Diversity Programs Winter/Spring 2022

Explore the very things that make us both similar and unique by attending a multitude of diversity education programs at Scranton!

Please join the University, and greater Scranton community, in celebrating the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King…

pagenated-mlk-program.jpgThe Greater Scranton MLK Commission will host their Annual Community Awards and Celebration program as an interactive Zoom webinar with audience Q&A, Sunday, January 16, 2022 beginning promptly at 2:30p.m. This program is being sponsored by Geisinger, with hosting support from The University of Scranton Office of Community and Government Relations, Office of Equity and Diversity, and Information Technology. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

The theme for 2022 is Covid 19: Recognizing the trauma. Healing the soul.

The Commission is focusing on the effects of the pandemic on the BIPOC community with respect to mental health, stemming off of this quote by Dr. King : Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude. ― Martin Luther King Jr.

The webinar will include a keynote from author/teacher/social worker Dr Laura Quiros Ph.D LMSW, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Director of Adelphi’s external Diversity Certificate Program. Her works include Incorporating Diversity and Inclusion into Trauma - Informed Social Work, and co-author of Latinx in Social Work. She is the recipient of the  SJDEI Excellence in Teaching Award (2021).

Dr. Quiros is an Affiliate Partner of Coston Consulting, a certified Black-owned business advisory firm devoted to helping clients expand their business, raise their profile, and advance their DEI efforts. The firm represents clients across industries and specializes in advising professional services firms, with an expertise in the legal industry. Focus areas include strategy, business development, marketing, and DEI consulting.

This 2022 webinar will also include a panel discussion featuring:

Dr. Lia Richards-Palmiter, Director Office of Diversity Efforts, Assistant Professor, Department: School of Social Work. She is a practicing Pennsylvania-licensed clinical social worker who earned her Ph.D. in Human Development with a social work specialization from Marywood.

Dr. David Palmiter, Counseling and Psychotherapy in Clarkes Summit and Scranton, PA regions. Serving kids, teens, couples, families and adults. Also serving attorneys, athletes and companies on legal and wellness issues.

Dr. Lauren Hazzouri is a licensed psychologist and the founder of Hazzouri Psychology, a full-service psychology practice in Scranton. She brings a diverse range of experience to The Wright Center for Community Health's Board of Directors such as well-being and mental health concerns for young women and individuals.

Dr. Lauri Andress Ph.D., MPH, J.D., Associate Dean Equity, Inclusion, & Community Engagement, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. As associate dean for equity, inclusion and community engagement, Dr. Andress will lead the school's efforts to promote health equity and inclusion and maintain an optimal learning environment suitable for students, faculty and staff.

The Greater Scranton MLK Commission is pleased to announce Ida L. Castro, JD, MA, as the recipient of the ‘Distinguished Honor’ award for her significant contributions and many years of diversity work in the Scranton community. Ms. Castro is the former vice president for community engagement, associate dean for equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

The Commission is also pleased to announce the ‘Agent of Change’ award will be given to the Wallenpaupack Area School District for their efforts and continuing work to educate faculty, staff and students on diversity, inclusion and positive race relations.

Registration is required. To register, visit https://safdn.org/mlk-event/. Questions? Email gsmlkcommission@gmail.com.

 

Presentation by Rev. David Collins, S.J.
Haub Director of Catholic Studies and Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
11:45am-12:45am
Via Zoom/ In-person Luncheon Kane forum, Leahy Hall 235

Registration is required. Lunch will be offered to go.

This presentation and Q&A will provide an overview of the participation by the Society of Jesus in slaveholding from the 16th to the 19th centuries and will explore what this legacy of racial injustice and anti-Black racism means for all U.S. Jesuit institutions, including The University of Scranton, today.

Fr. Collins is an internationally recognized expert in processes of historical truth and reconciliation. For more than twenty years he has been involved in educational outreach on Jesuit history and slaveholding both to Jesuits and interested communities. He led Georgetown University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation, which has garnered national attention since 2015, and he continues to play a consultative role for religious schools and other institutions trying to address historical connections to slaveholding and its legacy. He has recently been involved in conversations examining comparative processes of truth and reconciliation between the US, Canada, and Finland. By training, Fr. Collins is an intellectual and cultural historian of religion and science in Europe.

For more information, visit www.slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu and www.shmr.jesuits.org.

This program is part of the Diversity & Inclusion “Lunch and Learn” series and an effort of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s Institutional Black History subcommittee.

 RSVP here. This program is open to the university community and the broader public. An in-person watch party will be open to University faculty, staff and students only.

