Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion

The Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI) series focuses on the complexities of group and individual identities and how they influence one another.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies

Save the Date for Spring 2022

Save the date for our spring conversations (details TBD). Events will be virtual, via Zoom, on the following Wednesdays, 12–12:50 p.m.:

  • Feb. 16
  • March 23
  • April 20
  • May 11 (CODI Awards)

Fall 2021 Schedule

The Power of Storytelling

September 29
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Faculty across the disciplines discuss the disruptive power of storytelling.

Latinx Storytelling Through Music

October 20
Listen and learn about the power of Latinx and Indigenous voices.
Facilitators: Hannah Burdette (ILLC) and Pablo Cornejo (CIVL)

Ableism 101

November 3
Understanding difference and how to challenge ableism in our daily lives.
Facilitators: Gabby Medina-Falzone (MCGS) and Jeremy Olguin (OATS)

How Places Shape Our Stories 

November 17
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How places shape who we are, how we see the world, and why that matters. 
Facilitator: Ann Schulte (Civic Engagement)

Decolonizing Sci-Fi Across Spectrums

December 8
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Learning from BIPOC Women Writing Resistance.
Facilitators: MCGS senior seminar students
  • Past CODI 2020–21

    September 2
    CODI Kickoff: Confronting Racial Injustice
    Facilitated by: CODI Planning Committee

    September 16
    Confronting Whiteness
    Facilitated by: Alicia Trider, Multicultural and Gender Studies, and Micah Lehner, Graduate Studies

    September 30
    Home is Here: The DACA Experience
    Facilitated by: Teresita Curiel, Latinx Equity and Success; Jesse Ramirez, Wellcat Counseling Center; and Elli Alaniz, Financial Aid, and Scholarship

    October 14
    Check-in | The Marathon Continues
    Facilitated by: CODI Planning Committee

    December 2
    Beyond Symbols and Statues: The Fight Over Public Memory and Memorials
    Facilitated by: Ali Meders-Knight, Member of the Mechoopda Tribe, Artist, and Educator
    Nathan Heggins Bryant, English
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    November 18
    Decolonizing Thanksgiving: Combating Discriminatory Practices
    Facilitated by: Browning Michael Neddeau, Education and Multicultural and Gender Studies

    February 3
    #AdultingWhileBlack on Campus: A Discussion About Identity and Black Student Success in College
    Facilitated by Sarah Kutten, University of Oregon

    February 17
    Muerte Silenciosa (film and discussion)
    Translation: Quiet Death
    Facilitated by Jesse Dizard, Department of Anthropology

    March 10
    The Alchemy of Whiteness: Race, Immigration, and Identity in the 19th and 20th Centuries
    Facilitated by Peter Owens, Office of Institutional Research

    April 7
    Designing Confidence: Dealing with the Imposter Syndrome
    Facilitated by the First-Gen Faculty and Staff Association

    April 28
    The Foster Youth Experience
    Facilitated by Marina Lomeli-Fox and Dawn Carini, PATH Scholars (Foster Youth Program)

    May 5
    16th Annual Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion Awards
    Facilitated by Tray Robinson, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

    Congratulations to the 2021 Recipients

    Pulling us Together Award
    Recipient - Laura Nice and the Book in Common Planning Team

    Taking it to the Streets Award
    Recipient – Juanita Motley

    Promising New Comer Award
    Recipient - Shawn Bates

    The Teach Back Award
    Recipient - Malik Duffy

    Taking it to the Classroom Award
    Recipient - Felipe Restrapo

    Behind the Scenes Award
    Recipient - Jason Nice

    After Chico Award
    Recipient - Mia Colacion

    Walk the Line Award
    Recipient – Black Faculty and Staff Association

    Lifetime Achievement Award
    Recipient - Tray Robinson

CODI Awards

Each year, individuals committed to equity, diversity and inclusion are given Diversity & Inclusion Achievement Awards.

About COD

For several years interested faculty and staff have collaborated to host a variety of sessions on diversity topics for the campus community. The Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion series (CODI) focuses on the complexities of the group and individual identities and how they influence one another.

CODI has been the committee's attempt to expose and treat the various ills we see reflected on our campus and in our community--xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, classism, ignorance, apathy, etc., as well as celebrate our differences. In providing a forum for the many voices on our campus to be heard, we hope that, through education and conversation, we can bring about enlightenment, understanding, and acceptance.

Semester Themes

Each semester has had an overall theme so that the conversations are related to or build on one another over the semester.

Themes from previous semesters include:

  • highlighting collaborations between faculty/staff, students, and community members to create change
  • teaching diversity in the university classroom and
  • revealing and combating stereotypes.