Lectures and Seminars

Diversity Brown Bags

Deborah Bieler, English Department (right) and Jordan Leitner, Department of Psychology (left)

Diversity Brown Bags are informal discussions led by faculty and affiliates of the Center for the Study of Diversity. In selected Monday lunch sessions throughout the semester, winners of the Center's Diversity Research Grants share the progress of their award-funded projects. Other sessions feature faculty, researchers, and administrators exchanging ideas and research updates about diversity topics, approaches, data, and concepts.

Fall 2015 Series

Our Fall 2015 Brown Bag Series takes place on select Mondays from 12:00 to 1:15 in the Faculty Commons located in 116 Pearson Hall. Beverages and cookies provided; bring your own lunch. All are welcome. The following talks are featured:

October 19: Lynnette Young Overby, Professor of Theatre
"African American History: Uncovered, Transformed, and Disseminated"

November 2: Rosalie Rolon Dow, Professor, School of Education
Carla Guerron-Montero, Professor of Anthropology, Director of Latin American & Iberian Studies
"Campus Goals fo Diversity and Equity at the Univesrity of Delaware: Latino/a Student Perspectives"

November 9: Michael Dickinson, PhD candidate in History
"Creating Kinship: Enslaved Black Families in the Urban British Atlantic, 1680-1807"

Early American port cities provide valuable, though understudied, spaces to investigate the dynamics and utility of enslaved black families. Kinship ties contributed significantly in making the slave system function, since family life provided enslaved blacks with some reprieve from the harsh realities of bondage. Other aspects of enslaved black existence remained subject to the confines of slavery and the whims of slaveholders. This research examines how black captives formed and maintained kinship ties in the port cities of early British America.

November 16: Samantha S. Kelley and Faith Okpotor, PhD candidates in Psychological & Brain Sciences
"Gender Code Switching and Political Decision Making"

Stereotypical masculine communication styles that are aggressive, direct, and succinct are valued in politics, while stereotypical feminine communication styles that are submissive, indirect, and elaborate are not.  Female politicians are often confronted by this negative typecasting, and thus frequently adopt masculine behavior (e.g., speaking more directly, less disclaimers, etc.) for legitimization. These researchers investigated to what extent a group's sex composition prompts female leaders to (1) adopt behavior considered masculine, and (2) to make more aggressive political decisions that are considered stereotypically masculine. An adapted prisoner's dilemma game employing a political context requiring foreign policy decision making was administered to UD undergraduates in this analysis.

Download the Fall 2015 Brown Bag flyer (PDF)

Previous Brown Bag Sessions

Spring 2014

Ted Davis, Department of Political Science and International Relations
Race, Politics, and Educational Disparities: The Case of Delaware

Jill Ewing Flynn, Department of English
Addressing the Demographic Imperative: A Public Scholarship Framework to Recruit and Retain Diverse Teacher Candidates

Carrie Barnum, Department of Biology
SACNAS Two-Step Mentoring Program Towards Diversity in STEM Fields

Rebecca Covarrubias, Department of Psychology
Promoting Academic Success: Examining the Academic Self-Concepts of First-Generation College Students


Fall 2013

José Aviles, UD Director of Admissions
Expanding Diversity at the University of Delaware

Deb Bieler, Department of English
Jordan Leitner, Department of Psychology
Impacts of English Teacher Candidates’ Urban SAT Course

Rebecca Covarrubias, Department of Psychology
Academic Identity Development and College Success Outcomes for First-Generation College Students

Cynthia Diefenbeck, School of Nursing
Factors influencing underrepresented minority applicants’ acceptance of admission offers to Health Science majors: A pilot study of the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

Justin de Leon, Department of Political Science & International Relations
“Mapping the Margins” Documentary and Film Discussion Series

Barret Michalec Department of Sociology
The Path Less Taken: Understanding the Experience of Black Pre-Medical Students


Spring 2013

James M. Jones Center for the Study of Diversity
What is the Value of Diversity Reputation for Colleges and Universities?

David Wilson Department of Political Science & International Relations
NUCLEUS Evaluations

Stephanie Kerschbaum Department of English
The Reveal: Identity, Disability Disclosure, and Higher Education

Yasser Payne Department of Sociology
The People's Report: The Relationship Between Structural Inequality and Physical Violence in Wilmington, Delaware

Sharelle Law Graduate Assistant, Center for the Study of Diversity & University Diversity Initiative
Update on the Diversity Dialogues Focus Group Project