Conference Schedule

Conference Day 1 – November 17, 2016

2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hotel Check-In

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Conference Check-In
HCCC Culinary Conference Center
Banquet Room

161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Conference Welcome/Opening Session
HCCC Culinary Conference Center
Banquet Room

161 Newkirk Street
Jersey City, NJ 07306
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Workshop Block I: The Role of Identity in Socal Justice
Location: Banquet Room
Stories are powerful. Sharing stories is foundational to the building of community. In this workshop, participants will experience an illuminating approach to communicating with each other about the multiple aspects of identity, while being listened to with compassion and respect. Not only will the participants learn about each other’s diverse backgrounds and experiences, they will also have the opportunity to build relationships based on universal feelings and their common humanity. This activity will be the foundation for the conference experience which focuses on the many identities that we all may or may not have in common.
Conference Day 2 – November 18, 2016

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast/Roll Call  

HCCC Culinary Conference Center
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Conference Keynote: Rosa Clemente
Location: Banquet Room
Rosa is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced four major community activism tours and consults on issues such as Hip-Hop activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between Black and Latinx, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare. She is a frequent guest on television, radio and online media, as her opinion on critical current events is widely sought after. Rosa is a leading scholar on the issues of Afro-Latinx identity. Her groundbreaking article, Who is Black?, published in 2001, was the catalyst for many discussions regarding Blackness in the Latinx culture. She continues to discuss cultural identity, political identity and racial identity in and out of the academy.

Workshop Block: II
10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Session A
Workshop Title: The Identity Compass
Location: Banquet Room
Identity, the way we see ourselves in relation to those around us, is comprised of many traits and social roles, chosen and unchosen, visible and invisible. Identity can be the source of our greatest pride and the site of our greatest vulnerability. The most painful emotional attacks are the ones that are aimed at who we are. In this thought-provoking workshop, participants will have the opportunity to consider the impact of multiple aspects of their own identities and share their stories with others engaged in the same process of discovery.


Session B
Workshop Title: Increasing My Understanding of LGBTQ Experiences

Location: Scott Ring Room
The goal of this highly engaging session is for participants to increase understanding and empathy regarding the challenges and losses often associated with “coming out” and the pain caused by homophobia. After the experiential activity, there will also an opportunity for LGBTQ participants to tell their own stories and for other participants to learn how they can act as effective allies and supporters of their LGBTQ friends, classmates and family members.


Session C: For Advisors Only
Workshop Title: The Art of Facilitation
Location: 214
fa·cil·i·tate

  1. To make easy or easier:
  2. To lead (a discussion), as by asking questions, mediating between opposing

viewpoints, or ensuring that all participants’ views are heard.

 

In this workshop, advisors will learn and practice concrete skills and strategies to help their group members engage in respectful, productive dialogue about diversity and achieve their action goals. Crucial topics such as norm-setting, group facilitation skills, techniques for group processing, trouble-shooting problem moments, and effective co-facilitation will be addressed.

12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Discussion Groups:
The Cultural Biography
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Workshop Block III

Session A

Workshop Title:   Race and Racism In America: The Power of an Illusion
Location: Banquet Room
Anthropologists tell use that race, biologically, does not exist. Rather, it is a social construct. Yet racism, the systematic and systemic mistreatment of some because of

their race, is “alive and well” in the United States.   Racism has been called the wound in the heart of America. This workshop will first challenge participants’ understanding of factual information about what race is and is not. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to confront the objectively verifiable disparities in the experiences and treatment of white people and people of color in our country—in terms of access to employment, education, and housing, as well as treatment by law enforcement and the judicial system. This WILL be a challenging session for all participants. The presenters expect participants to come to this session with a completely open heart and mind pertaining to issues of race.


Session B
Workshop Title: Understanding the Complexity of Gender and Gender Expression
Location: Scott Ring Room

This timely and important workshop will explore and clarify the topic of gender in all its complexity within the context of a college campus.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the differences among such often-confused concepts as gender, sex, sexuality, and sexual orientation
  • Understand how gender identity develops and what gender expression is
  • Comprehend the meaning of transgender, cisgender, and cissexism
  • Learn and practice the skill of using preferred gender pronouns and preferred names

 

Session C: Advisors Only Workshop
Workshop Title: The Difficulty of Difficult Discussions: Using Critical Thinking to Enhance Intergroup Dialogue
Location: 214
Using a framework designed at the University of Louisville, participants will learn about a model of critical thinking that they can use as a foundation to engage students, faculty, and staff in difficult conversations about important topics related to diversity. Intercultural dialogue has been shown to be an excellent tool to create community, develop critical thinking, and enhance relationships within and among different groups.


Conference Day 3 – November 19, 2016

(Wear Your Campus T-Shirt Day)

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast/Roll Call  

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Discussion Groups:
Family Influence & Impact Part I

Workshop Block IV
10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Session A
Workshop Title: The Psychology of Being an Ally
Location: Banquet Room
When we look at the devastating effects of prejudice, discrimination and violence, it is truly difficult to understand how people can permit such tragedies to occur. In this cutting-edge workshop, participants will take an inside look at the social-psychological processes that can lead ordinary people to do terrible things, but that can also be harnessed to promote positive, even heroic behavior. By being aware of the action of these processes, we can truly become allies for targets of oppression.

Session B
Workshop Title: The Immigration Experience
Location: Scott Ring
Despite the fact that the United States is a nation of immigrants, immigration is currently a hot political topic. Myths and stereotypes abound. In this absorbing session, participants will have the opportunity to experience for themselves some of the challenges faced by immigrants to this country. Additionally, myths about immigrants and the immigration experience will be examined and factual information will be provided. Finally, participants will discuss how their increased understanding can be translated into action on their campuses and in their communities.
Session C: For Advisors Only
Workshop Title:
Just for Me: Designing Retention Interventions for Students in Minority Groups
Location: 214

This presentation will explore two student retention programs tailored to specific student populations. We will explore the rationale, design, and implications of such a program, and potential barriers to success in implementation. Come prepared to share what you have seen work on your campus!
12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Discussion Groups:
Family Influence & Impact Part II

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Advisors Reception (Free Reception for ALL Advisors/Professionals)

Conference Day 4 – November 20, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast/Roll Call  

Workshop Block V
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Session A
Workshop Title: Micro-aggressions & The Power of Words

Location: Banquet Room

Of the many forms of micro-aggressions people experience, words can be among the most powerful and potentially damaging. In this engrossing workshop, participants will experience the impact of language and increase their appreciation of the critical importance of the words or phrases we choose that can have a damaging impact on our campuses.
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Discussion Groups:
Returning to Campus & Being an Ally

12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Conference Closing and Evaluation

NYC PATH System
Leave: Pavonia/Newport (Westin & Courtyard)
Arrive: Jounral Square (Hudson County College)
http://www.panynj.gov/path/

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Fare Option Price Price Per Ride
1-trip SmartLink* /PATH SingleRide Ticket* /
Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard*
*$2.75 $2.75
PATH 2-trip MetroCard** $5.50 $2.75
10-trip – SmartLink / SmartLink Gray $21.00 $2.10
20-trip – SmartLink / SmartLink Gray $42.00 $2.10
SmartLink 1-day pass-unlimited*** for 1 day $8.25 N/A
SmartLink 7-day pass – unlimited*** for 7 days $29.00 N/A