Initiatives

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION INITIATIVES  from THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT

2016-17 Academic Year

Planning for the 2016-17 academic year is underway.  Events will be posted as information becomes available.

2015-16 Academic Year

  •  27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  This year’s celebration was held on January 29, 2016 featuring Dr. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Additionally, Grammy Award winning gospel artist Pastor Smokie Norful performed in concert. jerald ad bernice king
  • I AM OZ CAMPAIGN.  This Campaign began in Fall, 2014 and continues its observation of all federal heritage months.  Faculty, staff, and students belonging to the various ethnic groups recognized in the federal heritage months are featured on posters across the campus to bring increased awareness to the diversity on our campus.
  • Diversity Speakers Series.  This program is a collaboration between the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management funded by a $10,000 grant from the State University of New York.
    • Fall 2015 speakers included Dr. Derald Wing Sue, an expert on micro aggressions and a professor of Counseling Psychology at Columbia University; Bobby Gonzales, a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet;  Robin Kimmerer, Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; and  Arlene Kanter, Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
    • Spring 2016 speakers included Dr. Bernice A. King, social justice leader and daughter of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Marc Lamont Hill, BET tv news anchor and author; Anad Giridharadas, New York Times columnist and author; Marilyn Chin, Chinese-American poet.
  • The Shine the Light on Oz Diversity Campaign resumed in March 2016.  This campaign encourages conversations regarding all aspects of diversity by “Shining a Light” on the subject and bringing it out of the darkness.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Programming now is a part of New Student Orientation.  As part of their transition to Oswego, new and incoming students participate in small group discussions, led by Laker Leaders, around topics related to Diversity and Inclusion.  Discussions are structured around a skit series called "Life on Campus" that helps frame issues related to race, gender identity, etc. that students observed during programs.  
  • Auxiliary Services staff received Diversity Training.  On January 21, 2016, Phyllis Braxton, President and Founder of PINK Consulting, LLC spoke about enthusiasm for change by questioning systems and commitment to inclusivity and how they would be greatly useful as a change agent to work with any institution or organization ready to commit to inclusive excellence.
  • Career Services brought Genny Beemyn to campus on March 16, 2016.  Dr. Beemyn is the Director of the Stonewall Center, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual Resource Center, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Genny has published and spoken extensively on the experiences and needs of Trans people, particularly the lives of gender-expansive students.  Genny has a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Master's degrees in African American Studies, American Studies, and Higher Education Administration. 
  • Career Services received $1,000 Corporate Grant from Target Corporation.  This grant was awarded to fund a workshop on this Spring on “Micro aggressions in the Workplace.”
  • New LGBT Support Group.   The Counseling Center launched a new LGBT support group the week of February 22nd.
  • CNN Commentator, Huffington Post Contributor, Author, Distinguished Professor at Morehouse College, and Scholar Dr. Marc Lamont Hill. Dr. Hill was the featured speaker on February 16, 2016 at this year’s Black History Month program. 
  • Irish American Heritage Month featuring Siiobhan Rodrigues and the Kinlough Academy Irish Dancers  March 2nd, 2016 -  at 6:30 pm.
  • New Diversity Webpage and Email Address.  A diversity webpage was created to highlight diversity activities on campus and to create a space for faculty, students, and staff to share concerns at diversity@oswego.edu.