Upcoming Trainings & Events


Diversity Panel Discussion: Why Is Diversity So Important?

The Marist College Diversity Council Presents: "Why Is Diversity So Important?" - Panel Discussion  

Tuesday, March 31
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Student Center Cabaret

The facilitator/moderator for the panel discussion will be Dr. Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College, Vassar College.

The panelists include:
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

Introduction by Randi Blender, Talent Acquisition Manager, Enterprise

Two padfolios and two Macy's $25 gift certificates will be raffled. Only students are eligible to participate in the raffle drawing.
Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Desmond Murray at (845)575-3547.

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

Ally Network Training

Friday, April 10
3:30 pm - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

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


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

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. 

Jay Blotcher