Themes Sought for "Year of" Cultural Initiative

By Michael Mancini, chief of staff, SUNY Empire State College

August 17, 2017

Current - 1 Year of Cultural InitiativeSUNY Empire has launched the college's inaugural "Year of Cultural Initiative” as a way to overlay a cultural theme onto academic offerings and student events/activities during the upcoming academic year.  Themes will be chosen for this initiative which is designed to explore different topics 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.

The first theme was the Year of the Caribbean, which was formally kicked off in March at the All College Conference with the Boyer Lecture. The lecture was delivered by Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor of The University of the West Indies, who spoke on reparative justice. The theme and speaker were chosen to build on SUNY's and SUNY Empire’s recently formed partnership with The University of the West Indies.

Now, the community is being asked to submit theme ideas for the next three academic years: 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are all welcome to submit ideas for upcoming themes.

For more details and to submit theme ideas go to




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