2017 It’s Our Time: Creating a World for All
“It’s Our Time” aims to look to the past for wisdom, understand what barriers have been broken as well as those that still exist, and learn to unite our communities for the future. The University of Rochester as well as surrounding communities is representative of various communities with dynamic perspectives and philosophies. The guiding question for the 2017 University-wide Annual Diversity Conference is how can we use our collective energy to unite and create the world we wish to live in?
The overall objective of the diversity conference is for the University community and the Greater Rochester community to engage with diversity-related topics. Each year the conference highlights a theme to help guide the focus for the day. Diversity-related topics may involve, but are not limited to: race, class, gender, sexuality or orientation, religion, or age.
Owning Our Legacy
The City of Rochester is a part of the rich legacy of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. Their stories, leadership and dedication continue to impact lives today. Workshops within this category shall focus on any of the following:
- An individual’s or group’s cultural/ethnic ancestry or history and the impact of their “stories” in relation to today
- Exploring historical situations that have provided perspective and guidance on community coalition building: healthcare/medicine, arts/storytelling, business/economics, education, etc.
Glass ceilings, increased tolerance, and mindfulness are a few words that identify what barriers have been broken over time. In particular, this year marks New York’s Centennial’s Celebration of Women’s Right to Vote. Workshops within this category shall focus on any of the following:
- Exploration of aspects of social justice issues that have created societal change
- Barriers are broken; different voices, perspectives or philosophies and opportunities of growth
Freedom to Heal
With distinct markers of similarity and difference through our respective communities, how we heal can be vital in creating the world in which we want to live. Workshops within this category shall focus on any of the following:
- Creating an inclusive learning environment for school settings, local communities, and/or trainings with staff, faculty, etc.
- Creating and functioning within a culturally humble environment
- Striving to heal broken systems (i.e. health disparities)