Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The full schedule for day 2 (Feb 26) is listed below with descriptions and bios for the presenters. Please be aware that there are two sessions scheduled in each time block.

9-9:50 a.m.

Session 13: CSU’s Role in Protecting the World’s National Parks for All Generations

Location: Room 322

Description: Since 1990, CSU’s Center for Protected Area Management (CPAM) has worked towards achieving CSU’s land grant mission through collaboration with national and international protected area agencies to contribute to sound stewardship of both the national and global protected area network. The center has achieved this through a portfolio of training events designed to increase global capacity while promoting knowledge exchange between protected area professionals from the U.S. and around the world.

This presentation will highlight CPAM’s international collaboration and focus on capacity building activities we provide to international professionals, national partners, and CSU students. It will also highlight the important role international capacity building plays for the university and our center’s partners. We will put the audience to work on generating solutions for one of the challenges faced by Rocky Mountain National Park and other parks around the world: high visitation levels that deteriorate the quality of the visitor experience.

Bios of presenters: Erin Hicks is the training coordinator for CSU’s Center for Protected Area Management, an outreach center in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department of Warner College. She has a bachelor’s of fine arts in illustration from California State University of Fullerton and a master’s of science in conservation leadership from Colorado State University. She conducted her master’s thesis on perceptions of ecotourism amongst Maya communities in Belize. She has experience working for the Governors’ Climate and Forests Fund, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and California State Parks. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

Session 14: Initiatives in Development Economics by the Poverty Action Center within the Regional Economic Development Institute (PAC@REDI)

Location: Room 312

Description: The Poverty Action Center within the Regional Economic Development Institute (PAC@REDI) at CSU utilizes interdisciplinary mixed-methods approaches to help guide poverty action locally and globally. Current PAC@REDI researchers are using original survey design and econometric data analysis to answer questions at intersections surrounding poverty, inequality, education, and microfinance.

Our panel session will highlight current research and action in Nepal, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, and India while paying particular attention to gender and will offer opportunities for audience brainstorming regarding current and future priorities. Our presentations will draw from:
• “Factors Affecting School Attendance and Implications for Student Achievement by Gender in Nepal”
• “Gender Discrimination in Education Expenditure in Timor-Leste”
• “The Importance of Timing in Education Intervention Program Reforms in Indonesia”
• “Friends with Benefits? Rotating Savings and Credit Associations in Manipur, India”

More information about PAC@REDI can be found here or by contacting Professors Bernasek, Bhattarai, or Pena in the Department of Economics.

Bios of presenters: Alexandra Bernasek, Ph.D., is a professor of economics and a research associate at the Poverty Action Center at CSU. She has written on self-employment, health insurance and employment transitions, household financial decision-making, pension investments, risk aversion, the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, and women’s informal sector work and maternity leave in developing countries. She is currently senior associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts.

Niroj Bhattarai, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of economics and a research associate at the Poverty Action Center at CSU. His research is primarily in the field of education and its role in development. Bhattarai, in partnership with Rotary, built gender-specific toilets in a village in Nepal, and documented increases in enrollment and attendance, particularly for girls. His current research, along with Anita Alves Pena, Ph.D., and Alexandra Bernasek, Ph.D., focuses on factors affecting school attendance and achievement in rural and urban Nepal, where they discovered that menstruation, and lack of facilities, played a major role in girls’ school experience.

Anita Alves Pena, Ph.D., is a professor of economics and a research associate at the Poverty Action Center at CSU. Her research interests are broadly in public sector economics, labor economics, and economic development and her current research relates to undocumented and documented immigration, public policy, poverty, education/skill, and agricultural labor markets nationally and internationally.

Wisnu Nugroho is a Ph.D. candidate in economics and a PAC@REDI graduate student at CSU. His research interests are in development, public/policy, labor, and regional economics. His research relates to impact evaluation of poverty alleviation programs, poor households’ economic behavior, and household and firm behavior related to taxation. Before coming to CSU, he was a research associate with the National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction, Office of Vice President, Republic of Indonesia.

Ashish Sedai is a Ph.D. candidate in economics and a PAC@REDI graduate student at CSU. Before coming to CSU, he completed his master’s in philosophy (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and worked as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Delhi. He also has worked as consultant and research associate, specializing in applied economic research for the World Bank, the United Nations ESCAP and ESCWA, JPAL-MIT, 2M Research, GTAP-Purdue University, Ministry of Science and Technology, India.


10-10:50 a.m.

