Office of Diversity and Equity

Diversity Events Calendar- Spring 2019

FEBRUARY

Lecture: “Douglas, Tubman, & Brown: Recasting Their Fight for Black Liberation in the American-Canadian Transnational Light.”
By Assistant Professor Dann J. Broyld, CCSU

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, White Hall Building, Room 127

Sponsored by the History Department and the Office of Diversity and Equity, Dann j. Broyld is an assistant professor of Public History & African American History at Central Connecticut State University. Professor Broyld earned his Ph.D. in nineteenth-century United States and African Diaspora history at Howard University. His work focuses on the American-Canadian borderlands and issues of Black identity, migration, and transnational relations as well as oral history, material culture, and museum-community interaction. This event will present historical significance in the lives of Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Brown. This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Chalk About Love

Thursday, February 14, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Student Center, First Floor Lobby Area

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury will sponsor and present the “Chalk About Love,” an event intended to help participants relationships games, chalk board event and conversations involving the views on healthy relationships.

Marian Anderson Celebration and Feature Showcase 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Side Campus

The WCSU School of Visual and Performing Arts will present a Marian Anderson celebration featuring with vocalist Christine Jobson and pianist Gregory Thompson. The event celebrates the birthday of Marian Anderson. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please click here for details on this university event.  To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/marian-anderson-celebration-with-christine-jobson-gregory-thompson-tickets-54411023837 or call (203) 837-8732.

Black Heritage/History Month Pre-Reception 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Rain date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Midtown Campus, Warner Hall Building, Room 103

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and Office of Intercultural Affairs. In honor of our featured speaker for Black Heritage/History Month, a pre-reception will be hosted for members of the university community meet and greet with Ms. Claire Smith, pioneering sportswriter/news editor for ESPN. The pre-reception is open to all and light refreshments will be served

Black Heritage/History Month Featured Speaker: Claire Smith, ESPN News Editor

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Rain date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Midtown Campus, White Hall Building, Ives Concert Hall
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity, Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process. The University welcomes Ms. Claire Smith, a pioneer sportswriter who has covered Major League Baseball (MLB) for more than three decades, including a notable seven (7) years as a national baseball writer and columnist for the New York Times. She became a news editor at ESPN in 2007. Ms. Smith has been honored at many institutions, featured on the Sports Central ESPN 2016 documentary called “A League of Her Own” and was the 2017 recipient of the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink award for laudable contributions to baseball writing. Ms. Smith is the award’s first female and fourth African American honoree. Ms. Smith will discuss her craft as well as her life and career as an African American, female sportswriter. This event is free and open to the public.

Documentary Showcase: “A League of Her Own” The Claire Smith Story (Rescheduled February 19, 2019)

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Rain date: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Midtown Campus, White Hall Building, Room 127

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process. In honor of our featured speaker for Black Heritage/History Month, an exclusive documentary showcase provided by Sports Central/ESPN will be presented to highlight the life and career of pioneering news sportswriter Claire Smith. This event is free and open to the public.

March

Film Showcase: “The Rape of Recy Taylor” and discussion with Kirsten Kelly, Film Director 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Midtown Campus, White Hall Building, Room 122

Sponsored by the History Department and the Office of Diversity and Equity. The film viewing “The Rape of Recy Taylor” tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story.  Following the film viewing, Kirsten Kelly will be on hand to discuss the making of the film.  As conversations like this are not easy to have, participants are welcome to go to counselors from the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury and the University’s Counseling Center to guide and assist in this discussion to ensure participants have a safe way to express any feelings brought upon by the event.

Meet and Greet Morning Coffee with Kirsten Kelly

Thursday, March 21, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Midtown Campus, Warner Hall Building, Room 225 (Conference Room)

Sponsored by the History Department and the Office of Diversity and Equity. In honor of Women’s History Month, a coffee meet and greet will be hosted for members of the university community meet and greet with Kirsten Kelly, an award-winning documentarian and Senior Producer at Transform Films in New York City. The meet and greet is open to all and light refreshments will be served

Lecture: “Documenting Rosie the Riverter and the Working Women of WWII”
By Filmmaker Kirsten Kelly, Emmy Winning Director of “The Homestretch”

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

Midtown Campus, White Hall Building, Room 122

Sponsored by the History Department and the Office of Diversity and Equity.  In honor of Women’s History Month, this event is to welcome Kirsten Kelly, an award-winning documentarian and Senior Producer at Transform Films in New York City.  Ms. Kelly will participate in a commentary and Q&A on Ms. Kelly’s newest project, Rosie the Riveter, with a viewing of the show outtakes. 

This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

The Clothesline Project

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Student Center First Floor Lobby Area

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury is sponsoring the Clothesline Project to allow members of the campus community to write messages to survivors of sexual assault on the back of T-shirts that will be hung for viewing.

