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Upcoming Inclusive Excellence Events

LGBTQ+ Discussion Group Meeting (Spring 2024)

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, February 12, 2024, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, June 11, 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.

Upcoming University Events

Indigenous Environmental Justice Guest Lectures: Sages and Sweetgrass - Dinah Lou Porter

Date & Time: Friday, April 5, 2024, 11:00am - 12:20pm

Location: 108 Capen 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 us for a presentation on sages and sweetgrass with special guest Dinah Lou Porter (Akwesasne Mohawk). Dinah Lou Porter began her journey into Indigenous traditional methods of healing as she was working to improve her own health. Her expertise comes from the Haudenosaunee as well as from other Indigenous peoples in North America. In her presentation she will discuss the sages and sweet grasses that are used by various communities. This context will bring insight into how different Indigenous peoples have unique medicines that are utilized by their people. Through relationships with the natural world and each other, we will learn how to improve the health of ourselves and our communities. 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.

BIPOC Drop-In Group

Date & Time: Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, through May 8, 2024

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 14 BIPOC Drop-In Groups this semester starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 and running through Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

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

Sponsored by UB Counseling Services and the Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC).

UB Pride Week

Date & Time: Monday, April 8, 2024 - Friday, April 12, 2024

Location: Multiple locations, see Heritage Months

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the UB in celebrating Pride Week! See the Heritage Months page for various events happening throughout the week.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

Race & Islam in America

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Location: 280 Park Hall, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the UB Middle East Studies Initiative for a public lecture on Race & Islam in America featuring Professor Kambiz GhaneaBassiri from Reed College. Dr. GhaneaBassiri is the author of A History of Islam in America.

Sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Africana and American Studies, and the Asia Research Institute.

Rainbow Hour

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, February 15, 2024, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, March 14, 2024, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursday, April 11, 2024, 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 (IDC).

Surviving the Rubble of Extractive Capitalism: Women and Jews in a Connecticut Archive, 1765-1817

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Feminist Research Alliance for Dr. Kari Winter’s research talk, “Surviving the Rubble of Extractive Capitalism: Women and Jews in a Connecticut Archive, 1765-1817.” Professor of American Studies in the Department of Global Gender Studies, Kari J. Winter is a historian, literary critic and screenwriter who has served as the Director of the UB Gender Institute (2011-17) and Executive Director of the UB Humanities Institute (interim, 2017-18). She has published three books and many articles on gender, slavery, and resistance in the Atlantic worlds of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Founded in 2010, the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop advances and energizes interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration among feminist scholars locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. At our convivial meetings, faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars present and discuss research-in-progress.  A fertile space for idea-incubation, the workshop also is community-building, enabling students and faculty to network with potential committee members, mentors, and colleagues beyond the boundaries of their home departments. All events are free and open to the public.

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.

Suzanne Simon Baptiste Louverture: Microbiography and Black Women’s Lives

Date & Time: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

Join the Feminist Research Alliance for Dr. Robin Mitchell’s research talk, “Suzanne Simon Baptiste Louverture: Microbiography and Black Women’s Lives.” Robin Mitchell is an award-winning Associate Professor in the Department of History, and the College of Arts and Sciences Endowed Professor, at the University at Buffalo. She is a 19th century French historian, specializing in discourses about race, gender, and sexuality. She received her doctorate in Late Modern European History from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. In addition to several published journal articles, and her first book, Vénus Noire: Black Women and Colonial Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Georgia Press, 2020), Dr. Mitchell is currently writing the first biography of Suzanne Simone Baptiste, also known as Madame Toussaint Louverture. It is currently under contract with Princeton University Press. Founded in 2010, the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop advances and energizes interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration among feminist scholars locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. At our convivial meetings, faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars present and discuss research-in-progress.  A fertile space for idea-incubation, the workshop also is community-building, enabling students and faculty to network with potential committee members, mentors, and colleagues beyond the boundaries of their home departments. All events are free and open to the public.

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.

Lavender Ceremony and Reception

Date & Time: Friday, May 10, 2024, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Landmark Room, 210 Student Union, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

The Lavender Ceremony and Reception welcomes all graduating members of the UB LGBTQ Community. These students are from all majors and levels of education in various programs and backgrounds. Recognizing the challenges many LGBTQ students face on their journey to graduation, it is essential to provide the opportunity for graduating students, family, friends, faculty, administrators, peers, allies, and supporters to embrace each student at the end of their time at UB.

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).

ALANA Celebration of Achievement

Date & Time: Thursday, May 16, 2024, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Center for the Arts, North Campus

Intended Audience: Open Event

The ALANA (African, Latinx, Asian, and Native American) Celebration will occur in person and is open to all University at Buffalo graduating students. This pre-commencement ceremony was conceived to honor the achievements of African, Latinx, 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. The Intercultural and Diversity Center and the Cora P. Maloney Center will honor you for your outstanding accomplishments, so please wear your graduation regalia.

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 Cora P. Maloney Center (CPMC).

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 Events Calendar.

Sponsored by the Intercultural and Diversity Center.

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Upcoming Community Partner Events

Intro to Native American Cultural Competency & Trauma-Informed Basics

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

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

These one-hour sessions are part of the “Strengthening Our Resilience” (SOR) Program of Native American Community Services and are designed for those who are new to trauma-informed care. They will 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. There will be 3 sessions at the following days and times, please register at the respective links below: 

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) and the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS).

Intro to Native American Cultural Competency & the Residual Impacts of Historical Trauma

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

Location: Virtual

Intended Audience: Open Event

These one-hour sessions are part of the “Strengthening Our Resilience” (SOR) Program of Native American Community Services and are designed for those already trained in trauma-informed care. They will 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. There will be 3 sessions at the following days and times, please register at the respective links below: 

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) and the New York State Office of Addiction Services & Supports (OASAS).

Ongoing Events

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

Recently Recorded Inclusive Excellence Events

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

These 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. We encourage this resource for all Department Chairs and faculty who plan to serve on search committees. Below are descriptions of the three workshops. Click here to view them on UB Edge.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence