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2017 Conference Program

"Sustaining Diverse and Inclusive Communities"


Queens College-CUNY

November 13-14, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017


8:00-9:00 am

Registration—Q-Side Lounge, Dining Hall

9:00-10:00 am

Opening Plenary: Patio Room

Welcome and Introduction
Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President, Queens College-CUNY

Alternative Facts and Extreme Vetting: Immigrants and American Democracy
Sayu Bhojwani, President, The New American Leaders Project

10:00 am to 10:30 am

Break #1: President's Lounge
(beverage service)

10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Concurrent Session #1: Patio Room
Public Interests and Private Concerns

Chair and Moderator:  William Keller, Queens College-CUNY

Difference: Not the Problem But Actually the Solution
Pamela Divinsky, The Mosaic Institute, Toronto (Canada)

Cleaning Streams in Cook County: Forest Preserves, Water Pollution, and Environmentalism in the 1930s
Natalie B. Vena, Queens College-CUNY

The Great Outdoors are not so "Great" for Everyone: A Closer Look at Relevancy in National Parks 

Akiebia Hicks, University of West Georgia

Concurrent session #2: Q-Side Lounge
Diversity in an Age of Security/Insecurity

Chair and Moderator: Satadru Sen, Queens College-CUNY

Enfolding the Urban Precariat and the Neo-Margins of India: New Media and the Politics of Under-representations
Arindam Saha and Richa Biswas, Kazi Nazrul University (India)

Are Public Servants Behaving Differently Towards Underrepresented Beneficiaries? Experimental Evidence from Colombia
Natalia Candelo-Londono, Queens College-CUNY

Shifting the Narrative: Opportunities and Limitations of Domestic Efforts to Counter Extremism Online
Marina Shalabi, Tufts University

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Lunch: “Tastes of Queens”
President's Lounge

1:15 pm to 2:45 pm

Concurrent Session #3: Q-Side Lounge
Making Music Together

Chair and Moderator: Janice Smith, Queens College-CUNY

American Roots Music as a Pathway to Culturally Responsive Education
Susan A. Davis, Queens College-CUNY

Diasporic Performativity in the Practice of Karaoke
Luis Pascasio, Ohio University

Building Community through Radio: Nuestos Sonidos Latinos at Monmouth University
Frank Domenico Cipriani, Monmouth University

Concurrent Session #4: Patio Room
Resisting Marginalization

Chair and Moderator: Tarry Hum, Queens College-CUNY

I Shall Not Be Moved: Black Churches’ Prophetic Resistance to Gentrification
Richard N. Williams, Emory University Candler School of Theology

Reverse Gentrification in Rural and White Southern Cities
Joseph D. Fleming, Savannah State University

Urban Impoverishment in Multicultural Neighbourhoods: Palma (Majorca, Spain)
Jesús M. González-Pérez, University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Break #2: President's Lounge

(beverage service)

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Concurrent Session #5: Q-Side Lounge
Voicing Differences

Chair and Moderator: Richard McCoy, Queens College-CUNY 

How ‘Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl’ Birthed Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou and Me: African-American Women in Literature from Slavery Era to Present
Kai Harris, Western Michigan University

Anxious Times Necessitate the Need for Social Justice
Peggy Davis-Suzuki, St. John’s University

Communities:  The Brazilian Diverse Poetics
Nora Vaz de Mello, Federal Center of Technological Education/CEFET-MG (Brazil)

Concurrent Session #6: Patio Room
Diverse Identities and Activism

Chair and Moderator: Eva Fernández, Queens College-CUNY

Halo-Halo: The Effects of Legal Status on Ethnic Identity Formation in Filipino Immigrant Young Adults
Daniela Pila, University of Albany, SUNY

The Daily Revolution of the Artisanal Fishing Community of the Bay of Chorrillos, Peru
Hector Bombiella, Iowa State University

A New Era: Bahamian Emigrant Political Involvement in General Elections
Jamiko Vandez Deleveaux, University of Texas at San Antonio

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Plenary Panel Discussion: Patio Room
Language and Literacy Differences: A Case Study

Chair and Moderator: Ross Wheeler, Queens College-CUNY

Honoring CUNY Students’ Language and Literacy Differences: Why and How
Missy Watson, The City College of New York CUNY
Caitlin Geoghan, The City College of New York CUNY
Vivian Stoll, The City College of New York CUNY
Debra Williams, The City College of New York CUNY

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Dinner Reception and Musical Performance
4th Floor, Student Union Ballroom



Tuesday, November 14


9:00 am to 10:30 am

Concurrent Session #7: Student Union Ballroom East A, 4th Floor
Seeking Dialogue and Expression

