Spring 2017

May 9
Unity's End of the Year BBQ

Come join us to celebrate the culmination of the 2016-2017 academic year. Enjoy good food, music and company! Larrabee Green. 6-9 p.m.

April 26
Lavender Graduation

A special graduation ceremony for LGBTQIA seniors/allies. 1962 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams. 6:30-9 p.m.

April 24
"Run Toward Fear: Millennial Activism & Social Justice in the Trump Era"

The Division of Institutional Equity and Inclusion (DIEI) invites you to join us for our spring lecture series. The event will take place on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, 1962 Room.

Guest panelists include: Tamika Mallory, national Co-Chair of the Women's March on Washington, Shaun King, Senior Justice Writer for the New York Daily News, Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director at the United We Dream Network, and Amer F. Ahmed, Director of Intercultural Teaching and Faculty Development at [the] University of Massachusetts Amherst. The moderator of the town hall is Hip Hop Activist and scholar, Jasiri X.

Run Toward Fear, a town hall-style gathering, offers an answer to the question "where do we go from here" by exploring the national landscape at the intersection of youth activism and social change. This forum, led by a panel of contemporary thought leaders, will engage the Connecticut College and New London communities in forward-thinking conversations about what the shifting political winds mean for college students, women, and marginalized communities, and the ways young activists across the nation are re-imagining the most important issues of our time.

If feasible, please RSVP via Facebook at this web link: https://www.facebook.com/events/202481186905469/

 

February is Black Heritage Month
Young, Gifted and Black is the guiding theme of the 2017 Black Heritage Month celebration at Connecticut College. The College is shifting from a focus on Black History to Black Heritage as an acknowledgment of historical, contemporary and future contributions made by people of African ancestry in the United States and around the world. Note: Please visit the Unity House website for more information about additional events.

* The following EVENT has been POSTPONED *

Feb. 28, 2017
Black Heritage Month Event 
Keynote by Patrisse Cullors, Co-founder, #BlackLivesMatter.

"Young, Gifted and Black" is the guiding theme of the 2017 Black Heritage Month celebration at Connecticut College. A month of innovative programming, discussion, and artistic expression will culminate with a keynote address by Patrisse Cullors, Co-founder of the global movement Black Lives Matter.

Cullors will offer concrete examples of how to address both white supremacy and implicit bias, and discuss strategies to reckon with anti-blackness, particularly in predominately White environments that engage in practices of erasure and silencing. Free and open to the public.

Contact diei@conncoll.edu.

Fall 2016 Campus Conversations

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Lunch with the Deans. All are welcome to join Dean of Students Victor Arcelus, Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion John McKnight, and Dean of the College Jefferson Singer, for lunch and open discussion. No formal agenda. 11:50-1 p.m. 

Friday, Dec. 9

Poetry Slam: 'Counter-narrative Traditions.' Contact Jozef at jedelst1@conncoll.edu by Wednesday, Dec. 7, to sign up for the open mic portion. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Coffee Grounds.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Ugly Sweater Winter Soiree. Join us as we celebrate the end of the semester with great food, music, and fun! Prize awarded to students with the ugliest sweaters. Music by Conn College's own DJ Franky. 5 pm to 8 pm in Hood Dining Room (Blaustein). 

Monday, Dec. 5

The Future of Immigration. Get answers regarding international travel, study abroad and ideas of what changes may be implemented by the new administration. You may submit questions in advance for review and answer by the legal consultant. Submit questions to Dean Highbaugh, chighbau@conncoll.edu by noon, Dec. 4. 4:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Ernst Common Room.

Monday, Dec. 5

Speak Into Your Future. Join Unity House and Persephone Hall, Hale Family Director of Career and Professional Development, in discussing your career development. Come ready to discuss ideas toward your career, internships, resume, graduate school and programs and more. 5-6 p.m. Unity House.

