Upcoming Trainings & Events


Unexpected Identities: Discovering My Multi-Ethnic Life

Oct. 1
6:30 p.m.
SC3101 (PAR) 

Lecturer: Jay Blotcher
Jay Blotcher: is a longtime community activist. He started advocating for LGBT rights and AIDS policy reformation in the 1980s in New York City, where he was a member of the founding chapters of ACT UP and Queer Nation. Starting in the early 2000s, he moved to the Hudson Valley and became an advocate for marriage equality. He co-founded New Paltz Pride and the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center. His writings appear in nine anthologies, as well as magazines and newspapers.

50 Year On: Latinos Shaping a Nation - Exploring America’s social justice issues that have been shaped by the Latino/Hispanic community. 

Oct. 9
6:00 p.m.

Co-Sponsor: ARCO Student Club 
Audio/Visual Stage Performance Produced by Will & Company:

Topics include:
Fifty Years On
  –  That was then, this is now – the ‘browning’ of America.
Jury of our Peers
  –  Gustavo Garcia was the first Hispanic to argue before the Supreme Court winning for all Americans  a ‘jury of our peers.’ Sadly, Latinos are still falling victim to our ‘justice system.’
Andrea Perez
– Same sex marriage would not be possible today without the amazing stand taken by this Chicana in California more than fifty years ago.
  –  Latina activists and the fight for social justice have gone hand in hand throughout America’s struggles for true democracy. The fight goes on.Sterilization  –   Driven by the U.S. government, the largest sterilization program the world has ever seen took place in Puerto Rico. It still takes place in other states today.
 –  Caitlyn Jenner may receive the Arthur Ashe award, but it was a Latino transgender, Sylvia Rivera, who first started the ‘gay revolution,’  and fought for transgender rights.


Ally Network Training

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.