Crucial conversations and education surrounding inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) issues should not be limited to a one-time session. Instead, IDEA work should be part of an on-going and intentional dialogue to enhance our personal/professional development and our organization.

Join us for The Long Talk.

Upcoming Sessions

The sessions are open to any Student Affairs staff and will be recorded for future viewing. Attendees will need to register to attend.

These first four sessions will be foundational in nature, giving the attendees the tools the be able to thoroughly discuss IDEA issues and be better equipped to see where true change can occur.


Speaker: Dr. Cecilia (“CC”) E Suarez, Assistant Professor, IFAS (Department of Agricultural Education and Communication)
Wednesday, August 12 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Learn to understand and acknowledge your own bias (what has shaped our experiences in the world) and recognize how it influences how we interact with others and our environment.


Dr. Amy Martinelli, Lecturer, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication
Dr. Lisa Athearn, Lecturer, Dial Center for Written and Oral Communication

Wednesday, August 19 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Learn how to be a listener (active listening).

Local Environment

Speaker: PJ Jones, Assistant Director, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs
Wednesday, August 26 from 12 – 1 p.m.
What is our role in cultivating change in alignment with our Student Affair mission and our role as educators? What really makes a difference to those around us?

The big picture: Spheres of Influence

Dr. D’Andra Mull, Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Heather White, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Dr. Mary Kay Carodine, Assistant Vice President
Dr. Nancy Chrystal-Green, Assistant Vice President
Kim Pace, J.D., Assistant Vice President
Will Atkins, Interim Assistant Vice President

Wednesday, September 2 from 12 – 1 p.m.
How does Student Affairs move from critical reflection to critical action in service to our students?