Skip Navigation

Brockport / Diversity Conference / 2011 / Program

Conference Program

"Building Community through Diversity"
Embracing a Culture of Accessibility
Thursday, September 22, 2011

See Also the Full Schedule

10:45 am - 11:45 am Educational Sessions

Women in the Locker Room

Abstract: As more and more women enter the field of sports broadcasting and journalism does accessibility based on gender restrict them from performing their jobs? Has this situation improved over the last two decades? From Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olsen's interaction with New England Patriot Zeke Mowatt in 1990, to ESPN's Erin Andrews being filmed through a hotel peephole, to sports reporter Ines Sainz having footballs thrown at her during a 2010 New York Jets practice session, to websites such as, the challenge for many female reporters is to focus on their primary job—covering sports with the same access as their male counterparts.

Come exchange thoughts and ideas with professionals who have been there and done that. This panel discussion will include former Rochester Red Wings writer Patti Singer, and current WHEC TV10 Sports Director Robin DeWind, who will share their personal observations and thoughts.

Presenter: Warren Kozireski is a communications instructor, assistant director and general manager of WBSU FM 89.1 The Point (College at Brockport radio station). He also is a freelance sports writer for Suburban News, Western New York Hockey Magazine, and the Anaheim Ducks website. He published the book Rochester Americans: The First 50 Years.

Location: Hartwell Theatre

Bridging the Gap: Creating a Common Language Using Learning Styles

Abstract: Individual learning and perceptual style is an invisible element of diversity. By learning how we take in and process information, we can adjust our communication methods to invite others into our world and create a common language to bridge the gaps between us. This session will demonstrate how applying different learning styles to real-life situations reduces misunderstanding and enhances the development of trust and respect for the different ways we perceive the world.

Presenter: JoAnne Sims is a human resource consultant and trainer who currently facilitates the Manager Development Program at The College at Brockport. In addition, she coordinates an employment program at a non-profit and is an adjunct instructor at several local colleges. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brockport, and earned a Master of Science in Career and Human Resource Development at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Location: Cooper, New York Room

The College Experience for Students with Physical Disabilities

Abstract: This session will explore the college experience for current students with physical disabilities based on the results of a study conducted by Jessica L. Sniatecki, PhD, CRC. Issues including physical accessibility, support services, and the transition from high school to college will be explored. Other topics will include the types of accommodations students received, barriers in the attitudes of faculty and non-disabled students. Dr. Sniatecki’s findings also uncovered the stress associated with disability, the importance of natural supports and spirituality in success, and positive aspects related to disability status. Limitations and directions for future research will also be discussed.

Presenter: Jessica L. Sniatecki, PhD, CRC is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at The College at Brockport. She teaches courses primarily for the Alcohol and Substances Abuse Studies Program. She holds her doctorate in Counselor Education from the University at Buffalo and has held national certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor since 2004. Sniatecki has clinical experience with individuals and groups in a variety of treatment settings. Her research focuses on the college experience for students with disabilities, positive aspects of disability, and ethics in graduate school.

Location: Edwards, Gold Room 103

The People are Still Speaking: The Sharing of Oral Histories Inspired by the Work of Howard Zinn

Abstract: In his book, The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known, Howard Zinn sought to give voices to people from underrepresented populations.  Zinn gives readers a way to 'see' history from the standpoint of others. This session, inspired by Zinn's vision, will feature faculty and students performing oral histories of people who have faced the challenges of disabilities as they sought to work, build and nurture a more inclusive community. Instead of presenting speeches, faculty and students will actually perform oral histories from written artifacts, such as diaries, and speeches written by people with disabilities throughout history.  The session will provide attendees with a deeper connection to historical figures. The oral history and live performances will provide a unique insight as each presenter focuses and gives voice to one individual.

Presenter: Allison Wright is a Lecturer in the Department of Education and Human Development at The College of Brockport. She is currently working on her doctorate degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Social Studies at The University at Buffalo. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Teaching and Leading for Diversity from the University at Buffalo. She teaches methods of teaching social studies to diverse learners, classroom management, and supervises elementary level student teachers.

