Previous Programs

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

Summer 2021

The following events were held during the Summer 2021 session:

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. 



Spring 2021

The following events were held during the Spring 2021 semester:

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," and share your thoughts online.

University Senate Forum welcomed Indigenous People of the Northeast: Past, Present, and Future

The entire UAlbany campus community was invited to learn more from some of the leading scholars and voices from Indigenous communities in the Northeast from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26.  Panelists include Kay Olan, Mohawk Storyteller, and Leader; Dr. Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki Author, and Storyteller, Ndakinna Education Center; and Heather Bruegl, Stockbridge Munsee Community, Cultural Affairs Director. Dr. Maeve Kane from the Department of History served as moderator.

Celebration of Diversity Month with Motivational Speaker Emi Valerio

Emi Valerio, author, motivational speaker, and mindset coach teaching women how to get clarity, momentum, and balance by shifting their paradigms and commanding their life was the guest speaker at this event sponsored by the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 19.

A Special Virtual Conversation with Bestselling Author, Professor, and Anti-racist Activist Ibram X. Kendi

The virtual conversation with Anti-racist activist Ibram X. Kendi included a Q&A with attendees and was moderated by Dr. Alfredo Medina, Jr., associate director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and executive director of the Office of Public Engagement. This event was held virtually at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7.

Women on the Money: Women's History, the Harriet Tubman $20, and Economic Justice

This virtual panel discussion featured Harriet Tubman biographer Kate Clifford Larson, Harriet Tubman Home director Karen V. Hill, Women on the 20 co-founder Barbara Howard, and Black feminist historian Karsonye Wise Whitehead.  The event was held virtually at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Beyond Women's Leadership: Liberian Lessons on Crisis, Peace, and Feminist Organizing

The virtual lecture was held by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 8, 2021.

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.



Fall 2020

The following events were held during the Fall 2020 semester:

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.



Summer 2020

The following events were held during the Summer 2020 session:

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.



Spring 2020

The following events were held during the Spring 2020 semester:

Climate Committee Engagement

Examining Diversity in Engineering: From National to Local Exploration and 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.