Resources and Support for Neurodiversity

Sent on behalf of Dr. A. Josephine Blagrave, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and READI Equity Fellow

As we continue to improve access, equity and a sense of belonging for our students, and work to improve student retention, it is important to include our students with disabilities. Previous resources from FDEV include a teaching guide and a podcast on neurodiversity in higher education and the work Jaime Gunderson is engaging in with Universal Design for Learning. Helping our disabled and neurodivergent students, faculty and staff connect and engage with each other in shared community is important. Here are some new resources that are currently available or coming soon to improve connections and support.

Neurodiversity and Disability Symposium (September 23, 2022): Formerly the Northern California Autism Symposium, this year’s keynotes include Steve Silberman and Alycia Anderson.  

Neurodiversity Student Club  

Chico State Neurodiverse club is established to support students who identify as neurodivergent and their allies, through networking, educational activities, and events. This student group will work with the Chico State Neurodiverse Task Force, to help improve student success and support for neurodivergent students at California State University, Chico. The purpose of this club is to allow all neurodiverse students and allies to engage in social activities that help build a sense of belonging and community. Additionally, this club will host group discussions on several topics within their college career and adult life. Outside the school, the club will engage in helping neurodiverse campus and community members by participating in several events throughout the year.  

Chico Autism Spectrum Empowerment (CASE): open to all CSUC students who identify as being on the autism spectrum.  “Let’s Talk About…” sessions are held the second and fourth Mondays of each month starting at 4:00pm.  This semester’s topics include Career Preparation, Communicating with Faculty, Choosing a Major/Courses, ASD and Accommodations, etc.  Additionally, each session will provide time for open discussion regarding topics of interest related to being on the autism spectrum.  Students that are interested in getting more information can contact Terry Quinto at Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) 530 898-5959. 

Wellcat Counseling Center, ADHD Support Group: Going through college with ADHD can be challenging at best! Learn how to work with your brain’s natural strengths and get support around its obstacles. This group is designed to be a comfortable space to unmask, share some skills, gain psychoeducation about ADHD, and have some comfort in a chaotic world. Feel free to bring lunch, fidgets, drinks, and wear comfortable clothing for floor sitting if you choose! Clients do not need a formal diagnosis to be eligible to participate in the support group. All genders and types of students are welcome. 

Neurodiversity Task Force (Faculty & Staff): in Fall 2021, President Hutchinson established a Neurodiversity Taskforce to explore ways to raise awareness and acceptance and to better serve neurodivergent members of the campus community. This group continues to meet and partner with other programs on campus to improve supports, services and community for our neurodivergent students.  

Neurodiversity and Disability Affinity Group (coming soon!) 

Teaching Climate Change & Sustainability

Dear faculty, 

In an attempt to continue supporting efforts towards climate change and resilience, we are partnering this year with Jennifer Rotnem, Director of Energy & Sustainability, to approach these conversations from different and more diverse perspectives. Leading these efforts and conversations is once again Dr. Mark Stemen, who has been a tireless champion in advancing timely and challenging discussions about climate change and environmental justice. Mark is serving as Sustainability and Climate Change Faculty Fellow, collaborating with both our units. 

On behalf of this team, I want to share three main updates: 

  1. A number of resources are available to you on the Teaching Climate Change & Resilience Page. Here you can access books, resources on curriculum design and instruction, and be informed about upcoming events. 
  2. Speaking of events! Mark your calendars for Dr. Britt Wray’s visit on October 13th, 6:00 p.m at ARTS Recital Hall. Dr. Britt Wray is a Human and Planetary Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health, and her expertise includes studying the impact of climate change on mental health, especially on the younger generations. She is the author of Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis. She has recorded a video for us that is available on the page linked above. 
  3. Lastly, be on the lookout for announcements and communication about opportunities to come together to discuss sustainability and climate change. We look forward to having a dynamic group of faculty join us! If you are interested in participating in these conversations, please let us know! 

We look forward to expanding awareness about sustainability across the campus! 

RTP Forum Resources

Dear faculty,

ah, what a day yesterday was! Between the excitement of the RTP discussions and Labor Day, my week got all confused, so here you are getting a Tuesday Tip on a Wednesday! Way to spice up FDEV!

I am happy to share resources from yesterday’s RTP forum, so if you missed it, you can access all information asynchronously.

RTP Forum video recording
RTP Forum slides (the last two slides offer resources and dossier samples you can access and explore)
(both resources are posted in the Friday Forum page)

I also want to take this opportunity to share a great video (Passcode: 2M1!kV5k) that Director of Civic Engagement Dr. Ann Schulte put together to show how the Collaboratory: Community Engagement Database can be used to enhance your dossier.

We will be offering a Friday Forum in the near future about all the possibilities Collaboratory offers, so stay tuned for that announcement!

I truly hope the forum was useful, and please remember that the Office of Faculty Development is always open to help you in the tenure, retention, and promotion journey!