2021 Conference Sessions 

Day 2: Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 2021

9:00 - 10:00 AM: Supporting Students of Size within the Higher Education Landscape, by Annie Tarter & Kim McAloney

Students of size are impacted daily by diet culture and weight descrimination that is perpetuated by the normalization of thinness and the systemic views of the “ideal” student (Brown, 2017) From this session, participants will gain a deeper understanding of anti-fat attitudes on college campuses and will engage in activities designed to illuminate the experience of students of size when interacting in the classroom, seeking campus support services, and engaging in cocurricular activities. Session participants will come away with strategies to support students of size within the Higher Education landscape.

10:15 - 11:15 AM: Compelled to Shift Course: Starting the journey of aligning OHSU’s academic programs with anti-racist graduation core competencies, by Kirstin Moreno & Sarah Jacobs

OHSU leadership has strongly shifted toward pushing us to become an anti-racist institution over the last six months. This session tells the story of one way that shift impacted the Education Mission, forcing us to move from a strictly data-centered “scientific” approach to revising our graduation core competencies in Summer 2020 to an approach that infuses anti-racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death and #BLM protests. We aim to show how we “built the plane while we were flying it” to improve Education at OHSU. Attendees will try their hand at writing an anti-racist, equity-focused, and trauma-informed student learning outcome or graduation core competency, and learn more about the world of higher ed assessment and accreditation. Participants will walk away with (hopefully) the confidence to make a change, even if a small one.  

11:30 - 12:30 PM: Striving to be an Anti-Racist Parent, by Traci Boyle-Galestiantz & Terrie Quinteros 

It is imperative we work to cultivate as much learning as possible for our children to know better and do better on race and racism. This workshop will focus on the three ways we know children learn: 1) Modeling, 2) Teachable Moments, 3) Made Moments and give examples, using these modalities, to address racism and white supremacy for children ages 5-15ish. We will offer information and resources and also do some community sharing and learning.

2:00 -3:00 PM: How to Form Meaningful Relationships with Students in Distance Learning Course, by Erin Gravelle

The move to remote instruction because of COVID was fast and professors as well as student support staff had to find ways to connect with students. Developing relationships is the key to student success in the classroom and beyond. The goals of this session is for me to share how I connected with students before they even came to class, during class time and after class. I would like to have a discussion with other higher education professionals about how they have created strong relationships with students during this time and any lessons they've learned that they will continue even when they returned (or will return) to face to face instruction or working with students in face to face environments.

3:15 - 4:15 PM: UO PDX Together: Creating & Launching a Virtual JEDI Orientation, by Sarah Kutten & Jessa Waters

In response to ongoing social unrest and inequality, in the Spring of 2020, students, faculty, and staff were provided a series of action steps to create a more equitable and inclusive UO Portland community. One action step involved the development of a virtual Equity and Inclusion Orientation program for all incoming students in the fall of 2020. This session will provide an overview of the budget-friendly program from inception to assessment so that you may apply this framework at your campus. 

Connect with Leaders

Networking with women, non-binary, and trans leaders in the state of Oregon will enhance your professional experience. We look forward to creating opportunities to meet, connect and develop together.

Engage in Professional Development

Participate in opportunities for professional growth through educational programs that are provided by our campus contact network right on your campus, in your region or at a state wide gathering. The focus is on providing you with the leadership skills and mentoring necessary to lead.

Lead Change in Higher Education

Higher education in the state of Oregon provides a dynamic environment where women, non-binary, and trans people can impact change. Whether in the community college, 4-year institution, public, or private, we want you to be a part of shaping the future of higher education by empowering and affirming your leadership abilities.