PROGRAM

 

Friday, October 23, 2015

 

7:00pm-9:00pm: Registration (Hunt Union Hub)

7:00pm-10:00pm: Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Open House (GSRC, 2nd Fl. Hunt Union)

Come check out SUNY Oneonta’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Meet some of our staff, check out our DVDs, posters, pamphlets, books, and much more!

8:00pm-10:00pm: SUNY Pride Networking and Games (Hunt Union International Lounge)

Saturday, October 24, 2014

 

8:00am-9:00am: Registration (Hunt Union Hub)

At a Glance

TIME Ballroom, Hunt Union Butternut Valley Room, Main Level Red Dragon Theater, Basement Union Square Room Leatherstocking Room, 2nd Fl. Catskill Room, 2nd Fl. Glimmerglass Room, 2nd Fl. Susquehanna Room, basement Waterfront Room, basement
9:00-9:30 AM
(30 Mins)
Welcome                
9:30-10:30 AM
(60 Mins)
 

Discovering Your Sexual Orientation: Myths, Facts, Resources, & Stories

 

Microaggressions in Our Society: Gender, Sexuality, Race, and More

SafeZone Training 1

A Student Leader’s Introduction to Working with Queer Students

We’re Here, We’re Queer! Hire us!
Tips on Navigating the Job Search When You Don’t Conform
 
10:30-10:45 AM (15 Mins) Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break  
10:45-11:45 PM
(60 Mins)
 

How Clit-erate Are You?

 

Behind Bars: The Many Sexualities of the Women in Kenji Kohan’s “Orange is the New Black”

Understanding the Developmental Trajectory of LGBTQ Youth
in Rural Communities: Using Personal Narratives to Inform Research

SafeZone Training 2

Standing with LGBT Prisoners: Violence and Discrimination Behind Bars

Beyond Bisexuality 101

Who Needs Feminism?

11:45-12:00 PM (15 Mins) Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break  
12:00-2:00 PM
(120 Mins)
Lunch / Keynote Lunch Lunch            
2:00-3:30 PM
(90 Mins)
 

Presentation Techniques for Leading Change

Have We Forgotten About Men’s Sexual Health? HIV/AIDS: Looking Back and Looking Forward

         
3:30-3:45 PM
(15 Mins)
Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break  
3:45-5:15 PM
(90 Mins)
          Beyond Binaries: Identity & Sexuality  
5:15-5:30 PM
(15 Mins)
Closing                

Program Details

 

9:30am-10:30am:

We’re Here, We’re Queer! Hire us!
Tips on Navigating the Job Search When You Don’t Conform

Presented by Lydia Willoughby, Brandon West & Sharona Ginsberg

Leatherstocking Room

Advanced Level

In this interactive panel, we will address the challenges faced by LGBTQI individuals during an academic job search process. There are several unique hurdles to face: the process of looking for a job (specifically how to research the LGBTQI- friendliness of where you are moving and the policies of your employer), how to anticipate and answer biased interview questions, how to consider wardrobe when you are non-gender-conforming or outside the gender binary, and how to deal with microaggressions once you are in the position. This panel is led by three out LGBTQI SUNY librarians who have all recently completed a successful job search into permanent faculty positions and have experience organizing in diverse communities. We will also be encouraging the sharing of stories, advice, and thoughts from the audience. Attendees will leave with steps they can implement for personal and professional growth.

 

9:30am-10:30am:

A Student Leader’s Introduction to Working with Queer Students

Presented by David Rubino

David Rubino

David Rubino has worked for seven and a half years at SUNY New Paltz' Tutoring Center. During his second year as Assistant to the Tutoring Center Coordinator, he registered the Tutoring Center and its associated offices as a safe space for Queer students through the New Paltz Allies Association. As point person for the Office of Special Programs, David has incorporated Queer issues into Tutor Training.

Glimmerglass Room

Introductory Level

In today’s world, there is an increased focus on LGBTQ issues. Many college campuses are making strides in creating inclusive environments. At SUNY New Paltz, we have integrated this awareness at our Tutoring Center. In a workshop, we will detail how what can be done by peer tutors or leaders create a safe environment for themselves and others.

 

9:30am-10:30am:

Microaggressions in Our Society: Gender, Sexuality, Race, and More

Presented by Faith Tiemann

Union Square Room

Introductory Level

In this workshop we will delve into the microaggressions commonly heard on college campuses, ones that affect us personally, and ones that affect our peers. We aim to identify and understand what microaggressions are, to identify and understand why microaggressions are harmful to society and to make a pledge to eliminate microaggressions from our vocabulary.

 

9:30am-10:30am:

Discovering Your Sexual Orientation: Myths, Facts, Resources, & Stories

Presented by Daniel Klossner, Ph.D.

Daniel Klossner

Dan is an associate professor of natural sciences at SUNY Delhi.  He has taught Chemistry but currently teach the General Microbiology course to nursing and veterinary technology students.  he is a native to rural, upstate NY, where he completed undergraduate studies in biology-chemistry (with a music minor) at Elmira College.  His Ph.D. was completed at Binghamton University in cell/molecular biology, specifically with in vitro prostate cancer research.  In recent years, he has begun supporting LGBTQ education activities, especially for rural people and families. 

Butternut Valley Room

Introductory Level

This introductory-level workshop aims to answer the question How do I know if I am lesbian, gay, bisexual? Discussion topics include: 1) Discovering the meaning of common LGBT terminology; 2) Debunking common LGBT myths & stereotypes; 3) Identifying resources used to discover one’s sexual orientation; and 4) Sharing examples of coming out stories from others in the journey to discover their own sexual orientation.

 

9:30am-10:30am:

There’s a Trans Kid in My School. Now What?

Presented by Bambi Lobdell, Ph.D.

Leatherstocking Room

Introductory Level

This workshop is for teachers, staff, administrators, and community members who want to learn more about transgender kids, school responsibilities to trans kids, common challenges for schools, laws and requirements for schools, and methods of fielding questions and resistance from surrounding communities. This workshop will also present a list of resources for parents, young people, school officials, teachers, ministers, parents, and anyone else involved in education, including future educators. Discussion will also cover creating safe spaces and ways to educate students and parents.

 

9:30am-11:45am:

SafeZone Training 1 and 2

Presented by LGBTQ Academy Trainers

Gabrielle Hermosa

Gabrielle Hermosa is a trans woman, transgender advocate, public speaker, counselor, psychology enthusiast and occasional writer. She lives in the "Flower City", Rochester, NY and offers uplifting, inspirational self-improvement and transgender educational workshops nationally. Gabrielle is also an active member of the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau and SafeZone Trainer.

Jonathan Wetherbee
Jonathan Wetherbee was raised in North Carolina but has found a home in upstate New York after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester. His primary hobbies include drinking tea, reading dusty books and staring quizzically at his lawn as though it should be mowing itself. An avid proponent of civil rights, he has been an enthusiastic member of the Gay Alliance Speaker Bureau for two years with his now-fiancé, Matthew Krueger.  He currently works for the Employee Wellness Program at the University of Rochester.

Matthew Krueger
Matthew Krueger was born and raised in Rochester New York. After two years away from his home working with AmeriCorps in Texas, he discovered there was no place he’d rather be than his hometown. He now works as the teen services librarian at the Pauline Evans Library in Irondequoit. When not occupied assisting library patrons and running programs for area youth, Matt keeps himself busy with charitable fundraisers, community organizations such as the Gay Alliance and consuming as much Abbott’s frozen custard as he can manage.

Catskill Room

Introductory Level

Creating SafeZones is a proactive step that campuses can take to create welcoming, inclusive spaces so that all people are empowered to reach their full potential.
The LGBTQ Academy at the Gay Alliance has worked nationally with over 40 colleges and universities from California to Pennsylvania offering our expertise

on running SafeZone Trainings. This dynamic and interactive workshop aims
to increase LGBTQ awareness, knowledge and skills for individuals and address challenges that exist when one wants to advocate for their LGBTQ peers, family members, friends, coworkers and for themselves. The training includes hands-on activities and discussion around: inclusive and respectful language, the process of coming out, understanding sexual and gender identity, respectfully responding to pushback, taking action on our campuses and where to go for support and resources. Participants will leave with the skills they need to provide support and to create environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive. At the end of the workshop, everyone will be offered an official Gay Alliance SafeZone sticker so that they can create their own SafeZone.

