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Past Values Days

Every year Stetson University celebrates Values Day in the Fall. Values Day is a single day dedicated to the university's commitment to its core values: personal growth, intellectual development and global citizenship.

Values Day is part of a continuing dialog between students, faculty and staff, so that as a community we can share, learn and appreciate the university's core values. In order to support the ability for the entire Stetson University community to attend, the university cancels classes and closes offices. The entire Stetson University community is expected to participate in this day of reflection, community and action.

In the early 1990s former Stetson University President H. Douglas Lee created a town hall-style meeting that was meant to discuss diversity and inclusion at the university. In 2004 the name of the event was changed to Diversity Day and, in 2012, Diversity Day was re-envisioned to be focused on all of the university's core values and was thus renamed Values Day.

Values Day 2023 theme was “Things We Don't Talk About At Dinner” - building our community's capacity to take on difficult and challenging topics that are necessary for a healthy and vibrant intellectual community.

2023 Values Day Schedule

Keynote Program

"Great Minds Who Don't Think Alike"

How can we disagree with someone without being disagreeable? Following welcoming remarks by President Roellke and the Values Day Planning Committee, faculty members Melinda Hall, Bill Nylen, and John Rasp will role model effective discourse by talking about controversial topics (and disagreeing with each other!) with warmth and intellectual honesty. This program will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Elizabeth Hall's Lee Chapel. Cultural Credit will be provided for all Stetson students. 

Deliberative Dialogue

"Spring Hill Annexation"

One difficult topic in the DeLand community is whether the historically African-American "Greater Spring Hill" community (just southwest of Stetson's campus) should be fully annexed into the City of DeLand. Join this conversation to learn more about the topic from local leaders, deliberate it within small groups, and be polled on it by Stetson's Center for Public Opinion Research. This program will take place from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. in the CUB Stetson Room. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, as well as Cultural Credit for all Stetson students.

Keynote Speaker 2022 -Ed Freeman, PhD.

"What we need is a new story about business that puts business and ethics together, that sees business as how we create value for stakeholders, not just shareholders." -Ed Freeman

R. Edward Freeman is a university professor and Olsson professor of business administration, and an academic director of the Institute for Business in Society at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Freeman inspires his students and a wide variety of audiences with a new understanding of business that offers us hope that complex societal problems can and are being solved through businesses creating value for and with their stakeholders.

Freeman is the co-author of multiple books, including The Power Of And: Responsible Business Without Trade-offs (Columbia University Press, 2020); and Models of Leadership in Plato and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2021). Freeman is perhaps best known for his award-winning book, Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach (Cambridge, 2010), originally published in 1984, in which he traced the origins of the stakeholder idea to a number of others and suggested that businesses build their strategy around their relationships with key stakeholders.

Freeman has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Washington University and a B.A. in mathematics and philosophy from Duke University. Freeman is a lifelong student of philosophy, martial arts and the blues. He is a co-principal in Stakeholder Media LLC and host of The Stakeholder Podcast. He is a co-principal in Red Goat Records LLC.

Keynote Speaker - Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns, and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. 

“Wilkerson's work,” in the words of The American Prospect magazine, “is the missing puzzle piece of our country's history.”  

The Warmth of Other Suns won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, and was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post.  TIME Magazine named it one of the “10 Best Non-Fiction Books” of the decade. The New York Times Magazine named Warmth to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time. 

Her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, was published in August 2020 to critical acclaim and became a Number 1 New York Times bestseller.  Dwight Garner of The New York Times called it, “An instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” Oprah Winfrey chose it as her 2020 Summer/Fall book club selection, declaring it “the most important book” she had ever selected.     

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her deeply humane narrative writing while serving as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded Wilkerson the National Humanities Medal for "championing the stories of an unsung history.

As the historian Jill Lepore observed in The New Yorker: “What Wilkerson urges, isn’t argument at all; it’s compassion. Hush, and listen.”   

Common Read: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Common Read: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Poetically written and brilliantly researched, Caste invites us to discover the inner workings of an American hierarchy that goes far beyond the confines of race, class, or gender.

A book steeped in empathy and insight, Caste explores, through layered analysis and stories of real people, the structure of an unspoken system of human ranking and reveals how our lives are still restricted by what divided us centuries ago.

“Modern-day caste protocols,” Wilkerson writes, “are often less about overt attacks or conscious hostility. They are like the wind, powerful enough to knock you down but invisible as they go about their work.” Wilkerson rigorously defines eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, including divine will, heredity, and dehumanization. She documents the parallels with two other hierarchies in history, those of India and of Nazi Germany, and no reader will be left without a greater understanding of the price we all pay in a society torn by artificial divisions.

“The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality,” Wilkerson writes. “It is about power — which groups have it and which do not.” Before its release, the Chicago Tribune declared that Caste “should be at the top of every American’s reading list." Dwight Garner, the chief critic of The New York Times, called Caste “an instant American classic and almost certainly the keynote nonfiction book of the American century thus far.” Upon publication, Oprah Winfrey announced that Caste was her Summer 2020 pick for Oprah’s Book Club and proclaimed it “the most essential...the most necessary-for-all-humanity book that I have chosen.”

We have purchased 270 copies of Caste that will be available in the DuPont Ball Library starting on Monday, September 20th, first come first serve.

Keynote Address Phil Kaye - Artist, Co-Director of Project VOICE

Phil Kaye is a Japanese-American artist. His work has been featured in settings ranging from The New Yorker to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and viewed millions of times online. He has performed his original poetry in eighteen countries and was invited to open for His Holiness The Dalai Lama for the celebration of his 80th birthday. He is the co-director of Project VOICE, an organization that partners with schools to bring poetry to the classroom. Phil is a National Poetry Slam finalist, and the two-time recipient of the National College Poetry Slam (CUPSI) award for “Pushing the Art Forward”, given for outstanding innovation in the art of performance poetry. A former teacher of weekly poetry workshops in maximum-security prisons, Phil was the head coordinator of Space in Prisons for the Arts and Creative Expression (SPACE). His book, Date & Time, was published in 2018 by Button Poetry.

Phil also makes things for the screen. He is one-half of Thanks Laura, where he serves as co-creator, writer, director & actor. “Distance”, a series he helped write, produce and act in, premiered at South by Southwest and was recommended by The New York Times.

When not on the road, Phil spends his time watching movies, using 90's slang and quietly wondering to himself what the dealio is.

Stetson READ - Date and Time 

12:30 to 1:30 p.m. | Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Welcome Center, Lynn Presentation Room

Cultural Credit approved. Spots are limited for this event, participants must RSVP if they plan to attend.

Phil Kaye Keynote Address Recording

Keynote Speaker - Eric Weiner

Eric Weiner

Author, The Geography of Genius, The Geography of Bliss, and Man Seeks God

A wry yet sincere searcher for happiness and the divine.

Eric can't keep away from the big questions. His book, The Geography of Bliss, was about happiness (big topic); and, Man Seeks God, is about, well, God (an even bigger topic). But as you know if you've read Bliss, Eric has the special ability to take these big questions and make them personal: he brings an everyman's perspective, immediately sympathetic, full of humor, insight, and even self-doubt, that makes everything he talks about funny and real.

He calls it "funny/serious": a unique balance of skepticism and sincerity. Now, Eric seeks to answer the question of how creative genius flourishes in specific places at specific times. He explores the history of places from ancient Athens to Renaissance Florence to modern-day Silicon Valley in his New York Times bestseller. The Geography of Genius. It's being published in 15 countries, from Bulgaria to Vietnam.

Since Eric's a former international correspondent for NPR and The New York Times, when he has questions, he travels. The Geography of Bliss took him from Bhutan, where the government measures the country's well-being by its Gross Domestic Happiness, to Iceland, where strong communities and stiff drinks keep citizens cheery in the brutal cold. In Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With The Divine, Eric is prompted by a health scare to explore the world's religions and try them on for size. It's an amazing story filled with such memorable characters as the UFO-worshiping Raëlians and the great Nepalese Buddhist sage Wayne-from-Staten-Island, but also a very real spiritual journey that teaches Eric deep truths. As the world grows more connected, a real understanding of global faiths only becomes more crucial. More personally, Eric's talks could create a safe space for exploring these traditions outside the spin zone, or just a chance to glean some knowledge from these ancient teachings. Whatever your angle, you'll leave Eric's talks smiling — and a little wiser, too.

Notable Events

The past is the present: Race, History, and Community in Deland

Led by two Stetson History Department faculty, Drs. Andy Eisen and Emily Mieras, this two-hour event introduces participants to the many untold and hidden histories of DeLand. Following a light breakfast and brief remarks, we will hop on a bus and visit a number of the town's historic locations, including a sandwich shop where African-American high school students protested segregated lunch counters, a courtroom where victims of white racial violence struggled to find justice, and the African American Museum of the Arts, a contemporary site of community preservation and artistic expression. We will also analyze how public histories of DeLand, as depicted in downtown murals, tend to center the figure of the white pioneer settler, all but erasing the contributions of other members of our community. We anticipate that by the time we conclude the tour participants will have a deeper knowledge and a greater appreciation for the diverse groups of people whose lives and labor built this town. Following in the spirit of Values Day, we hope this event will inspire continued reflection, conversations, and community action as we confront how profoundly our town's racial past is present. 

Spring Hill Community Garden Project

Come out and help us with the community garden in Spring Hill! Following a 2016 study by Stetson students that found that access to fresh and nutritious food is the greatest concern for residents of the Spring Hill community in DeLand, the Stetson Center for Community Engagement has partnered with the City of DeLand, the USDA, the University of Florida's Agricultural Extension Agency, Volusia County Master Gardeners, the Greater Union Life Center and the Florida Department of Health to fund and build a community garden that serves area residents. There are 39 raised garden beds that we will need help maintaining, as well as the grounds that surround the garden.

Hand Art Center Exhibit

ANNI HOLM: The Immigration Project

After the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001, an investigation revealed that two of the suicide pilots were in the United States on expired student visas. The public expressed their concern about this problem and demanded better security. It was proposed to monitor all international students' actions while in the United States by enforcing fingerprinting and tracking cards with chip implants to enhance national security.

In this body of work, Anni deals with the issues of all the personal information the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVIS) might choose to obtain to monitor international students in the US. Anni worked with international students from all over the world to obtain photos, fingerprints and other forms of personal documents to create large-scale digital portraits of each student. Each image measures 57×43 inches and contains about 4000 life size fingerprints.

Stetson R.E.A.D - Exploring Human Connection and Bliss

Our Stetson R.E.A.D. (Reflect, Engage & Affirm Diversity; Read Eat And Discuss) event, sponsored by the DuPont Ball Library, will include lunch and reflective conversation around this year's common read: The Geography of Bliss. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in contemplative dialogue with Stetson R.E.A.D. founder and facilitator,  Rajni Shankar-Brown, Associate Professor and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice Education, and co-facilitator, Lindsey Graves, Assistant Director of Interfaith Initiatives, as well as briefly converse with the New York Times bestselling author Eric Weiner. Information on the 2018-19 R.E.A.D. The program, which is open to faculty, staff, and students, will also be shared.

Finding Communities in College

  • Track: Building Community
  • Presenters: Christopher Bell, Belle Briatico, Nathan Bodger, Kaitlyn McEvoy, Morgan Hambleton

This student-led, faculty-facilitated workshop will provide students an opportunity to discuss how and where they have found a sense of community while attending Stetson University. Five student panelists will spend five minutes each explaining how they became involved in student organizations, Greek life, community projects, and study abroad programs. The goal of this workshop is to provide students an opportunity to learn and share methods for finding community and lasting friendships at Stetson, whether they are freshmen struggling in the first months of college or seniors interested in discovering new opportunities and social outlets.

Kognito At-Risk Suicide Prevention Training

  • Track: Building Community
  • Presenters: Leigh Baker, Kristine Proctor, Nicole Currie

Join Student Counseling Services for an interactive exploration of Kognito, an evidence-based, brief suicide prevention training program for university communities. Participants will learn how to: Identify signs of distress, Approach a conversation to determine need, and Refer to appropriate resources on campus, including counseling services. Any student, faculty, or staff member who is committed to supporting the mental health of the Hatter community is encouraged to attend.