Session 15: Animal and Public Health Training at International Arena Through CSU

Location: Rooms 308-10

Description: We will present on how Animal Population Health Institute (APHI) of CSU is working with the United Nations-Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) to enhance and complement their approach in health professional trainings. Our participation in the global animal health and public health initiatives is aimed towards better food security and quality of human life.

In the presentation, our participation in the global and national science-based policy making process for emerging pathogens in animal populations will be emphasized. Several of our training sessions in East Europe and Asia included presentations of concepts and principles of disease management strategies along with field case studies through engagement of human and animal health public sectors and their academic universities.

Bios of presenters: Mo Salman, Ph.D., is a professor in clinical sciences and founder and director of the Animal Population Health Institute with interest focus on surveillance and survey methodologies for animal diseases with emphasis on infectious diseases. He has been involved in building science- based national animal health and zoonoses programs in more than 20 countries with at least 30 Ph.D. students graduated under his supervision from CSU.

Sangeeta Rao, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in clinical sciences, with special interest in identifying analytical approaches to tackle disease spread and antimicrobial resistance patterns of infectious agents including bioinformatics. She is involved in veterinary epidemiology training programs and collaborative, multidisciplinary research to improve animal health. Rao is one of the resource persons for FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of the United Nations, involved in training programs conducted to train veterinarians and public health professionals from South Asian countries through Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) and Field Epidemiology Training Program for Veterinarians (FETPV) programs.

Session 16: One Tourist’s View of China’s Cultural Genocide in Tibet

Location: Rooms 304-06

Description: In 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama fled Tibet and entered into exile in India to avoid being abducted, arrested, or killed by Chinese military. Despite his calls for support from the international community, the cultural genocide occurring in Tibet continues to go relatively unnoticed and unaddressed. This presentation will offer a brief history of the political relationship between Tibet and China, highlighting some of the key events that have led to today’s conditions.

I’ll walk attendees through my experience as a tourist coming from a Western lens. From our extensive visa application process to our exit-screening at the Nepalese border, attendees will get a sense of China’s strict oversight in the region and the human rights violations unfolding. In summary, I’ll leave attendees with action items they can employ personally and politically to raise awareness as China moves into celebrating 70 years of the “unified” People’s Republic of China.

Bio of presenter: Audrey Swenson has been a member of CSU’s Office of Support and Safety Assessment since 2015. She received her masters in student affairs in higher education from CSU in 2016, and is currently working on completing a graduate certificate in adventure tourism through the Warner College of Natural Resources.


11-11:50 a.m.

Session 17: Teaching about Women and Gender from a Transnational Intersectional Perspective

Location: Room 312

Description: Teaching about women and gender has been transformed in response to the field’s leading frameworks (e.g., diversity, intersectionality). It, however, lags behind in terms of another important framework: a transnational perspective. This presentation reviews analytics for teaching about women and gender from a transnational and intersectional feminist perspectives.

These analytics include:

  1. All theories and research findings are culture bound.
  2. There are inconsistencies in gender ideologies and practices, locally and globally.
  3. Historical perspective on gender are critical in the women and gender class.
  4. An examination of transnational systems belongs in the women and gender class.
  5. Women’s experiences are not the same everywhere because of intersectionalities and context, but are similar as related to patriarchy being a transnationally dominant system.

Sample practices and resources to teach about women and gender based on these transnational and intersectional feminist analytics will be described.

Bio of presenter: Silvia Sara Canetto (Ph.D., Clinical Psychology and Gerontology, Northwestern University, USA; M.A., General Psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Doctor of Physiological Psychology, University of Padova, Italy) is a CSU professor of psychology. An immigrant to the U.S., she speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew. Professor Canetto is most well-known for her research on cultural scripts of gender and suicidal behaviors; on women and men in STEM; and on women’s human rights. Her distinguished international contributions to education, research, and service related to women, men, and gender were recognized with the 2019 International Council of Psychologists’ Denmark-Gunvald award.

Session 18: Success & Challenges of Leading a Nonprofit Medical Service in a Third World Country – Malawi, Africa

Location: Room 322

Description: This presentation aims to highlight a two-year experience of stepping outside of one’s comfort, taking a risk that proved to be challenging, yet very rewarding in serving through a nonprofit organization as an executive director (country director) in Malawi, Africa. Through the platform of providing specialty medical services (orthopedic, rehabilitation, and general medical services) to an underserved population in one of the poorest areas of the world, we were able to provide hope, healing, physical, and emotional restoration while maintaining dignity and self-respect to those in need. This offering will not only highlight successes, identify risks, and explore challenges experienced in Malawi. It also will point towards future recommendations and options for long-term sustainability and growth with an emphasis to motivate others towards service and promote social justice wherever you may be.

