Upcoming Trainings & Events


Ally Happy Hour

The LGBTQ Sub-committee of the Marist College Diversity Council would like to invite you to cocktails and appetizers at The Brown Derby this Friday! This informal gathering is a way for faculty, staff, Marist Allies, and all those who are supportive of our LGBTQ community to come to know one another in a relaxing setting.

Friday, November 20
4 - 6 p.m.
The Brown Derby - upstairs
96 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


Appetizers will be provided by the LGBTQ Sub-committee of the Diversity Council and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP, please email bobbi.s.tellitocci@marist.edu.


Ally Network Training

The goal of this program is to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons by establishing an identifiable network of individuals who can provide support, information and a safe place within our campus community. One session is typically held each semester. We hosted the fall training on Nov. 18.

If you are interested in participating in a future training, please contact Bobbi Sue Tellitocci.  


The Words They Call Me

On April 30, 2015, Student Government hosted "The Words They Call Me," a special event designed by students to explore diversity issues on campus. The event included performances and a panel discussion featuring students, alumni, administrators, and faculty. 

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.