Diversity Programs Fall 2022

Explore the very things that make us both similar and unique by attending a multitude of diversity education programs at Scranton!  We are currently building our Summer and Fall schedule. Check in with us again soon!

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The Office of Equity and Diversity relies on your dedication and services to assist it with complying certain processes the University’s Sexual Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy/ Title IX.  We are seeking volunteers to be trained in the following roles: 

  • Advisors to the Parties
  • Decision Making Panelists
  • Appeal Panelists
  • Informal Resolution Facilitators
  • Investigators

We are looking for faculty and staff members who would be willing to serve in volunteer roles in the process and assist us in resolving these matters. There are many ways to contribute, and we ask that anyone who feels they could help us goes through the training. There will be an opportunity at the end of training to indicate which roles you are comfortable with.

As the regulations require, training is necessary for employees that have previously served in some or all of these roles.

 REGISTER HERE to indicate which session you plan to attend.

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PROGRAM

9:30-9:50a.m. - Sign-In  Brennan Hall 5th floor lobby

9:50a.m. – Welcome: Dr. Michelle Maldonado The Rose Room, 509

10:00 - 10:50a.m.

  1. PILLAR Program

Presenters: Ayana McCalla, Dr. Madeline Gangnes, Dr. Amelia Randich, Dr. Billie Tadros,  Elisa Westhafter, and Jennifer Whittaker, MS, OTR/L, CHE  Casey Conference Rm, 502

  1. “Isms”

Presenter: Dr. Paul Datti  The PNC Board Room, 500 

  1. Student Mental Health Awareness: Recognition and Response

Presenters:  Dr. Robert Liskowicz and Lauren Rivera, J.D, M.Ed. The Rose Room, 509

11:00 - 11:50 am

  1. Building DEI Partnerships for Student Leaning Inside and Outside the Classroom

Presenters:  Dr. Ovidiu Cocieru, Dr. Roxana Curiel, Dr. Ann Pang-White, and José Sanchez, The Rose Room, 509 

  1. Navigating DEI in the Classroom: Faculty Insights

Presenters: Dr. Jessica Nolan and Dr. Jack Strain, The PNC Board Room, 500

12:00 - 1:30p.m. Keynote Luncheon:  From Access to Success: Supporting and Empowering First Generation, Lower-Income Students in Diversifying Institutions

Presenter: Dr. Khristina F. Gonzalez, Associate Dean of the College and Bob Peck ’88 Director of the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity at Princeton University, The Rose Room, 509

Registration required by Wednesday, September 21 by noon for luncheon. RSVP here.

1:30 - 3:45pm

  1. Race and Ethnicity Awareness Training

Presenters: Dr. Tara Hamilton-Fay and Elizabeth Garcia, B.A, J.D. Location: The Pearn Auditorium, Brennan 228 

  1. Safe Zone Training

Presenters: Shannon Murphy-Fennie, B.A, MS and Dr. Billie Tadros

Location: The Casey Conference Room, Brennan 502

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Council for Diversity and Inclusion’s Faculty Development Subcommittee, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

Contact diversity@scranton.edu for more information.

The Office of Equity and Diversity invites you to learn more about University policies overseen by our office.

policy-information-email-topper.jpg The following policies will be discussed:

  • Requests for Accommodations for disability, pregnancy and religious reasons
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy including violations as defined in the policy and information on your role as a responsible reporter of sexual misconduct, and the policy complaint procedures.
  • Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy including the protected classes as defined by the University policy, and the related complai nt process

No need to register! Drop ins welcome!

  • September 29 11:00am-12:00pm  Brennan Hall 228
  • October 13  10:00-11:00am  Join Zoom
  • October 26    3:30-4:30pm  Brennan Hall 228

The Offices of the Provost, Human Resources and Equity and Diversity are pleased to offer  faculty and staff book club. Committed to enhancing an inclusive campus environment, the club book will match the first-year seminar Royal Read, On Juneteenth by Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times best-selling author, Annette Gordon-Reed.

Photo of On Juneteenth book cover adn author Annette Gordon Reed

This book club is designed to create a space for thoughtful dialogue. By registering for the book club, you are agreeing to participate in the group conversation at the luncheon meeting. Books will be available the second week of September at no cost for staff and faculty participants.

