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Summer Diversity Inclusion Infusion Institute

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Crystal Weisner 

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Course Description

Appalachian State University's Chief Diversity Dr. Willie Fleming would like to extend an invitation to all faculty, staff, and administrators to attend the 2nd Annual Summer Diversity Inclusion Infusion Institute.

In collaboration with Chief Diversity Officer Ricardo Nazario y Colón of Western Carolina, the Summer Diversity Inclusion Infusion Institute will provide information on the various ways the campus community can encourage inclusionary practices and relationships that support a state of being valued, respected, and supported.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Ricardo Nazario y Colón came to Western from Morehead State University where he served as the Director of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership. Ricardo has also served in multiple capacities for Diversity Programs and Multicultural Affairs with both Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky.

His appointments over the course of his career include the NASPA Latino Knowledge Community, the Native American Commission by the Kentucky State Governor, and most recently an appointment by North Carolina’s Governor Cooper, to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Hispanic and Latino Affairs.

A few highlights of his many service initiatives include the African American Male Retention Initiative at Morehead State University, a subcommittee addressing Gender and Equity, and a Campus Wide Diversity Plan Development Team.

His passions include diversity and leadership in higher education, student leadership, and Multicultural and African-American Culture Centers development.

On a more personal note, Ricardo is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp of which we would like to thank him for his service. He is fluent in both English and Spanish. He is a poet and in 2011, Plain View Press published his inaugural collection of poetry “Of Jibaros and Hillbillies.” This was closely followed by the Winged City Press who published his second collection of poems “The Recital”. He is from the Bronx and a graduate of DeWitt Clinton high school, the University of Kentucky and Pace University.

About the Course

Learning Community: Center for Academic Excellence (FAD)
Workshop Type: Diversity

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • To infuse inclusionary language into the curriculum
  • To explore bias, micro-aggression and macro-aggression.


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