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2018 Diversity Week Schedule

Dates: February 23 - March 2

We are currently finalizing the 2018 schedule.

We've included last year's schedule to give you a sense of the various topics and events on offer.

Check back soon!

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2017

Events Leading up to Diversity Week

Encore Performance of TopDog/UnderDog

Thursday Feb 23rd and Saturday February 25th
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: 131 Cornelia St. Plattsburgh

Topdog/Underdog” chronicles the adult lives of Lincoln and Booth, two African-American brothers, as they cope with women, work, poverty, gambling, racism, and their troubled upbringings.

The Plattsburgh production is directed by Julia Devine, Coordinator of the Center for Community Engagement, and Tevin Jackson, a 2016 graduate who majored in English literature. Kendall Joseph, a junior music and theater major from Trinidad and Tobago, and Malamin Conteh, a senior theater major from the Bronx, co-star as the brothers. Accounting major Jakeel Benjamin of Antigua will perform bucket drumming during the production.

The play is a kickoff to SUNY Plattsburgh’s celebration of Diversity Week Feb. 25th-March 3rd.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Celebration of Abilities

Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: Memorial Hall Gym
Parking available near Memorial Hall (any lot)

Join forces with athletes from Special Olympics and members of Cardinal PR, our student-run PR firm, to test your skills at overcoming adversity and learn more about the experience of others. Those who are interested may also sign up to volunteer with the Special Olympics.

Black History Month Banquet

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Warren Ballrooms, Angell College Center

This event will consistent of former members of AKEBA, dating back to the 70s to present day. It will be Old School meets New School. During the ball, we will have performances, music and theater that takes us through time dating back to the 70s to present day. We want students to learn and celebrate black history month along with us. Every table will have an important black figure and facts about them. During the ball, we will also be crowing our new Mr. and Ms. Black Student Union. Tickets ($7 per students, and $8 for non-students) must be purchased online at tickets.plattsburgh.edu

Sunday, Feb. 26

An Evening of Spirituals and Ballads: Common Roots

Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Newman Center 90 Broad St, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

From the pioneers of gospel music such as Tindley and Dorsey, to the everlasting works of James Cleveland and Andre Crouch, right up until contemporary artists such as Kirk Franklin and Richard Smallwood, the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir along with invited directors, composers and soloists will recreate, in one evening, the musical tranquility of hope in the shadow of despair for generations of slaves and former slaves. A historical presentation of this genre in song, dance and spoken word, will shed light on this rarely appreciated American spiritual movement

Go Tell Michelle! A Tribute to America's First African American First Lady

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Krinovitz Recital Hall located in Hawkins Hall
Parking available near Hawkins Hall (any lot)

In 2009, authors Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram compiled and edited a beautiful array of letters and poems to America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama. The collection was aptly titled, “Go, Tell Michelle: African American Women Write to the New First Lady.” The hopes and dreams collected by Nevergold and Bertram still ring true and meaningful to readers today. We know that many in our own community would value an opportunity to pay tribute to this very special FLOTUS.

Monday, Feb. 27

Diversity on the Federal Courts

Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

Courts play a crucial role in our society. They uphold the law, resolve disputes, provide equity, and, most of all, ensure justice. With no real means of enforcing their decisions other than through words and reason, courts, more so than any other branch, rely on the confidence of the American people. One factor that can undermine the public's confidence in the courts are benches that are unrepresentative of the communities they serve. This presentation chronicles the history of diversity on the federal courts and discusses the effect diversity has on judicial decision-making.

Race, Health, & Life Expectancy: Racism that Gets Underneath your Skin

Time: 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Location: Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

This event would be a lecture and Q & A session on the racial health inequalities that exist in the United States. It would first describe the different rates of disease and differences in life expectancy that different racial groups in the United States experience and then present some of the theorized causes for these health disparities. The last part of the lecture would present some social remedies and public policies that could potentially decrease these health inequalities. Fifteen to twenty minutes would be left at the end of the presentation to allow the audience to ask questions about the racial health disparities that exist in the United States.

