Diversity Events 2018-19

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Fall 2018 Community Conversation Events

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 12 - 1:45 pm, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC) Multi-Purpose Room
Community Conversation: Growing Together: Celebrating Equity & Inclusion on Campus

This Community Conversation will occur on Wednesday, September 5 from 12 pm to 1:45 pm. This event will be at the Brockport Downtown Campus (REOC). The speakers for the event will be Dr. Roosevelt Mareus, Dr. Tom Hernandez, Dr. Susan Stites-Doe and a special guest REOC alumnus. They will be addressing the social-economic, and educational challenges that students face, while discussing new resources available to students. Please join with us in our goal to continue growing as an equitable and inclusive community campus together.

Community Conversation LogoTuesday, October 9, 2018 from 4 - 5:45 pm, SERC, Eagle's Lookout
Community Conversation: Do I Belong? Building Cultural Comfortability and Inclusivity

 

This Community Conversation will occur on Tuesday, October 9 from 4 pm to 5:45 pm. This event will be at the Eagle's Lookout and livestreamed to the REOC multipurpose room. The speaker for the event will be Dr. George T. Sipos. He will be addressing the bias perception society has on different ethnic groups both domestically and aboard. We will discuss how these biases influence public opinion/policy as well as the “humanity” behind the treatment of immigrants to the United States.

*Parking near REOC is available at the Washington Square Garage (111 Woodbury Blvd, Rochester, NY).


Fall 2018 Diversity Events

September

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 12 - 1:45 pm, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC) Multi-Purpose Room
Community Conversation: Growing Together: Celebrating Equity & Inclusion on Campus

This Community Conversation will occur on Wednesday, September 5 from 12 pm to 1:45 pm. This event will be at the Brockport Downtown Campus (REOC). The speakers for the event will be Dr. Roosevelt Mareus, Dr. Tom Hernandez, Dr. Susan Stites-Doe and a special guest REOC alumnus. They will be addressing the social-economic, and educational challenges that students face, while discussing new resources available to students. Please join with us in our goal to continue growing as an equitable and inclusive community campus together.

Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 7 pm and Monday, September 10, 2018 at 10 am, Seymour College Union, Room 119
Rosh Hashanah Service

This year Rosh Hashanah lasts from sundown Sunday, September 9 to sundown Tuesday, September 11. Services will be held on campus for students, faculty, staff, and their friends. All services will be held in room 119 in the Seymour College Union.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 3:30 - 5 pm, SERC, Eagle's Lookout
Know Your Rights! Disability Rights for College Students

Presented by Matthew Fico. Interested? Please RSVP by September 10 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963 or fill out this form.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 12 - 1:30 pm, RochesterWorks!, 255 North Goodman Street
Work Incentives

Presented by Meghan Moore. Interested? Please RSVP by September 12 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 2 - 3 pm, Edwards 100B
Engaging Elders and Students in the Classroom: Strategies to Promote Intergenerational Learning

Lifelong learning is rapidly expanding at the College with more than 80 retirees auditing classes in 2017-18. This workshop will use survey results from faculty, students, and auditors to provide instructors with ways to promote intergenerational learning. A small panel of faculty and older adult auditors will also be present to share their perspectives. Register online.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7 pm and Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 10 am, Seymour College Union, Room 119
Yom Kippur Service

This year Yom Kippur lasts from sundown Tuesday, September 18 to sundown Wednesday, September 19. Services will be held on campus for students, faculty, staff, and their friends. All services will be held in room 119 in the Seymour College Union.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
Ryan Chalmers

The Committee on Disability and Access is delighted to welcome Ryan Chalmers. Ryan Chalmers is a Paralympian and was the  first person in the US to push a wheelchair across the country. All faculty, staff, students, and members of the Brockport community are welcome!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, 109 South Union Street 2nd Floor
Scam Free: Scam, Identity & Fraud Prevention - Education

Presented by Lifespan. Interested? Please RSVP by September 18 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 8 am - 8:30 pm, Various Locations
2018 Annual Diversity Conference "Building a Strategic Roadmap for Inclusive Excellence"

This year’s theme, “Building a Strategic Roadmap for Inclusive Excellence,” 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.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, 109 South Union Street 2nd Floor
Driven2Success: The "Cars for Work" Program

Presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester. Interested? Please RSVP by September 19 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, ACCES-VR 2nd Floor, 109 South Union Street
LawNY: Know Your Rights!

