CHSS Connection: Presentations
September/October 2020 issue
Alvarez and Toporek speak on racial justice and social change
Dean Alvin Alvarez and Professor and Chair of Counseling Rebecca Toporek were speakers at The Institute for the Study & Promotion of Race & Culture’s 20th annual Diversity Challenge on Oct. 24. Alvarez spoke on “Creating Racial Justice and Equity: A Dean’s Hopes and Struggles,” and Toporek spoke on “Visioning a Future Without Isms: Foundations for Actions Toward Social Change.”
Earlier this month, Alvarez recorded a video for SPOKENproject sharing the story of his experience of navigating white supremacy as a first-year graduate student.
Associate Professor of Public Health Vivian Chavez participated on a panel sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) on Opioids and Overdose, titled “Everything that you want to know about Community Engaged Research, but are afraid to ask,” on Aug. 18. The panel shared their expectations going into community partnerships, the most important lessons they have learned and some useful starting points for genuinely collaborative work.
Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Erik Peper presented the following webinars on tech stress, which is the subject of a new book he has coauthored with Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Richard Harvey, “Tech Stress: How Technology Is Hijacking Our Lives, Strategies for Coping, and Pragmatic Ergonomics.”
- “Techstress to Techhealth: Preventing Zoom Exhaustion,” Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (7/28/20)
- “Reduce TechStress by Enhancing Healthy Working at the Computer with Biofeedback,” Thought Technology (8/12/20)
- “Overcoming Zoom fatigue and improve vision: Conversation with Meir Schneider and Erik Peper” (8/21/20)
- “How to Stop Technology from Hijacking Our Lives,” OLLI at UC Berkeley (8/25/20)
Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics and Registered Dietitian Zubaida Qamar (Family, Interiors, Nutrition & Apparel Department) discussed her work on food insecurity at the virtual conference of Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior in July. She presented a session titled, “Building a Culture of Food Security in Higher Education: An important Role for Nutrition Educators,” with collaborators from Western Oregon University and College of St. Benedicts and St. John’s University. Qamar and colleagues presented strategies and solutions for nutrition educators on college campuse for improving food security for students.
Professor Nina Roberts, Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, was an invited speaker on a Blue Ribbon panel, “Anti-Racism in Our National Parks” on Aug. 25. This online forum put into context the current circumstances of our modern times in which Black Americans are statistically the least likely of all racial or ethnic groups to visit our national parks. The goal of this conversation was to offer a broad-ranging view on the prospects of a future National Park System that is racially diverse, equitable and inclusive.