2019 Diversity Conference

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"Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Community" 

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is now accepting proposals for Brockport's 19th Annual Diversity Conference on October 17, 2019. 

The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
Submit a proposal 

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. 

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.  

Proposals

This year, we ask that all proposed presentations relate to the conference theme "Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive Community,” intentionally focus on and reference at least one the four (4) Diversity Strategic Plan Priorities/Goals for The College at Brockport. The Brockport Strategic Plan Goals for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion include: 

Goal 1: Achieve a balance of representation in faculty and staff in line with student population, and national, state, and regional demographics; and maintain a commitment to retention and promotion of minority and underrepresented faculty and staff. 

Goal 2: Achieve a balance of representation in student body population in line with state demographics; and maintain a commitment to retention, completion, and academic success of minority and underrepresented students. 

Goal 3: Ensure that curriculum, programming, and/or trainings educate all incoming students, faculty, and staff and are available to current students, faculty, and staff in issues of social equity and the ability to speak to each other across differences as part of the College’s commitment to inclusive community, diverse engagement, academic excellence, and self-transformation. 

Goal 4: Continue to build and maintain an inclusive and positive campus climate for every member in which to foster internal and external community building on the campus, local, regional, and international levels in which diversity is valued and inclusion and equity are shared imperatives. 

We invite and encourage proposals from students, faculty, staff and community organizations, partners and local/regional/state industry entities (educational and professional). We request proposals for seventy-five minute (75 min) presentation sessions that relate to the conference theme. Presentations should focus on research or evidence-based actions that result in awareness, knowledge and skill development referencing one or more of the Brockport Diversity Strategic Plan Goals.  

Programs may include one or more of the following EDI relevant suggested categories: 

  • Culturally responsive/relevant practices and teaching strategies in engaging diverse populations
  • Effective recruitment and retention efforts of underrepresented populations
  • Utilizing diversity data as a benchmark for systemic and strategic change
  • Increasing equity, diversity and inclusion ownership to all stakeholders
  • Recognizing and addressing power, privilege and difference
  • Gender Equity 
  • Restorative Justice Initiatives 
  • Social and cultural differences (e.g. race, language, socioeconomic class, religious beliefs, sexuality, etc.)
  • Policy development for practices of inclusive excellence
  • Impact of media/social media on EDI advancement efforts

Questions

For more information about the Diversity Conference, contact:

Dr. Kiera Duckworth 
Diversity and Inclusion Program Coordinator
350 New Campus Dr.
Brockport, NY 14420
(585) 395-5014

Last Updated 6/17/19

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