Past Events

Past Programs

  • Revolution: Civil Rights at UB, 1960-1975
    6/22/23
    In collaboration with UB Libraries, the Honors College, and other campus partners, OIX presents an exhibition highlighting influential civil rights leaders who visited UB during the 1960s and 70s.
  • Yoga For Every Body
    6/22/23
    During the 2019-2020 academic year at the University at Buffalo, the Office of Inclusive Excellence along with various campus partners sponsored a range of inclusive yoga events through a yearlong program entitled Yoga for Every Body. These events brought visibility and awareness to issues of inclusion through yoga.

Past OIX Events

Spring 2024 Events

Black History Month Mixer (2/7/2024)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union, 210 Student Union, 235 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Kick-off Black History Month by chatting with Black students and staff on campus! Enjoy the food, music, and resources available to Black students at UB. Events will take place in 240 Student Union, 210 Student Union and 235 Student Union.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) and the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIX).

Fall 2023 Events

LGBTQ+ Discussion Group Meeting (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple dates and times, see more details below

Location: 430 Kimball Tower, South Campus (Zoom link available on request)

Intended Audience: Open Event

The goal of this group is to provide support, resources, and community to LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and students and their allies at UB. This discussion group is located on the South Campus as it gives folks that are primarily on this campus a safe space here. This group is open to anyone who wishes to join from all programs and campuses. There will be five LGBTQ+ Discussion Group Meetings this semester at the following times.

  • Monday, September 11, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Monday, October 2, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Monday, November 13, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Monday, December 4, 2023, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Monday, January 8, 2024, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Ebehitale Imobhio at 716-829-3529 or via email at ebehital@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Prof. Behnaz Mirzai, “From Slavery to Citizenship: The Journey of an Enslaved African in the Ottoman Empire and Iran” (10/25/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: 110 Capen Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Middle East Studies Initiative for a presentation by Prof. Behnaz Mirzai, “From Slavery to Citizenship: The Journey of an Enslaved African in the Ottoman Empire and Iran.” Behnaz Mirzai is Professor of Middle Eastern history at Brock University, Canada. Her primary interest is slavery, the African diaspora and ethnicity in Iran. She has conducted extensive anthropological and historical research on former African slave communities and their relationships with other ethnic groups, as well as African-derived religious practices, various forms of African spirit-possession cults, and the transformation of these cults in Iran and the Middle East in the modern period. Her book A History of Slavery and Emancipation in Iran, 1800–1929, was a finalist for the 2018 Canadian Historical Association Wallace K. Ferguson Prize. She has produced two documentary films, Afro-Iranian Lives, and The African-Baluchi Trance Dance. The former film won the prize Special Mention at the 10th annual Zanzibar International Film Festival. Her recent manuscript The Life of an Enslaved African in the Ottoman Empire and Iran: Autobiography of Mahboob [Sweetheart] is under review for publication. 

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Shayna Devlin at 716-645-3433 or via email at sdevlin3@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Middle East Studies Initiative, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Department of History, the Department of Africana and American Studies, and the Asia Research Institute.

LGBTQ+ Faculty, Staff and Alumni Happy Hour (10/24/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 E Huron St, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: LGBTQ+ Faculty, staff, and alumni

LGBTQ+ faculty, staff and alumni from the University at Buffalo are invited to attend an evening of networking and opportunity to support and organize for current students and the queer alumni community. The event is located at Big Ditch Brewing Company at 55 E Huron Street in downtown Buffalo. Friends and partners are welcome. One free drink ticket with registration. Cash bar. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the LGBTQ FSA at lgbtqfsa@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association (FSA), the Office of Alumni Engagement, and the Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Black Women Lead (10/2/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, October 2, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join Gwen Baxley, assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at the Graduate School of Education, for a conversation with Ericka Huggins, Phylicia Brown, Claudia Williams, and Yasmeen Majid about the ways Black women have led and taken the well-being  and liberation of communities into their own hands historically and contemporarily. The conversation will include a discussion on  panelists' lived experiences as community organizers and about Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party, a book that uses photography and stories to highlight the important contributions of Black women to the Black Panther Party. Registration is required. Individuals who register for the event will have a chance to receive a FREE copy of the book Comrade Sisters by Ericka Huggins and Stephen Shames or Swag apparel by Black Love Resists in the Rust.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page.

Sponsored by Black Love Resists in the Rust, The Galactic Tribe, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Willower Endowment Fund, the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, the Department of Africana and American Studies, and the UB Gender Institute.

El Batey on South (9/22/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 22, 2023, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Goodyear X, South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join us in Goodyear Hall on the 10th floor (Goodyear X) for a night of celebration of our Hispanic Heritage Month. We will be joined by El Batey - a local Puerto Rican center that helps spread the love of their culture. They will be facilitating workshops, teaching history behind Afro-Puerto Ricans, and doing performances, too! We will also have some local foods from the Buffalo community.

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage.

Sponsored by Goodyear Hall, the Office of Inclusive Excellence (OIX), and the Latinx Student and Studies Initiative.

Spring 2023 Events

Trans Wellbeing: Perspectives through a Public Lens (4/28/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, April 28, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Farber Hall (Room G26), South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Over the past few years, in the face of increased trans activism and visibility, hundreds of anti-transgender bills have been proposed across the United States, with 15 bills passing into law. These attacks have exacerbated existing health and social disparities, emboldened violent anti-trans forces, and further marginalized trans and non-gender conforming people. The current social moment requires serious reflection on the state of trans rights, wellbeing, and responses that address the various disparities facing trans and non-gender conforming people. This panel will discuss the political climate and ways public health as a discipline can respond to trans health disparities and the conditions underlying them. 

For more information please visit the Eventbrite Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link and for questions please contact Ebehitale Imobhio via email at ebehital@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

UB’s Inaugural Arab American Heritage Month Celebration (4/25/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 3:00-4:30pm 

Location: Student Union 210 (Landmark Room)

Intended Audience: University Community and Alumni 

Please join us to celebrate Eid Al Fitr and April’s designation of Arab American Heritage Month for the first time here at UB! We will be hosting several local Arab American leaders to talk about what these events mean to them as well as their experiences and achievements in our local community. Arabic themed hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be available. 

Please RSVP via webform for planning purposes or visit the UB Events Calendar for more information. 

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and PSS Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Constructing Impartiality from Susanna to the Supreme Court (4/25/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2023, 12:30-1:30pm 

Location: Capen Hall - Room 107

Intended Audience: University Community 

As the political biases of American judges come increasingly into view, the image of a neutral, impartial judge might have some appeal. Feminist legal scholars, however, have levelled critiques at the image of the detached and objective judge as a masculinist fantasy, a "Herculean superhero of ancient mythology," according to the British law professor Erika Rackley. This talk investigates some of that ancient mythology alongside some other ancient visions of judging more in line with contemporary feminist ideas about relational decision-making. It also asks us to think about what we imagine and demand of justices today.

Preceding the lecture a kosher luncheon, open to all students and faculty, is taking place. Please RSVP at this link and visit the UB Events Calendar for more information. 

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Department of Jewish Thought

SPHHP LGBTQ+ Discussion Group Meeting (4/3/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, April 3 at 1:00pm 

Location: Kimball Hall (430), South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

The LGBTQ+ Discussion Group is a series of meetings created by the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). There is an additional Monday session this April 3rd where the group will be talking about aspects of Coming Out: 

  • What has been your experience with it?
  • When do you know when/if to “come out” in the professional world? And do you have to?

For any questions and concerns, please reach out to Ebehitale Imobhio at ebehital@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions and the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Fall 2022 Events

First-Generation Celebration Week (Fall 2022)

Date & Time: Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11 (event details below)

Location: Center for the Arts (103), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The University at Buffalo is proud to recognize our first-generation college students, faculty and staff. In honor of their success and achievements, join us as we recognize them during First-Generation Celebration Week! Here are the events for this week: 

  •  Monday, Nov. 7 | Paint-a-bull (5 a.m. outside the Student Union)
  •  Monday, Nov. 7 | National First-Generation College Student Week Kickoff (12-3 p.m. in the Student Union)
  •  Tuesday, Nov. 8 | Campus Resources Scavenger Hunt (9 a.m.-4:30 p.m, visit this Location Link Here for more information)
  •  Tuesday, Nov. 8 | "Triumphs and Trials of the First-Generation College Student Experience" presented by Richard Taylor (4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater)
  •  Tuesday, Nov. 8 | Reception and Book Signing with Richard Taylor (5:30-7 p.m. in 210 Student Union)
  •  Wednesday, Nov. 9 | Celebrating the First: Student Panel Sharing Stories of Success (12-1 p.m. in 107 CapenHall)
  •  Thursday, Nov. 10 | First-Gen Student Social (8 p.m. in Greiner Hall, C134/135)
  •  Friday, Nov. 11 | Student Research Panel (3-4 p.m. in 108 CapenHall)
  •  Friday, Nov. 11 | Proud To Be First Art Installation Reception (4-5:30 p.m. 1st floor of CapenHall, Between 112 and 130 CapenHall)

Please email firstgeneration@buffalo.edu with any questions and for more information visit the First Generation Week Webiste Here

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, Tutoring and Academic Support Services and by the Office of Student Success and Academic Support.

THE MUSH HOLE (10/21/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, October 21, 7pm

Location: Center for the Arts (103), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The UB Indigenous Studies Department invites you for a performance of THE MUSH HOLE presented by Santee Smith and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. The heart-breaking performance moves through North America’s residential school history with hope and empathy. Tickets are required and available at this ticket link

Please email indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu with any questions. 

Sponsored by the UB Indigenous Studies Department and the Office of Inclusive Excellence 

Javier Ávila One Man Show: "The Trouble With My Name" (10/11/2022)

Image of Dr. Ávila smiling with blue jacket and red striped tie, and a wooden door in the background.

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Center for the Arts (Screening Room), University at Buffalo 

Intended Audience: Open Event

Come watch the autobiographical journey of a man who moves between cultures to provide a fascinating perspective of American Latinos who struggle to dispel misconceptions about their identity and place in the world. 

To register, click here for free tickets via Eventbrite. For more information on Dr. Ávila, visit javieravila.net.

Presented by the University at Buffalo in collaboration with the Hispanic Heritage Council and the Buffalo State West Side Promise Neighborhood. UB cosponsors include the Office of Inclusive Excellence, College of Arts and Sciences, Intercultural and Diversity Center, Latin American Student Association, and Latin American Law Student Association.

FOCUS (Festival Of Cultures Uniting Students) (8/25/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, August 25, 8:00pm-12:00am

Location: Student Union and Greiner Courtyard

Intended Audience: UB Students, Faculty and Staff   

FOCUS will consist of a parade (8:00-8:30pm) from the Student Union to the Greiner Hall Patio, where students will be met with a live DJ, performances from our very own student clubs, tabling from offices at the university, food from local businesses, and lots of fun games and activities for an evening After Party at the Greiner Courtyard (8:30pm-12:00am)! 

This will happen on the first night that students arrive on-campus and we would absolutely love to have our faculty and staff members (and their families) join us for the parade and celebration! 

For questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Anthony Vargas (ajvargas@buffalo.edu) via email. 

Sponsored by Campus Living and the Office of Inclusive Excellence  

Spring 2022 Events

Juneteenth Ticket Offer (Summer 2022)

Date & Time: June 17-19 and 24-26

Intended Audience: Students, Staff and Faculty

In commemoration of Juneteenth, the Office of Inclusive Excellence is offering free tickets to A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry being performed at the African American Cultural Center’s Paul Robeson Theater. Show dates are June 17-19 and 24-26, and there is a limit of 2 tickets per person. Students are especially encouraged to request tickets, and we welcome staff and faculty requests as well.

If you would like to request tickets, please complete this form by Wednesday, June 8. Limited tickets are available, and we may not be able to accommodate every request. A representative from the Office of Inclusive Excellence will respond to let you know if you were selected by June 9.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence  

Social Justice Mixer (4/27/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 12:00pm-1:30pm (In-person or virtual. Register here)

Locations: 
Indoor locations:
220 Hayes Hall, South Campus (map), 240 Student Union, North Campus (map)
Location with indoor/outdoor option: GRoW Center, North Campus (map)
Virtual location: Zoom link available upon registering here

Intended Audience: Open Event

Are you interested in learning more about social justice and meeting other university and local community members interested in or engaged in social justice efforts? Join us on UB's South Campus, North Campus, or virtually to hear from UB Alum and Black Student Union co-founder Gail Wells as she facilitates a discussion about what social justice efforts at UB were like during the late 1960s and early 1970s--what was going on socially and politically at the time, connections with the Black Panther party and the Pan-African movement, and lessons learned that can be applied to the differing circumstances today. Then the second half of the event will give attendees in each location an opportunity to socialize and get to know one another to build stronger community among people interested in social justice. Food and refreshments provided for those attending in person. Click here to register.

This event is a collaboration between the African American Students of Architecture and PlanningBlack Law Student AssociationBuffalo Freedom GardensCommunity for Global Health EquityIntercultural and Diversity CenterOffice of Inclusive ExcellenceOffice of STEM Diversity Programs, and Sustainability

Coming Together as a Campus to Achieve Climate Neutrality (4/22/2022)

Date and Time: Friday, April 22, 9:00-10:30am (RSVP here)

Location: Center for the Arts, Main Stage

Intended Audience: UB Community Members

Are we ready to make change on our campus?

Our university has already cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the last few years, but as we continue on our path to neutrality, the tactics and strategies we take to get there will become more difficult, costlier and require greater change.

The campus and the individuals that make it the dynamic place it is will have to make key priority investments and changes that require us to give up past behaviors that drive our daily operations.  Are you prepared to eat less (or no) meat in the dining halls? Greatly reduce attending conferences in person? Pay a fee for the carbon you emitted to commute to UB? Throw on a sweater to account for a two degree thermostat drop?   Our world and our campus demand strong and swift action to mitigate and adapt to our changing climate and while many of our solutions will create greater opportunity and advance our mission of teaching, research and engagement, it is also clear that we will need to make sacrifices, specific investments and collective changes to enable broader systems transformation.

Join us for a difficult, open, fun and much needed conversation centered around what we are willing to do as an institution, a collective and as individuals to meet the challenge and how it can help advance our university’s climate action strategy. Click here to RSVP.

Presented by UB Sustainability and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (4/21/2022)

Cathy Park Hong with an open blue collar shirt over a blue/green shirt and one hoop earring.

Date & Time: Thursday, April 21, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm (click here to register for this virtual event)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong, author of New York Times bestseller Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, in conversation with Carrie Tirado Bramen, Director of the UB Gender Institute and professor of EnglishA book that fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism, and history, Minor Feelings explores the melancholy and shame Hong felt growing up in Los Angeles as the daughter of Korean immigrants, how the comedy of Richard Pryor helped her to address these “minor feelings,” and the dynamics of Asian American racism in the past and present of US race relations. Hong writes with candor and brilliant insight about identity and individuality, family and friendship, and art and politics. Minor Feelings won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. To regsiter or learn more, click here

In anticipation of this event, Professor Carrie Tirado Bramen will facilitate a discussion about Minor Feelings on Thursday, April 7th at noon via Zoom. All are welcome. Please register for the book discussion here.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in collaboration with the Gender Institute.

Women’s Athletic Revolt: Title IX at 50 (4/14/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, April 14, 2022, 4:00-5:30pm

Location: 107 Capen Hall, Honors College (inside Silverman library)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join us for a discussion of the 50th anniversary of Title IX and a celebration of Susan Cahn’s retirement from UB. Susan Cahn is a Professor Emerita of History, and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, at the University at Buffalo. Her research and teaching focus on the history of women, girls, and LGBTQ people in the U.S.  She also studies the history of sport, adolescence, and psychiatry.

Presented by the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Ericka Hart: UB Pride Week Lecture (4/11/2022)

Date & Time: Monday, April 11, 2022, 7:00-8:30pm

Location: Slee Hall

Intended Audience: Open Event

Ericka Hart (pronouns: she/they) is a Black queer femme activist, writer, highly acclaimed speaker, and award-winning sexuality educator with a Master of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University. 

Ericka’s work broke ground when she went topless showing her double mastectomy scars in public in 2016. Ericka’s voice is rooted in leading-edge thought around human sexual expression as inextricable to overall human health and its intersections with race, gender, chronic illness, and disability. Both radical and relatable, she continues to push well beyond the threshold of sex-positivity. 

Presented by the Intercultural and Diversity Center and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

50 Years of Indigenous Studies at UB Speaker Series with Guest Speaker Oren Lyons (2/16/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 16, 4:10pm-5:40pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Dr. Oren Lyons is a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan and a member of the Onondaga Nation Council of Chiefs of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. He is also a founding member of the Native American Studies program at the University at Buffalo. Join us for this special event, with introductory remarks by UB President Satish K. Tripathi, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Native American Studies at UB, as Dr. Lyons shares his work in building this monumental program, as well as the various local, national, and international projects he was a part of during this time. Click here to register. 

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Powerful Women in Sports: Achieving Success in a Male-Dominated Industry (2/1/2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 1, 12:00pm-1:00pm (register here

Intended Audience: Open Event 

In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, join us for a Sports Law Round Table featuring:

  • Cheryl Meyers Buth, Esq., Agent for National Basketball Association players
  • Caren  M. Cook, Esq. ’90, Deputy General Counsel for Legal and Business Affairs, Atlanta Hawks
  • Lisa M. Friel, Esq., Senior Vice President for Investigations, National Football League
  • Jennifer Bullano Ridgley, Vice President of Communications, Pittsburgh Penguins, Named in Sports Business Journal's “2021 Class of Game Changers: Women in Sports Business” 
  • Tara VanDerveer, Longtime coach of the Stanford University women's basketball team

Click here to register.

Sponsored by the UB Center for the Advancement of Sport, Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society, UB’s Office of Inclusive Excellence, UB Gender Institute, UB Law Alumni Association.

Fall 2021 Events

LGBTQ FSA Brown Bag Conversation with Black Love Resists in the Rust and Buffalo’s Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (10/20/2021)

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 20, 1:00-2:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Gather with members of the LGBTQ FSA on Zoom for a panel conversation with guests from two local organizations about accountability partnership towards abolition and the movement for multiracial justice. The Brown Bag Conversation series are casual opportunities to learn and engage, open to members of the UB community. This specific event is also open to the public. Click here for more information and to register.

This event is in collaboration with the Professional Staff Senate Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Minority Faculty and Staff Association.

LGBTQ FSA Meet Up at Out for Business (10/20/2021)

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 20, 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Big Ditch Brewing Company, 55 E Huron Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Meet up with UB friends and colleagues at the Pride Center of WNY's Out for Business! Out for Business is Buffalo's premiere LGBTQ professionals networking event organized by the Pride Center of WNY. The mission is to continually provide a social environment where guests are encouraged to network. Big Ditch Brewing Company is located in downtown Buffalo at 55 E Huron Street. For more information, visit the UB Events Calendar

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and Human Resources

Introduction to Native American Cultural Competency (10/11/2021)

Date & Time: Monday, October 11, 12:00-1:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: Open Event 

This two-session series begins on October 11 (Indigenous Peoples Day) by offering an overview of major Native and Haudenosaunee cultural concepts, discussing challenges to Native health and well-being, and sharing recent and emerging efforts to support community wellness. 

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in partnership with Native American Community Services

Date & Time: Monday, October 11, 12:00-1:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: Open Event 

This two-session series begins on October 11 (Indigenous Peoples Day) by offering an overview of major Native and Haudenosaunee cultural concepts, discussing challenges to Native health and well-being, and sharing recent and emerging efforts to support community wellness. 

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in partnership with Native American Community Services

Gender Inclusivity in the Classroom (9/21/2021)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 21, 3:00-4:30pm

Location: Online Event via Zoom (click here to register)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Transgender and non-binary students often report finding classroom spaces uncomfortable, ranging from an awkward spotlight being placed on them by well-intentioned faculty to being regularly misgendered and experiencing dysphoria, which interferes with learning. Hear perspectives from UB’s transgender and non-binary students about what faculty can do to make classrooms safer and more affirming spaces. A presentation by Dana Fang will be followed by a panel of gender-expansive students with an opportunity for questions and answers.  Click here to register.

Presenter: Dana Fang is a queer, nonbinary writer and scholar from the Midwest. They received their M.F.A in Poetry from the Iowa Writers Workshop and are currently a PhD candidate in the Poetics Program at the University at Buffalo.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Center for Excellence in Writing, the Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation, and the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

Progress Pride Paths Ribbon Cutting (9/8/2021)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 8, 12:00-1:30pm  (Knox Quad, Outside the Student Union)

Intended Audience: UB community

All members of the UB community are invited to gather at the Progress Pride Paths on the North Campus. A ribbon cutting will be preceded by brief remarks from campus leaders and followed by a celebration with music, food, and representatives from queer student, faculty, staff, and community groups. Progress Pride Paths is the inaugural site from the Office of the Provost’s Contemplative Site series. The installation is bold art that elevates identity intersectionality and challenges us to recognize privilege and equity at the same time we celebrate all that is beautiful about queerness.

Sponsored by LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Spring 2021 Events

Land, Race, and Indigeneity: Building Solidarity Practices (4/13/2021)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 13, 12:00–1:00pm (click here to register)

Intended Audience: Open Event

This conversation between Mishuana Goeman and Theresa McCarthy will delve the racialization of Indigenous peoples in North America and its effect on individuals and communities. These ways of “seeing race” and implementing them in settler policies have had profound effects on understanding American Indians as political entities. By unpacking some of the history and they ways that race has shifted and changed over time, Prof. Goeman and McCarthy hope to posit new ways forward for solidarity practices. In order to “ground” this conversation, we will discuss Indigenous art pieces that posit new ways to interpret the history of racializing Indigenous peoples.

Presented by the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Fall 2020 Events

A Conversation on Hodinöhsö:ni′ Geographies: Unsettling the Settler State (10/1/2020)

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

Intended Audience: Open Event   

This first of three conversations revolved 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?

Presented 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

Spring 2020 Events

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America (Film Screening) (2/25/2020)

Film Poster for Forbidden. Image of a man with the statue of liberty in the background.

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America is a feature length documentary about an inspiring young man whose story is exceptional, although not unique. When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico in search of the American dream. Forbidden to live and love as an undocumented gay man in the country he calls home, Serrano saw only one option—to fight for justice. 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Tiffany Rhynard, and the subject of the film, Moises Serrano.  For more information, click here.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in partnership with the Department of Theater and Dance 

Fall 2018 Events

On October 18, 2018, the Office of Inclusive Excellence collaborated with the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association, the Intercultural and Diversity Center, and LGBTQ student organizations to recognize Spirit Day through a public art display on campus.  UB students expressed different forms of freedom important to them using lawn signs designed by the For Freedoms project.

Past University Events

Spring 2024 Events

Black History Month Dessert Hour (2/16/2024)

Date & Time: Friday, February 16, 2024, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Celebrate Black History Month while enjoying tasty treats. Join the IDC for their monthly Dessert Hour event. Stop by to learn about influential Black figures and historical events!

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Black History Month: Let’s Talk About Black Love (2/13/2024)

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main St, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Student National Medical Association for this program dedicated to promoting sexual health (both physically and emotionally) while also discussing the most common STIs that affect the Black community.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page.

Sponsored by the Student National Medical Association.

Black History Month Game/Trivia Night (2/9/2024)

Date & Time: Friday, February 9, 2024, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Axis 360, 89 Lasalle Ave, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Student National Medical Association for their Black History Month Game/Trivia Night. The overall purpose of this event is to bring students together to celebrate African American culture as well as educate others about the successes of African Americans through music, art, literature, and sports. 

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page.

Sponsored by the Student National Medical Association.

The Graduate School & IDC: Black History Month Program (2/8/2024)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 8, 2024, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Join the Graduate School and the Intercultural Diversity Center for an interactive program for graduate students facilitated by Team Real Talk, a company owned by two UB alums. The program aims to bring BIPOC graduate students from all majors together and foster community, while having an outlet to share experiences and techniques to excel in the world. This program will consist of game night trivia and small group discussions about Black history. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Graduate School and the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Baird Lecture Series: Stephanie Choi (2/8/2024)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 8, 2024, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Recital Hall, Room 250, Baird Hall North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Stephanie Choi, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Korean Studies, University at Buffalo presents "Thank you, I Love You: The Rise of Feminism and Globalization of K-pop."

For more information or to register, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Eric Huebner via email at erichueb@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Department of Music.

National Black HIV/Awareness Day (2/7/2024)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Knox Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

How do HIV and AIDS affect the Black community? Join the IDC in demystifying the complexity of the immunodeficiency virus and discuss its presence within Black communities. 

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Tough Topics: Love of the Culture… but not the People! (2/6/2024)

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: Hybrid (in-person at 240 Student Union, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Black culture has become the backbone of prevalent trends in America, though Black individuals are disrespected by the media constantly. From fashion to food to language, Black culture fails to receive the credit it deserves. Discuss how Black culture has inspired America’s most popular trends. Join in 240 Student Union or on Zoom: bit.ly/IDCProgram 

 

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Indigenous Film Studies Guest Speaker: Palestine 101 - Lila Sharif, PhD (2/5/2024)

Date & Time: Monday, February 5, 2024, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: 216 Norton Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Lila Sharif is a creative writer, researcher, and assistant professor at the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She is currently writing a book about the ways in which fair trade economies, settler colonialism, environmental destruction, and storytelling converge at Palestine's historic olive tree, which has been harvested by Palestinians for over 6,000 years. Sharif is a co-founding member of the Critical Refugee Studies Collective and of the Palestinian Feminist Collective. She is the first Palestinian to earn a Ph.D. in ethnic studies. She holds a dual PhD in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. She will be providing a guest lecture and Q&A session following a film screening of 1948: Creation and Catastrophe. Film screening will begin at 4:10pm and will be followed by a guest lecture at 5:30pm.

For more information or to register, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Indigenous@UB Coffee Conversations: Midwinters and Ganoshes (2/5/2024)

Date & Time: Monday, February 5, 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: 508 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join us this Spring semester as the Indigenous@UB Hub hosts a conversation series covering a range of cultural topics and contemporary issues. Our purpose is to provide a forum for conversation and community building through thoughtful, respectful, and interactive discussion on matters that are meaningful to our people and communities. These events are geared towards UB students but UB faculty and staff are also welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Aaron VanEvery at 716-645-7917 or via email at alv8@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Black History Month Movie Night: The Blackening (2/1/2024)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 1, 2024, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Celebrate Black History Month with the IDC with movie night! Snacks and refreshments will be provided! The Blackening is a 2022 American Black comedy-slasher film directed by Tim Story and written by Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins, based on the 2018 short film of the same name by the comedy troupe 3Peat. The story follows seven friends who find themselves trapped with a masked killer while staying at a cabin in the woods. The group must use their knowledge of scary movies to try and stay alive! Refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Fall 2023 Events

Elder-in-Residence Lunch Series: Conversations in Haudenosaunee History, Culture, Politics (12/12/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 11:00am - 1:30pm

Location: 510 Clemens Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Please join Elder-in-Residence, Marilyn Schindler, for a monthly lunch series on topics relevant to the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Marilyn Schindler earned her PhD in American Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her research and experience include almost fifty years of activism for Indigenous rights, treaty recognition for the Six Nations Haudenosaunee, education enhancement, and retention of our traditions.  While this event is geared toward students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. To register, please email indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu and include any dietary restrictions.

For more information or for questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

WiSE Last Day of Classes Pizza Lunch (12/11/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, December 11, 2023, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: 126 Bell Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Come by on the last day of classes for some quality time with your WiSE friends.  There will be pizza, Jenga, coloring, and good time with great friends.  Hope to see you there!

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact WiSE via email at ubwise@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).

Women’s Group (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Thursdays, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Michael Hall, South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

This group is an interpersonal process group for graduate and undergraduate students who identify as female. Group members will work together to identify topics of discussion each week, which may include imposter syndrome, anxiety and depression, intersectional identities, sexual violence, family dynamics, work environments, assertiveness, boundaries, and relationships.

For more information or for questions, please contact Counseling Services at 716-645-2720.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services.

LGBTQ+ Student Support Group (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

The LGBTQ+ Support Group is a safe space for students of all LGBTQ+ identities to build a sense of community. The group serves as a place to discuss and explore topics related to these identities, which may include coming out / not coming out, relationships with family and friends, dating and intimate relationships, transitioning, and other life experiences related to being an LGBTQ+ person. Topics may also include non-identity related life stressors that students want to discuss.

For more information or for questions, please contact Counseling Services at 716-645-2720.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services.

International Student Support Group (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: 120 Richmond Quad, Ellicott Complex, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

This group provides a safe, supportive, and comfortable place for international students to discuss adjustment stressors and cross-cultural experiences in the U.S. The group also creates a safe and confidential environment for group members to share information and support each other.

For more information or for questions, please contact Counseling Services at 716-645-2720.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services.

BIPOC Drop-In Group (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, through December 6, 2023

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

This drop-in group is committed to providing an affirming space for BIPOC students to reflect on their experiences at a Predominately White Institution. In this group, we recognize the unique experiences of BIPOC students 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, being first generation American, family/social relationships, and maintaining healthy self-care in the current socio-political climate. There will be 12 BIPOC Drop-In Groups this semester starting on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 and running through Wednesday, December 6, 2023.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Amani Johnson via email at amanijoh@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services and the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

WiSE Bracelets and Coloring Crafternoon (12/6/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Bansal Atrium (1st Floor), Davis Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Finals are coming up and WiSE wants to give you a chance to hang out with your friends and decompress a bit. Join us for friendship bracelet making and coloring! Snacks will be served.

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact WiSE via email at ubwise@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).

BIPOC Graduate Student Breakfast (12/1/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, December 1, 2023, 9:00am - 10:30am

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Stop by the IDC and enjoy a little end of semester reward- free breakfast! Coffee, bagels, fruit, and more! This is a great opportunity to take a break and connect with other BIPOC Graduate students on campus. Co-hosted by the Graduate School.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Christopher Hamm at 716-645-6187 or via email at ckhamm@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) and the Graduate School.

Asian Law Students Association (ALSA): Game Night (11/29/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Fishbowl Room, 533 O’Brian Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Law students

Come join ALSA for their game night. They will be playing Mario games in teams on Nintendo and having food and drinks. Let’s destress before finals, do some bonding with other students, and have some fun. Open to all law students from all backgrounds! 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Alexandra Rosenlund via email at ajrosenl@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Asian Law Students Association (ALSA).

Latina/o/x Studies Scholar Lunch (11/29/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Location: 310 Silverman Library, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

If you are Latina/o/x Studies scholar or your research focuses on Latina/o/x communities in the US, you are invited to attend an informal lunch to meet and discuss your work with other UB faculty and the potential for future discussions. Please RSVP at the link below if you plan to attend by Friday, November 24.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Pablo Mitchell via email at pablomit@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the CAS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging.

Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Lectures: Intergenerational Impact of Removal due to Kinzua Dam - Michelle Keyes (11/28/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 11:00am - 12:20pm

Location: 210 Norton Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Shannon Seneca is hosting an Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Speaker Series on select Tuesdays or Thursdays this semester. Michelle Keyes is currently a Seneca Nation Game Warden, upholding Nation Conservation laws within all territories. She met my first husband and married at 20, moving to San Diego, California then worked for Corporate America in the 80’s-90’s. “To say urban life was easy is an understatement, I was going from a reservation to a big city in California, it was a total culture shock.” During this time, she experienced losing our first-born son to SIDS in 1989 so decided to move back home. Michelle obtained an associate degree from ECC South in 1993. We had an opportunity to open a gas station and operated as The Eagles Nest. After being divorced, she came to work for the Seneca Nation in the Corporate Retail Division, the Seneca One Stop for years. She also worked at Seneca Nation Environmental Protection Department, leading to a new vision, the Seneca Nation Emergency Management department, outside of Fire and EMS. She trained and certified for response, recovery, mitigation, hazard materials, building tribal resources and relationships, as well as lessons learned from communication and collaboration. She graduated with BS/BA, Management from SUNY Fredonia in 2011. She remarried a man who raised her children and had one last daughter together. Their blended family includes children in their 40’s, 30’s and one in college at 18. Together they have 6 grandchildren. “I am a grandma now and was taught to learn, never give up, there is no such word as can’t and to continue to learn something new, thus staying busy. I will always be a proud Seneca member, mother, grandmother, and influencer of history if I can tell the story.” Michele Keyes, who was forcibly removed as a young girl from her families property on the Allegany Territory to make way for the Allegheny Reservoir. Her family owned property just north of Onoville before they were forced to move by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create the Kinzua Dam and the Allegheny Reservoir. No amount of money can replace what the 600 Senecas forced to move had lost. Michelle is a spokesperson for herself, her family and community. “The dam divided us, the forced relocation broke up long standing communities and many died and went elsewhere,” she said. “My family ended up in Cattaraugus and our history is not spoken of.” The historical trauma, concerns of over 2,000 graves, including that of Chief Cornplanter, and subsequent environmental damage cannot be forgotten. Please reach out to indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu for registration due to space constraints.

For more information or for questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Building Indigenous Infrastructure: The Haudenosaunee Hub and Archive Project (11/27/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, November 27, 2023, 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Location: The Buffalo Room, 10 Capen Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Haudenosaunee Archive, Resource, and Knowledge (HARK) team to learn more about the HARK digital project and methods for digital archiving and archival research in Indigenous communities. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at the link below.

To register, please visit the Event Registration Page. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Tough Topics: Trans Rights, Resistance, and Remembrance (11/21/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at 240 Student Union, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Despite the progression of the Trans movement, folks of the Trans community constantly face discriminatory barriers, violence, and unequal access to health care. Join the IDC as they debrief Trans Day of Remembrance and its significance to the Trans community. The following Zoom link can be used to join virtually: https://buffalo.zoom.us/s/96394252129

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Lectures: Ecogenocide of the Onöndowa'ga:' (Seneca) and Recovery from the Kinzua Dam and Hydroelectric Facility Operation– Cheryl Tome & Justin Schapp (11/21/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 11:00am - 12:20pm

Location: 210 Norton Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Shannon Seneca is hosting an Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Speaker Series on select Tuesdays or Thursdays this semester. Please join for a presentation on the ecogenocide of the Seneca Nation and recovery from the Kinzua Dam and Hydroelectric Facility Operation with special guests Cheryl Tome and Justin Schapp (Seneca Nation, Deer Clan). Justin Schapp is an Indigenous Studies Professor at St. Bonaventure University. He is from the Seneca Nation Allegany Territory where he resides, working and lively closely with his community. His mother, Cheryl Tome, is a survivor from the Kinzua Dam removal which displaced over 100 Seneca families. This action taken against the Seneca Nation of Indians is a clear example of environmental racism that has caused intergenerational trauma. Please reach out to indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu for registration due to space constraints.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Native American Outreach Day (11/17/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, November 17, 2023, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Location: North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

This event is intended for Indigenous high school students to learn about applying to UB and the Department of Indigenous Studies; to meet Indigenous faculty, staff, and current students; and to take a campus tour. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Rainbow Hour (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple dates and times, see more details below

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join Counseling Services and the IDC on the third Thursday of the month to meet other members of UB's LGBTQ+ community, have some conversation, and enjoy fun activities. This is a drop-in meeting. No registration is required. There will be three Rainbow Hours this semester at the following times.

  • Thursday, September 21, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, October 19, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, November 16, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact Counseling Services at 716-645-2720.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services and the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Lectures: Nestle infringement on the world’s water supply and Six Nations of the Grand River - Makaša Looking Horse (11/14/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 11:00am - 12:20pm

Location: 112 O’Brian Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Shannon Seneca is hosting an Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Speaker Series on select Tuesdays or Thursdays this semester. Makaśa Looking Horse has held many protests fighting for clean water for her community and has worked alongside traditional government including by handing Nestle a Cease-and-Desist Letter on behalf of the Confederacy. She has completed the Six Nations Traditional Medicine Practitioners course and is currently a student at McMaster University. She is Youth Leader of Global Water Futures and a Sundance leader for women. She is the host of a live streamed vodcast series called Ohneganos: Let’s Talk Water. She is also a member of the United Nations Global Youth Caucus at the United Nations Climate Summit. Makaśa Looking Horse is known for her activism with Six Nations on water security, including the resistance to Nestle. Water access continues to remain a significant problem, as a lack of infrastructure and centralized water systems seriously hinders the lives and livelihood of many First Nations communities across the country. Nestlé has drawn what activists estimate to be 3.6 million liters of water from the aquifers of Grand River, Ontario, reselling it to Indigenous communities at artificially inflated rates as part of its bottled water operations. Makaśa Looking Horse, a Six Nations environmental activist, has been at the forefront of this issue, highlighting the many social, health, and ecological impacts of corporations’ activity on water resources and Indigenous communities.

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Afro-Indigeneity Guest Speaker Series: Sebastian Ebarb - Design Aesthetics of Black and Native Social Movements Since the 1960s (11/13/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, November 13, 2023, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at 209 O’Brian Hall, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Robert Caldwell is offering an Afro-Indigeneity Guest Speaker Series on select Mondays throughout the Fall 2023 semester. This session will feature Sebastian Ebarb, an Associate Teaching Professor, College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University. He is the former Design Director for the City of Boston. He is a member of the mixed Choctaw Apache tribe of Ebarb, and Boston transplant. He is co-owner of the design studio Nahi (meaning “we” in Apache). A subscriber to futuristic ideals, Sebastian works with clientele no matter their budget.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Talk 2 Me Series (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple dates and times, see more details below

Location: Room 2101, Next to cafeteria, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

The Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement has partnered with several student groups to develop a series of intimate conversations with members of the community around topics related to health, self-care and health disparities. There will be 4 Talk 2 Me session this semester at the following times:

  • Friday, October 27, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Trauma-Informed Care: Considerations for Asylum Seekers with Sequelae of Physical and Psychological Torture (facilitated by Human Rights Initiative, Event Registration Page, UB Calendar link)
  • Friday, November 3, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:00pm: Managing your Mental Health: Unpacking, acknowledging and addressing mental health (facilitated by Biomedical Graduate Student Governance, Event Registration Page, UB Calendar link)
  • Friday, November 10, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Joy and Disability: Navigating an emerging voice and a cultural force that continues to reshape the understanding of what disability is (facilitated by Medical Students for Disability and Chronic Illness, Event Registration Page, UB Calendar link)
  • Friday, November 17, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:00pm: Native American Cultural Competency: Introduction to how to serve in the best way possible, indigenous persons and communities (facilitated by Indigenous Health Care Social Justice Fellowship Awardees and Pete Hill from NACS, Event Registration Page, UB Calendar link)

For questions, please contact Maria Wilson via email at mlw29@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement.

Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Speaker: Contamination of Tuscarora and Failed Remediation Efforts - Corinne Abrams (11/9/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, November 9, 2023, 11:00am - 12:20pm

Location: 210 Norton Hall, North Campus or via Zoom 

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Shannon Seneca is hosting an Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Speaker Series on select Tuesdays or Thursdays this semester. Please join for a presentation on Contamination of Tuscarora and Failed Remediation Efforts with special guest Corinne Abrams. Corinne Abrams received her Master of Public Health from the University at Buffalo in 2019 and currently works as a Clinical Research Associate at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Department of Indigenous Cancer Health. She has two bachelor’s degrees – a BA in Spanish Literature, Culture and Language and a BS in Public Health. She is proficient in Spanish and Tuscarora languages with a demonstrated history of working in a research-based setting, skilled in nonprofit organizational leadership, policy analysis, and data analysis. In May 1991, NYSDOT requested sampling of Chew Road for Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP) constituents, in connection with the characterization for disposal purposes of the old fill materials used for the road subgrade. This subgrade material was derived from slag residue from hearth steel manufacturing operations, and was originally laid down in the 1950’s. The concentrations of chromium ranged from 0.528 mg/l to 2.210 mg/l, all below the regulatory limit of 5.0 mg/l. The material was supposed to be removed and was deemed allowable to dispose off Tuscarora territory in a designated landfill. Though this action was completed, there are concerns that the removal of materials was done in a way that propagated spread of materials and did not result in full clean-up. 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. To attend via Zoom, click here or for questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Department of Indigenous Studies.

UB Alumni Webinar: Dashe:yöh odä'swi:yo:h - Celebration of the new Department of Indigenous Studies at UB (11/8/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Get to know about UB’s 50 year history of Native American Studies and how it grew into our new Department of Indigenous Studies. Did you know, the University at Buffalo operates on the traditional territory of the Onödowa'ga:' (Seneca Nation) of the Haudenosaunee? Join the Department of Indigenous Studies and learn about the upcoming classes, new degrees and cultural programming. This event will feature Amanda Casali, a Kanien'kehà:ka enrolled citizen of Akwesasne / St. Regis Mohawk Nation. Amanda grew up in the city of Buffalo. She started at UB in 2009 in the Office of Admissions, and in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in 2016. Later she started the College of Arts and Sciences in 2021, to help launch the Department of Indigenous Studies. Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and dog, traveling around the world, visiting museums, going to the theater and Broadway shows, gardening, and home projects.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact UB Alumni Lifelong Learning at 716-645-3312 or via email at alumnilifelonglearning@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies and Alumni Lifelong Learning.

Law Students with Disabilities and Neurodivergencies (LSDN): General Interest Meeting (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple dates and times, see more details below

Location: Law Library, Fishbowl, North Campus

Intended Audience: Law and undergraduate students

Are you a new law or returning law student who is neurodivergent or disabled? Are you looking to connect with other law students who have similar experiences? Join LSDN’s general interest meetings for tea and cheese to share. There will be five LSDN meetings this semester at the following times:

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 12:15pm - 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact Ron LaPort via email at velaport@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Law Students with Disabilities and Neurodivergencies (LSDN).

Afro-Indigeneity Guest Speaker Series: Andrew Jolivette - Louisiana Creole Peoplehood (11/6/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, November 6, 2023, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at 209 O’Brian Hall, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Robert Caldwell is offering an Afro-Indigeneity Guest Speaker Series on select Mondays throughout the Fall 2023 semester. This session will feature Andrew Jolivette, an accomplished internationally recognized researcher, educator, writer/poet, speaker, socio-cultural critic, and an aspiring chef. Jolivette currently serves as the Board President of the American Indian Community Center in San Francisco, California where he was also Interim Executive Director from 2016-October 2018. He is the author or editor of eight books in print or forthcoming including “Louisiana Creole Peoplehood: Tracing Post-Contact Afro-Indigeneity and Community” (University of Washington Press Contracted, October, 2018) and “A Report on the Health and Wellness of Multiracial Youth in the San Francisco Bay Area” (2008). He is a founding editor of the Journal of Louisiana Creole Studies. Active in both scholarship and community organizing he has served as the board president for the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture (Speak Out), iPride for Multiracial Youth and Families, and the GLBT Historical Society and Museum. He is the founder of the group, Black Men’s Space and currently serves on the board of the Black Community Collaborative. He has been a member of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) serving twice as conference co-chair, the Pacific Sociological Association, the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association, the National LGBTQ Scholars of Color Network (2029 Conference Co-chair) and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association among other academic associations. Born and raised in San Francisco, Jolivette is a Creole of Opelousa, Atakapa-Ishak, French, African, Irish, Italian, and Spanish descent. Professor Jolivette is the former tribal historian for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation located between southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas. Jolivette received his Ph.D in Sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz with specializations in the sociology of race and ethnicity, the sociology of education, the sociology of Latin America, and the sociology of family. He also holds an MA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, an MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State, and a BA in Sociology from the University of San Francisco.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Haudenosaunee Flag Raising in Honor of Native American History Month (11/3/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, November 3, 2023, 12:00pm

Location: Niagara Square in front of Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join in for a Haudenosaunee flag raising in downtown Buffalo in honor of Native American History Month.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Friends Without Borders (Fall 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple dates and times, see more details below

Location: 210 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join Counseling Services on the first Thursday of the month to play games, have great conversations, and lots of fun, while making friends from around the world. Come to relax and play non-competitive, get-to-know you games that allow you to form cross cultural friendships. Event is open to all UB international and domestic students from all cultures and backgrounds. There will be three Friends Without Borders this semester at the following times.

  • Thursday, September 7, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, October 5, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, November 2, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact Counseling Services at 716-645-2720.

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services and the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

Toronto’s Legacy of Feminist Planning: Gender, Safety, and Housing (10/26/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, October 26, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Feminist Research Alliance for Dr. Kate Nelischer’s research talk, “Toronto’s Legacy of Feminist Planning: Gender, Safety, and Housing.” Kate Nelischer is Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UB. Dr. Nelischer’s research interests center on the governance of planning, design, and development processes, including community engagement. Previously, Dr. Nelischer served as a Lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Planning and has taught at the Toronto Metropolitan University School of Urban and Regional Planning and the University of Toronto Urban Studies and Human Geography Departments.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Megan Vaughan at 716-645-5200 or via email at ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Gender Institute.

Tough Topics: The Impact of Cultural Appropriation (10/24/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

What’s the difference between appropriation and appreciation? Join the IDC as in discussing the harmful effects of adopting cultures of those who fought to preserve their roots. 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

WiSE and Shine Breakfast Meetup with Alumni: Overcoming Perfectionism (10/24/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 9:00am - 10:00am

Location: Salvador Lounge (2nd Floor), South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join WiSE students and hear from alumni how to embrace progress, not perfection!

Coffee and breakfast will be provided!

WISE will be hearing from:
- Amy Faville (Mechanical Engineering, '21): Key Product Development Engineer I at Fisher-Price
- Saleha Mir (Neuroscience, '23): AmeriCorps VISTA Member at RAHAMA non-profit, and Medic in the US Air Force

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact WiSE via email at ubwise@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).

LASA 19th Annual Heritage Banquet

Date & Time: Friday, October 20, 2023, 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara, 1340 Millersport HWY, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Latin American Student Association (LASA) for their annual banquet. It will be a night of dancing, eating, and socializing.  

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage.

Sponsored by the Latin American Student Association (LASA).

Reproductive Justice Conference, Post-Dobbs: It’s Not Just Abortion

Date & Time: Friday, October 20, 2023 - Saturday, October 21, 2023

Location: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the multiple legal, medical, societal and political upheavals caused by the reversal of Roe v Wade in the recent Dobbs decision. These upheavals highlight the need for increased interdisciplinary dialogue, education, research and advocacy between people working in law, medicine, public health, social work, and those in the community trying to navigate the challenges of seeking or providing the broad range of services that people need to have safe and healthy reproductive and family lives. The particularly disparate impacts of Dobbs' upheavals on women of color, poor women, immigrant women, rural women, and women who are not yet independent adults, have increased the urgency of expanding the framework through which the legal and medical challenges are understood and addressed, moving from the traditional notions of "reproductive rights" or "reproductive health care," to that of "reproductive justice."

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage.

Sponsored by the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy,  the School of Law, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and, the WNY Coalition for Reproductive Justice.

