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Conversation with Cassidy R. Sugimoto: Caregiving and Work Demands during COVID-19

Date & Time: Thursday, November 4, 10:30-11:30am (Online) 

Intended Audience: UB Faculty, Staff, and Students  

Join the conversation to discuss the ongoing effects on caregiving and work demands brought on by COVID-19. We will share lived experiences and solutions as we grapple with the long-term impact of the pandemic. Click here for more informaiton and register. 

Cassidy R. Sugimoto is Professor, School Chair, and Tom and Marie Patton Chair in the School of Public Policy. Her research examines the formal and informal ways in which knowledge is produced, disseminated, consumed, and supported, with an emphasis on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence in collaboration with the Gender Institute

Doctrine of Discovery: Film Screening & Discussion

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.

Linguistic Justice Writing Workshop

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 11:00am-12:30pm (Register for session here)
Intended Audience:  Writing instructors and consultants, but all UB students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate. 

How can traditional approaches to language education negatively affect students' sense of self and identity? What pedagogical practices can dismantle these forms of linguistic racism and supremacy? Please join us for a workshop conducted by Dr. April Baker-Bell on antiracist practices in writing instruction and support, and learn how to put antiracism into practice in the important area of language development. Click here to register.

Leading up to the session, a reading group of Dr. Baker-Bell’s book Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy will be hosted by the Center for Excellence in Writing on October 25. Baker-Bell’s book brings together theory, research, and practice to dismantle Anti-Black Linguistic Racism (a term Baker-Bell coined) and white linguistic supremacy. Book copies are available in the Center for Excellence in Writing as well as in Academic and Professional Writing, and the book is also available in electronic format with unlimited access through UB Libraries. Email writing@buffalo.edu to get more information on the reading group.  

Presented by the Center for Excellence in Writing, Undergraduate Education, and the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Recently Recorded Inclusive Excellence Events

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

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

Intended Audience: Faculty Chairs and Search Committee Members 

The workshops were led by Dr. Anne Etgen, Professor Emerita in the Department of Neuroscience at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and nationally recognized expert in recruiting and retaining diverse faculty.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence


Mónica Ramírez: Authentic Leadership During Turbulent Times

Date & Time: Thursday, October 7, 12:00-1:00pm  (Recording will be posted soon)

Intended Audience: Open Event

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

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

Additional University Events

Sex, Solicitation, and the Supreme Court: Remembering People v. Uplinger

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 

Ongoing Events

Accessibility Resources Zoom Faculty Fridays

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

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

Sponsored by UB Accessibility Resources

Intercultural and Diversity Center Events

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

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center

UB Counseling Groups - Fall 2021

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

Intended Audience: UB Students 

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

Sponsored by Counseling Services  

Documenting the UB Community Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic

Date & Time: Submit anytime

Intended Audience: UB Students, Faculty and Staff

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

Sponsored by University Libraries