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Fall 2011 Calendar of ODCA Sponsored Events

The Office of the Vice President for

Diversity and Community Affairs

 

Our mission is to establish Teachers College as an institution that actively attracts, supports and retains diverse students, faculty and staff at all levels, demonstrated through its commitment to social justice, its respectful and vibrant community and its encouragement and support of each individual in the achievement of his or her full potential.

 

Janice S. Robinson, Esq., Vice President, Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, 128 Zankel,

Jolene A. Lane, Ed.M., Director, Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, 128 Zankel

www.tc.columbia.edu/diversity/

 

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.

[Below is an initial list of events and programs sponsored and cosponsored by our office. 

Please watch for future postings and community-wide announcements.]

 

 

September 11th, a Tenth Anniversary Remembrance

Monday, September 12,  2011, 4:00 – 5:00pm, Milbank Chapel

Reception Immediately Following.

A time will be set aside during the program for members of the TC Community to memorialize those they have know and lost.  Any member of the Teachers College Community is invited to speak a name during the program, memorializing an individual they know who perished on September 11th, 2001.  Please contact Jolene Lane (lane@tc.columbia.edu) for more information and to participate in the program.

 

Knitting and Crocheting Group Series

September 15 – November 17, 2011, Every Thursday 12-1pm, 541 Grace Dodge

Join us for this weekly gathering of knitting and crochet. Part class, part social time, it’s a wonderful opportunity for beginners to learn about the art of knitting and crocheting, and for those who are experienced to perfect their skills. Bring your own supplies if you have them. If you’d like to purchase supplies at the first session, the cost for materials will be $15 (knitting needles, crochet hook, yarn). The group is led by Lisa Daehlin (daehlin@tc.columbia.edu).

 

Constitution Day Program

September 19,  2011

Constitution Day Part I

Sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Community Affairs on Monday, September 19th.  We will be distributing copies of the US Constitution, AND a formal invitation to the Constitution Day Program, Part II.
Pick up a copy of the US Constitution

9-11am; 4-5:00pm  

Zankel Lobby

 

New Employee & Faculty Orientation Series – Four Sessions:

Part I. An Introduction to Teachers College

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 10:00am – 12:30pm; Room 177 & 179 Grace Dodge

This is the Introductory Session of the New Employee Orientation Program, Open to all TC faculty and staff who have not attended a training.

Participation in one New Employee & Faculty Orientation training series is REQUIRED for all employees.

 

Part II. Federal Information Privacy Compliance Training: FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) & Gramm-Leach-Bliley Acts (Mandatory) OPEN TO ALL.

Friday, October 14, 2011, 10:00am – 12:00pm; Room 150 HM

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 2:00pm - 4:00pm; Room 179 GD

Presented by Diana Maul – TC Registrar

This is in conjunction with the New Employee/Faculty Orientation Series. The initiative sponsors the Information Privacy Compliance trainings, addressing the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act for all new faculty and staff.  Open to all new TC faculty and staff and those who missed last year’s training.  Participation in one FERPA training session is MANDATORY for all employees.

ALSO, Introduction to the Annual Performance Review Process

Presented by Janice Robinson – Chair Professional Staff Evaluation Committee and Randy Glazer – Director of Human Resources

 

Part III. Cultural & Racial Microaggressions Workshop for Faculty and Staff

Friday, October 21, 2011, 10:00am – 12:00pm; Room 150 HM OPEN TO ALL.

Presented by Dr. Kevin Nadal (TC alumnus) – Professor, Psychology and Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College.

This is in conjunction with the New Employee/Faculty Orientation Session, Presentation by Dr. Kevin Nadal, Professor of Psychology and Education.  Open to all TC faculty and staff who have not attended a training session.  Participation in one Microaggressions training session is REQUIRED for all employees.

 

Part IV. Promoting  Mutual Respect and Preventing Workplace Harassment:  For New Faculty and Staff(Mandatory) OPEN TO ALL.

Thursday, October 27, 2011, 10:00am – 12:00pm; Room 150 HM

Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 10:00am - 12:30pm; Room 150 HM

Presented by KC Wagner from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations

(sexual harassment; anti-discrimination; prevention of bias)

In an effort to increase the College’s awareness of the federal and state laws and institutional procedures surrounding sexual harassment and other forms of bias and harassment, we are providing this session for new faculty and staff.  The session is OPEN TO ALL who missed the sessions last year.  Participation in one workplace harassment session is MANDATORY

The Promoting Mutual Respect and Preventing Workplace Harassment workshop is designed as a two hour interactive session created to help engage and educate everyone on the importance of understanding the laws, policies, avenues of institutional support for appropriate corrective action and protection against retaliation; and, in addition, to identify behaviors that contribute to bias, stereotyping, and harassment.  The program will enlighten you and reinforce your obligations to conduct yourself in a manner that contributes to the well-being of the TC community.  We have engaged KC Wagner, Director of Workplace Issues at the Cornell School of Labor Relations, to lead the training.

Failure to attend may render the College unable to indemnify or defend you if you are involved in a complaint leading to legal action. ***

These efforts are in response to the many TC voices requesting professional development.  Professional Development, an institution-wide effort underway since September 2005, will strengthen the College’s integrity in its internal processes and enhance the community.  The Promoting Mutual Respect and Preventing Workplace Harassment training is a continuation of designed programs that will ultimately enhance productive working and community relationships and increase awareness and surrounding these pressing issues. 


Fall into Music!

Fall Semester 2011, Horace Mann Fifth Floor

Co-Sponsored by The Program in Music and Music Education and the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs.

You are invited to the FOURTH annual Fall into Music!!! Music Lessons for the TC Community taught in conjunction with Music and Music Education's Teaching Applied Music (A&HM 6023) taught by lecturer, Jeanne Goffi-Fynn.  Contact Teaching Assistant, Joo Yeon Jung, jyj2104@tc.columbia.edu for details of enrollment.  Priority will be given to new participants. 

What this means:  Eight (8) forty-five minute free lessons (with $25 administrative fee) in a variety of instruments (including voice, guitar, piano, banjo, violin, playing the piano by ear/improvisation, and song writing) from beginner to advanced levels.  

When:  Mutually convenient times are arranged between students and instructors (Masters and Doctoral Candidates in the Program of Music and Music Education) from September through December 2011.

Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs Open House

Friday, September 23, 2011, 11:00am – 4:00pm; 128 Zankel Building

Learn about our office and meet our staff.  Come to the Office for Diversity and Community Affairs Open House,where we work to weave the Teacher College community together and to unify the diverse constituencies, serving the students and alumni, full-time and adjunct faculty, and professional and union staff that comprise the community.

 

Mindfulness, Leadership and Well-Being

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 5:00 – 7:00pm; Milbank Chapel

Co-Sponsored by the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs and Student Activities

This lecture allows educators, health professionals, and administrators to learn from each other and enhance both their personal and professional lives. It will:
1.Introduce the topic of mindfulness and its applications to education
2.Examine the role of mindfulness as it relates to leadership
3.Showcase research about the contributions of mindfulness to the health, well-being, and resilience of individuals learning, teaching and working in educational contexts

Speakers:
•Allan Lokos, Founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center,
•Dr. Craig E. Richards, Professor of Education, Education Leadership Program Coordinator & Director, Summer Principals Academy, Teachers College, Columbia University, &
•Dr. Lisa Miller, Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Register: http://mindfulnessleadershipwellbeing.eventbrite.com/

 

TC African Diaspora Cine Club

Friday, September 30, 2011; 6pm, Room 263 Macy Hall

FREE Friday screenings, on the last Friday of each month, and discussions on films from Africa and the African Diaspora.  Refreshments will be served.

