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Spring 2012 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, Director, Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, 128 Zankel


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

Please watch for future postings as more details become available

and future events are planned. 





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

Request for Proposals:  For instructions, go to this website.


Deadline:  Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 3:00pm

(including (8) paper copies and an electronic copy)

SRD Grant Description and Application 2010 - 2011

Description and Eligibility

The 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., or doctoral).

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 a 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), immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, race-ethnicity, and disabilities.

All proposals with supporting documents must be submitted to:

Randolph Scott-McLaughlin, Graduate Intern
Office of the Vice President for Diversity & Community Affairs
Teachers College, Columbia University
Room 128 Zankel, Box 220
525 West 120th Street

New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-4186


New Employee and Faculty Orientation Series- Spring 2012

The Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs presents

The New Employee and Faculty Orientation Series in Four Parts:

Part I: An Introduction to Teachers College

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 150 Horace Mann

Welcome to TC!  This is the introductory session of the Orientation Series

Part II: Promoting Mutual Respect and Preventing Workplace Harassment & Title IX Mandatory

This Workshop is Open to All Current Employees

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, 150 Horace Mann

An interactive session created to promote awareness of laws and institutional procedures about sexual harassment, anti-discrimination, and other forms of bias and harassment, plus a timely update regarding changes to the Title IX statute.

Part III: Information Privacy Compliance Training: FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) & Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Mandatory

This Workshop is Open to All Current Employees

Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 150 Horace Mann

Learn about FERPA and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act 

Part IV: Cultural and Racial Microaggressions Workshop for Faculty and Staff Highly Recommended

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 150 Horace Mann

Discover how brief and commonplace daily verbal and behavioral indignities can have a huge impact on others.


TCSOL Spring Festival Open House and Chinese New Year Celebration

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Everett Lounge

Hosted by the TCSOL Certificate Program at Teachers College

Celebrating the Chinese New Year and provide the TCSOL community, friends, and prospective students with networking opportunities.


2012 Columbia Night – Spring Festival Gala: Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Cowin Center Auditorium

Sponsored and hosted by the Future China Initiative at Teachers College


Fostering Social Action Through Social Issue Media

3 Minute Media Presents the Third Annual Teachers College Social Issues Media Festival. Films must be submitted by TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012,For entry form, guidelines, and more information, please visit or

It's here again~

What is Social Issue Media? For the purposes of this festival, we are referring to digital, multimedia artifacts (e.g., video, audio podcast, digital story) that call attention to a social issue with the intention of evoking social action.
How do you participate?

-Open to anyone (If you are under 18 years old, parent permission is required)
-Films must be submitted by TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
-Films are between 2-3 minutes in length

All entries are eligible for jury awards.  For entry form, guidelines, and more information, please visit us at or email us at


The TC Allies Reading Group

Thursday, February 2, 2021, 5:30 PM, Location TBA

For more information, contact Susan Bickerstaff (

The TC Allies Reading Group is designed to bring together staff, faculty, and students around common texts focused on privilege and/or whiteness. The initiative seeks to utilize a book club format as a springboard for discussion and critique of privilege, and as a means of bring together faculty, staff and students.  Spring Semester meetings will be held on the following dates.  Locations TBA.

Monday, February 20th
Thursday, March 8th
Monday, March 26th
Thursday, April 12th
Thursday, May 17th


Miss Representation

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm, Milbank Chapel

The Office for Diversity & Community Affairs in Collaboration with the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology presents:

Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion

A film documentary about how the media's portrayal of women is often dehumanizing and affects everything from our power and influence to mental health and functioning, followed by a panel discussion including faculty, staff and students.

Reception preceding the event at 5:30pm in 128 Zankel


Knitting & Crocheting Group Series   

Spring Gatherings: Tuesdays 12-1pm, January 31 – May 8, 2012, 359 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 (and share knowledge and techniques with others). Bring your own supplies if you have them. If you’d like to purchase supplies, the cost for materials will be $15 (knitting needles, crochet hook, yarn). The group is led by Lisa Daehlin ( Please contact her for additional information and the location after January.


The Brown Bag Mindfulness and Meditation Series

Wednesdays and Fridays, Winter/Spring Semester, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, 535 Grace Dodge

Facilitators: Sarah Sherman and Guest Facilitators

Are you looking to reduce stress and increase concentration and creativity?  Are you interested in meditation, but you’ve never tried it?  Are you a long time meditation practitioner?

