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SAVE THE DATE: The Words They Call Me

April 30. 2015
7:00 p.m.
Location: 3rd Floor, Student Center 

A special invitation from #Marist student Brandon Heard '17 chair of the Student Government's Multicultural Relations committee:

Please join us for "The Words They Call Me" hosted and designed by students to explore diversity issues on campus. The event is open to all in the Marist community including alumni!

This is the 2nd annual student and administrative forum. Last year’s topic was racial slander; this year the topic is LGBT issues on campus. The event is Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, room 3105 (3rd floor). Last year we had over 135 attendees and we are trying to make this year’s event even larger!

The event consists of an opening performance and panel discussion. The panel will include students, alumni, administrators, and faculty. We will also open the floor to the audience for responses/discussion.   Refreshments will be available. We hope to see you there!

The Words They Call Me



Diversity Panel Discussion: Why Is Diversity So Important?

On Tuesday, March 31 the Marist College Diversity Council presented a panel discussion called "Why Is Diversity So Important?" 
The facilitator/moderator for the panel discussion was Dr. Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College, Vassar College.

The panelists included:
Melinda Martinez, Director, Liberty Partnership Program
Tia Gaynor, Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Patricia Ferrer-Medina, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Collin McCann - Associate Director for First Year Programs and Leadership Development
Gayatree Siddhanta Sarma - Visiting Professional Lecturer, School of Management

This event was co-sponsored by the Marist College Diversity Council, Enterprise, and the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

OUT in the Real World

Alumni and Friend Panel

On Thursday, April 24, the LGBTQ Subcommittee of the Marist College Diversity Co.uncil hosted a brand new event on campus called OUT in the Real World. As part of this special event, Marist alumni returned to campus to share personal stories about being openly gay in the workplace. This alumni and “friend” panel answered questions about interviewing, finding gay friendly workplaces, and how/when to share your story with colleagues

The alumni panelists represented a range of generational perspectives from an array of industries including education, finance, pharmaceuticals, public service, and more. One alumnus, Brian McAlpin ’03, made the trip from Washington, DC to participate in the panel. “As an alum, it was a great honor to return to Marist and address student concerns about LGBT issues in the post-graduation world.” He went on to say, “Like a workforce, a student body can only reach its true potential when it represents all backgrounds and diversities. It thrills me to see that Marist is embracing an inclusive environment and discussions like this will help ensure future success for our students.”

Jay Blotcher

Jay Blotcher

On Wednesday, May 7, the LGBTQ subcommittee of the Diversity Council, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, and the School of Liberal Arts welcomed activist, journalist, and publicist Jay Blotcher to Marist College. Mr. Blotcher spoke about New York Gay activism of the 80's, including ACT UP, in reaction to the medical community's treatment of the AIDS pandemic.