"Year of Cultural Initiative"

Year of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Cultural Initiative – 2018-19

The SUNY Empire State College Year of Cultural Initiative Steering Committee, has selected the College's second "Year of" theme focusing on the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. This theme includes Indigenous/Native populations across the Americas, including First Nations and Communities in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. Programs and activities associated with The Year of Indigenous Peoples of the Americas will take place throughout the 2018-19 academic year including the *New* Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Virtual Residency discussed below.

*New* Indigenous Peoples of the Americas Virtual Residency

The virtual residency offers online courses, and in place of the on-site meeting, you will meet online on specific dates to have joint discussions and attend a virtual keynote speech by Mr. Roberto Mukaro Borrero (Taino Cacique "Chief" from Puerto Rico and UN International Indian Council member), who will speak on the state of indigenous education. This is also the first time, undergraduates, graduates and international students will come together in one collaborative virtual environment to learn about a topic.

Students may register for one of the following courses:

  • First Peoples of North America (INDG 3015) Undergraduate
  • Native North American History and Art (ARTS 4055) Undergraduate
  • Colonization and Resistance (LACS 6996) Graduate – undergrad may register
  • Introduction to Critical Pedagogy (CURI 6005) Graduate

If you have any questions about the residencies, please contact Lori McCaffrey (Lori.McCaffrey@esc.edu or 518-783-6203) or your primary mentor.

Year of the Caribbean Cultural Initiative – 2017-18

SUNY Empire State College started the "Year of Cultural Initiative" as a way to overlay a cultural theme onto our academic offerings and student events/activities.

Year of the Caribbean Logo with multi-colored birdBuilding on SUNY and SUNY Empire's recently formed partnership with The University of the West Indies, "Year of the Caribbean" will be the first theme of this initiative, which is designed to explore a topic intensively through linked courses, cultural events and celebrations, art exhibits, webinars, seminars, service learning projects, student and alumni gatherings, speakers, articles in the college magazine and other experiences.

During academic year 2017-18, the college will explore the topic broadly as part of our long-term collegewide commitment to foster cultural diversity within both the institution and the greater community.

To kick off this new initiative, we were proud to host Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, as the 2017 Boyer Family Lecturer during our annual All College Conference. Sir Hilary's address exploring "Reparatory Justice and Economic Development: Critical Support for the Social Growth Paradigm in the Caribbean," was the perfect mark to the beginning of our "Year of the Caribbean" initiative.

Sir Hilary Beckles Boyer Family Lecture All College 2017

The steering committee for the "year of" cultural initiative will meet regularly to decide on future themes. Suggestions for themes are welcome and should be forwarded to the Office of the President at President@esc.edu

The steering committee includes:
Francesca Cichello, executive director, Interntional Education
Elliott Dawes, chief diversity officer for institutional equity and inclusion and Title IX coordinator
Pat DeCoster, executive assistant to the provost
Michael Mancini, chief of staff
Danielle Boardman, coordinator for Student Life
Megan Mullen, associate dean, Arts and Humanities
Roz Rufer, associate dean, School for Graduate Studies
Rhianna Rogers, mentor and coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies
Chris Whann, director, Regional Operations

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