Immigration Project: Language Rugs

  • Track: Building Community
  • Presenters : Tonya Curran, Anni Holm

This project provides participants the opportunity to reflect on the different languages spoken in their household/community. The survey will provide a platform to initiate a discussion of language and cultural similarities and differences. During the rug-making workshops, there will be rich opportunities to continue these conversations about language, culture and art and further learn about how they affect a community. Ideally, teachers will also partake in these workshops, offering a casual way to interact with and get to know their student communities better. 

Tools for Efficient Studying and Learning

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Presenters: Jordan Ruybal, Holley Lynch

Spending too much time studying, not getting the grades that you wanted, or looking for tools to get through your next round of exams? Come to our Tools for Efficient Studying and Learning Workshop to learn how to maximize your study time in order to retain more information and improve your course performance. After attending this workshop, you will be able to recognize the different levels of understanding (Bloom's taxonomy), identify and use best practices for studying and learning, and evaluate your own studying/learning habits and develop strategies for improvement.

Andrew Carnegie & Henry Flagler: Industrialists Who Helped Build Stetson University

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Presenters: Debbi Dinkins, Susan Ryan

Stetson University partnered with two wealthy industrialists in the early part of the 20th century. These partnerships with Andrew Carnegie and Henry Flagler helped construct Stetson's physical landscape and the buildings they financed still stand and are used today. Andrew Carnegie built Sampson Hall, which began life as the Sampson Library. Henry Flagler financed and designed Flagler Hall, which was then known as the Science Hall. The stories of Stetson's partnerships with both Carnegie and Flagler and the stories of the men themselves provide a fascinating insight into Stetson University and Volusia County in the early 1900s.

Serving and Growing Through VITA

  • Track: Building Community
  • Presenters: Bonnie Holloway

Do you want to grow as a person and as a professional? Do you want to learn how to prepare your own tax return and to learn how the new tax law has changed things? Do you want to earn Experiential Learning Credit while serving your local community? If so, this is your Values Day session!

From Muslim Mystics to Muslim Superheroes: Storytelling as Ethics in Islam

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Presenters: Sam Houston

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the power and purpose of storytelling in the Islamic tradition as a means of ethical formation and mystical insight. We will accomplish this by learning about profound stories in early and medieval Islam as well as how this tradition continues in today's Muslim superheroes such as Ms. Marvel. By attending this workshop, participants will not only gain a better sense of how Islam recognizes that we are‚ essentially story-telling animals, but they will also come away with a better understanding of the role of Muslim superheroes in shaping American Muslim identity today.

Community Standards and Honor Council: By the Numbers

  • Track: Building Community
  • Presenters: Barbs Hawkins, Lynn Schoenberg, John Banks

Join us for a discussion on community standards and honor council at Stetson! Community Standards staff and the student-led Honor Council will discuss and share data related to standards and academic integrity on the DeLand campus. The program will provide an opportunity for community members to become aware of where we are currently at with community standards at Stetson and what future work can be done to help enhance our community to better align with the Stetson values. Participants will be able to gain an understanding of actions they can take to enhance the Stetson community through a community standards/honor council lens.

You Voted for Who?: Tools and Techniques for Political-Themed Dialogue

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Presenters: Christina Chamberlin, Daisy Zhou

This workshop will discuss the issues surrounding politically-fueled dialogue and possible techniques for discussing political issues with others. Participants will learn about the sources of political values and potential biases among themselves and others. After a brief period of lecture presenting empirical research, participants will have the chance to practice suggested techniques for holding a politically fueled conversation with empathy and productivity. While the subject of political issues can induce strong reactions, this workshop is meant to provide a safe space to those who wish to explore their own values and connect with others who may have differing political values.

Naikan: Gratitude as a Method of Self-Discovery

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Presenters: Morris Sullivan

Naikan is a Japanese method of self-reflection that, while still relatively unknown in the West, is highly transformative. Unlike meditation, it doesn't involve sitting quietly with one's eyes closed; however, Naikan gives the practitioner a direct view into their relationship to the world in which they live and their relationships with others through the application of gratitude, grace, and self-reflection.

Harnessing the Power of Extended Metaphor in Contemplative Reflection

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Presenters: Michele Randall, Tya Saunders

Contemplative writing has been described as circling back at something, like a bird, over and over, to explore it from every angle. Sometimes, even when we want to write about something, we find we can't. Sometimes we're just stuck. How do we move forward? When approaching a topic that is difficult or an issue the writer doesn't want to name on the page, creating extended metaphors can be highly effective. We will look at a few examples from literature and then put our knowledge into practice. You will leave with a few beginnings or drafts and prompts to take home.

Arguing Both Sides Equally Well: Ethical Sophism in the Classroom

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Presenters: Michael Barnes

The sophist Protagoras taught students to "argue both sides equally well," a practice that Socrates criticized as making the lesser argument appear stronger. Socrates' criticism stuck, and we have since viewed sophism as synonymous with lying. This writing workshop will consider whether an ethical approach to the practice of sophism is possible in the classroom.

Open Forum: Drafting Stetson's Statement on the Principles of Free Expression

Make your voice heard! The principle of free expression is at the heart of many of the most contested and challenging issues facing our society today. University campuses, by virtue of their academic and civic missions, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the often difficult and necessary discourse. We should aim to build our capacity for intellectual honesty and effective decision-making.

Last year, a committee of faculty and staff produced Stetson's Statement on the Principles of Free Expression, a document that aims to articulate Stetson's position on the topic. This document is based on extensive research drawn from similar statements and policies elsewhere and has already been reviewed by many campus constituencies. Nonetheless, we are creating this forum for our entire campus community to learn about the work of the committee, process through some case studies regarding speech on campuses, and possibly provide some additional feedback before submitting the final draft to the President and Trustees.


Values, Identities, and Stories: Promoting Healing, Understanding, and Justice

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Presenters: Rajni Shankar-Brown

In this interactive session, storytelling will be examined and engaged as a vehicle for healing, understanding, and promoting justice.  Shankar-Brown will highlight connections between values and identities, and speak on the power of stories across disciplines. Examples of how storytelling can build community and diminish injustice in a world full of disparities will be shared. This workshop will weave together insights and narrative research, as well as discuss social inequalities in global, national, and local contexts. Participants will have opportunities to explore values, learn about intersectionality, and participate in individual and collective storytelling activities using diverse formats from reflective poetry to collaborative, impromptu oral expression.

Beyond Significance: What Happened in Africa

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Presenters: William Andrews, Nicholas (Cole) Reeves

Fresh back from their Stetson-sponsored service-learning trip to Malawi (Africa), student Cole Reeves and professor William Andrews will lead a discussion that challenges us to expand our notions of both "significance" and "community". To whom does my significance matter? How does it matter? Is it conferred by others or does it spring from within? Do different cultures view significance and community differently? Along the way, they will share stories and videos of local heroes, people they met, tales they heard, culinary surprises, wild elephants, and roadway adventures.

Study and Intern Abroad with IES Abroad

  • Track: Community Building
  • Presenters: IES Abroad – Robin Pipkin

Join Robin Pipkin from IES Abroad to learn all about the various study and intern abroad programs offered by IES Abroad. As an affiliate program provider, Stetson students can study or intern abroad in over 140 programs around the world. Come hear how your college career can be [redefined].

More than MLK: Sharing Stories from the Stetson Civil Rights Movement Travel Course

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Presenters: Belle Briatico, Rina Tovar Arroyo, Robin Kazmarek, Jordan McCormick

You may have heard of Martin Luther King Jr., but have you heard of Rip Patton, Janice Kelsey, and Allen Cason? This past summer, Stetson students and staff had the opportunity to engage in a week-long trip where they heard first-hand stories from the individuals who made the Civil Rights Movement a success. During this workshop, you will get to hear these incredibly inspiring stories and discuss how these stories of the past continue to shape the present.

Honor Council: what is it?

  • Track: Building Community
  • Presenters: John Banks, Rachel Wexler

Integrity is at the core of everything that we do. From work to school, integrity plays a vital role in the success and respect of a company, school, or an individual. Here at Stetson University, the Honor System Council is dedicated to upholding academic integrity on campus to ensure the value of a Stetson degree only continues to rise. This presentation will teach its participants about the importance of academic integrity and honesty.

Heart-to-Heart: Practices to Build Spiritual Community

  • Track: Building Community
  • Presenters: Morris Sullivan, Christy Correll-Hughes, Willie Barnes

What makes a spiritual community strong? How can interfaith dialog and diversity build a cohesive community? Can people from divergent traditions find common ground on which to lay a foundation for a strong, unified community? In this workshop, Stetson University's three chaplains‚ one Baptist, one Buddhist and one African Methodist Episcopal‚ will demonstrate how shared values and spiritual practices can make us stronger spiritually, both individually and collectively.

The Mechanics of Story-Telling: A Philosophical Perspective

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Presenters: Joshua Rust

Not every sequence of events is a story. Your morning's walk to the CUB was probably not narratively compelling. But sometimes it is, and you have a story to tell. What distinguishes a story from a mere sequence of events, and what does good story-telling look like? Should we aspire to turn our lives into a story? Join me for a presentation and discussion of the mechanics of story-telling from a philosophical perspective.

How Strong are your Ethics?

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Presenters: Frances Duvall

How strong is your moral compass? Are you aware of the ethics you practice every day without thinking about it? This workshop will challenge you to identify your ethical strengths, consider the origin of your ethical beliefs and raise your awareness level of how you practice ethics every day without thinking about it. Finally, how you apply those ethics to the Stetson Honesty Policy will be researched.

Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Facilitating Dialogue Across Difference

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Presenters: Sharmaine Jackson, Susan Peppers-Bates, Julia Metzker

Finding the appropriate language to engage in conversations about issues related to diversity may be challenging for many faculty and students. To develop cross-cultural communication competency, this interactive workshop will provide practical strategies to faculty and students for use in and outside of the Stetson community. The workshop addresses techniques for creating an honest and open classroom environment where students are willing to engage in discussions about diversity. Furthermore, this workshop offers activities to help participants develop a greater awareness of their personal identities, biases and privileges.

Elevate the Conversation: Civil Discourse and Social Media

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Presenters: Debbi Dinkins, Ashley K. Chase 

In the current and political climate, it is more difficult than ever to remain civil and respectful online. How do you balance honestly expressing your views without starting an argument or losing contact with people you have known for years? Is there a better way of engaging in meaningful dialogue through social media, or are you doomed to post animal videos for the rest of your life? This workshop will give you tips for expressing yourself online without diminishing your friend base or damaging your chances with future employers. Citing recent scholarly research and Stetson's own policies, we will navigate the treacherous world of social media with discussion and online participation (Bring your mobile device!).

Tragedy of the Commons

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Presenters: Alan Green, Chris de Bodisco, Khushbu Mishra, Ranjini Thaver

Can you solve the tragedy of the commons? This fundamental concept is taught in economics, political science, biology and environmental science at Stetson. In this workshop participants will consider the concept through a simulation that puts them in a dilemma at both local and global levels. The simulation will offer a fresh look at issues such as immigration and climate change. Work with students and faculty from different disciplines and see who can best escape the tragedy!

Creative Journaling

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Presenters: Brittany Metz

Enjoy the process of discovering yourself and playing with art through the pages of a book! Visual journals can be used to document, explore, tell a story, or express emotions. This workshop is an opportunity for self-exploration and creative improvisation. Take the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media and processes, including collage, painting, drawing and photo-transfer to create a visual journal. Explore non-traditional ways to communicate visually and take this practice with you when you leave!

Protecting Paradise

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Presenters: Shelley Gentile, Jason Evans, Jane Durocher, Clay Henderson

Protecting Paradise will explore six key environmental issues affecting the state of Florida. Participants will consider these issues with regard to their own lives, interests and communities (including Stetson). This session is right for the "newbie" as well as the seasoned activist. For a preview of the issues, you can download "Trouble in Paradise" in advance at Live polling will be used so please come equipped with an internet-enabled device.

