Binghamton Diversity Days

About

To celebrate Binghamton University’s richly diverse campus community, the inaugural Diversity Days will take place April 19-30. In 2004, April was officially recognized as Celebrate Diversity Month. This year, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Multicultural Resource Center launch Diversity Days as an annual period to celebrate diversity and affirm our commitment to forging an equitable and inclusive campus environment. Appreciating the “I”, this year’s Diversity Days' theme, centers on the importance of recognizing, learning more about and appreciating the unique identities that comprise our collective campus community.

Sponsors

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), in partnership with the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Q Center, Student Association Office of the Vice President of Multicultural Affairs (SA), Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Committee, Provost's Office and Cultural President’s Council, has launched Diversity Days. A number of events are being sponsored by the Udiversity Educational Institute, Mental Health Outreach Program, Office of the Dean of Students, Dining Services, Student Association Programming Board, Pride and Joy Families, and a host of cultural student organizations.



 

Diversity Days schedule

April 19 | April 20 | April 21 | April 22| April 23| April 24| April 25| April 26| April 27| April 28| April 29| April 30

*signature Diversity Days event

 

Events for Wednesday, April 19

Wednesday, April 19 - Saturday, April 22 • All day. • Social Media
#BingDiversityDays Social Media Challenge*
Be a part of #BingDiversityDays social media contest! Five lucky Bearcats will win meet-and-greet tickets for the Van Jones event Sunday, April 23! To enter, you must follow @MRCBinghamton on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and post at least one reason why you value your individual identity(ies) or what "appreciating the I" means to you, using hashtag #BingDiversityDays. All Bearcats bring something unique to the table. Tell us how your diverse background helps to make Binghamton a better community. For more information on how to participate in the contest, visit @MRCBinghamton.
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-3654

Wednesday, April 19 • 5-7 p.m. • Mountainview Firepit
Q Center Bonfire Mixer
The Q Center will host a bonfire mixer at the Mountainview firepit from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19! This is a great opportunity for LGBTQ graduate students, faculty, staff and allies to socialize! There will be free s'mores! 
Point of contact: Alisha Balkum, Q Center program coordinator  •  abalkum@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-2282

Wednesday, April 19 • 6 p.m. • Mandela Room
BMMMO Games
The BMMMO Annual Game Show is back like never before! Come and enjoy the games and food. Does your student organization have what it takes to win the gold and take home a cash prize?! Get in the game! Come to our Annual Game Show Night. Tickets are $2 in advance, $4 at the event. Refreshments will be served.
Point of contact: Bert Mitchell Minority Management Organization  •  bertmitchell@binghamtonsa.org

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Events for Thursday, April 20

Thursday, April 20 • 5-7 p.m. • UU-120
BU NAACP Elections and Information Session
The Multicultural Resource Center will hold elections and a membership drive for the Binghamton University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in UU-202. Current members are encouraged to attend to run for and vote on our fall '17 and spring '18 executive board. Students, faculty, staff and administrators of all backgrounds are invited to attend the event and encouraged to learn more about and join the NAACP. We encourage faculty and staff to share the event with students. Student memberships cost $10, while membership for all others costs $30 annually.
Point of contact: Nicole Sirju-Johnson, MRC director  •  njohnson@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4775

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Events for Friday, April 21

Friday, April 21 • 7:30 p.m. • Old Union Hall
X-Fact'r presents Rags to Riches
The X-Fact'r Step Team will host its annual show and would like you to come see how a young city orphan goes from "Rags to Riches" with the team and talent of stepping. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.
Point of contact: X-Fact'r Step Team  •  xfactr@binghamtonsa.org 

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Events for Saturday, April 22

Saturday, April 22 • 8-10 p.m. • UU-Undergrounds
Positive Expressions*
Join the Mental Health Outreach Peer Educators (MHOPE) for the Second Annual Positive Expression Night which allows people to express their emotions in a healthy way. This program will be open-mic style, so students or student groups can sign up for various art acts. These acts can be anything from musical performances, to poetry/spoken word performances, dance performances, art presentations, etc. The event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Positive Expression Night is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center.
Point of contact: Dara Raboy-Picciano, coordinator MHOPE and 20:1 sexual assault prevention program  •  piccian@binghamton.edu 

Saturday, April. 22 • 8-10 p.m. • Mandela Room
House of Shades: Vogue Ball
SHADES formally invites you to its spring semester event, House of SHADES! This event will introduce students to ball culture, which includes the underground events where LGBTQIAP individuals of color come together to see and be seen. Professional voguers and student performers will also be featured at the show. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance with inflation at the door. Dinner is included in the ticket price.
Point of contact: SHADES  •  shades@binghamtonsa.org  