Co-sponsored by: The University of Scranton Jesuit Center, Office of Equity and Diversity, Council on Diversity and Inclusion’s Institutional Black History subcommittee, and Office of Community Relations, and the Multicultural Center.

Tracy Floreani

Invisible Woman: Writing the Biography of Fanny Ellison
Thursday, February 17 at 5:30 pm in Pearn Auditorium (Brennan 228)

Global Insights Turkey
Global Insights invites you to join the spring opening presentation featuring mathematician and visiting scholar, Dr. Serap Şahinkaya, Feb. 22, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. in the Rose Room, Brennan Hall 509.

A country that bridges two continents, southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, and fuses world cultures, Turkey has played a key role in the building blocks of society. The archeological history predates the 600 years long, powerful Ottoman Empire, and to date, the landscape offers a look back in time to the earliest days of humanity.

Serap Şahinkaya, Ph.D., assistant professor of math at Tarsus University and visiting scholar from Istanbul Turkey, has come to the University of Scranton after meeting Steven Dougherty, Ph.D., professor of math, at a conference. Şahinkaya shared that Turkey is culturally diverse with heavy Middle Eastern, European and Asian influences. The land area spans just over the size of Texas and holds a population of almost 8.5 million, most of whom are located int eh urban areas, like Istanbul. She enjoys the native street foods, music and folk dance.

globalinsights-spring22-print.jpgParticipants will enjoy a musical performance by Dr. Şahinkaya on the Turkish guitar along with cultural cuisine.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to learn more about Turkey. Click here to register.

This program is being offered by the Office of Global Education, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. For more information, please contact international@scranton.edu or 570-941-4841.

 

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The Multicultural Center is hosting a presentation and discussion about systemic racism and its effects, featuring guest speaker, Dan Kimbrough.

Tuesday, Feb. 22 @ 7 p.m.
in the McIlhenny Ballroom, DeNaples Center 407 A/B.

Click here to register.

dan-kimbrough.jpgDan Kimbrough is an educator with over two decades of classroom, training, and presenting experience. Topics span teaching media criticism, media literacy, conflict mediation, intercultural l communications, race and racism in America, systemic racism, Black history, DEI and JEDI training and consulting, media production, content creation, and live sports production. He also serves on various boards and councils, helping to build up and make a better local community. Including the American Cancer Society NYPENN region, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeaster PA, The American Advertising Federation, and the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce.

When not working in the community, Kimbrough is the owner of Park Multimedia, content creation and storytelling media company, that works with individuals and businesses to tell their stories through media. He knows the power of content and storytelling in reaching an audience and branding a business. He has 20+ years of media experience and has worked with ESPN, as a documentary filmmaker, production manager, professor, podcast producer, photographer, editor, and more.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please contact Jose Sanchez at jose.sanchez@scranton.edu 

University of Scranton students, faculty and staff can learn about the ways in which different Asian cultures and traditions celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Asian New Year Festival and Workshop on Feb. 24. The program will include a chopstick competition and hands-on lessons on Chinese calligraphy and Japanese origami related to the Year of the Tiger. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. in the Rose Room of Brennan Hall.

Many Asian cultures celebrate the New Year differently, however, there is more consensus around the meaning of the tiger in the Chinese zodiac.

“The tiger is a symbol of courage and fortitude that wards off all evils,” said Ann Pang-White, Ph.D., director of Asian Studies and professor of philosophy at the University.

The evening event will include three presentations about Asia’s chopstick culture and the meaning of chopsticks, how new year is celebrated in Japan, and how it is celebrated in China and Taiwan. Instructors and students from the Japanese and Chinese classes will also assist with the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Seating is limited and registration is required to attend the event. University community members can register for the workshop here.

The workshop is co-sponsored by the departments of Asian Studies and World Languages and Cultures.

For additional information, contact Dr. Pang-White at ann.pang-white@scranton.edu or 570-941-6312.

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The Latin American Studies program invites faculty, staff and students to view The Hands of Justice Latin American Film Series for spring 2022. All screenings will take place in the Pearne Auditorium, Brennan Hall 228.

  • Feb. 24 @ 7 p.m.- No Mas Bebes/No More Babies tells the story of a little-known but landmark event in reproductive justice when a small group of Mexican immigrant women sued county doctors, the state, and the U.S. government after they were sterilized while giving birth at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

  • Mar. 24 @ 7 p.m.- La odisea de los giles / Heroic Losers - In times of the infamous Argentinian Corralito, the neighbors of a little town trace a plan to recover the money they lost after learning that their bank manager and a corrupt lawyer have stolen it.