"Loving For the Next Generation"— A dramatic reading and exploration of Cherríe Moraga’s influential poetry and prose from Loving in the War Years and Other Writings 1978-1999

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person in 509 O’Brian Hall, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the UB Gender Institute for their Signature Lecture Series. In the newly revised, annotated, and reconfigured collection of her deeply intimate and fiercely impassioned queer Chicana writings, Cherríe Moraga anticipates the liberatory struggles and critical inquires of the twenty-first century, from genderqueer identities to indigenous feminisms. Q and A and book signing to follow. Cherríe Moraga is an internationally recognized poet, essayist and playwright whose professional life began in 1981 with her co-editorship of the groundbreaking feminist anthology, This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. The author of several collections of her own writings, including:  A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness, Loving in The War Years, and Waiting in the Wings: Portrait of a Queer Motherhood, Moraga is the recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature and the American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award, among numerous other honors. As a dramatist, her awards include an NEA, two Fund for New American Plays Awards, and the PEN West Award. Moraga’s most recent play, The Mathematics of Love, premiered at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. In 2017, she began her tenure as a Professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where with her artistic partner, Celia Herrera Rodriguez, she has instituted Las Maestras Center: Xicana[x] Indigenous Thought, Art, and Social Praxis. Her most recent memoir, Native Country of the Heart, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. In 2023, Haymarket Books published new, updated anniversary editions of Waiting in the Wings and Loving in the War Years.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Megan Vaughan at 716-645-5200 or via email at ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Gender Institute.

Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA): Community Impact Support Group (10/16/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, October 16, 2023, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: 535 O’Brian Hall, inside Law Library, North Campus

Intended Audience: Law school community

In light of this previous weekend's events, JLSA would like to extend the opportunity to gather as a community in support of one and other. Our intention is to offer support, comfort and a safe space. We would like to highlight all of the resources and support available through JLSA and the law school.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Aliza Berger via email at alizaber@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA).

Everyday AfroIndigenous Spiritual Practice as History Pedagogy, a Black History Nerds Saturday Presentation (10/14/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 2023, 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Many Black youth are eager to heal their relationship with the past beyond the “historical thinking skills” emphasized in classrooms. In this session, Dr. Eliana Castro, assistant professor at the University of Vermont, and Dr. Krista L. Cortes, director of the Center for Hispanic Excellence - La Casa Latina at the University of Pennsylvania, will explore instructional strategies in history education that are modeled after everyday AfroIndigenous spiritual practices. This approach, rooted in African knowledges, seeks to affirm and sustain youth from the African Diaspora, with a focus on AfroLatinx communities. The session encourages K-12 teachers to learn about AfroIndigenous spiritual practices to expose Afrodiasporic histories and promote possible AfroLatinx futures.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact LaGarrett King at 716-645-2455 or via email at lagarret@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Center for K-12 Black History.

Dr. Christy Garrison-Harrison, "Traversing the Materiality of Hostile Spaces: The Geographies of Black Women's Political Activism and Leadership" (10/13/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, October 13, 2023, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person in 532 Park Hall, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Department of History for a presentation by Distinguished Visiting Scholar Dr. Christy Garrison-Harrison, "Traversing the Materiality of Hostile Spaces: The Geographies of Black Women's Political Activism and Leadership." 

This is a hybrid event with options to attend in person in Park 532 or on Zoom. Attendees are required to register and indicate if they will be attending in person or online. Zoom links will be emailed closer to the time of the event.

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Shayna Devlin at 716-645-3433 or via email at sdevlin3@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of History.

Digital Engagement with Endangered Languages and their Communities (10/13/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, October 13, 2023, 10:15am - 5:30pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at 310 Silverman Library, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

These presentations will focus on the intertwining of technology and social movement creation in order to facilitate language reclamation movements. Using examples from Alaska and Hawaii, the presenters will offer thoughts on language movement creation and maintenance, and will address the realities and hardships of decolonial language reclamation movements that rely on cyclical and ongoing analyses of patterns and change at the micro (individuals & families), meso (local and regional), and macro (state, national, and international) levels. The following talks will be given:

  • Erin Debenport, “Language Circulation and Control: Strategic Uses for Digital Technologies in Pueblo Reclamation Projects”
  • Eladio Mateo Toledo, “TZ'IB'MA: Phonemic digital keyboard in cell phones for Mayan languages”
  • Jesse Stewart, “Media Lengua in the Digital Age: A Journey of Preservation and Reclamation”
  • X’'unei Lance Twitchell, “Replanting the Forests in Language Ecosystems”

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Registration page.

Sponsored by the UB Digital Scholarship Studio and Network, the Humanities Institute, the Departments of Indigenous Studies, Linguistics, Romance Languages, Literatures, Anthropology, and the Graduate School of Education.

Leslie Feinberg, Firebrand Books, and the “Place of Place” in LGBTQ History (10/12/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, October 12, 2023, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at the Center for the Arts, Screening Room 112, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the UB Gender Institute for their Signature Lecture Series. Dr. Jeff Iovannone will discuss his award-winning, GIS-based exhibit Leslie Feinberg’s Buffalo: Historic Sites in Stone Butch Blues in the context of what he refers to as the “place of place,” or the role and importance of place and place-making, in U.S. LGBTQ history. The talk will highlight sites represented in transgender lesbian writer and activist Leslie Feinberg’s multiple award-winning novel Stone Butch Blues connected to the University at Buffalo, as well as the Firebrand Books Building in Ithaca, New York, as representative examples. Iovannone argues that preservationists have an imperative to conserve both LGBTQ places and spaces and will offer strategies that move from theory to practice, including when place and space are contested.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Megan Vaughan at 716-645-5200 or via email at ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Gender Institute and the University Archives.

The Tea: National Coming Out Day (10/11/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Tea, finger foods, and community. “The Tea: National Coming Out Day” is an opportunity for UB’s LGBTQ+ students to connect with each other, with the chance to hear and share “coming out” stories.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Japanese Colonial Education in Korea 1910-1945: An Oral History (10/6/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, October 6, 2023, 11:30am - 1:30pm

Location: 280 Park Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

This inaugural AsiaTalks lecture addresses the impact of Japanese colonial education in Korea. In his new book, UB alum Russell Vacante examines how formal colonial education affected the attitudes and behavior of Korean students towards Japan's colonial domination of Korea. The lived experience of Koreans who attended school during the colonial era, beginning with primary school and ending with college graduation, forms the focus of this study.

Russell Vacante received his Bachelors, Master's and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In February 1976, he received a Master's degree in Korean history from Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. From 1972 to 1975, he lived and did research in Seoul, Korea. He remains in close contact with many friends and colleagues in Korea.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions or to register for lunch, please contact Bruce Acker at 716-645-2580 or via email at asiainstitute@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Asian Studies Program.

Hispanic Heritage Month Movie Night - In the Heights (10/5/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, October 5, 2023, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a Movie Night in the IDC! We are watching In the Heights: a story of neighbors living in northern Manhattan striving for dreams of better lives before realizing... there's no place like the Heights!

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Indigenous Films for Indigenous Peoples Week ft. Saging the World (10/5/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, October 5, 2023, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, 341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Department of Indigenous Studies and RENEW Institute, in person or on Zoom, for a screening of Saging the World. This short documentary was produced by Rose Ramirez, Deborah Small, and the California Native Plant Society to foster awareness and inspire action for white sage. There will be a reception at 6:00pm and the film screening will begin at 7:00pm. A Q&A session will immediately follow the film.

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies and RENEW Institute.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA) & First Generation Law Students Association (FGLSA): Outlining 101: How to Outline to Best Prepare You for Exams (10/5/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, October 5, 2023, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: 107 O’Brian Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Law and undergraduate students

This event will teach law students tips and tricks for how to effectively outline for their classes. This is a skill that is not really taught, but achieved through trial-and-error, so BLSA and FGLSA are here to help! 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jela Paul via email at jelapaul@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and First Generation Law Students Association (FGLSA).

LGBTQ FSA Member Orientation (10/4/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Location: GRoW Clean Energy Center, North Campus

Intended Audience: New and returning members of LGBTQ FSA

Join members of the LGBTQ FSA Executive Board for a welcome and orientation. New members are encouraged to attend and returning members are welcome. The event will be a brief introduction to the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association and an opportunity to meet members of the leadership team.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions or to RSVP, please contact the LGBTQ FSA at lgbtqfsa@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association (FSA).

“It’s That Time of Year Again!” Latino/a/x Studies, 50+ Years Later (10/3/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: 101 Baldy Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Every year, Universities and communities across the country are eager to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month: often, they do so under a culturalist lens, sharing what is perceived as typical “Latinx” food, speaking Spanish, or wearing what might amount to questionable Halloween costumes. Moving beyond oversimplified celebrations of “heritage” and cultural traits, this presentation argues that heritage month commemorations offer an opportunity to learn about the histories, structural challenges and struggles of US-born Latinas and Latinos that helped solidify the field of U.S. Latina/o Studies (now evolving into Latinx Studies) within an ethnic studies framework (which is different from Latin American area studies). Salvador Vidal-Ortiz is at UB this year as one of ten Distinguished Visiting Scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences to write a book on racialized sexual minorities in Santeria. He is Associate Professor of Sociology at American University. Traditional Caribbean Food will be provided, plus refreshments!

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Donte McFadden, Director of the Distinguished Visiting Scholars program, via email at dontemcf@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Belonging (College of Arts and Sciences).

Tough Topics: Colorism and Antiblackness in the Latinx Community (10/3/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person in 240 Student Union, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Longstanding coloristic practices continue to perpetuate hate and privilege within the Latinx community. Join the IDC for a discussion on the ongoing issue of colorism in the Latinx population, race relations, and international beauty standards. Conversation will take place in 240 Student Union or on zoom: bit.ly/IDCProgram

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Speaker: Water Walking for a Nuclear Free Future - Maria Maybee (10/3/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at 210 Norton Hall, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Shannon Seneca is hosting an Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Speaker Series on select Tuesdays or Thursdays this semester. Please join for a presentation on Water Walking for a Nuclear Free Future with special guest Maria Maybee (Seneca Nation). Maria Maybee initiated an annual water walk from the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), across the Seneca Nation territory and Irving to the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek. “Each step taken today is a prayer for healing for all our relations. This event is a reminder that we must work together to protect the environment, for it provides everything we need in life. It’s important that this message is never forgotten, for we only have one environment.” The annual water walk draws attention to the importance of water and a nuclear free future. The WVDP is an appropriate starting point due to its proximity to the Seneca Nation Cattaraugus Territory and all the ongoing cleanup efforts taking place to reduce environmental risks. Maybee will talk about how water walkers from the Seneca Nation, local community and visitors gather to participate in a sunrise ceremony to kick‐off the event. Please reach out to indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu for registration due to space constraints. The Zoom link is below: https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/98728975889pwd=MG5zTk1DTWRPNzhSdGtRcTVXdCtxUT09

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute and the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Afro-Indigeneity Guest Speaker Series: Scierra LeGarde - On Bayou Lacombe Choctaw Community and Indigenous Resurgence in Louisiana (10/2/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, October 2, 2023, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at 209 O’Brian Hall, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Dr. Robert Caldwell is offering an Afro-Indigeneity Guest Speaker Series on select Mondays throughout the Fall 2023 semester. On October 2nd from 6:00-7:00pm, Scierra LeGarde will be speaking on Bayou Lacombe Choctaw Community and Indigenous Resurgence in Louisiana. Scierra LeGarde is a member of the Bayou Lacombe Band of Choctaw located in St.Tammany Parish, Louisiana and is a resident of Bvlbancha, commonly known as New Orleans. In her spare time, she volunteers at schools, museums and other venues across the state of Louisiana. Her passion as an educator is to challenge the way many non-Indigenous people learn about Native history and culture by including contemporary issues from Indigenous perspectives. Scierra is a jingle dress dancer and is in her fifth year learning Bayou Lacombe Choctaw style of basket weaving from Mr. Tom Colvin. She is a member of Okla Hina Ikhish Holo (People of the Sacred Medicine Trail) which is a network of femme/non-binary Indigenous gardeners, working urgently to develop the continuation of sacred, long-standing cultural practices connected to food, medicine, and land. She is also a team member of Hachotakni Haco -- a stickball group composed of intertribal community members throughout Bvlbancha -- and other local projects aimed towards Land Back, strengthening Indigenous sovereignty and reestablishing our connection with the sacredness of Mother Earth.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jennifer Loft at 716-645-7923 or via email at jcloft@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Latino Voces Series: Voces Past & Present: Rooted in Clay & Latina Feminist Visions (10/2/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, October 2, 2023, 10:20am - 11:15am

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join SUNY and the Hispanic Leadership Institute for the “Latino Voces Series,” which will feature live streams of HLI fellows with special guests visiting their classrooms to discuss Latino cultural expression. For this session, enjoy both an analysis of Sor Juana’s life, as well as a reading of some of her most internationally renowned ceramicist Veronica Castillo alongside Professor Emerita and Independent Publisher Dr. Josie Méndez-Negrete will officially launch their co-authored book, Rooted in Clay: El Arte de Verónica Castillo. This book is written as a plática in which Castillo shares her life work, inspiration, politics, and history with Méndez-Negrete alongside images of her sculptures and experiences that led her to be one of the fist artists requested to submit work for the newly launched Latino Heritage Museum for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. This event will allow guests to speak directly with students about the process of creating such a book, the politics of such a book, and the importance of shifting consciousness regarding what constitutes fine art in the United States. The link for the webinar is below:

https://oswego-edu.zoom.us/j/99148229052 Webinar ID: 991 4822 9052

Sponsored by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Creativity in the Time of Covid-19 (8/25/2023 - 9/30/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, August 25, 2023 - Saturday, September 30, 2023, various times

Location: Buffalo Arts Studio, 2495 Main Street, Suite 500, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Creativity in the Time of Covid-19 is an in-person exhibition showcased at Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo Game Space, and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Center in Buffalo, NY (all located in the Tri-Main Building), curated by the Amatryx Gaming Lab & Studios based out of the Dept. of Media Study (College of Arts & Sciences) at UB. The exhibit features creative expressions by BIPOC, queer, and Buffalo-based artists made during the pandemic, including both professional artists and first-time creators. Although each work was produced during a time of unprecedented isolation, this exhibition offers a way to see how art was used to cope, to understand, to forge new connections or hold onto existing ones, and to care for ourselves and our communities. Together, these pieces speak to themes of self-recognition and transformation, to new modes of community building and forging new connections, to shifting experiences of temporality, to ways of advocating for mental health and our communities. These works help account for the specific local histories and conditions that contributed to lockdown isolation, as well as celebrate the creative practices marginalized communities used to survive the pandemic and care for each other.

There will be a series of short talks starting at 6:00 PM in the Buffalo Arts Studio gallery space, featuring speakers Natalie Phillips (Michigan State University), Lawrence Carter-Long (DisArt), and members of the Amatryx lab. A Closing reception will take place on September 22, 2023, at 3:00 PM in the Buffalo Arts Studio gallery space, and feature a talk by speaker Tina Rivers-Ryan (Buffalo AKG Art Museum).

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact Sydney O’Shei at 716-833-4450.

Sponsored by the Department of Media Study and the Arthur W. Mellon Foundation.

Students of Color (SOC) Kickoff Brunch (9/30/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, September 30, 2023, 11:00am - 1:00pm

Location: O’Brian Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Law school community

The law school community is invited to meet and welcome our incoming Students of Color, as well as current members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA), Native Indigenous Law Students Association (NILSA) and the Asian Law Students Association (ALSA). Brunch will be prepared by Chef Dwight Land from Buffalo Kitchen Club. Please RSVP by Friday, September 22.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Kristen Kelly via email at kkelly11@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Students of Color (SOC).

Advancing or Hindering Equality: The Impact of Recent Supreme Court Decisions on Identity, Free Speech, and College Admissions (9/27/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person in 509 O’Brian Hall)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Law School for a panel discussion that explores the significance and consequences of the recent Supreme Court cases on race-conscious college admissions (Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard) and on the intersection of free speech and LGBTQ+ rights (303 Creative v Elenis).

For more information, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Kristin Kelly via email at kkelly11@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB School of Law.

Hispanic Heritage Month Dessert Hour (9/27/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the IDC for their monthly Dessert Hour! Have a ‘flantasic’ time while enjoying desserts from diverse Latine cultures. Stop by to learn about influential people and events in Latine history! 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Latino Voces Series: Voces AfroBoricuas: Meanings of Home & Alternative Ways of Knowing (9/27/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 10:20am - 11:15am

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join SUNY and the Hispanic Leadership Institute for the “Latino Voces Series,” which will feature live streams of HLI fellows with special guests visiting their classrooms to discuss Latino cultural expression. For this session, award winning novelist Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa and Dr. Rosie Hurtado will discuss what it means to construct a novel featuring AfroBoricua protagonists and Llanos-Figueroa’s artistic process for exploring untold histories of Puerto Rico. This plática will provide an opportunity to question how alternative ways of knowing that are presented within her novels challenge flattening narratives about “slavery” during the novel’s events, and the importance of literature to create spaces of safety and home. The link for the webinar is below:

https://oswego-edu.zoom.us/j/98464858449 Webinar ID: 984 6485 8449

Sponsored by the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Hispanic Leadership Institute.

2023 Accessibility Tour: ‘The Selfless Superhuman & Ableism in Medical Education’ (9/26/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Tour the Jacobs School from the perspective of a wheelchair user, Stefan Kothe, and engage in conversations around accessibility resources, disability in medicine, and how we can do better! 

The tour will be followed by a group discussion on The Selfless Superhuman & Ableism in Medical Education. Reflecting on what we’ve learned from Stefan’s tour, breaking down expectations of hyper-ablebodied/mindedness for medical students and physicians and its implications on the communities we serve. Come eager to participate, or ready to listen and learn! Light refreshments will be provided. M3 & M4s who RSVP are granted an excused early leave from their clerkships to attend.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Maria Wilson via email at mlw29@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement.

Tough Topics: Navigating Queerness in the Latinx Community (9/26/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 26, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person in 240 Student Union, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Navigating a queer identity while upholding contradictory cultural values can be difficult. You’re invited to join the conversation this week as the IDC discusses queerness within the Latinx community. Conversation will take place in 240 Student Union or on zoom: bit.ly/IDCProgram

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Lessons from Life Row, a Black History Nerds Saturday School Presentation (9/23/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, September 23, 2023, 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

In this session, Dr. Rachel McMillian, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will critically explore the question: What can students and teachers learn from Black people who are incarcerated? Through storytelling, she will discuss the importance of including the voices of those who’ve experienced incarceration in K-12 classrooms; the need to infuse prison abolition within social studies education; and her collaborative curriculum building with both currently and formerly incarcerated people. Lastly, she will provide recommendations and resources for social studies educators in the collective pursuit of prison abolition.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact LaGarrett King at 716-645-2455 or via email at lagarret@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Center for K-12 Black History.

Hispanic Heritage Month Event: Salsa Night with the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) (9/22/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 22, 2023, 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Location: Andale Cantina, 6850 Main St., Williamsville, NY

Intended Audience: Law community

Please join us for SALSA with LALSA. No experience necessary! This event helps to support the success of Latine law students. Help us to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month!

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Glenaida Mercado (Garlock) via email at glenaecu@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA).

Fleek Fiesta (9/22/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 22, 2023, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Creekside Community Building

Intended Audience: Open Event

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Creekside & Flickinger Reslife staff! We'll have activities (trivia, crafts like papel picado, dominos) and food from local vendors like la casa de sabores and sabores de mi terra!

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage.

Sponsored by UB Residential Life.

Say It Brave on Campus: Alone in a Crowd (9/21/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Location: Student Union Theater (Room 201), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Say It Brave on Campus is a free, stigma-ending storytelling series that tackles the uncertainties and complexities of mental health with real conversations and resources for students and campus professionals. Please join Student Wellness for their live stream kick-off event for Say It Brave on Campus 23’ – 24’: Alone in a Crowd: Exploring Loneliness and Its Impact on Student Well-Being. Be a part of a powerful conversation on student mental health with clinical experts and students from Only7Seconds, Black Mental Wellness, Morgan's Message and Robbie's Hope.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact Counseling Services at 716-645-2720. To learn more about Say It Brave on Campus, visit their website.

Sponsored by Student Wellness.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration (9/21/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Location: Dozoretz Auditorium, Room 2220, Medical Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join LMSA in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Jacobs and Buffalo community members will share their cultural background. Love & Heritage will do a dance performance, and we will end the evening with a fun dance lesson! A diverse array of Latin American food will be provided. Cost of admission is $5.

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar Link.

Sponsored by the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement, and the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

WiSE Trivia Night: Sexual Health Awareness Month/LatinX History Month (9/21/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: 216 Bell Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

WiSE will be hosting a trivia night series the third Thursday of the month (9/21, 10/19, 11/16) in 216 Bell from 5:00-6:30pm. September's theme is Sexual Health Awareness Month/LatinX History Month. Gather your teammates or come solo (and we can put you on a team) and test your trivia knowledge! There will be prizes for winners each night and for the cumulative point total across nights! Food will be served!

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact WiSE via email at ubwise@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE).

Baird Lecture Series - Kyra Gaunt (9/21/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: Baird Hall, Recital Hall - Room 250, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Department of Music for the Baird Lecture Series, where they host regular lectures, talks, and master classes given by distinguished visiting scholars, performers, and composers throughout the academic year. On Thursday, September 21, the Baird Lecture Series will welcome Kyra Gaunt (Assistant Professor of Music & Theatre; Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, University at Albany) presenting PLAYED: How YouTube and the Musical Internet Exploited Violence Against Girls and Women from Nipplegate to Twerking.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Eric Huebner via email at erichueb@hotmail.com.

Sponsored by the UB Department of Music.

Black Law Students Association (BLSA): General Body Meeting (9/20/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Location: 106 O’Brian Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Law students

Learn about what BLSA has in store for the year, meet the E-board and discuss current events. Food will be provided! All law students are invited to attend.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Jela Paul via email at jelapaul@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Black Law Students Association (BLSA).

Hispanic Heritage Month Mixer (9/20/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Student Union Lobby, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the IDC in kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) with a student mixer! Indulge in cultural food, drinks, music and games! This mixer provides an opportunity to connect students, staff, faculty, and students alike from across the campus. Through a celebration of culture attendees will enhance cultural awareness and sense of belonging. 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

A Space for Pride: Imagining an LGBTQIA+ Resource Center for UB (9/20/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Landmark Room 210, Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Whether you're a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or an ally, the UB LGBTQ FSA would like your help in designing a resource center for our queer community. 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Blackstone LaunchPad at 716-645-8111.

Sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad and the UB LGBTQ FSA.

Asian Law Students Association (ALSA): General Interest Meeting (9/20/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Location: 104 O’Brian Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Law students

Come meet the ALSA E-board and other students! ALSA will talk about their club and play a short game. Open to all law students from all backgrounds! 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact Asma Bawla via email at asmabawl@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Asian Law Students Association (ALSA).

Tough Topics: Orientation of the term “Latinx” (9/19/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person in 240 Student Union, North Campus)

Intended Audience: Open Event

As society evolves, so too does our language, and the emergence of "Latinx" has sparked intriguing conversations about inclusivity and gender-neutral terminology. This term, intended to be more inclusive, challenges traditional gender binaries and aims to create a safe space for individuals of Latin American descent. Join the IDC to discuss the history surrounding the adoption and usage of the term "Latinx” and its impact on identity and representation. Conversation will take place in 240 Student Union or on zoom: bit.ly/IDCProgram

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

BIPOC Senior Graduate Student Panel (9/18/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, September 18, 2023, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Location: Hybrid (In-person at 240 Student Union)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Stop by the IDC to hear from other BIPOC graduate students as they share their experiences at UB. This is a great opportunity to hear other perspectives, ask questions, and meet other BIPOC graduate students. Co-hosted by the Graduate School.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Christopher Hamm at 716-645-6187 or via email at ckhamm@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) and the Graduate School.

From Environmental Racism to Environmental Reparation: The Story of One American City (9/18/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, September 18, 2023, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the School of Social Work in kicking off the Global to Local Racial Justice Speaker Series for the 2023-24 academic year, with a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Roberts. Dr. Roberts is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park, and the founder and director of the Public Health Outcomes and Effects of the Built Environment (PHOEBE) Laboratory. She is a historian, scholar and activist, whose work both illustrates and deconstructs health inequities and social injustices that have impacted communities of color and marginalized communities throughout history and presently. Her presentation will tell the Queen City’s story of environmental racism and how the Kensington Expressway bifurcated a Black American oasis and share the current reparation efforts that are planned to atone this social and environmental injustice.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Sydney Synder via email at sksnyder@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB School of Social Work.

