Our Value Is Real: An Asset Based Approach to Healing (Part 1): The College at Brockport

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Our Value Is Real: An Asset Based Approach to Healing (Part 1)

March 5, 2020 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

The Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion invites students, staff, and faculty to participate in this conversation hosted by Dr. Althea Tait.

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Community Conversation:

Your Value is Real: An Asset Based Approach to Healing

Facilitated by: Dr. Althea Tait, Assistant Professor, English

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.

Part 1: March 5, 2020

Target Audience: Students, Faculty, and Staff

Part 2: March 26, 2020

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

Seymour Union Ballroom

5–6:30 pm




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