OASIS & JGMC Week


Dr. Buffy Smith - 2015 Keynote


Buffy Smith, Ph.D.
Author / Professor

Dr. Buffy Smith is the author of Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education.

Dr. Smith's campus address will be Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm in the Ubuntu Room of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center. Her keynote speech will discuss how the mentor-mentee relationship operates upon unwritten, informal rules that are determined by the European-American middle class values inherent in higher education systems. These roles pose obstacles to underrepresented students, because they are not only unwritten or "hidden" but also predicated upon a larger cultural framework disparate to those of the underrepresented students themselves. Dr. Smith focuses heavily on intersecting identities in this research, allowing for underrepresentation to signify the broad spectrum of racial, ethnic, class-based, gender-based, and other minoritized identities.

Dr. Smith’s primary research interests include examining racial and class disparities within the higher education system. She also writes on policy issues dealing with mentoring, access, retention, equity, and diversity in higher education. She has over 10 years of experience researching how colleges and universities can assist underrepresented students with understanding and navigating the institutional culture of higher education in order to achieve academic success. Dr. Smith has received several awards and grants that recognize her research on diversity issues in higher education. Dr. Smith’s publications have been featured in research and practice oriented journals such as African American Research Perspectives and Equity & Excellence in Education. In addition,she is the author of the book, Mentoring At-Risk Students through the Hidden Curriculum of Higher Education  (Lexington Books, 2013). She is the recipient of the 2008 Diversity Leadership Teaching/Research award presented by the UST office of Institutional Diversity.

OASIS and JGMC Week Calendar 2015

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Monday, March 9, 2015
1:00 p.m. | OASIS & JGMC Week Kickoff | Lobby - Gaughan Multicultural Center


Kickoff 2015 OASIS and JGMC Week! Join us for an ice cream social in the lobby to celebrate 5 years of the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center!

6 p.m. | Showing of Cesar Chavez | Unity Room - Gaughan Multicultural Center 


Enjoy refreshments and view the film Cesar Chavez. Discussion of the film and themes to follow. Co-sponsored by MASA.  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
4:00 p.m. | Keynote Address Ubuntu Room - Gaughan Multicultural Center

Keynote: Dr. Buffy Smith

Q&A to follow keynote address.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
9:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. | Student Digital Poster Session | Unity Room - Gaughan Multicultural Center


In conjunction with Dr. Jeannette Jones and Dr. Laura Muñoz.

Topics and Schedule include:

9:30-10:20Mexican America: Past and Present Histories
11:30-12:45| 19th Century Imperialism
3:00-5:20Latino Nebraska: Our Stories, Our State

Thursday, March 12, 2015
12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Dine, Dialogue, & Pass It On! | Unity Room - Gaughan Multicultural Center

Join a dialogue to develop or practice skills to facilitate discussion about race, diversity, and inclusion. Lunch provided. Registration required at: go.unl.edu/pass-it-on