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FIT Civility Week: Social Justice

October 11–14, 2022

FIT’s civility initiative is aimed at engaging our community in a discussion of respectful ways of living and learning in a higher education environment. FIT encourages our community to behave with civility.  A community upholding civility respects the rights of individuals and groups. It is characterized by understanding and considerations of the differences among members of the community. The diversity of the college adds to the richness of campus life, and FIT expects all members of the community to respect both differences and commonalities. See this semester's activities below, and please share your ideas and thoughts by emailing Civility Matters.

Civility Week is organized for the FIT community only; however, the John Keene event will be livestreamed and will be accessible to the public. 

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, October 11

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: DR. ROBERT WOODS

Join the event on Webex*

10–10:15 am: Welcome remarks: Dr. Joyce Brown, president of FIT
10:15–10:30 am: Introduction of keynote speaker: Dr. Ron Milon, chief diversity officer of FIT
10:30–11:30 am: Keynote presentation (virtual): Robert Woods, PhD

Dr. Robert WoodsDr. Woods is an educator, author, consultant, and advocate for learning equality with an extensive background in developing and implementing special programs for nontraditional and at-risk students. He teaches within the business department at the City University of New York and has chaired academic programs at Berkeley College and Kentucky State University. His corporate experience includes apparel designing for the Gucci enterprise in Florence, Italy, where he executed men's wear for studios in Italy, London, and New York. Dr. Woods is co-author of No Mother, No Mirror: A Guide to Gaining A Personal Edge with Business Dress For Women and Men (Houghton Mifflin). His latest book, The Brown Boy Crisis: Educators Must Step Up to Meet the Challenges of Educating Non-White Males (Luminare Press), explores the hidden agendas of school culture and misinformation(s) that fuel the higher retention and dropout rates of Native, African, and Hispanic American males in our schools and colleges.

*You will be required to sign in to Webex with your FIT email and password. 


NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY DISCUSSION

Feldman Center, Room C205
1–2 pm

LGBTQ+ Alliance will be having its annual National Coming Out Day discussion. Faculty/staff are also invited to provide intergenerational perspectives for our students. Join us as we discuss coming out experiences—the good and the bad—in a safe, supportive space. You do not have to be "out" to attend—we welcome any one at any part of their journey. Straight and cisgender allies are encouraged to attend as well to hear how you can help someone through their coming out experience. Additional coming out resources will be provided. For questions, please contact club advisor [email protected].

STUDENT ACTIVISM ON CAMPUS

Join the event on GoogleMeet*
1–2 pm 

Through this workshop students will learn the ins and outs of how to do activism on campus for causes they care about. Among those learning goals: how to properly create an activism campaign on campus,  understanding the campus policies and limits of staff.

*You will be required to be logged in with your FIT account to access this Google Meet. 


COMING OUT DAY: LGBTQ+ AND ALLY SAFE ZONE TRAINING FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

Dubinsky Student Center, Eighth Floor Alcove
2–5 pm
RSVP Required by Oct. 7

Safe Zone Project logoJoin the 600+ FIT community members who have already been Safe Zone trained. This in-person training includes the following: an opportunity for participants to reflect on their earliest messages regarding the LGBTQ community and where they received these messages; terminology review; understanding what of it means to identify as gender queer/non-conforming or a transgender person; what it means to “come out”; best practices for being an ally to LGBTQ students/peers and ways to make their classroom/office more inclusive.

This is an in-person training, and participants are required to stay for the entire three hours.

Those who complete this training will receive a Safe Zone symbol to display in their office. This symbol indicates that you are an ally who has been properly trained on LGBTQ+ issues, terminology and ways to support those in need.

Space is limited and faculty/staff who wish to participate must register by Friday, October 7, 2022.

Wednesday, October 12

DIVERSITY COLLECTIVE MEETING—OPEN SESSION

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9–10 am

The collective invites all members of the FIT community to a virtual meeting to ask questions, make suggestions, and find out more about the activities and initiatives of the Diversity Collective.

*You will be required to be logged in with your FIT account to access this Google Meet. 


