Spring 2020 Events

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March 5, 2020, 5 - 6:30 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Community Conversation: Our Value Is Real: An Asset Based Approach to Healing (Part 1)

In her 1904 A Northern Negro’s Autobiography, Fannie Barrier Williams exclaimed, “Whether I live in the North or the South, I cannot be counted for my full value, be that much or little. I dare not cease to hope and aspire and believe in human love and justice….” This is a two part community discussion based on the words of Barrier Williams, a member of the 1870 graduating class of the Brockport Normal School; she was the first African American to graduate from this institute, which eventually became our beloved SUNY Brockport. At a time when our world is increasingly divided by differences, we must learn to pursue human love and justice by 1) collectively understanding one another’s inherent value which includes one’s cultural identity and beyond and 2) individually challenging socially constructed perspectives and biases that attempt to undermine one’s inherent value.

This Community Conversation has been designed to promote healing on two registers: 1) understanding and embracing the value of every member of the College and the assets they inherently invest into our community, and 2) fortifying individual community members with the knowledge of their inherent value when, at times, this veracity is challenged.

Facilitated by: Dr. Althea Tait, Assistant Professor, English. Part Target Audience: Students, Faculty, and Staff 

March 10, 2020, 5:30 - 7;30 pm, McCue Auditorium, Liberal Arts Building
Disability Role Model Yayoi Kusama

The PCDI Committee on Accessibility is thrilled to offer this workshop that will introduce you to the art and life of Yayoi Kusama. Despite living in a mental institution, Kusama has become an icon of pop art. The workshop will be facilitated by Damita Peace from the Regional Center for Independent Living.

Kusama is a champion for people with mental health disabilities. Through examining images, film clips and discussion, participants will see how her trauma, hallucinations, and quest for love and peace have formed the world-famous style that has rocked the art world. 

March 26, 2020, 5 - 6:30 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Community Conversation: Our Value Is Real: An Asset Based Approach to Healing (Part 2)

(See above)

Target Audience: Students, Faculty, Staff, and College Leadership

March 31, 2020, Noon - 2 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
International Festival

Every year the Center for Global Education and Engagement hosts this event to highlight all that Brockport has to offer from a global perspective.


April 8 - 11
Unity Trip to Atlanta, GA

Leaders of Brockport Student Government’s Cultural Council attend, totally 50 students. On the trip the students will learn about their cultural histories, develop stronger relationships with peers, and broaden their knowledge of diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, and inclusive excellence. To get more information on the trip, visit the Unity Trip webpage or contact us.

April 20, 2020, 3:15 - 5 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Community Conversation

Topic TBD


May 8, 2020, 4 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Lavender Ceremony

The Lavender Ceremony is an informal graduation ceremony held by universities to honor and celebrate their LGBTQIA+ students and Allies. This event is not meant to replace commencement, but to compliment it. It is a time to celebrate the student's accomplishments and contributions to the university.

May 13, TBD
AALANA Graduation Ceremony

The ALANA Graduation Ceremony is a time to recognize the accomplishments of graduating seniors from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. It has historically honored graduating ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American) students. More information coming soon.

Past Events


February 25-26, 2020, 9 am - 7 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. 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.  

February 3, 2020, 7:30 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture

This year's speaker is Dr. Angela D. Sims, the first female President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (CRCDS). She is the author and co-author of several books and is the recipient of an array of grants and fellowships. A renowned Womanist scholar, and a member of the National Baptist denomination, Dr. Sims’ research and writing focuses on ethical complications related to lynching and issues of poverty. She has been featured on Religion and Ethics Newsweekly and in articles in the Dallas Morning News, the Baptist Standard and The New York Times. Prior to pursuing her theological work, Dr. Sims served in the business field–skills that have proven essential in her administrative work.     

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of African and African-American Studies, Brockport Student Government, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and the Promoting Excellence in Diversity grant.

February 18, 2020, 6 - 7 pm, Eagles Lookout
Librada Paz: The Voice of Farmworkers' Rights

Librada Paz was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and came to the United States as a teenager in search of a better life. She worked along the east coast picking fruits and vegetables and landed right here in Brockport. She attended Brockport High School and worked on the local farms at night and on weekends, where she learned firsthand about working conditions in the fields.

An RIT alumna and tireless advocate for the passage of New York State’s Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act, Paz will share her compelling story on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 pm in the Eagle's Lookout. All are welcome to attend.

Last Updated 7/1/20

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