Friday, October 24, 2014

7:00pm-9:00pm: Registration (Morris Hall Foyer)

7:00pm-9:00pm: 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!

9:00pm-11:00pm: SUNY Pride Movie Night: God Loves Uganda  (Craven Lounge, Morris Hall)

Synopsis (watch trailer): God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda along with politicians and missionaries as they attempt the task of eliminating “sexual sin” and converting Ugandans to fundamentalist Christianity.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

At a Glance

TIME Craven Lounge/Otsego Grille, Morris Conference Center Morris Conference Center Rm 104 Morris Conference Center Rm 130 Le Cafe, Morris Conference Center Leatherstocking Room, Hunt Union Catskill Room, Hunt Union Glimmerglass Room, Hunt Union Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, Hunt
9-9:45 AM
(45 Mins)
Welcome and Ice Breakers              
9:45-10:00 AM
(15 Mins)
Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
10-11:00 AM
(60 Mins)
  Misgendering, Intrusive Questions, and Other Cisgender Faux-pas Intersectionality and Diversity within Latina/o and other
Queer of Color Communities
What's everyone "Yakin" about?        
11-11:15 AM
(15 Mins)
Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
11:15-12:45 PM
(90 Mins)
Cultivating Radical Self- Acceptance for the LGBTQQAI Community through Yoga—How Putting Yourself First Makes You a More Authentic Leader Get me to/away from the Gyno! Accessing and Advocating for Sexual Health Care within the LGBTQ* Community What's Your Story?: Education and Social Change Through Storytelling Planning & Organizing Peaceful, Non-Violent Protest Demonstrations        
12:45-1:00 PM
(15 Mins)
Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
1-2:00 PM
(60 Mins)
Lunch / Keynote Lunch Lunch          
2-2:30 PM
(30 Mins)
Break and Lunch Break and walk to Hunt Union Break / Walk to Hunt Union Break / Walk to Hunt Union Break / Walk to Hunt Union Break / Walk to Hunt Union Break / Walk to Hunt Union Break / Walk to Hunt Union
2:30-3:30 PM
(60 Mins)
        Finding Worth from Within   When knowledge doesn't equal power: learning how to effectively peer educate Q&A with Keynote speaker
3:30-3:45 PM
(15 Mins)
Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
3:45-5:15 PM
(90 Mins)
        Intro to Intersectionality – the many identities of you and advocating for yourself and others Moving Forward Together: Coalition Building for Justice Is AIDS Over in the U.S. - Or Are We Over AIDS? Gay/Bisexual Men's Health-Looking back and Looking Forward  
4:15-5:30 PM
(75 Mins)
Break Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
6-7:30 PM
(90 Mins)
    DINNER/CLOSING         Gender and Sexuality Resource Center Open House (starts at 7:30)

Program Details


Misgendering, Intrusive Questioning, and Other Cisgender Faux-pas (Morris 104)

Presented by: Bambi Lobdell, SUNY Oneonta

This presentation will cover the impact of cissexism on the treatment of transgender people in the media and entertainment world, in the educational system, and the judicial system. Discussion will outline how various attitudes and behaviors existing in cultural institutions affect the everyday lives of many transgender people. Specific issues will include the fetishization of transgender bodies, attempts to regulate definition and placement of transgender people in prisons, urinary segregation, and the insensitive interviewing of transgender people about personal and intimate things to satisfy cisgender curiosity.


Intersectionality and Diversity within Latina/o and other Queer of Color Communities (Morris 130)

Presented by: Eddy Alverez and Jorge Estrada, SUNY Oneonta
With changing demographics affecting every region of the United States, it has become necessary to address the needs of diverse student populations and LGBTQ communities. In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of intersectionality and inclusiveness within LGBTQ communities of color, specifically Latina/o communities. We will discuss the lived experiences of LGBTQ communities of color whose identities lie at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, but also immigration status, language, ability, and others. Some of the topics we will touch upon will be gendered, sexual, ethnic and racial categories and labels, different forms of masculinities and femininities across Latina/o cultures, the concept of the closet and “being out” in different ethnic groups, the Jotería (queer Mexican-American) movement in the United States, among others. We seek to create a safe place where workshop attendees learn, share their experiences and ask questions.


