Spring Diversity Events

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Spring 2019 Community Conversation Events

Community Conversation LogoWednesday, March 13, 2019 from 4 - 6 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Community Conversation: "What Did You Just Say?!" Communicating Across Differences


The speaker for the event will be Lore McSpadden. Lore, a Brockport alumnum, is the founder of the Positive Force Movement, LLC. They have facilitated diversity trainings and presentations for over ten years, particularly in regards to areas of cissexism and sizism (i.e., trans inclusion and body-size diversity), anti-racist and anti-ableist accompliceship, and intersectional understandings of LGBTQ+ communities and their needs. They are also an old-time strength artist who integrates feats of strength into their presentations: come ready to be empowered!

Community Conversation LogoTuesday, April 23, 2019 from 4 - 6 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Community Conversation: Feeling Bad Isn't Doing Good



The speakers for the event will be Dr. Lee Pierce, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at SUNY Geneseo, and Shekiqua Reid who is a student majoring in International Relations at SUNY Geneseo.

Spring 2019 Diversity Events


January 16 - March 6, 2019: Every Wednesday from 9 - 10:30 am, Sweden/Clarkson Recreation Center, 4927 Lake Road S.
Healthy Living Brockport

URMC Center for Community Health & Prevention has teamed up with the Sweden Clarkson Recreation Center to offer a free program for community members called Healthy Living Brockport. This program provides individuals with the tools to make and maintain changes in their diet, physical activity and exposures, therefore, lowering the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases while increasing their overall health. Classes are scheduled for every Wednesday at the Sweden Clarkson Rec Center from 9-10:30 am, January 16th – March 6th 2019. If you, a family member or friend are interested in trying this program you can register by contacting the Health Project Coordinator, Sarah Merritt at (585) 224-3510.


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.

Monday, February 11, 2019 from 2:30 - 4 pm, SERC, Eagle's Lookout
Self-Advocacy: Disability Workshop

The "Self-Advocacy: Disability" training is sponsored by the Regional Center for Independent Living and will be presented by Damita Peace. The workshop will 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 any individuals who work with ACCES-VR for services. Please RSVP by filling out this form.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm, SERC, Eagle's Lookout
Interfaith Town Hall

In an effort to reaffirm The College at Brockport’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion we are developing an opportunity for an Interfaith Council. In order to increase collaboration, support, and transparency there will be a Town Hall meeting to discuss the proposed Interfaith Charter with internal and external community members. All are encouraged to attend so that we may Build a Better Brockport Together.

Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm, Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street
SEGUE Exhibition and Artist’s Talk

Join us for the SEGUE exhibition and artist’s talk. The exhibition will be from 6 - 8 pm and the artist’s talk will be held by Brenda Ann Kenneally, photographer and journalist, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm on her book Upstate Girls: Unraveling Collar City.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Liberal Arts Building

Join us for the 5th Annual SEGUE - A Symposium for English Graduate Students on the theme of communities. There will be Graduate Student Presentations and a Keynote Address from Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez on “Nostalgia for the Factory: Toward an Immanent Critique of Deindustrialization” from 1:30 - 3 pm. This event is sponsored by: The English Department, Visual Studies Workshop, Department of Art, Department of Social Work, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Women and Gender Studies, United University Professions, the Philip Gerber American Literature Lecture Series, the American Democracy Project, and a Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant. For more information and a complete schedule visit the website. If you have any questions contact Dr. Alicia Kerfoot.

February 26-28, 2019, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Tunnel of Oppression

This year we want to challenge our student organizations to truly make an impact on students by effectively showcasing their choice of oppression. Groups can sign up to participate by filling out the myBrockport form at the following link. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email Christal Dewberry.


Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
The Vice President’s Black Wife: Remembering Julia Chinn

Please join the Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture from the Department of History. Dr. Amrita Chakrabarti Myers (Indiana University, Bloomington) will present "The Vice President’s Black Wife: Remembering Julia Chinn." Amrita Chakrabarti Myers is the Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at Indiana University. She earned her doctorate in US History from Rutgers University, specializing in African American History and Women’s History. A historian of the black female experience, her work focuses on race, gender, power, and freedom.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 1:30 - 3 pm, Tuttle Annex, Room 209
Assistance Animals

Come learn about the different kinds of assistance animals, the laws that protect assistance animals, and the rights and responsibilities of those who own assistance animals. This workshop is open to all faculty, staff, students, and people in the Brockport community. Interested? Please RSVP by March 26 and use this form. If you have any questions contact: Tina Frederick at (585) 238-2963.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 4 pm, Seymour College Union Gallery
Muslim Appreciation Day

Join us in combating hate. We will be gathering in the Union Gallery and walking along residence drive and regroup at the Campus Mall. Free t-shirts will be given to the first 30 people.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 5 - 8 pm, Liberal Arts Building, McCue Auditorium
Me Before You: Let’s Talk About Ableism

Come see a free screening of "Me Before You" followed by a discussion on ableism led by Stephanie Woodward, Lawyer and director of advocacy from the Center for Disability Rights Center.

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
MLK Lecture

Bree Newsome rallies your spirit with her impassioned message about racial equality and illustrates how, with courage, zeal and the support of others, ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference. This contemporary civil rights icon first garnered national attention for her daring act of peaceful disobedience in June 2015. Following the brutal murder of nine black parishioners at Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston, S.C., Bree climbed the flagpole at the South Carolina statehouse and pulled down the Confederate Battle flag as a protest against racist symbolism. Her arrest galvanized public opinion and led to the permanent removal of the flag. Sponsored by the Department of African and African American Studies; The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Promoting Excellence in Diversity grant; and Brockport Student Government. The MLK Lecture is free and open to the public. It will also be Livestreamed and is accessible to all faculty, staff and students on the Brockport College website.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 9 am, Edwards Hall, Room 101
Cross-Cultural Experiences of Women Leaders in the United States and in Bangladesh

The program will contain three segments consisting of brief introductions from the panelists, experiences as women leaders in both the United States and Bangladesh and finally, exploration of ways to break the glass ceiling. The six panelists are Ms. Margay Blackman, Ms. Nermine Zakhary, Ms. Katelynn Demskie, Ms. Rokia Afzal Rahman, Ms. Sonia Bashir Kabir, and Ms. Parveen Mahmud.



Friday, May 3, 2019 at 4 pm, Seymour College Union Ballroom
Lavender Ceremony

Brockport's inaugural Lavender Ceremony will be a celebration for our students who are members or allies of the LGBTQIA+ community and their supporters. Our Ceremony will include a Keynote Speaker, and the presentation of awards. A section of the ceremony will be dedicated to recognizing the graduates who will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive a special certificate. We will also be welcoming Alum to participate in our ceremony and Faculty and Staff to support students as they cross the stage. Following the ceremony there will be a reception with refreshments. We hope you will join us for this grand occasion! Sponsored by the Division of Advancement, LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff Group, Office of Residential Life/Learning Communities, Brockport PRIDE, Promoting Excellence in Diversity Grant, & Hazen Center for Integrated Care. Register for the ceremony online.

Spring 2019 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Trainings & Workshops

Friday, February 1, 2019 from 10 am - 12 pm, Brockport Downtown/REOC Room 524
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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