Location: Tower Theatre

Perspectives Toward Disabilities and Diverse Languages in US and Asian Contexts

Abstract: Cultural, social, political, religious, and economic conditions during different historical periods have influenced the perception of disabilities and diverse language users in the United States, China and Korea. The presenters will compare transnational perspectives of disability, diverse languages, inclusiveness, and accessibilities in these three countries. Hands-on activities and interactive questions and answers will be offered to facilitate the discussion to promote inclusiveness in a global and diverse society.

Presenters: Eun-Joo Kim, PhD earned her doctorate in Special Education from the University of Georgia in 2007.  She specializes in Early Childhood Special Education and the Autistic Special Spectrum. She also is interested in facilitating partnerships between teachers and families of children with special needs. In 2007, she joined the Department of Education and Human Development at The College at Brockport as an assistant professor. She teaches special education courses and also is director of Hunter Institute on Young Children. 

Jie Zhang, PhD received her doctorate in Exceptional Learning from Tennessee Technological University in 2008. In 2008, she joined the Department of Education and Human Development at The College at Brockport as an assistant professor. Courses she instructs include Assessment of Special Education, Methods and Materials for the Inclusive Classroom, Teaching Students with Autism, and Introduction of Special Education.

Dong-shin Shin, EdD earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009. She joined the Department of Education and Human Development at The College at Brockport as assistant professor in 2009. She teaches courses in literacy and bilingual education as well as courses for the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Program.

Location: Seymour College Union Gallery

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Educational Sessions

Access to Travel and Tourism Opportunities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Abstract: According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, tourism is a universal right. Access to tourism opportunities must be guaranteed for all people. This session will build awareness among participants of the travel-related needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.  This session will highlight several cases where tourism businesses are responding to the unique needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and describe preliminary findings from an ongoing study on the travel experiences of families of individuals with developmental disabilities. This session will build participants’ awareness of the travel-related needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Presenters: Holly Bosley Perry, PhD is an assistant professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at The College at Brockport. She earned her bachelor‘s degree in Spanish and International Studies from Denison University, and her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from North Carolina State University. Before arriving at The College at Brockport, Dr. Perry worked with adults with developmental disabilities as the coordinator of recreation and volunteers at a nonprofit agency in Stamford, CT. She also served for several years as a swim coach for Special Olympics and a swim instructor for children with physical and developmental disabilities.

Mary Kozub, PhD joined the Department of Nursing in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1985 from The College at Brockport, and completed her doctoral study in Socio-cultural Anthropology at Indiana University in Bloomington. She has worked as a mental health nurse in both hospital and community settings as well as with individuals across the lifespan. Dr. Kozub's current area of practice includes concentrations in both holistic and transcultural nursing. Her research interests are reflected in these areas of practice, in addition to her recent research projects on the impact of autism on families.       

Location: Seymour College Union Gallery   

International Women’s Day 100 Year Anniversary: A Call for Change

Abstract: March 8, 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day (IWD), where women across continents join together to celebrate women’s struggle for equality. As part of the anniversary a  postcard-signing campaign asked students in Rochester area colleges (The College at Brockport, St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College and Hobart and William Smith Colleges) to write calls for change on IWD postcards. Over 1,000 postcards were printed and calls for change data was extracted and analyzed capturing students’ issues of discontent. Research was done on the students’ calls for change prompted by the IWD postcard signing campaign.

This workshop will examine three global calls for change themes taken from the postcards: education, economic development. and justice, and women‘s health and safety. Audience members will have the opportunity to dialogue on these gender issues as understood in a local and global context and consider the historical evolution of IWD as an activist platform to advance women‘s rights. This grass-roots call for change, captured en-masse on personalized postcards, reinvigorates a time-honored Rochester-area legacy where those championing women‘s rights find voice.

Presenter: Barbara LeSavoy, PhD serves as the Director of Women and Gender Studies (WMS) at The College at Brockport and teaches Feminist Theory, Sex and Culture, and a senior seminar course that bridges feminist theory and practice. Her research interests include attitudes on feminism, intersectionality and educational equity/success, women‘s stories, and women‘s global human rights. Outside of the college, Dr. LeSavoy chairs Rochester/Novgorod sister city Linkages Women’s Partnership Committee and oversees the Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference, which is held biennially in October. Dr. LeSavoy also chairs the Greater Rochester AAUW College Partnership Committee and is a founding member of the Greater Rochester Consortium of Women and Gender Studies Faculty.

