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Inclusive Excellence Events

Diversifying UB's Faculty: A Workshop Series with Dr. Anne Etgen

Date & Time: Wednesdays, September 22, 29, and October 6, 12:00-1:00pm  (Online)

Intended Audience: Faculty Chairs and Search Committee Members 

The workshops will be led by Dr. Anne Etgen, Professor Emerita in the Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and nationally recognized expert in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. Click here for program descriptions and to access the Zoom link.

Wednesday, September 22, 12:00-1:00pm: Diversifying Faculty: Why It Matters and Best Search Practices

Wednesday, September 29, 12:00-1:00pm: Strategies to Improve Faculty Retention and Mentoring

Wednesday, October 6, 12:00-1:00pm: The Importance of Departmental and Institutional Climate

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Mónica Ramírez: Authentic Leadership During Turbulent Times

Date & Time: Thursday, October 7, 12:00-1:00pm  (Online)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Named to the 2021 TIME100 Next list of the nation’s most influential emerging leaders, Mónica Ramírez shares her leadership journey from her teen years organizing in her community to serving as a student leader and later a civil rights attorney and activist. She explores the importance of finding one’s voice, staying true to oneself, and staying grounded—even when facing challenges. She also touches on contemporary challenges facing the Latinx community, including the impact of the border crisis, and how farmworker women are leading the fight to end workplace sexual violence and promote economic and social justice. Click here to register.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in collaboration with the Gender Institute. Additional UB co-sponsors: Sustainability, Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC)Department of History, Health Promotion, Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab

Additional University Events

Journeys in Afrolatinadad: From Revolutionary Black Mobilities to Afrolatin Dialogues

Date & Time: Monday, September 20, 1:50-2:40pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Professor Michele Reid-Vazquez, a specialist in the history of the African diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America, and U.S. Afro-Latinxs, shares her experiences examining Afrolatinidad. In particular, she highlights material from her book-in-progress, Black Mobilities in the Age of Revolution. Her study demonstrates the ways enslaved and free people of African heritage in the nineteenth-century Spanish and British Caribbean used spatial and ideological movement to resistance enslavement and to foster freedom and equality between the Haitian Revolution and the Latin American wars for independence. She will also discuss the evolution of her podcast, Dialogues in Afrolatinidad, which features interviews with scholars, educators, artists, and community leaders. The podcast is designed to amplify and elevate the histories and contemporary issues of Afro-Latin American and U.S.-Afro-Latinx communities. To join this event via zoom, click here

Sponsored by UB Department of History and the College of Arts & Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity and Belonging

A Conversation with Members of Buffalo's Latinx Community: Learning about Buffalo Hispanic Heritage

Date & Time: Friday, September 24, 12:00pm

Location: Student Union Theater

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

The discussion will focus on some history of the Hispanic population in Buffalo, current community activities and organizations and future plans which may engage with UB.

Community Panelist include: 

  • Esmeralda Sierra, President Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc.
  • Miguel Santos, Consumer Advocate National Grid
  • Casimiro Rodríguez, President Emeritus & Founder, Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Inc., UB alumnus 

Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences

Safe Zone Training

Date & Time: Tuesday, September, 28, 10:00am-12:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

A Safe Zone is an intentional space, climate and/or person that is affirming of all students, staff and faculty regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Creating inclusive and supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ students, staff and faculty decreases stigma and increases social interactions, participation in campus activities and feelings of safety. In this interactive session, you will be introduced to what a Safe Zone is and how creating one and being a part of the Safe Zone Network, has a positive impact at the individual, group and institutional level. For more information and to register, click here

Sponsored by Human Resources

Life After Graduate School

Date & Time: Friday, October 8, 4:00pm

Location: NSC 218 

Intended Audience: Graduate Students  

A panel/round table for graduate students: Former graduates will come to discuss their experiences and potential career paths. Members of the panel are from the Latinx community.


  • Amaris Borges-Muñoz, Senior Scientist, Abbvie Puerto Rico
  • Natalia Rivera-Gonzalez, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry  Texas A&M University
  • Rafael Alicea-Maldonado, Dean of Math, Science and Career Education, SUNY Genesee Community College
  • Jose Cintron, Director Analytical Chemistry, Eli Lilly and Company, Indiana

Sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences

Ongoing Events

Accessibility Resources Zoom Faculty Fridays

Dates: Every Friday, 10:00-11:00am, September 3 - December 17, 2021
Intended Audience: UB Faculty & Instructors

This open zoom “Faculty Friday” drop in is designed to discuss any questions or concerns faculty might have regarding equitable access to learning and accommodations. This is intended as a quick solution focused interaction of about 5 minutes or so in an individual break out room in the open zoom (to comply with FERPA), or to schedule a one on one meeting. Click this zoom link to join a Friday session.

Sponsored by UB Accessibility Resources

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

UB Counseling Groups - Fall 2021

Date & Time: Each group meets weekly (online). For detailed schedule, view Fall 2021 schedule here.

Intended Audience: UB Students 

Explore personal issues, share common concerns and try out new ways of interacting with others. UB Counseling Groups offered in fall 2021 include identity-based support groups (students of color, LGBTQIA+, transcend (gender related), international students, and graduate and nontraditional student group), skill-based groups (coping skills, body image/eating concerns, emotional wellness, academic success), understanding self and others (connections, grief support), and mindfulness-based groups (mindful self-compassion, yoga to manage moods). In order to participate in a group, students must complete a Needs Assessment with a UBCS counselor. Contact Counseling Services for more information.

Sponsored by Counseling Services  

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