 

Women’s History Month Pre-Reception 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Rain date: Tuesday, April 4, 2019

5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Midtown Student Center, Faculty Lounge – Danbury Room 

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Processes. In honor of our featured speaker for Women’s History Month, a pre-reception will be hosted for members of the university community meet and greet with Professor Ines Rivera-Prosdocimi, author of the poetry collection, Love Letter to an Afterlife (Black Lawrence Press, 2018). The published book will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore and at the pre-reception event.  Professor Rivera-Prosdocimi will be available to sign purchased/presented copies of the book.  The pre-reception is open to all and light refreshments will be served.

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Women’s History Month Featured Speaker: Professor Ines Rivera-Prosdocimi, Assistant Professor of Literature from University of Hartford

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Rain date: Tuesday, April 4, 2019

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Midtown Student Center Theater
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Department of Writing, Linguistics and Creative Process. The University welcomes Professor Ines Rivera-Prosdocimi whose debut poetry collection, Love Letter to an Afterlife, illustrates poems on female empowerment, culture, language and racial designation.  It’s a collection animated by memories of her family and life in the Dominican Republic.  Professor Rivera-Prosdocimi will perform a poetry reading and participate in a live interview with Mrs. Jesenia Minier-Delgado, Chief Diversity Officer to discuss her journey in creating the poetry collection as well as discuss her literary craft and career as a poet and as an inspirational leader. This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Film Showcase: “A Girl like Anna” A Story about Sexual Assault on a College Campus

Thursday, April 11, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Student Center Theater (may be subject to change)

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity and the Division of Student Affairs. The film viewing “A Girl Like Anna” tells the story of Caroline, Ricky, and Paul, who find out their mutual friend has been sexually assaulted. Through this film, participants will explore the ways people might respond in a situation like this, especially when the victim is someone they know. The film creates an authentic dialogue about sexual assault and the culture around it. The characters are not stylized depictions of good and evil; they exist in the grey in-between, struggling to come to terms with their perceptions and biases. Participants can more easily identify with the characters, seeing them as examples of their friends or even themselves. After the film, the film producer, Chris Janney and a designated moderator will have an open discussion with the audience about the film.  As conversations like this are not easy to have, counselors from the Women’s Center for Greater Danbury may be on hand to guide and assist in this discussion to ensure participants have a safe way to express any feelings brought upon by the event.

Step Up Against Sexual Assault

Thursday, April 18, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Midtown Student Center, First Floor Lobby Area

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury is sponsoring this event to allow members of the university community to write messages to survivors on flags that will be placed in the quadrangle on the Midtown Campus. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this event is one of the ways that we recognize the importance of this month

Denim Day

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

All Day

Location N/A

The Women’s Center of Greater Danbury is sponsoring this event to allow members of the university community to wear denim all day in order to raise awareness about sexual assault.

MAY

WCSU Percussion Ensemble

Sunday, May 4, 2019

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Veronica Hagman Concert Hall, School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Side Campus

Professor Greg Haynes, Assistant Professor with the Music Department at the WCSU School of Visual and Performing Arts (“VPAC”) will be hosting a percussion ensemble on different styles of world music.  The presenting musical selections are from the Chiapan Marimba and West African drumming traditions as well as Calypso selections from the steel bands.  To purchase tickets, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wcsu-percussion-ensemble-tickets-48125085426.

Tickets at the Faculty and Staff rate are available at the VPAC Box Office located in the VPAC Lobby – a valid WCSU ID is required at the time of purchase.  For more information on other performing art events, please click here to view the VPAC scheduled events calendar.

 

LUNCH WITH A LEADER SERIES

Please click here to review feature speaker biographies.

Featuring: Professor Neeta Connally, WCSU Biology Department

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Midtown Student Center, Room 201A

Featuring: Associate Professor Marcel Agueros, Astronomy Department, Columbia University (postponed for either Fall 2019/Spring 2020 semester)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Midtown Student Center, Room 201A

Featuring: Dr. Michelle Brown, Dean, Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

West Side Campus Center, Room 212/214

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Equity, What is Lunch with a Leader? Chief Diversity Officer, Jesenia Minier-Delgado will invite guest speakers to present and share stories of their professional journeys. Each invited guest(s) /speaker(s) holds leadership positions in higher education, law enforcement, social services and the business fields in Danbury and/or in the surrounding regions of Connecticut. Each of the invited guest(s) will share their personal anecdotes about how they succeeded, challenges faced, and also offer tips and career advice to students, faculty and staff. The attendees will have an opportunity to build a network and better understand the requisite skills to succeed in various career fields.

Please contact Ms. Keisha Stokes by phone at (203) 837-8278 or by email at stokesk@wcsu.edu to register and attend any of the listed series date(s). Attendance is limited to up to 15 participants each session. Students are highly encouraged to attend and register, but faculty and staff are welcome to attend and register as well. Lunch will be provided for registered guests and you will receive a confirmation email upon your registration.