Diversity Events 2017-18

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Fall 2017

Community Conversations Logo Community Conversations

Thursday, September 28, 3:30 - 5 pm, Eagle's Lookout
Taking the Unconscious out of Bias: Raising Consciousness of our own Biases to Create Change

This Community Conversation will focus on empowering us to reflect on our own biases and privilege and use that knowledge to become more intentional about moving from bystanders to upstanders in order to created more equitable, inclusive spaces. The conversation will feature Sady Fischer, Diversity and Inclusion Programs & Outreach Coordinator within the Office of Human Resources at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester, NY.

Wednesday, October 18, 3:30 - 5 pm, Eagle's Lookout
Building the Resistance: How We Organize to Win  

Community organizing is the process through which community members build power to disrupt hierarchies and create lasting social, political and cultural change. Come learn the fundamentals of organizing and brainstorm how to use organizing as a tool on your campus and in your community! The conversation will feature Kaelyn Rich, Queer feminist, direct action organizer, nonprofit leadership,word wrangler, sexuality educator, and Assistant Advocacy Director for Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU). 

Thursday, November 16, 3:15- 4:45 pm, Eagle's Lookout
Restorative Justice for Community Building

This Community Conversation will focus on nonviolence and its connection to restorative practices, highlighting how Restorative Justice incorporates a set of skills and techniques that have the power to build community, understanding, and creating a safe place for healing to happen - not only victims, but offenders as well. The conversation will feature Maria Engels and Kit Miller Youth Educator and Director, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence , Rochester, NY. Will be Live Streamed to MetroCenter.

Spring 2018

Tuesday, February 20, 4 - 5:45 pm, McCue Auditorium, Liberal Arts Building
Uncovering Position/Power in Sexual Assault  ...#MeToo.

This Community Conversation will be a panel discussion with representatives from Title IX Office, Center for Select Respect, The Arthur O. Eve Opportunity for Higher Education Program,Counseling Center and Restore, facilitated by Dr. Cephas Archie, CDO. We will be using a intersectional lens to examine how sexual assault and gender discrimination can affect every person on every level on campus. We will be identifying how these resources on campus will address/respond to these incidents. Our goal is to show how we as community can stand together to improve the campus culture. By working together and having authentic dialogue we can be a part in Building a Better Brockport Together.

Other Diversity Events

Friday, September 15 from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm, Seymour Union Ballroom
Naturalization Ceremony

Join us as we witness 100 people take the oath of citizenship. The event is sponsored by the American Democracy Project.

Wednesday, September 20 from 3 - 5:30 pm, Union Ballroom East.
Multicultural Mixer for Faculty, Staff and Students of Color and Allies.

Come by for food, drinks, informal planning, networking and catching up. It will give you a chance to meet, interact, and exchange information with faculty and staff of color. During this event cultural groups will have information to share about what they do on campus. Hosted by the Faculty and Staff of Color Interest Group, BASC, and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  

Monday, September 25 from 4 - 6 pm, Eagle's Lookout
LBTQIA + Welcome Back Fall Social for LGBTQIA + Faculty and Staff

Come by for food, drink, informal planning, networking and catch - up. Hosted by the LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff Group, BASC, and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.   

Thursday, October 5. All Day Conference. Various Locations
2017 Annual Diversity Conference "Intersectionality in Justice and Equity",
Keynote Speaker invited in collaboration with APS Summer Reading: Wes Moore, 7 pm, SERC

Cultivating diverse communities and inclusive excellence is dependent on the existence of a just and equitable environment in which every member can thrive. The 2017 Diversity Conference will host panels, performances, workshops, and speakers that address "Intersectionality in Justice and Equity." "Justice" and "equity" are broad categories, which include but are not limited to: economic, social, legal, political, educational and experiential inequities, and justice struggles. Participants will explore intersections, convergences, and alliances between systems, groups, identities, or approaches to Justice and Equity.

Thursday, October 19, 7:30 pm, meet at Harrison Dining Hall. Sponsored by M.O.C, O.S.A.D and your student activity fee.
Solidarity Walk, Candlelight Walk and Discussion.

"Individual actions may seems insigmificant, but together the small steps of many people can have an astonishing impact." Please wear white. 

Monday, October 23 from 3 to 5 pm, Seymour Student Union, 220.
Self Advocacy: Disability Pride, Presented by Damita Peace.

The workshop will identify ableism and prepare you to advocate for yourself  and others in a positive and proactive way that promotes good employee relations applicable to any work or volunteer environment.

This is a free workshop and open for all individuals with disabilities and all staff, faculty and students interested in learning more about this topic.

