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D.I.F. Conference

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Think.Create.Be D.I.F.!

D.I.F. Conference Mission

The mission of the D.I.F. Conference is to create an opportunity to openly talk, listen and learn about issues related to diversity, inclusion and fairness.

D.I.F. Conference Goals: 

  • Develop an understanding of diversity, inclusion and fairness (Think).
  • Increase awareness of one’s identities, biases and privileges (Think).
  • Understand the value of inclusivity and how individual actions impact our environments (Create).
  • Engage in Intergroup Dialogue to understand the effects of marginalization in order to create safe and inclusive environments (Create).
  • Identify and develop the necessary skills to create positive and strategic change (Be).
  • Challenge each other to acknowledge and expand the boundaries of our comfort zones (Be).

Registration Rates:
Category Cost
Georgia Southern Students $8
Non GSU Students $10
Faculty & Staff $10
Group Rate (10+ people) $8
1. Online 
Register Here
2. In-person
Stop by the OMA on the 2nd Floor of the Russell Union – Room 2070

2019 D.I.F. Conference Schedule

Time Event/Session
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check-In/Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Opening Keynote
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Session 1
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Concurrent Session 2
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Session 3
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Be Panel
4:30 p.m. Closing

D.I.F. Conference 2019 Opening Keynote Speaker

Jamie Piperato (she, her(s), herself) is a higher education consultant and speaker. She received her bachelor of science at SUNY Cortland in kinesiology with a concentration in sports studies and a masters degree in student affairs in higher education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is an educator, social justice advocate, and optimist. She is most comfortable center stage in a crowded room wearing a bow-tie and loves encouraging others to step outside their comfort zone.

Jamie has extensive experience working in higher education as a student affairs professional in the areas of multicultural education, LGBTQ services, Title IX education, leadership, career development, and university housing. Her focus tends to revolve around helping others start their path towards multicultural competence. Currently, Jamie is the Founder of JPHigherEd, which is an identity-conscious professional development company that provides in-person trainings, online webinars, and online courses.

2019 Workshops and Presenters

“Calling in” or “Calling Out”

This workshop discusses how to help people consider how to address the shortcomings of those who fail to respond to social injustice and inclusion issues. The presentation allows people to see controversial issues from a social justice and inclusion lens.


Amanda Thompson is originally from Blackshear, Georgia. A two-time product of the University System of Georgia (University of West Georgia and Valdosta State University), she has worked in higher education post-undergraduate since 2011 at various institutions. She is pleased to continue the important work of student development at Valdosta State as an Area Coordinator with the Department of Housing and Residence Life, helping enhance the development of students as they pursue their academic and personal goals.

Hilda Dwumfuor is a graduate student studying Social Work at Valdosta State University. Her passion is education and empowering at-risk black youth.

“Learning Diversity and Inclusion Through the Salem Witch Trials”

This workshop will include a mix of short lecture, a simulation activity, and discussion to get participants thinking and talking about why biases exist and how we can overcome them to attain true inclusion and fairness with our diversity. The presenter will use the Salem Witch Trials as an example and basis of an activity.


Cat Bishop is a student affairs educator that seeks to teach and empower the students she works with by developing creative learning environments. She has a passion for instilling values of individuality and understanding and celebrating differences of those around her. She currently is the Activities Coordinator for Student Organization Development in the Office of Student Activities on the Statesboro Campus of Georgia Southern University. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor in Art and Psychology from Mercer University and her Masters of Education from Georgia Southern University.

“I have Questions”

Having cross-cultural conversations can be difficult. Asking culturally sensitive questions can be tricky if not done in an respectful and appropriate way. This workshop discusses how to be aware of microagressions and how to ask important questions without being offensive.


Nehemiah McClendon is a second year graduate student earning his masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Georgia Southern University. Nehemiah recently received his bachelor’s degree in psychology, minoring in sociology from Georgia Southern. He is currently a Clinical Counseling intern at Savannah College of Art and Design were he works with college students on issues including anxiety, depression and trauma. Mr. McClendon also works in the Office of Multicultural Affairs on the Statesboro Campus of Georgia Southern, where he is the Graduate Assistant of the African American Male Initiative, Men of Vision and Excellence. This program features over 100 black students focusing on retention, progression, and graduation.

“Know Thyself: Taking Ownership of Your Identity”

This workshop allows participants to openly examine current stereotypes, concerns, and challenges of LGBTQ communities. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for them to share their experiences with their own identity or gain insight of people who identify differently. The presentation seeks to provide participants with the foundation to reclaim their identities and own who they are in all aspects of life.


Paul Anthony Bradley Jr. is the Assistant Director of the Office of Student Activities on the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University (GS). In this role, Paul oversees all student organizations and campus programming, serving as the advisor for the University Programming Board (UPB) on the Armstrong campus helping them to plan effective programs for students that will enhance their experience at the university. He holds a Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from GS and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston. Paul has experience in diversity training, service-learning, Safe Zone and has a passion for the LGBTQ community. He hopes that through his session students will be able to identify true characteristics of the LGBTQ community and understand as well as appreciate the diverse experiences of others. Ultimately, Paul would like to help individuals to understand that their social identities should not determine their access to opportunities and being their authentic self can lead to greatness. Paul’s personal motto is, “I am who I am, I am going to be who I be, Paul Anthony Bradley Jr. That’s Me.”

Last updated: 6/4/2019