1:15 - 2:15

Seeing Our Voices: Stories of Trauma-Affected Black Women at a PWI

This presentation helps attendees understand the importance of utilizing self-told stories/counterstories to illuminate the experiences of Black people at PWIs. Such authentic stories inform PWIs about unseen/ignored struggles that Black people overcome to achieve academic, professional, and personal success.


Facilitator: Dariane Drake (she/her/hers), PhD candidate at West Virginia University


Morbidly Diverse: Teaching Inclusivity Through Horror

In terms of diversity and inclusion, horror as a genre is frequently criticized for its alleged exclusion, misrepresentation, and historical treatment of women and minorities as cannon fodder for the scares. However, in reality, the horror genre is uniquely inclusive in allowing creators and audiences to explore their most existential and provocative queries about the human condition. By focusing on what is common to all, namely, the feeling of fear, horror can unite multi-gendered and multicultural audiences under the joint flag of terror. Indeed, as more and more diverse creators continue to enter the arena, horror cinema and literature is maturing into the genre of multitudes, presenting boundless opportunities to explore a deeper connection between all humans. Moreover, as we approach a new age of the unknown, our evolutionary instincts for survival and belonging continue to lead us down dark paths as we grapple with issues regarding life, love, safeness, and death, which are, at their root, concerns about which no other genre allows us to discuss.


Facilitator: Eric Brown, Career Coach for Regional Campuses / Adjunct Instructor, Ohio University Southern


Appalachian Crossroads: HIV, Substance Use Disorder, and LGBTQIA+ Health

West Virginia currently faces one of the country's most challenging syndemics of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis in the country. According to the revised National HIV/AIDS Strategy, numerous outbreaks and new transmissions have occurred among people who inject drugs. When it comes to improving LGBTQIA+ health, HIV/AIDS, Monkeypox, an emerging viral disease directly impacting gay and bisexual men, treatment and prevention is a significant concern; West Virginia—and the greater Appalachian region—need special care and attention. In this session, participants will learn about strategies for reaching rural communities with HIV Self-Test home kits and ways to reduce disease stigma while increasing access to testing in their communities.


Facilitators: Lee Storrow, Director of Policy, Community Education Group; Sarah Diamond Burroway, Director of Operations and National Programs, Community Education Group


Psychological Safety in Contemporary Higher Education

The concept of psychological safety was first introduced in 1965. This is especially important for navigating learning and change in context characterized by high stakes. The goal of this workshop is to focus on the role of psychological safety in contemporary higher education. Specifically, this workshop will address the four stages of psychological safety as essential to defining inclusion and innovation in higher education as outlined by Timothy Clark in 2020. This model provides a pathway

for establishing necessary social contracts and spaces to enable students to grow through the four stages of inclusion safety, learner safety, contributor safety, and challenger safety. Creating psychological safety in our classrooms is the foundation students need to be successful in a future knowledge-based economy. Participants of this workshop will have an opportunity to explore the roles of respect and permission as related to psychological safety across academic and professional settings.


Facilitators: Dr. Cynthia Jones, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Marshall University School of Pharmacy; Dr. Gayle A. Brazeau, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Marshall University (MU) School of Pharmacy