Bio of presenter: Mark Deysher (DPT, PT, Orthopaedic Certified Specialist) is currently working as physical therapy manager for the Department of Physical Therapy, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the CSU Health Network. Prior to coming to CSU, Mark and his wife served together with CURE International, with Mark serving as executive director of orthopedic hospital and specialty services in Malawi, Africa, from 2017-2019. He led an international staff of approximately 150 personnel, providing orthopedic surgery and rehabilitative care to over 1,500 underprivileged people per year. Mark is a retired military officer, serving 22 years in the U.S. Air Force and over 25 years in the physical therapy in various clinical and leadership roles in the nonprofit hospital and private practice settings.


BREAK: 11:50 a.m. – 1 p.m.


1-1:50 p.m.

Session 19: The Internationalization of our Community, Starting with the Children

Location: Rooms 308-10

Description: Talks of internationalization often resonate with college campuses. However, young children are likewise perfect candidates to be exposed to the world around them. AXIS International Academy has taken to heart the well-being and the worldview of their students by integrating cross-cultural competency as a core principle in their instruction. One of the school’s foundational principle states that “explicit instruction of and exposure to various cultures, locally and globally, deepens understanding and empathy.”

The AXIS leadership also emphasizes that “students need to master knowledge and skills that enable them to adapt effectively in cross-cultural environments, locally and globally.” Not only is a second language being taught in an immersion bilingual model, but international and cross-cultural perspectives are infused in daily instruction and routines at AXIS. This presentation will share how a school has embraced a multi-cultural and international approach. Practices established within the school will show concrete ways to develop a critical cultural awareness within the school.

Bios of presenters: Kari Anne Calarco is the head and co-founder of AXIS International Academy because she is dedicated to empowering children with an exceptional education, offering bilingualism, cultural competence, and academic excellence. After graduating from Indiana University, Kari joined Teach For America. For nearly a decade she was a special education teacher, instructional coach, and administrator in over 20 schools in low-income communities across Los Angeles. During this time, she reformed schools using research-based practices, completed her masters’ in special education, taught graduate courses, and began doctoral studies at UCLA in educational psychology, researching Language, Literacy, and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS).

Frédérique Grim, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at CSU. She teaches French language, linguistic, and second language pedagogy courses. She is involved with the training of pre-service and in-service teachers, and serves as the advisor for the teacher licensure program. Her research revolve around foreign language education: classroom and experiential learning, content-enriched instruction, pronunciation instruction, instructors’ in-class practices, anglicisms and bilingual education.

Session 20: Bold Leadership and the Refugee Crisis

Location: Rooms 304-06

Description: Through this interactive presentation, we will guide you through the refugee experience and discuss truth about people living as refugees. The global refugee crisis crosses three pillars of sustainability: people (those displaced, those causing the displacement, and those who live where the displaced seek to find refuge), planet (biodiversity, resources, and climate change), and profit (cost of the refugee crisis). Current global leaders are divided on how to address the crisis, which continues to grow with multiple wars, geographical land changes, and water shortages due to human consumption and climate change. Much of the debate includes myths and fears about the refugees.

In recent debate, some have likened refugees to criminals and terrorists. However, the true refugee experience is far from the sinister accusations bestowed on them. The truth is, people who have lived as refugees often become leaders and strong economic contributing members of their communities.

Bios of presenters: Renee Harmon, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and Learning at Minnesota State University-Moorhead and an instructor at Colorado State University in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Harmon’s research addresses sustainability education in higher education and society through the framework of the triple bottom line: economic, environmental, and social dimensions of sustainability. For two years, Harmon volunteered with the Weld County United Way, sitting on the Refugee Resettlement Committee.

Belma Sadikovic, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Curriculum & Instruction at Minnesota State University Moorhead, USA. Sadikovic teaches graduate courses in the Department of Leadership and Learning. Her research focuses on the educational, socio-economic, and trans-cultural impact of refugee populations in the United States, as well as refugee female voices authoring as a form of equity and social power.


2-2:50 p.m.

Session 21: The Carbon Benefits Project – Tools for Agriculture, Land, and Climate Change

Location: Room 322

Description: For the past 17 years, CSU has been working with the United Nations Environment Program to show how sustainable land management can help mitigate climate change. During this time we have developed a set of online tools called The Carbon Benefits Project. The Carbon Benefits Project (CBP) provides tools for agriculture, forestry and land management projects to estimate the impact of their activities on climate change mitigation (carbon stock changes and greenhouse gas emissions). The tools can be used at all stages of a project, are free to use, and are user friendly. The tools have also now been linked to WOCAT, a global database of sustainable land management options. In this session, we will present the tools and give attendees a chance to use the tools themselves.