Ekapol and the Wild Boars: Meditation and Spirituality in Everyday Life

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Presenters: Jesse Fox, Leila Roach, Mark Young

Trapped in a Thailand cave for two weeks, Coach Ekapol taught his players meditation, helping them endure the trauma of their situation until they were rescued. A spiritual practice at its core, meditation is found within all the world's religious traditions. This session will explore the spiritual aspects of meditation and the benefits of integrating meditation into daily life. Panelists will provide background on their meditative tradition, followed by a short practice. Participants will discuss challenges they foresee and explore how they may develop their own practice.

Missing Out on Significance: The Corrosive Alliance of Market Forces and the Great Silent Majority of Students

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Presenters: Paul Croce

We all know that professors and students are different in age and training—behold the graders and the gradees. But there is an even deeper fault line in the classroom, between professors and the best students in one cultural cluster, in contrast with all the other students. A narrow segment of students find the current educational path exciting, and they earn rewards for their skills and passions. But a silent majority of students do not share this passion. Can we broaden our education for significance to reach more students?

Study and Intern Abroad with CIEE

  • Track: Community Building
  • Presenters: CIEE: Council On International Educational Exchange – Soren Christensen

Studying or interning abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, come join Soren Christensen from CIEE to learn about our Affiliate programs offered all around the world. CIEE is the oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization offering

Keynote Address - Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji

The New York Times describes Prof. Irshad Manji as “Osama bin Laden's worst nightmare.” She is a faithful Muslim and a champion of moral courage, which means doing the right thing in the face of your fears. Oprah has given Irshad the first annual Chutzpah Award for “audacity, nerve, boldness and conviction.”

Irshad produced the Emmy-nominated film, Faith Without Fear, which shows how she has risked her life to stand for an Islam that respects human rights and personal liberty. She is also the author of two books about religious reform, The Trouble with Islam Today (2004) and Allah, Liberty & Love (2011). Her books are banned in some countries and best sellers in others.

As a media entrepreneur, Irshad founded the award-winning Moral Courage Project. Called “the most inspiring channel on YouTube,” Moral Courage TV features everyday people who are standing up when others want them to sit down. Irshad is now writing her next book, Don't Label Me, a provocative new take on diversity that will inspire all of us to rethink how we view each other -- and ourselves.

The Diversity Dilemma

For the acclaimed author and media entrepreneur, Irshad Manji, diversity does not stop at demographics. Being truly inclusive means we must equip ourselves to explore different points of view within identity groups.

Here is the dilemma: How do we hold honest and constructive conversations in our era of deep polarization?

According to Irshad, it starts with developing "moral courage" in ourselves. With a passionate keynote, she will guide us through taboo-riddled terrain. Expect to be inspired, unsettled and invited to disagree – in the name of real diversity.

Notable Events

The Past is Present: Race, History and Community in Deland 

Led by three Stetson History Department faculty, Drs. Andy Eisen, Mayhill Fowler, and Emily Mieras, this two-hour event introduces participants to the many untold and hidden histories of DeLand. Following a light breakfast and brief remarks, we will hop on a bus and visit a number of the town's historic locations, including a sandwich shop where African-American high school students protested segregated lunch counters, a courtroom where victims of white racial violence struggled to find justice, and the African American Museum of the Arts, a contemporary site of community preservation and artistic expression. We will also analyze how public histories of DeLand, as depicted in downtown murals, tend to center the figure of the white pioneer settler, all but erasing the contributions of other members of our community. We anticipate that by the time we conclude the tour participants will have a deeper knowledge and a greater appreciation for the diverse groups of people whose lives and labor built this town. Following in the spirit of Values Day, we hope this event will inspire continued reflection, conversations, and community action as we confront how profoundly our town's racial past is present. 

Acimera Simulation 

Acirema is a simulation exercise, facilitated by the WORLD Rinker Center for International Learning, designed to sensitize participants to the multiple obstacles that international students encounter in their quest for a U.S. education. Follow the path from initial contact with a U.S. educational institution to getting the best exchange rate on your money, to visiting the embassy, to buying your plane ticket and planning for your arrival on campus. Gain a better understanding of the resilience necessary to become a Stetson International student. A facilitated discussion will take place after the simulation to address the specific issues at stake, as well as what participants can do in the future to help support international students at Stetson University.

Three Wishes sponsored by Green, White and You

Stetson's student philanthropy group will be organizing a reflective event on Values Day: Three Wishes. The event will focus on making three wishes: one for self, one for Stetson, and one for the world. The wishes are written down on slips of paper and hung from the trees in the Palm Court. This event will tie in with Values Day, but also with the philanthropic education and the attitude that Green, White & YOU is looking to build among Stetson's students. 

Stetson R.E.A.D.

We have selected Irshad Manji's book, Allah, Liberty, and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom, for this years Values Day Common Read. Books will be available for pick in the DuPont Ball Library first come first serve.

On Values Day we will host our Stetson R.E.A.D. (Read Engage And Discuss; Reflect Engage & Affirm Diversity) event will include lunch and community dialogue on the book Allah, Liberty, and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom. Participants will have the opportunity to briefly converse with the author, Irshad Manji, and engage in contemplative dialogue. R.E.A.D. founder and facilitator,  Rajni Shankar-Brown, Associate Professor and Jessie Ball duPont Chair of Social Justice Education, and co-facilitator, Ms. Lindsey Graves, Assistant Director of Interfaith Initiatives, will also share information on the 2017-2018 R.E.A.D. Program, which is open to faculty, staff, and students.

Hand Art Center Exhibit

Exhibits include: "Traditions and Innovation in Russian Art", "Oscar Bluemner: Vision and Revision", and "Faculty Focus: Madison Creech".

Why Pollination Matters: Toward “A Better Nectar”

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Cynthia Bennington, Karen Cole, Jessica Rath
Pollinating insects are essential to our food crops and to the health of our environment. This workshop invites participants to the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem at the Gillespie Museum to look at and listen to pollinators, with LA-based artist Jessica Rath. Activities include (1) practicing a deep listening exercise to experience the resonant frequencies of the landscape's pollinators; (2) contributing to an ongoing pollinator survey; and (3) planting native wildflowers, as part of the habitat restoration.

Interacting with People Living with a Disability

Value: Intellectual Development, Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Kathy Searle Acevedo, Wendy Wilson
When you meet someone who's in a wheelchair, or uses a white cane, or communicates using ASL, what do you think? How do you act? As you go through life, you're likely to encounter people with some type of disability. Learn how to interact with them comfortably and respectfully; it could help you retain clients and avoid lawsuits. And you might get to know interesting, accomplished individuals who just happen to live with a disability! Explore daily realities faced by people with impaired sight, hearing, mobility, etc. Remember: no-one is immune to casualties and conditions which may result in a disability.

Panel Discussion: Peace Corps at Stetson and Beyond

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Chad Chernet, Robert McIntosh, Donna McIntosh, Roger Wangsness, Luisa DeGuzman, Erin Gibbs, Chip Wheeler
Join us for a panel discussion featuring Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RCPVs), including Stetson alumni, to learn about volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain knowledge about the application processes to serve in the Peace Corps or become a student leader in the Stetson University Peace Corps Prep Program. The panel will be moderated by newly appointed Associate Director, Chip Wheeler, and former Acting Associate Director, Erin Gibbs, from the Peace Corps National Office.

Challenging the facts: fake news, misleading facts, and issues of credibility.

Value: Intellectual Development, Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Molly Brown, Leigh Ann Dunning, Vanessa Petion
This presentation aims to examine credible vs. non-credible sources that affect us all on a daily basis, in order to give participants the tools to make their own determination regarding sources, whether that be from websites, news stories or social media. The presentation will be given in three parts - 1. The history of fake news; 2. Determining credible sources for academic research; 3. Creating awareness when using Social Media. Participants will engage in group activities and discussions to practice the skills presented in this workshop.

How satisfied are you with your parents? Are they allies or enemies?

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Daisy Zhou, Payton Montague, Anzu Giri
Most people growing up experienced issues with their parents, and continue to question their relationship with their parents. This workshop will present the many different approaches to parenting including those that research has proven to be the most effective. The LGBTQIA community has recently been granted legal protection for marriage and for parenting children, and parenting issues from this community will be included. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to pause for a bit and think about their bond with their own family, and the sacrifices their parents made to help them reach their goal of acquiring a higher education. Meanwhile, multicultural perspectives and scientific research findings about parenting will be included to facilitate self-reflection and communication. Participants will also share their experience, thoughts, feelings, concerns and future goals about parenting and family relationship.

Can You Solve the Tragedy of the Commons?

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Alan Green, Wendy Anderson, Melissa Gibbs, Ranjini Thaver, Chris de Bodisco
Can you escape the tragedy of the commons? This fundamental concept is taught in economics, political science, biology and environmental science at Stetson. In this workshop participants will consider the concept through a simulation that puts you in the dilemma at both local and global levels. Work with faculty from different disciplines and see who can best escape the tragedy!

Words of Wisdom for Your Financial Future

Value: Intellectual Development
Presenter(s): Bonnie Holloway,
Do you worry about your financial future after Stetson? Do you have questions or concerns about how to manage your money responsibly, about how to buy a car or insurance or a house without someone taking advantage of you, or about how income taxes work? Do you wonder about when and how to start planning for retirement? Do you want to accumulate wealth in order to be able to give something back? If so, this is the Values Day session for you! Come and help choose the topics you'd like most to explore.

Keeping Your Promises: An Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation of Anti-Discrimination Training Programs

Value: Intellectual Development
Presenter(s): Nathan Perry,
A CPR certification requires ~3 hours of in-person training. The vast majority of anti-discrimination "trainings" are an hour or less in length. The premise that remedying racism/sexism/etc is less-complicated than learning CPR is a faulty one and one that has had a continuing harmful impact on students and employees for over three decades. Workplace/campus training providers brought in ~160 BILLION dollars in 2015 (in the United States alone). While these trainings have been effective at meeting the needs administrators concerned with Legal Compliance, it is much less clear that these trainings are meeting the needs of individuals who are actually most impacted by the harmful behaviors these trainings are advertised to address. Training CAN be effective, but only if stakeholders are empowered to ask the right questions beforehand.

I'm Not a Refugee: I am a ...

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, Jelena Petrovic, Mirrett Saad
This workshop will highlight some of the most publicly debated immigration issues in the US, such as a temporary ban on refugees from Muslim countries, the securing of national borders, health care and work for refugees and undocumented immigrants, and the role of sanctuary cities. Workshop participants will consider how recent executive orders mandating changes to immigration enforcement affect local initiatives and reflect on what drives the current refugee crisis and the increase in xenophobic tendencies in the US and Europe.

Am I Significant?

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Barrett Hand, Anika Reichwald, Michelle Tepper
Time in college is a sacred season of tumult and searching, but even in our global community and our nation, we have seen virulent violence, anger, and unrest. Change starts here. How we view ourselves affects how we view the world. So, are you significant? What makes you valuable? In this session, you will consider a variety of worldviews in order to better approach these issues. Join the dialogue with current Stetson students, and Stetson alumnus and Oxford graduate Michelle Tepper. Come, and bring with you the questions you've yet to answer.

Disabling the Label of Disability: Unraveling what disability means in our society

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Tammi Hanzalik,
Like many other labels, the term "disability" comes with a negative connotation that gives those with that label a "less than" status in our society. This interactive workshop aims to debunk misconceptions concerning people with intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) as well as offering ways in which our community can build an atmosphere that is inclusive of all people, regardless of labels. Students will engage in a meaningful dialogue about the importance of truly including those with IDD in our community.

Naikan: The Japanese Art of Gratitude and Self Reflection

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Morris Sullivan
Naikan is a little-known method of self-reflection that doesn't involve sitting quietly with one's eyes closed but gives the practitioner a direct view into their relationship to the world they live in and people they live with through the application of gratitude, grace, and self-reflection.

Weight ≠ Worth: Research-Driven Strategies for Developing a Better Body Image

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Danielle Lindner, Honor Woodward
Everybody has a body, so everybody has a body image. The way we feel about our bodies is related to the eating and exercise choices we make, to our mood, to the way we feel about ourselves, and to our overall quality of life. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the topic of body image and discuss ways women and men alike can cultivate a healthy relationship with their bodies and contribute to a body-positive culture on campus.