  • Apr. 28 @ 7 p.m. - Democracia em Vertigem / The Edge of Democracy - A cautionary tale for these times of democracy in crisis, the personal and political fuse in The Edge of Democracy explores one of the most dramatic periods in Brazilian history. Combining unprecedented access to Presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff with accounts of her own family's complex political and industrial past, filmmaker Petra Costa (Elena, 2012) witnesses their rise and fall and the tragically polarized nation that remains.

Rick Hirschhaut

Catholic & Jewish Social Teaching: Pursuing the Common Good in a Post-
Pandemic Era

Thursday, March 3 at 5:30pm in Pearn Auditorium (Brennan 228)

global-gender-equity-roundtable-11-17-in.pngIn celebration of International Women's Day, the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Jane Kopas Women's Center will host a roundtable on Global Gender Equity

March 8, 2022
The Rose Room, Brennan 509,
from 5-7 p.m.
Refreshments will be served.

Registration is required. Please RSVP by Feb. 28 to marzia.caporale@scranton.edu.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Imen Neffati (Pembroke College, UK), Dr. Ovidiu Cocieru (University of Scranton), and Dr. Virginia Picchietti (University of Scranton).

The Office of Equity and Diversity invites all faculty and staff to participate in an opportunity for professional development, sponsored by an It's On US PA state grant.

inforaml process trainingMarch 22, 2022
8:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. with a one hour break for lunch
Via Zoom

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  • Expand your knowledge base and skill set related to:
  • The dynamics of sexual/gender-based harassment/interpersonal violence
  • Impacts of trauma on individuals and communities
  • The informal resolution process in University’s Title IX program
  • What makes a case appropriate or not appropriate for informal resolution
  • Major stages and mechanics of the informal resolution process
  • What happens if an informal resolution process breaks down
  • The role of the facilitator: identifying conflicts of interest and bias
  • Available campus resources for parties and facilitators

Presented by Maureen Holland, Esq. and  Peter Lim, Esq. from the Cozen-O'Connor law firm in Philadelphia.

Maureen Holland, Esq.: A partner in Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group, Maureen's practice is focused on helping educational institutions improve policies, procedures, and systems for preventing and addressing sexual assault, interpersonal violence, stalking, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, hazing, and other forms of prohibited conduct under Title IX, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and other federal and state laws. 

Maureen helps schools design and implement effective institutional responses that integrate the complex federal and state regulatory framework with the unique dynamics of sexual and gender-based harassment and the impacts of interpersonal violence on individuals and communities.  She provides hands-on assistance developing policies and procedures, conducting investigations, serving as an external decision-maker, and developing and delivering training programs in compliance with Title IX, Clery, VAWA, and related laws. 

As an attorney in IRG, Maureen served as Interim Title IX Coordinator at Baylor University, helping to build Baylor’s Office of Institutional Equity; and Interim Director of Investigations at a large state university, restructuring their intake and investigative processes.  She currently leads a team of IRG attorneys who serve as equity consultants for Michigan State University, reviewing policies, procedures, and closed investigative cases each academic semester and reporting on legal compliance and effective practices as part of the University’s agreement with the Office for Civil Rights. 

Maureen regularly delivers comprehensive training on federal compliance and effective practices for Title IX coordinators, investigators, and decision-makers.

Peter Lim, Esq.:  Peter advises colleges and universities nationwide on Title IX, the Clery Act, and other laws that apply in the higher education context. He helps develop Title IX policies and protocols to ensure compassionate, consistent, and balanced responses to incidents of sexual and gender-based discrimination and also conducts investigations involving allegations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of prohibited conduct. Peter assists colleges and universities in conducting hearings as either a decision-maker or legal adviser; routinely delivers trainings on Title IX-related federal compliance; and has facilitated the informal resolution of a wide variety of sexual misconduct matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Peter served as a senior Title IX investigator at the University of Pennsylvania and prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. While at Penn, he managed a wide variety of sexual misconduct matters involving students and faculty, was a member of the initial assessment response team, served on the restorative justice steering committee, and helped develop Penn’s eight-part educational program for students who violated its sexual misconduct policy.

During his nine years as a prosecutor in the Homicide & Family Violence and Sexual Assault Units at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Peter gained extensive jury trial experience handling criminal matters involving sexual violence and homicide. As a senior sex-crimes litigator, he prosecuted cases involving alcohol-facilitated sexual assault and provided trainings to other prosecutors on medical and forensic evidence. In addition, Peter taught advanced interviewing techniques to forensic interviewers at the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance and trained social workers at the Department of Human Services how to properly respond to allegations of child sexual assault and issues related to teenage recantation. In 2013, Peter received the prestigious Lynne Abraham Prosecutor Award for Exemplary Services and Support to Victims and Witnesses of Crime.

