UNLV Cultural Competence Academy Brown Bag Registration

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    About the CCA Brown Bag Series

    April 23 - May 21, 2014 Noon - 1:30 p.m. The Cultural Competence Academy (CCA) Brown Bag Series is designed to provide opportunities for members of the UNLV collegiate community to develop the knowledge, skills and awareness related to cultural issues and working with diverse populations. As a continuation of the CCA Pilot, the Brown Bags will assist in establishing a strong and viable cultural competence program that relies upon the expertise of members of the UNLV faculty and staff in its overall design and implementation. The target audience for the CCA Pilot includes, but is not limited to, individuals in decision making positions, current and future search committee members, and those wishing to engage in dialogue that serves as a catalyst for continued and future growth in the area of cultural competence.
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    Cultural Competence in Academic Support Services

    Wednesday, April 23 Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Place: Student Union 209 Presenters: Chyna Miller, Rimi Marwah, Anne White; UNLV Academic Success Center Description: Presenters will discuss how cultural competencies have been applied to the hiring of over 70 undergraduate and graduate students to create a unique team of employees mirroring the diversity of the UNLV student population. Discussion will then focus on how the Academic Success Center (ASC) Learning Support student staff is trained to communicate and be sensitive to the varying backgrounds and academic needs of the undergraduate students. Target Audience: Decision makers
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    Recognizing

    Wednesday, April 30 Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Place: Student Union 222 Presenter: Lori L. Fazzino, UNLV Department of Sociology Description: "The percentage of youth who do not identify with any religion is growing rapidly: a new Pew study estimates the number of religiously unaffiliated people to be at least 30% of 18-29-year-olds. Further, a significant body of literature indicates that questioning one’s faith is mostly likely to occur among young adults, primarily who attend college. The Secular Safe Zone aims to support secular students by providing safe spaces and opportunities to explore their developing secular identities, free from the marginalization and harassment that often accompanies such a process. Secular Safe Zone Allies act as mentors and role models to secular students in a variety of settings, from classrooms to residence hall floors to interfaith offices and more. Target Audience: Faculty and Staff
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    Observations of an International Student Advisor

    Wednesday, May 7 Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Place: Student Union 211 Presenters: Heidi Tinnerello, James Jones & Yolanda Johnson; UNLV Office of International Students and Scholars Description: Observations of an International Student Advisor should help students, faculty, and staff understand what kind of culturally diverse student population we have at UNLV. This presentation is intended to promote awareness and understanding of different cultures in an effort to bridge any gaps between our international students, domestic students, faculty, and staff. This proposal intends to help students, faculty, and staff relate to each others' differences in and out of the classroom. Target Audience: Students, Staff, Faculty
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    I Am One, and So Are You: Embracing Differences through “Biographical Scavenger Hunts” Untitled Section

    Wednesday, May 14 Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Place: Student Union 222 Presenter: James Altman, UNLV Department of English Description: This presentation will provide instructors with tools to help students embrace differences they encounter in those around them, whether those differences stem from cultural mores, socioeconomic factors, physical limitations, or educational experience. Target Audience: Academic Faculty, Part-Time Instructors, and Graduate Assistants in all disciplines
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    Best Practices for Engaging and Supporting Student Success at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)

    Wednesday, May 21 Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m. Place: Student Union 209 Presenter: Jose L. Melendrez, UNLV Office of Diversity Initiatives Description: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas has achieved designation as a Minority Serving Institution. Now in it’s second cycle as an MSI under Title III and moving quickly towards becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). UNLV must move towards becoming a full service MSI. This session will present information on best methods and practices for serving, engaging and promoting student success. It will also include information about faculty and staff roles in student success at MSIs. Information will be presented from a recent national study on best methods and practices of MSIs as compiled from the Penn Graduate School of Education Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Target Audience: Decision Makers, Faculty, Staff, Students
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