Diversifying Scholarship Conference 2017

Diversifying Scholarship Conference at UVa:

Forging Interdisciplinary Connections, Empowering Students, and Promoting a Culture of Inclusivity

The Diversifying Scholarship at UVA is intended to embody the stated commitment of the university to inclusivity by addressing several critical needs in higher education; namely, expanding scholarship focused on socially marginalized groups, reducing inequality, and alleviating the effects of discrimination.  This event will highlight the diverse work being done across campus in the arts, social and physical sciences, humanities, education, and beyond.  We seek to promote connections among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from different disciplines, fostering a commitment to inclusive research, pedagogy and collaborative problem solving on social issues.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for attendees who register in advance.



Schedule of Events

8:30 - 9:00                 Registration + Breakfast Refreshments

9:00 - 12:00              Oral Presentations

 12:00 - 1:00             Lunch Break + Poster Session

                                    Lunch provided for those who register*

1:00 - 3:15                 Presentations 

3:30 - 5:00                 Keynote Speaker, Rob Sellers 

5:00                            Reception, Food & Prizes



Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robert Sellers: Dr. Robert Sellers is the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Michigan, where he is also the Charles D Moody College Professor of Psychology and Professor of Education. As the Vice Provost, Dr. Sellers provides the University of Michigan with strategic leadership on increasing access to a diverse student body, recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, and providing an education that prepares all students to thrive in a diverse world. Dr. Sellers’s research has focused on ethnicity, racial and ethnic identity, personality and health. He examines the interactions between individuals and their environments and their impacts on human behavior and adaptational outcomes. Both his administrative experiences aimed at institutional change as well as his research aimed at developing conceptual and methodological constructs applicable to the lived experiences of racial/ethnic minority populations make him an ideal keynote speaker for the Diversifying Scholarship Conference.

Noelle Hurd, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the promotion of healthy adolescent development among marginalized youth. Specifically, her work has focused on identifying opportunities to build on pre-existing strengths in youths’ lives, such as supportive intergenerational relationships.

Federico Cuatlacuatl, M.F.A. is an Assistant Professor of Digital Art at the University of Virginia. Federico Cuatlacuatl's work reflects on current realities of Hispanic immigrant diasporas in the United States. His research is primarily concerned with social, political, and cultural issues that Hispanic immigrants face in this country.

A.D. Carson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Hip-Hop and the Global South at the University of Virginia. Carson is a performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University doing work that focuses on race, literature, history, and rhetorical performances. A 2016 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Excellence in Service at Clemson, Carson worked with students, staff, faculty, and community members to raise awareness of historic, entrenched racism at the university through his See the Stripes campaign, which takes its name from his 2014 poem. His dissertation, “Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions,” is a digital archive that features a 34 track rap album and was recognized by the Graduate Student Government as the 2017 Outstanding Dissertation

Diane Hoffman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an anthropologist of education whose interests lie in understanding the cultural foundations of education in contemporary societies. She previously conducted fieldwork in Japan and South Korea, studying constructions of self and other in education and the experiences of Koreans as immigrants in Japan, and has maintained an interest in minority identities in educational contexts. More recently, she has engaged in research on out-of-school children and youth in Haiti exploring the multifaceted experiences of Haitian children and youth. Additionally, she has published numerous critical cultural analyses of dominant discourses of culture, diversity, multiculturalism, U.S. parenting ideologies, social emotional learning, and the culture of teaching and learning in U.S. schools.

Walter Heinecke, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Educational Research, Statistics, & Evaluation in the Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Policy at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He received his doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from Arizona State University. Since 1996, He has taught courses in qualitative research methods, methods of program evaluation, and educational policy studies as well as undergraduate courses on civic engagement and activism. He conducts research on technology, reform, and policy implementation in teacher education and K-12 settings as well as on citizenship and civic engagement in higher educational settings.

Jessica Sewell, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning and American Studies at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the relationships between gender and architecture, urban space, and material culture. Her current research looks at the question of men in private space, focusing on the bachelor pad as a site of masculine fantasy and an urbanized counterpoint to the suburban home in the 1950s-60s United States.

Kasey Keeler, Ph.D. is the Native American Studies Postdoctoral Fellow & Instructor at the University of Virginia. She is housed in the American Studies Program and is also affiliated with the Americas Center. Her work is largely informed by federal Indian policy, housing policy, land, property, suburbanization, place making, as well as public memory and public history. In particular, her research examines suburbs as historically Indian places and she works to demonstrate the continuous residency of American Indian people in suburbs, disrupting narratives of suburbs as primarily white places that developed from the post-WWII housing boom. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, drawing on demography, historical archives, legal and policy documents, oral history, and auto-ethnography.

Carmenita Higginbotham, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the McIntire Department of Art and the Program in American Studies at the University of Virginia. Her research examines early 20th century American art, American urban culture, and racial identity. Her book, The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh and American Art, considers how Reginald Marsh as an American Scene artist represents African Americans during the 1930s. Professor Higginbotham also studies popular visual culture, with teaching and research interests that include Hollywood cinema, stardom, and the impact of Disney on American Culture.

Sally Pusede, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science. She is an atmospheric chemist with broad interests in air quality and atmosphere-biosphere interactions. Her research group makes measurements at the Earth’s surface and from onboard aircraft in diverse locations, including in polluted cities, agricultural areas, and within forest canopies. She focuses on the role of reactive nitrogen in chemical oxidation mechanisms and emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide.