Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 14

Addressing Racial Barriers in the Workplace

Are you a business leader or employer with a genuine desire to create a diverse and inclusive workplace? Is your vision for equitable work environments culturally responsive when examined through the lens of race? This workshop will examine common roadblocks to racial equity and provide practical intervention strategies. The result: more vibrant, cohesive and effective responses to customer needs and organizational values.

DATE: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
TIME: 8 AM — 11 AM
LOCATION: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, 165 Court Street, Rochester, NY 14647


Sady Fischer
is the Diversity and Inclusion Consultant at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. She brings social justice expertise as a Queer feminist Latina to the corporate world. She is a nationally Certified Diversity Professional, having received her BA in Gender Studies from SUNY Empire State College.

Steven Jarose
is Director of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) of Rochester NY, Inc. As a consultant specializing in organizational culture, assessment and leadership development, he served on the Structural Racism Resource Team for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (R-MAPI). He earned a BS from Cornell University and MA from Columbia University.

Indrani Singh
is Director of Community Health Partnerships at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She has experience in interdisciplinary research and building partnerships in support of equitable and sustainable results. She holds a BA from Grinnell College, Iowa and MS from Cornell University.

To Register, Click here
Fee: $75, payable to NCBI Rochester NY, Inc.
Contact: Pat Willis at or (585) 313-1047


Thursday, November 16

Gender Justice: 100 Years and Counting

2017 marks 100 years of women's suffrage in New York State, three years prior to the passage of the 19th Amendment. We have much to be proud of and much yet to do. How can we work in concert regardless of gender identity or gender expression to speed the process of full gender equity? Panel members will share their perspectives followed by questions from the audience. Breakout groups will further the discussion through reflection and recommendation applicable to campus life and the community at large.

DATE: Thursday, November 16, 2017
TIME: 6:15 pm – 8:45 pm
PLACE: St. John Fisher College
ROOM: Basil Hall, Room 135


Luticha Doucette is a research analyst for the Rochester Mayor's Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, having graduated from RIT with a BS in Bioinformatics. Her expertise in identity politics and the intersection of race, gender and disability stems from a life-long passion toward advocacy and activism. She is a former Ms. Wheelchair New York and 2nd Runner Up at Ms. Wheelchair America 2012, with a platform of science education for those with disabilities.

Peter Navratil is a licensed clinical social worker and accredited alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. He is the co-founder of Stand Up Guys, an organization dedicated to the creation of primary prevention strategies focused on engaging men in ending violence against women (domestic violence and sexual assault). His expertise focuses on management and delivery of person-centered, recovery oriented, and trauma informed behavioral health care services.

Alisa Singletary is a student at St. John Fisher College and is set to graduate in 2019. She is an English major with a minor in African American Studies. Her passions are geared towards capturing individuals' attentions, thoughts, and emotions by authoring short stories, novels and poetry.
Deborah Uman is a Professor and Chair of English at St. John Fisher College and served as Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program for several years. Her research has focused on women writers in the age of Shakespeare. She is currently collaborating on an essay that examines the complex history of the first Women's Rights Convention and the challenges of returning to the site of Seneca Falls to address the changing face of feminism in the twenty-first century.

Katlin Whitmoyer is an English major and Psychology double major at St. John Fisher College and is set to graduate in 2019. She also has two minors which are Women and Gender Studies and Sustainability. As the Vice President of Fisher's Feminist Alliance, she has been working with this club, and others, to highlight issues focused on social justice to raise awareness within the community. Katlin writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In the future, she hopes to help motivate equity changes in our society through her work.

Moderator: Steven Jarose, Director, NCBI Rochester.

Thursday, January 4

SafeZone Training

Appropriate Audience: All are welcome

Date and Time: Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Description of Program: 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, respectful communication in the face of resistance, where to go for help and much more. 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.

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)

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

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