RSVP by October 22 online at: brockport.edu/system/quickreg/calendars/index/82 or to Dustie Huff at 585-238-2913/dhuff@rcil.org. To request an interpreter or accomodations, please RSVP no later than October 16.

Tuesday, October 24 at 7 pm The Mall - The College at Brockport (located outside behind the Student Union).
Take Back the Night

Join us in our efforts to combat the violence against women *Wear Purple, Black and White to show support. Contact Laura at lpets@u.brockport.edu and gpend1@u.brockport.edu 

Thursday, October 26 from 2:30 to 8 pm, Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY.
Harvesting Justice Symposium Reception and Dinner.

The Office of Community Development is sponsoring students to attend the workshops, symposium, and dinner (transportation is provided). To receive sponsorship please complete the "October 26th, 2017 WNY Harvesting Justice Symposium and Dinner "Sign - Up" form that is located on myBrockport on the Citizen B Alliance page, under forms. To access the form you must be a member of Citizen B Alliance, to become a member add Citizen B Alliance on myBrockport. After submitting your application please bring a $10 deposit to Union 203 and Debbie Shue will reserve your spot (your submission will not be approved until your deposit is paid). You will get your $10 deposit back the day of the event. We will depart Brockport at 1:25 pm from Admissions and leave Rochester to return to Brockport at 8:30 pm. If you do not need transportation be sure to mention on the myBrockport application. Please email Sidnee McDonald, Graduate Assistant with any questions - smcdo2@u.brockport.edu.

Friday, October 27 and Friday November 10 from 7 to 9 pm, Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4301 Mt. Read Blvd., Rochester, NY
Christian Rainbow Fellowship

A welcoming place to meet other LGBTQ+Christians. Admission: Finger food for 8, ready to serve. RSVP or for more information email: Hans and Linda Irmer, lindagpi8@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 2 at 6:30 pm, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 304 Joseph Ave. Rochester, NY 14605
A Public Action Meeting

Rochester and Monroe county, rise up and take a stand for Racial and Economic Equity!

We will be holding a Public Meeting to discuss the issues at hand: Police Accountability, Childcare Assistance, and Wage Equity for Healthcare Workers. Come out and join us for this very powerful event.

Wednesday, November 8 at, 7pm, Tuttle North
Annual Wheelchairs Basketball Game- Rochester Wheels vs. Brockport

Come support club BAD and cheer on our basketball teams! Complimentary snacks and drinks provided.

Thursday November 9 at Benucci's Restaurant, Greece Ridge Mall, West Ridge Rd. Greece, NY
Human Rights Campaign Second Thursday Event

Complimentary appetizers and discounted dining services will be offered to all attendees  We will be collecting gloves, warm hats and scarves and heavy socks for the Veterans at Richards House and Zion House. Donation will enter you in a special basket drawing.  Chances to win more raffle prizes will be on hand. So venture out to support a great cause and catch up with friends!

Friday November 10, 11am at the Flag Pole near Mall
Veterans Day Ceremony

Reception in the Union Main Lounge.

Tuesday, November 14 from 2 to 3:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 114
Deliberative Dialog on Land of Plenty

How should we ensure people have the food they need? We invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to deliver and work collaboratively to address this challenging public issue. Presented by the Office of Community Development.

Tuesday, November 14, 5pm at McCue Auditorium
"Crisis Hotline" Film Screening

Video and Panel Discussion.

Wednesday, November 15 at the Eagle's Lookout - Tuttle South, Room 209
Disability and Disclosure in the Workplace

Workshop is open to all people with disabilities or to anyone who work with or assist individuals with a disability.

Saturday, November 18, 1pm at Eagle Statue in front of Union
Veterans Memorial Ceremony

Honoring all those who have served.

Tuesday, November 28, 3:30-4:30pm in Hartwell Dance Studio 64
'Expect the Unexpected' Obstacles of the Single Story Narrative

Join us for this PED Grant Event! 

Spring 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018 Noon, Rochester Polar Plunge, Lake Ontario

This is a great cause as the money goes to Special Olympics. Join the "Golden Eagle's Team." Please contact event coordinators Zoe Senznec Seeetland zseznecsweetland@brockport.edu or Lea Praller lpra11@brockport.edu for more information.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7pm Tower Fine Arts Center 180 Holly Street

MASUD OLUFANI "Reflections of the Divine: Art as a Spiritual Cipher"

An artist's presentation in conjunction with the exhibition "Southern Sampler: Contemporary Artists of the New Sourth" and Black History Month

Cosponsored by the Tower Fine Arts Center Gallery: a Promoting in Excellence in Diversity grant, and the Department of African and African Studies, Anthropology and Art.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 1pm Liberal Arts Building, Room 206
"The Black Superhero in 'Post Racial Popular Culture'"

This lecture is part of the Brockport's annual SEGue symposium for English graduate students and sponsored by the Office of Diversity PED grant and American Democracy Project. Dr. Timothy Robinson received his bachelor's degree in English from Brockport, where he was a McNair Scholar. His work examines the intricacies of race and gender in popular cultural genres, including comic books, film and televison. Dr. Robinson is a faculty in English and Humanities, Central Piedmont Community College, North Carolina.

