In conjunction with the State University of New York’s “64 Changes on 64 Campuses” initiative to reaffirm SUNY’s system-wide commitment to diversity, SUNY Orange announces its 2020-21 Global Initiative theme will be “Confronting Racism in America.”
The College’s Global Initiative programming will include a modest schedule of virtual lectures, panels and symposia between now and the end of the College’s academic year in May that will support a deeper understanding of the historical, cultural, political and social dimensions of racism within the United States.
“SUNY Orange has a long history of embracing diversity and inclusion, and promoting universal access to our academic curricula, student services and campus communities,” said Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president. “We cemented our commitment in 2016 with the creation of a formal Diversity and Inclusion Plan. That five-year plan will sunset in 2021, so I am excited about the opportunity for our College to use the lessons we learn from our Global Initiative to inform a transformative new plan for 2022 and beyond.”
The Global Initiative will kick off with a moderated panel on race and racism scheduled via Zoom technology for 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1. Basinski will moderate the panel, which will feature Elizabeth Tarvin, associate professor of education; Madeline Torres-Diaz, associate vice president for student engagement and completion; Lisa Zylberberg, instructor of nursing; Dr. Greg Geddes, associate professor of history; JoAnne Gordon-Burton, chair of the Committee for Institutional Diversity and Equity; and SUNY Orange students Johnathan Linton and Nesa Harris.
The discussion will explore the challenges of race and racism within this region, and the nation, from a personal and professional perspective, examining both the problems and potential solutions.
Students from the College’s visual communications program were commissioned to conceptualize and develop digital posters to showcase the Global Initiative for 2020-21. The design submitted by Elizabeth Kyle, of Walden, was selected as the winner by a panel of faculty and staff, and will be featured on the College’s Global Initiative website and social media accounts to help promote the Global Initiative.
For more information or to acquire the Zoom link to the Dec. 1 panel discussions, contact Paul Basinski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available at www.sunyorange.edu/gi.