New BIPOC Graduate Student Happy Hour (9/15/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 15, 2023, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: 240 Student Union

Intended Audience: New BIPOC Graduate Students

Are you a new BIPOC graduate student looking to discover UB resources and connect with BIPOC graduate students in other academic departments? Join the IDC and the Office of Graduate Professional Development to enjoy light refreshments, a chance to discover the resources available to you, and the company of other students like you who are starting their UB graduate academic careers.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Kick-Off (9/15/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 15, 2023, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the IDC as they kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) with a virtual mixer! This virtual engagement opportunity provides a chance to connect staff, faculty, and students alike from across the campus. Participants will get the chance to learn of campus HHM offerings and connect with peers.   

Zoom link to join the mixer: bit.ly/IDCProgram

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Alberti Center Colloquium | Victimization Experiences Among Transgender and Gender Expansive Adolescents: An Examination of Prevalence, Impact and Protective Factors (9/14/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 14, 2023, 11:30am - 12:45pm

Location: 479 Baldy Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Alberti Center in welcoming Dr. Rachel C. Garthe, associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, as part of their colloquium series. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth, plus youth who identify with other sexual or gender minority identities (LGBTQ+ youth), are at a disproportionate risk for experiencing interpersonal violence and mental health concerns. However, only a small proportion of this research has focused specifically on youth who identify as a gender minority, including transgender (i.e., individuals whose gender identity or expression is not congruent with traits culturally associated with the sex assigned at birth) and gender expansive adolescents (i.e., individuals whose gender identity or expression is beyond the purported male-female gender binary).

This presentation will highlight findings from four research studies that aimed to address this gap in the literature. Utilizing a statewide survey with large samples of transgender and gender-expansive adolescents, we examined the prevalence of bullying and dating violence victimization by gender identity, examined the impact of victimization on mental health outcomes, explored disparities across grade levels, and explored the protective role of school climate among adolescents who experienced victimization. This presentation will highlight key implications of this research and provide future research, violence prevention programming and policy directions.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Brie Kishel at 716-645-1532 or via email at briekish@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention.

Tiffany Skidmore, composer presents The William Blake Cycle: Unseen, Unbodied, Unknown. (9/8/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 8, 2023, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Location: Slee Hall - Lippes Concert Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Come see Skidmore’s multimedia saxophone opera with chamber ensemble and spatial audio, video, and theatrical direction considers text and characters created by William Blake, exploring relationships between mythological characters in the Blake universe, non-binary gender identity, gender stereotypes, and sexual politics.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link or contact Tiffany Skidmore via email at tskidmor@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Department of Music.

Black Law Students Association Welcome Back BBQ (9/2/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, September 2, 2023, 3:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Ellicott Creek Park, 1 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda

Intended Audience: Law students, faculty, and staff

All law students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) in celebrating the start of the school year at the Welcome Back BBQ! This annual event is to welcome our new 1L's and have fun before the start of a busy school year.  

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link or contact Ariyana DeWitz via email at ariyanad@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).

Law Students with Disabilities and Neurodivergenices (LSDN): Movie Night – "My Cousin Vinny" (9/1/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 1, 2023, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Law Library, 2nd floor, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

All are invited to attend. Join LSDN for the showing of My Cousin Vinny, starring Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei and Ralph Macchio. Two New Yorkers accused of murder in rural Alabama ask for the help of one of their cousins, a loudmouth lawyer with no trial experience. Food and drink will be provided.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact Ron LaPort via email at velaport@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Law Students with Disabilities and Neurodivergencies (LSDN).

WiSE Movie Night – “Lady Bird” (8/31/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, August 31, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Knox Hall, Room 4, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join WiSE for their welcome back movie night to celebrate making it through the first week of classes! They'll be watching Lady Bird, provided by Kanopy. Free admission and snacks will be provided. Directed by Greta Gerwig and nominated for five Oscars, LADY BIRD is a warm, affecting comedy about a high schooler who must navigate a loving but turbulent relationship with her mother over the course of her eventful and poignant senior year of high school.

For more information, please visit the Event RSVP page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, contact Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) at ubwise@buffalo.edu.

Finding On-Campus Jobs Skillshop (8/16/2023 & 8/30/2023)

Date & Time: Multiple offerings and dates, see more details below

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: UB Students

Join the Career Design Center for a virtual guidance skillshop wherein you’ll discover online resources and tips to help you find and apply for your next on-campus and/or part-time job. A representative from Campus Dining and Shops will also be present and looking to hire. See dates and times of the information sessions below below:

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2023, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Registration page, the UB Calendar link, or contact the Career Design Center at 716-645-2231.

Sponsored by the UB Career Design Center.

Addressing Teaching Shortages and Diversifying Teachers in the Classroom (8/30/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 30, 2023, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

What are the causes and consequences of the teacher shortage? Learn strategies for addressing the shortage while also improving the preparation of teachers and discuss the importance of increasing the diversity of teachers with Julie Gorlewski, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Teacher Education, Beth Etopio, Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Director of the Office of Educator Preparation and Amanda Winkelsas, Director of UB Teach Residency Program.

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration page or UB Calendar link. For questions, contact UB Alumni Lifelong Learning at 716-645-3312 or via email at alumnilifelonglearning@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by UB Alumni Lifelong Learning.

LGBTQ+ Ice Cream Social (8/28/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, August 28, 2023, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Student Union 235 & 240, North Campus

Intended Audience: LGBTQ+ UB Students

Join the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) for an LGBTQ+ Ice Cream social! This will be a chance to connect with students, staff, and faculty who are committed to providing an inclusive and safe space for students on campus. 

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link or contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Welcome Back BBQ (8/27/2023)

Date & Time: Sunday, August 27, 2023, 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Student Union Courtyard, North Campus

Intended Audience: UB Students

Join the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) for their welcome back cookout! This is a great opportunity to meet other BIPOC Bulls, connect with faculty and staff, and discover cultural clubs on campus. There will be lots of food, music, and fun!

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar link or contact the IDC at 716-645-2434.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

Summer 2023 Events

The Baldy Center Webinar: Actual Malice (8/25/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, August 25, 2023, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy as they welcome Samantha Barbas, who will be presenting a webinar about her recent book, Actual Malice: Civil Rights and Freedom of the Press in New York Times v. Sullivan. The book is a deeply researched legal drama that documents this landmark First Amendment ruling—one that is more critical and controversial than ever. Actual Malice tells the full story of the dramatic case that grew out of segregationists' attempts to quash reporting on the civil rights movement. In its landmark 1964 decision, the Supreme Court held that a public official must prove "actual malice" or reckless disregard of the truth to win a libel lawsuit, providing critical protections for free speech and freedom of the press.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For questions, please contact the Baldy Center 716-645-2102 or via email at baldycenter@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy.

FOCUS for the Culture - A New Campus Tradition (8/24/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, August 24, 2023, 8:00pm - Friday, August 25, 2023, 12:00am

Location: Hayes Hall Lawn, South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join your new neighbors and classmates at the Festival of Culture Uniting Students (FOCUS), which kicks off with a student-led parade from Hayes Hall on South Campus. The parade will be followed by a party at Goodyear Hall featuring a DJ, food from local restaurants, and international games. All students are welcome.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Campus Living at 716-645-2171.

Sponsored by Campus Living.

Empire State Legal Diversity Career Fair (8/11/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, August 11, 2023, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Location: UB Center for Tomorrow, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event (Law students, JDs and licensed attorneys; the goal is to increase representation of people from diverse racial, religious, ability, gender and sexual orientation backgrounds)

The UB School of Law is hosting a career fair to build a more diverse legal workforce. The Career Fair is open to all interested students and lawyers, with the goal of increasing employment opportunities for those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. Featuring over 30 different employers, consisting of law firms, non-profit organizations, government organizations, and corporations, candidates will have ample opportunity to meet with a wide variety of local employers.

Attendees will participate in 20-minute interview sessions (partial lottery) with a select number of employers and also have the opportunity to speak with other employers during the networking session. A confidential resume collection option will be provided for lateral attorneys. Interested employers will have the opportunity to reach out to you directly to set up an interview.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The deadline for applications is Sunday, July 23, 2023.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Mark Overall via email at markoverall85@gmail.com.

Sponsored by UB School of Law.

Indigenous Lacrosse Skills Clinic (8/8/2023 - 8/10/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, August 8, 2023 - Thursday, August 10, 2023, 8:30pm - 3:00pm

Location: Kunz Stadium, UB North Campus

Intended Audience: 7th - 12th Grade Indigenous Children

The UB Department of Indigenous Studies will be holding a 3-day lacrosse skills clinic for Indigenous children between 7th and 12th grade. The clinic will consist of 3 hours of skills instruction, free lunch, and an informational speaker who will cover topics of college athletics, sports nutrition, and athletic training. There will be prizes for most accurate shot, fastest shot, and passing accuracy competition along with other giveaways. Students are required to bring their own equipment (Boys: Helmet, gloves, stick, cleats; Girls: Stick, Goggles, cleats).

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Aaron VanEvery at 716-645-7917 or via email at alv8@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by UB Department of Indigenous Studies.

Teaching Black History Conference: The Sounds of Blackness: Hip Hop Turns 50 (7/21/2023 - 7/23/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, July 21, 2023 - Sunday, July 23, 2023, 8:00am-4:00pm

Location: Hayes Hall, South Campus (Friday and Saturday sessions are hybrid, Sunday sessions are virtual)

Intended Audience: Open Event (Pk-12 teachers, coordinators, school administrators, community educators, business owners or anyone interested in improving Black history education)

The Teaching Black History Conference is the signature event of the UB Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education. It convenes hundreds of teachers for interactive learning sessions focused on imparting the best curricular and instructional practices surrounding Black history education. This year’s conference theme is “The Sounds of Blackness: Hip Hop Turns 50.” The conference can be held face to face, virtually, or in a hybrid format. Attendees are eligible for 24 professional development credits.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or UB Calendar Link and for questions please contact Caroline Hurley at 716-645-6640 or via email at hurley4@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education and Gibbs Smith Education.

Black History & Racial Literacy Writing Retreat (7/19/2023 & 7/20/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 19, 2023 & Thursday, July 20, 2023, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Hayes Hall, South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event (Pk-12 teachers, coordinators, school administrators, community educators, business owners or anyone interested in improving Black history education)

As part of the Teaching Black History Conference, there will be an opportunity to participate in a writing retreat. This two‐day session best serves researchers and scholars who are interested in writing collaborations around Black history and race research. Snacks and drinks are provided.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or UB Calendar Link and for questions please contact LaGarrett King at 716-645-2455 or via email at lagarret@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Center for K-12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education and Gibbs Smith Education.

Creative Conversations (7/16/2023)

Date & Time: Sunday, July 16, 2023, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: UB Anderson Art Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson Place, Buffalo

Intended Audience: Open Event

Creative Conversations is a two-part interactive writing workshop led by local Buffalo poets, followed by an Open Mic poetry event. First, participants will be guided in writing exercises, sparked by the intersections of poetry and visual art on view in the exhibition, In Conversation. Then, using recycled and upcycled materials, participants will create their own journals to capture their own conversations, influences, and creative expressions. Following the workshop is an Open Mic session where all are invited to read, share, listen, and reflect. The public is welcome to attend either or both sessions of this workshop. The event will be led by Bianca L. McGraw (multimedia installation/performance artist, poet, higher education advocate, community development and engagement facilitator, and diversity presenter), Ten Thousand, Julio Montalvo Valentin, and Justin Karcher.

For more information, please visit the Event Page or UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact UB Anderson Art Gallery at 716-829-3754.

Sponsored by UB Art Galleries.

UB WiSE STEM Outreach Program – Mentor Information Session (7/6/2023 & 7/10/2023)

Date & Time: Multiple offerings and dates, see more details below

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: WiSE Members, Women interested in reaching out to female high school students to promote STEM

Join Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) for an information session on their STEM Outreach Program. The WiSE STEM Outreach Program is a mentorship program specifically designed for female high school students interested in pursuing STEM degrees. During this six-week program, University at Buffalo students who are involved in the WiSE program visit the high schools and share their personal journeys in STEM education with the students in a large group setting. Following this, each school identifies up to four students to further participate for the next four weeks in a mentoring program at the high school, with the UB WiSE students serving as the mentors. See dates and times of the information sessions below below:

  • Thursday, July 6, 2023, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Monday, July 10, 2023, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

For more information, please visit the Event Registration Page or UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact UB WiSE via email at ubwise@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) and Amazon.

Daniels Family Memorial Fundraiser (7/1/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, July 1, 2023, 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: JFK Center, 114 Hickory St, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

The White Coats 4 Black Lives chapter at the Jacobs School of Medicine would like you all to join us in hosting the very first Daniels Family Memorial Fundraiser and Celebration of Life of faculty member Jonathan D. Daniels MD ‘98, who passed away tragically in a fire last July 4th along with his daughters Jordan and Jensen. Be ready to enjoy food, an ambiance set by DJ Jamil Crews, and listen to the heartfelt words of the community as we reflect on the time we were able to spend with these members of the Daniels Family and participate in a bubble release.

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Registration page or the UB Calendar link. For any questions, contact SNMA via email at snma.buffalo@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement and Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

The Hometown Advantage, and Other Lessons from Local LGBTQ History (6/28/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: UB alumni and community

Join the UB Alumni Association for a webinar challenging the popular misconception that LGBTQ history only happened in NYC or the Bay Area. As Pride celebrations happen around the United States, Ana Grujić and Adrienne Hill, founders of the Buffalo-Niagara LGBTQ History Project, discuss the importance of local LGBTQ stories and the need to chronicle them; show that LGBTQ people of all racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds have always been part of Western New York’s history; and encourage you to celebrate Pride with a local perspective.

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar link. For any questions, please contact the UB Alumni Association at 716-645-3312 or via email at alumnilifelonglearning@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Alumni Association.

Student Forum - Chief of Police Search (6/23/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, June 23, 2023, 11:30am-12:30pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: UB Students

UB has launched its search for the next Chief of Police. The search committee (consisting of chair Joe Rabb, Director, Environmental Health and Safety; John DellaContrada, Vice President, University Communications; Brian Hamluk, Vice President, Student Life; Jacqueline Hollins, Interim Vice Provost of Inclusive Excellence; Jocelyn Jakubus, Director, University and Presidential Events; Jim Jarvis, Chief Campus Counsel; and Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) invites students to join members from executive search firm Public Sector Search & Consulting to a listening session to discuss interests and priorities for the search. This listening session will assist in developing a more complete understanding of the priorities, opportunities, aspirations, and challenges for the Chief of Police, as well as the qualifications and criteria that are most important in seeking a new chief. Your opinion will be very valuable in the search process. The Zoom link is below:

https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/93078954539?pwd=Rm9WM1dsL2hWUTczSkkwZWIwOG1tQT09

Meeting ID: 930 7895 4539

Passcode: 423720

For more information, please contact UBLeadershipSearches@buffalo.edu.

DOM Virtual City Wide Grand Rounds "Strategies to Advance Health Equity in Colorectal Cancer Screening in Marginalized Communities": QI Project (6/22/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, June 22, 2023, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event (particularly those seeking continuing medical education)

Join the Department of Medicine for a grand round focusing on strategies to advance health equity in colorectal cancer screening in marginalized communities. It will be presented by Smita Bakhai, MD, MPH, FACP, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. The Zoom link is below:

https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/99276174502?pwd=OHhVczZkVFlGTmVCVXhVdy9DK3lFQT09

Meeting ID: 992 7617 4502

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar Link. For the Zoom passcode, please contact Deborah Sceusa at 716-860-7752 or via email at dasceusa@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by UB Department of Medicine and Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Community Forum - Chief of Police Search (6/21/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: UB Community

UB has launched its search for the next Chief of Police. The search committee (consisting of chair Joe Rabb, Director, Environmental Health and Safety; John DellaContrada, Vice President, University Communications; Brian Hamluk, Vice President, Student Life; Jacqueline Hollins, Interim Vice Provost of Inclusive Excellence; Jocelyn Jakubus, Director, University and Presidential Events; Jim Jarvis, Chief Campus Counsel; and Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) invites members of the university community to join members from executive search firm Public Sector Search & Consulting to a listening session to discuss interests and priorities for the search. This listening session will assist in developing a more complete understanding of the priorities, opportunities, aspirations, and challenges for the Chief of Police, as well as the qualifications and criteria that are most important in seeking a new chief. Your opinion will be very valuable in the search process. The Zoom link is below:

https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/98948433974?pwd=Vk5TMENxNUYzRVF6RnVnNlRPQWhrdz09

Meeting ID: 989 4843 3974

Passcode: 252173

For more information, please contact UBLeadershipSearches@buffalo.edu.

Supporting Academics with ADHD (6/20/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 20, 2023, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Graduate students with ADHD or who work with faculty or graduate students with ADHD

Join the Graduate School for a conversation about common experiences of those with ADHD/ADD, strengths those with ADHD/ADD bring to academic spaces, and tips and tricks for supporting yourself and others through the academic journey including how to increase interest, novelty, challenge, and urgency in planning your time, designing a career trajectory, navigating your college or university life, and manages your professional interactions and needs.

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage. To register, please visit the Event Registration Page.   

Sponsored by the Graduate School and the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity.

Labor’s Fruit: The Story of Jeffrey Brace (6/17/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, June 17, 2023, 9:30am-5:00pm

Location: Just Buffalo Literary Center, 468 Washington St., 2nd Floor, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

A reading of four episodes of a docuseries script based on the slave narrative of Jeffrey Brace (written by UB faculty member Kari Winter) will take place on Saturday. Born in West Africa, Jeffrey Brace was captured by slave traders at age 16 and transported to Barbados, where he was sold to Captain Isaac Mills of Milford, Connecticut. After fighting as an enslaved sailor-soldier in the Seven Years War and sailing around the Atlantic World, Brace was taken to Boston, where the docuseries opens in 1763. The readings will be performed by WNY actors with special guest, Shawna Brace, in the role of her ancestor, Susannah Brace. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Kari Winter at 716-906-9712 or via email at kwinter2@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Humanities Institute, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and Just Buffalo Civil Writes Project.

Juneteenth Events (6/17/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, June 17, 2023; multiple offerings and times, see more details below

Location: Martin Luther King Park, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join UB organizations in celebrating 48 years of Juneteenth in Buffalo! Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and Buffalo’s celebration is the second largest in the country.

  • 48th Annual Juneteenth Parade: Saturday, June 17, 2023, 9:00am-2:00pm                                               Join the Office of Alumni Engagement as they march in solidarity to honor and promote African American Heritage. For more information and to register, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact Lauren Turner at 716-645-3963 or via email at ub-alumni@buffalo.edu.
  • Juneteenth Festival: Saturday, June 17, 2023, 10:00am-8:00pm                                                                   Join the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the Juneteenth Festival. They will have presence in the Health Pavillion, a tent with CPR right next to the Health Pavillion, and are participating in the Parade. For more information, please visit the Event Webpage or the UB Calendar Link. For questions, please contact the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement at smbs-inclusion@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Office of Alumni Engagement, the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Juneteenth Festival Buffalo Commission.

‘Weeding Blitz’ at Fruit Belt Community Garden (6/16/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, June 16, 2023, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Fruit Belt Community Garden, across from Futures Academy, 155 Orange St., Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

As part of a longstanding initiative to help beautify Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood, UB’s Center for Urban Studies is organizing a “weeding blitz” in the community garden directly across from Futures Academy. The main target of the weeding effort will be the berm, where the heaviest concentration of plants and flowers is located. During the spring, before the community garden is reopened, there is always a heavy overgrowth of weeds, explains Henry-Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning, and director of the Center for Urban Studies, part of UB’s Community Health Equity Research Institute.

For more information, please visit the UB Calendar Link. To participate and for questions, please contact A.S.M. Abdul Bari at 716-829-5910 or via email at asmbari@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Center for Urban Studies.

Spring 2023 Events

LGBTQIA+ Education and Inclusivity in Healthcare (5/23/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 23, 4:30pm-7:45pm

Location: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (Room 2220, Dozoretz Auditorium), City Campus (955 Main Street, Buffalo) 

Intended Audience: Open Event

The inaugural LGBTQIA+ Education and Inclusivity in Healthcare conference is a half-day event hosted by OUTPatient Student Medical group and sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement and the Office of the Dean at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. We are kicking off Pride Month with this important conversation, providing space to our community to be educated and informed of best practices and current affairs for LGBTQIA+ matters. For more information or to register, please visit this link.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement and the Office of the Dean at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

2023 ALANA Celebration (5/18/2023)

The ALANA Celebration of Achievement in the Center for the Arts in May 2023. This recognition ceremony honors graduating African, Latinx, Asian and Native American students and is hosted by the Intercultural and Diversity Center and the Cora P. Maloney Center.

Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) and the Cora P. Maloney Center.

LGBTQ FSA Listening Session (5/17/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 17, 2023, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Student Union (210), North Campus

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

We know and understand how difficult the last few weeks have been. The intense rise in transphobic and homophobic legislation and rhetoric across the country, coupled with recent campus visitors with hateful messages, has prompted many members of our community to ask questions. What kind of community is UB for LGBTQ+ people? How have we built a culture or diversity, social justice and inclusion? How have we delivered care, support and belonging to LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff? On May 17, 2023 at 3:00pm, in 210 Student Union, the LGBTQ FSA will host a listening session for faculty and staff. Attendees will have the option to speak to the association’s executive board and the Interim Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence.

The event is open only to UB faculty and staff and registration is required. To create space conducive to sharing, the event format will be in-person only. Those who wish to contribute, but are unable to attend may submit a statement to be read in their absence; those interested may use the registration to submit.

Learn more and register at: buffalo.edu/lgbtqfsa/events

Sponsored by the LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association

2023 Lavender Reception (5/12/2023)

Hosted by Intercultural and Diversity Center, The Lavender Reception, held May 2023 in the Student Union Landmark Room, celebrates the achievements of graduating students who identify with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community at UB. The ceremony welcomed graduating members of the LGBTQ community, as well as their families, friends, faculty, staff and supporters.

Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

The LGBTQ+ Discussion Group (Spring 2023)

Date & Time: Select Mondays and Wednesdays, February - May (see details below)

Location: Kimball Hall (430), South Campus and online

Intended Audience: Open Event

The LGBTQ+ Discussion Group is a series of meetings created by the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) with the aim to provide support, resources, and community to LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and students and their allies. This discussion group will be located on the South Campus giving students that are primarily on this campus a safe space in-person while also providing an online Zoom option. While this is housed in the SPHHP, this group will be open to any who wish to join from all programs and campuses.

In-person meetings are at 1:00pm on the following Mondays in Kimball Hall (430), South Campus:

  • March 6th
  • April 3rd
  • May 1st

And virtual meetings are also at 6:00pm on the following Wednesdays on Zoom (Meeting ID: 922 5402 5312, for direct access with the password follow the Zoom Link):

  • February 22nd
  • March 22nd
  • April 26th

For any questions and concerns, please reach out to Ebehitale Imobhio at ebehital@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions and the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Trans Wellbeing: Perspectives through a Public Health Lens (4/28/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, April 28, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Farber Hall (Room G26), South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Over the past few years, in the face of increased trans activism and visibility, hundreds of anti-transgender bills have been proposed across the United States, with 15 bills passing into law. These attacks have exacerbated existing health and social disparities, emboldened violent anti-trans forces, and further marginalized trans and non-gender conforming people. The current social moment requires serious reflection on the state of trans rights, wellbeing, and responses that address the various disparities facing trans and non-gender conforming people. This panel will discuss the political climate and ways public health as a discipline can respond to trans health disparities and the conditions underlying them. 

