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Diversity Committee's Sponsored Events and Programs

Upcoming events and programs:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2017:

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Utica College community through a variety of programs beginning on Monday, January 16, the national observance of Dr. King’s birthday, and extending into the week of January 23. This year, our events are planned to connect to the Utica College Campus Theme of “Breaking Barriers”, and the 2016-2017 Diversity Committee theme of Champion for Change. A full calendar of events and activities is available at   

Champion for Change Series:
Personal Reflections on the International Refugee Crises and Human Rights: A Panel Discussion
The Diversity Committee, in partnership with the Westmoreland School District, will host the panel discussion. Dr.
Theodore Orlin will be serving as moderator, and panelists include Tresor Rusesbagina from Rwanda, Sotheray Meas from Cambodia and Corinne Tagliarina, adjunct faculty member in Utica College's Human Rights Advocacy program.

Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Strebel Auditorium; reception to follow in the Strebel Lounge
Cost: Free

Champion for Change Series: Pio Talk Diversity Hour
The Diversity Committee will be hosting conversations centered around different themes of diversity.  Mark your calendars now!  Specific topics will be announced soon.

September 8th: Kick Off and Freedom Writers Discussion
September 22nd: Keep it Real Game
October 6th: Summer of Controversy Part 1
October 20th: Interfaith Conversations
November 3rd: Summer of Controversy Part 2
November 17th: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
December 1st: TBD

Location: Pioneer Pub
Cost: Free 

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About the SafeZone Program
The goal of the SafeZone program at Utica College is to increase our campus community’s knowledge, understanding, and awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) issues.  This program aims to enhance our campus's sense of community while providing information and resources to individuals in order for them to create their own SafeZone, in which they can provide a supportive and welcoming environment to others.  The ultimate goal of this program is to create a supportive and safe UC environment for all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.

Becoming SafeZone Certified:
Individuals can become SafeZone certified by attending one of the upcoming SafeZone Certification Training Programs listed below.  This 2-hour training gives participants the knowledge, resources, and skills to enable them to create their own safe space.  This safe space can be in an office, in a residence hall room, or anywhere they have a quiet, safe, and welcoming environment.  These events are open to all members of the UC Community but are limited to 30 participants per event, so we encourage you to sign up early! 

For testimonials from individuals attending previous certification trainings,

please click here.

  For a complete list of SafeZone certified individuals on campus,

please click here.


Upcoming SafeZone Certification Training:
Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: ECJS Auditorium
Register by
clicking here

Interested in hosting a SafeZone Certification event for your department, organization, or group?  Please contact the SafeZone Trainer Committee at to set up a training session!

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Alane Varga
Committee Chairperson
Dean of Diversity and Student Development


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