If you (and friends, of course) are any of the above you are invited to participate in our guided meditation sessions and special events.  The Brown Bag Meditation Series will continue to meet every week.  We look forward to welcoming you!


Latino/a & Latin American Faculty, Staff and Student Unity Dinner

Friday, February 3, 2012, 6:00pm- 8:00pm, Location TBD

Cosponsored by the Latino/a Faculty Working Group, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), and Coalition of Latina Scholars (CLS).

An opportunity for dinner and networking across constituencies.


Monday Night Meditation

Mondays, 6:00 – 7:00 PM, 535 Grace Dodge Hall

Facilitator: Home Nguyen

Co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Community Affairs.

Are you feeling stressed?  Do you have performance anxiety?  Do you find it difficult to focus?

There is a way out!  Learn how to manage your stress and anxiety and enhance your performance through mindfulness practices.  Join us for this weekly Mindfulness Practices for Performance and Wellness.  These sessions will cover basic theory and practicalities of mindfulness practices.

Increasing workloads, tighter deadlines, fast changing and demanding relationships are some of the major stresses of today's work life.  Without effective tools to deal with the daily pressures, we can succumb to performance anxiety and emotional disconnection, resulting in frustration and ill health.  It is possible to handle these challenges effectively and in a relaxed positive mental attitude. 

Mindfulness practices involve focusing your mind on the present, to be aware of your thoughts and actions, and letting go of negative judgment.  Scientific research has shown that the practice of mindfulness can have many benefits, including enhancing clarity, concentration, mood, sleep, and immune function, in addition to reducing stress.  Facilitated by Home Nguyen and guest facilitators.

Mindfulness and Education Working Group Meditation Series Events

Activities Calendar for Spring 2012 – Lectures, Workshops and Meditations

Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund.

January 24, 2012, 6-7:30pm, 305 Russell Hall

Book Talk – Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living, Book Signing & Discussion with Allan Lokos

February 14, 2012, 9am-9pm, Location TBA

A full day of mindfulness exercises and techniques with facilitators Home Nguyen, Sarah Sherman, Barbara Hruska and others

March 1, 2012, 5-6:30pm, TC Educational Cooking Kitchen

Bringing the Mind to Where it Matters: Vegetarian, Vegetarian Cooking Class, Mindful Cooking and Eating

Presenter:  Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Columbia’s Hindu Chaplain)

Space is limited to 40 people)

March 21, 2012, 12:30-1:30pm, 535 Grace Dodge Hall

Discussion of the Gita and viewing of Matrix movie clips

Presenter:  Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Columbia’s Hindu Chaplain)

March 28, 12:30-1:30pm, 535 Grace Dodge Hall

Mantra Meditation with Gadadhara Pandit Dasa (Columbia’s Hindu Chaplain)

April 3, 2012, 6-7:30pm, Milbank Chapel

Contemplative Teaching and Learning: Cultivating

Lecture on Contemplative and Mindfulness practices, K-12

Presenters: Linda Lantieri, The Inner Resilience Program and Patricia Broderick, Learning to Breath


Racial Literacy Roundtables

Roundtables to be held on the following Mondays: February 13, March 26, April 9*, April 30 (*Tentative),

February 13: The Language of Race, Horace Mann 152

Other Topics and Locations TBA

Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund.

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Assistant Professor of English Education

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

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.  A light snack and refreshments will be served.


Critical Organic Catalyst Luncheon

Wednesday, February 22, 2012, 12:30 – 1:30pm, 539 Grace Dodge

Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund.

Cosponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Programs, APIA, BSN, and CLS

Join the Conversation, “ISH_____ People Say”

RSVP by February 17, 2012,


The Spring Leadership Summit

Sessions will be held February – March 2012,

Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund.

Cosponsored by the Organization & Human Development Consulting Club (OHDCC) and Organization and Leadership Association (OLA)

The Spring Leadership Summit is a series of four workshops developed to foster the personal leadership growth of Teachers College students, staff, and community members, preparing them to lead effectively across their varying roles and contexts. Four sessions are intended to highlight specific leadership qualities, attitudes, and behaviors that can be immediately applied in the organization, classroom, and home. The interactive and collaborative nature of this initiative will allow participants to learn from experts in the field of leadership studies as well as from one another.  Please direct any questions about this event to:

Tuesday, February 28, 6-8:30 PM

"The Keys to Leadership Development"

with Dr. Bill Passmore

Thursday, March 8, 6-8:30 PM

"Leading with a Brandful Workforce"

with Julia Gomez


Thursday, March 22, 6-8:30 PM

"The Dynamics of Credit and Blame"

with Dr. Ben Dattner


Session 4, TBA


African Diaspora Cine-Club Movie Screening 

Friday, March 30, 2012, 6:00pm, 263 Macy, Film TBA
Friday, April 27, 2012, 6:00pm, 263 Macy, Film TBA
Friday, May 25, 2012, 6:00pm, 263 Macy, Film TBA

More details on films to follow.

