Professional Staff Organization

2021 DEI Forum

2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum: October 20-21

The UW Professional Staff Organization (PSO) is joining with staff across the campuses of UW to host a forum, by staff & for staff, on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at UW and beyond.

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What:

  • Our goal is to create an intersectional space to come together to share ideas, to network, and to build collective capacity to advance anti-racism and social justice efforts across UW and beyond: including intersecting aspects of identity such as race, ethnicity, ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and religion.
  • The primary audience of the DEI Forum will be staff from UW. Faculty and students are welcome to attend!

When: one full-day forum (spaced over two half-days)

  • October 20, 12:30-4:30pm
  • October 21, 9am-1:30pm

Where:

Sessions

The full slate of sessions, and their times, will be finalized soon!

October 20, 2021

Workshop: White Supremacy Cultural Norms and Learning: Sharing Insights From an Action Research Study

White supremacy cultural norms manifest in organizations and are performed by individuals through defensiveness, perfectionism, individualism, paternalism, one right way thinking, etc. By understanding how these norms show up, practitioners can better identify and disrupt these norms in their daily practice.

Speaker:

  • Erica Barton (she/her), HR Manager for Organizational Learning & Development, Housing & Food Services

Panel: By Staff, For Staff: Embedding Anti-Racism within Your Department

Panelists:

  • Joanna Ames, Residency Education Specialist
  • China Hardison, Program Operations Specialist, General Surgery
  • Susan Marx, Vice Chair of Finance and Administration
  • Kelsey Pullar, Research Coordinator, Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE)

Workshop: Preventing and responding to sex- and gender-based violence and harassment at UW

UW is launching a new Title IX online course, Husky Prevention and Response, for all employees and new students in Fall 2021. In this session, individuals will consider how they can be involved in violence prevention efforts while learning more about how the new course will enhance the ability to contribute to respectful work and learning environments, recognize sex- and gender-based violence and harassment, utilize bystander intervention, and respond with care when an individual discloses.

Speakers:

  • Kiana Swearingen, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Education and Prevention, University of Washington
  • Elizabeth Wilmerding, Violence Prevention & Advocacy Program Manager, University of Washington Bothell

Workshop: Embodiment of Somatic Abolitionism to Heal from Racial Trauma

This workshop is an introduction to somatic abolitionism. You will learn about how racism has historical and intergenerational effects not just on our minds and societal systems but also in our body. The racial trauma that is carried with each generation impacts our nervous system even in small interactions happening now. This workshop will introduce some practices to help metabolize and discharge some of the trauma held in our body.

Speakers:

  • Andrea Salazar-Nuñez, Ph.D., Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, University of Washington

 

October 21, 2021

Panel: Assessing Student Programming from an Equity Perspective

Program directors and staff representatives from collaborative UW-Seattle programs will share how they assessed their student-facing programs with an equity lens. Learn how building community can address issues of representational equity, resource equity and equity-mindedness.

Panelists:

  • Scott Pinkham, College of Engineering Office of Inclusive Excellence, Minority Scholars Engineering Program
  • June Summers Hairston, Ed.D., Director of the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PNW LSAMP) In Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, University of Washington
  • Zachary McKinlay, Undergraduate Diversity Services, Foster School of Business
  • Paul Metellus, College of Education Brotherhood Initiative
  • Lisa Peterson, Office of Research, UW GenOM Project
  • Todd Sperry, Director, TRIO McNair Scholars Program, UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
  • Teri Ward, Director UW Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program

Workshop: Implementing Emergent Strategies for Equitable and Collaborative University Work

University work is often accomplished collaboratively, and many of us struggle with how to truly foster group spaces that embody shared values and actively encourage equitable interactions and contributions to the work. This workshop builds on the concept of Emergent Strategy as identified by adrienne maree brown and will offer concrete ideas for how to develop meetings, committees, and cross-campus collaborations that succeed because community is central to the work.

Speakers:

  • Kiana Swearingen, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Education and Prevention, University of Washington
  • Elizabeth Wilmerding, Violence Prevention & Advocacy Program Manager, University of Washington Bothell

Workshop: Expanding Mentoring for UW Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

This interactive workshop is designed to encourage UW stakeholders (e.g. students, staff, faculty, etc.) on how to create and expand mentoring opportunities across the campus.  Participants will leave this presentation with a solid understanding of how mentoring supports the UW Diversity Blueprint, what it takes to be part of a quality mentoring program and how they can work with others to make this happen.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Terryl Ross; VP Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Goodwill of Olympic and Rainier Region

Speaker Bios

Learn more about our speakers:

Erica Barton (she/her), HR Manager for Organizational Learning & Development, Housing & Food Services

Erica Barton has worked in university campus housing since 2003, and is approaching completion of her EdD from Northeastern University. Her doctoral research is focused on examining how white supremacy cultural norms impact organizational learning. Erica works and lives by two core values- curiosity and belonging.

