• Virtual SUNY SPECTRUM 2021

  • Virtual SUNY SPECTRUM 2021

  • Virtual SUNY SPECTRUM 2021

  • Virtual SUNY SPECTRUM 2021

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Virtual SUNY SPECTRUM 2021
June 28 - July 2, 2021

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

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

Tentative SPECTRUM Schedule

Monday
June 28
Tuesday
June 29
Wednesday
June 30
Thursday
July 1
Friday
July 2

Monday, June 28


11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks and Keynote Address from Jamie Gray-Hyder

Speakers:

    • Anta Cissé-Green (She, Her, Hers), Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, The State University of New York
    • Jamie Gray-Hyder (She, Her, Hers), Law and Order SVU
12:00-1:00 PM
President’s Panel

Speakers:

    • Dr. Casey Crabill (She, Her, Hers), President, Onondaga Community College
    • 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
1:30-2:30 PM
Using a Harm Reduction Approach with LGBTQIA+ Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Survival Sex

Speaker:

    • Nadia Swanson (They, Them, Theirs), National Technical Assistance Program, The Ali Forney Center
3:00-4:00 PM
Disability and Transgender Survivors: Empowering providers who work with multiply-marginalized populations

Description: 
Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals experience extremely high rates of violence, as well as live with higher-than-average rates of physical and mental health conditions. This webinar will explore the barriers and experiences of transgender survivors with disabilities, through information and statistics about who they are and the types of violence they experience. Participants will also learn about constructive and practical strategies for working with this multiply-marginalized population. The information in this webinar will be a step up from introductory courses about trans issues. If you would like to review introductory materials about trans individuals and transgender survivors please visit FORGE’s website at http://forge-forward.org.

Speakers:

    • Loree Cook-Daniels (She, Her, Hers), Policy and Program Director for FORGE
    • Tristen Taggart (They, Them, Theirs), Disability and Youth Trauma Specialist, FORGE
4:30-5:30 PM
Peer Art Support Groups with Trans Survivors

The presentation will include information about MaineTransNet's peer support group model, why we use art in our some of our support groups for trans survivors of sexual assault, special considerations when facilitating an art support group for trans survivors, the different artistic modalities we engage in and discuss in groups, and an opportunity for participants to participate in a prompt we use in our groups (sharing afterwards is completely optional).

Speaker:

    • Maya Willians (Ey, They, She), Sexual Assault Program Coordinator, MaineTransNet

Tuesday, June 29


12:00-1:00 PM
Fireside Chat with Aisha Mills

Speaker:

    • Aisha C. Mills (She, Her, Hers), Political Commentator on CNN and MSNBC, ‎Political Strategist & Social Impact Advisor

Moderated By: 

    • Juliana Hernandez-Commisso (She, Her, Hers), Director of Local Government & Legislative Affairs, The State University of New York
1:30-2:30 PM
Making your Title IX Practices More Inclusive: The Intersection of Title IX and LGBTQ+ Support

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.

Speakers:

    • Emma Morcone (She, Her, Hers), Title IX Coordinator and LGBTQ Coordinator, SUNY New Paltz
    • Nikkie Herman (She, Her, Hers), Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, Alfred State College
3:00-4:00 PM
A Conversation with the Authors of Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

Speakers:

    • Jennifer S. Hirsch (She, Her, Hers), Professor, Sociomedical Sciences and Director, Doctoral Program, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University & Author, Sexual Citizens
    • Shamus Khan (He, Him, His), Professor of Sociology and American Studies at Princeton University & Author, Sexual Citizens
4:30 – 5:30 PM
Addressing Health, Equity and Inclusive Practices Within Simulated Clinical Healthcare Education: Preparing Modern Day Clinicians

Description:
This session will address the implications of inclusive language, practices and ethics within healthcare education, specifically towards the areas of gender, race and cultural sensitivities as areas of best practice. Additionally, this session will highlight strategies in which educators, mentors and healthcare clinicians can implement and adapt to facilitate a greater degree of consumer awareness and practice in the areas of evaluation, treatment and follow up care, specifically towards the LGBTQIA+ population, from an allied healthcare approach.

Speaker:

    • Vikram Pagpatan (He, Him, His), Assistant Professor & Admissions Coordinator, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Wednesday, June 30


12:00-1:00 PM
Supporting LGBTQI+ Students in Rural Communities

Description:
For my presentation style, I like to use conversation and Q&A. This gives the audience to share perspectives and a chance to ask questions in a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space.  In addition, I like to share some of my unique experiences as well (such as my journey growing up in the rural North Country and identifying as gay). Lastly,  I also like to share my education, slides, and resources that could be helpful for advocates, community members, educators, and students serving LGBTQI+ students in rural areas.

Speaker: 

    • Nathan Niles (He, Him, His), Sexual Assault Prevention Educator, Sexual Assault Services, Planned Parenthood of the North Country
1:30-2:30 PM
Who Speaks for Trans People?

Description:
Join the authors and editors of the forthcoming book, “From Margins to Mainstream: A History of Transgender Medicine in the United States” for a discussion \ around the challenges and joys of documenting trans lives and trans history.

Speakers:

    • Dr. Kyan Lynch (He, Him, His), OBGYN Department Education Specialist. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center
    • Jamison Green (He, Him, His), Author, Public Speaker; Owner, Transgender Strategies Consulting, LLC-Transgender Policy Advisor & Subject Matter Expert
    • Dallas Denny (She, Her, Hers), Writer, Editor, Speaker
    • Carolyn Wolf-Gould (She, Her, Hers), Medical Director of Susquehanna Family Practice and The Gender Wellness Center
3:00-4:00 PM
Imagining Technological Solutions for Transgender Inclusion in Higher Ed

Description:
Join Dr. Kyan Lynch for an interactive session where he leads participants through some of the latest trends in EdTech and gives them the tools to imagine new ways to use EdTech to improve campus life for gender diverse students.

Speaker: 

    • Dr. Kyan Lynch (He, Him, His), OBGYN Department Education Specialist. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester Medical Center

 

Thursday, July 1


12:00-1:00 PM
Getting Bi:  Unpacking Biphobia and Reducing Disparities 

The Williams Institute estimates that a majority of the sexual minority population self-identifies as bisexual and/or pansexual. Research points to high levels of intimate partner violence and minority stress in this population, yet little direct attention and few resources are directed toward this population. We will review population and disparities data, identify some of the challenges to recognizing and understanding supporting people who occupy the space between and beyond the sexuality binaries, and brainstorm strategies for reducing disparities.

Speaker:

    • Robyn Ochs, Ed.M. (She, Her, Hers/They, Them, Theirs), Educator, Speaker, Grassroots Activist, Editor of "Bi Women Quarterly"
1:30-2:30 PM
Featured Speaker:  Phil Burse, In Our Own Voices

Speaker:

    • Phil Burse (He, Him, His), Chief Operating Officer, In Our Own Voices
3:00-4:00 PM
Keynote Address
Being Good Neighbors:  An Interview With The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Speakers: 

    • Brent Ridge (He, Him, His), Beekman 1802
    • Josh Kilmer-Purcell (He, Him, His), Beekman 1802

Moderator:

    • Elizabeth Cronin (She, Her, Hers), Director, The New York State Office of Victim Services
4:30-5:30 PM
Trans Students and Athletics

Speakers: 

    • Dr. Amy Wilson (She, Her, Hers), Managing Director of Inclusion, NCAA
    • Shannon Minter (He, Him, His), Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
    • Emet Marwell (He, Him. His) Policy & Programs Manager, Athlete Ally

Moderator:

    • Janet Judge (She, Her, Hers), Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

 

Friday, July 2


12:00-1:00 PM
Disclosure of Sexual Violence Victimization among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community College Students

Description:
Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) college students report significantly higher rates of sexual violence (SV) victimization than their heterosexual counterparts. The additional stressors (e.g., discrimination) that sexual minority populations face, may impact their decision to disclose victimization and anticipated social reactions. This presentation presents a comparison for rates of disclosure and anticipated social reactions among lesbian/gay, bisexual, and heterosexual community college students (n=677) who reported at least one incident of SV victimization since enrolling at their institution. Students who identified as bisexual reported SV victimization at higher rates (63.8%) than students who identified as lesbian/gay and heterosexual and were significantly more likely to disclose victimization. Bisexual survivors reported significantly lower well-being outcomes (i.e., mental health and life satisfaction) than heterosexual survivors. However, lesbian/gay survivors reported anticipating more negative social reactions than heterosexual survivors. These findings highlight the importance of offering support services to LGB students at community colleges. Implications for future research will be discussed. We will also share prevention and response strategies for how community colleges can better support students who identify as LGB and experience victimization. 

Speakers: 

    • Elizabeth Moschella (She, Her, Hers), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of New Hampshire, Prevention Innovations Research Center
    • Sharyn Potter, (She, Her, Hers), Executive Director of Research, Prevention Innovations Research Center Professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of New Hampshire, Prevention Innovations Research Center      
1:30-2:30 PM
One Love's LGBTQ+ Workshop   

Description:
The One Love Foundation is a national organization dedicated to educating young people about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. This session will cover One Love’s newest workshop and discussion guide created to focus on LGBTQI+ relationships. The workshop has activities ranging from applying One Love’s 10 signs of a healthy and unhealthy relationships to LGBTQI+ relationships to how to talk about consent in LGBTQI+ relationships. Additionally, we will review One Love's new LGBTQ+ Inclusive Facilitation toolkit.

Speaker: 

    • Michael Harley (He, Him, His), Engagement Coordinator, One Love Foundation
3:00-4:00 PM
Finding your voice
 
4:30- 5:30 PM
Supporting Asexual Survivors of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the prevalence and impact of sexual and intimate partner violence in the asexual community. Beginning with an overview of important terms related to this topic, attendees will gain a stronger understand of diversity in the broader asexual community, while also learning more about affirmative consent. Using data from national sources like the Ace Community Survey [formerly the Asexual Census], this session will examine the prevalence of sexual and intimate partner violence in the asexual community. Following this, attendees will also learn about how trauma-informed practices can specifically support the needs of survivors within the asexual community, and practical tips and resources for supporting this population will be discussed. And finally, the session will conclude with a discussion about how to better support the needs of survivors in the broader ace community.

Speakers: 

    • Timothy Bussey (They, Them, Theirs), Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Executive Director Kenyon College & Ace and Aro Alliance of Central Ohio
    • Lyn Alexander(They, Them, Theirs/She, Her, Hers),Lecturer in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program & Vice President for the Board of Directors, University of Connecticut & Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition (CTAC)

 

Sponsors

NYS Office of Victim Services OVS The State University of New York
 
2021 Sponsors