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Inclusive Excellence Events

"For Such a Time as This": Mary Burnett Talbert and the Struggle for Social Justice

Date & Time: Thursday, September 24, 12:00-1:30 pm (click here to attend via livestream)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, Students and Alumni, and local community members

In celebration of the newly named Mary Talbert Way on UB’s North Campus, we invite you to learn more about Mary Burnett Talbert’s extraordinary life and work. Talbert is described by the National Women’s Hall of Fame as a “civil rights and anti-lynching activist, suffragist, preservationist, international human rights proponent, and educator.” Her pioneering work in the fight for freedom laid the foundation for the civil rights movement, and her legacy continues to this day.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence


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Lillian S. Williams (Panelist) is Associate Professor and former chair of the Department of African American Studies. For more than 40 years, Williams has worked to retrace and commemorate Mary Talbert’s life and social justice efforts. She is the author of Strangers in the Land of Paradise and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites and the Michigan Street African American History and Culture Commission.

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Lillie Wiley-Upshaw (Panelist) is chair of the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition and Co-Chair of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission, and focuses on the significant impact African American struggles for individual liberties have had on Buffalo and the broader region. 


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Carole Emberton (Moderator) is Associate Professor in the Department of History. Through her research on the Civil War era, Emberton examines how violence shapes our social, political, and cultural worlds both past and present.  She is currently completing a book on the testimonies of ex-slaves collected by the Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s.

Microaggressions in the Classroom

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 30, 12:00-1:00pm 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty 

Microaggressions are everyday verbal and nonverbal slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership. In this workshop, participants will learn about the three types of microaggressions, the effects they have on students, microaggressions that are common in the classroom, and ways to respond to them.  Click here to register.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

About the facilitators

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Dr. Ramelli Choates is the Program Coordinator for the Access to College Excellence (ACE) Program at the University at Buffalo and the President of the Minority Faculty and Staff Association (MFSA).  She holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo, a Masters in Student Personnel Administration and a Bachelors in Social Work from Buffalo State College. She has over 20 years of experience working in higher education.


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Dr. Letitia Thomas serves as Assistant Dean for Diversity in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at the University at Buffalo. With more than twenty-five years’ experience in higher education administration, Dr. Thomas is responsible for ensuring UB SEAS’ commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community for the next generation of engineers and scientists. A native of Buffalo, NY, Dr. Thomas earned a BS in Biological Sciences from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and holds a master’s in Educational Administration as well as a master’s and doctorate in Sociology from UB. 


A Conversation on Hodinöhsö:ni′ Geographies: Unsettling the Settler State

Date & Time: Thursday, October 1, 4:00-5:15pm 

Intended Audience: Open Event   

This first of three conversations will revolve around a place-based discussion on meaningful acknowledgements in Hodinöhsö:ni′ traditional territories. How might we use land introductions to follow through with a responsibility and commitment to nurturing healthy communities? How is the research and teaching in land grant institutions often in tension with Hodinöhsö:ni′ concepts of land and sovereignty? What process and protocols should be undertaken to engage respectfully, responsibly and with care? Most of all, how might an understanding of Hodinöhsö:ni′ geographies and anti-colonial practices create possibilities for future generations and relationships?

Click here to register.

Sponsored by The UB Center for Diversity and Innovation, UB Humanities Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences at UB, and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Additional University Events

Latinx Heritage Month

Dates: September 15 - October 15  

Intended Audience: UB Students

Celebrate and commemorate the rich cultural history and contributions of the Latinx community. Visit the Student Life Gateway for a listing of the featured events. 

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Transnational America: The New Global Citizen in the Novels of Laila Lalami and Valeria Luiselli

Date & Time: Thursday, October 1, 12:00-1:30pm 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff and Students

For well over a hundred years, migrants to the US were expected to assimilate as a foreign body into the dominant imaginary of a white, Rockwellian Protestantism. In the novels and nonfiction writing of Moroccan-born Laila Lalami and Mexican Valeria Luiselli, however, a transnational migrant asserts the full rights of the global citizen, one who changes the local culture in which she finds herself as much as she is changed by it. The end of nationalist isolationism comes only with the end of borders—cultural, geographic, linguistic, religious or sectarian. To register and for more information visit:http://www.buffalo.edu/genderin/programa/fra.html

Sponsored by the Gender Institute and the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop.