Friday, Dec. 2

Mad Maps Workshops (RSVP required) As part of ongoing efforts to build wellness at Connecticut College, we've invited The Icarus Project to offer a community conversation and share ideas about ways to take care of ourselves and each other during difficult times. We'll talk about the impact of issues like racism and anti-LGBTQI discrimination on our capacities to be well and to thrive, as well as strategies that may help us to show up fully in our communities, our learning, and our lives in the face of these oppressive structures. 4-6 p.m., College Center at Crozier-Williams, Room 224. RSVP required. Contact Mary Hannah at mmcwill3@conncoll.edu by noon, Monday, Nov. 28. 

Friday, Dec. 2

The National Coalition Building Institute Workshop
Welcoming Diversity / Prejudice Reduction Workshop

Join the Division of Institutional Equity and Inclusion for a workshop with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression. Rooted in an understanding of individual, community, and systemic change, NCBI leaders work with public and private organizations to further cultural competence, collaboration and partnerships, and effective relationships within and across group identities. The Friday session is the Welcoming Diversity / Prejudice Reduction Workshop — This session shows how participants have been taught to think and act as members of their racial, gender, and other identity groups and provides skills for bridging differences. Lunch will be served. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ernst Common Room.
Please register for one or both of the workshops here.

Thursday, Dec. 1

The National Coalition Building Institute Workshop 
NCBI's Controversial Issues Process

Join the Division of Institutional Equity and Inclusion for a workshop with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression. Rooted in an understanding of individual, community, and systemic change, NCBI leaders work with public and private organizations to further cultural competence, collaboration and partnerships, and effective relationships within and across group identities.The Thursday night session will introduce NCBI's Controversial Issues Process — a method for assisting diverse groups to work together even in tough, emotionally-charged conflicts. Dinner will be served. New London Hall, Room 101, 5-8 p.m.  Please register for one or both of the workshops here.

Thursday, Dec 1 and Friday, Dec. 2

"I Don't Even Want to Talk to Them" - THE NATIONAL COALITION BUILDING INSTITUTE (RSVP required)

Student Government Association, TedXConn, and the Division of Institutional Equity and Inclusion are proud to present for two-pronged workshop with the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI), an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression. Rooted in an understanding of individual, community, and systemic change, NCBI leaders work with public and private organizations to further cultural competence, collaboration and partnerships, and effective relationships within and across group identities. You are welcome to attend either or both workshops.

Thursday, Dec. 1

World AIDS Day: The History, the Now, and the How
12 pm-1 pm in Unity House
(Throughout the day there will be red ribbons and information distributed around campus.)
Join us for information sharing and community building. Dr. Virginia Anderson of the Theater Department will give a brief talk on the history and impact of AIDS in America, followed by a presentation of current statistics on rates of HIV infection, as well as information about how to minimize risks and engage in safer sexual behaviors. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Common Hour. "Understanding the Big 8." John McKnight, dean of institutional equity and inclusion, will facilitate an interactive workshop on the concept of The Big 8, a framework for social justice education. Participants will learn about social identities and discuss how these differences influence our daily interaction with one another. 11:50-1 p.m. Ernst Common Room.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

"The Empathy Gap" film screening. The Womxn's Center, the LGBTQIA Center, the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Advocacy, and the Title IX Office invite the campus community to a screening of The Empathy Gap. This documentary examines how American culture bombards men with sexist and misogynistic messages. Filmmaker Thomas Keith looks more directly at how these messages short circuit young men's ability to empathize, respect women as equals, and take feminism seriously. 8-9:30 p.m. Womxn's Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

"The Joy Luck Club" film screening. 4:30-7 p.m. Womxn's Center.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Native American Heritage Month
Ninniwonk: We Belong to the Land. Reading of the book "Finding Balance" by Deborah Spears Moorehead, a descendant of Massasoit from the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag Nation. 4:30 p.m., Charles Chu Room, Shain Library.

Friday, Nov. 11

Native American Heritage Month
onStage: ETHEL with Robert Mirabal: "The River." ETHEL and Mirabal, a Native American musician, instrument builder, three-time GRAMMY award-winner, in concert. 7:30 p.m. Evans Hall.

