Diversity Awareness Committee

2011-2012 DAC sponsored events

Funded Events for 2011-2012:

-African-Latino Society, speaker Bobby Seale, Co-Founder of the Black Panther Party, presentation & book signing September 22, 7pm, Park Auditorium

-PODER: Latino Student Association, Latino Heritage Month banquet  "NOSOTROS: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For" keynote speaker Gustavo Licon Friday September 30, 7pm Emerson Suites

Disability Awareness Month workshops presented by Patrick Walsh through the Student Leadership Institute


Interrogating Ableism, Exploring Universal Design- Tuesday October 18- Over Lunch Hour (12:05-1:10)Taughannock Falls room


The goal of this presentation is for participants to understand and recognize Universal Design.  Universal Design is not about evolution, the dinosaurs or the big bang theory. Universal Design is the intentional creation of products and environments to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible.  Participants who experience this session will understand how we live in a world of accommodations and inequality rather than a just environment.

Being a Disability Ally- Tuesday October 25- Over Lunch Hour (12:05-1:10)- Williams 211 

The goal of this session is to understand the definition of disability and its relationship in American Culture.  Why do we say the "R" word so much? How do we define normal as it relates to ableism?  Through personal stories, research and media we will reveal disability in America.  Participants will walk away knowing how to be advocates for everyone regardless if a person considers themselves disabled or temporarily abled.

-Tuvan Throat Singer band Alash (Anthropology department) Performance of Tuvans with IC modern dance students Tuesday October 11, 5:30 7:00pm Dillingham Studio 2

-Native American Celebration Month: Native American Comedian (Onieda) Charlie Hill speaker event Wednesday November 9, 8pm in IC Square

-Native American History Month: Film Screening of "Bright Circle" with filmaker Shawn Kakuk Thursday November 14, 7pm Textor 103

-Ithaca College STAND: The Student Anti-Genocide Coalition guest speaker John Dau, a human rights activist and member of the Sudanese disapora community, one of the "Lost Boys" featured in award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us, will speak November 10th, 7pm Textor 102

-IC Teatro student production of the 2003 Pullitzer winning play Nilo Cruz’ play "Anna in the Tropics" about Cuban-Americans working in a Florida cigar factory in the late 1920s.  Friday December 9 & Saturday December 10, Park Auditorium

-Race, Poverty, and the Achievement Gap: A Panel on Educational Inequity in America Teach for America Panel Discussion Thursday, February 2, 2012 7-8:30pm Clark Lounge, Campus Center

 -Politics Dept. sponsored talk by Padre Alejandro Solalinde, a Mexican priest who began his mission with migrants, Monday February, 13 7pm, Taughannock Falls room

-Talking Circles on Race and Racism presented by the DAC with facilitators from the Multicultural Resource Center for students who have submitted the application to participate- beginning Wed Feb 1, 7-9pm, and continuting for 5 consecutive weeks every Wednesday evening.

-Amani Gospel Singers 35th Anniversary Festival of Black Gospel February 24th – 26th, 2012 (Emerson Suites, State Theatre of Ithaca, Cornell University)

-Fifth Annual Gospel Invitational Music Festival organized by Dr. Baruch Whitehead at Ithaca College Saturday March 31 8:15pm Ford Hall School of Music  

-Film screening of "Precious Knowledge" by the African Latino Society with executive producer Erin McGinnis on April 3 Park Auditorium 7pm

- Film screening of  "The Color of Fear" and "If these Halls could Talk" with director Lee Mun Wah, sponsored by the Provost Office. Faculty/staff/administrator workshop 9-11am Clark Lounge (contact lmwevents@ithaca.edu to RSVP), student workshop 1-3pm Emerson Suites and screening of "If these halls could talk" 7-9pm in Park Auditorium Thursday April 5.

- Student Volunteers for the Special Olympics (SVSO) present FLAME rock band (whose members each have a developmental or physical disability) to "Spread the Word to End the Word" campaign against the word "retarded", Wednesday April 11, 8pm Emerson Suites

- IC Breakdance Club presents "Break IC" an annual breakdance competition featuring dancers from Ithaca College, Cornell, RIT, University of Rochester, Syracuse University, SUNY Buffalo and others on Saturday April 14 12pm-6pm Hill Center

-Prism Drag Show with students and professional area performers to benefit The Trevor Project. Performances will include lip-synching, dancing, skits, and comedic elements. Saturday April 14, 12-3pm Emerson Suites

-IC Students for Justice in Palestine present poet and performer Remi Kanazi who will be reading from his recently published book Poetic Injustice. In this book he expresses the reality of being a Palestinian raised in the U.S.A. and his perspectives on the Palestine-Israeli conflict. Tuesday April 24th 3pm (seminar) 7pm (Performance) – IC Square

-10th Annual Rainbow Reception Friday April 20, 2012 Clark, Klingenstein and McDonald Lounges Campus Center

-Kuumba Reperatory Theater performance of "Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet", the play about an African-American boy named Marcus is set in post-Katrina Louisiana and deals with family roots and cultural connectivity. Wed May 2nd & Thurs May 3rd 8pm Dillingham Center Studio 2

-funding granted for Native American Studies student: Paige Bethmann and faculty in Native American Studies, Hollie Kulago, to attend College Board: Native American Student Advocacy Institute, May 22-23, University of California- Los Angeles