What’s everyone “Yakin” about? (Morris, Le Cafe)

Presented by: Jake Goldblum and Todd Wysocki, SUNY Plattsburg and Hudson Valley Community College

This program will address current social media trends that are precipitating bullying, problematic behaviors, and perpetuating patriarchal conceptions of the LGBTQA community, femininity and sexual encounters (particularly in college.) How to tangibly address these concerns in the social media venue (i.e. Facebook posts, Tweets, Yaks, etc.) How to have effective conversations with students about their roles in these forums/discussions. How to engage faculty/staff in becoming competent in utilizing social media and their role in regulating social media utilization around campus. How to effectively manage social media accounts to engage, encourage and empower students in stepping up and making social change.  


Cultivating Radical Self- Acceptance for the LGBTQQAI Community through Yoga—How Putting Yourself First Makes You a More Authentic Leader

(Morris, Craven Lounge)

Presented by: Nikkie Hockenberry, SUNY Alfred

Allyson Mitchell said “Who you are and who you become is shaped by your bodily experience.” The theme is universal, but when you look specifically at the LGBTQQAI community there is an undeniable truth to this statement. Through an interactive workshop that includes a candid (and intimate) presenter lecture, group discussion and an abbreviated yoga class participants will begin to discuss several recurring themes. Participants will talk about how body image issues are first, universal, the role of the media’s portrayal of several body types and identities and the correlation between body image and leadership. Finally through an abbreviated yoga class that focuses on radical self-care and acceptance the group can not only see the benefits of yoga, but also how caring, understanding and becoming comfortable with yourself makes you a better, more authentic leader. Because this is a conference the class will be modified for business casual clothing—so do not let that hinder your attendance!


WHAT'S YOUR STORY?: Education and Social Change Through Storytelling (Morris 130)

Presented by: Lyndon Cudlitz

Looking for another strategy to get your message across? From legislative testimonials to fly-by conversations, our stories serve as powerful tools to create positive change in our communities, friendships, and on our campuses. We’ll learn how to pull stories from our everyday experiences and apply them to our leadership work, campus groups, and personal interactions. You'll also have the options to get some practice in!


Get me to/away from the Gyno! Accessing and Advocating for Sexual Health Care within the LGBTQ* Community (Morris 104)

Presented by: Jena Nicols Curtis, SUNY Cortland

Bio: Dr. Jena Nicols Curtis is an Associate Professor of Health at SUNY Cortland. She accidentally became an AIDS educator in the early years of the epidemic, and fell in love with sexual health advocacy. Her work for the past 28 years has focused on marginalized and stigmatized groups including: gender and sexual minorities, survivors of sexual  violence, and poor, rural women. She just received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Internationalization for a program to address health disparities experienced by (mostly female) orphans in Southern India. She is currently recruiting students for a research trip to India in Summer of 2015. 

Members of the LGBTQ* community face multiple barriers in accessing sexual health care including poverty, lack of insurance and uneducated providers. Experience with, and fear of, discrimination further discourages community members from seeking sexual health care. As a result, many members of the LGBTQ* Community get little or no preventative sexual health care. Instead they see providers on an urgent basis to address emergency health issues. This lack of comprehensive care not only results in poorer health outcomes for community members, but also contributes to providers’ sense that LGBTQ* sex lives are inherently more risky than their straight and cisgender peers. This workshop will provide an overview of sexual health care for members of the LGBTQ* Community. Participants will learn: Sexual health care basics for all bodies (AKA what they’re doing “down there” and why); ethical standards that providers should adhere to in delivering sexual health care; how to assess whether a provider is providing culturally competent care; and how students and communities can advocate for better, more inclusive sexual health care.


Planning & Organizing Peaceful, Non-Violent Protest Demonstrations

Presented by: Tom Heitz & Sharon Stuart

Bio: Tom Heitz, a retired lawyer, law librarian, and former U.S. Marine Corps JAG officer (1966 – 1972), was first trained in peaceful, non-violent protest tactics as a teenage college student while a member of the Kansas City NAACP. In the spring of 1959, Tom participated in a successful stand-in protest with 49 other students at the Forum Cafeteria in Kansas City, Missouri. In January, Tom co-led a spontaneous tavern counter sit-in in the City of Lawrence, Kansas near the University of Kansas, an event that ignited a decade of unrest and eventual reform on campus and in the City of Lawrence. Tom is currently a member of the Oneonta NAACP chapter and has been nominated to become chair of the chapter’s publicity committee in 2015. Tom graduated from the University of Kansas in 1962 with a B.A. in Humanities. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri at K.C. (1965) and a Masters of Law Librarianship from the University of Washington (1972). Tom is an active member of the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Bar Association (NLGBT Bar), popularly known as Lavender Law, and an honorary member of the International LGBT Judges Association.

Sharon Stuart, a genetic male at birth, has identified as a bi-gender MTF since she was a teenager. Sharon describes the term “bi-gender” as the equivalent of being bilingual, bi-ethnic or bi-racial. Sharon is a first-generation trans-activist dating back to the mid-1960s in Hollywood, California where she first became acquainted with Virginia Prince, the individual who first coined the word “transgender.” Sharon attended many early gatherings and conferences involving transgender and transsexual persons on the west coast in the 1960s, 1970s and elsewhere in the U.S. into the 1980s. Following a five-year stay in western Canada as a landed immigrant from 1973-1979, Sharon returned to the U.S. and has lived in New York State since 1980. In 1990, at the invitation of founder Phyllis Frye, Sharon became a founding director of the Transgender Law Conference. She led that organization’s Military Law Project and Prison Legal Services Project. She was the “Lead Drafter” for the International Bill of Gender Rights (IGBR), the movement’s first comprehensive declaration of human rights for transgender people. Sharon’s photograph and a short bio appear on p. 156 of Leslie Feinberg’s book “Transgender Warriors.”

This workshop will provide a basic framework for planning and implementing non-violent peaceful protest actions and demonstrations on and off campus. Several types of demonstrations will be modeled with both planned and closely managed actions as well as spontaneous, unplanned, reactive actions. Demonstrations and protest causes typically include political and social justice concerns; quality of life issues both academic-related and non-academic related. The facilitators will examine potential problems and difficulties that may occur with peaceful/non-violent demonstrations/protests and suggest solutions and ways of avoiding them. The use and legal implications of “civil disobedience” as a peaceful, non-violent tactic, and its potential impact on individuals will be discussed. Students and faculty advisors will be invited to share accounts of protest actions and demonstrations they have witnessed or participated in.

1:00pm-2:00pm:  LUNCH

KEYNOTE with Rev. Mark Kiyimba (Morris, Otsego Grille)

Rev. Kiyimba is the founder and senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Uganda, which preaches the acceptance of all people. As Uganda has made international news over the past two years for its anti-LGBT legislation, also known as the “Kill the Gays” bill, this hatred of LGBT people isn’t African in its roots, says Kiyimba.  “The fault lies with American evangelical ministers who — failing to stop the advances in civil rights for gays and lesbians in the U.S. — have exported their hatred to Africa.” Kiyimba's  crime in Uganda is welcoming LGBT people into his congregation, which continues to meet illegally. And despite his charitable work with children, he has received hundreds of death threats in his home country. Rev. Mark Kiyimba is a National Education Association award winner for his leadership in human rights.


Informal Networking and Walk from Morris Conference Center to Hunt Union


Finding Worth from Within

(Hunt Union, Leatherstocking)

Presented by: Sydney Erikson, SUNY Oneonta

Stress is invariably a part of our everyday lives. However, members of the LGBT community face higher amounts of stress due to living in a heterosexist culture. How we understand and handle stress can help us to feel better and healthier. One way to combat stress is by engaging in self-care. Self-care extends to the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of our lives. An important piece of self-care is learning to love and nurture yourself. We will explore how to go about doing this and what gets in the way of us taking care of ourselves.