Interested? Please RSVP by September 24 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6 - 8 pm, Conkey Corner Park, 92 Conkey Ave
Celebrity Trike Fight

The most hilarious one mile bike tricycle bout in history. The annual celebrity trike fight fundraiser allows legends and locals to use their best "trike" skills to battle their opponents, for the great cause of helping kids pursue a happy and healthy lifestyle. Registration is open from August 10, 2018 - September 10, 2018. To register use this site. If you have any questions please contact Theresa Lou Bowick at (585) 730-0295.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 6- 7 pm, Drake Memorial Library, Queen Room
Survivors: an exhibit about hope, justice and forgiveness

Join us for The Survivor's Exhibit opening reception. It presents the tragic history of a family, who fled genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Drake Memorial Library and the Department of History, with funding from the Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant. 

Friday, September 28, 2018 from 12 - 4 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Undergraduate Research & Internship Day

At this event, students and alumni will share the benefits and outcomes of internship & research experiences.


October

Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 3 - 5 pm, Seymour College Union, Ballroom West
Multicultural Mixer

All faculty, staff and students of color and allies can come by for food, drinks, informal planning, networking, and catching up. Hosted by the Faculty and Staff of Color Interest Group, BASC, and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Tower Fine Arts, Center Mainstage Theatre
The Triangle Factory Fire Project

The production opens on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 7:30 pm. Performances of The Triangle Factory Fire Project will also take place on October 6, 18, 19, and 20 at 7:30 pm. There is also a 2 pm matinee on Sunday, October 7, which will be ASL interpreted. Tickets are $17/General, $12/Seniors, Alumni, Faculty and Staff, and $9/Students. You may purchase tickets at this site.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 4 - 5:45 pm, SERC, Eagle's Lookout
Community Conversation: Do I Belong? Building Cultural Comfortability and Inclusivity

This Community Conversation will occur on Tuesday, October 9 from 4 pm to 5:45 pm. This event will be at the Eagle's Lookout. The speaker for the event will be Dr. George T. Sipos. He will be addressing the bias perception society has on different ethnic groups both domestically and aboard. We will discuss how these biases influence public opinion/policy as well as the “humanity” behind the treatment of immigrants to the United States.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
A Fantastic Woman

International Speaker Series funded by an Investment Funds for the Future grant. Join the Modern Languages & Cultures and Women & Gender Studies Departments for a screening and talkback of 'A Fantastic Woman'. This will be held in recognition of National Coming Out Day on Thursday, October 11.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, Mental Health Association, 344 North Goodman Street
Housing Accommodations

Are you looking to learn more about your housing accommodation rights, but you’re not sure where to begin? This workshop will help you learn how to fight for your own rights to live free and independently in the community. Presented by Sophie Poost. Interested? Please RSVP by October 10 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

October 11-14, 2018: Thursday from 7 - 9 pm, Friday & Saturday from 9 am - 9 pm, Sunday from 9 am - 1 pm, The Clover Center, 1101 Clover Street
Liberation from Gender Oppression

A four-day experiential workshop designed to cultivate healing, respect, intimacy, and collaboration between genders. Facilitated by an international team, this workshop is open to people of all sexual orientations, ethnicities, and cultural and religious backgrounds.

