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Exploring Diversity Beyond Race and Gender

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Carolyn Copenheaver, associate professor of forest ecology at Virginia Tech


Explore the impact and importance of non-visible diversity attributes: birth order, religion, socio-economic class, hometown, and citizenship. All of these characteristics influence how we approach the natural and human-constructed world. This workshop will provide the opportunity to see that diversity is deeper than outward appearances.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Connect personal history to different approaches to problem solving
  2. Experience how understanding a person’s personal history improves successful communication
  3. Celebrate their own diversity

CFE Category 2: 1 hour

About the Presenter:

Carolyn Copenheaver began her career at Virginia Tech in 2000 and currently serves as an associate professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. In her current position, she led a USDA National Needs Fellowship Grant on “Inclusive Excellence in Forestry Graduate Programs at Virginia Tech,” which focused on supporting female graduate students on the topics of climate change and bioenergy. She currently is leading a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant on “Forest Resilience to Climate Change,” which provides summer research experiences for African American undergraduates from the University of West Alabama.

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