Location: Cooper, New York Room

African American Faculties’ Career Decisions about Employment

Abstract: This session presents a research study that sought to better understand African-American faculties‘ career decisions about employment within a publically funded PCI located within the Southeastern United States. Problem: Few data is available about recruitment and turnover of faculty of color‘(African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian) at predominantly Caucasian institutions (PCIs). Even less is published about the career decisions of African- American scholars. Understanding how to recruit/retain diverse faculties within PCIs of higher learning can play an important role in: attracting ethnically diverse faculty/students; mentoring/career development of faculty/students; exposing students to wider range of scholarly perspectives; generating new research questions and views that intellectually stimulate students/faculty; helping students to become confident interacting in a multicultural society; and dispelling ethnicity-related myths that impede teaching, service, and research.

Presenter: Shirley Timmons, PhD, RN is a community health administrator who has directed regional and national population health interventions that address the needs of underserved populations. She is the former director of a statewide health services recruitment and retention organization. Currently, she teaches family and community health and research at a level 1 research university. She has published manuscripts that focus primarily on faith-based and evidenced-based health programs. Dr. Timmons earned her baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Location: Seymour College Union Room 220

Raising Awareness of Inclusivity Needs in the Caribbean

Abstract: Traditional Caribbean cultural norms informed parents that children born “different” were a consequence of the parents’ actions prior to the child‘s birth. Physical and psychological disabilities continue to be viewed as a source of personal shame for many parents, and the decades-long practice of keeping the children shielded from public view to minimize parental shame continues in many communities. Physical and societal barriers to inclusion are pervasive. The Aim for Abilities committee of the Rochester-Antigua and Barbuda chapter of the Partners of the America’s has visited schools in Antigua, conducted community health fair screenings for dental, physical, developmental, ophthalmological and audiological health. The committee has been involved in outreach efforts to educate public health officials and parents regarding the value of diversity and the importance of accessibility in the community. This presentation will articulate these efforts, the perceived successes and the continued challenges faced by individuals living with special needs in the Caribbean nation.

Presenters: Kathleen M. Buccieri is an associate professor and the director of clinical education in the Department of Physical Therapy at Ithaca College. She is the current chair of the Aim for Abilities committee of the Rochester-Antigua and Barbuda chapter of the Partners of the America‘s. She has made several trips to Antigua since 2004, collaborating with the Southern chapter, the Adele School, the Amazing Grace Foundation, the Early Childhood Education Center and others in Antigua to promote the acceptance of children with special needs and to attempt to connect children with handicapping conditions to appropriate service providers. Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, a master’s degree from Rocky Mountain College, and a DPT from Massachusetts General Hospital of Science—Institute of Health Professions.

Theresa Bowick has been a nurse for seventeen years, specializing in the care of adults with developmental disabilities at The Arc of Monroe County and Finger Lakes Office of People with Developmental Disabilities. Theresa volunteers with the Special Olympics and is current president of the Rochester-Antigua and Barbuda chapter of the Partners of the Americas. As founder of Aim for Abilities, a Partners project to help the differently able population in Antigua in the Caribbean, Theresa advocates for improved, health, education and employment opportunities. Her life‘s work is patterned by this quote from Mahandis Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Location: Seymour College Union Room 119

Understanding How to Communicate with Blind People

Abstract: Visually impaired people can sense when sighted people are uncomfortable communicating with them. The discomfort can hinder effective communication resulting in frustration for both parties in the interaction. Visually impaired individuals might not be able to see but they are fully capable, and able to function in society. This session will uncover the myths, and misconceptions of being visually impaired in a sighted environment. The focus will be to increase awareness through a group discussion and increase the ease of communication with people who are blind.

Presenter: Yasmina Daut is a psychology major at The College at Brockport. She was born in the former Yugoslavia in 1981. In early 1992, when the civil war started in her country, she and her parents immigrated to Germany. Yasmina attended a school for the blind in Munich, where she learned how to read and write Braille. After living in Germany for almost seven years, she moved to the United States, and started to learn the English language. To maintain her independence and self efficiency Daut uses a guide dog who accompanied her to Monroe Community College before coming to Brockport.

Location: Hartwell Theatre

The College Experience for Students with Physical Disabilities (repeated)

See information above.

Last Updated 9/21/11