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DCI: 2015-2016 Awards
The Vice President’s Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives 2015-2016 Grant Recipients
The Committee for Community and Diversity is pleased to announce the award recipients from The Vice President’s Diversity and Community Initiatives Grant Fund. The grant fund provides financial support for projects that foster interactive, inter-group communication, collaboration and educational programming with an emphasis on diversity and/or community. Eighteen proposals were submitted and the following twelve projects were selected for funding.
Thank you very much to the DCI Grant Selection Committee (a Sub-Committee of the President's Committee for Community and Diversity [CCD]): Frederick Awity, Yvonne Destin, Nicholson Durand, Prof. Daniel Friedrich, Prof. Jay Heubert, Jolene Lane, Samantha Lu, Janice Robinson, and Chelsey Saunders.
DCI GRANT ABSTRACTS 2015-2016
I. Black History Month Film Festival
Mikel Moss and Samuel Ortiz
Sponsors: Student Senate, Queer TC, Black Student Network, and the Coalition for Latino(a) Scholars
The Black History Month Film Festival seeks to engage in a dialogue around the issues that people within the African Diaspora face through the medium of film. There are five films that will be shown once per week. The Film Festival will provide the space to discuss and dissect the themes of each film, and how the issues addressed in the films relate to contemporary issues and future work in the field.
II. Building Bridges: Recreating Communities: Afro-Latino(a) and the Breach between African Americans and Latinos
William Garcia, Andrew Viñales, and Omaris Zamora
Sponsors: The Coalition of Latino(a) Scholars and Black Student Network
The Coalition of Latino(a) Scholars and the Black Student Network are hosting Building Bridges: Recreating Communities: Afro-Latino (a) and the Rift between African Americans and Latinos by engaging in an interactive conversation that will cross community boundaries, in order to address this ongoing rift between African Americans, Latin, and Afro-Latino communities. This event hopes to encourage its participants to embrace the differences and similarities between blackness and latinidad.
III. Celebration of Teaching
Dr. Beth Clark-Gareca
Sponsor: TESOL and Applied Linguistics Program
The Celebration of Teaching (CoT) is a mini-conference that focuses on issues surrounding serving English Language Learners (ELL) in public schools in New York. The CoT seeks to promote inter-group communication and collaboration by connecting different groups of practitioners, pre-service and in-service teachers, and the teachers’ different disciplines across the College.
IV. Critical Dialogues and Diverse Perspectives on African Education: Voices from
Community, Academia, and Civil Society
Dr. S. Garnett Russell, Amelia S. Herbert, and Christine Bell
Sponsor: George Clement Bond Center for African Education
The George Clement Bond Center for African Education is hosting Critical Dialogues and Diverse Perspectives on African Education: Voices from Community, Academia, and Civil Society which is a series of presentations, panels, and roundtables that will bring together the Teachers College community, the greater New York City community, and the global communities that are engaged in work and research related to education in Africa and the African Diaspora. The primary goal of the series is to highlight the array of resources and organizations related to African studies and education in both the TC and NYC communities, to celebrate diversity of Africa and the African Diaspora, and to foster critical dialogues on issues relating to the education of Africa and people of African descent.
V. 2016 Annual Diversity in Research and Practice Conference (DiRP)
Jennifer Etienne and Erica Bibby
Sponsor: Black Student Network
The 2016 Annual Diversity in Research and Practice Conference aims to provide a platform to showcase academic research that will impact and empower communities of color. Invited scholars will share their original research papers and host roundtables. Another important goal of the DiRP conference is to expose students interested in academic research to the conference format as well as to networking opportunities that will help them thrive in future settings of academic discourse.
VI. Educational Equity ACTion!: NYC Public High School Students Use Theatre to Shine a Spotlight on Education Inequities in New York State
Michael A. Rebell, Joe Rogers Jr., Ambar Paulino
Sponsor: The Campaign for Educational Equity
The Education Equity ACTion! is a joint project of the Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE) at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Epic Theatre Ensemble (Epic). With this initiative, talented New York City public high school students step into the spotlight and use theatre to expand youth leadership in the movement for educational equality.
VII. The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL
Sponsor: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL will explore the ideologies about disability and deafness, the history of education for deaf African-American children, the distinct language patterns and items in the African-American variety of sign language, and the change in the sign language variety after desegregation. In addition to focusing on the inequality of the educational system for racial minorities, this event will focus on the disparities experienced by individuals within the Black Deaf community.
VIII. The Mental Health Awareness Conference: Shattering the Stigma, Breaking Down Barriers, and Creating Change
Dala Alhomaizi, Sarah Alsaidi, and Alaa Alhomaizi
Sponsor: Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
The Mental Health Awareness Conference: Shattering the Stigma, Breaking Down Barriers, and Creating Change aims to bring together the TC community of graduate mental health students, professionals and educators, mental health professionals in the field, researchers, and persons with lived experience to discuss effective interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination of mental illnesses. This conference hopes to help individuals with existing mental illness reduce the stigma of mental illness, better serve this population with compassion, empathy, and professional efficiency, and share current research about the diverse manifestations of stigma and the interventions that can be utilized to reduce the burden of mental health stigma.
IX. Participatory Intergenerational Hip Hop & Health Research Project
Sponsor: Institute for Urban and Minority Education
The Participatory Intergenerational Hip Hop & Health Research Project is a two event series that explores the effort of understanding the connections between healing, spirituality, and hip hop culture. This event hopes to cross community boundaries by promoting inter-group communication, collaboration, and education.
X. Sustainability and Innovation: Social Policy in South Asia
Soumya Mishra and Srishti Sardana
Sponsor: Development in South Asia
The Development in South Asia is hosting Sustainability and Innovation: Social Policy in South Asia for graduate students from across New York State. The conference is centered on the United Nations agenda of the shift from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. In addition, the conference will provide avenues for students to network with scholars interested in South Asia, aid their professional development and support individual scholarly work to lead to publication.
XI. (Un)Spoken: A Celebration of Mother Tongues
Sara Frodge and Chiara Fuller
Sponsor: Society of International Education
The Society of International Education presents (Un)Spoken: A Celebration of Mother Tongues which is an initiative primarily to celebrate Mother Language Day. This initiative seeks to emphasize the importance of recognizing mother tongue languages at educational and community based levels. Students and professionals are invited to share stories through artistic forms of expression that highlight their unique mother language.
XII. Writing for Wellness: A Writing Workshop for Women of Color in the Academy
Esther Ohito, Nicole Pearson, Karishma Desai, and Mary Ann Chacko
Sponsor: The Department of Curriculum and Teaching
The Department of Curriculum and Teaching presents Writing for Wellness: A Writing Workshop for Women of Color in the Academy is a daylong workshop on writing and wellness, and writing for wellness. This workshop will be designed to support the professional, academic and intellectual success and well-being of self-identified women of color, in and beyond university spaces. The workshop participants will be guided in learning habits and structures that are the foundation of a productive, proactive and (re)generative writing practice.