2019 Diversity Conference

The Diversity Conference seeks to promote open-mindedness, celebrate diversity, and promote awareness of divergent views on our college campus and within our communities. The conference also serves as a forum in which to establish or enhance self-awareness in relation to community building endeavors.

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Francisco Cantú
Keynote Speaker
7 pm in The SERC

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Live Stream

The following will be streamed live (NetID login required):

  • 8 – 9:15 am, Welcome Address, Denice Frohman
  • 2 pm, Mayors' Panel
  • 7 pm, Keynote, Francisco Cantú

The following will be streamed live at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center:

  • 9:30 – 10:45 am, How Diversity is the Key to Unlocking the Power of Inclusivity and Equity

19th Annual Diversity Conference

"Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Community"

October 17, 2019

Registration and Schedule

When registering only use group registration if you are part of a High School Student Group. Otherwise please select "Participate as an individual".

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Our Theme

This year’s theme, “Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Community,” emphasizes the actions of Respect, Compassion and Open-mindedness to create a stronger and more positive learning, working and living environment for all Brockport students, faculty, staff (including Rochester Downtown Campus, REOC, Visual Studies Workshop campuses) and the community. We will explore important values that help us build and nurture our community through dialogue that addresses the challenges that face our society, as well as our growth in understanding and acting upon issues of diversity and inclusive excellence. Our goal is to encourage a positive climate on campus, within the community and the world through teaching, inspiring and helping others.  

Additionally, in partnership with the Academic Planning Seminar Summer Reading Program, this year's keynote address will be given by Francisco Cantú — writer, translator, and the author of The Line Becomes a River, winner of the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. Cantú was as an agent for the United States Border Patrol from 2008 to 2012, working in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. A former Fulbright fellow, he has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Award, and an Art for Justice fellowship. His writing and translations have been featured in The New Yorker, Best American Essays, Harper’s, and Guernica, as well as on This American Life. A lifelong resident of the Southwest, he now lives in Tucson, where he coordinates the Field Studies in Writing Program at the University of Arizona. 

Past Diversity Conferences

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