How do we create a positive working and learning climate at Stetson? A deep dive into the 2016 Climate Study Report.

Value: Intellectual Development, Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Savannah-Jane Griffin, Julia Metzker
Join us in an interactive session that delves into the results of the 2016 DeLand Campus Climate Survey and allows participants to devise personalized and actionable strategies that they can use for improving the climate in their student organizations, classrooms, offices, meetings and other venues that are within their locus of control.

“The Muslims Are Coming!”: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the American Imagination

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Sam Houston,
Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice are among the most pressing civil rights challenges in America today. As such, this workshop seeks to educate and equip participants with tools to confront Islamophobia in its many forms. Together we will learn about representations of Islam and Muslims in European history and American television and film, examine the roles that such images have played in constructing American Muslims as “Others” in ways reminiscent of past minority and immigrant groups, and discuss practical strategies that bystanders might use to confront anti-Muslim acts of bigotry carried out in their presence.

Plenary Workshop: Guts Before Glory

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Irshad Manji
Judging from the showdown in Charlottesville, there's no hope for reconciliation in the United States today. Or is there? Irshad Manji is the world's only professor of "moral courage" -- the one value that's needed for positive social change. In this dynamic workshop, Irshad will show how moral courage can turn polarization into a constructive conversation, and then into action. Get ready to learn the secret of becoming a gutsy global citizen in 21st century America...

How Well Do You Know Your IX?

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Cathy Downes, Diane Everett, Cecil Chik, Scott Kern
Do you enjoy a little healthy competition? Are you either a self-proclaimed expert on Title IX? Or do you think Title IX is the name of a best-seller on the NY Times top 10 list? Come and engage in a high-energy game show and learn some important facts about Title IX. Title IX is making headlines across the country, improve your knowledge on this topic to help stop it from happening at Stetson. Whether you play, cheer or coach, you will learn!

What is DACA & How Can You Support Your Undocumented Peers?

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Chris Furino, Alejandra Salinas Garcia, Anallely Becerra Barajas
In this conversation facilitated by Hope CommUnity Center, students will learn about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and who are the recipients of it. We'll discuss what may happen if DACA is taken away and ways students can advocate for pieces of legislation that will benefit DACA recipients, DREAMERs, and more. In the workshop, facilitators will share their personal experiences about how DACA has helped them in a means to help students better understand how complex the Immigration system is and break down some stereotypes about the undocumented community.

Eye-to-Eye Senior Sensitivity Training

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Cathy Coates,
The Eye to Eye Senior Sensitivity Workshop will dispel your misconceptions about aging and encourage you to treat the elderly with respect and understanding. Elders are present in every aspect of our lives and local statistics show that the senior population of Volusia County is on the rise at a rate that overshadows any other demographic segment. How we perceive and interact with our elders is key to creating a better community for all to live in. Each participant will be involved with hands-on exercises that demonstrate what it actually feels like to grow old.


Value: Intellectual Development
Presenter(s): Alan Green, Students from Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Economics Honors Society, David Suellau
Everyone values peace, love, freedom, and a free lunch, but, as we like to point out in economics, there ain't no such thing. Everything comes with a cost, so Values Day is a perfect time to consider those hidden costs behind everything from food at university events to campus climate consultants to promises from politicians. Students from Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honors society, will lead a discussion of hidden costs, trade-offs and smart decision-making on campus and in their lives.

The Propaganda Experiment

Value: Intellectual Development
Presenter(s): Michael Barnes,
Propaganda has an awful reputation, as it is associated with unethical manipulation; as opposed to rhetoric (the art of persuasion), propaganda often deliberately omits essential information and/or uses heightened pathos to gloss over logical deficiencies. Techniques associated with propaganda include using loaded words (i.e. name calling and/or ad hominem attacks), transfer (an illogical association between positive/negative terms), or snob appeal (linking luxury with an act or priority) (Jowett). However, the traditional definition of propaganda carries no pejorative meaning, since the strategies can be applied for either ethical or unethical goals. The term only garnered a negative connotation with its association with Nazi war posters and rallies in WWII. The Catholic Church, in fact, created the concept as a means to attract wayward followers during the reformation/counter-reformation. Given this informing context, it is understandable that propaganda is being reconsidered by pedagogues as a legitimate and ethical means to achieve positive civic action. Advertisements aggressively dissuaded smokers from smoking and the iconic Uncle Sam posters are notable examples.

In this interactive workshop, participants engage in a student exercise from my ENGL 141 class, one that explores whether propaganda can be taught ethically. In general, the exercise foregrounds interdisciplinary writing, undergraduate research, civic engagement and ethics.

Find Your Voice: Prep for Class Presentations

Value: Intellectual Development
Presenter(s): Haley Gaynor, Mitzi Dykes
Do you have Glossophobia?!?! Over 75% of people have this fear; some even fear this more than death. The symptoms include a rapid heartbeat, severe sweating, shaking, and dry mouth. Sound familiar? Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Whether you're a first-year student or a senior, the probability are that you still get anxious with class presentations. In this workshop, we will work together to help you conquer this fear and improve your public speaking skills. If you want to quiet those butterflies when you present or want to refine your already strong speaking skills, this is the workshop for you.

Academic Integrity, Stetson's Core Values and Life Beyond

Value: Intellectual Development
Presenter(s): Cynthia Bennington, The Honor System Council, led by President Kathryn Renae Metcalf
Not sure about unauthorized group collaboration? Witness a mock hearing for alleged unauthorized group collaboration and BE a member of the Council. As a council member, in addition to determining whether or not a violation of the Honor Code occurred, you will determine sanctions should a violation have occurred. Discuss how academic dishonesty can be avoided. Reflect on what academic integrity means to Stetson and your future.

It's About Service: Alternative Break Opportunities at Stetson University

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Clare Sullivan, David Bailey, Nicolette Alayon, Chloe Foster, Sydney Arrington, Courtney Converse, Cathryn Sandborn
A distant destination, a close-knit group of friends, a welcoming non-profit. These are all factors for an Alternative Break trip that students have the opportunity to participate in every year. Come to this workshop to learn about global citizenship opportunities through Alternative Breaks.

Examining Poverty and Homelessness in the Context of Values: A Call to Action

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown,
Families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population in the United States, and particularly in the state of Florida. Economic well-being of children in the Sunshine State is consistently ranked as one of the lowest. Additionally, Florida continues to be identified as one of the most dangerous states for the homeless, with hate crimes increasing at alarming rates. Growing economic inequality in the U.S. requires communities to reflect on values and mindfully address multilayered issues, including dismantling systemic oppression. This interactive session will explore the complex dynamics of socioeconomic inequality within the context of values and highlight the myriad effects of homelessness on children and youth – putting forth a call to action to collectively rethink how we address poverty, to mobilize, and to mindfully advance equity and justice.

International Internships: How to Build your Resume Abroad

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Amy Barber, Paula Hentz and Student Panel
Every year, Stetson University students pursue challenging and exciting internships overseas. They work in Parisian fashion houses, learn more about Chinese business culture, and intern with environmental sustainability programs in Australia, all while increasing their cultural communication skills. Join us for a panel discussion with Stetson students to hear about these experiences directly from the source. Students will share their own experiences, from choosing an opportunity to financing their time abroad. Attendees will gain a better understanding of Stetson's various options, whether for themselves or for their students.

Meditation 101: How Scheduled Stillness Can Improve your GPA

Value: Personal Growth
Presenter(s): Kait Forsythe
Meditation is the process by which we withdraw our attention from the outer world and concentrate it inwards. Physicians, psychologists, and various health professionals recommend meditation as a tool to manage the things that get in the way: stress, anxiety, depression, physical illness and more. Do you ever find when you go to work on an assignment, your mind is tempted by distractions? In this Jyoti meditation workshop, we will learn how to be still and narrow our focus despite our mind's resistance.

If we can cultivate a regular meditation practice, we will find ourselves operating from a place of calm clarity that will feed all areas of our lives: work, relationships, home, and especially school.

Beyond You

Value: Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
Presenter(s): James Hilton, John Sellers
Every day we look around our world and communities to see injustice, pain, and oppression. There is a desire within us to take a stand and live a life that makes a difference in the world. But what gives you the ability to make a real impact and to bring needed change? How do you identify what it is that drives you past simply desiring for things to be better and moves you into a lifetime of influence? It starts with living for something beyond yourself.

What's In A Word?—Defining Diversity and Creating Inclusivity

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Shawnrece Campbell, Drew Macan, Maria Francis, Elisabeth Poeter, Daniel Barber, Alyssa Morley, Luisa De Guzman, Jason Myree
Creating a culture of inclusivity begins on an individual basis. It is erroneous to think that you don't need to contribute to inclusivity on an individual basis until you feel included. Rather the model of doing more to include individuals who are characteristically diverse from ourselves in our various cultural spheres should be adopted. If we all do more to include our neighbors, pretty soon we will feel included too.

Islam and You

Value: Global Citizenship
Presenter(s): Eman Abd EL Halim, Eman El Sayed El Taher
Islam is oppressive, right? Wrong! Do feminists wear Hijab? Yes! In the workshop, “Islam and You”, we will discuss women's role in Islam, their contributions, as well as the misconceptions about women in Islam. In addition to this, participants will learn basic Islam principles, discover new sides to Islam, and understand how Islam integrates with other religions and thoughts to maintain a peaceful world. At the end, participants will gain new and surprising insight about the Prophet Muhammad; ”Peace Be Upon Him”.

Keynote Address Peter Anyang' Nyong'o - Senator of Kenya 

Irshad Manji

Graduated from Makerere University, Kampala, in 1971 with a BA (First Class Honours) in Political Science and Philosophy before proceeding to the University of Chicago where he received his MA (1974) and PhD (1977) in Political Science. Taught at the University of Nairobi (1977-81), El Colegio de Mexico (1981-83) and Addis Ababa University (1984-86) then joined the African Academy of Sciences as Head of Programs from 1987 to 1992. He is currently a part-time professor at the University of Nairobi Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

Having been involved in the struggle against authoritarian rule in Kenya throughout his academic career, he was among the leaders who made a breakthrough into multiple-party politics in 1992. He was then elected to Parliament in that year and has served in various capacities since then. He was Minister for Planning and National Development (2003-05) and Minister for Medical Services (2008-2013). He is currently the Senator for Kisumu County in the Senate, a member of the Senate Committee of Finance, Budget and Commerce and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts and Investments.

He has published several books and articles on democracy, democratization, the state and the political economy of development in Africa. Among the publications are "Estado y Sociedad en Africa Actuel" (El Colegio de Mexico, 1983), "Popular Struggles for Democracy in Africa", (London: Zed Books, 1987); "The Context of Privatization in Kenya" (Academy Science Publishers, Nairobi, 1996); "The Study of African Politics: A Critical Appreciation of A Heritage" (Nairobi: Ball Foundation, 2002); "A Leap Into the Future" (Nairobi: Word Alive Publishers, 2006). In 1995 he was awarded the German-African Award for his contribution to democracy and democratization in Africa. He was Gro Harlem Brundland Senior Leadership Fellow in the Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development, at the Harvard School of Public Health, from October to December 2013.

A Look Back on Values Day 2016

Senator and university professor from Kenya, Peter Anyang Nyongo', delivered the keynote address, urging students to find their calling, at Stetson University's 2016 Values Day.

Notable Events

Service Project Orientation and Breakfast

Three Wishes - Green, White & You

Stetson's student philanthropy group will be organizing a reflective event on Values Day: Three Wishes. The event will focus on making three wishes: one for self, one for Stetson, and one for the world. The wishes are written down on slips of paper and hung from the trees in the Palm Court. This event will tie in with Values Day, but also with the philanthropic education and the attitude that Green, White & YOU is looking to build among Stetson's students.

Hand Art Center Exhibits

Aquiferious: Margaret Ann Tolbert

Margaret Ross Tolbert is an artist based in Gainesville, Florida. Over the last twenty years, she has executed series of paintings, drawings and lithographs from studios in the U.S., France and Turkey. Tolbert's paintings, document some of the many features, and urgent need for the preservation of Florida's freshwater springs and the Floridan Aquifer.

