Invitation to Plenary lunch on Monday, October 24th to kick off FLEFF Research Forums on the Geographies of Inclusion, Cultural Fluency and Global Citizenship and to welcome FLEFF Diversity Scholars--RSVP required


Contributed by Warren Schlesinger

You are invited to attend an important lunch on Monday, October 24th at 11:30 am in the Emerson Suites to welcome to campus 15 FLEFF Diversity Scholars.  This represents an opportunity for you to help Ithaca College in its recruitment efforts to become more diverse and inclusive.

The Diversity Scholars are graduate students who have expressed an interest in exploring Ithaca College's artistic and intellectual environment. The Diversity Scholars will attend the World Music Festival Concert on Sunday night, October 23 and three Research Forums on October 24th. The 11:30 am lunch will feature Raza Rumi, Ithaca City of Asylum Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, as the keynote speaker. 


It would be ideal if you could attend both the lunch and, if possible, one of the three 50 minute long Research Forums. The first Research Forum begins at 1 pm in Klingenstein Lounge. Because there is limited seating for this luncheon, the admin staff in the School of Business has offered to keep track even though this is a college-wide event. If you would like to attend, please email Reservations will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.


If you have any questions, please contact me directly, (4-3951). 

The FLEFF Diversity Scholars and the FLEFF Research forums are part of a collaborative effort between FLEFF and the Center for Faculty Excellence with support from Roger Richardson in his role as Chief Diversity Officer. We also want to acknowledge Tanya Saunders (Office of Extended Studies and International Programs) and Donathan Brown (Ithaca College Diversity Scholars Program) for their support and guidance.

Information about the scholars and the FLEFF Research Forums is below. We look forward to receiving your RSVP and hope you will attend the plenary lunch and the FLEFF Research Forums as well as the World Music Festival Concert. Please encourage others to do so.

Thank you,

Warren Schlesinger

FLEFF Diversity Scholar Coordinator


  1. Sharon Attipoe-Dorcoo,  Management & Health Policy, U. of Texas
  2. Jahmese Fort, Communication UCSD
  3. Lyneia Hawkins, Counseling Psychology Howard
  4. Yolanda Davis, Education, Policy, Org and Leadership U. of Ill. Urbana-Champagne
  5. Janice Gassam, Applied Organizational Psychology Hofstra University
  6. Amy Hunter, Epidemiology, West Virginia University
  7. Sierra Austin, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Ohio State University
  8. Stephanie Gomez, Literature UCSD
  9. Elizabeth Wijaya, Comparative Literature Cornell
  10. Yuanyuan Li, International Business, Rutgers U.
  11. Marcus Crews, Organization Management Rutgers U.  
  12. Jose Rodriguez, Cellular & Molecular Pathology, U of Wisconsin Madison
  13. Jace Saplan, Choral Conducting U. of Miami
  14. Vincent Price, Teacher Education, U. of Tennessee-Knoxville
  15. Jamal Mazyck, Educational Leadership,  San Diego State University 



Monday, October 24 Klingenstein Lounge

1-1.50 PM            Inclusive Geographies (Chair: Gordon Rowland)

Michael Twomey (English), Sueyoung Park-Primiano (Communications), Heather Hill (Education),  Annette Levine  (Modern Languages)

2-.250 PM                   Geographies of Cultural Fluency  (Chair: Kati Lustyik)

Evis Sammoutis (Music), Judith Pena-Schaff (Psychology), Lisa Farman (Comm), Deb Martin (Music)

3-3.50 PM                   Geographies of Global Citizenship  (Chair: Debbie Rifkin)

Enrique Gonzalez-Conty (Modern Languages), Alison Shields (Marketing & Law), Jonathan Ablard (History), Walter Chon (Theatre), Awo Osei-Anto (Health Policy)

4 PM Wine and Cheese Reception in Clark Lounge sponsored by CFE, Faculty Council, and FLEFF