Thursday, Nov. 10

"Women Directors in Hollywood" film screening. 6:30-8 p.m. Blaustein 210.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

"What's Next?" Post-Election Forum. Members of the community are welcome to use this space to openly discuss reactions to the 2016 election results. 5-7 p.m. 1962 Room.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Quiet Meditation. Harkness Chapel Main Sanctuary. 12-12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Lunch with the Deans. All are welcome to join Dean of Students Victor Arcelus, Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion John McKnight, and Dean of the College Jefferson Singer, for lunch and open discussion. No formal agenda. 11:50-1 p.m. Ernst Common Room.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Post-Election Event: Results Watch Party. Unity House. 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5

Pow Wow: Mashantucket Pequot Museum. Native American festival. Shuttle provided. Free. 

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Native American Heritage Month kickoff event. “Fort River” is an intertribal powwow drum group, comprising singers from various Native American (U.S.) and First Nations (Canada) tribes and nations.The members of the group come from varying aboriginal cultural backgrounds and look forward to sharing songs reflective of not only our own cultural backgrounds but songs from other indigenous nations as well. A short discussion about the drum and the songs along with a performance and a Q&A session will be provided by some of the singers. The singers who will be attending include but are not limited to Justin Beatty - Drum Keeper/ Lead Singer (Ojibwe/ Saponi), Jon Hill (Cherokee), Anthony Melting Tallow (Blackfeet), Hailu Dyami (Apache), Mish Conley (Narragansett). Q&A to follow. Sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC), Division of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, Community Partnerships, Department of Religious Studies, Office of Student Engagement, CCSRE, the Music Department and Unity House. 5-7 p.m. Cro's Nest.

Wednesday, Oct. 26

“Asking the Big Questions about the Presidential Election of 2016. ” As we all navigate the political divisions of this election season, can we ask questions that are bigger and perhaps even more important than Clinton vs. Trump? Join the REF program faculty, students, and staff to expand the conversation and create new coalitions. 11:50 am to 1:00 p.m., Ernst Common Room, Blaustein Humanities Center

Monday, Oct. 24

Microaggressions Workshop. Students unpacked the meaning of microaggressions in academic spaces and were provided strategies to address these issues when they arise.  4:30-6 p.m. Cro's Nest.

Saturday, Oct. 15

CCSRE Campus Climate Talk. 2-3:30 p.m. Charles Chu room, Shain Library.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Womxn's Center Re-Opening. 6-8 p.m. Smith Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Lunch with the Deans. All are welcome to join Dean of Students Victor Arcelus, Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion John McKnight, and Dean of the College Jefferson Singer, for lunch and open discussion. No formal agenda. 11:50-1 p.m., Ernst Common Room.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

"For Whom Are We Responsible? A Community Conversation." Josh Feigelson leads a session that will feature small-group conversations as well as personal and group reflection about this question that matters to all of us, and how we prioritize our responsibilities to people, institutions and causes.  7-10 p.m. 1941 Room.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Common Hour Event: "Understand Yourself, Understand Others: The Power of Big Questions." From college campuses to presidential campaigns, the way we talk (or don’t talk) to each other affects our lives and communities. How can we stop yelling and start talking? How can we listen and build understanding, instead of accusing and shutting down discussion? In this one-hour session, Josh Feigelson, Founder and Executive Director of Ask Big Questions, will share two simple and powerful tools you can use in your daily life, and we can use as a campus, to have better conversations and build stronger communities. 11:50-1 p.m. 1941 Room.

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Unity House BBQ. 4-6 p.m. Unity House.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Rosa Clemente Lecture. "Race and Intergenerational Politics in the Latino Diaspora," Latino Heritage Month Keynote Speaker. 7-9 p.m., 1941 Room.

Monday, August 29

LGBTQIA Ice Cream Social. 8-9 p.m., LGBTQIA Center.