2021 Weeks of Action


Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Contemplative Practices | 12:30-1:30pm. Facilitators: Anthony Dandridge, Terry Murray, Chris Whitaker | Zoom Link

Continuing the Conversation: Antiracism in the Classroom and Beyond | 7:00-9:00pm. Panelists: Anthony Dandridge (Black Studies), Shannon McManimon (Educational Studies and Leadership), Jessica Pabón (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Melissa Paniagua (Undergraduate Student, Black Studies and Finance), Jasmine Weekes (Undergraduate Student, Communication Studies). Facilitator: Carolyn Corrado (Sociology) | WebEx Link


Anti-Racism 101: Part 2 | 4:00-5:30pm. Facilitator: Joel Oppenheimer | Zoom Link


DIFFvelopment | 6:00-8:00pm. Facilitator: Mark McFadden | Zoom Link


Black Lives Matter at School: Benjamin Center Research | 10:00-11:00am. Facilitators: KT Tobin and Robin Jacobowitz | Zoom Link


Film Screening and Discussion of Award-Winning Documentary 13th (2016) | 6:00-9:00pm. Film screening (6-8pm) and discussion (8-9pm). Facilitators: Carolyn Corrado and Nayyir Strasner | Zoom Link


Spring of Gay Black Feminine Joy | 5:00pm. In this critical moment, Lester Mayers, a Gay-Black-Feminine man, encourages his unique and underrepresented community to raise their voices and pens and prove that they are more than stereotypes/tokens / jokes – identities forced upon them by the white-hetero American gaze. Written to a specific audience, without compromise, Mayers sets out to analyze his own existence as it relates to history, the present, and the future. With pathos as his greatest tool, Mayers writes back at the homophobic show of loneliness & isolation throttled within the Black community. This piece was written outside the lens of European penetration, and though it was created as an offering to a specific group of people, all readers are invited to open their hearts and enter the unconquerable fortress of Gay-Black-Feminine men. Trigger warnings: homelessness, sexual historic trauma, racism, queer-phobic pejoratives, mental health and disruptions of religious views. | Zoom Link


Black and Latinx Struggle for Liberation | 3:00-5:00pm. Facilitator: Galo Vasquez | Zoom Link

Black Struggle for Justice @SUNY New Paltz: Past, Present, Future | 6:00-8:00pm. Speakers: Phoebe Balousek, Miles Figaro, Onika Jervis, Paula Perez, Mark Rumnit, and Nayyir Strasner. Facilitator: Anthony Dandridge | Zoom Link


United We Zoom | 12:00pm-12:15pm. Community Virtual Photo Gathering. Wear a BLM or BLM@S shirt if you have one. | Zoom Link (join here for the synchronous event) | Flipgrid Link (access and participate in this asynchronous content at your convenience)

How Race, Class, and Gender Influence Student Perceptions of Vaccines: Findings from a Campus Attitudes Survey | 12:30-1:45pm. Facilitator: Benjamin Junge. I will present results from an online vaccine-attitudes survey conducted among SUNY-New Paltz students during the Fall 2020 semester (n=341). The aim of the research was to identify correlates of acceptance and hesitancy around a safe-and-effective vaccine for COVID-19, prior to national rollout—specially, how race, class, and gender influence vaccine attitudes on our campus. Attitudes examined included concerns about the vaccine itself (concerns over side effects, toxicity, etc.), around vaccination policy (including which populations should be prioritized), and trust and distrust in available information sources (including the government, the University, and online social media). Echoing earlier studies from public health and medical anthropology, we find significantly lower enthusiasm and greater hesitancy among students who chose race/ethnicity categories other than “white.” These results will inform a critical discussion about matters of race privilege as it enters into vaccine rollout. | WebEx Recording Link

Anti-Racism 101: Stepping in and Stepping up! | 4:00-5:30pm. Facilitators: Carolyn Corrado and Joel Oppenheimer | Zoom Link


Black Lives Matter in Educator Preparation: Antiracism in Practice | 3:30pm-5:00pm. Speakers: Clarice Brazas (Humanities Teacher, The U School, Philadelphia), Dr. Denisha Jones (Director, Art of Teaching, Sarah Lawrence College), Tarilyn Little (Program Director of Early Literacy, ExpandED Schools), and Dr. Dana Morrison. Facilitator: Dr. Shannon McManimon (Educational Studies & Leadership) | WebEx Link

Bridging the Gap between the College and Community: Concerned Parents of New Paltz | 5:00pm-6:30pm. Facilitators: Anthony Dandridge and Melissa Rock | Zoom Link


Bridging the Gap between the College and Community: Celebrating Excellence in Activism and Social Change | 12:00pm-1:30pm. Facilitator: Anthony Dandridge Zoom Link

Blackness and Latinidades | 3:30pm-5:00pm. Speakers: Denise Terrero, Elizabeth Diuguid, Cruz Bueno, Ethan Madarieta. Facilitator: Jessica Pabón | WebEx Link


BLMS Collective: General Assembly | 4:00-5:30pm. Come learn more about the campus BLMS Collective, what’s on deck for the rest of the year, and how you can get involved.

More details coming soon. Schedule and information will be updated regularly.

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