Friday April 5, 2013 ~ 9:00 am to 3:30 pm (University Club) ~ Lunch provided
Follow-up session on Thursday, April 11, 9:00-1:00
Continental Breakfast will be served at 8:30AM on both days.
REGISTRATION IS FREE, but you must sign up by March 29 to guarantee your seat.
These workshops are being made possible thanks to a SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant and with the support of the FSC Administration. This workshop is the direct result of a campus-wide survey conducted in 2012 to assess the needs of the FSC community We invite faculty and staff who teach/advise our students to the first workshop of this kind on our campus. Under the direction of Long Island’s Erase Racism organization and facilitated by its President, Ms. Elaine Gross, those attending will gain a better understanding about the systems and persistence of inequalities in areas such as: education, race, gender, disability rights, and LGBT issues. Most importantly, we will be provided with real-world practices to help us all in recognizing and addressing problems and disparities on campus.
Our aim is to disseminate information about diversity and to contribute to the creation of a well informed and supportive community through practical engagement. In keeping with the Farmingdale State College Mission, our goal is to promote a culture of diversity and mutual support, so that students and the community know that Farmingdale State College and the State University of New York are committed to fostering a culture of equality, one that celebrates multiculturalism, and stands for equality.
V. Elaine Gross, President Erase Racism
Ms. Gross has extensive experience in research, program development and evaluation at public and private agencies in Boston and New York. She earned her MSW from Boston University, with a focus on policy, planning and non-profit management. Throughout her career, Ms. Gross has focused on exploring the systemic causes of social, political, and economic inequities and finding ways to counteract those inequities.
While working in Boston, an example of her experiences include developing and managing human service delivery systems and tenant advocacy initiatives for the Boston Housing Authority. She was also Deputy Director of the Boston Housing Partnership, a premier public/private partnership supporting community development and affordable housing in fragile inner-city neighborhoods. Subsequently, in New York, Ms. Gross served as a Program Officer for the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock and developed a portfolio of grants across the U.S. focused on human rights and economic development. She then served as the founding Executive Director of Sustainable America, a national NGO that promoted sustainable, equitable development practices and policies.
Ms. Gross was hired by the Long Island Community Foundation to launch the ERASE Racism Initiative in June 2001. In 2004, ERASE Racism became an independent New York State not-for-profit corporation. Ms. Gross has successfully led ERASE Racism, bringing together a cross section of Long Island leaders to discuss and formulate remedies to persistent regional inequities, resulting from imbedded institutional and structural racism in health, education and housing. Under Ms. Gross' leadership, ERASE Racism has been recognized locally and nationally for its cutting edge work addressing institutional and structural racism, especially in the area of housing and community development. Ms. Gross has received numerous awards and is a frequent presenter on the topic of structural racism. Recognizing Ms. Gross' leadership and expertise, one of the Ford Foundation divisions invited Ms. Gross to be one of three presenters at an international foundation staff retreat.
Ms. Gross is a former member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. Most recently she was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. She also served on the Advisory Committee of the Long Island Index of the Rauch Foundation and the Advisory Board of The Energeia Partnership, The Academy of Regional Stewardship at Molloy College. She has published opinion articles and received numerous awards, including the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Long Island Business News.
Please direct inquiries regarding registration to the Project Director:
Anjana Mebane-Cruz, PhD. firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional inquires may also be made to Multicultural Committee members and volunteers: Maria Nikolaidou: email@example.com; Sylvia Nicosia: firstname.lastname@example.org; Theresa Dember-Neal: email@example.com; Sarbjit Singh: firstname.lastname@example.org; John Gao: email@example.com; Fran Cherkis: firstname.lastname@example.org; Xu Zhang: email@example.com