When knowledge doesn't equal power: learning how to effectively peer educate

(Hunt Union, Glimmerglass)

Presented by: Elliot Ruggles, SUNY Oneonta

Knowledge sharing is a prevalent practice in the LGBTQ* community, as access to vital information is often obtained in "informal" ways and through oral history and story sharing. Access to the internet, including social media, has made it even easier for queer and trans* people to connect with each other in lifesaving ways. Often, however, LGBTQ* people are vulnerable to vicarious experiences of trauma by acting as a resource to their peers. Learn some essential strategies to peer education and counseling, including understanding boundaries, finding out how to find trustworthy information, and developing healthy judgement (and when to refer out!). It is vitally important that we support each other through our hardest experiences of marginalization, and we are not often taught the skills to do this effectively.


Q&A with keynote speaker Rev. Mark Kiyimba (Hunt Union, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center)

Presented by: Rev. Mark Kiyimba, An informal question and answer session to talk more about related interests and topics with Rev. Mark Kiyimba. Space is limited.


Introduction to Intersectionality – the many identities of you and advocating for yourself and others

(Hunt Union, Leatherstocking)

Presented by: Rose Piacente, SUNY Oneonta

Diversity is who we are, inclusion is what we do, and social justice is how we lead. This presentation aims to allow participants to interact with their identity on a new level. Participants will become familiar with the “Big 8” identities and how diversity and identity is a dynamic range. Participants will take part in mini Horatio Alger, Circles of Myself, and PostSecret activities. The presentation will conclude with a clip from The Danger of a Single Story TED Talk, a discussion of Intent vs. Impact framed through examples from “35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say That Widen The Diversity Gap” by Dr. Maura Cullen, and a discussion of how to have a conversation about how to have a conversation with others (what they did vs. who they are) when they say something that had a negative impact.


Is AIDS Over In The U.S. -- Or Are We Over AIDS? Gay/Bisexual Men’s Health-Looking Back and Looking Forward (Hunt Union, Red Dragon Theater)

Presented by: Jim Zians, SUNY Oneonta

This session will focus on the health of gay/bisexual men since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1981 to the present. HIV/AIDS and the issues/efforts of the LGBT community before the availability of effective antiretroviral medications in December 1995.  First this session will present the history of the beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States focusing mostly on Men-Who-Have-Sex-with-Men. Next we will explore changes in prevention protocols and strategies in the U.S. since the availability of antiretroviral medications including the increased incidence of HIV/AIDS among women in the U.S. since 1995. Then we will explore how HIV/AIDS has become a global pandemic, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Finally, the question will be raised whether HIV/AIDS and the continued health challenges of gay/bisexual men has ample attention within LGBT communities locally and across the nation.


Moving Forward Together: Coalition Building for Justice (Hunt Union, Catskill)

Presented by: John Martin and Chris Tanaka, Stony Brook University

Some of the greatest social justice achievements in history have been a result of strong coalitions between different groups and organizations that have a common goal or interest. This workshop will explore the benefits of coalition building and help participants begin formulating a plan for coalition building on their own campuses.

6:00-7:30pm: Formal Dinner and Acknowledgements (Morris, Otsego Grille)


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!


Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra (Hunt Union, Waterfront, co-sponsored event)

In celebration of Latina/o Heritage Month and in conjunction with Homecoming Weekend, the Africana & Latino Studies Department is pleased to bring the award winning salsa orchestra, Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra. This 12-piece orchestra, led by Bronx-born bassist, Alex Torres, will perform their original blend of Afro-Caribbean rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cha-cha, Bomba, Plena and Latin Jazz.  


Drag Ball (Hunt Union, Ballroom)

Join as we celebrate a SUNY Oneonta community tradition, with a Great Gatsby theme!

Click here for poster!


Sunday, October 26, 2014


Breakfast and Networking (Morris Hall, Otsego Grille)



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