Bios of presenters: Keith Paustian is university distinguished professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. A major focus of his work involves modeling, field measurement, and development of assessment tools for soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions from soils.

Eleanor Milne has 25 years of experience working on various aspects of environmental management in the agricultural and land management sectors in developing countries. She coordinated the Global Environment Facilities (GEF) GEFSOC project, which developed a system to estimate changes in soil carbon stocks at national and sub-national scale. She also coordinated the modeling component of the GEFs Carbon Benefits Project, which has developed online tools to estimate the GHG impacts of land management activities. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental biology from the University of Liverpool, UK, a masters degree in crop production and the changing environment from Essex University, UK, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She is currently an honorary scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University.

Mark Easter is a senior research associate at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. His work focuses on greenhouse gas inventories and greenhouse gas decision support systems in agriculture and forestry. He is the project coordinator for the COMET-Farm project and technical lead for the Carbon Benefits Platform, and collaborates on the COMET-Planner project. COMET-Farm is a web-based decision support system for assessing the field-level and livestock herd-level greenhouse gas balance of agricultural conservation practices in the United States. COMET-Planner is a rapid-assessment tool supporting conservation planning efforts in U.S. agriculture. He earned a M.S. in Botany with an emphasis in Physiological Ecology at the University of Vermont in 1991.

Session 22: Building Scholarship and Skills for Collaborative Conservation Across the Globe

Location: Room 312

Description: The Center for Collaborative Conservation has invested in science and communities across the globe for 10 years. Our Fellows Program has supported 135 individuals working in 26 countries and 17 Native American Nations to build the capacity of conservation leaders, find locally relevant solutions to conservation problems, and study the processes of collaborative conservation.

We will begin our hour-long session with a look at transformational science with society. From there we will introduce the CCC’s Fellow program, then three Fellows will present their work, the impact their work had on communities, and lessons they learned that will carry forward in their careers. We hope our audience leaves this session with a glimpse into how the CCC’s international work enriches our scholarship and engagement and translates into positive impacts for nature and people.

Bios of presenters: Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, is the Center for Collaborative Conservation’s associate director for Research and a member of the second cohort of CCC Fellows. Maria received the International Society for Range Management’s Outstanding Achievement Award and Mongolia’s “Order of the Polar Star” for her many contributions over 20+ years benefitting Mongolia’s rangelands, herders, and scientific community. Maria was also recognized by CSU’s Office of International Programs for outstanding contributions to internationalizing the university.

Kim Skyelander, Ph.D., is associate director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation’s where she directs and manages the CCC’s Fellows program. Kim worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist, public affairs specialist, tribal government liaison, and wilderness ranger. She later taught natural resources classes at the Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation and at the University of Idaho, followed by serving as executive director of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

Bethy Astella is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and a member of the ninth cohort of CCC Fellows. Bethy has worked for the school of Wildlife and Ecotourism in Hawassa University, Ethiopia, for five years as a graduate teaching and research assistant, and as a lecturer. At the university, she has worked on collaborative conservation and community development projects with national parks, government and non-government organizations and community groups across Southern Ethiopia.

Matthew Luizza, Ph.D., is a program officer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation, associate faculty in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, and a member of the fourth and seventh cohort of CCC Fellows. Matt provides programmatic oversight and field-based technical support to conservation projects in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel. He is founder and co-chair of the Africa Pastoralism Working Group with U.S. Department of State, and a member of the IUCN Task Force on Environmental Change and Migration.

Kevin Jablonski, Ph.D., is an ecologist in the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship and a member of the ninth cohort of CCC Fellows. His diverse research interests center upon the interaction of livestock with their environment, the interaction of human managers with livestock, and the good and bad things that emerge from these relationships.


3-3:50 p.m.

Session 23: Research in East and Central African Drylands: From the Local to the Global

Location: Rooms 308-10

Description: Africa makes a relatively minor contribution to globalization and climate change compared with nations in the North, yet dryland social-ecological systems in Africa are increasingly vulnerable to these changes. Critical challenges include meeting basic needs for food, water, shelter, and other necessities without undermining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Adaptation are made at various levels (household, community, region) in order for the system to better cope with, manage, or adjust to some changing conditions, stress, or hazard. Adaptability depends in part on the amount and diversity of social and natural capital and the social networks and institutions that govern how this capital is distributed and used. Coordination efforts to address multiple stressors has generally occurred at global and national levels yet involvement of actors at the local level correlates with meaningful decisions. This panel will address stresses and adaptations at various spatial and social scales in east and central Africa.