Saturday, April. 22 • 8-10 p.m. • Terra Cotta
Omega Phi Beta 25th Anniversary Banquet
Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will host its 25th Anniversary Banquet: Unite and Resist. During these 25 years, we have witnessed many changes in society, politics and culture. Nevertheless, this organization has persevered and has never seen a more critical time to be involved in the Binghamton community and for our community to take action. The banquet will take place Saturday, April 22, at Terra Cotta, 81 State St. Binghamton. Doors open at 6 p.m.! Tickets can be purchased online.  
Point of contact: Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Delta Chapter  •  delta@omeggaphibeta.org  

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Events for Sunday, April 23

Sunday, April 23 • noon-6 p.m. • Peace Quad and Dickinson Field
International Fest+*
Get ready for iFEST+, Binghamton's best outdoor festival of culture of the spring. Join us for live performances, interactive art installations, Holi, PGS obstacle challenge and much more. Performances by Roni & Sharma, DJ Beebs, Matteo, Fugu Yu (Beatbox set), DJ Weswork and DJ Affairs, Yahway, Coco & Keith, Monica Riskey, MT. KAI, Noor, AURA, and Tori Ciarcia. iFest+ will conclude with a keynote talk by Van Jones. See below for details. iFest+ 2017 will also be a fundraiser for the local Broome County Urban League. iFest+ is sponsored by VPMA, the Intercultural Awareness Committee, the President's Office, the Multicultural Resource Center, Creativity+, Haute Novi, Enactus, Dickinson Town Council, Newing College Council, Mountainview College Council, OC3, Cconnect and Delta Epsilon Psi.
Point of contact: Jermel McClure, Student Association vice president of multicultural affairs  •  vpma@binghamtonsa.org

Sunday, April 23 • 4 p.m. • AC-Osterhout Concert Theater
SAPB Presents Van Jones*
The Student Association Programming Board announces its spring speaker, Anthony K. “Van” Jones. A Yale-educated attorney, New York Times best-selling author and civil rights leader, Jones is best known for his work as a White House advisor under the Obama administration and appears frequently on CNN as a political correspondent. He will come to the Anderson Center at Binghamton University Sunday, April 23, as the conclusion to the Student Association’s International Fest+.

In conjunction with Campus Activities, this engagement will be completely free and open to the public. Join us as Van Jones discusses his experiences as a pundit of color within the political system and analyzes the implications of our current national climate. SAPB will also sell limited meet-and-greet tickets to take a photo with Jones for $7 at BingTickets.com. Participate in our #BingDiversityDays Social Media Challenge for a chance to win meet-and-greet tickets. See above for details.
Point of contact: Max Maurice, Student Association vice president of programming  •  vpp@binghamtonsa.org  

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Events for Monday, April 24

Monday, April 24 • 11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Q Center (LS-G549)
The Gender Affirming Clothing Swap*
The clothing swap is here to let you find the style that matches your gender identity and expression. Bring one, take one! Free gender-affirming hair cuts are back! Need a new look to let the real you shine though? Book a free cut here. Come find clothes that help make you, you!
Point of contact: Kelly Clark, Q Center director  •  clarkk@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6054

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Events for Tuesday, April 25

Tuesday, April 25 • 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. • Chenango Room
Culture at Chenango: Latin American Fusion Edition*
The Multicultural Resource Center, in conjunction with Binghamton University Dining Services, presents its final Culture and Food Series event for the semester: Culture at Chenango: Latin American Fusion Edition, from 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Chenango Room.

This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American Student Union (LASU), Latino Greek Council (LGC), Corazón De Dahlia, Quimbamba Latin Dance Team and Gamma Sigma Zeta Fraternity, Inc.

Stop by this month’s Culture at Chenango  to learn more about the people, food, music and lifestyles that make up the vibrant countries of Latin America. Information and a visual presentation will be created by the Multicultural Resource Center.

The menu celebrates the unique influences of the regions within the Caribbean, Mexico and South America, in addition to these countries' shaping of today's Latino/a/x culture in the United States, and includes vegetarian options from Colombia and Ecuador, Dominican-style rice and beans, fried plantains, Venezuelan-style arepas, Peruvian-style lomo saltado, a Uruguayan chaja dessert and a Mexican-style strawberry water (Agua de Fresa).
Point of contact: Jose Maldonado, DEI diversity fellow  •  jmaldona@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6054

Tuesday, April 25 • 2-4 p.m. • Zurack Family High-Tech Collaboration Center
Microaggression: Today's Critical Work – Creating and Sustaining an Inclusive and Civil Campus Community*
As the campus welcomes the inaugural Diversity Days, the Multicultural Resource Center; Student Affairs Divisional Diversity Committee; University Libraries; Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Provost's Office invite you to join us for an insightful webinar and conversation about microaggressions. Join us in learning the who, what, when, where, why and how about microaggressions and how we can work collaboratively to improve our campus culture.

