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All events will be remote/virtual due to COVID-19 precautions

Inclusive Excellence Events

How Can Art and Museums Model the Future of Diverse Cultural Landscapes?

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 10, 5:30–6:30pm (click here to register)

Intended Audience: Open Event

What role does art play in times of need? In this moment of upheaval, reckoning, and change, what responsibilities do museums have in representing cultures, past and present, as well as modeling the future of diverse cultural landscapes? UB Art Galleries Curator Liz Park moderates a roundtable discussion with Candice Hopkins and Yesomi Umolu, two leading thinkers and curators in the field of contemporary art. They will share frank reflections on the limits of museums as sites of knowledge and explore the potentials of creating a just and open space in which art can amplify voices and broaden views.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and UB Art Galleries

Facilitating Race Talk & Difficult Conversations In the Classroom

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 31, 12:00-1:30pm (click here to register)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Instructors 

Do you feel anxious when issues of race come up in the classroom?

Do you know how to recognize and acknowledge a microaggression?

Would you like learn a few skills for addressing racial issues in the classroom?

This brief workshop is designed to offer skills and strategies for addressing and facilitating conversations on race and racial issues. We will address common emotional reactions, identify common barriers to effective conversations, and provide attendees with skills to recognize and navigate race-related communication dynamics. Topics of discussion will include: identifying and responding to microaggressions, recognizing positions of privilege, emotional regulation skills, and recommendations for creating ‘brave spaces’ for these discussions.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Counseling Services

Additional University Events

Dr. Andrew Jolivétte, Indigenous Solidarity with Black Lives Matter: A Panel Discussion

Date & Time: Thursday, February 25, 4:00-5:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Featuring Dr Jolivétte, this panel will explore the significance of Indigenous peoples’ solidarity and collaboration with the Black Lives Matter movement. It will include a comparative discussion of the impact of state violence on Black and Indigenous histories and current realities, the convergences between Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty, and the importance of our collective work on dismantling systems of white supremacy. Click here for more information and to register. 

Sponsored by the forthcoming Department of Indigenous Studies and the Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program

Global to Local Racial Justice Series: Black and Asian Solidarity

Date & Time: Monday, March 1, 12:30-2:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

The Global to Local Racial Justice Series will explore how racism affects communities globally and locally by hosting a diverse range of speakers: voices from within the School of Social Work, the Buffalo community, other UB departments, and from other parts of the country and even around the world. The March event will feature Dr. Pranav Jani and Jo-Ann Yoo on the topic of Black and Asian solidarity. Click here for more information or to register.

Sponsored by the School of Social Work and the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

Transgender Sensitive Health Care

Date & Time: Monday, March 1, 5:00-6:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Please join Jeff Day, DNP, AGPCNP-BC, CNEcl, to learn about the delivery of transgender sensitive care in the clinical setting. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Sponsored by the School of Nursing, Committee on Diversity & Inclusion

Conversation Series on Hodinöhsö:ni’ Geographies: Indigenous Land-Based Protocols and Commemoration at UB

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 2, 4:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Featuring: Agnes Williams (Seneca, Wolf Clan), Lori Quigley (Seneca, Wolf Clan), Marilyn Schindler (Seneca, Snipe Clan), Christine Abrams (Seneca, Beaver Clan)

Within Hodinöhsö:ni’ worldview, women are responsible for all matters regarding the land. Honoring this, our second installment of our Hodinöhsö:ni’ Geographies Series is designed as a listening session led by a panel of Seneca women of this territory. This listening session will provide a space where we can listen and receive direction on how best to develop our land acknowledgement protocols and other forms of Hodinöhsö:ni’ land-based commemoration on our campus. Click here for more information and to register. 

Sponsored by the Center for Diversity Innovation, the Humanities Institute, and the College of Arts and Sciences

Inclusion and Acceptance: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Communities

Dates: Wednesday, March 3, 10:00am (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

This workshop will provide participants an open conversation on LGBTQIA+ history, such as the Stonewall Riot and Marsha P. Johnson, as well as opportunities for participants to engage within the LGBTQIA+ community, including podcasts and musical artists. Topics surrounding exclusion, bullying, safety, as well as persistence and resilience will be discussed. Creating spaces and opportunities for LGBTQIA+ folks to be seen, heard, and feel a sense of belonging in school, family, and social systems are emphasized. Finally, this workshop will provide resources for participants to find both mental and physical health support. Click here to join. 

Sponsored by Counseling Services 

Designing Learning for Justice

Dates: Tuesday, March 16, 11:00am-1:00pm (click here to register)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty & Instructors

This two-hour interactive workshop provides participants with evidence-based strategies to incorporate equity- and justice-oriented teaching practices into their daily interactions with students. By engaging in individual critical reflection and group dialogues, participants will be able to explore why equity-mindedness matters in teaching and collectively consider how faculty can make equity-mindedness a core part of their organizational culture. 

Presented by the School of Dental Medicine

Safe Zone Training

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 23, 10:00am-12:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

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.

Participants will elevate their understanding, empathy and capacity to engage with colleagues and students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community in a welcoming and inclusive way. This session will help participants support a safe workplace community for everyone as part of their everyday work interactions in a variety of ways. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Sponsored by Human Resources 

Build Positive Relationships and Create an Inclusive and Respectful Workplace

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 30, 10:00am-12:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

Learn to create an inclusive and respectful workplace by utilizing strategies to build positive relationships and foster a collaborative work environment. In this workshop, strategies are reviewed to help you effectively manage differences and reduce negativity and the impact both can have on you and your colleagues. You will learn how you can build positive relationships and assist in creating an environment that allows for the exchange of differing ideas where parties feel equally heard, respected and unafraid to voice dissenting opinions. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Sponsored by Human Resources  

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. 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 UB Counseling Services

LGBTQ Support Group

Date & Time: Tuesdays 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. 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 UB Counseling Services

International Student Support Group

Date & Time: Mondays 1:00-2:30pm (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. 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 UB Counseling Services

Unlearning Racism Group

Date & Time: Thursdays 1:30-3:00pm (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. 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 UB Counseling Services

Graduate and Non-Traditional Student Support Group

Date & Time: Tuesdays 1:00-2:30pm (Online)

Intended Audience: UB Students

This group is designed to allow graduate and non-traditional students to explore the unique challenges they face in a safe and supportive environment. It can help students explore their identity, find new ways of relating to others, recognize how stressors impact them, and share personal experiences. The group can assist students in finding alternative ways of looking at life’s challenges to enable the development of healthier coping strategies. 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 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