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Student Affairs Diversity Committee

One of our goals within our Division and across campus is to cultivate an environment where all students are seen, valued and heard. We strive to create a "home away from home" for our students, acknowledge and embrace similarities and differences, and create programming that promotes diversity in thought, perspective and experiences. 

Divisional Diversity Committee Members
Diana Castellanos, Office of Residential Life 
Dianne Gray, Services for Students with Disabilities 
Jazell Johnson, Office of the Dean of Students
Carl Kalmick, Q Center
Mohamed Sesay, Fleishman Center for Career & Professional Development
Alison Handy Twang, Center for Civic Engagement
Vanessa Young, Educational Opportunity Program
Marissa Zelman, Student Support Services


Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Initative

The Divisional Diversity Committee for Student Affairs is excited to announce a new initiative in diversity programming. The committee has created the SADDI (Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Initiative) Grant Application in an effort to streamline roadmap funding through a process that allows divisional offices to compete for funds supporting innovative programming that promote diversity and aid in retention initiatives for current students.  The new grant application form and instructions can be found here

Congratulations to the following award recipients:
Center for Civic Engagement – Passion to Action Workshop Series
Office of Residential Life - MLK Day of Service
Health Services - Red Zone Campaign
Dean of Students, DEI, Ombudsman - Restorative Justice Program
Residential Life - RA Training Speaker, Dr. Strayhorn
Promise Zone - Summer Zone Program


Conscious Conversations

The Conscious Conversations brown bag lunches began in Fall 2016 as an initiative within the Division of Student Affairs.  These discussions focus on the "right now" issues at Binghamton University, nationally and globally. This open style of dialogue allows for free-flowing conversation between friends, colleagues, and peers to help develop and nurture an aware and involved community. 

The goals for the lunches are to:

  • discuss issues related to inclusion
  • bring staff members together to exchange ideas and examine best practices related to diversity in Higher Education
  • discuss current social justice initiatives
  • find allies, support others and participate in self-care

The Conscious Conversation Committee will be trying a few new things:

  • new schedule to accommodate busy schedules and increase attendance
  • inviting and welcoming staff within the Division of Student Affairs as well as across campus
  • conversations will have topics prepared in advance and spotlight guest speakers from across campus while the others will continue to be determined by attendees. This will allow for current events to be discussed in a time-sensitive manner and for all topics around diversity and inclusion to be prioritized and addressed.

Schedule for Fall 2017

Conscious Conversations Committee
Erin Cody, Fleishman Center for Career & Professional Development
Amy Pollock Drake, Office of Residential Life
Dr. Calvin Gantt, Educational Opportunity Program
Jazell Johnson, Office of the Dean of Students 
Josue Quinones, Educational Opportunity Program
Stephen Rebello, Student Support Services

Last Updated: 9/8/17