Chair and Moderator: Victoria Stone-Cadena, CUNY-Office of Recruitment and Diversity

First, We Listen: Teaching Empathy through a ‘Pedagogy of Discomfort
Amy Takabori, University of Arizona

Critical Language Awareness in Heritage Language Instruction: A Response to Inequality?
Laura Villa, Queen College-CUNY

Facing the Unknown: How English-Speaking West Indians Experience Schooling in NYC
Kerri-Ann M. Smith, Queensborough CC-CUNY

Concurrent Session #8: Student Ballroom East B
Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts and Culture

Chair and Moderator: Carol Douglas, Queens College-CUNY

From Satellite to Center: Redressing the Marginalization of African Media Studies”
Noah Tsika, Queens College-CUNY

From Haiti to France: Marie Vieux Chauvet's Letters to Simone de Beauvoir
Régine Joseph, Queens College-CUNY

Politics of Non-Availability and Community Resistance at the ‘Ghetto Biennale’ in Port-au-Prince
David Frohnapfel, Free University of Berlin (Germany)

10:30 to 10:45 am

Break #1
Student Ballroom Lobby, 4th Floor

(beverage service)

10:45 am to 12:15 pm

Concurrent Session #9: Student Ballroom East A, 4th Floor
Different Ways of Knowing

Chair and Moderator: Charles Gomez, Queens College-CUNY

A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Measuring IQ in a Culturally-Advantaged Sample from Colombia
Emily Duggan, University of Victoria (Canada)

Applying Ethiopian Ways of Knowing to Interrogation of Under-Development and Risks to Children in Ethiopia
Rode Molla, The University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology

Outside the Stacks: The Information Practices of Mexican-American High School Seniors
Jose Sanchez, Queens College-CUNY

Concurrent Session #10: Student Ballroom East B
Seeking Inclusion in Higher Education

Chair and Moderator: Glenda Grace, Queens College-CUNY

Afrocentric Content and Communal Learning: Decolonizing Curriculum to Promote an Inclusive Learning Environment for African American Students in the Academy
Theo Holt, University of West Georgia
David Mitchell, University of West Georgia

Black and Brown faces in White Academic Spaces
Lynn A. Hampton, Texas Christian University
Richard A. Thomas, Texas Christian University

We Can’t Breathe: How Top Law Schools Can Resuscitate an Inclusive Environment for Minority and Low-Income Law Students
Taifha Baker, Georgetown University Law Center

12:15 to 2:00 pm

Lunch: “Tastes of Queens”
Student Ballroom, 4th Floor

Luncheon Address: 

Diversity and Inclusion in a Time of Hope and Change 

Patricia Matthew, Montclair State University

2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Plenary Panel: Student Ballroom, 4th Floor
Faculty of Color in the Academy: Challenges and Prospects

Chair and Moderator:  Michael Wolfe, Queens College-CUNY

Patricia Matthew, Montclair State University
Alfred Montero, Carleton College
Arlene Torres, CUNY

3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

Break #2:
Student Ballroom Lobby, 4th Floor
(beverage service)

3:45 pm to 5:45 pm

Concurrent Session #11: Student Ballroom East A, 4th Floor
Immigration and Higher Education

Chair and Moderator: Richard Alvarez, Queens College-CUNY

The Impact of Teaching Immigration Classes in a Large Public University Post-Election
Catherine Ma, Kingsborough CC-CUNY
Trikartikaningsih Byas, Queensborough CC-CUNY

Not Your Model Minority’: Undocumented Asian Students in the Immigrant Rights Struggle
Sara P. Alvarez, University of Louisville

Between Da’esh and the Donald: On Teaching Middle East Studies in the Age of Immigration Bans
Shareah Taleghani, Queens College-CUNY 

Diversity through Internationalization: Analyzing Success of Minority Immigrant Students on Campus
Kara Schlichting, Queens College-CUNY
Schiro Withanachchi, Queens College-CUNY
Danne Woo, Queens College-CUNY

Concurrent Session #12: Student Ballroom East B, 4th Floor
Making Diverse and Inclusive Communities

Chair and Moderator:  Anna Bounds, Queens College-CUNY

Marking Religious Boundaries: Muslim Communities Seeking Inclusion and Islamic Awareness in New York
Nazreen Bacchus, Queens College-CUNY

Salvage Futures: Camden’s Brownfields
Mercy Romero, Sonoma State University

Immigrant Innovation in US Urbanities: The Case of the Latino Community in Chicago
Estefanía Cruz Lera, University Autonomous of Barcelona (Spain)

Advice giving in Egyptian Arabic and American English
Hala Rashed Hosni Abd El-Hamid, Fayoum University (Egypt)

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