For More Information, Contact The African Diaspora Film Festival,


Seventh Annual Black History Month GALA

Saturday, February 25th, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Everett Lounge

Cosponsored by the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs and the Office of Students Activities and Programs.

Join the Black Student Network for our annual Gala. 

Your presence is requested at the 7th Annual Black History Gala on February 25th, 2012 to be held in Everett Lounge on the historic campus of Teachers College, Columbia University. The Gala exemplifies the purpose of The Black Student Network at Teachers College by acknowledging and honoring the accomplishments of fellow African Americans and people of African descent.  This semi-formal gathering provides the opportunity to build and nurture links and partnerships with the community at large, as it grants our students the opportunity to network with local community and civic leaders.  At the Gala, we are all united under the most honorable objective of celebrating the ‘unsung’ heroes within the Harlem and the Columbia University communities. Annual awards are given to faculty/staff, students, and community leaders for their contributions to the ideals of organization and Black community.  Dress is semi-formal.  


Donate Used Books for the TC Book Swap!

February 29, 2012, 2:00 – 7:00 PM in the Grace Dodge Cafeteria.

Clean out your homes and offices for a fresh start to the semester! Bring ANY used books (textbooks, literature, children's books, etc.) to the donation boxes located in the Zankel, Thorndike, or Whittier lobbies. ALL books are welcome! Book collection begins on January 18 and lasts through February 17. 

Come to the LEAP YEAR BOOK SWAP on February 29th, 2:00 – 7:00 PM in the Grace Dodge Cafeteria, browse all of the donated books and LEAP into a new read! 

The TC Book Swap is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Activities and Programs, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, and the Student Senate.


Call to Action:  Doctoral Education for Black and Latino Male Students

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, 263 Macy, Open to All

Co-Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs

There is a need to improve the opportunities of Black and Latino male students to consider pursuing doctoral education.  Our experts will share their research and experiences.  Provost Tom James will open the discussion. 

The panelists include:

  • Professor Shaun Harper, University of Pennsylvania faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Africana Studies, and Gender Studies;Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education; Co-Founder and Project Director, Penn GSE Grad Prep Academy
  • Professor Luis Huerta, Associate Professor of Education, and Associate Professor of Education & Public Policy
  • Professor Ernest Morrell, Professor of Education, and Director, Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME)
  • Professor Francisco Rivera-Batiz, Professor of Economics and Education, and Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University 


Including Individuals with Disabilities in TC Activities and Event Planning

A Workshop for All TC Community Members

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (lunch provided), Location TBD

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.

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.

Contact, (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)


LGBTQ Issues and Dialogues for Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers

Mondays, March 5, March 26, April 23, 2012, 3:30 – 5:00PM (refreshments provided), 365 Grace Dodge

Co-Sponsored by the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs and the Vice Dean for Teacher Education

Join the discussion to foster open dialogue about LGBTQ issues pertaining to classroom experiences for K-12 teachers.


EnVision Yourself

Saturday, March 24th, 2012, 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM, Location TBA

Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund.

Envision Yourselves Latinos: Striving for Graduate School Access and Affordability – A free workshop on applying and getting into graduate school. 

Envision Yourself is an annual event bringing together college students, Teachers College and Columbia University students, as well as faculty and staff to create open lines of communication among students of different socioeconomic, geographic, educational, and cultural backgrounds specifically to create pathways to graduate school.  An outreach program for traditionally marginalized students in community, city & state colleges in New York City and surrounding areas, Envision welcomes guests from other colleges. The panelists include students and faculty, chosen on the basis of excellence in academic achievement, involvement, and transition so as to serve as role models.  The program is specifically designed for first-generation college students, to encourage high aspirations for higher education, thus enabling participants to envision themselves in college and as professionals. Organized in conjunction with the Offices of Admission, Financial Aid, Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, and TC faculty and administrators. 