The webinar will be held in the Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center in the Newcomb Reading Room. Space is limited. Light refreshments provided. Register online by 4 p.m. Monday, April 24.  
Point of contact: Jazell Johnson, division diversity officer  •  jajohns@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6054
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-3654

Tuesday, April 25 • 6-8 p.m. • UU-102
Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase I (for students)
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Udiversity Educational Institute will hold its “Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase I” workshop. The workshop will focus on exploring and building awareness of cultural diversity and inclusion. Refreshments will be served. RSVP online by 4 p.m. Monday, April 24.
Point of contact: Lea Webb, diversity specialist  •  lwebb@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4775

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Events for Wednesday, April 26

Wednesday, April 26 • 6-8 p.m. • Zurack Center in Newcomb Reading Room
Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase II (for students)*
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Udiversity Educational Institute will hold its “Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase II” workshop. Continuing from Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase I, this dialogue will foster deep reflection about personal socialization, explore both privilege and oppression, and help participants develop mechanisms to become change agents. Refreshments will be served. RSVP online by 4 p.m. Monday, April 24.
Point of contact: Lea Webb, diversity specialist  •  lwebb@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4775

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Events for Thursday, April 27

Thursday, April. 27 • 9 a.m.-noon • Zurack Center in Newcomb Reading Room
Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase I (for faculty/staff)
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Udiversity Educational Institute will hold its “Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase I” workshop. The workshop will focus on exploring and building awareness of cultural diversity and inclusion. Refreshments will be served. RSVP online by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.
Point of contact: Lea Webb, diversity specialist  •  lwebb@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4775

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Events for Friday, April 28

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Friday, April 28 • 9 a.m.-noon • AD-148
Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase II (for faculty/staff)
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Udiversity Educational Institute will hold its “Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase II” workshop. Continuing from Building Bridges to Cultural Competency Phase I, this dialogue will foster deep reflection about personal socialization, explore both privilege and oppression and help participants develop mechanisms to become change agents. Refreshments will be served. RSVP online by 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 26.
Point of contact: Lea Webb, diversity specialist  •  lwebb@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4775

Friday, April 28 • 6:30 p.m. • Holiday Inn Arena
Medical Leaders of Tomorrow
Experience a night you won't forget at the Charles Drew Minority Pre-Health Society's end-of-the-year dinner event titled Medical Leaders of Tomorrow: Going for the Gold. Celebrate 38 years with us on Friday, April 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. We will start promptly at 7 p.m.! Contact any e-board member for $6 early-bird tickets. General admission tickets are $8.
Point of contact: Charles Drew Minority Pre-Health Society  •  bingcharlesdrew@gmail.com

Friday, April 28 • 8 p.m. • Mandela Room
Moonlight*
The Multicultural Resource Center, Q Center, Office of the Dean of Students, Rainbow Pride Union and SHADES invite you to a Moonlight showing, a Northeast LGBT Conference, Late Nite and Diversity Days event. Moonlight, a motion picture, is winner of multiple awards, including three Academy Awards, and chronicles the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Free refreshments and other activities will be provided at Late Nite. After the film, join the dean of students, MRC and Q Center for a brown-bag facilitated discussion of Moonlight at noon Monday, May 1, in UUW-B08.
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  • tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-3654

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Events for Saturday, April 29

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Event for Sunday, April 30

Sunday, April 30 • 10:30 p.m. • UU-120
Unite, a Walk for Refugees*
The Binghamton Chapter of the National Society for Leadership and Success and Thurgood unite walk promotional imageMarshall Pre-Law Society will hold the Walk for Refugees at Binghamton University. To learn more about the refugee crisis in Binghamton and spread awareness, join us at our walk, which will be prefaced by a presentation by the American Civic Association. Pre-registration is $5 per individual walker. Registration the day of the walk is $7 per individual walker. Filling out our registration form indicates that you are preregistered for the walk. Pre-register as an individual walker or as a team today.*

All proceeds will be donated to the American Civic Association, an organization in Binghamton that strives to be a support system for refugees. For more information on the American Civic Association and what it does, visit its website.  
*If you are signing up as a team, have your team captain sign up all members of the group. For the fundraising portion of the form, you may choose "other" to explain in detail the individual members' fundraising goals for your team. All registration fees and donations will be collected at the walk.

Point of contact: Sonia Reyes, NSLS vice president  •  sreyes6@binghamton.edu

Sunday, April 30 • 6:30 p.m. • Chamber Hall
China Night
Join CASU for the 35th Annual China Night: Mystical Pokemon Journey! This year's China Night follows Ash Ketchum and his trustworthy companions as they journey to become the greatest Pokemon champions ever! It's a night you won't want to miss, so come see these amazing performers and guest performer, NIX!  
Point of contact: Chinese American Student Union  •  casu@binghamtonsa.org

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Last Updated: 4/20/17