Friday, March 23



The National Coalition Building Institute of Rochester, NY, in concert with St. John Fisher College's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs is pleased to offer a workshop for Men

Dismantling Patriarchy:

Our Liberation as men depends upon it

Patriarchy dominates our way of living because of pervasive male privilege which includes the false but common beliefs that men are smarter, make better leaders, and are generally superior in all ways to women and to people who identify beyond the male-female binary. The widespread fallout from this is directly related to so much of our distress and the variety of oppressions that keep us apart.

And who else is in a better position to change this? Men have the power and obligation to end patriarchy and actively support a movement to have women and non-binary people take leadership.

Workshop Outcomes:

1. To understand how people of all gender identities are hurt by patriarchy.
2. To embrace the power we have to end patriarchy.
3. To set specific individual goals to support leadership by girls, women and non-binary people.

Friday, March 23, 2018, 9 am-12 noon
Morning refreshments and snacks provided.
St. John Fisher College, Golisano Gateway-Midlevel
3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618

REGISTER: Email Rick Olanoff (Syracuse) or call (315) 446-5029, or email Steve Jarose (Rochester) or call (585) 224-7238. Please provide your name, agency (if applicable), email address and phone number.

Many thanks to St. John Fisher and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs. Due to their generosity this program is presented without charge.

Thursday, April 12

Annual Stand Against Racism Breakfast & Conference Event

"Braving Our History, Building our Future Women of Color Working Beyond the Glass Ceiling"

8:00 - 9:15 AM: Panel Event and Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 AM: Workshops Session A  
10:45 - 11:45 AM: Workshops Session B 

Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center


$50 per person/$500 Table of 10
Sponsorships Available
Deadline for registration is April 2.

Special Guest:
Alejandra Y. Castillo, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of YWCA USA

This year’s distinguished panelists:
Corinda Crossdale, Commissioner, Monroe County Department of Human Services
Ahlia Kitwana, Lead Engineer, Specialty Engineering Space and Intelligence Systems, Harris Corporation
Tina MacIntyre-Yee, Photojournalist for Democrat & Chronicle, Part of USA Today Network
Dr. Tomicka Wagstaff, Assistant Vice President, Student Access and Success, Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Rochester Institute of Technology

SESSION A 9:30 - 10:30 am

A-1 Unconscious Bias — Kathy Sweetland
A-2 Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — Dr. Idonia Owens
A-3 Trust, Ethics, and Community Relations – Bob Whipple
A-4 Our Segregated Schools — Diane Larter and Marta Driscoll

SESSION B 10:45 – 11:45 am

B-1 Person2Person — Myra Henry & Sally Ward, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County
B-2 Look Beyond the Obvious — Sady Fischer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
B-3 Intersection of Race & the American Media — Elena Nescio & David Grome
B-4 History of Rochester’s Race Relations — the Year of ’64 — Dr. Melody Cofield

The Stand Against Racism is an annual community-wide event dedicated to building awareness about racism. We reach out to businesses, schools, houses of worship, organizations, and government agencies to create greater awareness and to encourage conversations about race and equity. Organizations participate in a Stand by signing up online and hosting an event, either publicly or privately.

Thursday, April 26

SafeZone Training

  • April 26 from 9am-1pm
  • Appropriate Audience: All are welcome
  • Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building
  • Registration Fee: $75 (which includes: a SafeZone Manual, SafeZone sticker, SafeZone lapel pin and breakfast)

The LGBTQ Academy SafeZone Training is a 4 hour, dynamic, interactive workshop that includes activities and discussion around: LGBTQ+ inclusive and respectful language, the process of coming out, understanding sex, gender and sexuality, taking action and where to go for help or resources. This session will give participants the skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe and inclusive so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential.

Note: Taking this training is the first step towards becoming an LGBTQ Academy Speakers Bureau Member.

Register, go to this page and click the top button on the right.

Thursday, May 10

SpeakOUT Training

  • May 10 from 9am-5pm
  • Appropriate Audience: Anyone who has attended our SafeZone Training. SafeZone is a prerequisite for our SpeakOUT Training
  • Location: The LGBTQ Academy's Education Center (100 College Avenue. Rochester, NY 14607). There is free parking in the lot next to our building.
  • Registration Fee: $100 (which includes a SpeakOUT manual, breakfast and lunch) or $50 for participants who have taken the 4 hour SafeZone Training offered at the LGBTQ Academy.

A perfect workshop for counselors, teachers, student leaders, Dignity Act Coordinators, GSA advisors and social workers! Become more confident and articulate while talking with others about LGBTQ+ issues. We will focus on using your personal story as a tool for education, responding to questions mindfully and tips for communicating respectfully in the face of resistance. A great experience for someone new to LGBTQ+ issues, or someone who has lived or worked with the issues for years. No matter your identity (transgender, lesbian, gay, straight, bi, cisgender, etc.) this class will be of value to you. Think of it as professional development for your life!

Note: If you have taken the SafeZone Training at the LGBTQ Academy, you will receive a 50% discount on the SpeakOUT Training. Taking this training is the second step towards becoming an LGBTQ Academy Speakers Bureau Member.

To Register Contact:

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