Electric Lights, Tourist Sights: Gendering Dispossession and Settler Colonial Infrastructure at Niagara Falls

Date & Time: Thursday, October 15, 4:00pm

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff and Students

Mishuana Goeman is a 2020-2021 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Gender Studies, American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty of Critical Race Studies in the Law School, UCLA  RSVP here for the Zoom link: https://bit.ly/MishuanaGoemanUBGenderIn

Sponsored by the Center for Diversity Innovation and the Gender Institute

Ongoing Events

Intercultural and Diversity Center Events

The Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) is committed to supporting all students on campus. By focusing on personal identity, advocacy and other critical issues that are facing society today, the IDC helps students broaden their perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of our ever-changing world. To find out more about their upcoming events, visit the IDC UBLinked page.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Students of Color Support Group

Date & Time: Tuesdays 2:30-4:00pm (Online)

Intended Audience: UB Students

This semi-structured support group is committed to providing an affirming space for Students of Color to reflect on their experiences at a Predominately White Institution. In this group we recognize the unique challenges of Students of Color and aim to foster a community for students to give voice to their experiences, gain support, and develop healthy coping strategies. Topics explored in this group include but are not limited to: navigating microaggressions, feelings of isolation, imposter syndrome, family/social relationships, and maintaining healthy self-care in the current socio-political climate. Please contact UB Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 and ask to speak to a counselor about joining the group.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services

LGBTQ Support Group

Date & Time: Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm (Online)

Intended Audience: UB Students

This is a group for students who are questioning or exploring their gender identity and/or their sexual identity. It is also for students who identify as gender variant, transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or queer. The goal of the group is to provide a safe, supportive and confidential forum to talk about multiple identities, coming out, relationships with family and friends, dating, academics, transitioning, homophobia, transphobia, the “isms”, and other issues of interest to members. Please contact UB Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 and ask to speak to a counselor about joining the group.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services

International Student Support Group

Date & Time: Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm (Online)

Intended Audience: UB Students

This group will provide a safe, supportive, and comfortable place for international students to discuss adjustment stressors and cross-cultural experiences in the U.S. The group will also provide a safe and confidential environment for group members to share information and support each other. Please contact UB Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 and ask to speak to a counselor about joining the group.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services

Unlearning Racism Group

Date & Time: Mondays 2:30-4:00pm (Online)

Intended Audience: UB Students

This group provides a supportive environment in which people who hold white privilege can explore and question their roles in the perpetuation of racism. Among other things, group members examine various aspects of white privilege and gain understanding about how they can become allies to People of Color. Please contact UB Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 and ask to speak to a counselor about joining the group.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services

New Parenting Support Group

Date & Time: 12:00-1:00pm on the third Tuesday of each month, starting September 15

Intended Audience: UB Employees

In this group parents will meet and discuss issues related to parenting during these difficult times. Members will exchange ideas and coping strategies, success stories and insights, encouraging words and practical advice. Support groups work because people have the opportunity to spend time with others who understand them, as they are experiencing similar situations.  If interested, or for more information, contact Neil McGillicuddy at 716-645-4458 or nm23@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Employee Assistance (EAP)

Documenting the UB Community Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic

Date & Time: Submit anytime

Intended Audience: UB Students, Faculty and Staff

The University Archives is launching a project to encourage students, faculty and staff to document their personal experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak and contribute them to the University Archives. Students have been impacted by great change to their learning environments, living situations, employment, and social connections. Faculty have adapted the ways in which they deliver course materials and interact with students. Staff have adjusted to changes in their work environments, both at home and on campus, all while coping with momentous change in daily routines, family life, and personal health and safety. By collecting and preserving these perspectives the University Archives supports the research mission of the university, allowing future students, researchers, and scholars to study the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, an undoubtedly transformative event in the history of student life and the academic experience at UB. Visit University Archives webpage for more information.

Sponsored by University Libraries