Sunday, February 25, 2018 6pm Calm in the Chaos Interfaith Center 6590 Lake Rd . Brockport, NY 14420

Supper and Soul with a Side of Solidarity

For anyone who identified with, cares about and loves the LGBTQ+ Community.  Hang out with people who acknowledge who you are, respect who you are, and find a comfortable place where you are LOVED.  No fee- it's Dana.

Monday, February 26, 2018 6:30-9:00pm Liberal Arts Building, 104A/B McCue Auditorium

The Brockport International Film Festival - Truman

Monday, March 5, 2018 6:30-9:00pm Liberal Arts Building, 104A/B McCue Auditorium

The Brockport International Film Festival - Nice: The Heart of Madness


Tuesday, March 6, 2018 9:30pm Seymour Student Union Rm 114

Can I Come Out Yet?

It's not easy coming out, but for people of color there's another layer to consider across cultures, families and languages.  Join us to listen to us talk about our experiences+ discuss intersection between the queer and latinx identity.

Monday, March 19, 2018 6:30-9:00pm Liberal Arts Building, 104A/B McCue Auditorium

The Brockport International Film Festival - Three Burials

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 7:00-8:30pm Cooper Hall New York Room

Writer's Forum – Aja Monet

Thursday, April 5, 2018 5:00-6:15pm Edwards Hall, Room 106

"Making Good Citizens: Civil Society and Nationalism in the Republic of Macedonia"

Thursday, April 5, 2018 6:00-7:00pm Liberal Arts Building, 104A/B McCue Auditorium

"Unlocking the Past to Plan for the Future: Using Archeological Evidence to Provide Options for Global Food Security"

Jennifer Ramsay, Associate Professor of Anthropology, studies ancient plant remains from archaeological sites in the Near East to understand environmental resources used by past societies.

Monday, April 9, 2018 6:30-9:00pm Liberal Arts Building, 104A/B McCue Auditorium

The Brockport International Film Festival - District 9

Monday, April 23, 2018 6:30-9:00pm Liberal Arts Building, 104A/B McCue Auditorium

The Brockport International Film Festival - Han Gong-ju



Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings & Workshops

Racial Justice: Creating Space for Change

Learn about the workings of individual and institutional racism, as well as skills and actions to dismantle systemic racism.

  Date Time Location


September 6

2 - 4 pm

Seymour College Union,

 Room B116



September 18

3 - 5 pm

Seymour College Union,

Room  220



October 6

Noon - 2 pm

Seymour College Union,

Room  220

SafeZone LBGTQ Inclusion Training

Increase awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers and for themselves.   

  Date Time Location


September, 12

 5 - 7 pm

Seymour College Union,

Room 220



October 11

 10 am - noon

Seymour College Union,

Room B116



October 27

 1 - 3 pm

Seymour College Union

Room 220



November 3


 3 - 5 pm

Seymour College Union

Room 220

Campus Accessibility and Disability Rights Training

Full Training coming Spring 2018. For fall semester contact the Committee of Disability and Access for invited speakers and trainings at diversity@brockport.edu 

CELT Brown Bags

Friday, September 8, 2017 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM 100B Edwards, Dr. Milo Obourn
Cross - Disciplinary Practices from Inclusive Classrooms

Friday, October 27, 2017 from 12:15 - 1:15 pm, 100B Edwards, Dr. Milo Obourn and Dr. Melody Boyd
Contextualizing Language in the Classroom: Productive Pedagogical Use of Offensive/Outdated Course Materials.

Monday, January 15, 2018 from 1 - 4 pm, Gandhi Institute for Non Violence, 929 South Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY.
National Coalition Building Institute -  Navigating Classroom Dialogue Around Controversial Issues.

Difference in opinion and experience can spark controversy and divisions in our classrooms. How can we engage students with respect and courage, and encourage students to do the same? How do we respond when our buttons get pushed by student comments or actions? How can we find the balance between free speech and hurtful/hateful speech and work with the gap between intention and impact? On this Marin Luther King Jr. Day we invite you to explore these questions and move from confusion and dissatisfaction towards clarity and direction. The fee for the workshop is $75. Finacial support is available as needed , thanks to the generous support of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Contact Pat Willis at willis.patricia908@gmail.com or (585) 313 -1047. 

Last Updated 2/22/18

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