Fall 2019 Events

Are you planning a diversity-related event? Contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, diversity@brockport.edu, to have your event advertised on our event calendar.

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December 11, 2019, at 5 pm, Deadline for Application
Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. The event will take place from 9 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, February 25 & Wednesday, February 26 in Seymour Union Ballroom. Designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege, and power Tunnel guides participants through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. Tunnel strives to give people a way to experience oppression in a hands-on way. 

Applications for student groups or classes to create a “room” in the Tunnel of Oppression are due by 5 pm on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Visit https://my.brockport.edu/submitter/form/start/352301to apply.

Acceptance notifications go out on Monday, January 27, 2020 & the Set-up Date for your "room" will be Monday, February 24, 2020.


November 21, 2019, 7 - 8:30 pm, Lyric Theatre
Why do we hate? A community conversation

Pardeep Kaleka lost his father, a leader of the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, when a white supremacist opened fire in the neighborhood temple in 2012. Arno Michaelis, a former skinhead who spent years committing violent acts in the name of white power, helped start the gang that produced the mass shooter.

The Levine Center to End Hate welcomes Pardeep and Arno to share their story of forgiveness after hate in an inspiring community conversation. This event takes place at Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue, Rochester, NY.  Admission is free for all students. 

November 20, 3:30 pm (doors open at 3:20 pm), Seymour College Union, Ballroom West
2nd Annual Interfaith Service: A Celebration of Faith and Unity

The 2nd Annual Interfaith Service will focus on a special presentation to honor individual faiths and the unity of these communities. A remembrance of the many lives lost in faith based attacks this past year will be honored through a moment of silence. Immediately following, light refreshments will be served in the Ballroom. This event is sponsored by Brockport Student Government and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. 

November 19, 2019, 3:30 - 5 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 185
Community Conversation: Celebrations For All

Inclusive holiday celebrations and how we can effectively celebrate on our campus. It will be facilitated by Reverend Darla Bair.

Monday, November 18, 2019, 5 - 7 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
From Worrier to Warrior: Calming Strategies With Dr. Tami Sullivan

Learn about useful and comforting methods including mindfulness, movement, relaxation, and thought restructuring to help manage your stress and worries in healthy ways. 

November 7, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
REOC's Culture Exchange XV: Around The World in 180 Minutes
A Multi-Cultural Celebration

Please join us for a full morning of celebrating diversity and culture on Thursday, November 7 in downtown Rochester, at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. A bus for Brockport students will leave from the Brockport campus at 8 am (breakfast will be provided) and will return by 1:30 pm. The event begins with a parade of flags and includes a welcome address, concert, student showcase of dance and vocal performances, and ends with an international food tasting. Cultural attire is welcomed and you may also share a talent during the showcase such as dancing, singing, or poetry reading (there is a 3 minute limit) . The event is from 9 am to noon.

Space is limited to the first 50 Brockport students to RSVP, so sign up today!

Please note, if you would like to attend but have Thursday morning class/classes, it is your responsibility to discuss this opportunity with your instructor(s) and make the appropriate arrangements.

This event is brought to you by the President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s committee on Diversity Recruitment and Retention. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Dumbleton, committee chair, at ndumblet@brockport.edu or (585) 395-5880. 


October 17, 2019, 8 am - 8:30 pm
19th Annual Diversity Conference

This year's theme is "Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Community". Learn more about the conference and register

October 10, 2019, 6 pm, McCue Auditorium, Liberal Arts Building
"Booksmart: Getting Straight A's. Giving Zero F's"/Celebrating National Coming Out Day

Screening of the movie followed by panel discussion, Sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Modern Languages & Cultures, the Department of Women & Gender Studies, Drake Memorial Library, and Residential Life/Learning Communities. 

October 9, 2019, 3 - 4:30 pm in Seymour College Union, Room 119
Disability Pride and Self Advocacy Workshop

The "Disability Pride and Self-Advocacy" training will be presented by Damita Peace, Regional Center for Independent Living, in Seymour College . The workshop will explore and 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 training is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. RSVP for the event

October 3, 2019, 3:15 - 5 pm, Seymour College Union, Ballroom
Community Conversations

Join us for "Social Conversations: Impacts of Social Media" facilitated by Dr. Joe Chesbro and Mr. Carvin Eison. We'll discuss media literacy and how to have conversation when we disagree.

October 3-5, 2019, Nazareth College & St. John Fisher College
NAAAS Regional Conference

The National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS) invites you to submit proposals for its 2019 Regional Conference that takes place from October 3-5, 2019. The conference is co-hosted by Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.

The theme of the conference is Creating Racial Equity in the 21st Century. NAAAS welcomes proposals on a broad range of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics that center the African, African-American, Latinx, Native American/ Indigenous Peoples, and Asian/APIA experiences across and including the following disciplines: literature, history, politics, economics, education, health care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business, digital media and beyond. The conference committee is particularly interested in the following topics: restorative justice, implicit bias, gender identity, gentrification and environmental justice, outmigration-immigration, and other applicable issues. Presentations by community organizations and independent scholars are encouraged.

Presenter(s) Fee Schedule:$160 professional (college/university); $140 professional (community); $75 graduate students; $50 undergraduate students

Attendance Only Fee Schedule: $50 faculty, staff, & community members; $20 undergraduate and graduate students

Proposal Submission: 

Proposals should not exceed two pages and must include the following:

  • Session format
  • Presenter name, session title, institution name, professional title and email address of lead presenter
  • Sent as a Microsoft Word attachment to naaasconference@naaas.org 
  • Deadline is June 1, 2019

Session Formats:

  • Individual Research Presentations 30 mins
  • Research or Policy Panels 60 mins
  • Workshop or Facilitated Discussions 60 mins
  • Student Poster Sessions 120 mins
  • Other Student Sessions 60 mins


September 18, 2019, 5-9 pm
Brockport Night Out

Join us in the Campus Mall (Seymour Union Lounge, rain location) to get safety & awareness information & learn more about violence prevention. All Brockport community members welcome! Food, music, games & giveaways. Hosted by: Men of Color, University Police, & Brockport Police Department. 

September 16, 3:30 - 5 pm
Multicultural Mixer

For students, faculty, and staff of color and allies. Sponsored by faculty and Staff of Color Interest Group, Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and BASC. The Multicultural is an opportunity for all of our students to meet with faculty members who are willing to help them succeed. Contact Claudette Brown-Smythe at cbrownsm@brockport.eduwith questions.   

September 6, 2019, 10 am
Diversity Abroad: Passport Tour

The Diversity Abroad Passport Tour is a nationwide campus-based initiative designed to introduce study abroad resources and opportunities to students, particularly those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds.  

There will be two main events open to all students. The first event will be an information in the table from 10-11:30 am in the Seymour Union Fireside Lounge. The second event will be a presentation in Seymour Union, Room 119 from 1-2 pm titled "Why You Should Study Abroad". Students can come to both events to learn about studying abroad and the different resources available to them. Contact Amy Aiezzawith questions. The program is hosted by the The Center for Global Education and Engagement. 

Last Updated 7/1/20

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