• SPECTRUM 2020 Has Gone Digital!

  • SPECTRUM 2020 Has Gone Digital!

  • SPECTRUM 2020 Has Gone Digital!

  • SPECTRUM 2020 Has Gone Digital!

The third annual SPECTRUM conference will take place digitally over the week of August 24, 2020.

SPECTRUM is the nation's largest education conference devoted to preventing and responding to sexual and interpersonal violence against members of the LGBTQI+ community

SUNY SPECTRUM Conference logo Conference
Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education, Capacity Building, and Training in Response for Underserved Sexual and Gender Minorities

General registration is $25


If you are having difficulty processing payment through Eventbrite please email spectrum@suny.edu.

If you are unable to pay for SUNY SPECTRUM, but would like to attend, a scholarship fund has been created by The SUNY Student Conduct Institute. Please email spectrum@suny.edu if you would like to apply for a 2020 SPECTRUM Scholarship.

 

Free For Student Conduct Institute Members

Registration is free for all Student Conduct Institute members.

If your campus is a member of the Student Conduct Institute, and you would like to register for SPECTRUM please contact spectrum@suny.edu .


Digital Platform Access

Additional information, including access to the SUNY SPECTRUM 2020 digital platform will be shared with registrants in the coming weeks.


Additional Information and Schedule

Schedule updates and speaker information will be added to the website over the coming weeks.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, August 24th

11:00am - 12:30pm

Speakers:

Shannon Kobran (She, Her, Hers), Education Manager, SDGAcademy
Meredith Storey (She, Her, Hers), Education Manager, SDGAcademy

Description:

- Coming Soon -

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Speakers:

Dr. Kristin G. Esterberg (She, Her, Hers), President, SUNY Potsdam
Dr. Michael R. Laliberte (He, Him, His), President, SUNY Delhi
Dr. Marion Terenzio (She, Her, Hers), President, SUNY Cobleskill
Dr. Kristine Young (She, Her, Hers), President, SUNY Orange
Elizabeth Brady (She, Her, Hers), Director of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, The State University of New York
Sandra M. Casey (She, Her, Hers), General Counsel-in-Charge, SUNY System Administration
Elizabeth Cronin (She, Her, Hers),  Director, The New York State Office of Victim Services

Description:

- Coming Soon - 

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Convener:

Tim Stookesberry (He, Him, His), Director,  State University of New York Press

Speaker:

Tara Fuller (She, Her, Hers), Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life and Speaker, Monmouth University and CAMPUSPEAK   

Description:

As people move about the world, we are constantly assessing situations for safety. One of the ways we determine if other people, spaces, and situations are safe for us is through language. In our society, heteronormative and cisnormative language are so embedded in every day life that LGBTQ+ individuals can find it difficult to accurately assess if they can show up as their full selves.

Through personal stories and engaging conversations, this program presents a review of terminology and a framework for combating heteronormativity and embracing inclusion in your community. This program is intended to help participants understand why it is important to affirm all identities, especially as a way to enhance connectedness.

As a result of attending this program, learners will take away:

    • How to evaluate their leadership as it relates to heteronormativity and LGBTQ inclusion,
    • How to identify ways current language and practices may isolate community members who hold identities other than heterosexual or who are questioning their sexual identity,
    • How to recognize how they can support LGBTQ-identified folks and be able to prepare examples of respectful language to use regarding sexual orientation and the experiences of LGBTQ individuals, and
    • How to support community members through referrals to appropriate campus resources.

 

Tuesday, August 25th

11:00am - 12:30pm

Convener:

Antuan Magic Raimone (He, Him, His), Hamilton The Musical, Tedx, Speaker, Solider of Love:  My Survivor Journey

Speaker:

Darnell Rice (He, Him, His), Founder/ Project Director, Embrace

Description:

“Researchers have found that at least 1 in 6 men have experienced sexual abuse or assault, whether in childhood or as adults. And this is probably a low estimate, since it doesn’t include non-contact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects. If you’ve had such an experience, or think you might have, you are not alone.”

Learning Objectives:
    • Enhance information and resources to students to secure during times of misconduct assault/trauma. 
    • Produce culturally relevant materials to students and professionals. 
    • Use appropriate and inclusive language in the LGBTQ community to reflect our efforts in society.

