Programs and Events
Spring 2013 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.
(All events are FREE unless stated otherwise below.)
Spring Orientation 2013
For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities and Programs.
1/22/2013, 9:00:00 AM - 4:00:00 PM
LGBTQ & Allies Dialogues
144 Horace Mann
1/30/2013, 4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
New Employee & Faculty Orientation Series: Three Sessions
Participation in ONE New Employee & Faculty Orientation training series is REQUIRED for all employees.
Friday, February 1, 2013, 9:30am – 12:00pm; Room 150 Horace Mann
Presented by Diana Maul – TC Registrar
Participation in one FERPA training session is MANDATORY for all employees.
Introduction to the Annual Performance Review Process
Presented by Janice Robinson – Chair Professional Staff Evaluation Committee and Randy Glazer – Director of Human Resources
150 Horace Mann
2/1/2013, 9:30:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 9:30am – 12:30pm; Room 150 Horace Mann
Presented by KC Wagner from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations
(sexual harassment; anti-discrimination; prevention of bias)
Participation in one training session is MANDATORY for all employees.
***Failure to attend may render the College unable to indemnify or defend you if you are involved in a complaint leading to legal action. ***
150 Horace Mann
2/5/2013, 9:30:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2013, 9:30am – 12:00pm; Room 130 Macy Hall
Presented by Dr. Kevin Nadal (Ph.D. Teachers College, Counseling Psychology, 2008) – Associate Professor, Psychology and Mental Health Counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 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.
130 Macy Hall
2/14/2013, 9:30:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM
Racial Literacy Roundtable Discussion
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Assistant Professor of English Education
Sponsored byThe Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs
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.
130 Macy Hall
2/4/2013, 5:30:00 PM - 8:00:00 PM
263 Macy Hall
3/4/2013, 5:30:00 PM - 8:00:00 PM
Current SRD Grant Description & Application 2013-2014Deadline: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 3:00pm
(including (8) paper copies and an electronic copy)
All proposals with supporting documents must be submitted to:
Jade Johnson, 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
Racial and Cultural Microaggressions Workshop for Students
A teach-in presented by Dr. Kevin Nadal (Ph.D. Teachers College, Counseling Psychology, 2008), a leading expert on microaggressions and Associate Professor of Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Discover how brief and commonplace daily verbal and behavioral indignities can have a huge impact on others. How do microagressions impact social stress in classrooms, residence halls, athletics, and student services? Join us for this workshop and engage in the dialogue.
Sponsored by the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs
Lectures & Talks
130 Macy Hall
2/14/2013, 3:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
TCSOL Spring Festival Open House and Chinese New Year Celebration
The TCSOL Certificate Program at Teachers College cordially invites you to our TCSOL OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, February 21, 2013 (6:00pm-9:00pm).
RSVP required (**please send directly to TCSOL firstname.lastname@example.org) as space is limited.
This event is co-sponsored by the Vice President's Office for Diversity & Community Affairs.
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.
2/21/2013, 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
The Weekely Mindfulness Meditation Series
- Mindful Monday, Mindful Everyday
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: 140 Horace Mann
*The additional half an hour will be for tea, snacks and dialogue! *
- Inhaling Your Lunch: Midday Meditation (Wed & Fri)
Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dates: Wednesdays and Fridays
Location: Wed & Fri 541 Grace Dodge Hall
*Material food not included*
Facilitators: Home Nguyen, Sarah Sherman, and Guest Speakers
Increasing workloads, deadlines, fast‐changing and complex relationships are the some of the major challenges of today's working life! Without effective tools to deal with the daily pressures, we can succumb mental and emotional imbalance, resulting in frustration, distraction and ill health. It is possible to handle these challenges with clarity, effectiveness and a calm positive mental attitude. Cultivating mindful present awareness is the solution. Mindfulness meditation is a mind-body practice that involves focusing your mind on the present, to be aware of your thoughts and actions without judgment. 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.
This series introduces participants to the basic theory and practicalities of mindfulness. It provides a community of support for participants to share insight and process the experience. A commitment to a daily personal practice is necessary to build longer‐term stability, resiliency and self‐awareness.
Eighth Annual Black History Month GALA
Saturday, February 23rd, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, Grace Dodge Dining Hall
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 8th Annual Black History Gala to be held in the Grace Dodge Dining Hall 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.
Student Activities & Programs
Grace Dodge Dining Hall
From 2/23/2013, 8:00:00 PM To 2/24/2013, 11:00:00 PM
Fourth Annual Latino/a & Latin American Faculty, Staff and Student Unity Dinner
Thursday, February 28th, 2013, 6:30pm, Everett Lounge
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.
Please RSVP: email@example.com by Thursday, February 21, 2013.
2/28/2013, 6:30:00 PM - 8:30:00 PM
LGBTQ & Allies Dialogues
Ongoing Initiative for the LGTBQ Community and Allies.
Out at Work - Documentary Screening
This film chronicles the dramatic stories of three gay workers over the course of five years: , Detroit Auto Worker, , and New York Public Library Clerk, . It follows them at home, at work, and through their collective fight to secure workplace safely, job security, and employee benefits for gay and lesbian workers.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013,
3:30 – 5:00PM (refreshments provided),
144 Horace Mann
Sponsored by the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs
144 Horace Mann
3/6/2013, 3:30:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
Book Launch Reception for Dr. Ayuba Mshelia
You are invited to A BOOK LAUNCH RECEPTION for
Ayuba Mshelia, Ph.D. (Cognitive Psychology, TC 1985)
For his most recent book: ARABA LET’S SEPARATE: The Story of the Nigerian Civil War
Friday, March 8, 2013
234 Horace Mann, 5-7pm
Refreshments will be served.