CDPI Film Series and W.R.A.P Session: 13th

Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Yokum 200
Parking available near Yokum (any lot)

Please join the Center for Diversity, Pluralism, & Inclusion in expanding our horizons and sharing in the educational and intellectual excitement of the CDPI Film Series. We will be showing Netflix’s 2016 documentary titled 13th. This documentary will provide an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation’s history of racial inequality. The WRAP Session is a discussion that follows the film. The conversation is moderated, but the audience can express what they feel about the movie through critiques and comments.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Living and Working with Mental Illness

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave).

A panel discussion with 4 key talking points; Labels and Diagnosis, Self Care, Fighting the Stigma, and Local Resources. This discussion will be led by Nicholas Dubay (Local Anti-stigma chair and recovery center administrator), The panel will be made of 5 active working adults who have a mental health diagnosis. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions and share stories.

The Fountain of Youth

Time: 4:30- 6:00 p.m.
Location: Yokum 202
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave).

This panel discussion will feature community members who will share their experiences when they were younger, growing older, and showing off their youthfulness.

Understanding the Transgender Experience

Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Location: Yokum 200
Parking available near Yokum (any lot)

This dynamic presentation will feature Kelly Metzgar and Avan Monette. This presentation will address “What is Gender”, orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The presenters will share stories and discuss being transgender in the Adirondack North Country. This presentation will focus on life as a transgender person, what we hope to change in society, focusing on transgender rights in New York State, issues regarding public accommodations, and how to be an ally. A Q&A will follow.

Wednesday, March 1

Voices of Inclusion through Art and Story

Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom A, Angell college Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

In this session, students will view a film clip, discuss the clip, and create a collage that depicts movement from oppression to inclusion. They will also tell a story about their piece of the collage that weaves in concepts of diversity.

Why Engage? The Value of Civic Learning in Higher Education

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

A Pecha Kucha panel presentation featuring faculty, staff, students, and community members discussing how service and community engagement has shaped their work and why it matters.

Special guests include Nicole DiDomenico, Director of Civic Engagement, Service-Learning and Campus-Community Partnerships at Norwich University's Center for Civic Engagement, and John Suarez, Coordinator of the Office of Service-Learning at SUNY Cortland's Institute for Civic Engagement. SUNY Plattsburgh presenters include Jake Avery, Assistant Director of Campus Activities at the Center for Student Involvement; Marty Frost, Professor and Chair of Human Development and Family Relations; Michelle Ouellette, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Public Relations; Dan Milz, Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning, and students Ray Wagner (Project Help) and Yesenia Reynoso (Center for Diversity, Pluralism, and Inclusion Intern).

SURJ Presents: Tim Wise’s White Like Me

Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Yokum 200
Parking available near Yokum (any lot)

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national organization new to Plattsburgh, is focused on moving white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority toward racial justice. Community members of the organization will show the film White Like Me by Tim Wise and host a discussion afterward. The discussion will be focused on white privilege and the responsibility white people have to dismantle oppression.

Thursday, March 2

Examining Privilege & Intersectionality of Identity through Active Communication & Exercises

Time:9:00-10:30 AM, 10:45 AM-12:15 PM, 12:45-2:15 PM
Location: Ballrooms, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

In these workshops, you will have the opportunity to engage with others while capturing a snapshot into who they/you are, why they/you are here, and what we need from one another to thrive inclusively:

  • Speed Connection : through guided questions, participants will move from partner-to-partner spending time getting to know members of the campus.
  • Diversity Line-up: this visual activity will guide participants through questions related to the intersection of identity, power, and privilege while looking at gender, sexuality, class, race, religion, geography, and experience.

SUNY Plattsburgh RADIUS Ally Training Camp!

