Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs

Director: Yantee Slobert
Email: yslobert@sjfc.edu
Office: 117 Basil Hall
Phone: (585) 385-8378

Upcoming Diversity Events

Fall Media Panel

Wed., October 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM
The St. John Fisher College Department of Media and Communication and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs are partnering with two professional media organizations to present, "The Color of Coverage: A frank discussion about media reporting on under-represented communities," a program on race and news coverage. The two Fisher departments are co-sponsoring it with the Rochester Media Association and the Rochester Association of Black Journalists. Panelists include: - Cristina Domingues, Time Warner Cable News - Norma Holland, 13WHAM News - James Lawrence, Democrat and Chronicle Media Group - Dave McCleary, The Minority Reporter Juan Vazquez of WXXI News will serve as moderator. There is no charge to attend and the panel is open to the public.

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Film: It's Better To Jump

Thu., October 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Hosted by: Dr. Jim Bowman, Robert Dunbar, and Dr. Wes Renfro
"It's Better to Jump" is about the ancient walled city of Akka in northern Israel, inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i. But its history goes all the way back to rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. As Akka undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change, the present-day situation is causing Arab families to leave the places where they have grown roots for dozens of generations and shaped a rich culture for over a thousand years. This film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home.
For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or diversity@sjfc.edu.

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Four Freedoms' Week

Sun., November 02, 2014 to Sat., November 08, 2014
For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or diversity@sjfc.edu.

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The Clothesline Project

Sun., November 02, 2014 to Sat., November 08, 2014
This program started in Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for those affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or diversity@sjfc.edu.

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Four Freedoms' Week Opening Session

Mon., November 03, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Speaker: Carolyn Vacca Dr. Carolyn Vacca will provide participants with history of the Four Freedoms' and how they impact our daily lives as American citizens. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or diversity@sjfc.edu.

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Four Freedoms' Week: Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence

Tue., November 04, 2014 at 9:30 AM
In this interactive workshop, a representative from the Rochester Rape Crisis Center will lead a discussion on the resources available for survivors of sexual assault. Hosted by Women and Gender Studies. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or diversity@sjfc.edu.

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Speaker: Border Patrol Nation

Tue., November 04, 2014 at 6:15 PM
Speaker: Author Todd Miller For the past fifteen years Todd Miller has researched, written about, and worked on immigration and border issues from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico divide for organizations such as BorderLinks, Witness for Peace, and NACLA. He did the bulk of this work in Tucson, Arizona and Oaxaca, Mexico, with stints in New York City. Between Tucson and the Buffalo/Niagara Falls region where he grew up, he has spent the majority of his life close to the U.S. international boundary, south and north. His writings about the border have appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, Mother Jones, The Nation, Al Jazeera English, and Salon among other places. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or diversity@sjfc.edu.

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Four Freedoms' Week: Surviving the Holocaust

Wed., November 05, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Speaker: Lea Malek Lea Malek was born in Janoshalma, Hungary in 1939. Her father died in a labor camp before her younger sister was born. Lea was 5 years old when the rest of her family was loaded onto cattle cars bound for Auschwitz. Along the way, the train suddenly stopped and was split. A large land owner needed some slave laborers and the people in Lea’s car were sent to work the farm instead of to Auschwitz. Lea would not have survived if that hadn’t happened. Her train was part of the failed "Blood for Goods" deal where Eichmann put 20,000 Jews “on ice” for future trading by sending them to work camps in Austria instead of to Auschwitz. Only three Jewish children – Lea, her sister and one other girl - survived to return to their hometown in Hungary. Lea witnessed the brutality of the Hungarian revolution in Budapest at age 16, hoping to be able to come to the United States, but the U.S. had closed its borders so she went to Israel in 1957 where she married...

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Four Freedoms' Week: Hunger Banquet

Thu., November 06, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Host: Jim Wood The Hunger Banquet focuses on world-wide hunger. Participants will randomly receive a ticket which will place them in one of the three socio-economic classes. According to "status" guests will have a specific type of meal. During the Hunger Banquet, information will be provided and discussions will be held about poverty. Fight against hunger in our community by bringing canned goods to this event. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or diversity@sjfc.edu.

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Volunteer Trip to Foodlink, Inc.

Sat., November 08, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Come help assist with packing boxes with food for the Rochester community. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at diversity@sjfc.edu or (585) 385-8378.

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Ongoing Events

National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Diversity & Inclusion Series

September - April

Several session topics available including Beyond Bystanding: Insight and Strategies for Empowering Our Students, Our Clients, and Ourselves.

Please contact NCBI representative Steve Jarose at sjarose@ldagvi.org or (585) 224-7238 to schedule a session from this series.


The Gay Alliance Of Genesee Valley's Higher Education Series Presentations

September - April

These fully sponsored presentations are being offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs. These presentations are offered on a first requested basis. Please contact Gay Alliance representative Jeanne Gainsburg at jeanneg@gagv.us.

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