For more information please visit the Eventbrite Registration Page or the UB Calendar Link and for questions please contact Ebehitale Imobhio via email at ebehital@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Social Reproduction Theory Lecture Series - Alessandra Mezzadri (4/20/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, April 20, 3:30pm 

Location: Baldy Hall (509), North Campus and Virtual (more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

“61% of the entire planet is laboring informally. And what characterizes informal employment is a blurred divide between the productive and the reproductive.” Alessandra Mezzadri, GLUNetwork Interview Link (8/10/2022)

Contemporary social reproduction debates are primarily focused upon the “crisis of care” in high income countries. Less attention has been paid to social reproduction in post-colonial and post-socialist contexts both theoretically and empirically. The “Social Reproduction from Majority World Perspectives” panel highlights how work is experienced as the blurring of the productive and the reproductive for the vast majority of workers in the global economy. From sweatshop workers in India and women factory workers of iPhones in China to migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, this panel will address the links between exploitation and social reproduction from a global and intersectional lens.

To RSVP for the event please visit the Zoom Registration Link. For more information please visit the Gender Institute Link and for questions please contact Megan Vaughan at 716-645-5200 or via email at ub-irweg@buffalo.edu.    

Sponsored by the UB Gender Institute

Indigenous Studies Hosts Kit Thomas, LGBTQ and Mental Health Advocate (4/19/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 19, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: Student Union - Theater Room 201

Intended Audience: Open Event

Kit is an LGBTQ and Mental Health advocate. Kit will be speaking about the meaning of 2Spirit and its significance to Indigenous communities. This two-spriit/Indigiqueer is wolf clan from the St.Regis Mohawk territory of Akwesasne. Using They/Them pronouns, Kit is an LGBTQ and Mental Health Advocate. They have been honing their painting skills for the last decade and now has a recognizable splatter paint style infused with Native American symbolism.

For more information please visit the UB Calendar Link and for questions please contact Aaron VanEvery at 716-645-7917 or via email at alv8@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB Department of Indigenous Studies

Haudenosaunee and Indigenous Studies at UB and Beyond: Envisioning the Next 50 Years (4/15/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, April 15

Location: Clemens Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

2022 marked the 50th Anniversary of Native American Studies at the University at Buffalo and the launch of the new Indigenous Studies Department. This conference aims to engage with the foundational legacy of Native Studies at UB and welcomes participants to share contributions highlighting priorities and aspirations for the future of the field of Haudenosaunee studies specifically and its intersections with Indigenous studies globally.

As Indigenous Studies Departments grow nationally and internationally, and the numbers of Indigenous scholars working in universities proliferate, this gathering will foreground discussions of the responsibilities of this rising critical mass to the wellbeing of Indigenous nations, communities and peoples, and future generations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. How do we remain a voice and direction of how Indigenous studies is developed, taught and implemented?

For questions and more information please contact Aaron VanEvery (Six Nations, Cayuga, Wolf Clan), Community Outreach and Cultural Programming Coordinator (Department of Indigenous Studies) at alv8@buffalo.edu.  

Sponsored by the UB Department of Indigenous Studies

Race, the Supreme Court, and Police Power (4/7/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, April 7, 12:00pm-2:00pm

Location: O’Brian Hall (Charles B. Sears Law Library John Lord), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

The speaker of the James McCormick Mitchell Lecture, the University at Buffalo School of Law’s signature lecture series,  will be UCLA School of Law Professor Devon W. Carbado, who is a renowned scholar of constitutional law, criminal procedure and critical race theory. His widely acclaimed book Unreasonable: Black Lives, Police Power, and the Fourth Amendment, published last year, argues that the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to treat unreasonable police tactics as reasonable under the Fourth Amendment has “shortened the distance between life and death for Black people.” The event, from noon to 2 p.m., includes a discussion with UB Law faculty members, Alexandra Harrington, associate professor and Athena Mutua, professor and Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar. A reception will follow.

For more information please visit the School of Law Event Link, to RSVP use the following Event Registration Link and for questions please contact Prof. Michael Boucai at mboucai@buffalo.edu.  

Sponsored by the UB School of Law

Fatphobia 101: Thickening the Narrative (4/5/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 5, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Location: Virtual (more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

It is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. UB Counseling Services will be offering a program focusing on Fatphobia and Sizeism. Please feel free to attend and encourage others to join. What messages have you received about your body? Have you felt that your body wasn’t the “right body” that you were supposed to have? Join other students in an inclusive and safe space for a discussion on fatphobia and sizeism and how it affects us and our mental health.  

Join Zoom Meeting: https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/95638411292; Meeting ID: 956 3841 1292

For more information please visit the Calendar Event Link, to RSVP use the following Event Registration Link and for questions please contact Carissa Uschold-Klepfer at cuschold@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB Counseling Services

SPHHP LGBTQ+ Discussion Group Meeting (4/3/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, April 3 at 1:00pm 

Location: Kimball Hall (430), South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

The LGBTQ+ Discussion Group is a series of meetings created by the School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP). There is an additional Monday session this April 3rd where the group will be talking about aspects of Coming Out: 

  • What has been your experience with it?
  • When do you know when/if to “come out” in the professional world? And do you have to?

For any questions and concerns, please reach out to Ebehitale Imobhio at ebehital@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions and the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Black Hair + Storytelling as a Form of Social Activism (3/29/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 29, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Student Union (Theater), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

In honor of both Women’s History Month, UB Counseling and partners bring St. Clair Detrick-Jules. St. Clair is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, author, and activist. She joins us to discuss her most recent photojournalism book, My Beautiful Black Hair: 101 Natural Hair Stories from the Sisterhood, which outlines the struggles, beauty, and joy of Black hair. Doors open at 6:30 p.m and seating is limited.

For more information please visit the UB Counseling Services Events Link and for questions please french out to Counseling Services at 716-645-2720 or at Amani Johnson, PhD: amanijoh@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB Counseling Services

Celene Reynolds: Feminist Research Alliance (3/29/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 29, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Virtual (more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

“Repurposing Title IX: How Sexual Harassment Became Sex Discrimination in American Higher Education”

Addressing discrimination based on certain identities, such as race or gender, is a major concern for American colleges and universities. In 2011, the Department of Education clarified that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination that schools must eliminate under Title IX, the 1972 U.S. civil rights law that guarantees the right to equal educational opportunity regardless of sex. In this talk, Reynolds uses the case of Title IX to understand the specific pathways through which the meaning of existing laws can change over time while the text of those laws remains the same. Triangulating multiple data sources across linked case studies of three universities, Reynolds argues that the mutual interpenetration of social networks across the educational and legal domains stimulated the shift, which exemplifies a more general process that she calls the endogenous repurposing of law. 

To RSVP for the event please visit the Zoom Registration Link. For more information please visit the Calendar Event Link and for questions please contact  Megan Vaughan at 716-645-5200 or via email at ub-irweg@buffalo.edu.    

Sponsored by the UB Gender Institute

Black Women Lead: Comrade Sisters and The Leadership of Black Women Organizers (3/27/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, March 27, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Virtual (more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Graduate School of Education for a conversation with Ericka Huggins, Phylicia Brown, Claudia Williams, and Yasmeen Majid about the ways Black women have led and taken the well-being and liberation of communities into their own hands historically and contemporarily. The conversation will include a discussion on  panelists' lived experiences as community organizers and about Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party, a book that uses photography and stories to highlight the important contributions of Black women to the Black Panther Party. 

Registration is required. A link for the presentation will be emailed to you in response to your registration as the event approaches. Individuals who register for the event will have a chance to receive a FREE copy of the book Comrade Sisters by Ericka Huggins and Stephen Shames or Swag apparel by Black Love Resists in the Rust. 

Register on Zoom to attend by following the Event Registration Link

For more information please visit the Event Link and for questions please contact Gwendolyn Baxley, Ph.D., at gsbaxley@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB Graduate School of Education

LGBTQ FSA Lunch and Learn: Gen Z on March 16 (3/16/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, March 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Student Union (210), North Campus

Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

Gather with members of the LGBTQ FSA for a conversation with Tom Vane, Assistant Director with Student Governance and Organizations in Student Engagement. Generation Z as new students crave authenticity, live pragmatically, and are self-reliant. However, other generational cohorts sometimes struggle to work effectively with these young people. This Lunch and Learn will discuss the questions of how Gen Z see and interact with the world and what Gen Z students expect from their learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.  Light refreshments will be provided and lunchboxes are welcome!

For more information please visit the LGBTQ FSA Events Link and for questions and to RSVP please contact LGBTQ FSA at lgbtqfsa@buffalo.edu.   

Sponsored by the UB LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association

Without A Whisper - Konnon:Kwe (3/16/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, March 16, 6:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Please feel free to join the screening of Without a Whisper – Konnon:Kwe, a documentary film by Katsitsionni Fox. Reception will have complimentary food by Casa Azul and alcohol-free beverages will be provided. The screening of Without a Whisper – Konnon:Kwe (dir. Katsitsionni Fox, 27 mins., 2020) will follow. There will also be a post-screening involving Q+A with Katsitsionni Fox (Bear Clan, Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, via Zoom) and Wakerahkahtste Louise Herne (Bear Clan Mother, Mohawk Nation Council, in-person). 

For more information please visit the UB Humanities Events Link.   

Sponsored by the UB Humanities Institute and UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program

Social Reproduction Theory Lecture Series - Panel Discussion (3/15/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 15, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: Center for the Arts (Screening Room 112), North Campus and Virtual (more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

The “Social Reproduction and the Crisis of Housing in Buffalo” panel aims to bring social reproduction theory home to Buffalo in terms of the struggle for affordable housing. As Dr. Taylor notes above, social crisis has a way of exposing the deeply embedded injustices within a society and as the recent litany of crises demonstrates—from COVID-19 to the white supremacist massacre at Tops in Buffalo's East Side—a host of related concerns about safety, food insecurity, and access to medical care have come to the fore. The following questions will be considered:

  • What are the biggest challenges facing Buffalonians today and how is Buffalo a microcosm of similar challenges nationally?
  • What are the local social movements working toward housing justice and how do they connect with statewide and national movements? 
  • How is housing a feminist issue? How is housing connected to reproductive justice movements?

For more information please visit the UB Calendar Event Link and for RSVP to the Virtual option please access the Zoom Registration Link questions please contact Megan Vaughan at 716-645-5200 or via email at ub-irweg@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, UB Departments of Africana and American Studies, English, Philosophy, Arts Management, and History

Indigenous Knowledge is STEM; Reintegrating Traditional Knowledge into Scientific Discourse: AISES Region 6 Conference (3/10/2023 and 3/11/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11

Location: North Campus and South Campus (see details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event (registration required)

The University at Buffalo’s AISES Chapter is excited to host the AISES Region 6 Conference in March. Registration is now open and available at this (Registration Link) until: Thursday March 9th. For more info and a tentative schedule, please visit the AISES chapter at SUNY University at Buffalo Link. Please submit proposals at the Call for Proposal LinkAdditional events as part of the conference include the Pre-College STEM Day (Friday, March 10 at 9:00am-1:00pm in the Student Union (145), North Campus) and the Haudenosaunee Social Dance and Dinner (Saturday, March 11 at 5:00pm-8:00pm, in Harriman Hall (Ballroom) South Campus). 

Please contact Amanda Casali (akáonha/she/her/hers) Kanien'kehà:ka (Akwesasne/St. Regis Mohawk) at alcasali@buffalo.edu for any questions or concerns. 

Sponsored by the UB AISES, the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the UB Department of Indigenous Studies, the United States Intelligence Community, NASA, M&T Bank, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Indigenous Studies Celebrates Women’s History Month (3/2/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, March 2, 12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Cooke Hall (114), North Campus or online (more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Invited speakers are going to be discussing the newly edited book “Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies.” They will talk about feminist collaborations and what that means as BIPOC as well as how Keywords has impacted their work the event will be followed by a Q&A session. Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies has been recognized by the American Libraries Association as one of its 2022 Outstanding Academic Titles! 

Please contact the UB Department of Indigenous Studies at indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns. 

Registration requested via the following Zoom Registration Link

Sponsored by the UB Department of Indigenous Studies, UB Gender Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging

Roots and Routes of Indigenous Feminism and CHamoru Women’s History (3/1/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 1, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Location: Clemens Hall (830), North Campus or online (more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

This research talk examines histories of CHamoru women’s embodied land work and “placental politics'' an Indigenous feminist theory and anti-colonial practice informed by CHamoru ideas of care, reciprocity, and inafa'maolek (of making good). The talk will be given by Christina DeLisle Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at University of Minnesota. To attend virtually please join the talk and this Zoom Link Event

Please contact the UB Department of Indigenous Studies at indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns.   

Sponsored by UB Department of Indigenous Studies

Global to Local Racial Justice Series: Advancing Racial Justice in Buffalo (2/27/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, February 27, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: Student Union (210), North Campus

Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

The UB School of Social Work's Global to Local Racial Justice Series explores how racism affects communities by hosting a diverse range of speakers — voices from within our school and UB, the Buffalo community and other parts of the country. For this month's virtual lecture, we will hear from Rev. George Nicholas, who is the CEO of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity and senior pastor of the Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church. A founding member of the African American Health Equity Task Force, Nicholas is an advocate for social justice, community revitalization and addressing health disparities across Western New York.

For more information please visit the Calendar Event Link, to RSVP please visit the Zoom Registration Link and for questions please contact Dr. Nadine Shaanta Murshid at nadinemu@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB School of Social Work

Harlem Quartet (2/25/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Location: Slee Hall (Lippes Concert Hall), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The world-renowned Harlem Quartet, featuring UB professor Melissa White, will present a program dedicated to “composers of color,” showcased on the UBNow article link. The concert schedule will also include the Eastman Organists’ Concert, the music department’s annual collaboration with the Eastman School of Music — one of the country’s most prestigious organ studios. The Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet, whose mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with a varied repertoire that features works by composers from minoritized backgrounds. 

For more information please visit the UB CFA Link as well as the UB Calendar Link and for any questions and concerns please connect with  Phil Rehard (Concert Manager) at (716) 645-2921 or via email at rehard@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB Department of Music

Movie Night: Killer of Sheep (2/23/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 23, 7:00pm

Location: Capen Hall (Silverman Library), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

In honor of Black History Month, the University Libraries is offering a movie night! Join them for Killer of Sheep, a seminal 1978 film by the great Black director Charles Burnett. Killer of Sheep is an American drama film, shot primarily in the early 1970s, it was submitted as a Master of Fine Arts thesis by Charles Burnett to the UCLA School of Film. The work shows the culture of urban African-Americans in LA’s Watts district. Opening remarks will be provided by UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Professor Donte McFadden. For more information please visit the Library Event Link and for any questions or concerns please get in touch with Denise Wolfe (Communications Outreach Officer) at dawolfe@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB University Libraries

EOC to present Income Inequality Forum (2/23/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 23, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: 555 Ellicott St. on the Downtown Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

UB’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) will host an Income Inequality Forum held in recognition of Black History Month. Income Inequality Forum aims to raise awareness within the African American community and provide strategies to effectively address these challenges. Attendees will hear presentations from a motivator, financial educator, senior level nonprofit professional and a serial entrepreneur – all offering career insight and information to those seeking to elevate and change their circumstances. The forum’s message of self-empowerment is aimed at inspiring those in the community who are aspiring entrepreneurs, underemployed, unemployed, adult-learners or reentry returning citizens. 

For more information please visit the EOC Website Link and for any questions and concerns please connect with Oliver Glover at olivergl@buffalo.edu.  

Sponsored by UB Department of Indigenous Studies

Fatphobia 101: Thickening the Narrative (2/22/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 22, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Location: Student Union (210), North Campus

Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

It is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. UB Counseling Services will be offering a program focusing on Fatphobia and Sizeism. Please feel free to attend and encourage others to join. What messages have you received about your body? Have you felt that your body wasn’t the “right body” that you were supposed to have? Join other students in an inclusive and safe space for a discussion on fatphobia and sizeism and how it affects us and our mental health.  

For more information please visit the Calendar Event Link and for questions and to RSVP please contact Thom Neill (LCSW) at tjneill@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB Counseling Services

Behind the Masks: White Coats for Black Lives (2/17/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, February 17, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Location: Slee Hall (Lippes Concert Hall), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

White Coats for Black Lives is a new student group at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences that was born inspired by the passing of our dear Dr. Jonathan Daniels last year. They are working on dismantling racism and accompanying systems of oppression in health, while simultaneously cultivating means for collective liberation that center the needs, priorities, and self-determination of Black people and other people of color, particularly those most marginalized in our communities. At this event, White Coats for Black Lives will be officially presented, and will honor Dr. Daniels legacy, will tackle impostor syndrome experience (a real issue for underrepresented individuals), and they will be painting paper mache masks.

For more information please visit the Calendar Link and to attend please visit the RSVP Link. For any questions feel free to connect with Maria L. Wilson (Inclusive Excellence Workforce Specialist) at 716-829-4345 or via email at mlw29@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB Office of Inclusion and Cultural Engagement and the UB Medical Education and Educational Research Institute

UB Distinguished Speakers Series: Sherrilyn Ifill (2/16/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 16, 7:00pm

Location: Mainstage Theater (UB Center for the Arts), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event (ticket information below)

Sherrilyn Ifill, a civil rights attorney and former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), will come to campus as UB’s 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Speaker. She is a prolific scholar and was named one of TIME magazine’s Women of the Year, one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021, one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year in 2020 and Attorney of the Year by The American Lawyer in 2020. For more information please visit the UB Now Brief link

Tickets for Ifill’s lecture range from $30-$50 and can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or in person at the Center for the Arts box office from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Information on tickets will be provided online before each lecture.

Sponsored by the UB Minority Faculty and Staff Association, the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, and the UB STEM diversity programs

“Better Land, Better Stock, Better People”: Agricultural Education as a Technology of Settlement (2/15/2023)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 15, 4:00pm-5:30pm

Location: Capen Hall (240), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The framing and institutionalization of education for Black and Indigenous peoples has been tied to the assertions that contact with the white race, enslavement, and the settlement of Native lands are in and of themselves educational activities. This talk examines the intimacy between schools and agricultural experiment stations, demonstration farms, and other forms of scientific farming. It will demonstrate how, not only people, but land, was taught as part of agricultural education and functioned as a technology of settlement. For more information please visit the UB Calendar Event Link and for any questions or concerns please email the UB Department of Indigenous Studies indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by UB Department of Indigenous Studies

Treaty & Wampum Responsibilities: Building Respectful Parallels of Sovereignty Along Indigenous and non-Indigenous Health Care Continuums (2/14/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, February 14, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Wende Hall (103), South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

The UB School of Nursing’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee would like to invite you to join a conversation with Dr. Rodney Haring PhD, MSW. Refreshments will be provided and registration is requested for attendance. Registered guests will receive a link to the recording following the event. For more information about this event please follow the Event Calendar Link.  

For questions and concerns please contact Amy Hequembourg (Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor, School of Nursing) at ahequemb@buffalo.edu or Jana Blaha (JEDI Committee Co-chair) at jblaha@buffalo.edu.  

Sponsored by the UB School of Nursing’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and the UB Department of Indigenous Studies

Humanities Institute/Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program Film Series (2/9/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 9, 6:00pm (see details below)

Location: Hallwalls Art Gallery (341 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The UB Humanities Institute, Distinguished Visiting Scholars, and Hallwalls Art Gallery is excited to share the first installment of the HI/DVS Film Series. They will screen the documentary The Sun Rises in the East (Tayo Giwa and Cynthia Gordy Giwa, 2022, 59 min.).

The reception will begin at 6:00pm, and the screening will take place at 7:00pm, followed by a discussion. Previously shown at the Buffalo International Film Festival, the film chronicles the birth, rise and legacy of The East, a pan-African cultural organization founded in 1969 by teens and young adults in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. 

Please contact Donte McFadden, director, Distinguished Visiting Scholars at dontemcf@buffalo.edu for questions and concerns and visit the following link for additional information, Humanities Institute/Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program Film Series Link.

Sponsored by the UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program and the Humanities Institute

UB Women’s Club Chinese Banquet (2/5/2023)

Date & Time: Sunday, February 5, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Golden Duck Restaurant (1840 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY)

Intended Audience: Open Event (ticket information below)

The UB Women's Club will celebrate the Chinese New Year by hosting a Chinese banquet from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Golden Duck Restaurant. The cost of the dinner, which is open to the UB community, is $47 per person. Proceeds will support the Grace Capen Academic Awards.

The UB Women’s Club is a service organization to the university. Members participate in educational and charitable activities that benefit the Grace Capen Academic Awards. Membership is open to anyone who has a commitment to the university and the purposes of the club. 

For information and reservations, please contact Jean at (716) 633-5932 or Ann at (716) 689-7804 and visit the following UB Women’s Club Chinese Banquet Link

Sponsored by the UB Women's Club

"From History to Destiny": What does it mean to be Black (2/4/2023)

Date & Time: Saturday, February 4, 11:00am-12:00pm

Location: Online (see Zoom details below to RSVP)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Educational research has demonstrated that culture is the key—the critical mediating factor in increasing student success for African American students. However, most African American students matriculate through systems of schooling that omit the unique culture, contributions, and accomplishments of Black people. This engaging and interactive presentation connects the legacy of past cultural excellence with strategies and methods teachers can use to produce excellence today. It provides cutting edge research and visual documentation of little-known accomplishments and contributions of African and African American people in various fields of study.

Please RSVP by registering at this following Event Registration Link.

For further details please visit the Black History Nerds Saturday School

Sponsored by the UB Center for K–12 Black History and Racial Literacy Education

Buffalo: Beyond the Knife with Brian Williams, MD (2/2/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, February 2, 5:00pm-8pm

Location: M&T Lecture Hall (Room 2021), Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (see details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Dr. Brian H. Williams is a trauma surgeon, medical educator and thought leader, an Air Force Academy alumnus and Professor of trauma and acute care surgery at the University of Chicago School of Medicine. He served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Medicine and a congressional health policy staff member. His first book “The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches from a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How to Heal” will be published in 2023.

How to attend the event:

  • In-person: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (955 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214)
  • Virtually: A zoom link will be provided to those unable to attend the in person event, for questions please reach to Michael Lamb at (716) 859-3779 or at mlamb2@buffalo.edu

Program: 

5 PM to 6:15 PM

M&T Auditorium, Panel Discussion on the topic of gun violence and its causes

Moderator: Rod Watson, Urban Affairs Editor and Columnist, The Buffalo News

Panelists: La’Tryse Anderson Outreach Supervisor, Buffalo SNUG; John V. Elmore Attorney, The Law Offices of John Elmore; Sherry Sherrill Project Facilitator, We are Women Warriors; Chris St. Vil Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University at Buffalo; Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo

6:15 PM to 7 PM

M&T Auditorium, Keynote by Chicago trauma surgeon Brian Williams: https://brianwilliamsmd.com/ on the root causes of—and potential solutions to—gun violence. Followed by audience Q&A.

7 PM to 8 PM

2nd Floor Atrium

Standing reception and opportunity to pre-order books

For any questions and concerns, please reach out to Michael Lamb at (716) 859-3779 or by email at mlamb2@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB Jacobs School and Department of Surgery

Emotional Intelligence: The New Science of Success (1/31/2023)

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 31, 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Townsend Hall (105), South Campus

Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Learn to use emotional intelligence in the workplace to increase your ability to make effective decisions, build relationships, deal with stress and cope with change. Our ability to deal effectively with our emotions in the workplace is critical to our success as employees and coworkers. Emotional intelligence is becoming a critical skill set as the pace of the world increases and our environment makes more and more demands on our cognitive, emotional and physical resources. 