Faculty Focus: Gary Bolding

Gary Bolding has taught painting and drawing at Stetson since 1989. His work has been in more than 25 solo exhibitions and 150 group shows internationally and has won numerous awards in national and regional juried exhibitions. He typically combines meticulous craftsmanship with quirky and ironic subject matter.

Oscar Bluemner: The Language of Architecture

Oscar Bluemner: The Language of Architecture – Works from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection - The exhibition in the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center from August 19 to December 9th will examine the significance of architecture in the work of American Modernist Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938). Bluemner had completed a degree in architecture in Berlin shortly before departing for the United States in 1892, and for his first two decades in America he pursued an architectural career with uneven success. By the beginning of the twentieth century his attention turned increasingly to painting, and by 1911 he was determined to abandon architecture for painting. The exhibition explores the ways in which architectural practice informed his painting as well as his use of buildings as a key component of his personal pictorial language.

Hunger Banquet

Come experience this unique tradition! The Center for Community Engagement, along with the Student Coalition to End Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and Oxfam, have partnered together to host the 7th Annual Stetson Hunger Banquet. The objective of this event is to raise awareness of local and world hunger. The Banquet will include an overview of what our world faces, a meal for attendees and options on how they can be involved in efforts related to hunger prevention.

Native Values: Ancient Principles in a Global Context

Learn about living Native values in a rapidly changing world from a diverse group of indigenous participants and Stetson faculty panelists Pamela Cappas-Toro & Luis Paredes. Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Department of World Languages & Cultures, Cross-Cultural Center.


Join us in a tribute to honor those who lost their lives in the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Let's cherish their memory and celebrate their lives by dancing in their honor. There will be music, dancing, and light refreshments provided. This event is sponsored by Kaleidoscope and the Cross-Cultural Center.

Workshop Block 1 

Zika Virus and Global Health Crisis

  • Presenter(s): Rosalie Richards, Asal Johnson

#Lives: Black, Blue, All: where we are and how we move towards unity and justice

  • Presenter(s): Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Sven Smith, Sharmaine Jackson, Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ranjini Thaver

Global Economy: Venezuela in Crisis

  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, Chris de Bodisco, Luis Paris, Ana Servigna

America's Political Climate

  • Presenter(s): David Hill, Steven Smallpage, Bill Nylen

Workshop Block 2-3 Descriptions

Many Cultures, One Family Cross the Line (Diversity and Inclusion Edition)

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Luis Paredes, Natasha Ramnauth

Students will engage in interactive activities and discussions to identify personal similarities and differences that make them unique individuals as well as part of a collective family at Stetson University.

Dream Garden

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Tonya Cribb Curran, Matt Roberts, Terri Witek, Michael Branton

This phone project invites you to plant a floating garden of dreams on Stetson University's historic campus. Use your phones to text in 7-word dreams and watch these appear via your phones to fill and cross and layer the air on the quad. As a political space, Dream Garden offers greening without colonization or displacement.

Leaders: Men and Women who Make a Difference

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Peter Anyang' Nyong'o

The address focuses on leadership and what it means in various sectors of endeavor and roles in society. It gives cross-cultural examples that the students may or may not be familiar with. What are the values that a good leader should uphold and live by? When leaders make mistakes, need they give up?

Developing global citizenship through study abroad: Population, Society, and Environment in Shanghai (SOCI 290)

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rachel Core, Jessica Chamberlin, Katie Hansen, Mia Hudd, and Sara Nelmes

This interactive workshop will highlight activities and learning from the 2016 Spring Break study abroad seminar, “Population, Environment, and Society in Shanghai (SOCI 290).” The workshop will feature four students who participated in the seminar, who will talk about their experience and answer questions.

Interfaith Panel

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Riselle Bain, Bassem Chaaban, Surinder Panesar

The United States is the most religiously diverse nation in the world. Such diversity can produce opportunities for conflict, or cooperation. This workshop seeks to increase our awareness of three religious communities in the United States: Judaism, Islam, and Sikhism. The discussion will focus on the promotion of peace and understanding in U.S. society through dialogue. Panelists will share their perspectives on living in ways that foster greater understanding and compassion. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

Panelists Include: -Riselle Bain, Stetson Alumna and Cantor, Temple Israel, Sebring, Florida -Bassem Chaaban, Director of Outreach, Islamic Society of Central Florida -Surinder Panesar, Sikh Society of Central Florida

Service Dogs: the real, the fake and the training

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Sarah Townsend, Marilyn Kudlets

It can be challenging knowing the difference between a service dog and a pet dog. This workshop will go into detail explaining the training of a service dog and what a true service dog behaves like out in public. Service dogs will be included in the presentation. There will be time for discussion and questions.

Managing Your Social Media Presence

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Debbie Dinkins, Ashley Krenelka Chase, Molly BrownWhat is the best way to manage your social media presence? A post in Facebook seems to last forever even if it is deleted. Many employers look at social media sites when considering an applicant, so how do you express yourself and still remain employable? This will be a discussion-based workshop that will include interactive role-playing opportunities.

Why Community in a Company is Important

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Nathan Wagner, Katrina Palmieri, Ambar Gonzalez, Maria Rodriguez

Why should businesses be engaged in their communities, and how can they align their business model with community needs? Representatives from DaVita, a Fortune 500 health care provider, will highlight the connection between local businesses and their communities, including discussion of DaVita's business plan, health care model, and community impact.

Why Native Ecosystems Matter

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Cindy Bennington, Karen Cole

This workshop will focus on ecosystem conservation, using the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape, the ongoing restoration of a longleaf pine habitat on the grounds of the RELC, as an example of one way in which environmental values can be translated to the public.

First Degree: The Value of Higher Education in Prison

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Pamela Cappas-Toro, Andy Eisen, Melinda Hall, Jelena Petrovic, Madeline Welsh

Participants in this workshop will watch a 25-minute documentary "First Degree" that follows the story of three incarcerated men at Sing Sing Prison in New York as they pursue college degrees. Following the screening, members of the Community Education Project, a college-in-prison program initiated by Stetson professors, will lead a discussion on the value of providing a liberal arts education in carceral spaces.

Treat Yourself: Transform Your Life, Relationships, and Work with One Change

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Andy Dehnart, Stacy Collins

You've been holding yourself back from reaching your full potential. In this workshop, discover how to change that. Messages from media and our society, about others and ourselves, cause damage—but it's reparable. Analyzing memes, stereotypes, and self-judgment, we'll help you see yourself in an entirely new way. Come prepared to change your life.

A Collective Call to Action: Understanding the Multilayered Dynamics and Effects of Poverty on Children

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown

Severe poverty continues to impact millions of lives in the United States and around the globe. Families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, and the number of school-aged children living in poverty and experiencing homelessness in Florida continues to rise at alarming rates. Furthermore, hate crimes against those in homeless situations have seen a disturbing rise in the past decade particularly in Florida. Pervasive inequalities, systemic oppression, growing opportunity gaps, deficient policies, advances in technology, and an ever-changing economy require us to rethink how we address poverty and homelessness in our communities, as well as in our global landscape. This interactive session will explore the complex dynamics of socioeconomic inequality and deeply entrenched oppression through multidimensional narratives and numeric data, with a particular focus on the impact of poverty on children. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion on ways to help remove systemically oppressive barriers for families and children living in poverty and experiencing homelessness.

The Myths and Realities of the US Criminal Justice System in International Context

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Ranjini Thaver, students from ECON141J

The objective of this presentation is multifold: To discuss the myths and realities of the criminal justice system; to contrast the US retributive justice system with other countries' restorative justice system; to analyze the high recidivism rates in the US; and to analyze the role of Stetson University in contributing to a restorative justice system at Tomoka through education. This presentation, led by students, will highlight our values and commitments, in particular, our contribution to social justice within prisons, and in society overall.

My Name Is Not Refugee. A look at the complexities of global migrations

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, Pamela Capas-Torro

How do Germany's socio-political and cultural infrastructures respond to the influx of asylum seekers? What are the implications of framing Puerto Ricans' arriving in the Orlando area as “refugees?” Join in this dialogue with three of our faculty panelists.

Fiscally Fit Hatters

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Rebecca Thomas, Elsa Guevara, Tevin Williams, Ally Topliff

Sponsored by Green, White & YOU, this Values Day workshop will teach its' participants about the importance of being financially conscious along with educating students about the impact donor dollars have at Stetson University.

Meditation: What Science is Telling Us

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Mark Young

Meditation may be an ancient spiritual tradition found in most of the world's faiths, but fifty years of western scientific research shows that a regular meditation practice has many other potential benefits. In this session, Mark Young, professor of Counseling at UCF, will review his own research and that of many others' states about the value of meditation for achieving mental, physical, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual outcomes.

What's the Value of Your Education? A Choose Your Own Adventure Workshop

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green

Are you in college to get a good job or become a better person? What will your parents say about you majoring in Art instead of Accounting? You're in control in this interactive workshop. Choose what you think is most important and explore the arguments for and against different views of education and ways to get the most out of your college experience.

Your Vote, Your Future

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Christina Borg

Stetson Votes will be presenting a workshop to encourage voter participation among Stetson students. We will host a fun, interactive workshop focused on empowering students to use their right to vote to better themselves and their futures.

Humor Therapy, The Art of Smiling for Others

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): David Mann

David Mann, MA, CTRS, author of the book "Humor Therapy, The Art of Smiling for Others" shares his perspectives of how everyone can use conversational humor to uplift and heal those in need of a smile.

Stories, examples, and techniques of humor in action will be presented with opportunities to share your own humor experiences.

Utilize Your Well Team

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Erin Kelly, Melissa Mesman

This workshop is an introduction to Stetson University's WELL Team. We will share strategies that students can use to be well during and after their time at Stetson. Learn about the programs that the WELL Team will hold throughout the year and the changes we will be implementing in response to the Campus Climate report. Title IX policies and processes will be discussed, as this is an important resource on campus. Suggestions, concerns, and questions about improving the well-being of Stetson students will be welcomed by participants and addressed accordingly. Help us help you.

Values-Based Leadership

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Valerie Drebsky, Andrew Wertheim, Arden Tilghman

Stetson values the development of the whole person and is committed to helping students engage and build lifelong connections with the larger world through Personal Growth, Intellectual Development, and Global Citizenship. Join recent Stetson Executive MBA alumni in this interactive workshop that will take participants through different activities that will help them explore their personal values and strengths.

Academic Integrity, Stetson's Core Values and Life Beyond

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Cindy Bennington, Victoria Garcia

What is the Stetson Student Honor Council and why should I be interested? Come and learn the answer. In this session, you will be a member of the Council. Hear the various sides in a case of alleged academic dishonesty. Determine how it should be dealt with. How can it be avoided? What does academic integrity mean to my university and my future?

Ready, Set, Interview

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Joyce Mundy, Fran Duvall

Finishing your degree in education is exciting, but equally important is a fantastic job offer. Tips in this session are presented by two former school administrators who recruited many new teachers. Learn what to do before, during, and after the interview to bring your best to the table!

Safe Zone Training: The Road to Advocacy

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Cecil Chik

This 60-minute interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn and practice ways that they can advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Imagining (Dis)Ability: Representations of Disability in Popular Culture

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Emily Mieras, Stacy Collins, Melinda Hall

This interactive workshop explores representations of disability in popular culture, such as television and film. We will discuss concepts for understanding disability, reflect on key examples, and come away with a sense of how popular culture—and all of us, as its consumers—share responsibility for mainstream perceptions of disability

Keynote Address Richard Blanco

Irshad Manji

Inaugural Poet, Cuban-American Poet, Memoirist, Speaker

Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet's Journey; the poetry chapbooks One Today and Boston Strong; and the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf MotelDirections to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires. Currently, he is collaborating with renowned illustrator Dav Pilkey on a children's book of his poem One Today.


Blanco's many awards include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award. A builder of cities as well as poems, Blanco holds a BS in Civil Engineering and an MFA in Creative Writing. He has received numerous honors for his writings and performances, including honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island, and has been named a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught at Central Connecticut State University, Georgetown University, and American University. Blanco splits his time between Bethel, Maine and Boston, Mass.

Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the scared boy or the openly gay man, the engineer or the inaugural poet, Blanco's writings possess a story-rich quality that easily illuminates the human spirit. His captivating images and accessible narratives invite readers and audiences to see themselves in his poems, which for him are like mirrors in front of which we stand side by side with him—each one of us gazing into our respective lives blurred together with his, connecting us all across social, political, and cultural gaps. Ultimately, his work asks himself those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?

Stetson Book Feast

Richard Blanco, the 2013 inaugural poet, is coming to Stetson! As part of Values Day, our keynote speaker Richard Blanco will be on campus for 2 days. Please join us on Monday before Values Day to meet Richard Blanco and discuss his book, The Prince of Los Cocuyos. Free copies of the book are available at the Center for Community Engagement.

Notable Events

Service Project Orientation and Breakfast

Hand Art Center Exhibit - The Drifters by Pam Longobardi

The DRIFTERS PROJECT, begun by Pam Longobardi in 2006 after encountering the mountainous piles of plastic the ocean was regurgitating on remote Hawaiian beaches, has worked directly through local sponsorship, small grant support and personal expenditure by cleaning beaches and working with communities in Beijing, China (NY Arts Beijing, 2008); in Atlanta, Georgia (New Genre Landscape, 2008); in Nicoya, Costa Rica (Chorotega Sede/Universidad Nacional, 2009); in Samothraki, Greece (EVROS Cultural Association and PAI 2010); in Monaco (Nouveau Museé National de Monaco 2011); in Seward, Alaska and Alaskan Peninsula, Katmai National Park as part of the GYRE Expedition (Alaska SeaLife Center 2011, Anchorage Museum 2013-4 and CDC Museum in Atlanta, 2015); in Kefalonia, Greece (Ionion Center, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) with the 2014 birth of Plastic Free Island, and in Armila, Panama with a collaboration with the women artists of the Guna Yala community there. Longobardi and the Drifters Project was recently featured in National Geographic, commissioned for the cover of SIERRA magazine, and was a guest on the Weather Channel.

Hunger Banquet

Come experience this unique tradition! The Center for Community Engagement, along with the Student Coalition to End Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and Oxfam, have partnered together to host the 6th Annual Stetson Hunger Banquet. The objective of this event is to raise awareness of local and world hunger. The Banquet will include an overview of what our world faces, a meal for attendees and options on how they can be involved in efforts related to hunger prevention.

Great Organists at Stetson Series

Kent Tritle is one of America's leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by The New York Times, he is in his fourth season as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; his eighth season as Music Director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York; and his tenth season as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus. In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. Also an acclaimed organ virtuoso, Kent Tritle is the organist of the New York Philharmonic and the American Symphony Orchestra. The School of Music welcomes the public to all concerts. Complimentary admission.

The Science of Climate Change, the Pope and Policy: A Panel Discussion 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, Jason Evans, Jim Mallett, Phillip Lucas, Christopher de Bodisco

This panel will explore Pope Francis' Encyclical on climate change in terms of moral responsibility, science, religion and environmental policy. How does the statement align with Stetson's value of "global citizenship?" Why are scientists cheering it? Why is it important for a religious leader to accept the mainstream scientific view on climate change? What are the political implications of a conservative religious leader pushing for action on climate change? Does it impact the domestic debate in the U.S.? What is the role of religion in a debate on global environmental policy anyway? If action is to be taken on climate change, what is the appropriate degree of participation to expect from poor countries? What trade-offs need to be considered between economic development/poverty reduction and environmental protection? 

Fostering Home Literacies: What Stetson Students Can Do in Our Community 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Mary Ellen Oslick, Nicole Clendenin, Liz Lizalde

This workshop will explore how a university and public elementary school partnered to develop a learning experience that would include the application of preservice teachers' primary literacy learning with a home-to-school connection. Additionally, Stetson students will receive training via the America Reads program to use as future tutors, mentors, and parents to promote literacy learning. A site visit to a Professional Development School in the community may also be included. 

Hatters Serve: Social Justice and Experiential Learning in Cusco, Peru 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Matt Kurz, Annie Roche, Emmie Wenzell

This workshop will explore the value and impact of social justice in an international location through the lived experience of 8 students and one staff member who participated in Stetson's first international service trip in Cusco, Peru. The presenters will give an overview of the experience from planning and fundraising through completion, discuss the service work in-depth, and provide specific examples of the learning and impact the trip had on the individuals and the group. 

Understanding Systems of Oppression and Intersectionality through Multi-Modal Narrative: Nurturing Global Consciousness to Advance Social Justice  

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown

This workshop offers opportunities to examine multiple social identities in the larger context of social power and privilege. Through global, multi-modal narrative, including storytelling, art, poetry, and music, participants are encouraged to gain a deeper understanding of diversity, intersectionality, and the complex dynamics of oppression. Reflect on and discuss inspiring movements in history that have empowered lives, promoted equity, and resulted in positive social change. Explore ways to individually and collectively advance social justice! 

NPHC 101: Their Importance on Stetson's Campus 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Patrice Perkins

This workshop focuses on how Stetson University can and does benefit from having a NPHC organization on campus. It is important to understand how NPHC organizations differ from PanHellenic and IFC entities and how they all work toward the common goal of bettering individuals and the community. 

Could you join a cult or act violently? 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Frank Machovec

Middle East extremist groups recruit followers on the Internet and social media but the phenomenon is not new. This workshop explains how everyone is susceptible to joining a cult or cult-like group and even acting out violently. 

Breaking the Binary: Intersex as Narrative and Theory 

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Melinda Hall, Bek Luke

In this workshop, we will raise awareness of intersex issues by defining and discussing intersex and differentiating intersex issues from transgender issues.

This workshop will be divided into two parts: a lecture and an interactive portion. First, Bek Luke, student and activist at Stetson University, will share narrative experiences of intersex from a first-person point of view. Second, Melinda Hall will share a perspective drawn from the field of bioethics and queer theory. Finally, we will ask the students to participate in an activity meant to draw out the social and political construction of and impacts of intersex conditions. 

Dare to Switch Hats, a Beginner's Journey to Becoming Significant 

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Jessica Szymczyk, Medorie Peterson-Woodburn

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will hear from the perspective of a First Generation Student and a Stetson University Staff member. Key ideas discussed in this workshop include the value of thinking beyond “self”, fostering curiosity, identifying new interests, developing a support team, and utilizing Stetson resources to achieve identified action steps. This workshop encourages students, faculty and staff to utilize the Stetson Community as a “practice area” for creating social change. 

Social entrepreneurs: Providing innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Gary Oliphant

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field of study that is gaining increasing attention in universities around the world. Social entrepreneurs combine the knowledge and skills used in traditional business, with a passionate commitment to having a meaningful and sustainable social impact. In this workshop we will focus on using entrepreneurial competencies to craft innovative responses to social problems. Entrepreneurs are particular good at recognizing opportunities, exploring innovative approaches, mobilizing resources, managing risk, and building viable enterprises. 

Improving Wellness in Support of Resilience

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Rebecca Stone, Lynn Schoenberg, Resche Hines

Stetson students rate traumatic life events as more difficult to handle than other students; this reflects a need for improved student resilience. Background research around what resiliency is and why it is important, as well as how students, faculty, and staff can support student resilience will be discussed. Balance in the Six Dimensions of Wellness will be presented to support student resilience. A special focus will be placed on Stetson resources, efforts, and outcomes improvements. 

Rachel Dolezal and Race Performance 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Kimberly Flint-Hamilton

Social scientists agree that race is a sociocultural construct rather than a real taxonomic category. So why has America become so outraged by Rachel Dolezal's decision to “become” black? Is Rachel Dolezal truly transracial, or is her appropriation of blackness instead “a spectacular exercise in hubris, narcissism, and deflection,” in the words of New York Times journalist Charles Blow? 

Why Native Ecosystems Matter

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Cindy Bennington, Karen Cole

Opportunities for contact between people and the natural environment have declined with increasing habitat loss, removing the context within which people understand and value arguments for conservation of biodiversity and natural resources. In this workshop we will discuss the value of natural ecosystems to life on Earth, providing opportunities for participants to tour the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem, learning about current student/faculty projects, and engaging in hands-on activities related to the educational mission of the site.

Global Internships: Enhancing global citizenship through experiential learning

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Paula Hentz

Global citizenship is an important part of Stetson's mission to prepare students to be informed, active and engaged citizens. A panel of students will discuss their global internship experiences and offer advice for interning abroad.

Academic Integrity, Stetson's Core Values and Life Beyond

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): David Dysart, Honor Council Members

What is the Stetson Student Honor Council and why should I be interested? Come and learn the answer. In this session you will BE a member of the Council! Hear the various sides of a case of alleged academic dishonesty. Determine how it should be dealt with. How could it be avoided? What does academic integrity mean to my university and my future?

Screening and Discussion of "The Colors of Stetson”, A Documentary about the Experience of Students of Color on our Campus

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Grady Ballenger, Rajni Shankar-Brown

We held this session in fall 2014, and it generated important discussion. Alexandrina's film has recently been selected as one of nine films chosen for the Council on Social Work Education for their 2015 Virtual Film Festival. They anticipate what we know: it's a great way to start a conversation about campus culture that needs to happen but that is hard to begin. While we could argue this session fits all of the Core Values, we'll chose 'intellectual development' because it will seek to clarify how understandings of race and ethnicity are socially constructed, how everyone has "race," even those who think of themselves as "white," and finally how cultural understandings can shape our view of the world, for better if we are wise.

Beyond a Paycheck

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Nora Huth, Jennifer Grocke

This workshop/presentation will connect Stetson's values with the student's employment experience. Students will have the opportunity to assess what values they bring into their student employment position and what value their position will have in their future at Stetson and beyond. This workshop/presentation is focused at students who want to get the most out of their student employment experience.

"African and German? What an Interesting Mixture!"

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter

The workshop focuses on the "other" Germany by moving beyond the association of the country and its culture with National Socialism and the subsequent division of the nation into two distinct states. We will use different visual images that address racism in reunified Germany, learn about the German poet and writer of African descent, Mary Ayim, and address questions of immigration and national identity.

Conscience: Best Friend or Bully?

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): William Andrews

"It takes up more room than all the rest of a person's insides, and yet ain't no good nohow." Huck Finn on Conscience in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Too often, ethical instruction seems to devolve into strategies for justifying our behavior. But when we put our head on our pillow at night, somehow this voice of conscience seems to prevail against our best arguments. What is this beast and where does it come from? Is it authoritative...and what happens if it isn't heeded? Can it be trained ... or just silenced, and what are the consequences of its demise?

Are there spaces between your thoughts?: Living a happy, fulfilled life

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Lua Hancock, Rob Walsh, Certified Yoga Instructor, Guruv Yoga

Do you live a crazy life full of jumbled thoughts, or do you have space between your thoughts to use your deep discernment to create your own destiny? Instead of living in stories of how you want the future to be or of how you remember the past was, you can live in the success and joy of the present moment. We will share our stories of how contemplative practice has changed our lives and spend time practicing breath and meditation together.

Helping Make A Difference In the World-One Country at a Time

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rebecca Oliphant

Students who attended the international social justice experience under the direction of the Drs. Oliphant will discuss the impact of traveling to do volunteer work in Cambodia and exploring Vietnam for it's culture, religion, and historical importance.

The Law for Some or the Law for All?: The Moral Premise of the Law

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Greg Sapp, Josh Rust

The law is supposed to work for the benefit of the entire community, but too often the law benefits only those in power, those who make the law. This workshop will consider the purpose of law for effecting justice in the community. We will look at the way the law is supposed to work ideally and compare that to how we think the law works actually. Comparing those two, we can discuss ways to bring the actual operation of the law in line with the ideal operation of the law.

We want YOU to run for political office!

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Kevin Winchell

Have you ever thought about running for political office? Are you passionate about making change in your community? Whether you have whimsical thoughts about the prospect of running for office, or you have been seriously planning your campaign since fifth grade, you should attend this workshop. You'll learn about why it is important for ordinary citizens to run for political office, as well as the steps necessary to be successful candidates and, later, elected officials.

