11th Annual Conference on Diversity and Inclusion Starting from Within:  Becoming Change Agents for Ourselves, Our Community, and Our World

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
4pm – 8:00pm
Martin Institute for Law & Society

The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is an annual event that seeks to bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion at Stonehill College. The conference serves as a venue for sharing programs, curriculum ideas, teaching practices, student experiences, and leadership development practices that strive to create a culture of belonging at the College.

The conference seeks to fulfill the College’s mission of enriching Stonehill community members in ways that will encourage them to think, act, and lead with courage for the promotion of a socially just, compassionate, and inclusive Stonehill community.

The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is entering its eleventh year at Stonehill College and is featured as one of the signature programs offered through the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Featured Keynote Panelists

Tiffany Enos

Tiffany Enos is a proud Boston native who has spent her career in higher education in the diversity and inclusion arena.  With a bachelors in psychology and communications as well as a masters in counseling psychology from Boston College, Tiffany cares deeply about the link between wellness and liberation.  Growing up in her Cape Verdean immigrant family, Tiffany is passionate about bringing culture into conversations.  She has a strong commitment to social justice and through her life’s work seeks to dismantle oppressive systems and empower marginalized perspectives.  Tiffany currently serves as the Director of the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. 

Patricia Lowe, Esq., CDE

Patricia Lowe is the Executive Director for the Office for Institutional Diversity/University Title IX and ADA Coordinator for Boston College.  In her role she provides leadership in addressing cultural climate concerns within the Boston College community.  Patricia has oversight of the University’s inclusion and diversity efforts, overseeing policies and procedures to ensure Boston College complies with relevant federal, state and local regulations and guidelines,—including discrimination and harassment: sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, equal opportunity and affirmative action (‘EEO/AA’) Title IX and ADA compliance.  She leads an office that helps foster a supportive working and learning environment for all members of the Boston College community.  

A native of Boston Massachusetts, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She has served as a member of a variety of organizations including, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she successfully participated in the training and education of employees on Domestic Violence (Governor Cellucci’s Bill  No. 398) under guidance and leadership of  Jeanne Hurdle. As the Governor’s Liaison and Labor Relations Officer, she participated in the negotiations of twelve union contracts on behalf of the Commonwealth. At Harvard University she served as a Senior Human Resources Officer where she was influential in defining the term “diversity” in alignment with the University’s mission and vision. She also served as a member of the Human Resources Diversity Task Force Committee where she worked to develop and deliver the first full-day diversity program entitled “Beyond the Talk”, featuring keynote speaker Lena Williams.  During her term with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. she worked with legal figures from prestigious law firms and organizations across Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. to advance and sustain equal rights, opportunity and access to the legal system for underrepresented groups.    

Since her appointment in November 2015, she has worked to strengthen strategic partnership across campus with a goal of addressing and improving key diversity and inclusion initiatives. These include but are not limited to the development and implementation of Boston College’s Employee Engagement Survey, which was completed by more than 50% of the workforce; streamlining of Reasonable Accommodations request process, ADA, Hate Crime/Bias Incident Protocol Process, Continuously reviewing and improving mechanisms to assess effectiveness of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.   In support of the University and its efforts to advance and sustain an organizational culture and climate that is welcoming respectful and fosters engaging dialogue for all members of the Boston College community, under her guidance and leadership the Office for institutional Diversity has successful developed and implemented Diversity and Inclusion Summit at Boston College, the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit, “Building and Leveraging Partnerships Across Campus” which was attended by more than 200 faculty and staff.  The positive impact of the Summit and other programs and initiatives have provided a forum to engage in dialogue and reflection on ways to continue to move towards inclusive excellence at Boston College.  

Andy Petigny

A native Bostonian, born and raised in Dorchester, MA, Andy Petigny attended St. Ambrose School in Dorchester up until the 7th grade, when he began Boston Latin Academy (BLA).  At the time, BLA was located across the street from Fenway Park, so when there were afternoon games, they would have half-days.  Suffice it to say, he became a HUGE Red Sox fan during high school, and is still a huge fan of all Boston teams.