Professor Mshelia is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Manhattan Community College and was formerly a Lecturer of Psychology at Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria, Nigeria).
Dr. Mshelia is the author of five books including ARABA LET'S SEPARATE: The Story of the Nigerian Civil War; SUKSUKU: Stories and Folktales of the Burrah People of Northeastern Nigeria; The Village Boy; Cognition, Culture and Field Dependence-Independence; and Depth Pictorial Perception, Culture and Psychological Differentiation. All of his books will be available for purchase at the event.
This event is Co-Sponsored by the Vice President's Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, the Office of Alumni Affairs and the African Alumni Club of Columbia University. For more information and to RSVP, please email Dr. Nii Nartey, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.678.3304.
234 Horace Mann
3/8/2013, 5:00:00 PM - 7:00:00 PM
Oscar-Nominated Documentary: HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
3/13/2013, 5:00:00 PM - 8:00:00 PM
Community Coffee Break and Afternoon Tea Series!
The Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs and the Committee for Community and Diversity present:
A 2013 Community Building Initiative
Please join us for a coffee break and afternoon tea, and share a few unhurried moments with your colleagues. Meet colleagues you do not know, say hello to those you see infrequently, and share a smile with old friends… and as a bonus, visit a new area of campus each month!
Wednesday, February 20th
Thompson, 3rd Floor Corridor
Wednesday, March 27th
44 Horace Mann
Career Services Conference Room
Thursday, April 18th
331 Horace Mann
Office of School and Community Partnerships Conference Room
The Lives of Transgender People
• The complexity of gender identity, including intersecting identities - mainly focusing on students
• The obstacles that trans and gender non-conforming students face on college campuses
• The best practices / approaches to address these obstacles
• How we build a gender-inclusive campus in a gender-binary society
Lectures & Talks
4/1/2013, 10:00:00 AM - 11:40:00 AM
Admitted Student Weekend Mix & Mingle
Friday, April 12, 2013, 4:45pm- 6:00pm, Everett Lounge- Zankel Building
Hosted by the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs and the Admissions Office
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 2013. Please help to extend a warm TC welcome to members of our admitted class of 2012 this weekend! Student Organization Leaders will be in attendance. Refreshments and light hors d’ oeuvres will be served.
Admissions – On Campus Event
4/12/2013, 4:45:00 PM - 6:00:00 PM
Call to Action: Doctoral Education for Black and Latino Male Students
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 3:30 – 5:00 PM, Location TBD
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 Luis Huerta, Associate Professor of Education, and Associate Professor of Education & Public Policy (Pending)
- Professor Ernest Morrell, Professor of Education, and Director, Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME)
- Professor Felicia Moore Mensah, Associate Professor of Science Education and Program Coordinator, Science Education Program
- Professor Derald Sue, Professor of Psychology and Education
LGBTQ & Allies Dialogues
144 Horace Mann
4/17/2013, 4:00:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM
The Black Student Network 4th Annual Diversity in Research & Practice Conference
The Teachers College, Columbia University Black Student Network (BSN) and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME) invite you to join us at the 4th Annual Diversity in Research & Practice Conference (DiRP). DiRP seeks to influence the progression of diversity in education research and practice by assembling students, scholars, and community leaders concerned with critical issues in education.
The 2013 conference theme “Changing the Game: Expanding Discourses in Research” is representative of the changing landscape in education research and practice. More specifically, this year’s conference theme will provide a space and the contexts to expand the existing discourses about the research on and practices within our schools and communities.This year’s conference will challenge participants to think about innovate ways to advocate for and promote students and scholars who are “game changers” in their respective areas.
SUBMIT A PRESENTATION PROPOSAL by MARCH 1, 2013 @ bit.ly/DiRP2013
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (FREE) @ bit.ly/DiRP2013Registration
Alana Miles (2013 Chair), Shakealia Finley (2013 Co-Chair), Malik Boykin (2013 Co-Chair)
Questions? Contact the Conference Planning Committee at email@example.com
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 4thAnnualDiRPConference_CallforProposals.pdf
Co-Sponsored by the Teachers College Vice President’s Diversity and Community Initiatives Grant Fund, the Office of Student Activities and Programs, and the TC Student Senate Grant
ALAS 11th Annual Conference – Education Across the Americas: Impacting Society through Philosophy and Education
Thursday - Saturday, April 18-20, 2013, Location TBD
Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund, the Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, the Office of Student Activities and Programs.
ALAS is very proud to boast that The Education Across the Americas conference is one of the only conferences in the Americas where scholars working on educational issues in Latin America and the Caribbean come together to share research, build collaborative relationships, and develop new critical conversations about questions concerning education in and across these regions. Additionally, this conference brings together scholars, students, teachers, and activists working in urban education and education concerning Latino/as and/or other immigrant communities in the United States. The Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) at Teachers College is an organization of students from diverse countries of Latin America that was formed 11 years ago and has since reached out to include members from all nationalities that are interested in topics related to Latin America. Since conception, our aim has been to create an academic, cultural, and social network within the Latin American community at Teachers College.
Conferences & Seminars
4/18/2013, 5:00:00 PM – 4/20/2013. 5:00:00 PM
Ana Cecilia Galindo-Diego
Saturday, May 4th, 2013, 9:00 AM – 3:45 PM, Location TBD
Sponsored by the DCI Grant Fund. The Vice President’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs, and the Office of Student Activities and Programs.
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 and 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, Office of Student Activities and Programs, and TC faculty and administrators.
Conferences & Seminars
177 & 179 Grace Dodge
5/4/2013, 9:00:00 AM - 3:45:00 PM
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