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Monday, June 11, 2018

From the Chief Diversity Officer

Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018

Pride without Borders Annual Conference: October 12, 13

Members of the Buffalo State community are invited to attend the sixth annual SUNY Pride Conference, “Pride without Borders: Sharing Our Stories Beyond the Rainbow,” on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13, on the campus of SUNY Oneonta.

This conference is meant to highlight and celebrate LGBTQIA+ experiences through fostered dialogue across academic and practical experiences, disciplinary focuses, and institutional perspectives, as well as provide support and resources to those who attend. Today’s students entering college come with new attitudes and understandings around gender and sexuality. Despite the progress made in different areas of policy, education, and popular culture, there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to give the best support and education to students in a nation full of uncertainty. To this effect, this year’s theme serves to provide an avenue for different voices to be heard and allow for greater representation of individuals who are so often silenced.

The SUNY Pride Conference Committee cordially invites students, community members, resource professionals, junior and senior faculty members, and administrators to submit proposals for the upcoming conference theme, “Pride without Borders: Sharing Our Stories Beyond the Rainbow.”

The SUNY Pride Conference Committee is also excited to announce an addition to the presentations this year: a Professional Track for current professionals and educators who work with and serve the LGBTQIA+ community (e.g., K–12 teachers, faculty members, administrators, staff members, counselors, community leaders, advisers) to share research, trends, and best practices for supporting students in the community and beyond. Please note on the submission form if you would like your presentation to count toward the Professional Track. Students will not be able to attend presentations or workshops in the Professional Track.

Student presenters should seek guidance from a faculty or staff member at their home institutions. The faculty or staff member should mentor the student through the process of writing the conference proposal, organizing a presentation on a specific theme, and presenting his or her scholarship to an audience.

SUNY Pride Learning Outcomes

Conference participants will be able to

  • identify multiple aspects of diversity, including the ongoing development of identity and creating an inclusive community;
  • explore and analyze current trends and issues that LGBTQIA+ college students face;
  • create a network of student leaders and professionals; and
  • explore powerful approaches to diversity, inclusion, and wellness through a local and global lens.

Below are some areas of potential interest that fit in this year’s theme and learning outcomes:

Invisibility of LGBTQIA+ Identities
Legacy of Intersectionality and/or Globalization
Marginalization and Resilience
Implications of Public Policy for LGBTQIA+ Communities
LGBTQIA+ Transnational and Translocal Activism
Post-Colonial and De-Colonial Narratives
LGBTQIA+ Mental Health and Wellness
Global LGBTQIA+ Experiences
Political Climate and Impacts
Social Justice Movements
Allyship and Intervention
Acts of Resistance and Healing
Embodied Research and Teaching
Cultural Queerness
Non-normative Genders and Sexualities
Violence against LGBTQIA+ Bodies

To submit a proposal, please complete the Presentation Proposal Form before 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 10.

Please visit the conference website over the summer for more information and updates. Please contact Emily Phelps, chair of the SUNY Pride Conference Committee, with questions.