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Diversity and Inclusion Week

Diversity and Inclusion Week (March 3 - 8) is dedicated to raising awareness about the rich variety of backgrounds experiences on campus and the many ways we can foster inclusion by learning from one another and having conversations, contemplating the critical role of diversity on this campus, and celebrating one another. Our theme for the week will be Diversity & Inclusion: Conversation, Contemplation, Celebration.

Historical Snippets for Diversity and Inclusion Week 2020

Friday & Saturday February 28 & 29, 2020

Gender, Sex & Sexuality Conference: Equity & Inclusion
Registration Deadline: Monday, February 24, 2020 https://www.canton.edu/conference/
Eben Holden Conference Center
St. Lawrence University
The Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Conference began in 2013 with the intention of gathering area faculty, staff, and students to talk about issues of gender, sex, and sexuality. We are excited that this year it kicks off Diversity & Inclusion week at St. Lawrence University.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Interfaith Gospel Service
Sunday March 1
Gunnison Memorial Chapel
Description: Join us for an interfaith gospel service celebrating a variety of religious and spiritual traditions.

Monday, March 2, 2020

The Trump Plan in Retrospect – The evolution of the Arab-Israeli Peace Process and Prospects for Success
Monday March 2
Hepburn 218


Dr. Eli Sperling, Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Emory University, Atlanta GA, will give a presentation about the Trump Peace Plan in historical perspective. He will discuss the evolution of the Arab-Israeli Peace Process and the role that the United States has played since the successful Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt in 1978, focusing particularly on the evolution of the vision for peace between Israel and Palestine and the role played by US Presidents. We will examine the transformation of the role of the US president from neutral mediator to partisan actor and the way this has impacted the plans themselves as well as the willingness of actors in the region to participate in the peace process. Given past successes and failures, we will consider the peace plan presented by the Trump Administration and its prospects for success.


LGBTQIA Alumni/ae Panel
Monday March 2
Winston Room

The panelists are: Heather McCauley (SLU Board of Trustees), Arturs Saburovs (Latvian Embassy in Washington DC), and Braulio Acuria (BuildOn.org).

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tuesday March 3
Winston Room

Description: "Four different women from four different backgrounds, four voices, and one story.  HerStory is the single account of love, pain, struggle, and triumph, spoken over melody and song, tear shed, and laughter.  Unlike the traditional stories of fainthearted and muted women, here, they testify real accounts of their existence, from subordination to dominance, from discord to sisterhood.  Mix this with spirituals and Meringue, hip -hop, and jazz.  Here the story is told. It is honest.  It is intelligent; It is sexy. It is HerStory."

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Diversity & Inclusion through the Years: Resources in the University Archives
Wednesday, March 4
Student Center 1st Floor

Description: A look at people, moments and documents from the University Archives, which highlight our diversity through the years. Stop by to learn about all this and more offered by the University Archive.


D&I Round Table: LGBTQIA+ and Pronouns
Wednesday, March 4
Student Center 336

Description: Join us for a round table discussion around LGBTQIA+ issues on campus focusing specifically on pronoun usage.

Teach for America Discussion
Wednesday March 4
Sykes Common Room
Description: Dr. Jeffery M. Frank, Associate Professor of Education, will interview Joe Wilkins,

Viebranz Professor of Creative Writing, and memoirist Michelle Kuo, author of Reading with Patrick , about what they learned about the transformative power of education during their time in the Teach for America Program.


The Dirty Deets: Not Your Mothers Sex Ed
Wednesday, March 4
Winston Room

Description: For a lot of students, college is the first space where we get to learn, explore, and find ourselves. What this also means is that not many of us know the best practices nor have information on resources to turn to learn more. This year’s gender 224 class would love the opportunity to teach our peers about healthy hookups, STD/I testing, information about LGBTQIA and more in an interactive and engaging way. We will have workshop stations where participants can come, play games, ask questions and hopefully leave the space enriched with knowledge and better practices. We will provide pizza and pitchers of water for the event. We will be giving out prizes, sexual wellness products, and giving out a survey to see how the event went and see what people learned from our event

I-House Tea Time
Wednesday, March 4
I-House Lounge in Sykes
description: Join the I-House residents for this weekly tradition. Community members are always welcomed to join

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Pop-Up Exhibition Opening: Faces of St. Lawrence
Thursday, March 5
SC Atrium/Game Room
Description: For years, students from underrepresented groups at St. Lawrence University have lamented the fact that there are very few images of people of color on campus. Come see a new exhibition to help raise the visibility of underrepresented groups on campus. Faces of St. Lawrence.

Laurentians in Residence – Young Alumni Career Panel Discussion
Thursday, March 5
Hannon Room, Sullivan Student Center

Panelists: Samantha Colton ’16, Harrison Johnson ’11, Tishara Joseph ’13, Obi Nwaigwe ’14, Dr. Emily Roy ‘12
Description: Laurentians in Residence highlights the power of our Laurentian connections through alumni and student interactions during a two-day in-residence program. Each semester Laurentian leaders return to campus to connect with students through classroom presentations, networking and informal conversations, and an interactive career panel discussion. This spring, five young alumni will return to campus on March 5th and 6th to speak with students about their careers, share experiences and advice on the internship, job, and graduate school search process, and offer insight into life after St. Lawrence. This program is sponsored, in part, by the Alumni Executive Council, and is a collaboration between Career Services, University Advancement, and the Student Alumni Association. Dessert Reception to Follow the Panel

SLU Writers Series – Michelle Kuo
Thursday, March 5
Sykes Common Room

Description: Michelle’s writing stems from her experiences as a teacher, advocate, and lawyer. At Centro Legal de la Raza, Michelle worked as a lawyer for undocumented immigrants in Oakland, including day laborers, domestic workers, and restaurant workers. Her cases involved eviction, abusive housing conditions, wage theft, and threats of deportation. Michelle has taught English at an alternative school at the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta for students who are expelled from other schools, and volunteered as a teacher at the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison. Currently, she teaches at the American University of Paris in the History, Law and Society program.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Noon in the Chapel – Music for Black History Month
Friday, March 6
Gunnison Memorial Chapel
Description: The Office of the Chaplain presents Noon in the Chapel, Music for Black History Month, with contemporary settings of the old spirituals. Performing will be Ad Hoc Singers Alexandra Jacobs Wilke, Jennifer Blewett, Julia Pomainville, Chris Rediehs, and Galen Pletcher.

Kiss my Fat Ass: Taming the Unruly Body
Friday, March 6
Noble 109
Description: Come learn a working definition and theoretical framework for fat studies. This workshop will take an intersectional approach to exploring how we understand fat bodies culturally. We will also offer strategies for how to intervene in fatphobia at SLU and beyond. Bring an open mind and questions!

Islamic Culture Club Gala Fundraiser for the Amal Women’s Center in Boston
Friday, March 6
Eben Holden
Description: Join Islamic Culture Club for an evening of food, poets, lectures, and games all in the hopes of raising awareness and funds for the Amal Women’s Center in Boston.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Fireside Chat about Mental Wellth                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    6:00PM, Eben Holden

Description: This event will be an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to have an informal conversation about mental health over a nice meal.  Paricipants can RSVP here.