The Science of Happiness

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Leigh DeLorenzi, Leila Roach

What does happiness look like in the brain? What is the relationship between our values and our wellbeing? How does suffering teach us about the potential for living a deeply meaningful life? In addition to the latest research findings on happiness, this session will present "anecdotes from the front lines of suffering" -- a trauma therapist's lessons about living a joyful life through working with survivors of unspeakable hardship.

Keynote Address - Rev. Vincent A. Pizzuto, PhD

An East Coast native, The Rev. Vincent Pizzuto, PhD, attained his undergraduate degree in English literature and theology at St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York, and his first master's degree in religious education from Boston College. For several years he served as a campus minister and interfaith counselor at the Newman Center at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and in 1997 moved to Belgium to attend the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he received his second master's degree and a PhD in New Testament exegesis in 2003.

Later that year Pizzuto relocated to San Francisco to take up his full-time appointment as a professor of New Testament studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Drawing upon his life-long commitment to Christian contemplative practice, early in his career Pizzuto received a number of grants to fund the development of a series of courses in contemplative practice at USF, which have as their cornerstone the integration of meditation within the classroom environment. Building upon the success of these courses, his most recent curricular developments at USF include the introduction of a cross-disciplinary minor in Christian spirituality and contemplative practice which is expected to launch officially in spring 2015.

Pizzuto has presented nationally and internationally on issues of inter-religious dialog and contemplative practice. His ongoing attentiveness to a theology that remains grounded in the needs of both church and society sustains his commitment to regularly offer lectures, workshops, and retreats on biblical spirituality and contemplative prayer, and the intersection of both of these with the most pressing spiritual questions of the day.

Among his current publications is his first book entitled, A Cosmic Leap of Faith: An Authorial, Structural and Theological Investigation of the Cosmic Christology in Col 1:15-20: Contributions To Exegesis and Theology, 41 (Peeters: Leuven, 2006), as well as a number of scholarly essays, the most recent of which include, "The Deus Absconditus of Scripture: An Apophatic Hermeneutic for Christian Contemplatives," BTB 44:2 (spring 2014) 100-08; "The Structural Elegance of Matthew 1-2: A Chiastic Proposal," Catholic Biblical Quarterly (October 2012), 712-37; and "An Ecological Hermeneutic of Col 1:15-20: A Panentheistic Proposal," in Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspective, Jame Schaefer, ed., (Marquette: University Press, 2011), 75-97.

Ordained to the priesthood in July 2006, Pizzuto founded and ministers in the Bay Area to a contemplative Christian community, New Skellig, whose liturgy and practices are informed by the history and spiritual patrimony of the Celtic Christian Church. He and his community will be formally received into the Episcopal Church later this year.

Pizzuto lives in a small mountain town in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, which he has come to think of as his personal spiritual 'retreat.'

What if we measured our spiritual maturity not by the certainty of our answers but by the deepening authenticity of our questions? What if we committed to a spiritual practice that did not so much look to religion to provide answers, but rather to provide a framework for asking the right questions? In other words, what if we risked living more deeply with Mystery itself. If the answers promulgated by our religious and philosophical traditions tend to divide us, a contemplative turn 'inward' readily reveals that our questions, in fact, unite us. People of vastly different times and cultures have grappled with many of the same existential questions, universally about meaning, identity, purpose and destiny. In a diverse and multicultural society, how might the particularities of our own religious and philosophical commitments point to a deeper realization of union with others and with all of Reality?

To explore some of these questions, we will first look at the intersection between religion and spirituality, which is becoming an increasingly pressing tension among college students today. Contemplative practices, broadly defined, are intended to foster an interior landscape in which one is able to look deeply (some would say, prayerfully) within one's self in order to transcend self-imposed limitations that are based largely on false perceptions and attachments. Often times these practices known variously as prayer, meditation, or contemplation are framed and rooted in a particular faith tradition which helps to ground the practice in a broader communal, liturgical, and moral life. Others have sought more individual spiritual paths quite apart from any formal religious tradition. This raises the question of the complex relationship between 'religion' and 'spirituality,' or more broadly, the interplay between community and solitude in the support of one's contemplative or meditative practice.

Rather than engage questions of religious 'truth' or 'doctrinal' teaching we will explore the meaning of beauty, the necessity of awe, the inevitability of wonder. It is beauty that attracts, not the dry rigid formulas of dogma. It is awe that moves our hearts to love, not the ethical demand that we do so as a religious obligation. And it is wonder that leads us on to meet the ever-receding horizon of our insatiable curiosity. The contemplative life then, is not about introducing yet another 'thing' that we must do, it is about discovering rather how to 'be.' How to be alive and fully awake to beauty, awe, and wonder. It is from this interior awakening that we can begin to foster genuine spiritual lives and authentic religious commitments.

Notable Events

Service Project Orientation and Breakfast

Tobacco-Free Campus Dedication

On August 1, 2014, Stetson University marked a new day in its history by becoming a smoke- and tobacco-free campus. In support of this historical moment, the Tobacco Free Task Force, in conjunction with the Values Commitment Steering Team will dedicate Values Day 2014 as "Smoke and Tobacco Free Dedication Day." We'll also honor our very own faculty member, T. Wayne Bailey, PhD, for his accomplishments with the tobacco-free movement in Volusia County. Following brief remarks from Professor Bailey, there will be a ribbon-cutting on Stetson Green. Please join us as we celebrate a triumphant "Breathe Free Stetson" day

Healing Art Workshop - Hand Art Center

Artists Marguerite Perret and Bruce Scherting, co-creators of "The Waiting Room," will work with students at hands-on activity stations to create therapeutic works of art relating to breast cancer, dementia, anorexia, depression and domestic abuse.

Hand Art Center Exhibit 

The Waiting Room: Lost and Found visually expresses the experience of illness - breast cancer, dementia, anorexia, depression, domestic abuse - and through hands-on activity stations constitutes therapeutic creativity for patient and artists. The Waiting Room explores the psychologically rich conceptual framework of the medical waiting room. This is the place where patients are processed before testing, diagnosis, consultation or treatment begins. Evoking this environment are a series of distinct tableau's on breast cancer, dementia, anorexia, depression and domestic abuse. The focal point of each is a hybridized chair composed of found and sculptural elements; "lost" and/or "found" items specifically designed, ambiguously functioning clothing are traces if inhabitants past and future. Visitors may sit adjacent to each sculptural chair on an unaltered chair, where they listen to recorded interview excerpts and sound compositions of intimate and expanded perspectives, or multiple "voices" for each health issue. In this position, viewers are made participants in the waiting community.

Participating artists: Marguerite Perret , Bruce Scherting, Stephanie Lanter, Robin Lasser

Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum

The Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum consists of cargo truck outfitted as a replica of the trucks involved in a recent slavery operation (U.S. v. Navarrete, 2008), accompanied by displays on the history of evolution of slavery in Florida

Hunger Banquet

Come experience this unique tradition! The Center for Community Engagement, along with the Student Coalition to End Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and Oxfam, have partnered together to host the 6th Annual Stetson Hunger Banquet. The objective of this event is to raise awareness of local and world hunger. The Banquet will include an overview of what our world faces, a meal for attendees and options on how they can be involved in efforts related to hunger prevention.

Discussion with the Co-Creators of "The Waiting Room"

Artists Marguerite Perret and Bruce Scherting discuss "The Waiting Room" exhibit currently in the Hand Art Center. This exhibit explores the psychologically rich conceptual framework of the medical waiting room. All are welcome to attend.


Contemplative Practice

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Rev. Vincent Pizzuto

Contemplative practice is one of the most counter-cultural activities in which we can engage today because it requires that we do nothing at all (or better, 'no-thing'). We practice simply 'being' rather than merely 'thinking' or 'doing.' What happens when we put aside all of the 'scaffolding' which sustains our identity in the world? What happens when we begin to pay attention to thoughts, feelings, social and religious identifications? What—or better who—do we encounter when we allow ourselves to be silent? Indeed, the only way to discover the depths of contemplation is through practice, and thus, the focus of our break-out session will be to introduce simple contemplative practices common to virtually all religions and philosophical traditions.

Gender and Film

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, PhD, Mary Pollock, PhD, Susanne Eules, PhD, and Alexandra Rasdal

Faculty and students in the gender studies program will engage in a discussion about gender constructions in domestic and international films, women's filmmaking, the gendered camera and the potential power of the visual media in representing and undermining gender norms. A selection of film clips will help to guide the discussion and introduce participants to the variety of themes and film genres related to gender and its intersections with race, sexuality and other defining social identities.

The Colors of Stetson: A Documentary Film, Followed by a Discussion of Race/Ethnicity on Campus

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Grady Ballenger, PhD, Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, and Alexandrina Andre '14

After viewing this documentary by Alexandrina Andre '14, Professors Shankar-Brown and Ballenger will moderate a discussion about issues of race and ethnicity on campus. Does the testimony of students in the film speak to workshop participants as they think about their experiences on campus and in DeLand? How different is the Stetson experience for students of color? How clearly do Stetson students and faculty understand "whiteness" and its privileges? How should issues of race and ethnicity be handled in the classroom or in personal relations? What steps could we take as individuals to build a culture of inclusion? What steps could we take as departments and as an institution to strengthen diversity in our campus culture and in our academic programs? Alexandrina, who is now enrolled in the film production program at Florida State University, will share a director's statement about her documentary. If possible, she will also join the discussion by Skype. This topic arguably addresses all three of the university's core values, but it centers on the intellectual and lived experience of students identifying across the racial/ethnic spectrum. Please join us for an engaging discussion and an opportunity for reflection based on "The Colors of Stetson"—a powerful documentary capturing the voices of Hatters and directed by a Stetson University alum.

The Legacies of the First World War 100 Years Later: Modernity, Violence and Globalization

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Eric Kurlander, PhD, Paul Croce, PhD, Mayhill Fowler, PhD, Leander Seah, PhD

Faculty members from the Department of History will discuss the legacies of the First World War one hundred years after its outbreak in August 1914. Themes will include:

  • The onset of 'modernity' (and post-modernity) in social, economic and cultural terms
  • The rise of political extremism and ethnocultural violence after 1914
  • The End of the (European) Empire and the emerging challenges of territoriality in a more global, multipolar world

Student Leadership Redefined

Strategies to Capitalize on Your Leadership Skills and Experiences That Will Assist You in Securing Your First Job!

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Christopher Kandus-Fisher, Ed.D.

Workforce development conflicts, as it relate to post-secondary institutions' ability to adequately prepare students prior to graduation have become a topic of national conversation. College readiness is the combination of skills, knowledge, and habits of the mind that is necessary to fully participate in collegiate-level courses, and then later can be translated into one's ability to translate learned skills into workforce preparedness. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (2013), and a recent study that they conducted regarding employers' views of student learning in college, employers seek graduates who have broad knowledge and skills, emphasize cross-cutting outcomes, and are able to think critically, creatively solve problems and effectively communicate. Many of these skills are learned through the student's experiences with clubs and organizations. This session will allow students to realize that student leadership is not just something to add to their resume, but allow them to communicate their experiences as valuable skills for the future of the workforce.

Latina/o Farmworkers of Central Florida

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Pamela Cappas-Toro, PhD and Marcos Crisanto

"The Farmworker Association of Florida was founded in 1983 in response to devastating freezes decimating the citrus crop in Central Florida and impacting farmworkers' livelihoods. The organization incorporated in 1986 and expanded statewide in 1992. F.W.A.F. now has five offices in diverse agricultural communities in Florida and organizes and outreaches to farmworkers in 15 different counties in the state. F.W.A.F.'s policy change efforts over the years have improved living and working conditions for Florida's estimated 300,000 farmworkers, and include passage of the historic Florida Right to Know Act, among other successes."

In this workshop, students will learn about F.W.A.F.'s long-standing mission to build power among farmworkers and rural low-income communities to respond to and gain control over social, political, workplace, economic, health and environmental issues.