Register here to attend the luncheon. Seating is limited.

The book club meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 12:00p.m. in DeNaples 405.  A light lunch will be provided.

In addition to the meeting, faculty and staff are encouraged join the in-person lecture given by the author on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7:30p.m. in the Byron Recreational Center, which is geared toward first year students.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard. Gordon-Reed won sixteen book prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 and the National Book Award in 2008, for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2008).

In addition to articles and reviews, her other works include Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (UVA Press, 1997), Vernon Can Read! A Memoir, a collaboration with Vernon Jordan (PublicAffairs, 2001), Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History (Oxford University Press, 2002), a volume of essays that she edited, Andrew Johnson (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010) and, with Peter S. Onuf, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (Liveright Publishing, 2016). Her most recent book is On Juneteenth (Liveright Publishing, 2021). Gordon-Reed was the Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at the University of Oxford (Queens College) 2014-2015.

Between 2010 and 2015, she was the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She was the 2018-2019 President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. She is the current President of the Ames Foundation. A selected list of her honors includes a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, the George Washington Book Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Gordon-Reed served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from 2010 to 2018. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and was a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2019, she was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society.

 

Biography source: Harvard Law School website- https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10329/Gordon-Reed

October 5, 5:30 p.m., 2022, Pre-Lecture Reception (BRN 228, Lobby)
October 5, 6:00 p.m., 2022, Public Lecture
Registration is not required.

This event is Part 1 of  the Asian Studies Mini-Series: People on the Move: Transnational Migration and Cross-Cultural Imagination.

With the growing population of the inbound migration since the 1980s, particularly from Southeast Asian countries, the cultural landscape of Taiwan has been reshaped with various cultural productions and multicultural elements of both migrants’ homelands and the host state. This lecture will explore how Southeast Asian migrants (as cultural producers) & their lived experiences have shaped and been represented in these cultural productions as a means of cultural negotiation, empowerment, identity construction and socio-cultural intervention.

hsieh-picture.jpgDr. Hsin-Chin Evelyn Hsieh is Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature at National Taiwan University. Prior to joining NTU, she taught at Wesleyan University, U.S.A. and National Taipei University of Education. She was a visiting scholar at European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at University of Tubingen, Germany. Her research interests include contemporary Taiwan literature, film and documentary, migration studies, Sinophone studies, and women studies, particularly looking at the relation between contemporary cultural production and the inbound and outbound migration of Taiwan.

Sponsored By:
Asian Studies Program and the College of Arts and Sciences
at The University of Scranton, the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and the Taiwan Ministry of Culture

 

OCTOBER 6, 2022 (Brennan Hall 228)

5:30 PM: RECEPTION

6:00 PM: FILM SCREENING + Q & A WITH THE DIRECTOR

good-daughter-pic movie posterThe Good Daughter is a portrait of the complicated marriage between Long, a disabled Taiwanese man, and Azhe, his Vietnamese bride, an unflinching look at one woman’s struggle to balance her obligation to support her relatives in Vietnam with her duties as a mother and wife to her family in Taiwan.

yu-ying-wu-pic.jpgDirector Yu-Ying (Sally) Wu has collaborated with David Sutherland on his FRONTLINE series and other films that aired on PBS. Her debut feature documentary “The Good Daughter” won Best Documentary and Best Editing at the 2020 Taipei Film Festival.

More ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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  • Show off your knowledge. Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia Night on Oct. 6 @ 7:00p.m., McDonnell Room, DeNaples 405
  • View life through the lens. Mayan Narratives: San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. Photographs by Byron Maldonado on Oct. 7
    • Artist’s Lecture with Byron Maldonado: @ 5:00pm 6:00pm, Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall 228

    • Public Reception: @ 6:00pm 8:00pm, The Hope Horn Gallery, Hyland Hall 407

  • Hear and discover. Panel Conversation: What does it mean to be Hispanic, Latino/a/x? on Oct. 13 @ 6:00p.m.

For details, visit the Multicultural Center, DeNaples Center (205G) or contact Jose.Sanchez@scranton.edu.
Learn more about our multi-disciplinary Latin American and Latinx studies program HERE

The Ignatian Values in Action Program is pleased to host Pulitzer Prize winning and New York Times best-selling author, Annette Gordon-Reed, who will present the 2022 Royal Reads lecture On Juneteenth, Wednesday, October 12, @ 7:30pm, in the Byron Center.

