Five faculty members have each received $10,000 New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Individual Artist grants to carry out creative projects, including several that have a focus on public service in the arts. NYSCA also awarded a $40,000…
Office of Diversity and Inclusion to Host Inaugural Symposium
To showcase the tremendous diversity and inclusion scholarship, administrative expertise and creative works that continuously occur across campus, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will be hosting its inaugural biennial Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Symposium, on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Goldstein Auditorium and throughout the Schine Student Center.
The DEIA Symposium, co-chaired by Christina Papaleo, ODI learning and development specialist, and Suzette Meléndez, faculty fellow for the Office of Strategic Initiatives in Academic Affairs and ODI, will connect and catalyze collaboration among faculty, staff and students, with the aim of transitioning from a state of awareness to purposeful action.
“As so many of us prepare for what are predicted to be substantial changes to the way the work of diversity and inclusion occurs at higher education institutions, the DEIA Symposium is an example of the University’s continued commitment to advancing this work,” says Mary Grace Almandrez, vice president for diversity and inclusion.
The symposium themes reflect the goals of the DEIA Strategic Plan, including communications, disability access, including and belonging, learning and development, and research and assessment.
“As educators, many faculty are engaged in unique and creative efforts to combat discrimination and bias, either conscious or unconscious, and to promote greater inclusion and equity,” says Kamala Ramadoss, associate professor in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and programming coordinator for the symposium. “We are looking for faculty to present their scholarly or creative works that are focused on bringing about a positive change in this regard.”
In addition to faculty and staff, students too are encouraged to participate in this important event. With a goal for the symposium to be inclusive and welcoming to all, students from diverse backgrounds and perspectives within the various schools and colleges are encouraged to participate.
“We are looking for students who are eager to engage in discussions and learn from others, as well as share their own experiences and insights,” says Motolani Oladitan ’24, psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences and member of the communications committee for the symposium. “As a platform for learning and sharing, the symposium allows students to discover how the University upholds its commitment to these values and how they can contribute. It’s also a unique chance for students to connect with like-minded individuals and form meaningful relationships.”
Symposium proposals are due on Friday, May 19, and should encompass an overview of the work that will be presented during the symposium itself. Please visit the ODI webpage for additional details regarding proposal submissions and the symposium itself.