The 2021 DIRECTO Fall Symposium and annual fall book club have been postponed. Thank you to everyone who submitted ideas and expressed support for these events. 


Unfortunately, this fall's symposium and the annual book club is being postponed due to the spread of COVID-19 and organizational restructuring of the DIRECTO initiative. The DIRECTO team came to this difficult decision while working hard to remain flexible and responsive about the fluid COVID-19 situation and speaking with the Provost and other campus collaborators about the best way to move forward. 

We are very disappointed that we are unable to hold our symposium this year, but we are also very grateful for the time each of you has taken to craft unique, thoughtful, and inspiring sessions that will surely stimulate some deep learning and discussion should you want to present at our 2022 event. Thank you so much for your patience, understanding, and cooperation in prioritizing the health and safety of the FSU campus and broader Tallahassee community.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email at 



Spring Conversation Series 2021



May 21, 2021

Diversity Statements 


Presentation about how to prepare diversity statements.


Dr. Laura Reid Marks

Assistant Professor

College of Education (Counseling Psychology and School Psychology)


Dr. Deborah J. Ebener

Professor and Director of Clinical Training

 College of Education (Counseling Psychology and School Psychology)

Dr. Deb Osburn

Associate Professor

College of Education (Counseling Psychology and School Psychology)


Dr. Taylor Thompson

Clinical Director of ALEC

College of Education (Counseling Psychology and School Psychology)



Fall 2020 Symposium & Book Club: 

Dr. Derald Wing SUe, Keynote and Book club author

3rd Annual Symposium on Diversity &
Inclusion in Research & Teaching

This year our theme is Diversity and Inclusion in Times of Crisis. The global disruption of everyday life caused by the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately strained, as nation-wide crises do, the most vulnerable groups in society. Our symposium will consider strategies, challenges, and best practices for addressing the needs of the most vulnerable in higher- learning environments in the midst of crisis, as well as ideas for keeping issues of diversity & inclusion at the forefront of research and teaching agendas in an increasingly virtual world.
Date and Time: Thursday, and Friday, September 17 & 18, 2020
Location: Conducted Virtually via Zoom

*Registration IS NOW CLOSED

**Please note: you may register for the entire event, or only the portions for which you are available to attend.

See Program Here: 3rd Annual DIRECTO Symposium Fall 2020

Join us for 2 days of concurrent & poster sessions, and 2 incredible keynote speakers: Dean O'Hara O'Connor, Dean of the FSU College of Law, and Dr. Derald Wing Sue, internationally renowned multicultural researcher and psychologist from Columbia University.


A guide for facilitating and participating in difficult dialogues about race, Dr. Derald Wing Sue explores the characteristics, dynamics, and meaning behind discussions about race as well as the hidden "ground rules" that inhibit honest and productive dialogue. Dr. Sue will provide a keynote address at the DIRECTO Fall Symposium on Friday, 9/18, 2020!

Date and Time: Fridays from 10am - Noon

August 28th, September 4th, 11th,  25th, and October 2nd & 9th

Location: Conducted Virtually via Zoom (registration has now reached capacity for fall 2020, but we hope to see you at the fall Symposium!)