Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence (CRJIE)

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Announcing the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence

The Division of Student Development and the Office of Equity and Inclusion are pleased to announce an important step toward advancing inclusive excellence, antiracism, social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion at the college.

Read the full announcement sent on Apr. 26, 2021

Some Major CRJIE Activities

  • Annual Racial Justice Symposium
  • Expanded Mentoring Program with stipends for mentors
  • Endowed Speakers Series
  • Reunions
  • Internships – paid and credit bearing
  • Faculty–in-Residence Programs
  • Scholarships to support student academics
  • Student staff salary support
  • Mini grants for campus community members to sponsor and facilitate topics on race.
  • Student Diversity Leadership Conference
  • Student Diversity & Leadership Conference


    SUNY Oneonta, Hunt College Union
    March 26, 2022, 8am-5pm

    About The Conference: The Student Diversity Leadership Conference is a one day event designed for individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to interact with student, administrators, and faculty presenters and exchange information to enhance multicultural comprehension, self-awareness, and leadership skills. Participants will hopefully apply the acquired skills, tools, and insight to advance their personal development and be effective leaders both on campus and in the surrounding communities.

    Call for Proposals

    Student Diversity Leadership Conference Call for Presenters

    For the eleventh year, the Office of Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Oneonta is happy to host the Student Diversity Leadership Conference!

    We will be looking at how we view and interact with leaders in our world, schools, and communities, and how we can bring a more inclusive environment to all. We are excited to bring a variety of presentations and workshops to our attendees. We are inviting students and faculty that are interested in presenting to submit proposals for this conference that will educate students about leadership, culture, beliefs, biases, inclusivity, etc., from their own perspectives.

    Proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to current issues, appeal to conference participants, creativity, ingenuity, and applicability for participants after the conference. Suggested topics may include, but are not limited to: Leadership Development; Race/Ethnicity; Cultural Differences and Values; Intersectionality; Religion; Global Awareness/Global Education; Gender/Sexuality; Sexual Health; Political Effects on our Society; Self-Care; Disability; Civic Engagement/Social Justice, etc.

    If you are interested in presenting on Saturday, March 26th, please submit a proposal that includes:

  • Presentation Title
  • Name of Presenter(s) (Can be between 1 to 4 presenters)
  • Occupation (if relevant)
  • Institution/Organizational Affiliation
  • Complete Mailing Address
  • Phone Number and E-mail Address
  • If you are a student presenter, please include your advisor’s information if they are a co-presenter. However, co-presenters are not required for student presentations.

  • Topic/Category
  • Between 150 to 200 words describing the presentation with references or work cited
  • Presenters will have 45-60 minutes to present – if this time is not doable, please note the time needed on your proposal
  • Method of Presentation (i.e. PowerPoint, activity)
  • Technological Needs
  • The deadline for presentation submissions is Friday, February 18th, 2022. The conference planning committee will review applications and will be choosing proposals to be a part of the conference. A notification regarding the status of your workshop proposal will be sent to you by Friday, February 26th.

    Proposals or any questions regarding concerns can be emailed to the SDLC Committee Co-chairs Andrew Stammel or Katie Agar

    Thank You,

    The SDLC 2022 Conference Committee

CRJIE Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Director & Distinguished Service Professor of Museum Studies
  • Dr. Trudy Thomas Smith, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Dr. Penina Kamina, Professor, Elementary Education & Reading
  • Dr. Betty Wambui, Professor, Africana and Latinx Studies
  • Dr. Rhea Nowak, Professor, of Art & Faculty Center Director
  • Dr. Greg Hummel, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies & Affiliate Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
  • Dr. Maria Daza Chaves, Assistant Professor, Africana and Latinx Studies
  • Dr. Howard Ashford, Assistant Professor, Africana and Latinx Studies
  • Dr. William Walker, Associate Professor, Cooperstown Graduate Program
  • Gabrielle Cecere, Student & Student Association President
  • Dr. Tracy Betsinger, Professor, Anthropology
  • Dr. Sallie Han, Professor, Anthropology
  • Andrew Stammel, J.D., Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Coordinator
  • Dr. Susan Goodier Assistant Professor, Department of History, Women's and Gender Studies Affiliate
  • Bernadette Tiapo, Ph.D., Chief Diversity Officer & Interim VP for Student Development, Advisory Committee Chair

"If colleges and universities are to best represent what they aspire to be--more diverse, more equitable and inclusive--they must acknowledge, interrogate, and dismantle the systems and structures that have been created and evolved over time which sustain inequities impacting the living, learning and work environment of students, faculty and staff. We must do our “home” work and demonstrate what it means to dismantle racism." Excerpt from a statement by NADOHE titled: Accountability: A Step Towards Justice, April 21, 2021 – Ford Lauderdale, FL.

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