 

10:45am-11:45am:

Behind Bars: The Many Sexualities of the Women in Kenji Kohan’s “Orange is the New Black”


Presented by Jerrad P. Pacatte
and Stephanie Talarico

Jerrad P. Pacatte (Pronouns: "He, him, his")

A senior history major at the State University of New York Oneonta, Jerrad's academic research surveys the theory of intersectionality, or the interplay of the identities of individuals (i.e. race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) in the context of African-American and post-Civil War United States history. After graduation in May 2016, Jerrad intends to pursue a Ph.D. in African-American, modern United States, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality history. In his spare time, Jerrad enjoys outdoor activities, hanging with his friends, horror films, and cats.

Stephanie Talarico (Pronouns: "She, her, her's")

Stephanie Talarico is a Senior Music Industry student from Brewster, NY. She is a resident advisor in MacDuff Hall on the SUNY Oneonta campus, the Executive Vice President of Sigma Delta Tau sorority, and a member of the co-ed acappella group, Hooked on Tonics. She is very passionate about pride and self-respect and is very excited and honored to be able to participate and educate in this year’s SUNY pride conference.


Union Square Room

Advanced Level

In this hour-long presentation, Stephanie Talarico and I will be examining the various sexualities of the characters in the Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black.” From Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” to Laverne Cox’s character Sofia, the characters and their respective intersectional identities will be discussed, and various clips from the show will be shown during the presentation.

 

10:45am-11:45am:

Standing with LGBT Prisoners: Violence and Discrimination Behind Bars

Presented by Cassidy Keane & Dotty Barker

Glimmerglass Room

Advanced Level

This workshop will survey the current issue of violence and discrimination against LGBT inmates in prison. An intersectional approach will be used in order to fully understand the inner dynamics surrounding this problem, such as the focus on LGBT persons of color and transgender individuals. The criminal justice system as a whole will be examined including treatment of inmates in prison and the reasons why LGBT people have a higher imprisonment rate than the national average. Legislation protecting LGBT people from violence and discrimination will also be analyzed in its effectiveness, and possible changes will be proposed.

 

10:45am-11:45am:

Who Needs Feminism?

Presented by Yasmine Montes De Oca & Emily McLaughlin

Yasmine Montes De Oca (Pronouns she, her, hers)

Currently a junior attending SUNY Oneonta, majoring in Mass Communications with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She found her love for Women and Gender Studies second semester of my freshmen year at Oneonta and her love for it continues to grow. As a Person Of Color she looks at all feminist issues through an intersectional lens. She co-leads the club Fabulous Oneonta Feminists with Emily McLaughlin, and loves every minute of it. When she graduates she hopes to be able to travel the world and help with feminist issues throughout the places she visits in hopes of being able to put my journey in a documentary form and bring it back with her to educate people who might not know as much as she does. Her life motto is "It's hard being a student a full-time feminist".

Emily McLaughlin (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

She is currently a senior at SUNY Oneonta, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. This year Emily is interning at the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center on campus, is vice president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance club, and is co-leading the Fabulous Oneonta Feminists with Yasmine. Emily hopes to work with adolescents in the field of social work one day while keeping a positive, intersectional feminist, queer perspective.

Waterfront Room

Introductory Level

This workshop will be discussing what Intersectionality means and how it’s vital to the feminist community. Intersectionality recognizes ways different groups of identities experience privilege and oppression and how human lives cannot be explained by single categories. We’ll also discuss the history of feminism and provide resources on how you can be a successful intersectional feminist and use it to create change on your college campus and beyond.

 

10:45am-11:45am:

Understanding the Developmental Trajectory of LGBTQ Youth
in Rural Communities: Using Personal Narratives to Inform Research

Presented by Bobby Bui and Daniel Klossner

Bobby Bui, Ph.D.

He has over a decade of experience teaching and practicing psychology in a variety of academic and clinical settings.  Before starting his professorship at Maria College of Albany, I held teaching appointments at the State University of New York, Delhi, The City University of New York, Brooklyn College and New York University, where he received a doctorate in the APA accredited School/Child Psychology Program.  A research interest of his is understanding the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth in non-urban communities (rural and suburban) and how these communities support or fail to support these individuals. He is also interested in understanding how our capacity to be alone (“alonetime”) influences mental health and is affected by technology.

