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Conference Theme – All Identities–Bridging the Divide

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Thursday, April 5 Research and Examination
Thursday Evening LGBT+ College Conference Film Festival
Friday, April 6 Intersections of Identity with the Broader Community
Friday Evening Open Mic Performances
Saturday, April 7 Working and Learning Sessions
Saturday evening
LGBT+ College Conference Awards Dinner

Schedule at a Glance


 

Thursday, April 5 - Research and Examination

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9:00 AM – 9:30 AM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN

Thursday, April 5, James Union Building, Lobby

James Union Building (JUB), 516 Alma Mater Drive, MTSU campus map coordinates B4
Parking: Bell Lot (green section), MTSU campus map coordinates A4
 
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM OPENING Remarks

Thursday, April 5, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

Presented by: Jeffry Porter, Director, Office of Research Services, Middle Tennessee State University

The Tennovation initiative is designed to bring together faculty researchers with members of the community who have research needs. Tennovation is made up of faculty and centers in higher education in Tennessee who can contribute research expertise to address critical research needs of the Tennessee community.

 
 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PRESENTATIONS

Thursday, April 5, James Union Building, Tennessee Room: Presentations

Oral presentations will be shared. Projects from any discipline that examine or reflect on any aspect of the LGBT+ experience are encouraged.
 
Conference Abstracts Book
 
Sponsored by: MTSU Department of Social Work
 
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM TENNOVATION keynote

Standing on Holy Ground: An Argument for Queer Spaces as Sacred

Thursday, April 5, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

I argue that while sacredness is created "through the telling of stories and the singing of songs," queer spaces are also made sacred through acts of ostracism from the dominant heterosexual community. This argument follows, in part, the perception of San Francisco as a "homeland" and a site of pilgrimage, wherein it is noted that "because…queers have been persecuted in many times and places, ...territorializing a place, ...can offer a sanctuary from oppression." If indeed San Francisco functions as a "queer homeland" then queer spaces outside of this "homeland" are places of sacredness in that they operate to provide an "escape from oppression 'back home'" and are "comprises[ed of] many voices, built…through diverse practices over time." This paper makes a case study of the Orlando nightclub, Pulse, wherein the club itself constitutes the creation of a sacred space which functions against and alongside everyday heteronormative operations.
Presented by: Keven Lewis, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Middle Tennessee State University
 
Sponsored by: MTSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
 
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Thursday, April 5, James Union Building

Note: The Tracks are Student (S), Student Affairs/Advisor/Faculty (A), and CORPORATE/Workplace (C)
 
SESSION I – LUNCH AND Nissan TOUR (S)

Thursday, April 5, James Union Building, Tennessee Room (depart from here)

Conference participants will be taken to Nissan's factory for lunch and presentations on internship and employment opportunities. Space is limited (preference will be given to conference participants).
 
 
SESSION II – SAFE ZONE TRAINING (s, A, C)

Thursday, April 5, James Union Building, Hazelwood Dining Room (lunch will be served)

Learn how to create a network to support all members of the LGBT+ community.
Presented by: The MTSU Safe Zone Training Team
Note: You must pre-register for Safe Zone training; participation is limited to the first 30 people who register.
 
Sponsored by: SunTrust

Thursday evening - LGBT+ College Conference Film Festival

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6:00 PM LGBT+ College CONFERENCE FILM FESTIVAL and reception (program begins at 6:30 PM)

Thursday, April 5, Keathley University Center, Theatre

Keathley University Center (KUC), 1524 Military Memorial, MTSU campus map coordinates C4
Parking: Jones Lot, MTSU campus map coordinates C3,4
 
The festival will feature films submitted by attendees and community members from around the globe.
Host: Allie Sultan, Assistant Professor, Department of Media Arts, Middle Tennessee State University
 
Film Festival Program

Friday, April 6 - Intersections of Identity with the Broader Community

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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN

Friday, April 6, James Union Building, Lobby

James Union Building (JUB), 516 Alma Mater Drive, MTSU campus map coordinates B4
Parking: Bell Lot (green section), MTSU campus map coordinates A4
 