Time:2:30-4:30pm  
Location:Ballrooms, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

Book Talk with Jan Maher: Earth As It Is

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM
Location: Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

Jan Maher, former Education and GWS adjunct professor and Senior Scholar of the Ethics Institute, will discuss and read from her new book, Earth As It Is, the story of Charlene (Charlie), a heterosexual cross-dressing man.

Film Screening The Revival: Women and the Word

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ballrooms, Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

The Revival: Women and the Word chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. Their journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux. As the group tours the country, the film reveals their aspirations and triumphs, as well as the unique identity challenges they face encompassing gender, race, and sexuality. This is a rarely seen look into a special sisterhood - one where marginalized voices are both heard and respected.

Friday March 3

Know Your Rights– Police Citizen Encounters

Time: 1:00– 2:30 p.m. 
Location: Yokum 206
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave)

Presented by the University Police, this presentation is about the basic levels of police-citizen encounters based upon federal and state case law, primarily the Debour Doctrine. It explains how the police have an inherit right to be inquisitive however with certain restrictions. It will cover the 4 levels of Debour (or suspicions) it will be explained how an officer must move up the ladder to probable cause for an arrest. The presentation will also include what officers can and can't do in certain situations, the 4th and 5th amendment rights, Miranda warnings, and custodial rights. Real life scenarios will be included in the presentation.

Club Kinks: Natural Hair Awareness Skit

Time: 4:00-5:30p.m. 
Location: Alumni Conference Room,Angell College Center
Parking available in lots P27/28 behind the Angell College Center (accessible from Draper Ave or Sanborn Ave).

Kinks plans to showcase different misconceptions one can experience when having natural hair. Club members will showcase different misunderstandings one can have about natural hair. Members will also explain a way to educate others about the misinterpretations one may have. Certain misconceptions arise because someone doesn’t know much about natural hair. Throughout this skit, we also want to educate others about different hair types and the origins of hair. The skit will also entail the different aspects of natural and relaxed hair.

Square Train Community Dance

Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Location: Plattsburgh City Hall 41 City Hall Pl, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Time to get your dancing shoes on! In partnership with the Center for Community Engagement, this event is where Square Dancing meets Soul Train. Join us for an hour of square dancing featuring the North Country Squares and an hour of free dance in the style of Soul Train. Tim Hartnett will be providing his DJ services at this event. Refreshments will be served. Creative Square Train attire encouraged.

Other Activities On Display All Week

The Brave Space: A Mosaic of Voices with NCPR

Time: Contact Jennifer Matott 518-564-5410 for available time slots
Location: SA Conference Room located on 2nd floor of Angell College Center

Welcome. This is a place to tell your story – about your identity, your struggles, about what makes you feel afraid, and what makes you feel proud and strong.

  • How it works: Pick a partner and sign up for an interview session. Each partner will get a turn to be the interviewer. We’ll provide a list of suggested, bravery-themed questions, or you can come up with your own. One of the best parts about interviewing a friend, colleague, teacher, mentor, family member, or loved one: you’ll be surprised to find out how much you didn’t know about them.

All of the interviews will be recorded for a multi-media web installation, called A Mosaic of Voices. The goals are to hear from as many people as possible; to get a sense of the different kinds of struggles people experience; to surprise one another; and hopefully, to create empathy.

Feinberg Library Book Display

Time: Feinberg Library Hours (Sun 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. / Mon – Thurs 7:30 – 12 a.m. / Fri 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. /Sat 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
Location: Feinberg Library

Feinberg Library is pleased to present a selection of books in honor of Diversity Week. The selection includes materials related to all kinds of diversity, including but not limited to: race, sexual orientation, gender identity, culture & ethnicity, religion, age and disability. Feinberg Library remains committed to providing access to materials that represent diverse voices and experiences in literature and on our campus.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions

If you have any questions about the Center for Diversity (CDPI), or are interested in learning more about promoting diversity at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

CDPI LogoDr. J.W. Wiley, Chief Diversity Officer
Office Location: Kehoe 610
Phone: (518) 564-5410
Email: diversity@plattsburgh.edu