While the Royal Reads program is designed to create a shared experience for the incoming class and newest students, all are welcome to participate.

Books are currently available for sale in The University of Scranton bookstore.

Contact community@scranton.edu for general questions.

on-juneteenth-10-12-22.jpgAnnette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard. Gordon-Reed won sixteen book prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 and the National Book Award in 2008, for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2008).

In addition to articles and reviews, her other works include Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (UVA Press, 1997), Vernon Can Read! A Memoir, a collaboration with Vernon Jordan (PublicAffairs, 2001), Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History (Oxford University Press, 2002), a volume of essays that she edited, Andrew Johnson (Times Books/Henry Holt, 2010) and, with Peter S. Onuf, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (Liveright Publishing, 2016). Her most recent book is On Juneteenth (Liveright Publishing, 2021). Gordon-Reed was the Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at the University of Oxford (Queens College) 2014-2015.

Between 2010 and 2015, she was the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.  She was the 2018-2019 President of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. She is the current President of the Ames Foundation.  A selected list of her honors includes a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a MacArthur Fellowship, the National Humanities Medal, the National Book Award, the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, the George Washington Book Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Gordon-Reed served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from 2010 to 2018.  She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and was a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2019, she was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Biography source: Harvard Law School website- https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10329/Gordon-Reed

 

October 12th, 2022

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Career Opportunities in the Changing Workplace.

Panel Moderator: Kathy West Evans, MPA, CRC Director of Business Relations, National Employment Team (NET), Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation ( CSAVR).

REGISTER HERE.

Join a panel of business partners to learn about their companies and trends that are shaping the future workplace in the U.S. Participants will learn more about the NET as well as two key business partners representing the private and public sector – UnitedHealth Group, Dell and the U.S. Department of Transportation. How are these companies responding to the changing workplace and working together with the VR-NET to ensure that their talent pipeline includes candidates with disabilities as well as supporting employees with disabilities throughout their employment life cycle.

The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Virtual Speaker Series
Presented by the JA Panuska College of Professional Studies & the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment.

Graphic of the 50th Anniversary of Coeducation campus bannerThe University will begin a yearlong celebration of women being accepted into undergraduate education.   

The celebration will start with a brief program on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Class of 2020 Gateway, in front of St. Thomas Hall. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the Heritage Room, Library 5th floor.

A few remarks will be offered by Rev. Joseph Marina, S.J., president of The University of ScrantonMichelle Maldonado, Ph.D., interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, among others. The Gateway will be lit with celebratory colors. A hot chocolate, cider and doughnut social will follow. 

The first 100 students to arrive will receive a free, commemorative T-shirt.

Faculty, staff, administrators and students who are organizing this milestone celebration for the University community comprise the 50th Anniversary of Co-Education Workgroup.

A time for interfaith reflection and an opportunity for gratitude. Preparing for the approaching harvest, remembering God's faithfulness and provision...

Sukkot is a Jewish agricultural festival of thanksgiving as well as a commemoration of the Children of Israel living in temporary shelters in their forty years of wandering after leaving slavery in Egypt.

Food, Music and Speakers will be on the Denaples Patio between  5:30-8:00pm.

You are invited to learn more, and to assist in building a sukkah (a temporary shelter covered in natural materials, built near a synagogue or house and used especially for meals during the Jewish festival of Sukkot) for our University community on Tuesday, October 11th, from 3-5pm on the DeNaples patio (the day we return from Fall Break).

Assistance is also needed to give out information about the sukkah on Wed & Thur, Oct 12 & 13. The sign-up sheet is below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf41HLX8ZMIG82auK3ytv08Fkxp5OBH7OD64b2eX9QPAm3Lbw/viewform?usp=pp_url

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October 19th, 2022

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Embedding Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: A Cultural Shift for Business Communities, and You! 

Speakers: Hattie McCarter, MS, CRC, CEO of MEND Consulting Solutions, Certified DEI Professional and
Stephanie Perry, MSW, LSW DEI Consultant

REGISTER HERE.

