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Social Justice and Diversity Summit

To feature outstanding speakers and discussion opportunities

March 25, 2013


Educating the public about Social Justice and Diversity is the goal of this summit, Farmingdale State College’s first conference of its kind. Organized by Farmingdale State College’s Social Science Research Institute and the Department of Sociology / Anthropology, the Summit will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 9 am-4 pm in Roosevelt Hall. Free to all, registration is required:  https://www.farmingdale.edu/academics/centers-institutes/social-science-research-center/registration.shtml.

Participants will engage in meaningful dialogue about how citizens on Long Island, in New York, and in the United States can work toward achieving equality, social justice, and equal access to vital resources regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, gender, disability, and/or sexual orientation. Summit organizers hope to promote a culture of diversity, 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 that celebrates multiculturalism.

In addition to outstanding speakers, the Summit will feature musical selections from Liberty, a Monumental Musical which focuses on issues surrounding the Statue of Liberty which recently celebrated its 125th anniversary.  Check the musical’s Facebook page: facebook.com/libertythemusical.

Jonathan Kozol, Keynote Speaker, has been called “today’s most eloquent spokesman for America’s disenfranchised.”

After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard, Kozol abandoned a Rhodes fellowship and a promising academic career for a life’s work of fighting against the inequalities of America’s public education system, advocating for America’s most disadvantaged minority and inner-city children.  Kozol has received numerous awards and fellowships in a long and distinguished career, and written more than a dozen books which are widely honored. Several are required reading at most universities.  When he is not with children and teachers in their classrooms or speaking at universities, Jonathan is likely to be found in Washington, DC, where he has spent much time trying to convince his friends in Senate leadership that an obsessive emphasis on “teaching-to-the-test,” as in the punitive and unsuccessful federal law, No Child Left Behind, is degrading to our teachers and unhealthy for children. More on Jonathan Kozol.

Other sessions and speakers include:

Kishi Animashaun Ducre will be speaking on Environmental Justice.  As an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies (AAS) at Syracuse University, Ducre combines her committed experience as a Toxics Campaigner with Greenpeace, on the frontlines of the environmental justice movement, with academic training in geographic information systems and demography, for a unique perspective on economic and environmental inequality in the United States.  More on Kishi Animashaun Ducre .

As President of ERASE Racism, V. Elaine Gross will speak on Racial Inequalities. Ms. Gross is an expert on exploring and combating the structural and systemic causes of social, political, and economic inequalities.  Under Ms. Gross' leadership, ERASE Racism has been recognized locally and nationally for its cutting-edge work addressing institutional and structural racism. Ms. Gross is a frequent presenter on topic s of structural racism and the recipient of many awards. Most recently she was honored with the Trailblazer Award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District. More on V. Elaine Gross.

Stacey Scarpone, Executive Director of the Women's Fund of Long Island, will be speaking about Gender Inequalities.  Stacey’s passion and focus have always been on issues related to the rights of women and girls.  With over fifteen years of experience nationally and internationally in the philanthropic sector, Stacey is an expert on human trafficking and other women’s issues and has been responsible for training and directing government officials worldwide on their country response strategies. Her experience includes two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.  More on Stacey Scarpone.

For details and updates on speakers, go to: https://www.farmingdale.edu/academics/centers-institutes/social-science-research-center/social-justice-diversity-summit.shtml

Please direct inquiries regarding registration to the Project Director: Angela Jones, PhD at jonesa@farmingdale.edu.

Additional inquiries may also be made to the Institute Director: Miriam Deitsch, PhD  at deitscmk@farmingdale.edu.