Spring 2022 DEIJ Professional Day Jan. 13

December 17, 2021
Submitted By: Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

Please join us for the Spring 2022 Annual DEIJ Professional Development Day: Better Together: Fostering an Inclusive and Equitable UHart Community Part II. Three interactive workshops will be offered on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, 9:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., on Zoom. Full workshop descriptions and registration information are included below.

9:45am-11am session:  Participants select one workshop from the two options below:

  • Gender Identity & Pronouns,” facilitated by Dr. Mala Matacin, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Hartford.  Using someone's correct gender pronouns is one of the most basic ways to show respect for their identity and foster an inclusive campus community.
  • Rethinking the Disability Paradigm: Working Together Inclusively,” facilitated by David Casey, Vice President of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health.  This workshop will provide a holistic and interwoven framework for serving the disabilities community and fostering inclusion.

11:15am to 12:45pm:  All participants attend 

  • The Next Level of Inclusion,” facilitated by Dr. Brooke Vick, Associate Provost for Faculty and Diversity Initiatives at Muhlenberg College. In her workshop on “The Next Level of Inclusion,” Dr. S. Brooke Vick will discuss a variety of factors that can contribute to experiences of exclusion and provide actionable strategies to shift these dynamics in real time as well as promote sustained inclusive experiences for students, staff, and faculty.


Register here to receive Zoom access information. 

Facilitator Bios:

Mala Matacin (she/her), Associate Professor of Psychology, has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and a post-doc in Behavioral and Preventive Medicine from Brown University School of Medicine.  She is the Associate Chair and Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Psychology Department here at the University of Hartford.  In 2019, she received the Roy E. Larsen award for teaching and contributions to University Life—the highest award given to University of Hartford faculty for teaching.  She is the founder and faculty sponsor of Women for Change, a campus-based organization where she works closely with students interested in issues of social justice in regard to gender and sexuality. Her new course “Crip, Queer, and Fat: the Intersectionality of Bodies” (scheduled for the spring, 2022) was one of three proposals accepted for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Honors Seminar. She most recently did a talk for TEDx Hartford on “Why Gender Pronouns Matter”.

David Casey, Vice President of Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer at CVS Health, is accountable for strategic diversity management, EEO/affirmative action and workforce initiatives. He also serves as the president of the CVS Health Employee Relief Fund, a public charity designed to help CVS Health employees during unanticipated and unavoidable financial hardships and emergencies. With more than 19 years of experience, David is recognized as an expert in the field of strategic diversity management, and has been published or cited in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Atlantic, Diversity Inc. Magazine, Drug Store News, Profiles in Diversity Journal, Diversity Global and Diversity Executive, and has appeared on the television series, American Profiles, featuring Lou Gossett, Jr.

Brooke Vick, Ph.D. is the Associate Provost for Faculty and Diversity Initiatives and Associate Professor of Psychology at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. She comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership through her work as a social psychologist specializing in prejudice, discrimination, intergroup relations, and marginalized social identities. Dr. Vick’s writing and research in the areas of prejudice and social stigma, inclusion and equity in higher education has been published in journals of Psychology and Higher Education including Liberal Education, and Perspectives in Psychological Science, among others. Outside of her work at Muhlenberg College, Dr. Vick regularly works with faculty and staff at institutions and organizations across the country on inclusive and antiracist practices and currently serves as the President and Co-Chair of the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) consortium.

This professional development opportunity is offered by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement and Human Resources Development.

Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at