JOHN KEENE: SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH STORIES—A READING AND Q&A

In person: Feldman Center, Ninth Floor, Robert Lagary Board Room
Public livestream link:  Join the event on Vimeo
Noon–1 pm

John KeeneA key aspect of civility is giving voice to those whose voices have been suppressed. The fiction and poetry of John Keene conjures the voices of people at the margins of history and puts them at the center. His work deals with those who have been denied nuanced histories within the story of the Americas—primarily people of color and queer people—and exposes the social structures that confine, enslave, or destroy them. Keene, recipient of a MacArthur “genius” fellowship, will read from his work and answer questions moderated by Dr. Amy Lemmon, Professor and Chairperson of English and Communication Studies.


POWER, PRIVILEGE, AND YOU

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1–2 pm  

Privilege is a word that we hear everyday but most people have a hard time understanding what it is and acknowledging how it plays a role in our daily lives. This workshop will define what we mean when we say someone has privilege, explain the implications of privilege, and discuss the different ways people can be more aware of their privilege and how to use it to make a positive impact in the community. 

Among the learning goals: understanding the definition of privilege within the context of activism (it is unearned and unasked for); how to engage in conversations about privilege without having a strong emotional reaction; and understanding how one could use their identities to help others.

*You will be required to be logged in with your FIT account to access this Google Meet. 


HISPANIC INTERNATIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Haft Theater
5:30–7:30 pm

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Diversity Collective and the FIT Latinx Club present the Hispanic/Latinx International Dance and Music Festival. There will be performances from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and the USA.


Thursday, October 13

DIVERSITY COLLECTIVE MEET AND GREET AND BICYCLE RAFFLE

red bikeDubinsky Student Center Lobby 
10–11 am

The bike for the raffle is Verve 2 Stagger in a red gloss color. This bike is designed to be comfortable for both commuting and casual riding, equipped with a 24-speed Shimano drivetrain and powerful hydraulic disc brakes. Other features like the adjustable stem and suspension seatpost ensure comfort for all types of riders. The winner of the raffle will be announced on Monday, October 17.


flyer for AAPI panel discussion with speaker and sponsor namesSEEING IS BELIEVING: AN AAPI VISIONARY ENTREPRENEURS PANEL DISCUSSION

Katie Murphy Amphitheatre
1–3 pm

As the country moves through COVID-19 pandemic and witnesses the increasing rise of anti-Asian bias and violence towards the AAPI community and its connection to the corona virus in the U.S. The discussion will act as a safe space to speak out against the rise of anti-Asian violence in this country.

The panel discussion will highlight the challenges facing AAPI entrepreneurs and the broader community through the COVID-19 pandemic. The panelists will address these challenges and examine solutions that can help advance the community through these difficult times. The discussion will close with a Q&A led by the moderator and the audience.

Friday, October 14

UNIVERSAL DESIGN 101

Online Event (a link for this event will be posted shortly)
11 am–noon 

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers have had to learn a whole new way of teaching. Now that we are back in the classroom, it’s the perfect time to learn Universal Design practices. Through this workshop, we will discuss simple ways to make the things you are already doing in the class to be more equitable so that you can reach all of your students.

Among the learning goals for this session: a basic understanding of 504 and ADA; a basic understanding of the seven principles of universal designs; strategies to incorporate in their lectures.

poster for On These Grounds movieMOVIE SCREENING: ON THESE GROUNDS

FIT Dining Hall, Dubinsky Student Center
Noon–1:30 pm

A video goes viral, showing a white police officer in South Carolina pull a Black teenager from her school desk and throw her across the floor. Healer-activist Vivian Anderson uproots her life in New York City to move to South Carolina to support the girl and dismantle the system behind the assault at Spring Valley, including facing the police officer. Adding context, geographer Janae Davis treks the surrounding swamps and encounters the homes of formerly enslaved people of African descent, connecting the past to the present. Against the backdrop of a racial reckoning and its deep historical roots, one incident illuminates how Black girls, with the support of organizers, are creating a more just and equitable future for themselves and our entire education system. Watch the trailer. 

STRUCTURAL RACISM

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2–3 pm

Structural racism—the normalized and legitimized range of policies, practices, and attitudes that routinely produce cumulative chronic adverse outcomes for people of color—is the main driver of racial inequality in America today. This presentation will help us to move from understanding and acknowledging racism, to actively dismantling the effects and vestiges of racism and white supremacy in institutional policies, systems, and structures.  What interventions accomplish this? And finally, how do we activate our institution towards anti-racism? 

*You will be required to be logged in with your FIT account to access this Google Meet.