PRISM Conference

PRISM Conference

October 21 - October 22, 2022

Leaving a Healing Footprint, Laying a Healthy Foundation


We will be monitoring all guidelines for COVID-19 protections and will communicate any significant changes impacting the conference as needed.

The planning committee for the SUNY Oneonta PRISM Conference cordially invites students, community members, resource professionals, junior and senior faculty, and administrators to submit proposals for our upcoming conference theme: Leaving a Healing Footprint, Laying a Healthy Foundation. For this year’s conference, we are encouraging participants to reflect on the ways in which they participate in advocacy while also taking time to care for themselves and their communities. Participants are encouraged also to use an intersectional lens to understand how different communities have varying needs and access to healing supports within and beyond the LGBTQIA+ community.  

This conference is meant to highlight and celebrate LGBTQIA+ experiences through fostered dialogue across academic and/or practical experiences, disciplinary foci, and institutional perspectives, as well as provide support and resources to those that attend. Today’s students entering college come with new attitudes and understandings around gender, sexuality, and wellness. In the past few years, we have all witnessed a large Civil Rights Movement for the United States, which has had an effect on all of us, and largely impacted people within our LGBTQIA+ community. Despite the progress made in different areas of policy, education, and pop culture, there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to give the best support and education to students in a nation and world full of uncertainty. To this effect, this year’s theme serves to provide an avenue for different voices to be heard and allow for greater representation of individuals who are so often silenced. 


Submissions are due by Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. 

In line with previous years, we will have the option for multiple focus tracks: student, professional, and a combination of the two, pending our presentation submissions. 

Student presenters should seek guidance from a faculty or staff member at their home institution. The faculty or staff member should mentor the students through the process of writing the conference proposal, organizing a presentation on a specific theme, and presenting their scholarship to an audience. 

PRISM Conference Learning Outcomes 

Conference participants will be able to: 
•    Identify multiple aspects of diversity, including the ongoing development of identity and creating an inclusive community. (Pride)
•    Explore and analyze current trends and issues that LGBTQIA+ college students face through historical and/or future-oriented lenses. (Research)
•    Create an understanding around the experiences of intersecting identities within the LGBTQIA+ community. (Intersectionality)
•    Facilitate opportunities for mentorship to strengthen leadership development in preparation for life beyond college. (Support)
•    Develop impactful approaches to promoting diversity, inclusion, and wellness through advocacy. (Movement)
How to Submit a Presentation Proposal 

All presentations should: 
1.    Explore the PRISM Conference theme through the analysis of research, best practices, lived experience, and activism. 
2.    Promote audience engagement personal and collective reflection, and robust discussion. 
3.    Include a strongly articulated purpose, conceptual foundation, contextual background, and contributions to intersectional LGBTQIA+ scholarship and advocacy. 

If interested presenters wait to register until after the submission deadline and their presentation is approved, they will receive a code for registration checkout that will charge the standard rate. However, all are encouraged to register during the standard rate timeframe.  


Early Registration is open until 9/24. Late Registration is from 9/25 - 10/14. 

When accessing Proclass for the first time, you will be prompted to create an account. This will make registration much easier! Below are some important steps and notes to help you along the way. 

  1. When creating your account, be sure to select Conference Attendee in the first drop down menu, then select your attendee type (SUNY Oneonta Student, SUNY Oneonta Employee, Non-Oneonta Student, or General Public [for non-Oneonta employees or community members]). You’ll see the corresponding registration options based on your selected attendee type.
  2. Once you create your account, you can search for the correct registration page by selecting your name under the View Programs For drop down menu and “Fall 2022” from the Select Semester drop down menu. Click the blue search button for the list of available options to be generated. Note: You will only see the registrations open to you as your selected Conference Attendee Type. 
  3. Only register for the options that have a Green AVAILABLE message next to them. The “late” versions of the registration will generate but will not be open until the late registration date. 
  4. Each conference attendee needs to register separately. This is because we collect individual information for the conference planning committee (pronouns, food allergies, etc.).
  5. SUNY Oneonta Alumni wishing to register will go here, instead. 
  6. If you are attending as part of a group that is sponsored for registration (such as a GSA, members of a department or office, etc.), contact Emily Phelps ( or Mary Ballard ( for further information on cost coverage. Groups will receive a code to zero out their charges, to be invoiced once registration is complete. 
  7. There are two options for registration: In Person & Virtual. Make sure to select the correct option when registering. 
  8.  SUNY Oneonta Students can pay for registration with Dragon Dollars but MUST register in person at the Hunt Union HUb. 

