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The Office of Diversity & Inclusion would like to extend an invitation for staff and faculty to attend the upcoming DEI & Racial Equity Workshops.   It is vital to our campus climate that we continue to promote reflection, dialogue and learning for all members of the institution.  As outlined in our racial equity strategic plan, one of the  priorities as a college is to increase institutional capacity and to encourage individuals to utilize their enhanced awareness and knowledge in their roles and in their work.

Please consider registering for the following workshops:

LGBTQ+ 101 & Effective Ally-ship:  Wednesday, October 27, 3:00-5:00 pm, Grupp Fireside Lounge

Presenter:  Emily Bystrak, MPH, Engagement and Education Coordinator for the Pride Center of WNY

This interactive presentation will provide an introduction to sexual orientation and gender identity, along with information on what it means to be LGBTQ+.  The session will also address how to be an effective ally for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty.  The Pride Center of Western New York Inc. works with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBTQ+ people to live, work, and establish their families.  Please Register HERE  by Monday, October 25.

Witness to Injustice/KAIROS Blanket Exercise:  Monday, November 29, 2021,  time TBA in collaboration with the ALANA Student Center

Presenters:  Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation (NOON) and Facilitators from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy

A 2.5 hour interactive program that utilizes meaningful quotes and visual representations of history to foster truth, understanding and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The Witness to Injustice Blanket Exercise will deepen one’s understanding of the European colonization of Turtle Island (United States), the denial of Indigenous peoples’ nationhood, and the acquisition of land (many times illegal) throughout U.S. history past and present. ZOOM EVENT-REGISTRATION

We hope to see you at one or more of these workshops.

Submitted by: Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, associate dean, Diversity and Inclusion