Bios of presenters: Sarah Walker is currently a Ph.D. student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at CSU. Her research focuses on the intersection between pastoralism, gender and livelihoods, and how conservation organizations in Northern Kenya can better support the climate change resilience of communities and landscapes. Sarah has a B.Sc. in Psychology from Queen’s University, a M.Sc. in Conservation Leadership from Colorado State University.

Pat Keys is lead scientist for School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES). His research is broadly focused on global sustainability challenges. Prior to joining SoGES, Pat founded an environmental consultancy, with projects including work on climate change adaptation in Vietnam, food security in the UAE, and climate change adaptation in Fort Collins. Pat has a Ph.D. in Sustainability Science from Stockholm University, a M.Sc from University of Washington, and a B.A. from Willamette University.

Matt Luizza, Ph.D., is a program officer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of International Conservation, associate faculty in the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, and a former graduate student fellow with the Africa Center. Matt provides programmatic oversight and field-based technical support to conservation projects in Africa’s Sudano-Sahel. He is founder and co-chair of the Africa Pastoralism Working Group with U.S. Department of State, and a member of the IUCN Task Force on Environmental Change and Migration.

Kathleen Galvin is professor of Anthropology and director of the Africa Center at CSU. She conducts interdisciplinary social-ecological systems research in the savannas of the world. Kathleen is co-author of the American Anthropological Association Task Force Report on Global Climate Change. She is a lead author on the 2019 global assessment UN Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Session 24: Positive Pathways from Education to Impact

Location: Rooms 304-06

Description: Universities have excelled at educating students about complex social-environmental problems, yet few programs have successfully developed positive pathways for students to implement sustainable solutions that encourage social-ecological resilience. In particular, universities often depend on study and research abroad programs to provide students with international experiences that aim to broaden students’ perspective on their discipline and facilitate contextualized learning at globally relevant scales.

However, study abroad opportunities are now dominated by businesses that promote a colonial style of learning, homogenize field experiences, and offer short-term engagement or mock volunteer activities, that provide little benefit to local communities. In essence, students in these programs are over-determined tourists exploiting marginalized people and places for their own gain. In this session we will consider how to democratize research and education abroad, creating a platform for students to contribute to the livelihoods of historically marginalized people, while developing creative solutions that benefit people and the environment.

Bios of presenters: Melissa McHale (associate professor of urban ecology, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability), David Bunn (senior research scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Lab), Natalie Miller (senior biomedical sciences student, president of Pivotal Places), Madison Waggoner (animal sciences graduate, chief of finance of Pivotal Places).

We will also have a panel of students from Communities and Conservation in South Africa.


4-4:50 p.m.

Session 25: Critical Youth Empowerment: An International Perspective

Location: Room 312

Description: Critical Youth Empowerment (CYE) engages young people in making a difference in their communities through sociopolitical change. This is particularly important for youth from racialized and marginalized communities that are too often disenfranchised. This interactive session will open with a description of one youth-led organization in Spain, seeking changes in the system for immigrant foster youth. We will then engage in a small group activity for applying lessons from this CYE effort to our own professional and community contexts.

Bios of presenters: Louise B. Jennings is a professor in the School of Education and a member of the Race and Intersectional Studies in Educational Equity (RISE) Center, whose scholarship, teaching, and outreach center on critical and emancipatory practices across educational and international contexts.

Ross Atkinson, doctoral student in the Education, Equity, and Transformation program in the School of Education, will also be presenting.

Session 26:  Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? Taking Stock of Morocco’s Contemporary Art Scene

Location: Room 322

Description: Borrowing this talk’s title from a Paul Gauguin painting, I propose a brief, illustrated overview and analysis of contemporary visual art in Morocco, the dominant media and styles, the state of schools, museums, galleries, media and art criticism, with comparisons to other countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Bio of presenter: Mary Vogl, associate professor of French in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, is working on a book that examines literary and cultural discourses surrounding contemporary Moroccan art. She has received research grants from Fulbright and the American Institute for Maghrebi Studies. Her publications include a book, “Picturing the Maghreb: Photography, Literature and (Re)presentation,” journal articles, book chapters, and a co-authored book-length translation.

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