This half-day course will provide you with the opportunity to identify your own challenges in maintaining positive environments and collaborative relationships. You will explore techniques to manage your emotions with confidence and positive results. For more information and to register, please visit this link

For any questions and concerns, please reach out to Kerry Gangi (Program Coordinator and Communications Specialist) at training@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by UB’s Organizational Development and Effectiveness

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 31, 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Townsend Hall (105), South Campus

Intended Audience: Faculty and Staff

Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to recognize and effectively manage emotions in ourselves and with others. Learn to use emotional intelligence in the workplace to increase your ability to make effective decisions, build relationships, deal with stress and cope with change. Our ability to deal effectively with our emotions in the workplace is critical to our success as employees and coworkers. Emotional intelligence is becoming a critical skill set as the pace of the world increases and our environment makes more and more demands on our cognitive, emotional and physical resources. 

This half-day course will provide you with the opportunity to identify your own challenges in maintaining positive environments and collaborative relationships. You will explore techniques to manage your emotions with confidence and positive results. For more information and to register, please visit this link

For any questions and concerns, please reach out to Kerry Gangi (Program Coordinator and Communications Specialist) at training@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by UB’s Organizational Development and Effectiveness

Multicultural Leadership Institute 2023 (1/26/2023 & 1/27/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday January 26 and Friday January 27

Location: Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The second annual Multicultural Leadership Institute (MLI), hosted on the University at Buffalo campus, is for current and emerging student leaders who have a commitment to diversity and inclusion and to making all students feel more connected to UB. With a focus on mental health, volunteerism and social justice, this free two-day institute will provide students the opportunity to engage with faculty, staff, and other students in meaningful activities and dialogue.

Participants in the MLI will:

  • Make meaningful connections with UB constituents that will support leadership development and promote social change
  • Learn about diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, and identify campus resources and opportunities
  • Invest in making UB a more inclusive and socially just community

Click on this link to register or if you are interested in volunteering for the conference. Registration deadline is Monday, January 23 by 11:55 p.m. Registration includes giveaways, breakout sessions, institute keynotes, breakfast and lunch, early move-in for on-campus residents, and a chance to get the 2023 spring semester off to a great start!

Lastly, if you would be willing to consider presenting a workshop, please e-mail stu-idc@buffalo.edu to discuss. For any questions and concerns please connect with Allen Williams at allenwil@buffalo.edu.  

Sponsored by UB’s Intercultural Diversity Center.

MLK Day of Service (Tool Library) (1/16/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, January 16, 9:20am-12:30pm (event details below)

Location: Student Union (Lobby), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. This year, Student Engagement will have a virtual volunteering/education event as well as an in-person service activity. RSVP to the event to be the first to know about the service sites and virtual educational opportunities! They will be partnering with the Tool Library for an in-person service event.

  • 9:20am:     Check-in and breakfast (donuts, coffee) in the SU Lobby
  • 9:30am:     Leave for service site
  • 10:00am:    Arrive at Tool Library
  • 12:00pm:    Complete service, return to North campus

Please Hannah Giarrizzo at leadub@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns. RSVP on UB Linked at this link.

Sponsored by UB Student Engagement.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Opportunity for Faculty and Staff (1/16/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, January 16, 8:20am-4:00pm (event details below)

Location: Student Union (Lobby), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Please join your Student Life colleagues in remembering the service and honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, January 16, they will be partnering with the African American Heritage Corridor for a volunteer opportunity for faculty and staff. To volunteer, please register and select your preferred service location. There are multiple locations to choose from and spots are filling up fast! Service Locations are listed below:

  • Bethel AME Church at 1525 Michigan Ave Buffalo, NY 14209
  • Durham Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church at 174 East Eagle Street Buffalo, NY 14204 
  • First Shiloh Baptist Church at 15 Pine Street Buffalo, NY 14204 
  • Michigan Street Baptist Church at 511 Michigan Avenue Buffalo, NY 14203 
  • St. John Baptist Church at 184 Goodell Street Buffalo, NY 14204

Need a ride? UB shuttle can pick you up and drop you off at your selected service location. Pick-up will be in the Student Union at 8:20 a.m. and returning at 10:30 a.m. to the same location. To reserve your spot on the UB shuttle, please email leadub@buffalo.edu by January 10 and let us know which service location you have chosen.

Can’t attend? There’s a blanket drive you can donate to instead! Please drop off a NEW blanket to 150 Student Union or 1 Diefendorf by 1/13.

For any questions and concerns, please contact Rachel Di Domizio at racheld@buffalo.edu or Kesha Foster at kelanier@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by UB Student Life.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance (1/16/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, January 16, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Online (see details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Join New York State’s celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King with an hour long program to be aired on PBS as well as their Empire State Plaza website at this link here. The program will be live on our local Buffalo/Toronto WNED station from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, but many more opportunities across the state will offer this celebration. For more information and additional events visit the Empire State Plaza website which includes broadcasting times across various regions of New York State. 

Sponsored by New York State and PBS.

Fall 2022 Events

Rainbow Hour (Fall 2022)

Date & Time: Select Thursdays, September - December, 3:00-3:50pm (see dates below)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Rainbow Hour is a monthly virtual meeting which aims to bring together LGBTQ+ individuals from the UB community to meet and interact through conversation and games. Click here for more information and details on how to join the meetings. 

Meetings will take place on the following Thursdays. 

  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17
  • December 15 

Sponsored by: Counseling Services

Working with Native Clients (12/6/2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 6, 4:00pm-5:00pm (event details below)

Location: Knox Hall (104), North Campus (Also Online via Panopto)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

A two part panel presentation with clinical staff members from The Seneca Nation Health System Behavioral Health Unit. They will be sharing their experiences on best practices, adapting evidence based techniques, unique challenges, and resiliency factors, this is a hybrid event.

The panel will be sharing their experiences on best practices, adapting evidence-based techniques, unique challenges, and resiliency factors for working withIndigenous clients.

Please email Courtney Copeland (Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan) at cscopela@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns.

Sponsored by the Counseling, School & Educational Psychology Department and the UB's department of Indigenous Studies. 

Haudenosaunee Social Dances & Dinner (12/1/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Student Union (Flag Room, 215), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The Department of Indigenous Studies will be having a dinner and social event to celebrate the end of the semester, connect and join a common space in the Student Union. 

For any questions, please email: indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu.  

Sponsored by the UB's department of Indigenous Studies.

International Tea Time

Date & Time: Biweekly on Thursdays, 3:30-4:30pm (online)

Intended Audience: UB Students 

International Tea Time is a free bi-weekly meeting which brings together U.S. and international students for conversation, friendship, and fun. Students play games, talk, and enjoy getting to know each other. Click here for the Zoom information and to see the full schedule.

Sponsored by Counseling Services  

Learning Haudenosaunee Social Dances (11/30/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Harriman Hall, South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Join the Department of Indigenous Studies in this celebration where they will host a Social Dancing class to learn about all the different Haudenosaunee social dances. 

For any questions, please email: indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB's department of Indigenous Studies.

Indigenize UB's Campus this November (Fall 2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Location: North Campus (locations below)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

For November, the undergraduate student groups are hosting a month long event to promote indigenous identify on campus. Please join First Nations Student Associate (FNSA) and UB’s Chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) in Indigenizing UB’s campus this Native American Heritage Month.

  • Week 1 – Nov 1-5 – Rep your Nation/Tribe Week
    • Wear clothing that represents your nation or tribe on campus
    • Group Photo in the Indigenous Student Center (510 Clemens) on Thursday Nov 3 at 12pm
  • Week 2 – Nov 6-12 – Ribbon Shirts and Ribbon Skirts Week
    • Wear Ribbon Skirts and Ribbon Shirts to campus
    • Group Photo in the Indigenous Student Center (510 Clemens) on Wednesday Nov 9 at 1pm
  • Week 3 – Nov 13-19 – National Rock Your Mocs Week
    • Wear your moccasins to campus. Consider using hashtag #ROCKYOURMOCS and #ubindigenous in your social media posts
    • Group Photo in the Indigenous Student Center (510 Clemens) on Tuesday Nov 15 at 1pm
  • Week 4 – Nov 20-26 – MMIWG2S Awareness Week
    • Wear Red to campus to promote awareness, advocacy and remember our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2S)
    • Group Photo in the Indigenous Student Center (510 Clemens) on Monday Nov 21 at 11am
  • Week 5 – Nov 27-30 – FNSA/AISES Week
    • Wear FNSA and AISES Shirts to campus
    • Group Photo in the Indigenous Student Center (510 Clemens) on Wednesday Nov 30 at 3pm

Please email the department of Indigenous Studies at indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns.

Sponsored by First Nation Student Association, UB AISES, and the Department of Indigenous Studies.

LGBTQ FSA Lunch and Learn with Dr. Barbara Wejnert (11/29/2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 29, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Online (Register via this Zoom link)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Gather with members of the LGBTQ FSA for a conversation about gender and environmental justice with Dr. Barbara Wejnert, professor with the Department of Environment and Sustainability and the Department of Global Gender Studies.

Cultural and traditional norms place women directly in climate change’s destructive path. Women and children are fourteen times more likely to suffer injuries or die during a disaster than men, keeping in mind that 68 percent of all disasters are climate-change-related. In Global North countries, it’s been shown that women are more likely to recycle, buy organic food and practice more sustainable living. Women and girls are also responsible for water collection in two-thirds of households in developing countries.

Climate change has become a gendered issue and a correlation has been shown between environment and gender. Deforestation, air pollution, overpopulation, and other causes of environmental degradation are higher when gender inequality is higher. Recognizing, understanding, and solving gender inequality is vital to help combat climate change. Women need to be elected and put into positions of power so that stringent climate change policies capable of making a positive and lasting change can be put into place.

For more information, please visit: https://www.buffalo.edu/lgbtqfsa.html

Sponsored by the UB's LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association.

Working with Native Clients (Fall 2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9 and Monday, November 21, 4:00pm-5:00pm (event details below)

Location: Cooke Hall (121), North Campus (on 11/9/22) and Cooke Hall (121), North Campus (on 11/21/22)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

A two part panel presentation with clinical staff members from The Seneca Nation Health System Behavioral Health Unit. They will be sharing their experiences on best practices, adapting evidence based techniques, unique challenges, and resiliency factors, this is a hybrid event.

Please email Courtney Copeland (Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan) at cscopela@buffalo.edu with any questions or concerns.

Mentor Meet Up and Networking (Cancelled 11/17/2022 due to weather)

Date & Time: Sunday, November 20, 2022, 12:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Clemens Hall (120), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Have you considered being a mentor to UB Indigenous undergrad and/or graduate students? Come to their networking event, learn more about the mentorship program and the many benefits of being a mentor. Join the event and network with indigenous UB students and professionals alike, after the event feel free to stay for the Bills vs. Browns game starting at 1pm!

Please let me know if you have questions or please email to RSVP Amanda at alcasali@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the UB's department of Indigenous Studies.

Blue Table Annual Food Drive (Fall 2022)

Date & Time: Monday, November 7, 2022 - Friday, November 18, 2022

Location: North Campus, South Campus, and Downtown Campus (see details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

The UB community can help ensure that UB students celebrate a “holiday without hunger” by contributing to the annual food drive conducted by Blue Table, the university’s virtual food pantry. 

Donation sites for nonperishable food are located on all three campuses:

  • North Campus: 228 Student Union, 350 Student Union, 1Capen and The Elli in the Ellicott Complex.
  • South Campus: 104 Harriman Hall. 
  • Downtown Campus: First floor, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

The food items most requested by Blue Table clients are peanut butter, pasta, rice, canned soup and canned beans. 

For more information, visit the Blue Table website at this link or contact Danielle Coats at 716-645-2055.

Sponsored by Blue Table, the University at Buffalo Student life and the Undergraduate Student Association.

Veterans Day Ceremony (11/11/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, November 11, 11:00am

Location: Capen Hall (Buffalo Room), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Join the event for Veterans Day to support UB veterans. We will honor our veterans and show our appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans and their families gave to protect our freedoms. Join the event for remarks and refreshments in the Buffalo Room (ground floor of Capen Hall). For more services and opportunities like this visit the Veteran Services Office (Student Life) at 321 Student Union, North Campus.

Sponsored by the University at Buffalo Veteran Services.

Warrior Lawyers (11/11/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, November 11, 5:00pm-8:00pm 

Location: UB Law Library (2nd Floor), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event 

We are sharing an event where there will be a showing of the documentary: Warrior Lawyers | Defenders of Sacred Justice, with a special introduction from Honorable Mark Montour. Mark Montour is St. Regis Mohawk/Kanien‘kehá:ka and a UB Alumnus, ’83, for being the first Onkwehón:we (Native person) appointed to serve as a New York State Appellate Judge.

For questions, please contact: Native Indigenous Law Student Association at law-nilsa@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the UB’s Native Indigenous Law Student Association, UB Law Library and UB School of Law, with support from UB’s department of Indigenous Studies. 

Denying Access: A film in recognition of Native American Heritage Month (11/9/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 9, 4:30pm

Location: Silverman Library (305), North Campus 

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Denying Access: NoDAPL to NoNAPL is the story of the Senecas who went to Standing Rock in 2016 to oppose the Dakota Access and Northern Access Pipelines. This Indigenous-led movement brought together people from around the world in an unprecedented call for the recognition of Indigenous rights and an end to a destructive fossil fuel industry. Filmmaker Jason Corwin (Seneca Nation, Deer Clan) is clinical assistant professor in the Dept. of Indigenous Studies at UB. He is a lifelong photographer, videographer, and independent media producer, working especially on Indigenous rights and environmental issues.

For more information, please visit the following UB Libraries page

Sponsored by the University at Buffalo Libraries.

Native American Student Outreach Day (11/4/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, November 4, 9:00am-1:00pm

Location: Landmark Room - Student Union (210), North Campus 

Intended Audience: Open Event (designed for Native American high school students) 

UB’s Department of Indigenous Studies invites Native American high school students to join them on campus for Native American Student Outreach Day. If transportation is an issue please let them know so they can coordinate with the schedule. 

Please email Aaron VanEvery (Six Nations, Cayuga, Wolf Clan) at indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu or call (716) 645-7917 with any questions or concerns.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies. 

Veterans and Agent Orange - An International Story (11/4/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, November 4, 12:15pm-1:30pm

Location: Parker (214), North Campus and Online (zoom link below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Professor Reagan will discuss her current research on the history of Agent Orange, one of several herbicides used in the American War in Vietnam, and its consequences for veterans, both American and Vietnamese. She focuses on the international veteran and citizen movements to have the health effects of Agent Orange recognized as disabilities, the representation of disability and gender, and contemporary memory-making about Agent Orange.

For captioning and accessibility, please contact Michael Rembis at marembis@buffalo.edu. If you would like more information or a parking pass, please contact Brad Linn at bradlinn@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by Joining Forces-UB, the UB Center for Disability Studies, and the UB Humanities Institute.

Diaper and Baby Needs Drive (Fall 2022)

Date & Time: Monday, September 26, 2022 - Wednesday, November 2, 2022, and November 2, 2022; 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: North Campus and South Campus (locations below)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

In honor of Hispanic Heritage, the Professional Staff Senate (PSS) Inclusion and Diversity Committee will be hosting a baby needs drive to serve the LatinX community of Buffalo.  All items collected will be donated to the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York for distribution in the community.  You can consider donating the needed items: diapers of any sizes, baby wipes of any brands and diaper cream of any brands. There are drop off location all around campus (North, South, Medical) and listed below:

  • Tutoring and Academic Support Services – 130 Capen Hall
  • 228 Student Union
  • 1 Diefendorf – South Campus
  • Jacobs School of Medicine: Under wall monitor next to first floor elevators and under the wall monitor near the Washington street entrance

All items will be presented to the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY on November 2, 2022 at a reception celebrating El Dia De Los Muertos. Celebration information is below along with how to register: 

  • Intercultural Diversity Center Student Union 240 on November 2, 2022; 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

For questions and to register for the celebration on November 2 please contact, at pssenate@buffalo.edu. More information is on the event article

Sponsored by the PSS Inclusion and Diversity and the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

El Dia De Los Muertos Celebration (11/2/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 2, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Intercultural Diversity Center (Student Union 240), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

The Professional Staff Senate (PSS) Inclusion and Diversity Committee invite you to join them to celebrate El Dia De Los Muertos along with The Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York. There will be food, music, an El Dia De Los Muertos Presentation along with many other fun filled activities. The items collected during our Diaper and Baby Needs drive will be presented to the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York for distribution in the community at this event. 

For questions and to register please contact PSS at pssenate@buffalo.edu. Click here for more information

Sponsored by the PSS Inclusion and Diversity and the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY

Indigenous Powwow Bootcamp (10/20/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, October 20, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Center for the Arts (B83), North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event (No registration required)

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s (KDT) high-energy Powwow/dance training class is a fun boot camp style workout for people interested in maximizing their physical fitness led by Artistic Director Santee Smith and select KDT instructors. KDT’s Powwow Boot Camp allows participants to learn or practice skills in Indigenous dance forms of Powwow and Onkwehon:we (Haudenosaunee) social dances. These dances are performed in combination with exciting and challenging cardiovascular/physical conditioning exercises and contemporary dance.

Please email indigenous-studies@buffalo.edu with any questions. 

Sponsored by the UB Indigenous Studies Department 

Special Event: Sphinx Virtuosi (10/15/2022)

Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm

Location: Slee Hall - Lippes Concert Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event (See the link below for more information on tickets)

The Sphinx Virtuosi are the nation's most dynamic, exhilarating professional chamber orchestra, dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity in classical music. Composed of eighteen of the nation's top Black and Latinx classical soloists, the Virtuosi are primarily alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition, and its members work together as cultural ambassadors reaching new audiences. In this event they will celebrate today through the creative living voices from the Black and Brown communities while reflecting on our past, its history and pay tribute to tradition through today's lensClick here for more information.

For questions please contact Phil Rehard, Concert Manager, at rehard@buffalo.edu

Sponsored by the Sphinx Virtuosi

8th Annual Refugee Health Summit (9/10/2022)

Date & Time:  Saturday, September 10, 9:00am-3:00pm

Location: Room 1220 - Active Learning Center at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Intended Audience: Open Event

The 8th Annual WNY Refugee Health Summit highlights the spirit and adaptability of youth who arrived as refugees. The event will address challenges and responses to a variety of issues that youth face, including mental health challenges, cultural barriers between older and younger generations, difficulty navigating higher education, and accessing culturally appropriate care. 

The Summit, which is free and open to the public, creates a space for conversation among refugee communities, clinicians, resettlement agencies, community health workers, educators, researchers, students, and municipal leaders. The event will consist of three panels focused on new American contributions to the workforce, a cultural humility training for healthcare providers, and a youth-designed session. Panels will be followed by a workshop to identify actionable changes in Buffalo and Western New York.

Register for the event here. Registration closes August 31st and for more information, to table at the event, or to be involved with planning, contact Alex Judelsohn at ajudelso@buffalo.edu.

Sponsored by the University at Buffalo’s Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity, School of Architecture and Planning, School of Public Health and Health Professions’ Office of Global Health Initiatives, Providence Farm Collective, Grassroots Gardens of Western New York, and HEAL International

O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian Exhibition (Summer-Fall 2022)

Date & Time: July 14 – October 2, 2022

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Locations: Anderson Gallery and Center For the Arts Gallery

O’nigöëi:yo:h Thinking in Indian is an exhibition of Hodinöhsö:ni’ artists celebrating 2022 as the 50th year of Indigenous Studies at the University at Buffalo. It looks back and forward to the seeding of intellectual traditions, seizing of territorial imaginings through meaningful actions, and the threading of grounded relationality as we come together with a good mind. Works by almost 50 artists from the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Confederacy – Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora–will be featured across both UB Art Galleries spaces (Center for the Arts and UB Anderson Gallery). Click here for more information about the exhibition.

Sponsored by: Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, UB Department of Indigenous Studies, UB College of Arts and Sciences, the Visual Arts Building Fund, the UB Anderson Gallery Fund, and the Seymour H. Knox Foundation Fine Art Fund

Dashe:yöh odä'swi:yo:h: Celebration of the new Department of Indigenous Studies at UB (9/29/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 29, 11:00am-1:30pm

Location: 403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Come learn about the new Department of Indigenous Studies, and how you can better support Indigenous Students at UB by learning about some of the unique barriers they may encounter during their time here. Traditional Hodinöhsö:ni’ lunch will be provided after the presentation. Click here to register.

Sponsored by the UB Professional Staff Senate, PSS Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and UB Indigenous Studies. 

Summer 2022 Events

Igniting Hope 2022 (8/13/2022)

Date & Time: Saturday, August 13, 2022, 8:00am-3:00pm

Location: Virtual or In-Person (Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 955 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203)

Intended Audience: Open Event

This is an annual Buffalo conference that has received national attention for its work addressing the social determinants of health and is being seen this year as one important way for the community to heal and move forward after the devastating, racially motivated mass shooting of May 14. The theme for this year’s conference is “Advocating in a New Reality: Breaking Barriers, Maintaining Resilience and Reconstructing a Community of Care.” 

Igniting Hope 2022 is free and open to the public. Breakout sessions will focus on mental health, housing and economic development, food and nutrition, and senior services and keynote speakers will include:

  • Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III - Founder, Black Church Food Security Network
  • Ruth S. Shim MD, MPH - Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Associate Dean of Diverse and Inclusive Education, University of California, Davis
  • Keeanga Taylor PhD - Author, Activist, Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Click here to register (contact information: admin@buffalohealthequity.org)

Sponsored by the Buffalo Center for Health Equity, the University at Buffalo Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and the University at Buffalo Community Health Equity Research Institute

Native Youth Social (8/11/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, August 11, 5:30–8:00pm (Student Union, 215 “Flag Room”) 

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Department of Indigenous Studies, the Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties (NACS) and the Roswell’s Center for Indigenous Cancer Research in celebrating with a fun social event in the Student Union (SU) here at UB! There will be opportunities to listen and dance to Haudenosaunee songs and there will be food served in the Flag Room (SU 215), the closest parking area is in the Furnas Lot.

Sponsored by Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), the UB Department of Indigenous Studies, and Roswell Park's Center for Indigenous Cancer Research

Painting in the Trap (7/20/2022)

Date & Time: 1pm-3:30pm, Wednesday, July 20 (Student Union, 240)

Intended Audence: UB Students

Painting in the trap is the beautiful intersection of art and music. Join the event for an afternoon of guided expressive art as you get to release your worries onto canvas and vibe to soulful sounds of R&B, prolific Hip Hop bars, enchanting Afrobeats, and more! It’s a vibe, don’t miss out! This is a free event, open to UB students. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Calendar link (RSVP): UB Events Calendar - Painting in the Trap (buffalo.edu)       

Sponsored by Counseling Services and the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Deconstructing Dobbs: The Meaning and Implications of Overturning Roe v. Wade (7/6/2022)

Date & Time: 12:00-1:30pm, Wednesday, July 6 (online event, register here)

Intended Audence: Open Event

The School of Law will host a virtual panel discussion titled “Deconstructing Dobbs: The Meaning and Implications of Overturning Roe v. Wade.” Panelists will include:

  • Dean Aviva Abramovsky will offer introductory remarks.
  • Professor Michael Boucai will discuss the decision’s potential impact on rights to contraception, sexual liberty, and same-sex marriage.
  • Professor Lucinda Finley, Frank G. Raichle Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy, will survey the ruling’s immediate implications, legal and practical, for abortion access and women’s health.
  • Professor Amy Semet will consider Dobbs in relation to public opinion and the Supreme Court’s perceived legitimacy.
  • Professor Matthew Steilen will describe the decision’s approach to substantive due process and particularly its use of history.

Click here for more information and to register.