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM CONFERENCE OPENING ADDRESS

Friday, April 6, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

Presented by: Jeffery Humble, SunTrust, Conference Advisory Board Chair
 
9:30 AM – 10:45 AM OPENING PLENARY DISCUSSION

Exploring Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Industry: Bridging the Workforce Divide

Friday, April 6, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

The tech industry has a reputation for its lack of diversity, but some companies are trying to change that. This panel will explore what "diversity and inclusion" means in the tech workplace and provide an overview of the types of initiatives that tech companies are undertaking to increase diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Panelists will also provide insight on the questions to ask during the interview process to determine whether a company is committed to creating an inclusive culture.
Moderator: Candace Warner, Professor, Sociology, Columbia State Community College
Panelists:
Sandi Hoff, Vice President of Education, Nashville Technology Council
Kimberly Tate, Senior Manager of Soluto Quality and Coaching, Asurion
Carnell Elliott (alumnus), Site Lead for the Small Business organization for Nashville, Dell Nashville co-site director, Dell
Auralia Baggett, Research Analyst for Soluto Lab, Asurion
Resources:
 http://diversity.techstars.com/bealeader
 
Sponsored by: Nissan
 
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM KEYNOTE PRESENTATION AND LUNCHEON

CODEBREAKER: The Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Friday, April 6, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

CODEBREAKER tells the remarkable true story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his heroic codebreaking helped win the Second World War. Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old. Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes in CODEBREAKER to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his lasting legacy. You can watch a two-minute trailer for CODEBREAKER at TuringFilm.com (Story Center Productions, LLC 2015). (Lunch will be served immediately prior to the film.)
Discussion Moderator: Patrick Sammon, President, Story Center Productions
Resources: 
http://www.turing.org.uk/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing
http://www.turingfilm.com/
 
Sponsored by: MTSU College of Basic and Applied Sciences, Dell
 
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

Friday, April 6, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

A foundational element of the conference’s initial conception, this panel explores the “bottom line value” that organizations place on their capacity to create a culture in which differences are respected and inclusion is strategically leveraged as an organizational strength. Students preparing to enter the employment pipeline will have an opportunity to gain insights on how potential employers' policies and practices address various dimensions of diversity, including gender identity or expression and sexual orientation. D & I professionals and other leaders in attendance will benefit from open and honest dialog in building their knowledge and exploring new thought leadership for the benefit of the work unit and organization.
Moderator: Dr. Patrick McCarthy, J.D., Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University
Panelists:
Forrest Smith, Chief Information Security Officer, Nissan
Ron Balcarras, Senior Manager, Information Technology Services, Deloitte
Judge Rachel Bell, General Sessions Court Judge, Nashville, TN; owner of Solutions Now, Inc. and The Ring the Bell Foundation
Dr. Dorsha James, Emergency Room Physician, Jennie Stuart, Hopkinsville, KY; co-founder of Campus Rx; owner of Solutions Now, Inc. and The Ring the Bell Foundation
Tabitha Hawk, Tabitha Hawk Photography
Resources:
LGBTQ Employee Resources
Predictors of the Adoption of LGBT-Friendly HR Policies
 
Sponsored by: MTSU Department of Psychology and MTSU Institutional Equity and Compliance
 
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Friday, April 6, James Union Building

Note: The Tracks are Student (S), Student Affairs/Advisor/Faculty (A), and CORPORATE/Workplace (C)
 
SESSION I – Academic SUCCESS SHOWCASE-THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LGBTQ RESOURCE CENTER (S, A)

Friday, April 6, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

The staff of the University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center will present on their efforts to build an inclusive campus environment. The presentation will focus on the development of comprehensive campus resources to serve the LGBT+ community.
Presented by: Lorraine Schroeder, M.A., L.P.C., Director, University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center, Jamie Gonzales, Program Coordinator, University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center, and Kamah (Asha) Wilson, Graduate Assistant, University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center
Resources:
http://www.uh.edu/lgbtq/
 
Sponsored by: MTSU Vice President's Office for Student Affairs
 
SESSION II – Workplace Success Showcase-Nissan (C)