If interested presenters wait to register until after the submission deadline and their presentation is approved, they will receive a code for registration checkout that will charge the standard rate. However, all are encouraged to register during the standard rate timeframe. 

Refund policy: This conference is self-supporting. Therefore, we rely on registration fees to cover the costs for the event. Accordingly, we are unable to offer refunds for the registration of this event.

Jaxin Jackson

New York based artist Jaxin Jackson (They/He) is a black, queer, trans, non-binary, actor, comedian, writer and educator. Jaxin’s academic artistic training consists of an MA in Theatre Education from Hunter College where they were awarded the Lincoln Center Scholar Fellowship, and a BFA from DePaul University in Acting. They graduated from The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) where they studied creative writing. Jaxin’s professional acting and comedic work spans over a decade. Jaxin's self-written, solo show To Be Quite Honest: is in development and recently had workshop production for TDOV at SUNY Oneonta College in New York. Jaxin feels most called to explore themes of race, class, gender, sex, sexuality and spirituality in their artwork. Jaxin can be seen in A Luv Tale, the series by creator Sidra Smith on BET +. Jaxin is also a yoga teacher, an herbalist and a buddhist practitioner.

Friday 10/21 Schedule

4:30pm - 7:00pm: Early Check In @ Hunt Union Event Check In

7:00pm - 8:30pm: Social Event on Campus (location TBA)

Saturday 10/22 Schedule

8:00am - 9:30am: Conference Check In (location TBA)

9:00am - 9:20am: Welcome Remarks (location TBA)

9:30am - 10:30am: Breakout Session I (Various locations)

10:40am - 11:40am: Breakout Session II (Various locations)

11:40am - 12:40pm: Tabling Session (location TBA)

12:00pm - 12:20pm: Lunch Begins (location TBA)

12:20pm - 1:20pm: Keynote @ Lunch (location TBA)

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Breakout Session III (Various locations)

2:40pm - 3:40pm: Breakout Session IV (Various locations)

3:45pm - 4:00pm: Closing Remarks (location TBA)

6:00pm: Dragball Event @ Chase Gym 

Unfamiliar with Microsoft Teams? See below for some helpful how-tos: 

  • Display reminder: We encourage folks to be signed into the Teams App in order to have full function of what Microsoft Teams has to offer. However, display name and information is linked to your Oneonta account with Banner, so if you would like your display information to be different, you can join a meeting without logging in (via the browser version of teams).
  • How to Join a Teams Meeting
  • How to turn on live captions 
  • Want to be on camera and switch up your background? Here’s how to navigate virtual backgrounds.

The planning committee would like to express thanks to our conference sponsors for this year:

  • Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
  • Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Student Life & Leadership
  •  Hunt College Union
  • Residential Community Life
  • SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association from charitable contributions to the Fund for Oneonta
  • Regaining Momentum:  Strategic Opportunities Funding 
  • Senate Committee on Public Events

Please visit our website for more information and to stay on top of all our news! If you have any questions, please contact Emily Phelps, Chair of the SUNY Oneonta PRISM Conference Committee, at


The SUNY Oneonta PRISM Conference Committee


There will be an in person option & a virtual option for conference attendees.

Early Registration is open until 9/24. Late Registration is from 9/25 - 10/14.

Oneonta Students: $5 (early), $5 (late), $2 (virtual only)
Oneonta Employees: $20 (early), $30 (late), $5 (virtual only)
Non-Oneonta Students: $25 (early), $35 (late), $10 (virtual only)
Non-Oneonta Employees/General Public: $50 (early), $60 (late), $20 (virtual only)
SUNY Oneonta Alumni: $45 (early), $55 (late), $15 (virtual only)

Presenters will be charged the early rate upon approval of proposal submissions.


Hampton Inn at Oneonta

  • Tel: 607-433-9000
  • Hampton Inn Website
  • Ask for PRISM Conference rate of $96 per night (rooms available until 9/19)

Clarion Hotel

  • Tel: 607-432-7500
  • Clarion Website
  • Ask for PRISM Conference rate of $96 per night (rooms available until 10/1)
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