Navigating Diversity

7:30 pm on Tuesdays

About Us 

Navigating Diversity is a weekly program that began at KISU in 2018 as a ten-minute segment on Friday mornings. The original program, hosted and produced by Krystoff Kissoon, has since grown into a thirty-minute segment based on broadening listenership, and now airs on Tuesday nights at 7:30 pm on KISU.

The mission of Navigating Diversity is to explore how human beings differ yet can find ways relate to one another in an increasingly xenophobic sociopolitical climate.The intention of Navigating Diversity is to have open, honest, and informed conversations that can help people navigate some of the most important issues of diversity we are facing globally today, but in a way that isn’t afraid to ask some of the big questions, the big sometimes heavy questions, that can bring some of the light and hope into the conversation and help give all our lives meaning.

Navigating Diversity has three core values. First, recognizing the duality in all things--holding space for both the light and the dark, our differences and our similarities, the things that scare us and the things that make us feel whole, for neither can exist without the other. Second, vulnerability--finding more conscious ways to stand in our truth and help others to stand in theirs, and to share our stories and the most authentic parts of ourselves with the rest of humanity as the only way to heal ourselves and heal the world. And third, perhaps our most important value, getting comfortable with being uncomfortable--it’s the only way for us to grow and to do better. 

Navigating Diversity features a wide variety of guests including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers, politicians, and business and civil society leaders. Navigating Diversity has covered a broad spectrum of social, economic, and political issues including intersectionality, racial equality, social justice, immigration, environmental sustainability, religion, and spirituality. Navigating Diversity has fostered a national and international listenership, with fans in U.S. cities such as Denver and Portland, and in countries such as Trinidad & Tobago and the Cayman Islands. 

 About Our Host 

Krystoff Kissoon began his academic career at Idaho State University in Spring 2014. He is an international student from Trinidad & Tobago, a twin-island country in the Southern Caribbean. He graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and International Studies, and is now pursuing a Doctor of Arts in Political Science at Idaho State. Throughout his time at ISU and in Pocatello, he has served in a number of leadership positions including President of the International Students Association (ISA), and Senator in the Associated Students of Idaho State University (ASISU) Student Government for three terms. He has worked in the Office of Marketing and Communications, the Office of Alumni Relations, and currently, in the Department of Political Science as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. His research interests include Identity Politics and Comparative Politics, looking particularly at the intersection of race and sexuality, and has presented research at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference. His hobbies include creative writing, taking walks in nature, listening to podcasts, cooking, and recording and producing Navigating Diversity. He was born to a Hindu father and a Muslim mother--descended from Indian Indentured Laborers who migrated to the Caribbean. He received most of his education in Trinidad & Tobago in Christian evangelical schools, and has four loving and supportive older siblings. He is a first-generation college student and a first-generation doctoral student. 

Stay Connected

Send questions, feedback, and suggestions to navigatingdiversityradio@gmail.com 

Follow us on Facebook to stay connected and continue having powerful conversations!

Episodes

Season 1 - Audio (2019)

Season 2 - Audio (below)

In this episode, host Krystoff Kissoon sits down with guest, Scott Greeves, international masters student in Biology at Idaho State from England and host of KISU's Mind Tap and Sustainable Idaho, to navigate the international student and immigrant experience, and the climate change crisis we will all have to reckon with in the coming years, if we aren't already.


In this special episode in honor of National Adoption Month, host Krystoff Kissoon sits down with a dear friend, Deja Bingham, junior in communications and marketing at Idaho State, to discuss her unique and intersectional experience of being adopted into an interracial family and raised in Idaho.


In this episode, host Krystoff Kissoon sits down with a dear friend and colleague, Jonathon Blakeman, Graduate President of the ISU Political Science Club and Officer in the Idaho Army National Guard, to navigate how our political and religious ideologies are learned and acquired from our social institutions, most notably, the family unit, and how we can socialize our children differently to make better, kinder, more tolerant people.


Navigating Diversity with Emma Watts - Mind Matters

Oct 27, 2020

In this episode, host Krystoff Kissoon is joined by ISU freshman, Emma Watts, to discuss the book she co-authored in 2020, Mind Matters, a comprehensive mental health guide for students, teachers, counselors and all academic professionals amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available for free at mindmattersbook.org

In his first solo episode, host Krystoff Kissoon navigates what's been on his mind lately when it comes to politics in the United States and the upcoming Presidential/Senate election on Nov. 3rd, 2020. 


Pages