Friday, April 6, James Union Building, Faculty Senate Chambers

How can a company build an inclusive environment that reflects it values to employees and customers? Nissan staff will work with participants to develop concrete interventions to implement in your workplace.
Presented by: Cathy C. Lively, Senior Analyst Diversity and Inclusion, Nissan
Resources:
Supporting transgender employees in the workplace
 
Sponsored by: Deloitte

Friday evening - Open Mic Performances

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6:00 PM LGBT+ College Conference Open Mic

Friday, April 6, Keathley University Center, Theatre

Keathley University Center (KUC), 1524 Military Memorial, MTSU campus map coordinates C4
Parking: Jones Lot, MTSU campus map coordinates C3,4
 
Local comedian Holly Amber will emcee an open mic for conference attendees to showcase their talents. All types of performance are welcome, including comedy, slam poetry, and musical performances.
Emcee: Holly Amber
 
Sponsored by: Focus Middle Tennessee

Saturday, April 7 - Working and Learning Sessions

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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, Room 160

College of Education Building (COE), 1756 MTSU Boulevard, MTSU campus map coordinates D4
Parking: Student Union Lot, MTSU campus map coordinates E3 (overflow to Greenhouse Lot, D,E3)
 
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM WELCOMING ADDRESS

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, Room 160

Presented by: Dr. Debra Sells, Vice President Student Affairs, Middle Tennessee State University
 
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM PLENARY DISCUSSION

Personal Reflections on Bridging the Divide

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, Room 160

Panelists will discuss their experiences of divisions within the LGBT+ community based on aspects of their identity. Panelists will also suggest ways to bridge divides and build a more cohesive and welcoming community.
Moderator: Dr. William Langston, Professor, Department of Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University
Panelists:
Kayla Gore, Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, OUTMemphis
Additional panelists will be selected from conference attendees who will volunteer to participate.
 
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM The "plus" in LGBT+ keynotE

Ask Me Who I Am: Intersex in Contemporary America

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, Room 160

In 2006 the American Academy of Pediatrics officially introduced “disorder of sex development (DSD)” nomenclature as a way to describe intersex traits. DSD terminology has since come to replace intersex language in virtually all corners of the medical profession. However, at the same time, DSD terminology has been hotly contested by the intersex community, with some in support of it, others adamantly against it, and a few who are indifferent to the new nomenclature. Relying on 65 in-depth interviews with medical experts on intersex, intersex people, and their parents, I will explain the problem with DSD terminology and why it is necessary to respect people’s terminological preferences before imposing potentially offensive language onto their bodies and identities. At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will a) understand that there is new terminology in the intersex community, b) learn that the new DSD terminology is contested, and c) understand the importance of respecting people’s terminological preferences. Suggestions for how to be a good ally will be provided.
Presented by: Georgiann Davis, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
Introduction by: Sis St. Clair (alumnus)
Resources:
AIS-DSD Support Group
OII-USA: The Intersex Campaign For Equality
 
Sponsored by: MTSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the MTSU Distinguished Lectures Fund, MTSU College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
 
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM LUNCH Break/Community and religious organizations fair

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, Lobby

Lunch will be provided to allow conference attendees to network and interact with community organizations and groups participating in the religious organizations fair.
 
1:45 PM – 3:15 PM STRATEGY SESSION

Connecting Human Resources to Campus Diversity

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, Room 160

The strategy session is designed to share perspectives on the divide between human resource professionals with goals to increase diversity and the students they aim to recruit. Discussion leaders from the three constituencies (university/academic, corporate, and student) will present on their challenges in bridging the divide, potential solutions will be proposed, and audience members will participate in a discussion to implement proposed solutions. Results will be presented at future conferences.
 
 
Discussion Leader(s)
Background
University/
Academic       

Paula Mansfield, Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, Middle Tennessee State University
Colleges and universities have a goal to "create meaningful, valuable and sustainable partnerships" in part to improve students' educational experience, but also to improve their ability to begin a career in their chosen field upon graduation and to be successful in that career. Collaborating with students and corporate partners to evaluate and develop processes to achieve that goal should improve outcomes for all stakeholders.
Corporate/
Workplace
Bethany Mason, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Dollar General Corporation 
Building a culture that respects the dignity and differences in others is driving our success. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is supported through our actions, decisions, and initiatives. At Dollar General, our mission of Serving Others includes everyone!
 