Since May 2020, the need for embedding diversity into an organizations structure has been an ebb and flow for most of this nation. Although the need has become more significant; the cultivating passion has been here for over 7 decades. Some understand the impact that DEIA has on its employees, business, and overall culture, while others are content with surface level efforts. Diversity is not about volume; it’s about having a human centered approach in creating a safe space for individuals to show up authentically and perform to their full potential.  

Participants in this course can expect to meet the following objectives: 

  • Develop an understanding on how to “cultivate“ a work culture that embraces equity, inclusion, and accessibility to promote the success of your business, consumers (internal/external) and the surrounding communities.
  • Develop an intersectional lens in working with people with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences 
  • Establish skills on how to become an Inclusive Leader (or Champion) 
  • Identify key factors in implementing B.R.A.V.E Conversations

The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Virtual Speaker Series
Presented by the JA Panuska College of Professional Studies & the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment.

October 26, 2022

1:00PM - 3:00PM EST 

A Framework for Community Engagement: A Pathway to Employment

Speakers: Cayte Anderson, Ph.D., CRC and Emily Brinck, Ph.D., LPC, CRC,Researchers at the University of Wisconsin Madison, VRTAC-QE

REGISTER HERE.

The aim of the Technical Assistance Center for Quality Employment (VRTAC-QE) is to help State and Local VR agency personnel and their partners increase the number and quality of employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. This session provides an overview of the rich array of resources and training available through VRTAC-QE and various types of technical assistance underway through the center. The presenters will highlight specific examples of innovative and effective practices, opportunities to learn more, and tools that can be implemented in practice.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the meaning of ‘quality’ as it relates to employment and disability.
  2. Introduce the concept of QE into local and state VR service delivery.
  3. Know where to find effective resources to support QE practice in local and state VR service delivery.
  4. Identify effective employment strategies leading to improved employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
The Edward R. Leahy, Jr. Virtual Speaker Series
Presented by the JA Panuska College of Professional Studies & the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Endowment.

argentina-ta-talk-10-26-22 posterCELEBRATE ARGENTINA!

Wednesday, October 26, 4-5PM
The Kane Forum, Leahy 235

 

Experience Argentinean culture presented by Magali Ferrer, Fulbright Scholar and adjunct faculty in World Languages and Cultures:

  • prepare traditional drinks like Mate and Fernet
  • play games
  • test your knowledge at trivia
  • design a rosette or gaucho hat
For more information contact hannah.jackson@scranton.edu
570-941-4711

Curtis ZunighaJoin us for a public keynote lecture on Forced Removal of the Lenape People: History and Homecoming on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in the DeNaples Center Ballroom featuring Curtis Zunigha, enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma and co-director and co-founder of the Lenape Center in New York.

Now living & working in Lenapehoking, the Lenape ancestral homeland, Zunigha will share his experience and mission to heal the wounds of forced removal & colonization and his desire is to restore the circle of friendship, respect, and shared occupancy.

This lecture, held during Native American Heritage Month, is part of the Scranton’s Story, Our Nation’s Story initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and supported by a grant through the Office of Equity and Diversity.

For more information visit: https://www.scranton.edu/scrantonstory/themes/indigenous-history-of-nepa/forced-removal-of-the-lenape-people-history-and-homecoming.html.

To let us know you are attending (optional) visit this: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Zunigha.

this event is FREE adn open tot he public.

Question? Contact community@scranton.edu or 570-941-4419

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On Friday, Nov. 18at 12 p.m., a Faculty/Staff Diversity and Inclusion Lunch & Learn in the Kane Forum of Leahy Hall, hosted by the Office of Equity and Diversity, will feature a special presentation and musical performance by Curtis Zunigha where he will share his music, traditions and the present-day culture of the Lenape people. Click here to register for the lunch and learn or contact diversity@scranton.edu or 570-941-6645.

ENJOY A TASTE OF GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS:
CHILDREN’S PUNCH, CHRISTMAS COOKIES,
GERMAN CHRISTMAS SONGS,
… AND A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY!
Monday, December 5th
Leahy 235 (Kane Forum)
4:30-5:30pm
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Questions:
HANNAH.JACKSON@SCRANTON.EDU
(570)-941-4711