Arugbá

In “Arugbá,” the latest masterpiece by leading Nigerian filmmaker Tunde Kelani, the king of a small town in south-western Nigeria makes much publicized statements against corruption while instituting economic reforms and embracing foreign investors. But the reforms don’t appear to be trickling down to the people, the king trusts no one and has a weakness for women, which compromises his leadership. 

 

Dealing with Disaster:  Caring for Japan post 3-11

Wednesday, October 5. 2011, 6:00 – 8:15pm, Faculty House Skyline Dining Room

(Reception to Follow)

The earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear catastrophes have been of an unimaginable scale. They have had profound social, economic, health, and political ramifications for Japan, its people, and the international community.  Post-disaster needs and responses as well as the on-going nuclear situation continue to be significant issues of concern.  To mark the six-month anniversary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, CJR is hosting a symposium that will feature a multidisciplinary panel composed of renowned Columbia experts on radiation, disaster preparedness, economics, politics, mental health and complicated grief.

 

Reconstructing National Identities:  Intercultural Bilingual Education in Latin America

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 1:30 - 8:00pm and Friday, October 7, 2011, 8:30am - 4:30pm; 179 Grace Dodge
A Two-Day Conference to analyze the development, implementation and transformation of intercultural bilingual education across Latin America..

Diversity and Community Initiatives Grant

Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2011, 12:00 noon; 128 Zankel Building

The Vice President’s Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives is available to all recognized TC organizations and TC community members.  The Grant provides financial support to projects, programs, and events that benefit the entire TC community with the goal of spreading new and innovative ideas.  The Grant promotes interactive, inter-group communication, as well as collaborative and educational activities with an emphasis in community and/or diversity.  Grant information and applications are available on our website at http://www.tc.edu/diversity/.  All Grant applications are due by email AND hardcopy in the Office by noon on October 7th.

Address Questions to the Office For Diversity and Community Affairs

Randolph Scott-McLaughlin, Graduate Assistant

Teachers College

128 Zankel Building, Box 220

ws_div-comm@tc.columbia.edu

212.678.3294

 

Racial Literacy Roundtables

Monday, October 10, 2011, 6:00 -8:00pm, 140 Horace Mann

Co-Sponsored by The Office of the Provost and Dean, The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, and English Education, Department of Arts & Humanities

Chance W. Lewis Ph.D.

The Carolyn Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor & Endowed Chair in Urban Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Racial Literacy Roundtables (RLR) seek to foster open dialogue about race, issues pertaining to race, language differences, sexual orientation, and other important issues in Urban Education, primarily among in-service and pre-service teachers and members of the TC community.  Conceptualized as a peer-to-peer forum, RLRs hope to bring together students and faculty across departments to discuss the different topics.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (sealeyruiz@tc.columbia.edu), Assistant Professor of English Education.

 

Including Individuals with Disabilities in TC Activities and Event Planning

A Workshop for All TC Community Members

Wednesday, October 11, 2011, 12noon-1pm, 142 Horace Mann

Co-Sponsored by the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs.

A workshop for all TC community members! 
Learn how to make your TC-related email notices, flyers, conferences, seminars, workshops, and meetings accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Everyone should feel included in TC activities.  Lunch provided.

 

Contact jaech@tc.edu, (212) 678-3853, or (212) 678-3854 video phone to:

  • RSVP
  • Get Further information
  • Request reasonable accommodations (e.g., interpreters, alternate text material, campus map of accessible features)

 

Constitution Day Program

October 11. 2011, 6:00pm, Milbank Chapel

Constitution Day Part II 

Campaign for Educational Equity –

Achievable and Affordable:  Providing FULL Educational Opportunity to Low-Income Students

Pre-Reception at 5:00pm

Featuring Michael Rebell - Professor of Law and Education, Education Leadership;

Dr. John B. King, Jr. - Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York and TC Alumnus;

Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, President, Say Yes to Education;

Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers;

David Wakelyn, Deputy Secretary for Education in the State of New York;

Moderated by President Susan Fuhrman

 

Elaine Brantley Memorial Award for Community & Civility Award Presentation

Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 3:30pm, Award Presented at the President’s State of the College Address; Cowin Center Auditorium

This year’s honor is awarded to individuals who demonstrate Elaine Brantley’s commitment to Teachers College.  Recipients will be announced the week of September 5th*.  The award will be presented at the President’s State of the College Address.

