Updates from the Office of Multicultural Affairs

DiversityHilbert College and D’Youville teamed up to attend the 4th Annual SUNY Cortland Diversity Conference which focused on diversity, equity, and social justice. The theme was “Speak Up, Speak Out” which challenged students act on issues of social justice.  There several conference sessions, a luncheon, film screening of the Schindler’s List, and a keynote speaker, Dr. Sean G. Massey, who is currently an Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Binghamton University.

Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, Director of Multicultural Affairs, presented at the following conferences this semester:

“Developing Your Own Leadership Competencies.” “Third Annual Competency Coach Roundtable.”  University
at Buffalo’s MBA program – LeaderCORE Program. Buffalo, New York. April 10, 2014.

Description: Informal roundtable conversations with MBA students about leadership competency development in ten key areas: 1) Self-Management and Adapatability 2) Results Oriented 3) Interpersonal Relationships 4) Communication 5) Teamwork and Collaboration 6) Problem-Solving and Decision Making 7) Global and Diversity Mindset 8) Strategic Thinking 9) 10) Integrity .

“Re-Enacting, Re-Sistancing, or Re-Appropriating Black Women’s Bodies in Mzbel’s “16 Years.” “Suiting Up:
Disciplining the Aesthetics of Difference.”  UB Gender Institute Conference. Buffalo, New York. April 4, 2014.

Abstract: In his book The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness Paul Gilroy indicates that as music travels across the Diaspora it adapts to new ascribed conditions to which it is subjected, thus creating a space whereby musical traditions are upheld and creatively sculpted to fit the location, time, socio-cultural factors, and the individual and communal life experiences of the people.  It is through these factors, the transatlantic flow of Black music via the Diaspora that creative expressive culture is re-born. I posit that hip-hop and hip-life[1] music are two musically forms that have traveled across the Black Atlantic which embodies Paul Gilroy’s definition and are representative of “Sankofian Diasporic”[2] connections. This paper specifically analyzes the ways in which representations of Black women’s bodies shift from socio-cultural histories (i.e., colonialism, cultural reproduction of youth identity, etc.) to resistance through the use of fashion in their music videos.  Using, Mzbel’s music video “16 Years” examines the following questions: what are the complexities and contradictions of colonialism and resistance as it relates to gender roles? How does Mzbel use social and political platforms in her music video as a form of resistance?

(Co-Presenter’s Ramelli Choates and Danielle Johnson) “Thinking About Pursuing a PHD: Everything You
Want to Know About Applying to and Graduating From a PHD Program.”  Uniting Across Campuses
Advising Conference. Buffalo, New York.  February 26, 2014.

Abstract: Obtaining jobs in today’s economy is becoming increasingly competitive. Many higher education professionals are feeling the pressure to do more work with less staff and with no monetary increase. Other professional are feeling the need to obtain additional educational credentials such as a PhD to compete for limited higher education positions.  According to the Council of Graduate Schools (2010), 40-60% of students enrolled in doctoral studies do not complete the dissertation which is a phenomenon commonly known as All But Dissertation or (ABD). Given these statistics one might wonder if they should pursue the doctorate. As such, this presentation is designed to assist individuals who are thinking about applying to a doctoral program or who have recently applied to graduate study

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