

Assistant Dean Campus Life and Director, Director of the Office of LGBT Life, Emory University

Michael D. Shutt is the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and Director of the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Life at Emory University. He began his work at Emory in June 2008. Originally from Angola, Indiana, he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Administration from Michigan State University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.

As the Director of the Office of LGBT Life, Michael creates and enhances educational, social, and support programs and services for students regarding issues of sexual and gender identities. He directs the strategic planning efforts; prioritizes programs and services; manages all budgets; coordinates fundraising and grant activities; creates and implements program and service assessments; supervises student and professional staff; and advises individual students and student groups.

In addition to his work in the Office of LGBT Life, Michael serves on several committees on campus including the Transforming Community Project Steering Committee; the President’s Commission on Sexuality, Gender Diversity, and Queer Equality; Emory Facilitator Network; Diversity Officer’s Council; Emory Chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute; and the Campus Life Assessment Committee. Michael is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Georgia’s College of Education and is the Co-Chair of the National Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals.

9:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 11:30 Workshop Session II
Diversity Training: A Guide for Assessing Needs and Facilitating Training

Have you ever led diversity training, or you were in charge of training for your department and you left there wondering what happened? With appropriate pre-assessment, achievable learning outcomes, key facilitation skills, post-assessment, and follow-up most practitioners can be effective trainers and facilitators. Whether you will be conducting training or responsible for the end result, workshop participants will take away successful strategies for facilitation, assessment, and overall training success.




Miguel A. Hernandez

Director, Office of Multicultural Services and Programs, The University of Georgia

Miguel is a native of Santurce, Puerto Rico. He earned his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Columbus State University in 2001 and a M.A. degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University in 2004. His past professional experiences include: Residential Education; Staff Selection & Training Programs; Leadership & Organization Development; Academic Support Services; Multicultural Education; Student Conduct Administration; and Cultural Emersion Programs.

Specific skills Miguel brings with him include: staff supervision, fiscal management of annual department, program, and student organization accounts; assessment and evaluation; undergraduate classroom instruction; and grant writing. Currently serving as the Director of Multicultural Services & Programs at the University of Georgia, Miguel brings ten years of experience in the field to the position. He is passionate about working with students, staff and faculty toward increasing multicultural awareness throughout the campus and local community. He joined MSP in January 2011.

11:30 – 12:15 Lunch

12:15 – 1:45 Workshop Session III

How to Address Acts of Intolerance: Students and Colleagues

In this interactive and engaging session, participants will have an opportunity to explore the range of behaviors and beliefs that lead to intolerance. This session will explore the following:
• Identify how we may have experienced intolerance from others as well as how we may have demonstrated intolerance of others different than ourselves.
• Understand how these experiences of intolerance (both received and demonstrated towards others) are linked to learned misinformation about others that can lead to intolerance and fear in our work places and learning environments.
• Identify ways that we can all intervene to create work and learning environments that are respectful, inclusive and equitable of all its members.

Donna M. Wong


Assistant Dean, Campus Life and Director, Office of Multicultural Programs & Service, Emory University

Donna Wong is the Assistant Dean for Campus Life and the Director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (OMPS) in fall 2006. Dean Wong, a published writer, is the co-author of Making a Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out. (June 2002, Lanham: MD, Rowman & Littlefield), co-author of "Today's Latino Students: Identity, Dreams and Struggles," Nosotros: The Hispanic People of Oregon, Essays and Recollections (Oregon Council for the Humanities, 1995), and author of an essay in Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain (Yin and Yang Press, 2007.

Dean Wong received her B.A. in fine arts at the University of California at Los Angeles, a second B.A. in English Education, an M.A. in Curriculum and Instructional Leadership, and a teaching credential in Secondary Education from the University of Oregon. Prior to coming to Emory, Dean Wong was an instructor in Ethnic Studies on Asian American experiences; in migrant education; and instructor/Outreach Coordinator for the Student Support Services/Trio Program, Educational Opportunities Program at the University of Oregon. She taught English and held positions at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, at the University of California at Berkeley, and at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Dean Wong is an experienced presenter. She is a facilitator of Cultural Competency workshops at Emory designed for training campus life professionals. Her diversity work includes multiple presentations at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity NCORE), national NASPA Student Affairs Conference, campus presentations on Asian American and Asian Identity in Higher Education, multicultural student affairs, mentoring minority students and access issues from secondary schools to higher education. She is a certified diversity trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute and holds a certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation in Georgia and is the co-founder and chair of the Georgia Diversity Consortium since 2007. The consortium is comprised of multicultural directors and diversity professionals of participating Georgia colleges and universities.