After high school, Andy attended Northeastern University pursing a degree in civil engineering, but ultimately attended Hampton University in Virginia majoring in accounting.  After returning to Boston, he began working at Simmons College in their career center.  After a few years and obtaining his masters degree in communications management, Andy began working at the Boston College Career Center as an assistant director.  Two years after coming to BC, he moved to the Office of AHANA Student Program, now called the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center (BAIC), where he primarily does assessment, cultural competency workshops and events, and supports undergraduate Students of Color succeed at Boston College.

Breakout Sessions

The Stonehill Archives collects documents and other materials related to the history of the college. However, like archives in general we struggle to tell the story of underrepresented groups in our community. From individual student stories to the groups on campus that support them, there is much more we need to know and do in order to better serve our community and its history. This session will offer an interactive look at archives in general and serve as a brainstorming session on how to better collect and tell stories of our underrepresented populations.

Working for diversity and inclusion can be stressful and emotionally exhausting, and enduring structural injustice is even harder. What can you do to manage the stress better? This session will be a workshop in self-care where we try a variety of mindfulness techniques (seated meditation, coloring, reflective writing, and movement). We’ll work in the spirit of experimentation, noticing what works for each of us and what does not. Most of all, this workshop will provide an opportunity to rest and recharge.

Death has been an issue that impacts the social justice movement and society as whole in more regards than one. It is well known that the U.S. constitution guarantees citizens the right to life, but people tend to forget that life will eventually end upon their death and the Constitution does not even mention the word death or the dead anywhere in it, which leads to an assumption that people lose their constitutional protections upon their death. An example would be protesters who hold demonstrations in cemeteries, even though in their effort to empower themselves and those they seek to help, they un-empower the people buried there by disregarding the fact the graves they may have stepped on may in some cases be the last piece of evidence a particular individual existed, which means symbolically they may have denied the individual’s existence.

As is written in our mission statement, we are "dedicated to understanding the root causes of social injustice by becoming global citizens". Participants of the program learn how to promote peace and equity by living in solidarity and serving with under served communities. Using the active citizen continuum model, we educate our student leaders to be able to facilitate curricula regarding the social justice issues they will be encountering in the communities they will enter during their immersions.

Current research on teaching academic writing has drawn attention to how language can be both limiting and liberating for marginalized persons and/or communities. A language of inclusion is an approach that aims to place persons as agents of their experiences and seeks to respect the chosen identity of a person or community. Overall, this presentation aims to show how humanizing our language builds emotional intelligence skills like empathy, resilience, and adaptability.

Stonehill is a "nice" culture. But "nice" can mask a refusal to engage in healthy conflict, and can encourage a culture of escalating interpersonal disagreements to be handled by authority and force rather than communication. At its worst in a society wounded by white supremacy, this escalation includes white people who call the police to condemn the daily lives of their black and Latinx neighbors. This session will focus on development comfort with conflict as a building block for anti racist work: moving past "nice" to just.

This program will engage with a topic not often discussed among Stonehill students: How to recognize one's own privilege. We often discuss oppression in society, but not usually how oppression inherently stems from certain groups having privilege over other groups, and how privileged groups often fail or refuse to recognize their own privilege. By the end of the session, participants will hopefully have acquired the tools necessary to begin recognizing and analyzing their own privilege, which in turn will help them to be better allies to all members of the Stonehill community and beyond.

Often times, singular identities are focused upon during conversations about diversity and inclusion. In the context of queerness, either gender or sexuality is discussed. This session will provide opportunity for participants to reflect on their own identities and ways in which they intersect and affect one another. Emphasis will be placed upon queerness as it intersects with identities such as race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability, religion, and country of origin.

In the field of information studies, library classification structures, including subject headings and controlled vocabularies, have been criticized for their role in asserting dominant ideologies. Perhaps the most well-known example of this resides in use of the subject term “illegal alien,” which remains despite the Library of Congress’s attempts to remove it from the classification system used most widely by academic libraries. This presentation will center on observations of these issues in our own collection in light of professional literature on the subject. We will address questions like: How do the structures used to make information accessible affect our community? What are possible solutions, and who is responsible for implementation?

College is a great learning experience. However, it may often lack a conversation about that life would be like in the workforce as the sole representative of a marginalized group. Discussion will help students have more realistic expectations when entering the workforce or at least allow those entering the workforce to be more prepared if they find themselves in a situation where they are truly the sole representative. Participants will take away awareness, the ability to ask different questions, and gain the confidence to stand up for themselves.