Peter is co-chair of the firm’s Asian Attorney Resource Group and a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego and earned his J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law.

globalinsights-spring22-print.jpgThis program is being offered by the Office of Global Education, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. For more information, please contact international@scranton.edu or 570-941-4841.

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Join the World Languages and Cultures Department at the 2022 TA Talks. These events feature the department’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants and Visiting Instructors from around the world who come to the University of Scranton to teach their languages. This is an opportunity to hear their unique perspectives on their home countries and cultures.

These events will take place in Brennan 509 and meals will be provided. Registration is required for each. Open to students, faculty, and staff.

ta talks events flyer and qr code registrationSpain, Palestine, and Taiwan
Thursday, Mar. 31
11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
Register here.

Featuring Julia Illarramendi, Spanish Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Pamplona, Spain, Belal Elkurd, Arabic Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Gaza, Palestine, and Chun-Sheng (Peter) Su, Chinese visiting instructor from Taiwan
 
If you have questions or suggestions for the program, please contact Hannah Jackson at hannah.jackson@scranton.edu. We look forward to seeing you there.

This program is sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures Department and a Diversity Initiatives Grant from the Office of Equity and Diversity. Contact Hannah Jackson at 570-941-4711 or hannah.jackson@scranton.edu with questions.

Semion Lyandres

Russia’s Rocky Path to Democracy: The Politics of the 1917 February Revolution,
with Reflections on the Failed Transition to Parliamentary System in the Early
1990ss
Thursday, April 7 at 5:30pm in Pearn Auditorium (Brennan 228)

L. A. Paul

Transformative Change and Uncertainty
Monday, April 11 at 5pm in PNC Auditorium (Loyola Science Center 133)

globalinsights-spring22-print.jpgThis program is being offered by the Office of Global Education, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life and the Office of Equity and Diversity. For more information, please contact international@scranton.edu or 570-941-4841.

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Join the World Languages and Cultures Department at the 2022 TA Talks. These events feature the department’s Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants and Visiting Instructors from around the world who come to the University of Scranton to teach their languages. This is an opportunity to hear their unique perspectives on their home countries and cultures.

These events will take place in Brennan 509 and meals will be provided. Registration is required for each. Open to students, faculty, and staff.

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Thursday, Apr. 28
4:30-6:00 P.M.
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Featuring Kentaro Fukube, Japanese visiting instructor from Osaka, Japan, Fabian Postert, German Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Goettingen, Germany, and Nawel Kahouaji, French Fulbright Teaching Assistant from Brest, France

If you have questions or suggestions for the program, please contact Hannah Jackson at hannah.jackson@scranton.edu. We look forward to seeing you there.

This program is sponsored by the World Languages and Cultures Department and a Diversity Initiatives Grant from the Office of Equity and Diversity. Contact Hannah Jackson at 570-941-4711 or hannah.jackson@scranton.edu with questions.

murder-and-mercy-eustace-lecture.pngMurder and Mercy: A Colonial Encounter in the Susquehanna Valley 
Humanities Lecture & Discussion featuring Nicole Eustace
Wednesday, May 11 at 5 pm, PNC Auditorium, Loyola Science Center 133, The University of Scranton  

Nicole Eustace, PhD, a Professor of History at NYU, is a prolific writer and in this event, she will highlight the central themes of her latest book, Covered with Night, which explores competing interpretations of justice and morality on the Pennsylvania frontier. She demonstrates the complex layers and textures of everyday life as colonists encountered Native peoples in eastern Pennsylvania. 

Registration required: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MurderMerc2022 

removal-and-right-to-remain-seeley.pngRemoval and the Right to Remain in the United States 

Humanities Lecture and Discussion featuring Samantha Seeley
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, at 5 pm, Henkelman Room, Albright Memorial Library, Scranton, PA 

 Samantha Seeley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Richmond and author.  Her book, Race, Removal, and the Right to Remain: Migration and the Making of the Early United States, highlights early efforts at U.S. nation building and the use of migration to construct a white republic. Situating the struggles of Native and Black Americans into the larger story of the early U.S, Seeley argues for a more inclusive way to tell the story of forced removal and its implications on early U.S. statehood. 

 Registration is required at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RemovalRight2022