Calendar of Events
About Utica College

Diversity Committee's Sponsored Events and Programs

Upcoming events and programs:


Community Conversation:

These community conversations are intended to a) follow up on the discussions UC had in the spring, where we clearly identified that we need to have more ongoing and intentional discussions as a community about diversity, inclusion, and the campus climate for all members of our community and b) "take the next step" after the Walk for Unity and use that momentum to continue to address areas where we need to grow and sustain areas of strength. Every member of the UC community counts, and these conversations are open to all.

Date: September 18, 2017
Time: 4:00pm
Location: ECJS Carbone Auditorium
Cost: Free

Pio Talk Schedule:

Pio Talks are an ongoing series of discussions on a variety of diversity related topics every other Thursday throughout the fall. A full schedule will be forthcoming shortly. For more information, to suggest topics, or if you are interested in
hosting a Pio Talk, contact Alane Varga at

Topic: Why Diversity Matters - View Dr. Katherine Phillips' Talk @ Columbia University, "Why Diversity Matters", and share your thoughts and experiences with students, faculty and staff around the table.
Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Pioneer Cafe
Cost: Free 


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.


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!



Alane Varga
Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502