ALAS 10th Annual Conference – Education across the Americas: Education Research and Policy: Multiple Perspectives

Friday, March 30, 2012, Time TBA, Milbank Chapel

Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund.

The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) at Teachers College, Columbia University is pleased to host its 10th Annual Education Across the Americas Conference at Teachers College, and they are currently soliciting proposals for paper presentations.  The Submission Deadline is February 1, 2012.

The 10th annual ALAS Conference is a space for analysis, dialogue, and exchange between scholars, educators, and students about the complex realities of education in the Americas. Over the past ten years, the conference’s objective has been to provide a unique opportunity for scholars working on educational issues in Latin America to share and discuss their research and policy concerns. As a region, Latin America represents a

multicultural and heterogeneous landscape of social practices. The regional diversity of contexts and its peoples require educators, researchers, and policymakers alike to consider a multiplicity of experiences and perspectives when examining education as a social phenomenon.

This conference is co-sponsored by: The President’s and Provost’s Student Event Fund at Columbia University; the Office of Student Activities and Programs at Teachers College, Teachers College Student Senate; The Office of the Vice-president's for Diversity and Community Affairs; and the Institute of Latin American Studies. The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs at Teachers College; The President’s and Provost’s Student Event Fund at Columbia University; the Office of Student Activities and Programs at Teachers College; Teachers College Student Senate; the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College; and the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. 


The Black Student Network 3rd Annual Diversity in Research & Practice Conference

Saturday, March 31, 2012, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Location Cowin Conference Center 

2012 Conference Theme: A Village of Good Work

The Black Student Network (BSN) and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University, with the support of the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, invite you to join us at the 3rd Annual Diversity in Research & Practice Conference.

Inspired by the African proverb "It takes a whole village to raise a child," this year's theme: A Village of Good Work focuses on the idea and components of doing "good work" by generating a discussion on what we, as a community, can do to create a better world for our children. Proposals for presentations relating to this year's theme and issues surrounding civic engagement, teaching and learning, urban youth studies, higher education, and social justice initiatives are invited from graduate students, research scholars, high school students, teachers, and community partners.


To SUBMIT A PROPOSAL, please visit

The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to Sunday February 26, 2012 at 11:59 EST.

Registration is required but FREE and open to all. The deadline for registration is Monday March 5, 2012.

If you have any questions, please contact


Japan Symposium:  Dealing with Disaster

Tentative Date, April 4, 2012, Cowin Center Auditorium

The earthquake, tsumani, and nuclear catastrophes in Japan 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 one-year anniversary of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Consortium for Japan Relief is hosting a symposium that will feature a multidisciplinary panel composed of renowned experts on radiation, disaster preparedness, economics, politics, mental health and complicated grief.  They have also invited survivors of the disaster.

Admitted Student Weekend Mix & Mingle

Friday, April 20, 2012, 4:45pm- 6:00pm, Everett Lounge- Zankel Building

Hosted by the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs

Annual Admitted Student Weekend:

We are anticipating over 600 admitted students visiting campus for the event, making the decision about enrolling at TC for Summer and Fall 2012.  Please help to extend a warm TC welcome to members of our admitted class of 2012 this weekend! Refreshments and light hors d’ oeuvres will be served.


Focusing on our Future; Enfocándonos en Nuestro Futuro

Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Location TBA

Through Enfocándonos en Nuestro Futuro, The Coalition of Latino/a Scholars seeks to provide outreach to high school students who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education and may be marginalized, encouraging them to finish high school and pursue higher education.  By bringing together local NYC high school students, Teachers College and other Columbia University students, as well as faculty and staff, this initiative seeks to open communication lines among students of different socioeconomic, geographic, educational, and cultural backgrounds.  The purpose of this workshop is to inform, expose, and empower high school students to learn more about the high school requirements so that they can apply to college.  The workshop will focus on New York college preparation requirements, college admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.  


TC Community Building Initiative: “Critical Conversations about Privilege” Series

Date, Time and Location TBA.

You Are Invited to Join A Critical Conversation about Privilege at Teachers College:  This Program will Continue our Community Building Initiatives – A Sequel to “What Kind of Community Do We Want TC To Be?  Lessons from the Levees” and last year’s “Critical Conversations about Privilege” Series.  Lunch Will Be Served.


Weaving the community together.


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Open Office Hours on Mondays 4:00 PM– 5:30 PM!


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 (


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,, or Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at (212) 678-3853 V/TTY,