Previous Programs

For a list of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion's upcoming events, please visit our Events & Observances page.

2023 Events & Programs
Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Political Scientist Terri Givens, renowned political scientist, thought leader, and the author of Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides (paperback, 2022) addressed the global problems of hatred and xenophobia through a focused program teaching empathy.

Dr. Givens offered a revolutionary approach to ending racism—moving beyond an understanding of others’ lives and pain to recognize the origins of our own biases, including internalized oppression.

This event was held at 7 p.m. on February 21 at the Campus Center Ballroom and was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Student Association, and Honors College in collaboration with the NYS Writers Institute.

2021 Events & Programs
ODI Virtual Speaker Forum presents Author Cathy Park Hong

Cathy Park Hong is the author of three books of poetry and Minor Feelings (2020), an autobiography of ruthless honesty, emotional and completely original exploration of Asian American consciousness. She won the Pushcart Prize for her first book of poetry, Translating Mo'um (2002), and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Minor Feelings. She is a poetry editor for The New Republic and a professor at Rutgers-Newark University. Co-sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Multicultural Resource Center, in partnership with the NYS Writers Institute.  

Watch a video of the ODI Speaker Forum with Author Cathy Park Hong that was held virtually at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2021.

Race for Equity 5K

University at Albany's Race for Equity 5K celebrates social justice accomplishments in the United States, raises awareness about current injustices, and educates participants as our nation forges ahead in the Race for Equity. Thirty "social justice stations" were posted along the racecourse that had giveaways (Equity 5K Bags provided) were dedicated to memorializing a social justice accomplishment, recognizing civil rights leaders, or raising awareness about a current inequity.

View a complete Photo Gallery of the Race for Equity 5K event held on Saturday, September 18 at Casey Stadium.

Inaugural Capital Region Juneteenth Conference and Sigma Sleep-out for Social Justice

“Building Capacity for African Freedom in the Americas and Beyond” 

Juneteenth is the oldest commemorated celebration of the abolishment of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers landed in Texas with news that the war had ended and that enslaved persons were free – two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. For many, this marked the true end of slavery in the United States.  

This virtual conference ended with an in-person Sleep-out for Social Justice. The sleep-out took place on UAlbany's Uptown Campus from 9 p.m. Friday, June 18, to 6 a.m. Saturday, June 19. Read the complete conference agenda.  The goal of this inaugural conference was to yield a significant increase in the awareness of and appreciation for African freedom movements in the United States and support for Sickle Cell Disease Research.

Conversation on "Unmasking Yellow Peril"

Anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic is the latest iteration in a long and violent history of dehumanizing and degrading our Asian and Pacific Islander heritage communities.

The term “Yellow Peril” — once a slur used against 19th-century Chinese immigrants in the United States — was reclaimed by Asian American activists in the 1960s. The phrase went from being associated with disease and contagion to being known for the iconic slogan, “Yellow Peril Supports Black Power.”

Today, “Yellow Peril” expresses the AAPI community’s concerns with being associated with a pandemic and their commitment to building coalitions with communities more heavily impacted by racist violence.

We invite you to read the article, "Unmasking Yellow Peril."

Black History Month Virtual Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of Black Voters Matter and a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, was the keynote speaker. Her remarks focused on racial and social justice in public policy, including voter rights and the power of coalition building.

UAlbany President Havidán Rodríguez made opening remarks. There was also a recorded message from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Watch a video of UAlbany's Black History Month Virtual Celebration Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that was held virtually at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2021.

2020 Events & Programs
Workshop Series: The 1619 Project

"The Idea of America"

Part One – Watch a video of Part One of The 1619 Project Workshop Series, which was held on Thursday, October 22, 2020.
A panel discussion exploring how laws, policies, and systems developed to enforce the enslavement of Black Americans before the Civil War influenced laws, policies, and systems in years since.

Part Two – held Thursday, October 29, 2020
Small group dialogues exploring how activism by Black Americans throughout U.S. history has contributed to laws/policies that have benefited all people living in the U.S. 

Part Three – held Tuesday, November 10, 2020
"Unpacking the Results." Presented in partnership with Rockefeller College Your Vote Rocks Election Series.

Understanding the Racialized Experiences of Afro-Latinxs

Dr. Alfredo Medina, Executive Director, Office of Public Engagement, led a discussion with graduate students Alison Martinez, '19 and Moises Urena, '20 to lend a better understanding of the experiences of Afro-Latinx racialized intersectional identities. 

Watch a video of Dr. Medina's presentation, which was held on Thursday, October 8, 2020, to understand the opportunity for inclusion that exists in this great diverse population of those of Hispanic heritage and descent.

Extended President's Council on Race, Social Justice and Campus Climate

Chief Diversity Officer Tamra Minor led a discussion with deans about specific actions and initiatives taking place across the campus community regarding these issues, and the plans for the immediate future.  

Watch a video of this Extended President's Council, which was held Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

Examining Diversity in Engineering: From National to Local Exploration & Problem-Solving

Presented by Eugene Anderson, Ph.D., Vice President for the Office of Access and Success, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Climate Committee and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Listen to the audio of Dr. Anderson's presentation and view Dr. Anderson's slides. This presentation was held on Monday, May 18, 2020.

“That None Shall Perish": Best Practices Workshop

With special guest Kelly M. Mack, Former Senior Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, AAC&U.

Watch a video of Mack's presentation held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2020.