NACA® Northern Plains - Featured Speaker - Jamie Chidozie

Professional Development Luncheon Speaker

Jamie Chidozie
Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice
University of Northern Iowa

Jamie has more than 15 years of experience in the field of education with eleven of those years being in higher education. She started in education as a fourth grade teacher in the public school system in Indianapolis, Indiana where she built her in class curriculum on diversity education. Upon earning her Master of Education degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Indiana University, Jamie worked for Campus Living at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. There she served as Coordinator, where she was the Chair of the Diversity Education Team, co-authored the Graffiti/Offensive Incidents Policy, founded CultureFest, a university wide program that has become an ECU tradition, and served on the Chancellor's Diversity Council.

Prior to her appointment at UNI, Jamie served as Assistant Director for the Center for Race, Ethnicity, & Diversity Education at Elon University in Elon, NC. There she created the center's Black Student Success Program, co-directed S.M.A.R.T. (Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent) peer-to-peer mentoring program, and organized many campus-wide events and programs around diversity and inclusion. During her tenure at Elon University, Jamie was trained as a Campus of Difference facilitator with Anti Defamation League.

At the University of Northern Iowa, Jamie was charged with changing the mission and vision of the Center for Multicultural Education. As Director of the CME, Jamie rewrote the mission, vision and value statement. She also rebranded the services of the Center to be more impactful in changing institutional culture. Because of her success Jamie was promoted to Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice, overseeing the Center for Multicultural Education, Gender & Sexuality Services and Military & Veteran Student Services. Jamie is excited about what is ahead for Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice at UNI. She wholeheartedly believes UNI is on the cutting edge of changing institutional culture to foster a sense of belonging for all its community members.

When not at work Jamie enjoys spending time with her husband Chidozie and a beautiful baby boys Chidozie-Jamision and Chidiebube-Jackson. Jamie also loves to bake and every now and then you can find Jamie on stage performing.

Educational Session
Friday, March 19 — 10:00-10:50am — Room 15

"Talk the Talk": How to Have Courageous Conversations

What do you do when a student makes an offensive comment? How does your organization respond to accusations of discrimination and bias? How do confront systems of advantage? "Talk the Talk" is an interactive workshop that will utilize case studies to give practitioners helpful tools to initiate courageous conversations around equity and social justice to facilitate cultural change within your organization.

Presentation Goals:

  1. Participants will understand how bias impacts organizational culture
  2. Participants will learn techniques to initiate and facilitate conversations when offense occurs

Professional Development Luncheon
Friday, March 19 — 12:30-1:45pm — Rooms 10-11

Collaborating the Right Way not the White Way

This table talk professional development session will discuss how to utilize cultural humility to be intentional about inclusive programming and organizational structure.

Presentation Goals:

  1. Participants will understand cultural humility and how to use it to increase inclusivity in organization and program planning
  2. Participants will understand how to infuse inclusive approach to cooperation, co-sponsorship and collaboration


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