Universities' Contribution to Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System Through Prisoner Education Programs

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Ranjini Thaver, PhD, Nicole Marinescu, Emily Lang, Taylor Duguay, Honor Baslim

The United States accounts for five percent of the world's population but accommodates 25 percent of the world's incarcerated. The multifaceted reasons behind the exponential rise in incarceration rates over time boil down to the philosophical underpinnings of the corrections system in America, namely that of retributive justice, the onset of which aligns with the 'war on drugs' and getting 'tough on crime.' In light of this retributive justice framework, resources devoted to the criminal system focus primarily on punishing 'offenders' for their crime against the state and providing minimal opportunity for them to reintegrate into society. This has contributed to increased rates of recidivism, and in turn, to an even greater burden on the criminal justice system.

This crisis in the correctional system of the U.S. has led to a body of literature on how to transform the system towards one modeled on restorative justice. The central tenet of this form of justice is that former offenders are better able to reintegrate into society as productive citizens if they are provided the opportunities to do so while incarcerated. Studies overwhelmingly find that the most important indicator of a decline in recidivism rates is prisoner education. Educational programs provide benefits beyond job skills development; they also provide ex-offenders with a network of people and social opportunities that support them in restoring their sense of humanity and moral responsibility to function well in society. In other words, education is the cornerstone to prisoner rehabilitation and the restoration of the human rights of offenders and their families and larger communities.

The objective of this workshop, led by Stetson University students who have worked with prisoners at the Tomoka Correctional Institution, is to analyze the role of universities (with special reference to Stetson University) in forging relationships with prisons and other organizations to play this vital educational role in prisons. This program is a direct response to Stetson University's values commitment.

Consumption, Hungry Ghosts and Sustainability

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): James Mallett, PhD and Morris Seikyo Sullivan

In economics there exists the concept of the economic human. This being is assumed to be rational and always prefers more to less. But what if always desiring more leads to greater stress and less happiness for both the individual and society as a whole? In this workshop, we will cover Buddhist values regarding happiness, suffering and consumption. For example, in Buddhist cosmology, there is a concept on hungry ghosts. These beings have a pinhole mouth and can never quench their hunger. So in this workshop, we will explore if being aware of our consumption patterns could lead to less consumption, a happier life and a more sustainable global society.

Pay for Play: Does Putting Students in a Prisoner's Dilemma for Grades Effectively Teach the Concept?

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, PhD

The prisoner's dilemma is a fundamental game theory model with wide-ranging economic, social and political applications. The basic structure is a game in which players do best on the whole when they cooperate but have strong individual incentives to defect, often resulting in poor overall outcomes. The dilemma can be experienced in the classroom by having students play a multiplayer version for grades. If they all cooperate with each other, they will all do well as a group; however, individuals can defect and raise their own grade at the expense of their classmates' grades. The activity clearly engages students and challenges them to craft means of cooperation; however, it does offer rewards to those who seek individual gains above all else. Does such an activity encourage learning through engagement, or is it unethical to lower one student's grade because a classmate played selfishly?

The World is out to get you. So prove them wrong.

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): RC Stabile and Barbara Hawkins

Tired of being pre-judged based on your age or experiences? Together we will discuss the preconceived notions of undergraduate-age students and the perceptions other generations have of them. We will examine why members of this generation are struggling to keep jobs and the added challenges they face. Through this presentation, we hope to share ways to stand out and fight these generational stereotypes. Come ready to engage and defend why millennials are significant to the global community.

Where Do You Buy Your Coffee? The "Why" Behind Stetson University Dining Services' Sustainability Initiatives

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Lindsey Bishop

This session is designed to explain the "why" behind Stetson University Dining Services' sustainability initiatives. From using seafood only from sustainable oceans to purchasing local food, Dining Services is committed to protecting the environment, reducing waste and decreasing our carbon foot print. These commitments are more than a strategic business practice–they honor our ethical values.

#yesallwomen: Understanding and Responding to Rape Culture

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Lua Hancock, Ed.D. and Susan Peppers-Bates, PhD

This summer murders on a college campus spurred a social media phenomenon branded by #yesallwomen. This movement is one example of women giving voice to how sexism has impacted their lives. All of us are restricted and damaged by living in a world that allows systems and relationships based in misogyny. At this session, we will raise awareness as to the infiltration of sexism and sex violence and begin conversation about how we can all be part of positive change.

How Does a University Know If It's Sustainable?

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Tony Abbott, PhD

Sustainability has become a significant concern at universities. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, established in 2006, has become the bellwether for sustainability assessment across the country. An administrative ethnography reveals diverse approaches to institutionalizing sustainability at six eastern schools of similar size (2,000 to 8,000 students) and operational scope (masters or liberal arts institutions):

  • Vassar College
  • Middlebury College
  • Appalachian State University
  • Furman University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Stetson University

The diversity of approaches underpinning sustainability at various institutions is striking. Programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Recycling
  • Student research abroad
  • Energy production and conservation
  • Food production and waste
  • Toxins
  • LEED building standards
  • Native plant policies

Pilgrimage as Spiritual Practice

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Phillip Lucas, PhD, Robert Sitler, PhD, and Chris Bell

This panel discusses pilgrimage as a spiritual practice across cultures. Four to five panelists will each share some of their personal pilgrimage experiences. Phillip Lucas will also give an introduction to pilgrimage as a spiritual practice and show parts of his new documentary on Buddhist pilgrimage in North India. Chris Bell and Bob Sitler will share their experiences. We will save time for questions from the audience as well.

The State of Our Values Commitments

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Robert Sitler, PhD

This session will provide a critical examination of the work of the Values Commitment Steering Team, including its successes and challenges during its first two years of operation. Ideally, the presentation will lead to thoughtful group discussion as to potential next steps and to learning from past mistakes so as to enhance our future work.

Information in the Modern World: Quality vs. Quantity

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Jason Martin, PhD

During their long history, libraries have evolved from strictly preserving information to providing wide-ranging access to information. This has gone hand-in-hand with the "information revolution." Where once only elites produced and procured information, now anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can publish their ideas online and access a plethora of information. This explosion of information is both a blessing and a curse, with greater freedom of information comes greater responsibility to assess the quality of information. This session will explore what greater access to greater amounts of information means for today's college students and an informed citizenry.

Exploring Your Journey: The Spiritual Life Map

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Leila Roach, PhD, Nicole Pizza and Tyler March

In this presentation, students will engage in an experiential activity that explores their spiritual journey throughout life. Students will work independently and collaboratively to construct and share their Spiritual Life Map. The Spiritual Life Map is a graphic representation of one's life using pictures and symbols. "Much like road maps, spiritual life maps tell us where we have come from, where we are now, and where we are going" (Hodge, 2005, p. 344). Throughout this process, students will recognize their strengths, challenges, significant figures and successful strategies they have used along the way.

A Roundtable Discussion About Diversity and Inclusion at Stetson University

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Joshua Rust, PhD, Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, PhD, Patrick Coggins, PhD, ALANA-IA Caucus

Today about 30 percent of the U.S. population is made up of people of color. The same is true of Stetson University students. Does Stetson University feel representative of the United States as a kind of multi-culture? And if not, why not? Please join a group of passionate faculty and staff and share your stories, observations and suggestions.

Opening the Mind and Heart: Educational Technologies at Your Fingertips!

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD and Brenna Burgess

Educational technologies can be used to enrich learning both inside and outside of the classroom. Mobile learning tools can promote deeper learning, creativity, reflection, collaboration, and growth. Facilitated by Rajni Shankar-Brown (Associate Professor in the Department of Education) and Ms. Brenna Burgess (Stetson student majoring in Theater and minoring in Education and Sociology), this interactive workshop will include engaging discussion and applied-learning activities. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different educational technologies, including innovative apps and websites, that support intellectual development, global citizenship, and personal growth. Each participant will receive a handout with several ideas and resources. Please join us on a learning adventure that will open your mind and heart!

Tobacco and Stetson's Values

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Terrance Harris, Grady Ballenger

The Tobacco and Stetson's Values Workshop will provide individuals an understanding of the process, including debates and weighing of competing values that led Stetson to be a smoke and tobacco-free campus. Some of the benefits of that commitment include health of non-smokers, cessation support for students, faculty, and staff smokers; campus aesthetics, and consistency with the University's values including environmental concerns. Follow-up dialogue and questions will be offered to the audience.

"African and German? What an Interesting Mixture!"

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, PhD

This workshop focuses on the "other" Germany by moving beyond the association of the country and its culture with national socialism and the subsequent division into two separate states. We will watch a 10-minute short film on racism in reunified Germany, learn about one prominent Afro-German poet and writer, and address questions about immigration and national identity.

Microfinance in Theory and Practice

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Ranjini Thaver, PhD and Alan Green, PhD

Microfinance, made famous by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, is a program for economic development that involves small-scale loans targeted to people who are very poor, but who have entrepreneurial ideas. In this workshop, economics professors Ranjini Thaver and Alan Green discuss microfinance in the real world and in the classroom. Thaver has worked with microfinance projects in Tanzania as well as DeLand in multiple facets; Green has modeled her methods in a classroom simulation of a poor village. In it students represent poor farmers and experience both the transformative power of even small loans alongside the myriad difficulties that arise in effective implementation and enforcement.

The Sweet Spot: Finding the Intersection of Academic Interests, Career Goals and Community Needs

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Kevin Winchell

It is important to major in something that relates to the career you want. But, what if you could enhance both your academic expertise and career opportunities while also doing good in your community? Participants will learn about the benefits of community-engaged learning, identify examples across many majors, and obtain resources so they can begin integrating community-engaged learning into their journey at Stetson University.

Global Internship Panel: Students' Perspective on Interning Abroad

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Stephanie Ryan, Paula Hentz, Nick Saffan, Kimberly Foley, Jessica Godshall, and Joseph Davis

Interested in interning abroad but unsure where to start? A panel of students will share their international internship experiences and advice. Members from C.I.E.E. and The Education Abroad Network (T.E.A.N.) will also be on hand to share information about their internship programs. Global citizenship is an important part of Stetson University's mission and a global internship can help prepare students to be informed, active and engaged citizens of both local communities and the world!

Understanding Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): John Tichenor, PhD

What does it mean for a corporation to be socially responsible? The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman stated that the one and only social responsibility of businesses is to increase profits for their shareholders. However, there is another perspective that believes there are larger social responsibilities than simply the financial bottom line. In this workshop, John Tichenor, PhD, will present the argument for measuring the "triple bottom line" that incorporates social and environmental bottom lines along with the financial bottom line.

Academic Integrity, Stetson University's Core Values and Life Beyond

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): David Dysart, PhD and the Student Honor Council

What is the Student Honor Council and why should I be interested? Come and learn the answer! In this session, you will BE a member of the Council. Hear the various sides in a case of alleged academic dishonesty. Determine how it should be dealt with. How could it be avoided? What does academic integrity mean to my university and my future?

Student Ethics: What's Your Integrity Quotient (IQ)?

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Michelle Quinones

This workshop will include several interactive activities, leading off with a values continuum activity in which students will be asked to identify whether they agree or disagree with several statements. We will move further into a discussion on our core values and how they tie in with the Office of Community Standards and the core value of personal growth. A brief overview of our office and process will be provided. We will conclude the session with an overview of ethics, morals and integrity and end with a discussion of some scenarios.

Why Native Ecosystems Matter

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Cindy Bennington, PhD, Karen Cole, PhD

As human population size increases, the area available for natural ecosystems declines, reducing critical habitat for wildlife, impacting the cycling of elements like water, carbon and nutrients, and directly and indirectly altering the availability of essential resources to humans. In addition to negative impacts on both human and non-human inhabitants of Earth, habitat loss also results in fewer interactions between people and the natural environment, removing the context within which people can understand and value arguments for preserving biodiversity and the conservation of natural resources. In this workshop, we will discuss the value of natural ecosystems to life on Earth. In particular, we will focus on the benefits of creating a citizenry educated about ecosystem conservation, using the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape, the ongoing restoration of a longleaf pine habitat on the grounds of the Rinker Environmental Learning Center, as an example of one way in which these values can be translated to a public that is increasingly removed from the natural systems that sustain life on Earth. The workshop will include opportunities for participants to tour the landscape, learn about current student/faculty projects, and to engage in hands-on activities related to the educational mission of the site.