Zachary McKinlay, Undergraduate Diversity Services, Foster School of Business

I am Zach McKinlay and I was born and raised in Tacoma Washington. I studied Sociology at the University of Washington where I graduated in 2012. Currently I work as the Program Manager for UDS (Undergraduate Diversity Services) where I work to empower, build community, and advance underserved students within the Foster School of Business at UW Seattle.

Scott Pinkham, College of Engineering Office of Inclusive Excellence, Minority Scholars Engineering Program

Scott Pinkham, M.Ed (Nez Perce) is an Assistant Director in the College of Engineering where he leads the Minority Scholars Engineering Program.  MSEP seeks to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive community for students so they will persist to graduation in engineering.  He has also served on the Seattle School Board where he strove to raise voices of underserved/marginalized communities seeking an equitable education for their members.  More information at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scottpinkham/

Terryl Ross, Ph.D., VP Anti-racism, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion; Goodwill of Olympic and Rainier Region

A longtime Seattle-area educator and activist, Dr. Ross obtained his PhD in educational communication and technology at the UW. He has more than 30 years of experience in equity and inclusion work, including responsibility for diversity efforts at UW Bothell, Oregon State University, and Green River Community College, and the UW-Seattle College of the Environment. He’s experienced in engagement with ethnically and culturally diverse communities and has successfully collaborated with students, faculty, staff, and community members on a variety of issues related to equity, inclusion, and education. Terryl has a demonstrated commitment to sustainability and environmental programming, including experience working with Sea Grant, Space Grant, and the 2008  Focus the Nation climate change national teach-in. Dr. Ross has been the founder and director of Mosaic Nation, the Director of Community and Diversity at Oregon State University, the Regional Affairs Manager at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, AmeriCorps Director, and a Military Intelligence officer for the US Army.

Andrea Salazar-Nuñez, Ph.D., Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, University of Washington

Dr. Salazar-Nuñez is a psychologist committed to social justice and providing psychotherapy from a multicultural/racialized lens. Much of her work has been centered on developing skills to uphold diversity and inclusion and foster a holistic healing space. She identifies as a Liberation Psychotherapist and a Somatic Abolitionist practitioner. Specialties include in working with women, people of color/BIPOC, and individuals with marginalized identities (including undocumented). Clinical areas include anxiety, grief, relationship issues, career counseling, identity exploration, inter-generational conflict, intersectionality, imposter syndrome, racial fatigue, racial trauma, sexual trauma, and emotion focused work.

June Summers Hairston, Ed.D., Director of the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PNW LSAMP) In Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM); Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity, University of Washington

June Hairston has been serving as Director of the PNW LSAMP for five years as of January 2022. This Tri-State Alliance is comprised of 5 four-year institutions, which each have a 2-year partner community college that serves as a direct pipeline for transfer students interested in STEM majors.  June has been working at the University of Washington for 37 years, assisting thousands of students matriculating to degree, and beyond.

Kiana Swearingen, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Education and Prevention, University of Washington

Kiana has worked in the anti-violence field for over 15 years and in higher education for 7 years. Her work is centered on intersectional and trauma-informed prevention and response to sexual harassment, relationship violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and sexual assault. She believes that a successful approach to preventing violence must engage all individuals as agents of change, give communities practical strategies to build healthy environments, and analyze the structures and policies that perpetuate and exacerbate harm.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kiana-swearingen-b0b756a9/

Teri Ward, Director UW Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program

Teri Ward is Director of the Health Sciences Center Minority Students Program (HSCMSP), a division of the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity whose mission is to develop and/or increase interest among underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students to pursue health-related professional and biomedical/behavioral research careers. She is Co-Investigator of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Stipends for Training Aspiring Researchers (STAR) program which nationally supports the research training of underrepresented minority and disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate/professional students in the health, biomedical, and behavioral sciences.

Elizabeth Wilmerding, Violence Prevention & Advocacy Program Manager, University of Washington Bothell

Elizabeth Wilmerding (she/her/hers) has been working in violence prevention for the past ten years, in both campus and community settings. She strives to bring a lens of social justice and community accountability to her work. Prior to UWB, Elizabeth was most recently at UC Berkeley, managing sexual violence prevention programming for undergraduate students. Elizabeth has a BA from Montana State University, an MSW from UC Berkeley, and has been a Campus Fellow with Futures Without Violence. She is currently on the Leadership Council of the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) and on the Board of the Organization for Prostitution Survivors.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-wilmerding-b8911724/

Sponsors

Learn more about the units and organizations behind this effort:

  • Department of Surgery
  • Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Foster School of Business
  • Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
  • Professional Staff Organization
  • UW Bothell Information Technology
  • UW Tacoma Professional Development Center
  • UW Tacoma Staff Association
  • Whole U

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We welcome professional staff and others who are doing DEI work at UW to submit proposals for sessions, for this event or the future – SUBMIT PROPOSALS HERE