Daniel Klossner

Dan is an associate professor of natural sciences at SUNY Delhi.  He has taught Chemistry but currently teach the General Microbiology course to nursing and veterinary technology students.  he is a native to rural, upstate NY, where he completed undergraduate studies in biology-chemistry (with a music minor) at Elmira College.  His Ph.D. was completed at Binghamton University in cell/molecular biology, specifically with in vitro prostate cancer research.  In recent years, he has begun supporting LGBTQ education activities, especially for rural people and families. 

Leatherstocking Room
Introductory Level

While higher rates of mental health problems among LGBTQ youth has been a long standing issue, experts say the effects may even be worse for those living in rural communities. The rural environment offers additional challenges than those faced by LGBTQ youth in urban and suburban settings, such as a greater emphasis on adhering to traditional moral values based on fundamental religious beliefs. LGBTQ persons in rural areas must also adhere to a posture of low visibility and avoid any public declaration of their sexual orientation, in order to fit into rural life, as diversity in sexual orientation is typically not recognized and accepted. Furthermore, in contrast to urban centers, support services for LGBT persons
in most rural communities are nonexistent. Through facilitated dialogue, this workshop’s aim is to create a space where personal narratives can be voiced, understood and used to develop meaningful research questions.

 

10:45am-11:45am:

How Clit-erate Are You?

Presented by Amanda Bellinger & Kristen Blinne, Ph.D.

Butternut Valley Room

Introductory Level

The truth about the clitoris (anatomical term)...exposed at last. Enhance your CLITERACY. If you have a clit/click/boidick/etc. or love someone who does, this workshop is for you. Be able to describe clitoral anatomy and physiology from a feminist science perspective, understand some of the key historical moments that have shaped western cultural knowledge about the clitoris, and engage in peer- education regarding the eroticizing of the clitoris.

 

10:45am-11:45am:

Beyond Bisexuality 101

Presented by Robyn Ochs

Susquehanna Room

Introductory Level

What does it mean to identify as bisexual (or pansexual or fluid)? What are some of the challenges to recognizing and understanding the middle sexualities — an often overlooked segment of the LGBTQ community? However you identify, come to this lively and interactive program if you could use some tools for challenging ignorance, biphobia and bi erasure.

 

12:00pm-2:00pm:  LUNCH and KEYNOTE

KEYNOTE (Ballroom)

Robyn Ochs

“Be the Change” with Robyn Ochs

Robyn Ochs is a SUNY system alum, educator, speaker, award-winning activist, and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly, the 42-country anthology Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, and the new anthology RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. Her writings have been published in numerous bi, women’s studies, multicultural, and LGBT anthologies.

 

 

2:00pm-3:30pm:

Have We Forgotten About Men’s Sexual Health? HIV/AIDS: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Presented by James Zians, Ph.D.
Red Dragon Theater

Advanced Level

This session will focus on the health of gay/bisexual men since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1981 to the present. Some video clips across the history of the HIV/AIDS crises will be shown during this presentation along with some epidemiology slides (past and present).

 

2:00pm-3:30pm:

Presentation Techniques for Leading Change

Presented by Kristen Hunsinger and William Troche

William Troche

He was born and raised in Bronx, New York, which is one of the five boroughs in New York City. Currently, he attends graduate school at Binghamton University in Vestal, New York, In addition to studying Student Affairs Administration, he works as an Assistant Residential Coordinator in a residence hall alongside a Resident Director. He is a recent alumni of SUNY Oneonta with a degree in Africana and Latino Studies and a minor in Biology.

Kristen Hunsinger

Kristen Hunsinger developed a passion for presenting workshops and navigating power and privilege discussions as an undergraduate RA and leader of a queer student organization. Kristen went on to pursue a career in student affairs and is a few year into living that dream. As a professional staff member, Kristen frequently presents workshops on inclusive language, working with queer students, and inclusive programming. Kristen Hunsinger is a Resident Director in Residential Life at SUNY Binghamton University and has an MS in student affairs from the University of Rochester and a BA in biology from Hamilton College.

