Like many universities, Millersville University in the process of assessing its climate to identify ways to create a more inclusive campus environment. In order to be effective, all individuals, including students must be part of the efforts. Two groups of students who have the potential to foster an inclusive campus environment, due to their ongoing involvement and engagement with incoming students and students living on campus are resident assistants (RAs) and orientation leaders (OLs). As part of their training, RAs and OLs will engage in a day-long training on multiversity and intergroup dialogue to gain knowledge of, personal awareness of, and skills in facilitating intergroup dialogue. This panel presentation will provide an overview of the training framework followed by students' perspectives of the benefit of the training and subsequent ways in which they utilized their new knowledge and skills.
Chamapuwa Tinago, WCU Student Volunteer
Dr. Karen Rice, Associate Professor and Department Chair of the School of Social Work at Millersville University
Dr. Rice her MSW from Temple University and her PhD from University of Maryland Baltimore. She teaches research, statistics, and diversity to students across all three levels (BSW, MSW, DSW) of social work education. Utilizing a social justice and human rights framework, her research centers on ways to enhance individuals' (youth, students, adults) levels of compassion, advocacy, and dialogue across and within various social groups. Trained in Intergroup Dialogue, Dr. Rice conducts trainings and co-facilitates dialogues to raise awareness, foster understanding and appreciation, build alliances, and develop individual and collective efforts to promote positive social change. Additionally, she conducts research on various issues related to higher education, trauma, and utilization of the expressive arts.
Dr. Leonora Foels, Associate Professor of Social Work at Millersville University
Dr. Foels has taught at Millersville University since 2009. Dr. Foels teaches at the BSW, MSW, and DSW levels. Dr. Foels received her PhD from Barry University School of Social Work in 2007 and MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work in 2003. A licensed clinician, the focal point of Dr. Foels research agenda includes social work practice, diversity, social justice and change, social work education issues, and using technology in education. In 2015, she was appointed chairperson of the President's Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion (PCCDI).
Jas Whitlow, Director of the Intercultural Center at Millersville University
A native of Kentucky, Jas moved to Pennsylvania to work at Millersville University as the Assistant Director for Multicultural Programs and Campus Activities in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in July 2016. A new professional in higher education, she previously worked at Morehead State University, in Morehead, KY as the Coordinator for Multiculturalism and Inclusion, where she was responsible be for Multicultural Programming and LGBTQ+ Advocacy.