CHSS Connection: Presentations

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

September/October 2020 issue

Alvarez and Toporek diversity presentations

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.


Chavez speaks about community-engaged research

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.

Peper presents webinars on tech stress

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.”


Qamar presents work on food insecurity

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.

Roberts speaks on anti-racism in national parks

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.