Butternut Valley Room

Advanced Level

This session is designed to give useful information for individuals who would like to lead change through workshops and public speaking (such as SafeZone workshops and RA programming). The workshop will include useful tips on engaging difficult conversations, ways to get involved in giving presentations (finding your platform), presentation & processing tips, and ways to engage your audience.

 

2:00pm-3:30pm:

Man Up...Queers!? The Complicated Relationship of the LGBTQ+ Community and Capitalist-Heteronormative-White-Patriarchy


Presented by Adrian Garcia


Union Square Room

Introductory Level

Are you hungry to dismantle the patriarchy that has negatively affected your life and the life of those around you? Are you aching for a space to safely and loudly discuss your disagreements with the patriarchy’s assumptions of you as a gendered, sexual, and sexed person? Well then this is the workshop for you! Come and explore how patriarchal understandings influence our everyday experience of ourselves
and our LGBTQ+ community members. The workshop will provide exercises to deconstruct gendered understandings and heteronormative values within the larger American social context. These will then be examined as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community. Come with an open mind and an open heart, as there will be group discussions and encouragement to share personal views of masculinity, femininity, and the world outside these two social constructions.

 

3:45pm-5:15pm:

Community Building and Skill Share for SUNY Faculty and Staff

Presented by Elliot Ruggles, Ph.D.

Butternut Valley Room

Advanced Level

In this collaborative workshop session, designed for faculty and staff working within the SUNY system for change around gender and sexual identities (LGBTQ*), we will meet to discuss pitfalls and challenges of advocacy for diversity in these areas, and share success stories too! Please come prepared to discuss the most relevant matters on your campus, bringing materials as necessary, and we will work collaboratively to brainstorm and problem-solve together!

 

3:45pm-5:15pm:

An Introduction to Transgender Realities: Personal Life Experiences, Information and Group Discussion with Trans Woman, Transgender Advocate and Public Speaker: Gabrielle Hermosa


Presented by Gabrielle Hermosa

Gabrielle Hermosa

Gabrielle Hermosa is a trans woman, transgender advocate, public speaker, counselor, psychology enthusiast and occasional writer. She lives in the "Flower City", Rochester, NY and offers uplifting, inspirational self-improvement and transgender educational workshops nationally. Gabrielle is also an active member of the Gay Alliance Speakers Bureau and SafeZone Trainer.


Union Square Room
Introductory Level

This workshop offers an enlightening, informative, entertaining and uplifting
look into transgender realities. We’ll replace the mystery and uncertainty with knowledge and understanding. I’ll share intimate details of my own personal journey of confusion, depression, attempted suicide, self-discovery, coming out process, challenges and triumphs. Attendees are invited to literally ask me anything and steer the conversation and experience. Questions can be asked openly at any time, and anonymously via messaging or text. Understanding transgender realities is an important step in bringing together and strengthening humanity. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect, share and have a conversation about important issues that can empower and enrich countless lives for the better, regardless of any perceived differences. Differences, after all, are really just *opportunities* to learn more about others, and in doing so learn more about ourselves. Transgender or not, we’re all in this together. It only makes sense that we learn more about one another, find ways to lift each other up, and work together toward a better future for all of humanity.

 

3:45pm-5:15pm:

Beyond Binaries: Identity & Sexuality

Presented by Robyn Ochs

Susquehanna Room

Introductory Level

This program explores the landscape of sexuality, and how we “map” sexual orientation. No two people are alike. Given that, how do we assign labels to our complicated and unique experiences? In this interactive workshop we will conduct an anonymous survey of those present, and look together at the data. Where do we fall on the sexuality continuum? How do we label? How old were we when we came to our identities and to our sexualities? In this fun and interactive program we explore different experiences of identity; the interplay between gender and sexuality; the complexities of attraction, and more.

 

5:15-5:30pm: Closing (Hunt Union Ballroom)

5:30-7:30pm: Dinner On Your Own (Campus Dining Halls)

9:30pm-1:00am:

Drag Ball (Hunt Union, Ballroom)

Join as we celebrate a SUNY Oneonta community tradition, with a Mardi Gras theme!

Click here for poster!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

 

10:00am-11:30am:

Breakfast and Discussion Groups (Waterfront Room, Hunt Union)

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