August 21: Anti-Racism and Advocacy Keynote to Start the Year

By Angelica Carrington, August 12, 2022

Anti-racism and Advocacy Keynote

Please join the Center for IDEAS, New Student and Transition Programs, and President La Jerne Terry Cornish in welcoming Dr. Michael Benitez, Jr. to Ithaca College on August 21 from 2-4 p.m. in Emerson Suites or virtually {LINK: }.  Dr. Benitez will present, “Embracing Diversity and Fostering Inclusion Through Critical Conversations and Actions” as part of the Fall 2022 Orientation programming and to kick off another year of critical conversations surrounding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Dr. Michael Benitez, Jr. is the Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  He is a nationally acclaimed scholar-practitioner and educator in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Dr. Benitez has a critical perspective on social and cultural issues on topics related to leadership and identity development, intersectionality, race and ethnicity, knowledge production, as a well as critical and inclusive pedagogy/practice in higher education.  You can read more about his credentials at:

Ithaca College is committed to sharing responsibility and accountability for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion by empowering students to exchange ideas and work together to foster an intentional community towards anti-racism and social change. Incoming first year and transfer students are required to attend Dr. Benitez’s session as a culmination of conversations they’re having with their Orientation Leaders during orientation week. We are also excited to invite the entire campus community to join in this important learning opportunity and discussion either in person in Emerson Suites or viewing the livestream {LINK: }. This session will not be recorded, so please join us if you can!

This is the first of a series of “IC Day of Learning” activities around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging that will take place throughout the year. To learn more about future DEIB events offered by the Center for IDEAS visit:

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Angélica Carrington at or 607-274-1635. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.