October 18: Wear Purple - Shine the Light on Domestic Violence

The Center for Select Respect would like to encourage everyone on campus to wear the color purple to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In honor of the month, the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence started a statewide campaign in which they challenge as many state agencies as possible to Shine the Light on Domestic Violence by wearing purple on October 18. The purpose it to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence, to get everyone talking about "purple" as a way to raise awareness, and to let survivors know they are not alone and resources are available to them. For any questions, please contact Colleen Holcomb at cholcomb@brockport.edu.

Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 11:45 am - 3:45 pm, The Children's School of Rochester #15, 85 Hillside Avenue, Rochester, NY.
The Rochester Social Welfare Action Alliance Reality Tour.  

The Reality Tour is a community education tool that makes poverty in Rochester visible to a wide range of community members. The project is a result of collaboration between social work students, human service workers, community based agencies, local poor people's organizations, and individuals living in poverty. The Reality Tour explores the impact of local, state and federal welfare policies, and common myths about welfare are explored. It also helps participants "connect the dots" between issues such as unemployment, street violence and drug addition, low wage work and the need for homeless shelters, and lack of health insurance and poverty. The Reality Tour focuses on community education as an advocacy strategy. Registration is open until October 17. For any questions, please contact Barbara Kasper at (585) 395-5509 or bkasper@brockport.edu. Registration: $20 donation for the tour, $15 for students, $10 for low income Reserve your seat with payment at the registration website or Mail your checks to SWAA Reality Tour P.O. Box 17323 Rochester, NY 14617.

Monday, October 22, 2018 from 12 - 1:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 185
Silent Lunch

The Committee on Disability and Access is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to practice your sign language skills through a Silent Lunch. You must have basic knowledge of sign (finger spelling, at minimum) to participate. This event will be facilitated by faculty members Dr. Tamala David (Nursing) and Dr. Carol Wade (Education & Human Development), and will also include a member of the deaf community. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 3 - 4:30 pm, SERC, Eagle's Lookout
Self Advocacy: Disability

Presented by Damita Peace. Interested? Please RSVP by October 22 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963 or fill out this form.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 5:30 pm, Drake Memorial Library
Salam Neighbor

Join us for a film screening and discussion of two Americans that try living in a Syrian refugee camp.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Immigration, Identity, and Love

Dr. Ledesma’s illustrated memoir, Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer: Undocumented Vignettes from a Pre-American Life, focuses on his experience as an undocumented immigrant student during the 1980s. In his talk, Ledesma explores the complexity of identity, citizenship, and family along his journey from immigrant child to university professor.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 3:30 - 5 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
The Adipositivity Project: A Decade of Feminism, Flesh, and Fat Acceptance

This lecture will be given by photographer and Fat Activist, Substantia Jones. The mission of The Adipositivity Project is to combat sizeist bigotry, foster informed discussion of body politics, and promote recognition of the individual’s physical autonomy, while encouraging critical thinking about the role of commerce in the way we view non-conforming bodies. Since 2007, photographer Substantia Jones has done that with a diverse, intersectional activism campaign which aims to normalize fat bodies through the visibility they’re ordinarily denied, subverting the tool most commonly used to promote body shame: photography. By parading positive images of that which we’re told we should reject, hide, and alter, the project’s goal is to put artful photographs of unapologetic fat people—happy beings displaying their nude bodies without shame--in front of as many eyes as possible.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm, College Mall
Take Back the Night - Stop the Violence, Shatter the Silence

Join us in our efforts to combat gender - based violence. The rally will begin at 7:30 pm at the College Mall (located behind the Seymour College Union). Sponsored by BSG, Student Social Work Organization, Department of Social Work, Gender Equity Movement, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Men's Rugby Team, AAUW, Rochester NOW.

Friday, October 26, 2018 from 9 am - 5 pm, Center for Disability Rights, 497 State Street
Peer Mentor Training

Are you a person with a disability who wants to use your personal experience to mentor and support others? Then this is the course for you! Please RSVP by October 19 to: Priya Penner or Andrea Austin at (585) 546-7510.

