Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs

Director: Yantee Slobert
Office: 117 Basil Hall
Phone: (585) 385-8378

Upcoming Diversity Events

Four Freedoms' Week Opening Session

Mon., October 26, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Speaker: Carolyn Vacca Dr. Carolyn Vacca will provide participants with history of the Four Freedoms' and how they impact our daily lives as American citizens. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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Four Freedoms' Week: Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence

Tue., October 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM
In this interactive workshop, a representative from RESTORE Sexual Assault Services will lead a discussion on the resources available for survivors of sexual assault. Hosted by Women and Gender Studies. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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Workshop: Creating Respectful Spaces Where All Voices Are Heard

Wed., October 28, 2015 at 6:15 PM
Hosted by: National Coalition Building Institute Campuses are places where free speech is often tested. Who decides what is appropriate and what is not? How do you respond to all-too-common situations of rudeness, interruptions, conversation take-overs, and put downs? This interactive session will explore various strategies to listen, open, engage, and learn from those we see as “other.” For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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Four Freedoms' Week: Hunger Banquet

Thu., October 29, 2015 at 6:15 PM
The Hunger Banquet focuses on world-wide hunger. Attendees will receive a ticket that places them in a specific class. The ticket determines how you will be dining for the evening. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with area community organizations for volunteer opportunities. Fight against hunger in our community by bringing canned goods to this event. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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No Make Up Day Event

Tue., November 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM
On November 10, the Health & Wellness Center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity will be hosting No Make Up Day. Inspired by the song "Try" by Colbie Caillat, we want to encourage our campus to be comfortable in their own skin and love exactly who they are. This video sends a powerful message about our society's expectations of beauty and we hope that this day without makeup will do the same. Faculty, staff and students will be encouraged to go makeup free. We will have multiple stations where people can remove their make up if they want. For more information, contact the Health and Wellness Center at

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Workshop: Professionalism for the Digital You

Tue., November 10, 2015 at 12:30 PM
Hosted by: Dan McSweeney, Career Counselor Acquire best practices for using social media platforms in an effort to improve your online presence and prepare for your future career. This workshop is being offered collaboratively between the Career Center and Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs. Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing the Career Center at or sign-up in CareerZone.

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#FisherCares Day!

Wed., November 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Join the Fisher community in showing just how much #FisherCares! For more information, email

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Albert Abonado Poetry Reading

Thu., November 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Hosted by M.J. Iuppa After graduating from SUNY Geneseo, Albert Abonado received his MFA in Creative Writing and Literature through Bennington College in Vermont. He has returned to Rochester as an active participant in the Arts community. Abonado has served as the Associate Director of Marketing and Production for BOA Editions. After that he began working as the Editor of The Bakery, an online literary journal that focuses on publishing the work of emerging and established voices. He is the author of several works of poetry including “Ghost in the Machine” Pleiades Vol. 33, No. 2, “Grandfather as a Boy Beneath the Floor” Memorious Spring 2012, and “The Morning Table,” New Ohio Review10, Fall 2011, as well as The Awl, Fugue, Guernica, Pleiades, Rattle, The Southampton Review, Washington Square, and others. His chapbook This is a Super Book (H_NGM_N BOOKS) is available online. In 2014, he received 2014 NYFA Poetry Fellowship, and his poetry has been nominated...

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Race, Equity, and Justice Community Dialogue

Tue., November 17, 2015 at 12:30 PM
This event is part of a series of events being offered this fall around the topic of race, equity, and justice. Why this discussion? The events in Ferguson and elsewhere have raised the profile of these important and impactful issues. Monroe County is one of the most highly segregated communities in the nation, and a place where poverty – and its problems – is exceptionally racialized. We seek to understand the sources of segregation and inequity and explore Fisher’s role in working toward redressing injustice. For more information or to get more involved, contact: Ginny Maier (vmaier)

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W.B. Yeats at 150: A Celebration

Thu., November 19, 2015 at 8:00 AM
The Philosophy Department is sponsoring six sessions of W.B. Yeats readings and performances featuring "Calvary and “Purgatory" in Basil 135 at 6:15 p.m. All other performances will be in Golisano Gateway Midlevel. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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Ongoing Events

National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Diversity & Inclusion Series

September - April

Several session topics available including Beyond Bystanding: Insight and Strategies for Empowering Our Students, Our Clients, and Ourselves.

Please contact NCBI representative Steve Jarose at or (585) 224-7238 to schedule a session from this series.

The Gay Alliance Of Genesee Valley's Higher Education Series Presentations

September - April

These fully sponsored presentations are being offered by the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs. These presentations are offered on a first requested basis. Please contact Gay Alliance representative Jeanne Gainsburg at

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