UB Counseling Groups (Spring 2022)

Date & Time: Each group meets weekly (online). For detailed schedule, view Spring 2022 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 Spring 2022 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  

I am Fortifying Everyone That is Black (6/29/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 29th at 1pm-2:30pm (240 Student Union)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Underneath our Black excellence lies unspoken pain, anguish, and sorrow. I am Fortifying Everyone That is Black is an affinity group designated for those who identify as Black to come together, unpack, let go, process, relieve, explore, lean on your community, connect -- about the challenges of being Black in this era. Whether you are African American, Afro-Caribbean, African, from the African Diaspora, or an ally this space is designated for you to explore the plights experienced as a collective community. To add to your calendar click here

Sponsored by the UB Counseling Services

The Launch of Project Calamus: New Website and Ujima Company Performance of Walt Whitman's Poetry (6/29/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 29th at 7:30pm (Burchfield Penney Art Center)

Intended Audience: Open Event

We are excited to announce the launch of Project Calamus. Calamus is a sequence of 45 poems about camaraderie, friendship, and love among men by Walt Whitman. Written in the late 1850s, Calamus is a daring masterpiece posing questions about love and democracy that remain highly relevant today. The Calamus Project is a new collaboration aiming to bring the poems to a wider audience through films, events, and programs. The Calamus Project website has just gone live. It includes films of each poem, performed by Ujima Company at Silo City, as well as other resources such as commentaries, alternate versions, and a bibliography. 

During this event, Ujima Company actors will perform 23 of the Calamus poems live onstage at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The program will include a discussion with the actors, as well as brief remarks by Burchfield Scholar Nancy Weekly and Partnership for the Public senior policy fellow Sam Magavern.

For more information please visit the UB Gender Institute

Sponsored by the UB Gender Institute

Faculty Advancement Series: Dr. Rena D'Souza, Director of NIDCR (6/22/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 22nd from 1:00pm-3:00pm (Farber Hall, 150)

Intended Audience: Faculty

In her presentation, Dr. D’Souza will discuss findings from the NIDCR’s 2021 Oral Health in America report, an examination of the last 20 years for oral health in this country. In light of these findings, Dr. D’Souza will reinforce the importance and benefits of EDI within research settings, its long-term impact on the field of dental medicine, and how oral health researchers should be incorporating and strengthening EDI within their teams and grant applications.

For registration information or to learn more about Dr. D’Souza visit the following events web page.

Sponsored by the School of Dental Medicine

Juneteenth Celebration (6/17/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, June 17th from 2:00pm-4:00pm (Student Union, Room 240)

Intended Audience: Open Event

The Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) is committed to supporting all students on campus including Juneteenth. Juneteenth celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War.   In 1863, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate States to be free. In 1865, after two years, the news of the freedom of enslaved people reach Texas. It was not until June 19, 1865, did the state hear of the news that slavery had been abolished. Once word reached out, former slaves began to celebrate.  To get more information, click here.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Pre-Juneteenth Wellness Celebration (6/15/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, June 15th from 1:00pm-3:00pm (Student Union, Lobby)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Please join Counseling Services for a free event celebrating Juneteenth with activities focused on aspects of Black culture and holistic healing. Whether you want to learn more about how to increase your sense of well-being, eat, dance, or just relax, there is a place for you—and all are welcome!African Snacks! Fun! Community! Dance! Afro-beats! Zumba! Coloring! …and more! To get more information, click here.

Sponsored by the Counseling Services

Spring 2022 Events

Rainbow Hour (Spring 2022)

Date & Time: Select Thursdays, January - June, 5:00-5:50pm (see dates below)

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Rainbow Hour is a monthly virtual meeting which aims to bring together LGBTQ+ individuals from the UB community to meet and interact through conversation and games. Click here for more information and details on how to join the meetings. 

Meetings will take place on the following Thursdays. 

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March 31
  • April 28
  • May 26
  • June 30

Sponsored by: Counseling Services

Build Positive Relationships and Create an Inclusive and Respectful Workplace (5/24/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, May 24, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm (Online)

Intended Audience: Open Event

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 for more information and to RSVP.

Presented by Organizational Development and Effectiveness (ODE)

ALANA Celebration of Achievement (5/19/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, May 19, 2022, 2:00pm-4:00pm (In-person)

Location: Center for the Arts, North Campus 

Intended Audience: Open Event

The ALANA Celebration of Achievement has historically honored graduating ALANA (African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American) students. This pre-commencement ceremony, conceived to honor the achievements of graduating UB ALANA students, is open to all graduating students. For more information and to RSVP, Click Here.

Presented by the Intercultural & Diversity Center (IDC) and Cora P. Maloney Center

The Mass Shooting at Tops: A Community Conversation (5/18/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 5:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Students, Faculty, and Staff 

Words are wholly inadequate every time an incident of racial violence occurs. This time the violence struck our community on May 14 when there was a mass shooting at Tops Market in Buffalo. In the aftermath of experiencing or witnessing trauma, it is normal to experience a range of feelings and emotions, such as shock, fear, sadness, anger, helplessness or guilt. As a mental health service, UB Counselig Services is committed to affirming and providing care for all of our students who have been directly or vicariously impacted by trauma. In response to the mass shooting at the Tops grocery store, we will be hosting a virtual drop-in community conversation that will focus on recognizing and coping with racialized trauma. This gathering will be facilitated by Carissa Uschold-Klepfer and Andrea Obah and it will provide an opportunity for the UB community to share how they have been emotionally and psychologically impacted, ways to identify peaceful action, inclusivity, coping and support will be discussed. Click here to join the conversation or visit the UB Events Calendar for more information. 

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services 

2022 Lavender Reception (5/13/2022)

The Lavender Reception, hosted by Intercultural and Diversity Center, in the Student Union in May 2022. According to the IDC, the ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer students and their allies.

Photographer: Douglas Levere

Sponsored by the Intercultral and Diversity Center (IDC).

Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month Events (Spring 2022)

Date & Time: April/May 2022 (see dates below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Normally held in May, AAPI Heritage Month will be celebrated at UB in April and early May.  May was specifically chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.  The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

oin the Intercultural and Diversity Center to celebrate Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month to recognize the contributions and influence of AAPI Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Click here for more information and details on how to participate in the following events: 

  • April 5 - Tough Topics: The Legacy of Asian Oppression  
  • April 19 - Dialogue of the South Asian Diaspora  
  • April 22- ALANA Movie Night: Parasite  
  • April 26 - 'Being AAPI in College' Group Discussion  
  • April 27 - AAPI Queer Icons Display 
  • April 27- AAPI Karaoke Night 
  • May 1 - Celebration of Asian Cultures through Crafts & Food
  • May 10 -  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Dessert Hour 

Presented by the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

DSSN Symposium: Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Digital Archives (5/10/2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 1:00pm-4:00pm (In-person and Online)

Location: Baldy Center, 509 O’Brian Hall, North Campus and Zoom

Intended Audience: Open Event

This symposium will bring together Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars with an interest in social and technical systems for managing access to digital materials documenting Indigenous cultural and linguistic practices. A key concern to be addressed will be how to ensure that Indigenous communities are able to maintain sovereignty over materials documenting their heritage in light of conflicts between Western notions of intellectual property and diverse Indigenous traditions.

This symposium is expected to be of interest to scholars with an interest in Indigenous Studies, Law, Information Science, Anthropology, and Linguistics, as well as others involved with exploring the long-ranging historical impacts of colonialism, as is typical of much research in the humanities. It will also be of value for people engaged in the maintenance of the intellectual traditions of Indigenous communities, including members of the university community, such as librarians and archivists, who may be called upon to develop protocols and platforms that facilitate the safekeeping of Indigenous data in ways which allow Indigenous communities to maintain sovereignty over materials documenting their cultural, intellectual, and linguistic heritage. To register and for more information, click here.

Presented by the The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy and the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Building Capacity for Food Equity Research in Crisis (5/5/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, May 5, 2022, 3:00pm-4:30pm (Online)

Location: Zoom

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Community for Global Health Equity to discuss the ways in which academics form effective partnerships,  how students and early career faculty engage in research in Global South communities, and how  students contribute to building equity.  Teams of mentors and mentees will reflect on these questions alongside their community partners. Through presentations and discussions, participants will evaluate current research and teaching practices about co-produced knowledge, and identify best practices for educating and engaging students in co-produced scholarship and action. Click here to register for the online event.

Presented by the Community for Global Health Equity

Economic Enemies? The Conflict Between the Seneca Nation and New York State Over Gaming (5/4/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 4:10pm-5:30pm (Online)

Location: Zoom

Intended Audience: Open Event

For several years the Seneca Nation has maintained that their gaming compact extension makes no provisions for revenue sharing with New York State. Senecas have argued that economic racism and greed are the motivating factors for unfavorable court rulings and Governor Hochul’s recent action freezing all Seneca Nation bank accounts to force payment of the disputed funds. A grassroots mobilization, known as the Mothers of the Seneca Nation, has challenged the legality of this payment and spoken out forcefully on the issue. Join founding members Leslie Logan and Odie Brant Porter for a discussion about the past, present, and future of Seneca casino gaming, its economic impacts on Western New York, and the long-standing challenges dealing with the state government. Click here to register for the online event.

Presented by the Department of Indigenous Studies

Let in but Locked Out: Exploring Class and Race Based Equity in Graduate Education (5/2/2022)

Date & Time: Monday, May 2, 2022, 12:30pm-1:30pm (In-person or Register here to attend virtually)

Location: 684 Baldy, North Campus and Zoom

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Global Interest Group in a presentation by Chazz Robinson, Ed.M., UB PhD student in Higher Education Administration.

This discussion will explore the ways in which low income and underrepresented minority (URM) students have historically been socialized into academia and how these practices can impact persistence. In addition, this discussion will provide real narratives of student experiences and provide participants with tools to create more equitable environments.

Presented by the Global Interest Group from the School of Social Work

50 Years of Indigenous Studies at UB w/Rick Hill: Who Stole Native American Studies? (4/27/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 4:10pm-5:40pm (Online)

Location: Zoom

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join Rick Hill for a short walk down memory lane, exploring what made Native American Studies at UB exciting in the 1970’s-1980’s. He will then relate the ideas in Lakota scholar Elizabeth Cook-Lynn’s essay of the same name to look at the future of the discipline.
Click here to register for the online event.

Presented by the Department of Indigenous Studies

Haudenosaunee Visuality as a Tradition (4/20/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 4:10pm-5:40pm (Online)

Location: Zoom

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join Dr. Jolene Rickard for a lecture about the project of injecting Indigenous philosophy in the academy and translating these ideas into a methodology that is happening in multiple locations. As often the case, Indigenous artists are leading the way with their work. This talk will consider how reading the visual legacies of Haudenosaunee material culture is essential in disrupting the aestheticized violence of our dispossession and ongoing relationships to our homelands. Click here to register for the online event.

Presented by the Department of Indigenous Studies

UB Pride Week (Spring 2022)

Date & Time: Week of April 11- April 15, 2022 (see dates below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Intercultural and Diversity Center for a week of events to honor LGBTQ+ histories, cultures, and lives. Click here for more information and details on how to participate in the following events: 

  • April 11 (virtual) - Tough Topics: Sexualit & Gender in POC Communities
  • April 11  - University Pride Lecture featuring 'Ericka Hart'
  • April 12  - Pride Week March and Mixer
  • April 13 - Pride Paint & Sip
  • April 13 - Pride Week Social
  • April 15 - Queer Prom: A Night in Enchancia

Presented by the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

Health Inequities Workshop Series (Spring 2022)

Date & Time: March-April 2022, Thursdays, 3:00-4:30pm (online)

Intended Audience: All members of UB's Translational Consortium

The goals of the Health Inequities Workshop Series are to: (1) bridge the cultural and experience gap by providing health practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to understand health inequities; (2) acquire the intercultural communication skills needed to become more culturally sensitive and empathetic health practitioners; (3) develop a fundamental understanding of the socio-economic causes of health inequities and how structural forces perpetuate them; and (4) imbue health practitioners with the desire and commitment to contribute to transforming the health care system to better serve Blacks and people of color.

Workshops Include:

  • (03/10/22): Introduction to Structural Racism, the Social Determinants of Health, and Health Inequities
  • (03/17/22): Terminologies and Factors Contributing to Health Inequities
  • (03/31/22): Health Policy and Community Structure
  • (04/07/22): Communication Strategies to Improve Healthy Practices
  • (04/14/22): When Theory Meets Reality: The Fight to Eliminate Health Disparities

Each workshop will feature panel discussions, interactive breakout rooms, and question and answer sessions. Click here to register and to see the full schedule.

Sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute 

Leveraging the Academy to Help Strengthen the House (4/13/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 13th, 4:10pm - 5:40pm (Click here to register for this online event) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Join Haudenosaunee Historian, Susan M. Hill (Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan) for a lecture identifying the people, methods, and interventions that helped to make Indigenous Studies at UB a reality. From her time as a graduate student at the University at Buffalo to serving as the Director of the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Hill offers varied and in-depth perspectives on the history, people, and community-building methods the ensured the longevity of Critical Indigenous Studies within Haudenosaunee homelands. Click here to register for this online event, and you can also click here to visit the New Indigenous Studies Website.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies

The Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program is commited to providing support and extra-curricular opportunities geared toward female students (& faculty) in the STEM fields with the goal of increasing the recruitment, retention and success of women in the sciences, math and engineering. This month, WiSE is hosting programs in honor of Women's History Month ranging from network oppurtunities, panels, experitential learning and tours! To find out more about their upcoming events, visit the WiSE UBLinked page.

Unplug the Power of Bias (4/6/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 10:00-12:00pm (click here to register for this virtual event)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff

In this workshop you will learn what bias is, recognize where it comes from and gain insight on how to recognize the impact of bias on yourself and others.

This workshop will help prepare you to push bias attitudes aside on a personal level and improve your capacity for engaging in and promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Presented by the Office of Human Resources.

Safe Zone Training (4/5/2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 10:00-12:00pm (click here to register for this in-person event)

Location: 105 Townsend Hall

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff

A Safe Zone is an intentional space, climate 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.

Presented by the Office of Human Resources.

50 Years of Indigenous Studies at UB with Dr. Kevin White: Scholarly Activism and White Corn (3/30/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 30, 4:10pm-5:40pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

In this presentation, Kevin White will talk about his years as a graduate student in the American Studies Program at the University of Buffalo. He will reflect on his time learning about what it meant to be an Indigenous community-centered scholar- activist and his engagement with the White Corn project. He will share his insights on the UB American Studies program as a space of research, food, and a venue of learning unlike anywhere else.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies

Mapping Anishinaabe Kendaaswin: Land, Truth, and Treaties through Oral History By Joshua Manitowabi (3/29/2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 29, 1:00pm (640 Clemens Hall, North Campus or Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Please join us for a research talk by Joshua Manitowabi (Potawatomi), Ph.D. Candidate in Humanities at Brock University, who will envision how decolonial mapping can portray treaty relations with the land, water and sky through the Dish With One Spoon Wampum treaty. He will also demonstrate through storytelling how Anishinaabe occupancy of Odawa Mnis is ongoing. Interactive mapping will be examined for its potential to address the limitations of static mapping in presenting an accurate Anishinaabe perspective. He will examine mapping strategies that incorporate traditional ways of imparting knowledge, such as storytelling and oral history. From the user’s perspective, this type of modern technology for constructing digital maps can offer alternative perspectives of Indigenous cultural representations while simultaneously providing new insights within contested areas of space between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies

University Town Halls (Spring 2022)

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 15th, Wednesday, March 16th and Thursday, March 17th from 12:00-1:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Provost A. Scott Weber and the President’s Advisory Council on Race Implementation Committee (PACOR) invite the University at Buffalo community to three virtual town halls to discuss university-wide efforts to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and justice at UB. During the town halls, the PACOR subcommittees will present their recommendations.

March 15: Faculty Recruitment, Mentoring and Retention; Scholarship, Tenure and Recognition
Join session one using this Zoom link

March 16: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Experience and Programs; Inclusive Space
Join session two using this Zoom link

March 17: Staff Recruitment, Mentoring and Advancement; Community Engagement
Join session three using this Zoom link

Questions may be submitted to the panelists via Zoom during the town halls. Following each session, more extensive feedback may be submitted via the PACOR website through March 31.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

Knowing John Mohawk is to “keep it all going”: Lessons in Consciousness and Persistence (3/16/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 16, 4:10pm-5:40pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Join preeminent lifecycle advocate Katsi Tekatsi:tsia'kwa Cook (Mohawk Nation, Wolf Clan) as she reflects on fellow Haudenosaunee thinker, John Mohawk as situated through her lens. 

Link to register: https://buffalo.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0uceqrpjgsGtdjYu40_aSH3YnOYsdkRUTa

Sponsored by the School of Social Work 

Residential Schools: Intergenerational Impact of Unresolved Historical Trauma on Survivors -- Healing and Decolonization for Future Generations (3/14/2022)

Date & Time: Monday, March 14, 12:30-1:30pm (684 Baldy, North Campus or Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Join us for a presentation by Dawn C. Hill, MSW, RSW, UBSSW alumna, and a clinical social worker with the Six Nations Family Health Team. Dawn will discuss how descendants of residential school survivors can use writing and land-based practices as tools for healing from trauma. She will share excerpts from her 2021 memoir Memory Keeper. Click here to register. 

Sponsored by the School of Social Work 

Digital Caretakers: Transformation Storytelling from an Indigenous Lens (3/7/2022)

Date & Time: Monday, March 7, 12:30-1:30pm (684 Baldy, North Campus or Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Join us to hear Amanda Royce Josanaraae Cheromiah, Ph.D., Director of Native SOAR in the College of Education at the University of Arizona, present: Digital Caretakers: Transformation Storytelling from an Indigenous Lens. Before the record of time, Indigenous communities have shared stories on the land we occupy now. Rooted in Indigenous storytelling methodologies, this event will help you learn strategies to center storytelling in your work as a powerful medium to connect with students and communities. The event is a feature of the Global to Local Speaker Series and the Symposium on Voices for Healing and Justice. Click here to register. 

Sponsored by the School of Social Work 

Significant Convergence: UB and Native Activism, in Appreciation of Great Teachers Who Inspired and Guided the Work of Generations, Focus on John Mohawk (3/2/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 4:10pm-5:40pm (Online)

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join Taíno activist, author, scholar and organizer José Barreiro Hatueyael for an engaging lecture on the history and everlasting impacts of Indigenous activism and scholarship at UB, with a focus on John Mohawk.

Link to register:  https://buffalo.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ghxce7_MS-KrOZZ5mrBegQ

Presented by the Department of Indigenous Studies

Film Festival: Post-Incarceration Reentry & Reconnections (3/2/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 2, 6:00-9:00pm (120 Clemens Hall, North Campus & Online) 

Intended Audience: Open Event   

Join us for the Post-Incarceration Reentry and Reconnections Film Festival, which will include three film shorts: Knife SkillsTutwiler & On the Outs: Reentry for Inmates with DisabilitiesThese films highlight post-incarceration challenges, but also hope, resilience, reconnection and healing. They evoke consideration of how race, gender, disability, generational trauma, and socioeconomic status intersect with the criminal (in)justice system. Cindi McEachon, CEO of Peaceprints of WNY, will moderate a discussion connecting the films with social work, reentry challenges in Buffalo, and how challenges are being addressed by Peaceprints. To participate via Zoom, click here to register. 

Sponsored by the UB School of Social Work Global Interest Group

An Open Forum Discussion: Black Business Matters (2/25/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, February 25, 2:30-4:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: Open Event   

The University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education and School of Law will hold a virtual panel to clarify the conversation about the nature and history of race and racism in our nation and concerns about state legislation throughout the U.S. focused on critical race theory in education. Click here to learn more and to register. 

Sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and School of Law 

Critical Race Theory: Clarifying the Conversation (2/25/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, February 25, 5:00-7:00pm (106 Jacobs Management Center and Online) 

Intended Audience: Open Event   

The purpose of this event is to recognize Black History Month and to celebrate by highlighting the value of Black business. The forum will bring together the university community, including alumni and local business owners. A distinguished panel of local leaders and entrepreneurs will engage in a critical discourse regarding the history, challenges and future opportunities of business for Black Americans. Register to attend the event in person or via Zoom.

Sponsored by the School of Management's Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

Indigenous Intellectual Property and Data Sovereignty (2/18/2022)

Date & Time: Friday, February 18, 12:00pm-3:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Presenting Dr. Desi Small-Rodriguez: "Indigenous Data Sovereignty: An Overview From Pre-Invasion To Today" and Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll: "Sovereignty and Governance for Indigenous Data Futures." These presentations will explore the intersections between copyright law, intellectual property, data sovereignty, digital governance, and Indigenous knowledge. Click here to register. 

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies 

Feminist Research Alliance Workshop: On the Promises and Pitfalls of Using Computational Methods to Study Gender (2/9/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9, 12:00-1:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Kenneth Joseph, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University at Buffalo, focuses on obtaining a better understanding of the dynamics and cognitive representations of stereotypes and prejudice, and their interrelationships with sociocultural structure and behavior. He will speak about a simulated workplace he created called Norm Corp, which calculates gendered micro-aggressions against women employees over a ten-year period and its impact on the workplace. In his work, he leverages a variety of machine learning/NLP methods, agent-based modeling strategies and socio-cognitive theories. He works with people in the Computing for Social Good group. Click here to register. 

Sponsored by the Gender Institute 

50 Years of Indigenous Studies at UB Speaker Series with Guest Speaker Agnes Williams (2/9/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9, 4:10-5:40pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

As part of the Department of Indigenous Studies 50 years of Indigenous Studies at UB Speaker Series, Agnes Williams will speak on February 9. Join Founding Mother of the Indigenous Women’s Network, Agnes Williams (Seneca Nation, Wolf Clan) for an engaging lecture on the history and contributions of Native American Studies at UB. From protests to the classroom, learn about action-based scholarship as a foundational element in the establishment of Indigenous Studies and the role it plays in local, regional, state, federal and international arenas. Click here to register. 

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies 

Impossible Project: Making Computing Anti-Racist (2/9/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, February 9, 5:10pm-6:20pm, Davis 101, UB North Campus and via Zoom  

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students   

During the Fall semester of 2021, 600 first-year UB students in Computer Science and Engineering accepted the challenge to imagine what it would take to build a world in which computing could become anti-racist. Starting with the specific case of the use of predictive policing algorithms, they proposed computational and non-computational solutions to the problems exacerbated by technology in society. Students will present their winning ideas and this will be followed by discussion of their ideas by expert judges, with opportunities for open discussion from all attendees at the end of the event. Click here to register.

Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering with funding from a Mozilla Responsible Computer Science Challenge award.

Safe Zone Training (1/12/2022)

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 12, 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

Niagara Pride Diversity and Inclusion Training (1/6/2022)

Date & Time: Thursday, January 6, 12:00-1:30pm via Microsoft Teams (click here to register

Intended Audience: Open Event   

Presented by Niagara Pride, Inc. Come learn more about a local organization dedicated to LGBTQ + Inclusion. This training explores the use of pronouns, the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity, and things organizations can do to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community. Topics Covered Include: Gender, Orientation, & Identity; What is an Ally & Why is it Important?; What is Diversity & Inclusion?; Ways to be an Ally. Click here to register.

Niagara Pride Presenters: Susan Frawley – Board Member; Justin Decleene – Secretary; Ronald Piaseczny – President.

Sponsored by the PSS Inclusion and Diversity Committee

Fall 2021 Events

Accessibility Resources Zoom Faculty Fridays (Fall 2021)

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

Giving Thanks for the Natural World – Onödowa’ga:’ Environmentalism (11/17/2021)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 17, 4:00pm  

Location: Online 

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Join Dr. Jason Corwin (Seneca Nation, Deer Clan) for a multimedia look at Onödowa’ga:’ (Seneca) initiatives to protect land and water while promoting sustainability grounded in Indigenous philosophies. Dr. Jason Corwin, Clinical Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at UB, is a citizen of the Seneca Nation (Deer Clan), and a lifelong media maker. He was the founding director of the Seneca Media & Communications Center and has produced several short and feature length documentaries. Jason has extensive experience as a community-based environmental educator utilizing digital media to engage with Indigenous ways of knowing, sustainability, and social/environmental justice topics. Click here for news and events .