 

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Convener:

Bridget Doyle (She, Her, Hers), Staff Assistant, The Student Conduct Institute

Speakers:

Sofia B. Pertuz (She, Her, Hers), Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Senior Advisor, JED Campus
Maren Greathouse (She Her Hers), Associate Director for Diversity and Inclusion Education, Tufts University

Description:

Studies show that queer-spectrum students and trans-spectrum students reported lower levels of agreement on all measures of campus climate when compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. They are also at higher risk for suicide and adverse mental health outcomes. This indicates a demonstrated need among the higher education community for additional support and resources. We will share data points about the issues and discuss recommendations focused on sexuality and gender identity to help campuses provide safe and affirming environments.

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Speakers:

Dr. Kelly Clark (She, Her, Hers), Q Center Director, Binghamton University
Hope Giselle (She, Her, Hers) National Organizer, Author, Artist, & Activist
Antuan Magic Raimone (He, Him, His), Hamilton The Musical, Tedx, Speaker, Solider of Love:  My Survivor Journey"
D. Smith (She, Her, Hers), 2x Grammy-Nominated Producer/Artist
Zeke Thomas (He, Him, His), Human Rights Advocate, DJ, Producer & TV Host

Description:

- Coming Soon - 

Wednesday, August 26th

11:00am - 12:30pm

Speakers:

Taylan Stulting (They, Them, Theirs), Enough is Enough Coordinator, Kingsbridge Heights Community Center

Description:

Approximately 50% of transgender people have experienced sexual violence in their life time. However, little research has been done to examine child sexual abuse within the trans population. This workshop will explore the experiences of transgender survivors of child sexual abuse, and provide practitioners will tools for supporting them through their healing journey within the context of higher education. It will also consider how prevention frameworks rooted in gender liberation are critical for addressing the high rates of child sexual abuse in the trans population.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will understand the risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse within the trans community, and how these factors are tied to prevention education and gender liberation.
  • Participants will understand how to support transgender survivors of child sexual abuse through affirming, targeted, and trauma-informed services and prevention frameworks.
  • Participants will understand the existing research and gaps in research on child sexual abuse within the transgender population.

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Convener:

Karren Bee-Donohoe  (She, Her, Hers), Associate Vice Chancellor, SUNY Office for Capital Facilities

Speakers:

Malika Carter (She, Her, Hers), Chief Diversity Officer, Environmental Science and Forestry and Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Upstate Medical University
Mattie Cerio (She, Her, Hers), Medical Social Worker & LGBT Program Manager, Upstate Medical University
Heather Engelman (She, Her, Hers), Instructional Support Technician, Environmental Science and Forestry
Sue Fassler (She, Her, Hers), Sustainable Facilities Manager, SUNY ESF 
Kerrie Findlay (She, Her, Hers), Coordinator of Education Abroad, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Rebecca Hoda-Kearse (She, Her, Hers), Title IX / Affirmative Action Officer, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Cristina Pope (She, Her, Hers), Director, Health Sciences Library Upstate Medical University
Carl A. Thomas Jr (He, Him, His), Interim Affirmative Action Officer & Supplier Diversity Coordinator, SUNY Upstate Medical University 

Description:

One of the most important commitments we can make in supporting a culture of belonging on our campuses is to provide safe restrooms. Join us as we share our successes and failures with leadership buy-in, messaging, restroom renovations, signage, and complimentary hygiene and prophylactic products.

Learning Objectives:
    • Practical knowledge of project planning steps in creating ALL Gender restrooms
    • Practical knowledge on communicating and celebrating successes
    • Learn how to implement a complimentary hygiene product service
    • Learn how to implement a complimentary prophylactic service

 

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Convener:

Dr. Gwen Kay (She, Her, Hers), Professor of History at SUNY Oswego and President of the Faculty Senate

Speakers:

Mick Powell-Todd  (She, Her, Hers), Instructor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut
Lauren Todd (She, Her, Hers), Instructor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut

Description:

This session focuses on best practices for creating inclusive and anti-racist curriculums and online classroom culture. By centering the specific needs of Black students, Black LGBTQIA+ students, and Black student survivors, instructors will be better equipped to teach all students. Using an interdisciplinary lens, the presenters will discuss the importance of adaptability and urgency, highlight collaborative and accessible technologies and resources, and share a variety of techniques to create more equitable online courses.

By the end of this presentation, participants should be able to: 

    • develop a list of authentic, dynamic, and engaging instructional materials to create inclusive, anti-racist, and equitable classrooms
    • effectively implement a variety of techniques to create more inclusive classrooms and programming at the college level

 

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Convener:

Elizabeth Tang (She, Her, Hers), Counsel for Education and Workplace Justice, The National Women's Law Center

Speaker:

Nathaniel Gray (He, Him, His), MSW, Founder of The Proud Path

Description:

After a brief overview of LGBTQ terms and concepts, this workshop will use memories and mental visualization to better understand the queer youth experience. This will be followed by a discussion of the more nuanced parts of the LGBTQ experience, like what coming out truly feels like. We’ll then review and discuss the research on LGBTQ youth involved in various systems of care, as well as the risks associated with a rejecting environment. We will finish with clear, actionable steps that can be taken to make you a stronger ally, and to affirm the queer youth in your life and work.

Thursday, August 27th

11:00am - 12:30pm

Convener:

Guilherme Costsa (He, Him, His), Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees Division of Legal Affairs, Ithaca College

Speakers:

Luca Maurer (He, Him, His), Director, Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services, Ithaca College
Sam Elebiary (She, Her, Hers), BOLD Program Director, Ithaca College
Hierald Osorto (He, Him, His), Director, Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Ithaca College
Linda Koenig  (She, Her, Hers), Title IX Coordinator, Ithaca College
Omar Stoute (He, Him, His), Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Ithaca College
Cal Goodin '19 (He, Him, His/They, Them, Theirs), Ithaca College

Description:

This spring, COVID-19 caused dramatic changes to the ways we live, study, work, play, and worship. Ithaca College pivoted quickly to help students engage with institutional processes and programs that were suddenly shifted virtually rather than in person. Panelists will share insights and practices used to create virtual programming and services for and about LGBTQ+ people and related themes. Highlighted offerings include a discussion series about intersectional social justice movements, a program about transgender men and intimate partner violence, Title IX training and resources, a Virtual Pride series, and sessions designed to strengthen student belonging and connectedness through a multidimensional student wellness model

1:00pm - 2:30pm

Convener:

Nazely Kurkjian (She, Her, Hers), Coordinator of Disability, Diversity & Nontraditional Student Services, The State University of New York

Speaker::

Leticia Villarreal Sosa (She, Her, Hers),  PEL School Social Work, School of Social Work, College of Applied Social Sciences, Dominican University

Description:

During the coronavirus epidemic, mental health practitioners and other support persons across the country continue to provide and find creative ways to provide essential services to students. Social distancing requires a new set of strategies and provides new opportunities to support and affirm LGBTQ students, especially when they live in unsupportive environments. This session will address key considerations when working with LGBTQ students in virtual settings, and guidance to help mitigate the emerging challenges when social distancing practices are required.

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Convener:

Tod Laursen (He, Him, His), Senior Vice Chancellor and Provost, The State University of New York

Moderator:

Libby Post (She, Her, Hers), President, Communication Services

Speakers:

William Eskridge, Jr (He, Him, His), John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

Description:

Join William Eskridge, co-author of Marriage Equality:  From Outlaws to In-Laws, for a an informal discussion surrounding the story behind the story.

5:30pm - 7:00pm

Converner:

Dr. Gemma Rinefierd (She, Her, Hers), Director, SUNY Student Conduct Institute

Speakers:

Emma Morcone (She, Her, Hers), SUNY STIXCA President, LGBTQ Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator, SUNY New Paltz
Nikkie Herman (She, Her, Hers), Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Alfred State College

Description:

Now, more than ever, we need our students to feel welcomed in our spaces. Establishing an inclusive environment is essential for building trust and encouraging students to come forward, report, and share their stories. In this interactive presentation we will focus on various ways you and your campus can be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community in your Title IX practices, support, and outreach. This session will include discussions around intake processes, how to support our queer communities of color, and share best practices with colleagues working in the field. Participants with a basic level (or higher) knowledge of current LGBTQ+ terminology will be most successful in this session.

Friday, August 28th

9:00am - 10:30am

Speaker:

Laura Luciano (She, Her, Hers), Associate Director, Office for Violence Prevention and Victims Assistance, Rutgers University

Description:

This workshop will provide participants with the tools to replicate a four-part healthy relationship series on their campus. Presenters will share their experience creating and facilitating this series with sessions for general participants and our LGBTQIA+ students. Participants will take part in an activity from each of the four workshops and explore the variety of discussion and self- reflection questions. Presenters will also share information about effectiveness based on evaluation, as well as future plans to create additional sessions.

 

11:00am - 12:30pm

Convener:

Christy Fogal (She, Her, Hers), President, Faculty Council of Community Colleges, SUNY; Mathematics Professor, Monroe Community College

Speakers:

Lisa Evaneski (She, Her, Hers), Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Oswego
Shelby Trudeau (She, Her, Hers), Prevention & Education Advisor. Monroe Community College   

Description:

This workshop will provide participants with the tools to infuse LGBTQIA+ awareness into existing prevention education efforts. Lisa Evaneski works at a four-year, residential campus in rural Oswego, NY. Shelby Trudeau works at a two-year, commuter campus in suburban Rochester, NY. The presenters will use an activity to get participants thinking about how they can modify programs to best fit their campus type and serve their students. Participants will have access to a shared drive with a compilation of LGBTQIA+ resources from local and national organizations.

Participants will be able to:
    • Recognize how their institution type affects student programmatic needs.
    • Analyze how their existing programming is meeting the needs of the LGBTQIA+ population.
    • List at least three modifications that could be made on their campus to increase LGBTQIA+ visibility in education. 

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Convener:

Madelyn F. Wessel (She, Her, Hers), University Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation, Cornell University

Speakers:

Crissi Dalfonzo (She, Her, Hers), Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center, Cornell University       
Christopher Lujan (He, Him, His), Associate Dean, Director of the LGBT Resource Center, and Victim Advocate, Cornell University      

Description:

In this program, we will discuss the various methods and supports Cornell University has in place to prevent and respond to sexual violence in the queer community on our campus and the lessons we have learned over the last two years of implementing them.  This includes our Queer Sexual Violence Prevention program that was developed in spring 2019 as well as our director's unique role as a confidential resource and participation in the Victim Advocacy program.

Our QSVP program was created for the LGBTQ+ community by students and staff in our center and covers prevalence, prevention, and response, both personal and bystander intervention in an interactive five-hour training over two sessions.

If time permits, we would also like to create room for session attendees to share out what is and is not working on their campuses as well. 

Learning Objectives:
    • Understand the importance of taking a queer lens when discussing sexual violence
    • Learn the topics we believe are integral in confronting sexual violence in the queer community 
    • Learn pitfalls or problems we have confronted and how to avoid them

 

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Convener:

Elizabeth Garvey (She, Her, Hers), Special Counsel and Senior Advisor to The Governor, Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Speakers:

Natasha Baker (She, Her, Hers), Founder and Partner, Novus Law Firm 
Melissa Carleton 
(She, Her, Hers), Partner, Bricker & Eckler LLP
Paige Duggins Clay (She, Her, Hers), Associate, Husch Blackwell
Kate L. Nash (She, Her, Hers), Attorney At Law/Shareholder, Tueth Keeney Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt
Shiwali Patel (She, Her, Hers), Director of Justice for Student Survivors & Senior Counsel
Rodney Pepe-Souvenir (She, Her, Hers), University Title IX Director , City University of New York Central Office of Student Affairs
Joshua Richards (He, Him, His), Partner, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Scott Roberts (He, Him, His), Partner, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
Jody Shipper
 (She, Her, Hers ) Managing Director, Grand River Solutions

Moderated by:

Joseph Storch (He, Him, His), Associate Counsel, The State University of New York

 

Sponsors

SUNY Student Conduct Institute The State University of New York NYS Office of Victim Services OVS
 
American Council on Education (ACE) logo Association of Proprietary Colleges Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities CEI Clinical Education Initiative
The Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities in New York logo Clery Center SUNY Center For Professional Developmenet cuny
It's On Us NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence logo NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault Onelove Foundation
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