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 join us for integral conversations, education, and celebration around LGBTQIA+ experiences. The theme for this year’s conference is Leaving a Healing Footprint, Laying a Healthy Foundation, where we encourage attendees to reflect on the ways in which they participate in advocacy while also taking time to care for themselves and their communities. 

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 conference serves to provide an avenue for different voices to be heard and allow for greater representation of individuals who are so often silenced. 


Thank you to those that attended our event!

Details on 2023's conference will be shared in the new year.


Below are some helpful links to resources in NYS that you may be interested in.

Know Your Rights: A Guide for the LGBTQ+ Community on NYS Human Rights Law

Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) & the NYS Human Rights Law

NYS Office of Children and Family Services - LGBTQ Resources

LGBTQ Travel in New York State

NY Project Hope

CDC: LGBTQ Youth Resources

A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children


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 planning committee would like to express thanks to our conference sponsors for this year: Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Office of Equity and Inclusion Office of Student Life & Leadership, Hunt College Union, Residential Community Life, Sodexo, SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association from charitable contributions to the Fund for Oneonta, Regaining Momentum:  Strategic Opportunities Funding, and the Senate Committee on Public Events.

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