Diversity Week 2024

Nurturing a Sense of Belonging and Value

Join us for the Second Annual Diversity Week from April 15 through April 19, 2024!

Diversity Week at Queens College is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to reflect on our humanity, engage, in community-building conversation and activities, and consider and celebrate all the ways in which we are different and the same.

Interested in hosting or co-sponsoring an event? Have an event planned that aligns well with the mission and vision of the Office of Compliance and Diversity? Contact Complianceanddiversity@qc.cuny.edu.
Join us for the Second Annual Diversity Week from April 15 through April 19, 2024!

Diversity Week at Queens College is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and community members to reflect on our humanity, engage, in community-building conversation and activities, and consider and celebrate all the ways in which we are different and the same.

Interested in hosting or co-sponsoring an event? Have an event planned that aligns well with the mission and vision of the Office of Compliance and Diversity? Contact Complianceanddiversity@qc.cuny.edu.

Events

Monday, April 15, 2024 - Culture

In-Person Event

Unconscious Bias 101: The Biology of Bias - Faculty and Staff

This opening session will serve as an introduction to unconscious bias. We will explore the biology of bias and critical language to support a shared vocabulary to understand and discuss bias. 

Host/Co-hosts: Chanel Ward

Location: Rosenthal Library, President Conference room, 5th Fl, room #2
Time: 9:30 – 11:00AM; 1:30 – 3:00PM

Online Event

Unconscious Bias 101: The Biology of Bias - Leadership: President Council; Dean; Associate Dean

 This opening session will serve as an introduction to unconscious bias. We will explore the biology of bias and critical language to support a shared vocabulary to understand and discuss bias. .

Host/Co-hosts: Chanel Ward

In-Person Event

Monday Mile

Get your exercise steps in by walking a mile with Queens College President, Frank H. Wu and the Office of Student Development and Leadership. Students will meet President Wu at the flagpole at the WWII Memorial behind Thomas Jefferson Hall and walk 3–4 laps around the Quad to reach one mile.

This event provides students the opportunity to discuss their experience as a QC student. Come and meet a variety of QC campus partners to learn about more upcoming events, programs, mental health resources, and support services for the remainder of the semester!

Host/Co-hosts: Office of Student Development & Leadership; LGBTQIAA+ Programs; Counseling Services; Health Services; Veterans Services; QC Hillel; Imam Mohammed; The Catholic Newman Center.

Location: Flagpole by the WWII Memorial on the Quad behind Thomas Jefferson Hall; rain or shine
Time: 12:00PM

In-Person Event

Passport to Diversity

Take a trip around the world while staying on campus. This passport event will allow the Queens College community to explore cultures, traditions, music, and food from a variety of represented countries. Each country will be showcased by a flag or cultural attire.

Host/Co-hosts: Compliance and Diversity
Location: Quad; in case of rain, Midway Court at the Dining Hall
Time: 12:15PM- 1:30PM

In-Person Event

The Humanities: Spotlight on Diversity

“The Humanities: Spotlight on Diversity” Lisa Tagliaferri, a CUNY Macaulay alumna will speak on this day, Three students are Joya Pariyal (Mellon Fellow, Comp Lit and English), who will speak on South Asian Young Adult Literature; Ilana Allen, a Townsend Harris student in our HTH program who just got a full scholarship to a Historically Black College, who will speak on banned books and race; and, finally, Mattheus Oliveira (triple major in Comp Lit, Philosophy, and English) who will speak about Teaching Diversity in the Wake of Covid. All are preparing posters.

Host/Co-hosts:
Location: Rosenthal Library – President Conference 1, level 5
Time: 12:15PM- 1:30PM

In-Person Event

LGBTQIAA+: Paint Your Pride

Expressing pride in our individual identities is critical for one’s well-being. Asserting who we are is an act of self-love and self-care. QC community members will be supplied with their choice of an 8”x10” canvas or a 4″x6″ paintable notebook, paint and brushes at this in-person event. Samples of queer designs meant to inspire will be provided, but participants are encouraged to paint their Pride in any way that best expresses who they are. Paintings will be featured in a contest on Instagram. The three queer artists with the most likes will win prizes.

Host/Co-hosts: Office of LGBTQIAA+ Program
Location: Quad
Time: 12:15PM- 1:30PM

Online Event

Disability Justice: A Workshop on Bodily Autonomy

What is disability justice? Why is it important? What does bodily autonomy have to do with it? Join us for a discussion on disability, bodily autonomy, and consent. We’ll talk about disability models, care networks, and more

Host/Co-host: The Mount Sinai SAVI Program, Emily Durand
Location:
Zoom:https://bit.ly/SAVIQC041524

Time: 5-6:30PM

Online Event

The Breaking Bread Dinner presented by the Building Bridges Fellows

The Breaking Bread Dinner calls on students and staff of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds to come together for a lively discussion over dinner. Everyone is welcome. Halal, Kosher and Vegetarian options will be served.

Host/Co-host:  

Location: Will be sent to you when you rsvp: https://bit.ly/BreakingBread24 
Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 - Compliance

In-Person Event

Unconscious Bias 101: The Biology of Bias - Cabinet members

This opening session will serve as an introduction to unconscious bias. We will explore the biology of bias and critical language to support a shared vocabulary to understand and discuss bias. 

Host/Co-host: Chanel Ward
Location
: Kiely hall – 8th Fl Conference room

Time: 10:00 – 11:30AM

In-Person Event

Empower You Kahoot: Community Impacts, Community Supports

Join us to learn about how sexual violence impacts specific communities and explore the intersections of oppression and sexual violence. You’ll learn about organizations that can support your communities and peers through Kahoot.

Host/Co-host: The Mount Sinai SAVI Program, Emily Durand
Location
: Student Union Room 301

Time: 12:00 – 1:00PM

In-Person Event

Unconscious Bias 102: Bias in our World – Faculty and Staff

This follow-up session will dive deeper into the types of bias, such as anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Asian biases that is present in our world. We will continue to focus on critical language to untangle the difference between bias, discrimination and oppression and explore how it shows up across our world. We will end the session exploring foundational bias mitigation techniques. 

Host/Co-host: Chanel Ward
Location:
Rosenthal Library, President Conference room, 5th Fl, Room #2

Time: 1:00 – 2:30PM

In-Person Event

CUNY Citizenship Now! Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Join us for the opening of a new permanent CUNY Citizenship Now! office. Queens College has had a longstanding partnership with CUNY Citizenship Now! to provide students and their families with free, culturally sensitive, and confidential immigration consultations and legal advice. This new site will meet the demands of our community and accommodate additional monthly visits with knowledgeable CUNY Citizenship Now attorneys and legal representatives.

Host/Co-host: Immigration Student Support Initiative; CUNY Citizenship Now!
Location:
Faculty and Staff Lounge (the Agora)

Time: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday, April 17 - Community

In-Person Event

Unconscious Bias 101: The Biology of Bias - Student

This opening session will serve as an introduction to unconscious bias. We will explore the biology of bias and critical language to support a shared vocabulary to understand and discuss bias. 

Host/Cohost: Chanel Ward 

Location: Student Union 3rd Fl room 310
Time: 9:30 – 11:00AM; 11:30 – 1:00PM

 

Online Event

Unconscious Bias 102: Bias in Our World – Leadership: President Council; Dean; Associate Dean

This follow-up session will dive deeper into types of bias, such as antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Asian bias, racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination, that are present in our world. We will continue to focus on critical language to untangle the differences between bias, discrimination, and oppression and explore how it shows up across our world. We will end the session by exploring foundational bias mitigation techniques. 

Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9778452949?pwd=bXdHYWo1RTBBTWpWbHJjdmZIcjFXZz09&omn=85460580135
Time: 1:30 – 3:00PM

In-Person Event

Unconscious Bias 102: Bias in Our World – Faculty and Staff

This follow-up session will dive deeper into types of bias, such as antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Asian bias, racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination, that are present in our world. We will continue to focus on critical language to untangle the differences between bias, discrimination, and oppression and explore how it shows up across our world. We will end the session by exploring foundational bias mitigation techniques. 

Location: Student Union 3rd Fl room 310
Time: 1:00 – 2:30PM

In-Person Event

The Things They Carry: How to Care for & Support Students

The traditional “sink or swim” models used by default in academe are not applicable to this new generation of students. The student demographics on many campuses across this nation have changed. Increased numbers of first generation, low-income, and minoritized students are coming to college, yet many institutions are not equipped to support them. Besides frustration, our typical approach is to refer students to another office. But how can faculty and staff support this new generation of students as they navigate through college? Colleges lose when students leave because they do not feel supported. When students leave it impacts retention and graduation rates, and it is a loss of revenue.  Join a dialogue with some resident campus experts on student support. An advisor/counselor, faculty, and administrator from the SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) Program will share ideas on how to go about caring for and supporting students. 

Facilitators: Rajvir Kaur, Anisha Clarke, and Norka Blackman-Richards

Location: PH 154
Time: Free hour

In-Person Event

Battle Buddy Bon Voyage: Spring Break Send-Off Party

Join us as we honor the brave service of our veterans and military-connected students. Let’s give them a meaningful send-off! Patriotic Decor & Themes, Networking & Camaraderie, Entertainment & Fun Activities, Inclusive & Safe Space. Celebrate sacrifice, celebrate service, celebrate our veterans!

Facilitators: Dennis Torres, Amanda Goldstein, & Riviera G.

Location: Student Union Room 320
Time: 12-2PM EST.

