Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Rodmon King delivered the closing keynote, “New Conversations: Shifting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from a Grievance Modality to One of Intentionality and Implementation,” for the SUNYCUAD Unconference, a virtual gathering that attracted hundreds of professionals Sept. 24 and 25. King’s topics included the importance of building a diverse alumni base, recruiting diversified advancement teams and how to include students and alumni leading campus change. SUNYCUAD is a statewide organization that supports the State University of New York and advancement professionals at its campuses in alumni engagement, community outreach, development, public and government relations, communications and marketing.

Kristin Lee Sotak and Steven E. Abraham of the School of Business published an article titled “Negotiate to survive: An exercise to help develop students’ understanding of negotiations” in the Journal of Education for Business. The article describes a simulation Sotak developed to help students learn different types of negotiation skills.

Lisa Evaneski, the college’s Title IX coordinator, presented during a conference hosted by The One Love Foundation and the State University of New York on Sept. 9. Evaneski was part of the “Pivot to Prevention” implementation panel, which featured educators who have implemented One Love on their campuses. In addition to Evaneski, presenters included Nicole Giglia (Seton Hall University), Lamont Johnson (University of Louisville) and Thomas Gibbons (Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit, New York State Troopers).

In September, communication studies faculty member Lindsay McCluskey was named vice chair-elect of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Public Relations Division Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. This committee plans to focus on DEI issues associated with recruitment and hiring in academia, professional PR practices and standards, pedagogy, and opportunities for students. 

Joshua McKeown, associate provost and director of the Office of International Education and Programs, authored a chapter (with colleagues from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Barcelona) in the edited volume: “Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice (2020, Routledge),” winner of the ASHE/CIHE Award for Significant Research on International Higher Education for 2020. The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is a scholarly association dedicated to higher education as a field of study. The Council for International Higher Education (CIHE) Research Award recognizes a highly significant research outcome in the field of international higher education. The CIHE Research Award is focused on state-of-the-art knowledge and scholarship, whether in a journal article, book, edited volume, research initiative or other top-quality contribution which significantly changed the existing thinking on a topic in the field. The edited volume presents a timely analysis of existing research and scholarship on key areas in the study of education abroad with a truly global focus, as well as a careful analysis in each chapter on what scientific findings mean for programming and practice. With over 40 contributing authors who are highly respected in the field, this volume is likely the first of its kind to provide a truly global treatment of the existing literature in one accessible, desk-top compendium.

Sarfraz Mian, professor and chair of the management and marketing department, was interviewed by BizTech Magazine on the subject of business Launch Pads – Startup Hubs and Incubators. The interviews were published in the Summer 2020 issue of the magazine, where Mian was quoted saying “incubators can serve all purposes including targeting groups to improve social development and social equity.”

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