Harding University
July 18, 2011

Professor speaks at national family and consumer sciences conference

Dr. Denise Fisher, assistant professor at Harding University, was
selected to speak at the 102nd American Association of Family and
Consumer Sciences Annual Conference “Linking Cultures, Enriching
Lives” in Phoenix, Ariz., June 23-25.

Fisher wrote and submitted three proposals in October to the AAFCS
Program Committee to be considered to give a presentation at the
conference. The proposals were examined through a blind review
process, and potential presenters were notified of acceptance in
January.

Fisher presented “Exploring Female Leadership: Pathways to Success for
FCS Leaders in a Complex and Diverse Society,” based on a narrative
study she conducted on the experiences of female leaders in family and
consumer sciences.

Her second presentation, “Cultivating Passion and Leadership: Building
Capacity in FCS Professionals,” focused on gaining insight into how
undergraduate students identify with the profession of family and
consumer sciences, examined the link between mentoring young
professionals and retaining them in the profession, and identified the
key components needed to effectively develop leadership among new
professionals. The topic was the result of collaborative research
between Fisher, Dr. Renee Ryburn of University of Central Arkansas in
Conway, and Dr. Darby Sewell of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
in Moultrie, Ga.

Fisher’s final presentation, “A.D.A.P.T. (Appreciating Diversity and
Promoting Tolerance): A Multicultural Secondary Education Program,”
was based on a program she developed. The session outlined how to
conduct a multicultural educational program at the secondary level in
order to increase students’ appreciation for diversity, develop a
greater understanding of cultural richness, and encourage them to
adopt skills for adapting to a culturally diverse society.

Fisher also spoke at the organization’s annual conference — which
brings together more than 700 professionals and students in family and
consumer sciences and allied fields from across the U.S. — two years
ago when it was held in Knoxville, Tenn.

Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only professional
association for family and consumer sciences students and
professionals from both multiple practice settings and content areas.
For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing
leadership and support for professionals whose work assists
individuals, families, and communities in making more informed
decisions about their lives.