CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

The SUNY New Paltz Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (DASH) Lab, in collaboration with New Paltz Campus Television WNPC-TV, is working on a project to support campus efforts to create a “community built on the values of inclusion, diversity, and equity, while fostering a community grounded in justice, civility, and respect” (excerpt of the Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement, SUNY New Paltz). In particular, we are working on a multimedia project aimed at highlighting student, faculty and staff voices that share in this mission, but also want to place this work in the context of how the current deliberations over the Hasbrouck complex name change are progressing.

On November 1st, 2018, the SUNY New Paltz College Council decided to delay the vote on the Hasbrouck complex name change (which the SUNY New Paltz Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Student Government, the Faculty Senate, and President Christian all advocate for and support). The vote will now be held at the next College Council meeting on February 21st, 2019. In the meantime, at the urging of President Christian, the College Council agreed to begin the process of considering new names for the complex.

For this project, we are seeking contributors to be featured in a video we will produce as part of this multimedia project. Contributors will be videotaped as you:
1) read the SUNY New Paltz Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement (see below), and,
2) answer up to three questions relating to a) the state of diversity and inclusion on campus, b) how the visual landscape (including names) connects to the campus mission on diversity and inclusion, and c) how we work to fulfill the diversity and inclusion mission on our campus in our work going forward. (for exact questions, see below)

We are currently seeking contributors who would like to add their voices and share their thoughts on the topic of diversity and inclusion at SUNY New Paltz. Because we want to finish this production before the next College Council meeting in February, the timeline is tight. We will be videotaping before the end of the semester.

We plan to conduct the videotaping on Tuesday (12/11) after 6 p.m. and Friday (12/14) after 3:30 p.m. Videotaping is also possible on the weekend (Saturday/Sunday) of 12/15-12/16, as needed.

If you are interested, please contact us (myrock@newpaltz.edu, padillad1@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu, keefehac1@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu) ASAP to schedule a time to meet and record your contribution.

Note: some videotaping will occur at WNPC-TV located in the Center for Student Media (3rd floor of the Student Union Building) and others videotaping will happen in outdoor/public settings. You can let us know your preference/comfort level when you contact us to contribute.)

Thank you in advance for sharing in this very important work!

Production Team:

Dr. Melissa Y. Rock (Assistant Professor of Geography, WGSS & Asian Studies; DASH Lab Director), myrock@newpaltz.edu

Dynahlee Padilla ( Journalism major, Spanish Minor; DASH Lab Intern; WNPC-TV News Reporter), padillad1@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Cat Keefe-Harris (WGSS, International Studies; DASH Lab Intern,  keefehac1@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu

Kevin Flores (Digital Media Production, Spanish; WNPC-TV Videographer) 

 

FOR CONTRIBUTORS

1) Please read the following Mission Statement: 

“As a public institution of higher education, The State University of New York at New Paltz is committed to providing high-quality educational experiences and opportunities for academic success for all students. Our commitments include remediating past and current inequities while establishing and maintaining practices and values of inclusion of all groups and individuals, particularly those who have been disadvantaged and excluded. The College aims to forever change the way access and opportunity are provided to underserved groups and to create a community built on the values of inclusion, diversity, and equity, while fostering a community grounded in justice, civility, and respect. The College is committed to providing a range of opportunities for its community to learn about how individual contributions to diversity and inclusion strengthen the learning and working environment for all.”

―SUNY New Paltz Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement
(Source: Diversity and Inclusion Report on the Hasbrouck renaming charge:
https://www.newpaltz.edu/media/diversity/Hasbrouck%20Renaming%20Report-Web.pdf)

2) Questions:

a) How does the university work to establish/maintain practices and values of inclusion on campus?

b) Does the name of a building have an impact on the creation of a “community built on the values of inclusion, diversity, and equity, while fostering a community grounded in justice, civility, and respect”? Please explain the personal impact.

c) Please read the mission statement (to yourself) again… How can the university achieve the goals laid out in the mission statement? In addition to the work students/faculty do in class to address inequity and injustice, what does the university need to do to create spaces of inclusion on campus, especially for those who have been traditionally marginalized?

 

Sources and news coverage for some basic history on this issue:

Dunne, A. (August 27th, 2018) SUNY New Paltz President: Renaming Buildings Would Be Anti-Racist. WAMC (https://www.wamc.org/post/suny-new-paltz-president-renaming-buildings-would-be-anti-racist)

Kemble, W. (November 2nd, 2018) SUNY New Paltz council delays vote on renaming buildings. The Daily Freeman. (https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local-news/suny-new-paltz-council-delays-vote-on-renaming-buildings/article_ac06cd5c-ded7-11e8-a448-47697a255298.html)

President Christian Charge for the Diversity and Inclusion Council regarding the Hasbrouck Renaming Issue (https://www.newpaltz.edu/diversity/hasbrouck-dialogue/committee-charge/)

Staff. (October 26th, 2018) SUNY New Paltz council to vote on renaming college buildings named for slave owners. The Daily Freeman (https://www.dailyfreeman.com/news/local-news/suny-new-paltz-council-to-vote-on-renaming-college-buildings/article_185227c4-d92c-11e8-88e6-23d633f1a40c.html)

SUNY New Paltz Diversity and Inclusion Council Report and Recommendations for the Hasbrouck Building Complex (https://www.newpaltz.edu/media/diversity/Hasbrouck%20Renaming%20Report-Web.pdf)