 

Disability Awareness Programs

TBA

Please watch the TC Calendar, TC Community Announcements, and the eBoard for further information regarding the times and locations of events during this academic year to highlight access and inclusiveness as well as the research, practice, concerns, and achievements of individuals with disabilities.  These programs will kick-off a number of events to be held throughout the year.


Institutional(ized) Homophobia and Heterosexism on College Campuses 

Friday, October 14, 2011; 9:00am - 3:00pm, Room 285 Grace Dodge

A full-day Teach-in co-sponsored with the CU Office of Multicultural Affairs.


TC African Diaspora Cine Club

Friday, October 28, 2011; 6pm, Room 263 Macy Hall

An African Election

Sneak preview screening of the fascinating official Sundance Film Festival selection, An African Election, which will have its Oscar-qualifying New York theatrical run in the context of the 19th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) in December.

An African Election, is a suspenseful poitical drama that follows the twists and turns of the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, West Africa.  A drama of national  proportion, it is told at a human scale through the eyes of its director, Jarreth Merz.

Screenings for the 19th Annual African Diaspora International FIlm Festival will be held in part at Teachers College from November 25th to December 13th, 2011.  More information is available at http://www.NYAIDFF.org.

 

The Vice President's Grant for Student Research in Diversity (SRD)

Request for Proposals:  Tuesday, November 8, 2011. 

For instructions, please go to our website after November 8, 2011. (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/administration/diversity/).

Deadline: Thursday, February 9, 2012 (for both paper copies and email submission)

The Vice President's Community and Diversity Grant Fund is sponsoring a GRANT FOR STUDENT RESEARCH IN DIVERSITY for matriculating Teachers College (TC) students [M.A., M.S., Ed.M., Ed.D., or Ph.D.]. SRD Grant Description and Application for 2011 – 2012 will be announced on November 8, 2011.

The $3,000 award provides support for two outstanding student research projects related to diversity.  Proposals should be for the initiation or completion of a research project involving diversity-related issues. Upon the completion of the research project, the recipient will be invited to share the results with the TC community either by delivering a lecture or sharing a published report.  The one-year research grant is available for two outstanding projects focusing on diversity in research, teaching, learning, or community building. The goal is to encourage and support students’ projects in diversity-related issues that enhance research, teaching, learning, and/or community building.

Diversity in the context of this award program is broadly defined and includes the exploration of multiple perspectives involving, for example, culture(s), language(s), race-ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Randolph Scott-McLaughlin, Graduate Assistant

Teachers College

128 Zankel Hall, Box 220

ws_div-comm@tc.columbia.edu

212.678.3294

 

The New ABS's - Attention, Balance, and Compassion: Implementing Mindfulness Techniques in Educational Settings

Monday, November 7, 2011, 6:00 – 7:30pm; Milbank Chapel

This event is made possible by the generous support of The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Alumni Relations, the Office of Student Activities and Programs, and the Student Senate at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Please join the Mindfulness and Education Working Group (MEWG) for our 2011-2012 lecture and workshop series.  The New ABCs - Attention, Balance & Compassion: Implementing Mindfulness Techniques in Educational Settings.

When:  Monday, November 7th, 6-7:30pm, Followed by a Reception

Where: Milbank Chapel

Topic:  Implementing mindfulness techniques in educational settings, Pre-K - 12

Speakers Include: Susan Kaiser Greenland, Inner Kids and Dr. Suzi Tortora, TC Alumna, Dancing Dialogue

For over a decade, presenters Susan kaiser Greenland, author for the Mindful Child (Free Press, 2010) and Dr. Suzi Tortora, author of Dancing Dialogue (Brooks, 2005) have worked to integrate contemporary dance movement therapy techniques with classical mindfulness practice.

