Upcoming Events

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Spring 2016 Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Workshops and Trainings

The Office of Intercultural Affairs helps to lead the campus in creating both a diverse and inclusive community. We believe in the inherent dignity of each person and seek to affirm, honor and embrace the differences that shape a more robust living and learning community. We encourage community members to participate in the following educational opportunities.

Intercultural Affairs Book Club: There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz

Discussion Group Meeting: Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 12-1pm, Location TBD (Please bring your own lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided). Location will be sent as date approaches.

Each semester, we select a book for participants to share thoughts and talk about the diversity related stories. This semester we will be reading There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz. There Are No Children Here, the true story of brothers Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, ages 11 and 9 at the start, brings home the horror of trying to make it in a violence-ridden public housing project. The boys live in a gang-plagued war zone on Chicago's West Side, literally learning how to dodge bullets the way kids in the suburbs learn to chase baseballs. “If I grow up, I'd like to be a bus driver,” says Lafeyette at one point. That's if, not when—spoken with the complete innocence of a child. This book humanizes the problem of inner-city pathology, makes readers care about Lafeyette and Pharoah more than they may expect to, and offers a sliver of hope buried deep within a world of chaos.

To win a free copy of the book please RSVP to diversity@stonehill.edu. Winners of the book will be notified on Friday, February 5th. Please note winners are expected to attend the book club discussion.

Safe Zone Workshop

FACULTY/STAFF TRAINING: Monday, February 8, 2016, 2-4:30pm
STUDENT TRAINING: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5-7:30pm
Location: Cleary Dining Room, Roche Dining Commons
Registration via diversity@stonehill.edu

Our Safe Zone program is designed to educate students, staff and faculty who want to serve as allies to individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). Community members participate in Safe Zone workshops to better understand information, terms, and experiences of those who identify has LGBT. At the conclusion of the workshop, individuals may choose to post a "Stonehill Safe Space" card on their door. This card symbolizes that the person has engaged in conversations to serve as a resource for LGBT community members. We reserve the "Stonehill Safe Space" cards particularly for those who attended a training at Stonehill because we have conversations unique to our Catholic identity and mission.

Trans* 101 Workshop

FACULTY/STAFF TRAINING: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 2-4pm
STUDENT TRAINING: Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 5-7pm
Location: Cleary Dining Room, Roche Dining Commons
Registration via diversity@stonehill.edu

This entry-level session is designed to offer participants a deeper understanding of transgender and non-binary gender identities. Participants will learn basic language, history, and data related to trans* college students.

NASPA Equity and Inclusion Webinars for Faculty & Staff

The Office of Intercultural Affairs invites you to engage in unique on campus professional development opportunities provided by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. We will be offering 1 hour “Equity and Inclusion Modules” throughout the year. Please RSVP to diversity@stonehill.edu and indicate which session(s) you would like to attend. *Locations will be sent as date approaches.

Beyond Binaries: Supporting Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Queer-Identified Students

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 11am-12pm

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain insight into nonmonosexual/BPFQ student experiences at large, public institutions
  • Engage in discussion about inclusive and affirmative language for nonmonosexual/BPFQ and all LGBTQIA students
  • Engage in discussion about best practices used to support nonmonosexual/BPFQ college students
  • Gain practical tools and knowledge in order to support students with nonmonosexual/BPFQ identities


SA Speaks: Dr. Ann Marie Klotz: Being a First-Generation Student

Monday, March 21, 2016, 1-2pm

SA Speaks – Student Affairs Speaks – provides a way to spread ideas about how we can change the student affairs profession and transform learning in higher education. Dr. Ann Marie Klotz shares her story of being a first-generation student. Now, as Dean of Campus Life at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan, Klotz often thinks about what her students don’t know and what they need help learning.