2015-16 Events


Please see all Diversity Transformation Projects and Events supported by the University at Albany, Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with Co-Sponsors listed on each individual event flier.

Fall 2015

“The Urgency to Re-Conceptualize Education: Tools for Transformative Pedagogy From Voices Within the School-to-Prison Pipeline”

Diversity Transformation Speaker Series Kick off Event
September 18th, 2015  at 1:30pm, Standish Room, Science Library Bldg., 3rd floor

Keynote Speaker: Debra Mayes Pane, Ph.D.
Co-Author of Transforming the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Lessons from the Classroom
Executive Director, Eradicating the School-to-Prison Pipeline (E-StoPP)
Miami, Florida

“Facilitating Classroom Dialogues on the Dismantling of Race and Racism”

Presenter: Alex Pieterse, Ph.D.
October 21st, 2015  at 2pm, Assembly Hall, Campus Center


 Spring 2016

January 28-29, 2016

Anti-Oppression and Transformative Praxis: Sharing Classroom Strategies, Considering Curriculum Innovation

Conference Day 1, Thursday – January 28th, 3:30-5:00pm
Standish Room, Science Library Bldg., 3rd floor

Conference Keynote Presenters: Come hear and welcome SUNY Oneonta  Colleagues and “Diversity Workers” who will kindly share their experience, insights and facilitate dialogue on  curriculum transformation!

Kathleen O’Mara, Ph.D., “Sexuality Matters, and is Not a Unitary Category”

Betty Wambui, Ph.D., “Marginal Communities, Knowledges and Sustainabilities”


Conference Day 2, Friday – January 29th, 10:00am – 1:30pm
Standish Room, Science Library Bldg., 3rd floor

Poster Session featuring UA Faculty: Anti-Oppression and Transformative Praxis: Sharing Classroom Strategies, Considering Curriculum Innovation

Come Learn and Share with Faculty Working Toward Diversity Transformation in Our Pedagogy!

UA Faculty from School of Education, Educational & Counseling Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, Departments of Africana Studies, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, Music and Theater, Philosophy, Political Science, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and The University Libraries

Please RSVP by January 26, 2016 if attending January 29th from 12-1:30pm dialogue and lunch on curriculum innovation.  Thank you.
Deborah LaFond, University Libraries,  dlafond@albany.edu
Billie Franchini, ITLAL, bfranchini@albany.edu

February 11, 2016

Creative Expression, Compassion and Self-Worth: The Socialization of Race, Gender, and the Body

Presenter: Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.

“Voicing Hidden Musicianship: The Improvisation, Appropriation and Commercialization of Black Girls’ Play”
Afternoon Event: February 11, 2:45-4:00pm
Standish Room, Science Library Bldg., 3rd floor

Presenter: Kyra Gaunt, Ph.D.

“Speculating Compassion Studies in Liberal Arts: From Twerking to Transformation”
Evening Event: February 11,  8:00-9:30pm
University at Albany, SUNY Campus Center 375

February 18-19, 2016

Event Co-Collaboration with The Albany Law School and the University at Albany

“Title IX: From Equality – to Sports – to Sexual Assault – to Subjugation – How Women Won a Seat at the Civil Rights Table, and Why the Legs are still so Wobbly”

Presenter: Wendy Murphy, JD, Professor, New England Law, Boston MA

February 18th, 5pm -6:30pm
Albany Law School,  EAST WING, Women’s Law Caucus
80 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208-3494

“Teaching Civil Rights Law, Affirmative Action, Equitable Redress:
Strategic Tools to Collapse Hierarchies of “isms” in Social and Legal Spaces”

Presenter: Wendy Murphy, JD, Professor, New England Law, Boston MA

February 19, 11:45am – 1:30pm
University at Albany, Campus Center, Assembly Hall ( 2nd floor)
Bring Your Own Lunch, Brown Bag Meeting

March 9, 2016

“Creating Transformative Learning Environments: Using the Whole Self to Teach and Learn about Racial Justice”

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Co-Facilitators: Loretta Pyles, Ph.D. and Angelica Clarke, Executive Directory, Albany Social Justice Center

March 9, 2016 1:30-3:30pm
Standish Room, Science Library Bldg., 3rd floor

Coming face to face with racial injustice can overwhelm the
body-mind-heart-spirit, rendering our ability to understand its
complexity, consciously communicate, and act, ineffective. These
challenges require that we reinvigorate community action by learning
evolving skills, where participatory and embodied approaches in the
classroom can create transformational impact for racial justice.

Participants will co-create new knowledge and learn skills in consideration of issues of power, racialized police brutality, racial injustice on campuses, and social movements. This interactive workshop uses process as content, offering experiential immersion in practices and activities such as embodied learning, creative movement, and discussion.


Bios of Workshop Co-Facilitators:

Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare. She is author of Progressive Community Organizing: Reflective Practice in a Globalizing World, 2nd ed. and co-editor of the book, Holistic Engagement: Transformative Social Work Education in the 21st Century.

Angelica Clarke, Executive Director, Albany Social Justice Center, Albany, NY
She is a community organizer whose interests include Women of Color empowerment, leadership development and creating mechanisms for Community Control in marginalized communities. She currently organizes against prisons, police violence and other forms of structural racism with
an intersectional lens, working with the group, Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration.



April – May  2016

Instructor Support for Re-Constructing Course Activities and Syllabi to address Diversity Transformation.
Members of this collaborative offer discursive space to consider approaches for course development. (March-April 2016 Date and Time TBA)


Conversations On Resources:  Media and Frameworks for Transformative Teaching and Learning

June 2016

Transformative Teaching and Learning: Intersections with Justice Studies
Justice Studies Association Conference, June 1-4, 2016