Programs, Grants & Training

Programs & Events

 

UAlbany Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month: Can't Stop Our Blackness: Black Latinx Narratives and Resisting Erasure with Guest Speaker and UAlbany Alum Rosa Clemente

7 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | Campus Center West Auditorium | RSVP to Attend

Rosa Alicia Clemente is a Black-Puerto Rican woman born and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is an organizer, producer, independent journalist, and scholar-activist. Rosa was the first-ever Afro-Latina woman to run for Vice-President of the United States. From Cornell to prisons, Rosa is a leading scholar on the issues of Afro/Black-Latina/Latino/Latinx identity. Her groundbreaking article, “Who is Black?” published in 2001, was the catalyst for many discussions regarding Blackness in Latinx culture. As an activist with Black Lives Matter, she has continued to address issues of Afro/Black-Latinx Identity and anti-Blackness through her writings.

As an independent journalist, she traveled to Vieques, Puerto Rico to document the US Naval withdrawal from the island after 67 years of US military control. She was in New Orleans and Mississippi, as an independent journalist, a mere ten days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area. In 2017, Rosa founded PR (Puerto Rico) On the Map, an independent, unapologetic, Afro-Latinx-centered media collective. Recently Rosa was a producer for the Warner Brother movie Judas and the Black Messiah (release date 2021) produced by Ryan Coogler, Charles King and written and directed by Shaka King. Rosa was an African Studies major and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UAlbany in 1995. She was also the first Afro-Latino Woman President of ASUBA. Rosa is currently completing her Ph.D. at the W.E.B. DuBois Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.    

 

Well/Being: An Exhibition on Healing and Repair

August 4 to December 11, 2021

This exhibit features artwork that addresses the complexities of daily life during this pandemic era. Visit the University Art Museum website to learn more.

 

Other Programs & Events

Visit the University Events Calendar and MyInvolvement for more cultural events and programming.

You can also access videos, audio, and presentations from our previous events.

 


 

Grants

UAlbany Diversity Transformation Awards

The Diversity Transformation Awards aim to promote greater equity for historically underrepresented and underserved groups within the University, as well as groups that have been historical targets of discrimination.

Past programs have included film screenings, art exhibits, critical conversations, new courses, symposia and special training.

This grant helps fund innovative pilot programs and existing initiatives that support a campus climate of equity and advance the University’s mission of fostering diverse and inclusive excellence. Programs should also involve collaboration within or across departments, units, student organizations and/or schools.

Applicants can be granted up to $4,000 in state funding. Funding is a one-time allocation.

However, all programs are expected to also include funding from the unit organizing the effort. Programs initially funded by this grant that prove to be successful should, in time, become part of the unit's regular operating budget or be funded by external sources.

Previous recipients are eligible to apply if they can demonstrate the ways in which their new proposal builds upon and advances the work previously funded by a Diversity Transformation Award.
 

Eligibility

The following types of programs are eligible for funding:

  • Campus or Unit Climate

  • Curriculum

  • Faculty and Staff Recruitment

  • Faculty and Staff Retention

  • Leadership Development

  • Student Recruitment

  • Student Retention and Graduation

  • Organizational Change

Funding cannot be used on the following items:

  • Conference registration or other costs where travel is required for faculty and/or staff

  • Computer hardware, art or library collections

  • Wages for 12-month full-time faculty, staff or graduate assistants

  • Scholarships

  • Instructor salaries for UAlbany courses for which tuition is charged

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will consider funding a student’s participation in a conference only if the student will make a presentation at the conference and the support is equally shared with the academic department.

Funding for a faculty or staff member to attend a conference must also be shared with the unit and can only be included in the proposal budget if the employee’s attendance is to facilitate the student’s conference presentation.

How to Apply

Campus community members who want to apply for a Diversity Transformation Award must submit:

Applicants who are looking for guidance can consult these optional resources:

Funding proposals should clearly explain how the program would:

  • intersect with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s mission;

  • align with the University’s and/or unit’s strategic plan for diversity and inclusion;

  • define program outcomes (for example: “we will enroll 20 participants”);

  • define learning outcomes (for example: “participants will learn how to define implicit bias and how to identify three campus resources for diversity and inclusion”);

  • support the achievement of those program outcomes and learning outcomes;

  • be appropriately evaluated and assessed, including how the success of its program outcomes and how the success of its learning outcomes would be measured; and

  • be fully funded to comply with all guidelines and goals listed above.

Programs that are selected to receive a Diversity Transformation Award will be asked to assess and evaluate the program’s success upon conclusion:

Applicants should contact [email protected] with any questions.


 

Training

To address requests from students, faculty and staff alike for increased training on diversity and inclusion, we’ve expanded offerings with several new programs. Our efforts include: 

  • a retooled orientation program for all first-year students that explores intersectionality, allyship and systemic racism 

  • new workforce diversity training requirements for faculty and staff  

  • implicit bias training designed for all employees 

The University Police Department has been an integral partner in this work, as officers continue to build capacity in several key areas including cultural competency trainings to work effectively with international students, Muslim students, and the LGTBQ+ community. 

To request additional training, please email [email protected].