We are adding new stores every week, meaning more jobs and more opportunities for you to shine. As a Training Top 10 Company, we believe our people are our greatest strength. Whether Dollar General is your first job or the next step in your career, joining Dollar General is just the beginning of growth opportunities.
Student
 
 
Resources:
http://www.mtsu.edu/mtlambda/
 
Sponsored by: Dollar General Corporation
 
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Issues Summits

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building

Note: The Tracks are Student (S), Student Affairs/Advisor/Faculty (A), and CORPORATE/Workplace (C)
 
SESSION I – Student/Corporate/Workplace issues summit (S, C)

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, room 149

Topic
Presenter
Resources
The Importance of Interviewing Well
Join us for an interactive session in which you will learn high impact strategies for expressing your accomplishments both orally and in writing. Dr. McCormick will share helpful tips and advice regarding key communication aspects of interview preparation, participation and follow-up including: networking, company research, resumes, cover letters, salary negotiation, and more!! Participants will have the opportunity to gain support and direction from a well-established career guidance specialist and peers in showcasing their skills and experiences in order to pursue career goals with greater confidence.
Dr. Janet K. McCormick, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Middle Tennessee State University
 
 
Building an All Inclusive LGBT+ Student Organization or Employee Resource Group
How can you build an organization that reflects the diversity of the LGBT+ community? How can you program events to engage members and maintain membership? Student and workplace leaders will discuss ways to build and maintain an all inclusive LGBT+ group.
Elizabeth Burns, President, MT Lambda, Middle Tennessee State University
 
 
SESSION II – Student Affairs/Advising issues summit (A)

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, room 160

Addressing the Problem of Student Hunger
Keith Barnes, Director of Nutrition Advocacy, Tennessee Justice Center
 
Helping Transgender Students Get Their Documents in Order
Learn about the laws and policies for the major documents that transgender people must address to get through school and enter the workforce, including ways to update them.
Dr. Marisa Richmond, Department of History, Middle Tennessee State University
Resources for Addressing Domestic Violence Affecting Students
Trish Davis (alumnus), Special Projects Manager, Nashville-Davidson County’s Office of Family Safety
Topic Presenter Resources
 
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM CONFERENCE CLOSING and ACTION PLAN REVIEW

Saturday, April 7, College of Education Building, room 160

Participants will "report out" key learnings from the conference, complete conference evaluations, and make recommendations for next year's agenda.
Led by: Joshua Rigsby (alumnus), Middle Tennessee State University LGBT+ Program Assistant

Saturday evening - LGBT+ College Conference Awards Dinner

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7:00 PM LGBT+ COLLEGE CONFERENCE AWARDS DINNER

Saturday, April 7, James Union Building, Tennessee Room

James Union Building (JUB), 516 Alma Mater Drive, MTSU campus map coordinates B4
Parking: Along Old Main Circle, MTSU campus map coordinates B4 (overflow to KOM Lot, B3)
 
 
Join us in a celebration of the conference attendees and presenters, and help us recognize the remarkable achievements of our nominees and award winners.
 
Hosts:
Barbara Scales, Director, June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students, Middle Tennessee State University
Orlando Andrews, Admissions Counselor, Journey Pure Treatment Centers
 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS:

Beverly Watts
Nashville native Beverly L. Watts was appointed the Executive Director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission in July 2007. She has more than 30 years of experience in civil rights enforcement and education in the public and private sector. Beverly is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the being a 2016 YWCA Nashville Athena Nominee, the ECHO 2014 Dreamers Award, the 2014 Frances Dancy Hooks Award, the YWCA 2014 Carrie Hull Award, the City of Louisville Martin Luther King award, and the 2005 induction into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, Southern Illinois University, and has completed Executive leadership programs at Duke University and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.             Beverly Watts             

Presenting Sponsor
 
Nissan
 

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