Monday, October 29, 2018 from 12 - 1:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 185
Silent Lunch

The Committee on Disability and Access is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to practice your sign language skills through a Silent Lunch. You must have basic knowledge of sign (finger spelling, at minimum) to participate. This event will be facilitated by faculty members Dr. Tamala David (Nursing) and Dr. Carol Wade (Education & Human Development), and will also include a member of the deaf community. Please RSVP by filling out this form.


November

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5 - 6:30 pm, Cooper Hall, NY Room
Lecture by Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant

ALAS & The Departments of Modern Languages & Cultures and Women & Gender Studies Present International Guest Speaker: Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant. Join us for a lecture by Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant about his trials and tribulations as an Afro-Caribbean and his research in the Caribbean. Sponsored by your Student Activity Fee and Funded by an Investment Funds for the Future Grant.

Friday, November 2, 2018 from 1:25 - 2:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 220
One Island, Divided and United: Haiti and the Dominican Republic

The Departments of Modern Languages & Cultures and Women & Gender Studies Present International Guest Speaker: Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant. Funded by an Investment Funds for the Future Grant.

Monday, November 5, 2018 from 12 - 1:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 185
Silent Lunch

The Committee on Disability and Access is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to practice your sign language skills through a Silent Lunch. You must have basic knowledge of sign (finger spelling, at minimum) to participate. This event will be facilitated by faculty members Dr. Tamala David (Nursing) and Dr. Carol Wade (Education & Human Development), and will also include a member of the deaf community. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Love Like Sky

Rochester-based author Leslie Youngblood will be releasing her book "Love Like Sky" online through Amazon and other distributors. Visit her website to learn more.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 5:30 pm, Drake Memorial Library
Shadows of the Lynching Tree

Join us for a film screening and discussion on racism and whether or not it is behind us. The film will cover race politics and recent history.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 9 am - 1:30 pm, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC)
Culture Exchange XIV

Come celebrate the cultural diversity within Rochester! Those attending will be able to view the Parade of Flags, visit the many displays and student projects, sample cultural delicacies, and enjoy musical performances by Urban Steel and Trio Los Arpegios.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, Mental Health Association, 344 North Goodman Street
Scam Free: Scam, Identity & Fraud Prevention - Education

This workshop is open to all those with disabilities or those who support people with disabilities. Presented by RCIL Peer Program in conjunction with ACCES-VR & Lifespan. Interested? Please RSVP by November 7 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 12 - 1:30 pm, RochesterWorks!, 255 North Goodman Street
Stretching Your Resources

Presented by Sue Segelman. Interested? Please RSVP by November 7 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 4 - 6 pm, Seymour College Union, Ballroom West
Interfaith Service for Peace and Unity

The Office of Diversity presents this service to honor victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue. Doors open at 3:50 pm. The presentation will take place from 4 - 5 pm and will be immediately followed by a unity march from 5 - 6 pm. Gathering for the march will take place between Thompson and Seymour College Union. This service is supported by BSG, College Senate, UUP, and the Social Work Department.

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11 am, Campus Mall
Veterans Day Celebration

In honor of Veterans Day, please join us for a flag-raising ceremony at 11:00 am at the Campus Mall by the flag pole. After a few words, we will continue in the Seymour College Union Lounge and last minute raffle tickets will be available for our Annual Veteran’s Basket Raffle Drawing at 12:30 pm. The Basket Raffle is displayed at the Seymour College Union Lounge 11:00 am - 1:00 pm every day during the week of November 5 for viewing and ticket purchases. 1 ticket = $1, 6 tickets = $5, 13 tickets = $10. All proceeds will benefit The Brockport Veteran's Scholarship.