The interactive lecture provides an opportunity for students, educators, health professionals, administrators and parents to learn from each other.  It will: 1. Explore the relationship between theory, practice and research of mindfulness practice in educational contexts; 2. Provide an opportunity for you to strengthen and support how you communicate and teach with activities that develop greater mind-body awareness, compassionate life skills and help manage stress; 3. Introduce ways to bring attention, balance and compassion into your personal and profession lives.

Register: http://thenewabcs.eventbrite.com/
 

API Community Gathering

Tuesday, November 8, 2011; 3:30 - 5pm, 109 Zankel

Since the 1980s hundreds of scholars of Asian descent have chosen Teachers College for furthering their academic goals.

Come participate in this community gathering with the Offices of Admission & Diversity and Community Affairs, and the Asian and Pacific Islanders in America Initiative (APIAI) as we explore common bonds and discuss your unique journey and experience at Teachers College.

Please join us for good food, conversation and company before classes.  To plan accordingly, please RSVP to Irene Pak (pak@tc.columbia.edu) by Thursday, November 3, 2011.


Academic Profile: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Arshad I. Ali, Ph.D. Will Discuss His Work

Thursday, November 10, 2011; 6 - 8pm, Milbank Chapel

The State, University and Democratic Life: The Political and Social Dimensions of Surveilling Muslim Students after 9-11. Dr. Ali will discuss his work and answer questions.


Racial Literacy Roundtables

Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00 -8:00pm, 140 Horace Mann

Co-Sponsored by The Office of the Provost and Dean, The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, and English Education, Department of Arts & Humanities

Facilitated by Teachers College Doctoral Students, Aisha Jackson and Wanda Watson

Racial Literacy Roundtables (RLR) seek to foster open dialogue about race, issues pertaining to race, language differences, sexual orientation, and other important issues in Urban Education, primarily among in-service and pre-service teachers and members of the TC community.  Conceptualized as a peer-to-peer forum, RLRs hope to bring together students and faculty across departments to discuss the different topics.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Professor Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (sealeyruiz@tc.columbia.edu), Assistant Professor of English Education.

 

TC Community Thanksgiving Dinner  

Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12:00-3:00pm; Grace Dodge Cafeteria

An Invitation to the Members of the Teachers College Community

Have Thanksgiving with your TC Family!

“Traditional American” holiday fare: Roast Turkey with all the trimmings – spiral ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, cake, sweet potato pie and beverages. Special activities: music, and raffles.  It is sure to be a Very Special Event!  Dinner will be served from TBA followed by desserts.  A limited number of tickets (125) are available (price and availability TBA)! Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Office of Residential Services, Office of Student Activities and Programs, and the Student Senate. For ticket sales and questions please contact The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs (212) 678-3294 or ws_div-comm@tc.columbia.edu.


TC African Diaspora International Film Festival

Friday, November 25th to Sunday, December 11th; See Schedule for Times.

263 Macy, Milbank Chapel, Cowin Center Auditorium and 177 & 179 Grace Dodge. 

The 19th Annual TC African Diaspora International Film Festival Screenings and Panel Discussions

Film schedule will be updated soon.

 

Weaving the community together.

Visit our website to learn more about our office.

Open Office Hours are Mondays 4:00pm – 5:30pm!

For more information about events listed please contact our office, Zankel 128, x3391.

Come and meet with us!

We welcome your thoughts, ideas for additional programming,

concerns and opportunities for collaboration.

Please contact Jolene A. Lane (lane@tc.columbia.edu).

 

Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations. Address these requests to the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities at (212) 678-3689, keller@tc.columbia.edu, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY, jaech@tc.columbia.edu.