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies 

Filmmaker Terry Jones (11/9/2021)

Date & Time: Tuesday, November 9, 4:00-5:30pm  

Location: 112 O'Brian Hall

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Please join us for a presentation and discussion with filmmaker Terry Jones. He is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and currently resides in Newtown on the Cattaraugus territory. Terry has a passion for sharing his Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history and culture through his film works. He strives to find a balance between entertaining and educating his audiences. Click here to learn more. 

Sponsored by the Department of Indigenous Studies 

Doctrine of Discovery: Film Screening & Discussion (11/8/2021)

Date & Time: Monday, November 8, 5:00-7:00pm

Location: 190 Pharmacy Building (South Campus) or via livestream using this link

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Join us in-person or virtually for the screening of Doctrine of Discovery. This powerful documentary describes the principle of domination that has been used to oppress Indigenous peoples in the Americas, how the residual impacts of historical traumas can last for centuries into the present day, and how the traditional teachings of original nations and peoples form an alternative to this dehumanizing system. In addition to the screening, UB alumnus Pete Hill will facilitate a conversation about historical trauma and the longstanding effects of violence against Indigenous peoples, and will also debrief the film. Click here to register.

Food and refreshments will be provided beginning at 4:45pm in the cafe just down the hall from the screening room.

Hiking at Letchworth State Park (11/6/2021)

Date & Time: Saturday, November 6, 9:00am

Location: Meet at UB for carpool 

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Join students from First Nations SA and AISES for hiking and a picnic at Letchworth State Park .

Hosted by First Nations SA and AISES

Sex, Solicitation, and the Supreme Court: Remembering People v. Uplinger (10/22/2021)

Date & Time: Friday, October 22, 12:00-1:30pm (Online)  

Intended Audience: Open Event 

UB School of Law and The Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts invite you to join the panel discussion of People v. Uplinger (1983), a successful, Buffalo-based challenge to New York's sodomy law.

Registration is required. For more information and to register visit here.  

Sponsored by the Richard C. Failla LGBTQ Commission of the New York State Courts and the University at Buffalo School of Law 

Upcoming 2021-22 CDI Distinguished Visiting Scholar Events

Date & Time: For a detailed schedule, visit the Center for Diversity Innovation upcoming events webpage. 

Intended Audience: Open Event   

The Center for Diversity Innovation offers special events aimed at increasing awareness and mobilizing members of our communities to act in ways that promote racial equity and all forms of social justice. Events featured are organized by the 2021-22 Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars, academic departments/programs, staff and student organizations, and the Center director. Most events are free and open to all. See individual events for details, including two in collaboration with Campus Living on Monday, October 11 for Indigenous Peoples' Day and National Coming Out Day.

Sponsored by the Center for Diversity Innovation 

Safe Zone Training (9/28/2021)

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

Summer 2021 Events

SUNY SPECTRUM Conference (Summer 2021)

Date & Time:  Monday, June 28 - Friday, July 2, 2021 (Online) 

Intended Audience: SUNY Community   

SPECTRUM is the nation's largest education conference devoted to preventing and responding to sexual and interpersonal violence against members of the LGBTQI+ community. For more information and to register, click here

Sponsored by SUNY  

SUNY Pride Networking Night- Affinity Groups (6/24/2021)

Date & Time: Thursday, June 24, 5:00-6:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: SUNY Community  

Please join us for an evening of Affinity Groups where we will come together around a shared identity and build community. This is a supportive and affirmative space to make new, lasting connections based on shared interests and experiences. Click here to register. For more information on SUNY Pride virtual programing and events check out: https://www.suny.edu/pride/

Sponsored by SUNY 

Safe Zone Training (6/22/2021)

Date & Time: Tuesday, June 22, 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 

Freedom Day: Celebrating Juneteenth and Pride Together (6/17/2021)

Date & Time: Thursday, June 17, 3:00-4:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: SUNY Community  

New York State and SUNY now recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday. Please join us as we discuss and explore themes related to the celebration of Juneteenth during Pride. Click here to register. For more information on SUNY Pride virtual programing and events check out: https://www.suny.edu/pride/

Sponsored by SUNY 

Spring 2021 Events

Fashion Show (4/23/2021)

Date & Time: Friday, April 23, 7:00-8:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Students   

Show off your own meaning of Pride at our Virtual Fashion Show! Wear your best outfits and win prizes! 

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Raise Our Pride (4/22/2021)

Date & Time: Thursday, April 22, 11:00am-3:00pm (Student Union Lobby) 

Intended Audience: UB Students   

Let's raise our pride together! Stop by the table to receive your very own pride flag to celebrate and raise your own pride. 

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Lunch and Learn: LGBTQ+ Identities and Experiences (4/21/2021)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 21, 12:00-1:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Students   

The Intercultural and Diversity center invites you to a forum to explore issues around LGBTQ+ in schools and the work place. This event will feature a diverse group of individuals sharing their experiences navigating the world as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. 

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Rest and Refuge with Rosy Simas (Seneca, Heron clan) (4/20/2021)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 20, 9:00-10:30am (Online) 

Intended Audience: Open Event 

Based on Rosy’s creative practice, this workshop is intended to create space for refuge and rest – for the body, the heart, the mind, and spirit. We will move, breathe, hear, see, and practice deep listening to ourselves and our environment. Click here to register. 

Cosponsored by the Humanities Institute Performance Research Workshop, the Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Humanities Institute Haudenosaunee-Native American Studies Workshop

Tough Topics: LGBTQ+ Identities Within Society (4/20/2021)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 20, 3:00-4:00pm (240 Student Union and Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Students   

This program will be a discussion surrounding the many identities that exist within the LBGTQIA2B+ community, and how those titles are perceived individually and within society.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Virtual Voguing Tutorial (4/20/2021)

Date & Time: Tuesday, April 20, 6:00-7:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Students   

Come learn not only how to vogue in this engaging virtual tutorial, but also to learn about it’s historical significance and relation to the LGBTQ+ community. 

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

Grab n’ Go Rainbow DIY Kits (4/19/2021)

Date & Time: Monday, April 19, 1:00-4:00pm (Student Union Lobby) 

Intended Audience: UB Students   

Celebrate and show pride for your own identity by making your very own pride bracelet! Supplies and instructions will be provided. 

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

The Shapes of Fancy: Reading for Queer Desire in Early Modern Literature (4/16/2021)

Date & Time: Friday, April 16, 12:00-1:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

The Early Modern Research Workshop is inaugurating a “New Books in Dialogue” series, which brings together UB faculty and colleagues at other institutions who have newly published or soon-to-be-published books to discuss their works. Please join for a conversation with Joseph Gamble (University of Toledo) and Christine Varnado (Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies) about Varnado’s book, The Shapes of Fancy: Reading for Queer Desire in Early Modern Literature (Minnesota, 2020). Click here for more information. 

Sponsored by the Humanities Institute

Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Students: Through and Beyond the Gender Binary (4/9/2021)

Date & Time: Friday April 9, 12:00-1:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty and Staff 

How do we serve transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students better? Join trans activist, writer, and UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar Eli Clare to answer this question. Issues around language, pronouns, names, restrooms, harassment, housing, and more, focusing on both policy and practice will be explored. 

Sponsored by Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Center for Diversity Innovation

Safe Zone Training (3/23/2021)

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 

Inclusion and Acceptance: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Communities (3/3/2021)

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. 

Sponsored by Counseling Services 

Queer/Feminist New Media Tools (3/3/2021)

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 3, 12:00-1:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Queer/feminist DH scholars and new media artists use (and critique!) technologies in order to challenge dominant narratives, biases, and cultures in digital spaces and to advocate for more socially just societies and futures. UB’s Palah Light Lab seeks to further this work through creative new media art projects that foster community and cultural critique while centering marginalized peoples. This workshop explores queer/feminist design principles through the lab’s ongoing projects in poetry and gaming (such as Trans Folks Walking, a 3D narrative video game about trans peoples and their experiences) and will introduce accessible digital tools such as Twine and Ren’Py that participants can use to create their own new media art. 

Co-sponsored by Media Study and Global Gender Studies

Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Students: Through and Beyond the Gender Binary (3/2/2021)

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 2, 9:30-10:30am (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

How do we serve transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students better? Join trans activist and writer Eli Clare to answer this question. Issues around language, pronouns, names, restrooms, harassment, housing, and more, focusing on both policy and practice will be explored. 

Sponsored by UB Student Engagement, PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee, and the Center for Diversity Innovation

Conversation Series on Hodinöhsö:ni’ Geographies: Indigenous Land-Based Protocols and Commemoration at UB (3/2/2021)

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

Transgender Sensitive Health Care (3/1/2021)

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

Dr. Andrew Jolivétte, Indigenous Solidarity with Black Lives Matter: A Panel Discussion (2/25/2021)

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

Digital Possibilities & Collaboration with First Peoples (2/22/2021)

Date & Time: Monday, February 22, 1:00-2:30pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Co-Director of two digital projects working in collaboration with Indigenous communities, Mishuana Goeman will address best practices and the primary tools involved in the projects. Mapping Indigenous LA  aims to uncover the multiple layers of Indigenous Los Angeles through storymapping with Tribal Nations, Indigenous youth, community leaders, and elders from Indigenous communities throughout the city of Los Angeles to tell the multi-layered stories of placemaking. Click here for more information and to register.

Sponsored by DSSN and Co-sponsored by Geography, Linguistics, GGS, A/AS, ISD, CDI

Fall 2020 Events

Electric Lights, Tourist Sights: Gendering Dispossession and Settler Colonial Infrastructure at Niagara Falls (12/3/2020)

Date & Time: Thursday December 3, 4:00pm (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students 

Niagara Falls has become an important monument marking the boundary of the United States northern border and Canada’s Southern border. For Seneca people however, the falls are the place where the Thunder Beings reside and thus it is a place instrumental to Seneca experience of place. Built up as a tourist site in the early 1900s and later marketed as a honeymoon site, Niagara Falls becomes an important geographical area to extend the work of Mishuana Goeman, 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. Goeman's work in examining state produced space (such as making of monuments and jurisdictions) and Indigenous place-making (such as the reflection of experiences through intergenerational stories regarding specific sites, that in turn produce a value system).

Sponsored by The Center for Diversity Innovation and the Gender Institute

A Book Presentation and Conversation with Brianna Theobald (11/18/2020)

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 18, 4:00pm (Online)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff and Students

Dr Brianna Theobald discussed Native women’s reproductive histories and their activism from her new, multi award-winning book Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century. Dr Theobald is an assistant professor of history at the University of Rochester. She is the recipient of the John C. Ewers Award from the Western History Association and the Armitage-Jameson Prize from the Coalition for Western Women’s History. Dr. Theobald has also recently published several important public-facing pieces on such topics as the history of eugenics in the United States, detained migrants and reproductive abuse, and the history making work of Native American nurses.

Sponsored by the UB Humanities Institute – Haudenosaunee Native American Research Group, the UB Gender Institute, and the forthcoming UB Indigenous Studies Department

"Indians" in the Archives: Mobilizing Native Voices within Settler Colonial Structures for Indigenous Sovereignty (11/13/2020)

Date & Time: Friday, November 13, 3:00pm (Online)

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff and Students

Drawing on two decades of work in archives and special collections, as a student and researcher, faculty instructor, and program director, Dr. Alyssa Mt. Pleasant discussed opportunities and challenges for a range of approaches to capacity building in support of Indigenous sovereignty that engage rare book and manuscript collections held by a range of institutions.

Presented by UB Humanities Institute Sovereignty Research Laboratory

Fall 2019 Events

Crosswalk Celebration
Painting the Crosswalk

Spring 2019 Events

UB's First Pride Parade (4/24/2019)

Past Community Partner Events

Spring 2024 Events

All Our Relations Racial Healing Circles (2/19/2024)

Date & Time: Monday, February 19, 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Please join Native American Community Services for their Racial Healing Circle. Dive into your heart space, take this opportunity to share your stories and listen deeply to those of others to help us all move forward toward discovering and affirming our common humanity. Lunch will be provided.

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Registration Page or contact Pete Hill (Special Initiatives Director, NACS) via email at phill@nacswny.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Fall 2023 Events

Overview of Native American Cultural Competency (12/8/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, December 8, 2023, 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: Partners in Restorative Initiatives (PiRI), 111 Hillside Avenue, Rochester, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

This training is open to health and human service providers supporting Native persons, as well as policy makers, community members, and persons interested in racial equity. It will include a screening and facilitated discussion of the documentary “Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York.” Space is limited, so please pre-register. 

For more information or to register, please visit the Event Registration Page. For any questions regarding training and content info, please contact Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director (NACS) at 716-574-8981 or via email at phill@nacswny.org. For questions regarding facilities and site info, please contact Samantha Bonnano at PiRI at 585-473-0979 or via email at Sbonanno@pirirochester.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), the Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Promotion (IHAWP) program, and the New York State Dept. of Health / AIDS Institute.

Native American Heritage Month Guest Speaker: Jamie Jacobs (11/27/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, November 27, 2023, 12:00pm

Location: 2nd Floor Ceremonial Courtroom, 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202

Intended Audience: Open Event

Please join the UCS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Franklin H. William Judicial Commission, & the 8th Judicial District in celebrating Native American Heritage Month. This event will feature guest speaker Jamie Jacobs, Tonawanda Seneca, Turtle Clan, and include Haudenosaunee dancers and Native American food samplings. A light lunch will be provided. 

To RSVP, please email Mackenzie Knihinicki at mknihini@nycourts.gov.

Sponsored by the UCS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Franklin H. William Judicial Commission, and the 8th Judicial District.

Native American Cultural Competency (10/20/2023)

Date & Time: Monday, October 20, 2023, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Native American and Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) Office, 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

This in-depth session will be a more advanced exploration of cultural strengths, historical traumas, and racial healing. Anticipated highlights of the session will include a Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address; a “Witness to Injustice (aka, Blanket) Exercise;” the “All Our Relations Racial Healing Circle;” being a good ally for Indigenous communities; and self-care, reflection, and sharing to be able to help all communities. Space is limited, so please consider registering early.

For any questions or to register, please contact Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director (NACS) via email at phill@nacswny.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS), and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Festival del Cuatro Puertoriqueño (10/8/2023)

Date & Time: Sunday, October 8, 2023, 2:00pm

Location: The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Come out to the Puerto Rican Cuatro Festival! This event is a celebration of the culture and music of Puerto Rico. There will be live music from Fabiola Mendez, from Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. There will also be dancing and cultural performances so you can learn more about the island's history and traditions. This is an FREE event for the whole family, so bring your friends and loved ones to enjoy an afternoon filled with joy and culture together.

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage.

Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York and the Buffalo History Museum.

Beyond Boundaries Film and Discussion Series: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (9/21/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Burchfield Penney Art Center, Tower Auditorium 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join SUNY Buffalo State for the Beyond Boundaries Screening & Discussion Series, an annual, six-part film series organized around categories of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, class, sexuality, and abilities, with an emphasis on intersectionality. Screenings create an opportunity for open dialogue on social justice issues among college students, staff, faculty and members of the greater Western New York community. 

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks (2022) is a definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement. Based on the best-selling biography and executive produced by award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien, the film takes a deeper dive into Rosa Parks’ often overlooked breadth of accomplishments and the impact of her fight to overcome racial injustice.  Detailing her achievements beyond the mere fraction of Parks’ life taught in schools, the film takes a deeper dive into the groundbreaking actions spearheaded by Rosa throughout the course of the civil rights movement. 

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage. For questions, please contact Communication at SUNY Buffalo State via email at communication@buffalostate.edu. For more information on The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, watch the trailer

Sponsored by Communication at SUNY Buffalo State.

All Our Relations Racial Healing Circles – Discussions of Intersectionality and Identity (August - September 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple offerings and dates, see more details below

Location: Native American and Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) Office, 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

The Racial Healing Circle is a new effort to promote greater awareness, mutual respect, understanding, compassion, and healing for the Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Western New York Region. These circles will help combat structural racism through interpersonal dialogues, sharing, and listening from diverse members of the community. Dinner is provided at 5:30pm and the circles begin at 6:00pm. Seating is limited with only 20 spots, so please consider registering early. The topics for the circles are below:

  • Thursday, August 31, 2023, 5:30pm - 8:00pm: Race & Ethnicity
  • Thursday, September 7, 2023, 5:30pm - 8:00pm: Gender, Sexuality & Expression
  • Thursday, September 14, 2023, 5:30pm - 8:00pm: Cultural Appreciation vs Appropriation
  • Thursday, September 21, 2023, 5:30pm - 8:00pm: Tokenism & Stereotypes

For more information and to register, please contact Simone Alston (Stages of Life Empowerment Director, NACS) at 716-983-2564 or via email at salston@nacswny.org or contact Pete Hill (Special Initiatives Director, NACS) at 716-574-8981 or via email at phill@nacswny.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Overview of Native American Cultural Competency (9/21/2023)

Date & Time: Thursday, September 21, 2023, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Location: Native American and Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) Office, 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

This in-depth session will include a screening and facilitated discussion of the documentary “Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York.” Space is limited, so please consider registering early. There will be a 1-hour lunch break on your own from 12:30pm - 1:30pm.

For any questions or to register, please contact Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director (NACS) via email at phill@nacswny.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), the Value Network of WNY, and the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS).

Salsa for a Cure (9/15/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 15, 2023, 7:00pm - 12:00am

Location: Pucho Social Club, 261 Swan St, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York for their 10th annual Salsa for a Cure event. The theme is Red ensemble - dress to impress. The event will feature Live DJ Frankie and Performance from Fanny Salsa Dance, Sarah Haykle, Jerome Williams Salsa for the Soul, and an exciting dance competition. All proceeds will go towards Roswell Park for cancer research and support programs for patients and their families. No matter your skill level, come out and enjoy a night of fun and community.

For more information, please visit the Event Registration page.

Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off (9/15/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, September 15, 2023, 12:00pm

Location: Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York for their Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off event and celebrate Hispanic Heritage!

For more information, please visit the Event Webpage.

Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York.

Summer 2023 Events

Overview of Native American Cultural Competency (Summer 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple offerings and dates, see more details below

Location: Native American and Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) Office, 1005 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

These in-depth sessions will include a screening and facilitated discussion of the documentary “Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York.” Both introduction sessions are very similar in content and space is limited, so please consider registering early.

  • Thursday, July 27, 2023, 10:30am - 4:30pm (with a 1-hour lunch break on your own, 1:00pm - 2:00pm)
  • Thursday, August 24, 2023, 10:30am - 4:30pm (with a 1-hour lunch break on your own, 1:00pm - 2:00pm)

For any questions or to register, please contact Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director (NACS) via email at phill@nacswny.org with the specific training date preferred.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), the Value Network of WNY, and the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS).

Introduction to Native American Cultural Competency (Summer 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple offerings and dates, see more details below

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

These one-hour sessions provide brief overviews of Native cultures, health challenges facing many communities, historical traumas, and suggestions for how to engage with Native American peoples more respectfully. All introduction sessions are very similar in content and space is limited to 35 people per session, so please consider registering early. 

For any questions or concerns please contact Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director (NACS) at phill@nacswny.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), the Value Network of WNY, and the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS)

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World (7/28/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, July 28, 2023, 5:00pm - 9:15pm

Location: Indigenous Attractions, 1626 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

The All Our Relations Racial Healing Project presents RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World, a revelatory documentary that brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular American music.  Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo, RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Registration page, contact Simone Alston (Stages of Life Empowerment Director, NACS) at 716-783-2564 or via email at salston@nacswny.org, or contact Pete Hill (Special Initiatives Director, NACS) at 716-574-8981 or via email at phill@nacswny.org. For more information on RUMBLE, visit their website

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

All Our Relations Racial Healing Circle (7/14/2023)

Date & Time: Friday, July 14, 2023, 2:30pm - 6:00pm

Location: Indigenous Attractions, 1626 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY

Intended Audience: Open Event

The Racial Healing Circle is a new effort to promote greater awareness, mutual respect, understanding, compassion, and healing for the Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Western New York Region. These circles will help combat structural racism through interpersonal dialogues, sharing, and listening from diverse members of the community. Seating is limited with only 15 spots, so please consider registering early.

For more information and to register, please visit the Event Registration page, contact Simone Alston (Stages of Life Empowerment Director, NACS) at 716-783-2564 or via email at salston@nacswny.org, or contact Pete Hill (Special Initiatives Director, NACS) at 716-574-8981 or via email at phill@nacswny.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) and the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

Spring 2023 Events

Native American Cultural Competency Trainings (Spring 2023)

Date & Time: Multiple offerings and dates, Spring 2023 (see more details below)

Location: Virtual (see more details below)

Intended Audience: Open Event

We would like to announce that our community partner, Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), is hosting the Strengthening Our Resilience program giving us the opportunity to attend more professional development, and free virtual training sessions on Native American Cultural Competency through March 2023. Please register for your preferred session(s), using the links provided below. Space is limited to 35 people per session, so please consider registering early. 

“Introduction to Native American Cultural Competency”

These one-hour sessions provide brief overviews of Native cultures, health challenges facing many communities, historical traumas, and suggestions for how to engage with Native American peoples more respectfully. All “Introduction” sessions are very similar in content.

“Overview of Native American Cultural Competency”

These four-hour sessions include deeper content of traditional Native cultures, Trauma-Informed Care, Historical Traumas, the documentary “Unseen Tears: The Impact of Residential Boarding Schools,” and strategies to move ahead. Both “Overview” sessions are very similar in content.

For any questions or concerns please contact Pete Hill, Special Initiatives Director (NACS) at phill@nacswny.org.  

Sponsored by the Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS), the Value Network of WNY, and the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS)

Fall 2022 Events

Strengthening Our Resilience (Fall 2022)

Native American Community Services (NACS) is happy to announce some upcoming training opportunities for Native American Cultural Competency.  There are two virtual sessions for the “Introduction” sessions, and they will also have two in-person sessions for the four-hour, “Overview” trainings.  Please see the to register and additional details.

1. Introduction to Native American Cultural Competency

Date & Time: August 29, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm and September 13, 2022, 12 - 1 pm (Virtual, see below for more details)

Intended Audience: Open Event

These one-hour sessions provide brief overviews of Native cultures, health challenges facing many communities, historical traumas, how to engage with Native American peoples more respectfully, and efforts to restore community wellbeing.

Monday, August 29, 2022, 12:00–1:00pm, Virtual on Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwrd-6uqzwoG9f75cuWRdAUnHGkzCsyZINZ

Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm, Virtual on Zoom

https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdOyqpzosEt17GuQD--NjRx4PpkYQ2p40

2. Overview of Native American Cultural Competency

Date & Time: August 25, 11 :00am–4:00pm and September 16, 2022, 10:00am–3:00pm (In-Person, see below for more details) 

Intended Audience: Open Event

These four-hour sessions include deeper discussions of traditional Native cultures, Trauma-Informed Care, Historical Traumas, a screening and discussion of “Unseen Tears: The Impact of Residential Boarding Schools,” strategies to move ahead, and more. Both “Overview” sessions are very similar in content. The “Overview” sessions will include a one-hour lunch break and will be held IN PERSON at the location identified below:

Thursday, August 25,  11 :00am–4:00pm, IN PERSON: At Indigenous Attractions, 1626 Military Rd, Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Friday, September 16, 2022, 10:00am–3:00pm, IN PERSON: At NACS, 1005 Grant St., Buffalo NY 14207

To register for either of these IN-PERSON “Overview” trainings, please email Pete Hill at phill@nacswny.org for registration info.

Sponsored by Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties, Inc. (NACS) and the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS)