Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs

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

Upcoming Diversity Events

Symposium: Men as Role Models for Gender Justice

Wed., March 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Men have a critical role to play in the journey to gender equity. This program includes a panel presentation of men’s experiences as allies to women, to the LGBTQ community, and to those whose gender identity and expression challenge traditional notions of gender as binary. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer format. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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LGBTQ Discussion Panel

Thu., March 17, 2016 at 6:15 PM
It is human nature to label people and objects. It is how we create order and make sense of the world. Unfortunately, labeling and stereotyping people can lead to a flawed understanding of a culture. In this fun and interactive panel presentation, participants will have an opportunity to challenge themselves on long held stereotypes and beliefs. Our panel will consist of individuals who identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Our sixth panelist will be a “wild card.” Participants must ask the panelist questions and try to guess how the panelists identify. Direct questions about sexual behaviors are not allowed, for example: “Who was the last person you had sex with?” Questions about gender expression are fair game, for example: “Do you own Birkenstocks?” This presentation is sure to create lots of laughter but it is also a great opportunity for self-reflection and in depth discussions around the power of stereotyping in a safe and...

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" at Geva Theatre

Sun., March 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM
From Set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning American masterpiece follows the journey of Jem and Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend a black man framed for a crime he didn’t commit. As the trial progresses, the children witness racial injustice envelop their community, while their father seeks the truth with quiet integrity, courage, and compassion. Transportation will be provided. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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The CampusOut Summit

Sat., April 02, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Hosted by Women and Gender Studies This is a first-of-its-kind event with Fisher at the forefront. The goal is to bring the e-boards of as many of the nine local colleges as possible to our campus to discuss social activism around queer issues. Students will also network with one another and learn how to get involved with  the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley (GAGV) and the Rochester queer community. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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Gathering of Griots Forum in African American Culture

Thu., April 07, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Coal Black Voices Unfurling the Flag: An Intimate Evening with Affrilachian Founder-Poet Frank X. Walker Poet Frank X Walker (2014 NACCP Image Award winner; Kentucky 2013-14 Poet Laureate; and Lannan Literary Fellowship poetry award winner) will be reading a selection of poems from his recent collections. "Affrilachia," a term coined by Frank X Walker, is defined as his responsibility "to say as loudly and often as possible that people and artists of color are part of the past and present of the multi-state Appalachian region extending from northern Mississippi to southern New York." Multidisciplinary artist and University of Kentucky faculty member, Walker is a native of Danville, Ky. and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He received his MFA in Writing at Spalding University. Walker has lectured, conducted workshops, and read poetry at over 300 national conferences and universities. A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, Walker is the editor of Pluck! the Journal...

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¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! Rally

Sat., April 09, 2016 at 8:00 AM
This event empowers Latinas ages from 7 to 18, encouraging them to feel good about themselves and be proud to be Latinas. It is an opportunity for young girls to celebrate who they are, with other girls just like them, and learn about ¡Soy Unica! ¡Soy Latina! (SUSL) information and resources. The theme for this year's rally is social media. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs at (585) 385-8378 or

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Alumni of Color Dinner

Thu., April 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM
5:30pm - 6:00pm Reception
6:00pm - 8:00pm Dinner & Program Note: RSVP and ticket required; limited seating For more information, contact or (585) 385-5292

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Stand Against Racism

Fri., April 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Participants can join the St. John Fisher College Community by taking a stand for peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all by signing the Stand against Racism Pledge in the Campus Center Atrium. 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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