In-Person Event

Q-UNITY Day

Show your QC pride! Students, faculty and staff are invited to wear their favorite Queens College apparel on Q-Unity Day.

Host/Co-host: Student Life; Office of Compliance and Diversity
Location: Everywhere
Time: All day

In-Person Event

CERRU – Fashion show

How I am perceived by others based on my social identities and how I choose to express myself based on my unique identity.

Host/Co-host: CERRU and the Office of Compliance & Diversity
Location: Student Union 4th Floor
Time: 5:00 – 7:00PM

Thursday, April 18, 2024 - Climate

In-Person Event

CUNY Queens Second Chance Prom

CUNY students will attend the prom they always wanted. The Prom Committee led by Queens College students will transform the Student Union Underground into a festive event space where CUNY students may celebrate themselves by attending a Prom out and proud and bring the date of their choice without any stigma or gender restrictions! Prom Royalty will be voted on at the event. Dinner will be served, and the DJ will spin. In addition, official prom photos will be taken. D-Note and the Connection will perform.

Sponsored by the Office of LGBTQIAA+ Programs at Queens College and the Queens College Gender, Love and Sexuality Alliance/GLASA in partnership with the CUNY LGBTQIA+ Consortium and the New York City Council Co-sponsors: The Alliance of Latin American Students at Queens College/ALAS, the Hispanic Club at Queens College, the Queens College Arts Club, and the CUNY Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives

Host/Co-host: Office of LGBTQIAA+ Programs at Queens College and the Queens College Gender, Love and Sexuality Alliance/GLASA in partnership with the CUNY LGBTQIA+ Consortium and the New York City Council. Co-sponsors: The Alliance of Latin American Students at Queens College/ALAS, the Hispanic Club at Queens College, the Queens College Arts Club, and the CUNY Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives
Location: Student Union – Underground
Time: 6:00 – 9:00PM

Friday, April 19, 2024 - Change

In-Person Event

The Dismantling and Combating Hate Conference – Nurturing a Sense of Belonging and Value

CUNY educates and employs approximately 265,000 New Yorkers of which at least 85% identify as being part of a minority group. The 2024 Dismantling and Combating Hate Conference will provide discussion about, and tools for, a holistic approach to building a sense of belonging and value among every member of the community at CUNY—from hiring and admissions practices to support services inside and outside the classroom.

Keynote Speaker

David Hinojosa, Director of Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

David Hinojosa is recognized as a national leading litigator, advocate, and thought leader in civil rights, specializing in educational impact litigation and policy. At the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, he spearheads the organization’s cutting-edge racial justice litigation, policy, and advocacy work in education in support of historically marginalized communities of color.

Among other work, David served as lead counsel for multiracial students and alumni defending affirmative action in SFFA v. UNC and SFFA v. Harvard, where he argued the UNC case before the United States Supreme Court.

PROGRAM

8AM – Registration and Breakfast
8:30AM – Welcome by QC President Frank H.Wu and Chief Diversity Officer and Dean of Diversity Jerima DeWese
9:30AM – Keynote address by David Hinojosa, Director of Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
10:30AM – Panel Discussion and Q&A
12PM – Networking Lunch
1PM – Breakout Sessions Begin

Host/Co-host: Office of Compliance and Diversity; Sponsored by the Petrie Foundation and the CUNY Campus Climate Initiative
Location: Student Union Ballroom
Time: 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Online Event

Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI) - Valiente Bangla: Bangladeshi Migrants Mobilize for Immigrants Rights in Spain

Bangladeshi migration to Spain is resurging due to declining economic opportunities and political instabilities in Bangladesh. While a long standing community began to form in the 1980s, due to Spain’s liberal immigration laws, the community size ebbed and flowed as migrants moved to other parts of Europe. But as immigration laws have become restrictive in other parts of Europe, Bangladeshi migration to Spain has increased exponentially in the last five years. This paper focuses on a community based organization called Valiente Bangla/Brave Bangla, based in Madrid, that was formed after a successful mobilization to stop the deportation of 34 Bangladeshi nationals in Cueta, Spain. The presentation draws on ethnographic research conducted as a Fulbright Scholar in Spain in 2023 to share some insights on how a relatively new migrant community, despite linguistic, cultural, and other socio-economic barriers, have been able to successfully win human rights for migrants

Host/Co-host: Office of LGBTQIAA+ Programs at Queens College and the Queens College Gender, Love and Sexuality Alliance/GLASA in partnership with the CUNY LGBTQIA+ Consortium and the New York City Council. Co-sponsors: The Alliance of Latin American Students at Queens College/ALAS, the Hispanic Club at Queens College, the Queens College Arts Club, and the CUNY Office of Student Inclusion Initiatives
Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89548765212?pwd=QkJXY2wrTkdtTnVGYlBNRXpacHo0dz09
Time: 12:00 – 1:00PM