Monday, November 12, 2018 from 12 - 1:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 185
Silent Lunch

The Committee on Disability and Access is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to practice your sign language skills through a Silent Lunch. You must have basic knowledge of sign (finger spelling, at minimum) to participate. This event will be facilitated by faculty members Dr. Tamala David (Nursing) and Dr. Carol Wade (Education & Human Development), and will also include a member of the deaf community. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, ACCES-VR, 109 South Union Street
Driven2Success: The "Cars for Work" Program

This workshop is open to all individuals with a disability or anyone who supports individuals with disabilities and would like to get more information on this program. Presented by Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester. Interested? Please RSVP by November 13 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, Mental Health Association, 344 North Goodman Street
Medicaid vs. Medicare

The free workshop is open to all people with disabilities or to anyone who works with or assists individuals with a disability. Presented by Healthcare Advocate. Interested? Please RSVP by November 14 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Friday, November 16, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, ACCES-VR 2nd Floor, 109 South Union Street
LawNY: Know Your Rights!

Open to everyone in the Rochester Community. Join us for an engaging workshop on housing. Interested? Please RSVP by November 15 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Monday, November 19, 2018 from 12 - 1:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 185
Silent Lunch

The Committee on Disability and Access is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to practice your sign language skills through a Silent Lunch. You must have basic knowledge of sign (finger spelling, at minimum) to participate. This event will be facilitated by faculty members Dr. Tamala David (Nursing) and Dr. Carol Wade (Education & Human Development), and will also include a member of the deaf community. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Monday, November 26, 2018 from 12 - 1:15 pm, Seymour College Union, Room 185
Silent Lunch

The Committee on Disability and Access is delighted to offer an exciting opportunity to practice your sign language skills through a Silent Lunch. You must have basic knowledge of sign (finger spelling, at minimum) to participate. This event will be facilitated by faculty members Dr. Tamala David (Nursing) and Dr. Carol Wade (Education & Human Development), and will also include a member of the deaf community. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 10 - 11 am, Mental Health Association, 344 North Goodman Street
Disability Identity Development

The Cass Identity Model was developed in 1979 by Vivienne Cass to describe six stages of gay and lesbian identity development. By looking at this model as an example we can identify stages that may be found in disability identity development. For those who were born with a disability or those that acquire a disability at some point in life, many of the experiences laid out by Cass can be paralleled within the disability experience. This academic model can give us a new perspective on the lives of people we serve and the ways to best support our consumers at any stage. Interested? Please RSVP by November 28 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm, Seymour Library
How Dare the Sun Rise

Join the discussion of the book "How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child" and meet the author Sandra Uwiringiyimana.

Friday, November 30, 2018 from 2 - 3:30 pm, SERC, Eagle's Lookout
Disability & Disclosure In the Workplace

The workshop is open to all people with disabilities or to anyone who works with or assists individuals with a disability. Interested? Please RSVP by November 29 to: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.


December

Tuesday-Wednesday, December 18-19, 2018 from 1 - 5 pm, Center for Disability Rights, 497 State Street
Peer Mentor Training

Are you a person with a disability who wants to use your personal experience to mentor and support others? Then this is the course for you! Please RSVP by December 11 to: Priya Penner or Andrea Austin at (585) 546-7510.


Spring 2019 Diversity Events

February

Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 6:30 - 9:15 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
DEEJ: Inclusion shouldn't be a lottery

A documentary about autism and inclusion with guest speaker: DJ “Deej” Savarese. Sponsored by The Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant, The Departments of Social Work, Healthcare Studies, Education Administration, Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education,  Counselor Education, Education & Human Development, BSG, The Committee on Disability and Access & The Academic Success Center.


Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings & Workshops

Friday, October 26, 2018 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm, Seymour College Union Room 209
Safezone LGBTQ Inclusion Training

Increase awareness, knowledge, and skills for individuals to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers and for themselves. The training is open to students, faculty, and staff. Please register online.

Friday, November 2, 2018 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Seymour College Union Room 185
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. The training is open to students, faculty, and staff. Please register online.

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