March 1, 2021

Realizing Equity: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Justice & Transformative Research Symposium

Claremont Graduate University, through a collaboration between the THRIVE Program, Transdisciplinary Studies, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, invites scholars from across academic disciplines to join us for the Realizing Equity: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Justice & Transformative Research Symposium on Saturday, May 1st, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM.

This symposium showcases research for positive social transformation from students committed to scholarship in equity and justice. Don’t miss this opportunity too learn more about how CGU students are advancing research on equity and justice.

The planning committee encourages proposals from all academic disciplines to advance research that centers equity and justice.

Program Submission Deadline: Monday, March 22, 2021

Some themes for consideration are:

  1. Intersection of Differences –emphasizes scholarship focused on experiences and implications of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, language, nationality, social class, dis/ability, region, religion, spirituality and other forms of diversity. This theme considers research on the intersection of differences, theory and praxis, social barriers, as well as opportunity and transformation.
  2. Power & Diversity of Representations –centers the power of representations through textual, oral, and visual means. It considers embodied ways of knowing as well as examines representations in art, politics, social science, humanities, education, STEM, health, culture, media, music, and other disciplines.
  3. Society and Culture Contexts–examines the social, economic, political and cultural contexts that sustain inequity, including, but not limited to beliefs, structures and systems. Entries may focus on the evolving use of different justice lenses, emerging forms of scholarship with the potential for social transformation, or studies where there are historical gaps in knowledge or underserved and/or unexamined groups of people.

Sessions at the Symposium will take the following formats:

  • Roundtable Discussion (45 minutes) – Engage attendees in discussion around topic areas. Presenters will provide a brief introduction to their topic areas, present a short synopsis of their scholarship (including background, relevant questions, proposed methods of study and interpretation of data and texts) for the first 15 minutes, and then engage participants in conversation with guiding questions. Roundtables can be used for research-in-process.*
  • Visual Storytelling (45 minutes) – Leverage images and visuals to tell the story of one’s research area. Presenters may be familiar with PechaKucha style presentations where speakers rely on images to tell the story. Visual storytelling might include a theoretical concept, a program, data, developing trends, or research. Scholars will present for 7 minutes and with 5 slides, relying on imagery, to tell the story of their research area and then engage participants in conversation. The Storytelling portion will be pre-recorded, and presenters will be available live during the Symposium session to then engage participants in Q&A.*

* The Center for Writing & Rhetoric will provide webinar and one-on-one consultation support on both of the Symposium’s formats for presenters.

Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following standards:

  • Significant and creative contributions to current research or evidence-based practices centered around equity and justice.
  • Engaging program format that involves attendees and stimulates discussion.
  • Conceptually strong foundation with clearly stated research topic and themes, and appropriately documented research.

Program Submission Deadline: Monday, March 22, 2021

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Program Information

View the Research Symposium Program: Event Schedule and Participant Information (.pdf)

Event Schedule All times are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
Time Session
9:00 AM
  • Opening Remarks
    • Quamina Carter, AVP of Student Affairs and Dean of Students & Campus Life
    • Len Jessup, CGU President
    • Andrew Vosko, Associate Provost and Director of Transdisciplinary Studies Program
9:10 AM
  • Keynote Presentation
    • “Beyond Diversity: The Perspectives and Experiences of International Facultyon Diversity in U.S. Higher Education”
    • Sunghee Nam, Director of the Center for Integrative Studies and a lecturerat California State University, Channel Islands
9:25 AM
  • Break
9:30 AM
  • Round Table Session 01
    • Table 1 Theme: Critical & Intersectional Research: Youth Disparities Across the Educational Spectrum
      • Faculty Facilitator: Gloria Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Psychology (SSSPE)
      • Franchesca Ocasio (SES) – “In their own words: An exploration of the educational experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) girls and gender expansive individuals in foster care”
      • Jonathan Lee (SES) – “Rainbow Ceiling: School aged homeless LGBTQ students and how it impacts their education, housing, and employment”
    • Table 2 Theme: Analyzing Contemporary Issues in Societies: Exploring Economic & Political Inequalities
      • Faculty Facilitator: Javier Rodriguez, Mary Toepelt Nicolai and George S. Blair Assistant Professor (SSSPE)
      • Yuzhu Zeng (DPE) – “The Effects of China’s Divorce Law on Gender Inequality”
      • Amad Abukhzaam (DPE) and Abdurraouf Elakder (DPE) – “Regional marginalization of Fezzan Region in Libya”
    • Table 3 Theme: Ethnographic Research and Representations: Re-Defining Cultural Poetics & Consciousness
      • Faculty Facilitator: Joshua Goode, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History (SAH)
      • Genesis Zavaleta (SAH) – “The Poetics of Hustling”
10:20 AM
  • Break
10:25 AM
  • Visual Storytelling
    • Faculty Facilitator: Eve Oishi, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies (SAH)
    • Visual Storytelling 2: Reener Balingi (SCGH) – “A Healthy Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic among Filipinx/a/o Seniors”
10:55 AM
  • Break
11:00 AM
  • Round Tables Session 2
    • Table 1 Theme: Moving Beyond DEI: Exploring Racial Equity & Leadership Advancement in the Workplace
      • Kristine Kawamura, Clinical Professor of Management (Drucker)
      • Yvonne Farrow (CBMArts) – “White/Black Space + Occupational Hierarchy = Racial Battle Fatigue”
      • Amber Kea-Edwards (DBOS) – “Moving Beyond Diversity: Understanding and Predicting Leader Development for Black Employees”
    • Table 2 Theme: Inclusive Research Practices: The Role of Researchers in the Co-Creation of Knowledge
      • Faculty Facilitator: Andrew Vosko, Associate Provost and Director of Transdisciplinary Studies Program
      • Hinako Irei (DBOS) – “Pathway to Peace: Research “With” Youth, Not “On”
11:50 AM
  • Closing Remarks
    • Rachel Camacho, Director of Student Engagement

At Claremont Graduate University, we prepare scholars and practitioners to be leaders in their disciplines and active citizens in creating positive change in the world. Realizing equity and justice in the spaces and places we occupy, whether in the disciplines where our scholarship is created or in the fields in which our practice occurs, requires reflection, critical thinking and application of the knowledge that we possess.

If you have questions about the symposium, please contact the Transdisciplinary Studies Program at