Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

JEDI Education

Websites and Organizations

Americans of Conscience

Buffalo SURJ

Build Back Better

Campus Pride Index shares resources for improving LGBTQIA+ access and support in higher education.

Dignity for All explains the need for state-wide protections and policies for transgender students in Pennsylvania. While much of the focus of this site is on K-12 schools, there is applicable information for use in college settings.

Gender Spectrum, offers resources for educators, parents, professionals, and others to support gender diversity.

MasterClass: Black History, Black Freedom and Black Love Free during Black History Month

National Center for Transgender Equality explains trans issues, includes National Trans Survey reports, and offers ways to become better allies to trans people.

New York Transgender Advocacy Group sheds light on the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) and the way this legislation impacts the rights of trans individuals in educational and public environments.

Native Land Map

NPR explains LGBTQIA+ language and best practices.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

Soul2Soul Sisters

The Human Rights Campaign offers a variety of resources for LGBTQIA+ communities.

The Transgender Law Center offers resources about legal issues impacting trans communities.

The Trevor Project offers crisis support for LGBTQIA+ youth. It also includes a report on the correlations between anti-trans legislation and queer youth mental health.

Discussions

The Power of Cultural Competence
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Equity at work: Practical tools for building an inclusive workplace
A virtual event hosted by Lean In and in partnership with Momentive

January Book Discussion by the Dock C. Bracy Center

Next Steps for the Inclusive Classroom (provided by The Chronicle of Higher Education)
When the pandemic forced college classrooms online, it gave faculty members unexpected insights into the off-campus lives of their students. With a virtual peek into the homes of students, college professors gained a new understanding of their challenges and struggles, particularly for students of color and those in low-income households. “Next Steps for the Inclusive Classroom,” a virtual event, brings together a panel of experts in teaching and learning to discuss what lies ahead for the inclusive classroom, in both traditional and hybrid settings. Join us for a forum to ask and answer such questions as:

  • How can digital tools help build inclusive classrooms, where all students feel able and excited to participate?
  • How will insights gained during virtual semesters inform teaching as colleges return to traditional classrooms?
  • How will the pandemic experience affect longer-term faculty efforts to teach differently as student demographics shift nationally?

Metacognition: The Key to Achieving Educational Equity and Excellence
Many students come to college lacking the thinking skills and strategies required to be academically successful. This may be particularly true for minoritized and first-generation students. This presentation addresses how to close the achievement gap plaguing many institutions by teaching students metacognitive learning strategies that enable them to move from memorization and regurgitation to analysis, evaluation, and creation. Participants will develop a greater appreciation for the importance of metacognition in enhancing student learning and the significant role that teaching students about metacognition plays in making the learning environment equitable for all students. We will also discuss strategies that can make learning centers more inclusive environments for all students.

Race in America: Giving Voice with John Legend
John Legend joins The Post to discuss his latest album and HUMANLEVEL, his new initiative that works with local governments to fight structural racism.

Mindfully Resolving Cross-Cultural Conflicts in the Classroom recording
So often, our educators, counselors, and administrators want to learn how to mindfully resolve cross-cultural conflicts, but are stuck in trying to answer some very familiar questions, “How do we create an atmosphere where every member is seen and valued? What if a cross-cultural conflict escalates and polarizes everyone in the room? What if I’m part of the problem? If I don’t even know about my own culture, how can I help someone else discover and celebrate theirs?” What if it starts to get really emotional, what should I do? It’s time we move beyond the simplicity of thinking that diversity awareness can only be expressed through our foods, costumes, and dances, to understanding that it is our spiritual, emotional, and traditional differences that are the untold and uncharted territory begging to be honored, valued and integrated into our classrooms, counseling and administrative practices.

Related Documents:
The Art of Mindful Inquiry
Conflict Facilitation Training Handbook

Diversity Dialogue #3: 3 Lessons of Revolutionary Love in a Time of Rage with Valerie Kaur
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Present Day Freedom Seekers and The Power of our Stories
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A Non-Binary Transition with Sage Skyler
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Diversity Dialogue #1: My Identity is My Superpower!
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White Fatigue

John D Strong

Contact

John D Strong
Chief Diversity and Equity Officer
Phone: 716-614-5900
Email: jstrong@niagaracc.suny.edu
Location: H-162

Read Officer Strong’s biography