Vivian Relta
Interim Director, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Emory University

As Interim Director, Ms. Relta, is responsible for the development and coordination of processes related to the investigation of complaints of discrimination. She also has responsibility for assisting with the strategic planning for EOP and other departments, units and divisions. Ms. Relta also assists in the development and delivery of educational programs on diversity, identity, and intergroup dynamics for Emory University and Emory Healthcare. Prior to coming to Emory and the EOP office, Ms. Relta served as the Associate Director for Facilitation for the Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE). During her 11 years with CITE she served as the human resource specialist with responsibilities for client needs assessment, program design and facilitation, and evaluation processes through CITE’s work for Fortune 500 corporations, professional groups, conferences, academic institutions, government agencies and hospitals.
Ms. Relta also served as Assistant Dean of Intercultural Affairs at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, working with faculty, student and staff populations. As a training consultant Vivian has over 25 years experience in the design and leadership of programming on diversity and multicultural issues, leadership development, organizational change, conflict resolution, and community networking. She is a graduate of Cornell University, with specializations in Social Work and Human Service Studies Administration.

Jyotsna Vanapalli
Assistant Director, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Emory University

Ms. Vanapalli has responsibility for the development and delivery of educational programs on diversity, identity, and intergroup dynamics for Emory University and Emory Healthcare. She also has responsibility for investigating complaints from staff, students, faculty, administrators and visitors to Emory regarding discrimination or harassment based on federally protected and Emory protected identity categories. Prior to joining the EOP office, Ms. Vanapalli directed the Transforming Community Project’s Community Dialogue program. EOP adopted the Dialogue program as an integral part of its educational offerings. The Dialogues explore the history of a subject (race, gender, etc.) at Emory and introduce participants to theories about a subject with an additional goal of providing participants with opportunities to practice difficult conversations. Ms. Vanapalli is also responsible for developing new curricula and training peer facilitators to lead the Dialogues.

1:45 – 2:00 Break

2:00 – 3:30 Workshop Session IV

Inclusive Excellence
According to Georgia Tech’s statement on Inclusive Excellence, inclusive excellence embodies all features, ideas, processes and challenges connected to diversity or individual differences and pushes the discussion and call to action further to include making institutional change. This success is critically dependent on how well we value, engage and include the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni in addition to all of the valuable social dimensions that they bring to the campus. It is an active process through which colleges and universities achieve excellence in learning, teaching, student development, institutional functioning, and engagement in local and global communities and its comprehensive approach requires a fundamental transformation of the institution by embedding and practicing inclusive excellence in every effort, aspect, and level of our Institution. This 1 1/2 hour interactive session will facilitate complicated conversations concerning how the Georgia Tech community can apply and engage inclusive excellence personally, professionally, and passionately.

Dr. Consuela Ward


HR Business Partner for Culture & Inclusion, Office of Human Resources, Georgia Institute of Technology

Consuela Ward attended The Florida State University where she received her Bachelor’s of Arts in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in Theater. From there she obtained her Master’s of Science in Communication from Indiana State University and a Doctor of Education at Georgia Southern University in Curriculum Studies with an emphasis in Multicultural Education.
She began her professional career as a high school English and speech/debate teacher while advising several student leadership groups. At the same time, she taught English as a Second Language for the ELS Language Center at Stetson University. After four years, she transitioned into higher education and accepted the position as Assistant Director of Student Life and Coordinator of Intercultural Programs at Stetson University. After two years, she was promoted to Director of their newly acquired Cross Cultural Center. After serving in that role for one year, Dr. Ward took the opportunity to enhance her professional goals by serving as the Director of the Multicultural Student Center at Georgia Southern University for over seven years. Building upon her past professional experiences, she currently serves as the HR Business Partner for Culture and Inclusion at Georgia Institute of Technology.
From participating in Multicultural Student Support offices as an undergraduate student, to receiving a Graduate Assistantship with the President’s Commission on Ethnic Diversity at Indiana State University, she found her passion in helping others to see how diversity affects them while offering tools to successfully navigate through the diverse world in which we live. She was able to develop that passion by working with student groups, faculty, staff, and community members while creating a number of opportunities for diversity initiatives and trainings.