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  • Annual Black Solidarity Day [ View On Map ]

    Black Solidarity Day is an annual celebration of African American men, women, children, and students. The day occurs the monday before elections, in November. Nationally, it was established in 1969, and in New Paltz in 1971. About three hundred students participate every year. No assignments are to be due that day, and excused absences for attendees must be given if students notify professors in advance. The day is dedicated to promoting unity among the black student and faculty population here at New Paltz. Nationwide, African Americans are encouraged to remove themselves from the social , political, and economic affair of the nation-to demonstrating strength and unity. The Black Student Union organizes the event and often brings in speakers and hosts breakfasts and discussions. All students and faculty, regardless of race, are welcome to participate.

    View New Paltz University’s policies and procedures on Black Solidarity Day.

  • Annual Multicultural Education Conference [ View On Map ]

    The multicultural education conference is an annual event put together by the New Paltz Humanistic/Multicultural Education program. Each conference has a theme, keynote speaker, performances, talks and workshops. The event happens every November.

    For more information on the last conference go to: http://sites.newpaltz.edu/news/2013/10/19th-annual-multicultural-education-conference-to-be-held-at-new-paltz/

  • Anti-Rape Culture sit-in [ View On Map ]

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    An Anti-Rape culture sit-in took place to
    protest the SA’s initial response to a rape on campus. The sit-in was in
    response to the SA wanting to keep the rapist’s identity from being published
    until proven guilty in the court of law. The protesters fought back by stating
    that the community has the right to know who the alleged rapist was, and that
    they had lost their right to privacy due to this kind of behavior. “I hope that
    SA realizes that they aren’t supporting or representing our student body with
    good intentions at all by supporting a rapist over a survivor,” Kennedy said.
    “They need to realize why their statements are making this school an even more
    dangerous place for survivors and anyone who could be attacked.”

    “We’re mad that when there are white rapists on this campus, we don’t get
    emails sent out about them,” Dornheim said. “The past three emails I can think
    of [from police regarding sexual assaults], the emails all said it was a black
    male, when there are serial rapists on this campus that are white, and no one’s
    sending emails about that.”

    Source: The New Paltz Oracle

     

  • Autism Speaks U [ View On Map ]

     

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    In discussing the group functions, events, and group mission, we conducted an interview with student group “Autism Speaks U”.

    Interview (4/7/14):

    1)   What is your group’s mission statement, and when was the group established?

    Autism Speaks was established here on SUNY New Paltz campus during spring semester of 2012 by Danielle Franke. Our mission is to raise funds for research and programing for individuals with autism and spread awareness and acceptance on campus and in the community.

    2)   What events do you hold, if any, and how do you encourage student participation?

    We hold Autism Awareness week which is the first week of April. During this week we have keynote speakers, student panels, parent panels, and table outside of sub 100 selling merchandise. This year we held a dodge ball tournament during fall semester, had a walk last spring semester, and are currently experimenting with using blue hair extensions, provided by a saloon in town, to show awareness and support of autism awareness month (April). We helped raise money for a child in the community to acquire a therapy dog last year and are looking to do more for our community in the future semesters. We have teamed up with others to put in progress a support group for students on the spectrum who attend this school.

    3)   Do you have any historic significance to New Paltz? – (marches, sit-ins, first female group, etc.)

    Not that I believe.

    4)   Do you think your group encourages diversity on campus? Please
    explain.

    Yes we encourage acceptance and diversity of all kind. Our plan to initiate the support group for individuals on the spectrum will aid students who are having a hard time transitioning and work to bring together diagnosed students and “typical” students to work together to bring out each others strengths.

     

    5)   Are there any other aspects of your group you’d like to share?

    Our group is one built of the foundation of support and advocacy. It was not planned but somehow with in the years of our clubs transitioning it has brought together individuals of all kinds who have either been directly or indirectly affected by a autism diagnosis. I personally have a family member on the spectrum and have always found a disconnect because of the unique experiences and life style I have due to the diagnosis and this club has introduced me to others, like me, who are looking for understanding and compassion. I think this part is something that I did not plan on as a early member. I did not plan on opening up about my upbringing and my experiences but by meeting other members who have gone through similar experiences it has gotten me out of my shell in so many aspects.

    Link:

    To find out more about Autism Speaks U, Follow them on FaceBook
    Autism Speaks U’s FaceBook Page

    To find out more, visit the Autism Speaks national website:
    Autism Speaks (National Organization)

  • Autism: A Constant Companion [ View On Map ]

    Artist and SUNY New Paltz student, Danielle Sternberg, showcases her latest work at the Samuel Dorsky Museum. The show is call Autism: A Constant Companion, and it is a series of paintings in a response to her first-hand experience with autism. Below is Danielle Sternberg’s artist statement from her BFA show.

    “My work is a visual interpretation of how I see and make sense of the world. As an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome (high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder–ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), I experience difficulty processing signals from my environment and detecting verbal and visual cues, which are critical to social interaction.
    I utilize the psychology of color in order to enable the viewer to experience the world through my eyes. I associate red with anxiety and– on occasion– anger. For me, blue has a calming quality; on the other hand, I associate the color with depression and exhaustion. Rather than drawing from references or direct observation, I allow memory and emotion to shape the image, using mark-making and color in order to express visually that which I have difficulty expressing verbally. I intend to leave the viewer with a greater understanding of the lived experience of an individual with atypical neurology—in this case, Asperger’s, ADHD, and GAD.”

    Samuel Dorsky Museum BFA/MFA thesis exhibitions

    Danielle Sternberg’s Facebook page for her art

  • Basic Sculpture: Spring Performance [ View On Map ]

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    The Basic sculpting class did a performance piece on campus that was based on Salvador Dali’s Un Chien Andalou. The class turned the performance into a celebratory event to mark the coming of spring. They performed it in a manner similar to India’s Holy Day; a tradition to celebrates the coming of spring which includes dressing in white, and throwing colored chalk at each other.
    During the performance there were mixed reaction. Some negative and some positive, and others were unsure. The students took to social media to voice their opinions immediately during the performance.

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    Spring Performance

  • Continued decrease of the Black Student Population from 2001. [ View On Map ]

    A study by the Undergraduate Admissions at New Paltz found that in 2001, Black students made up 7.9% of the student population at New Paltz. In 2012, the Black student population dropped to 4.7%. In addition, the percent of first year Black students dropped from 11% to 6% since 2003. There was also a drop of Black student transfers to New Paltz by 2% since 2003. No other racial group has dropped in this same time frame. These numbers may reflect; a national trend; dropouts or transfers (potentially linked to the racial incidents on campus); or a lack of professors of color that serve as inspiration and incentive for students of color.

    The current percentage of Black students at SUNY New Paltz is lower than the percentage of African Americans in US. The Student Association is publicly urging faculty and students to examine and try to resolve the issue.

    The New Paltz Oracle writes about this decrease:

    http://oracle.newpaltz.edu/op-ed-jonathan-espinosa/

  • Educational Opportunities Program [ View On Map ]

    The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) is “an academic program designed for capable students who, because of inadequate financial resources and academic preparation, have not had the same opportunities as other students to realize their academic potential.”  In addition to financial support, academic support is provided in the form of career and vocational counseling, tutorial services, and supplemental instruction in English and mathematics if needed.

     

    The history of the program at SUNY New Paltz dates back to a program known as Project A which was formed by a group of faculty including William Sample, Edward Bell and Marjorie Butler who felt the administration was doing little to recruit minorities to the campus.  The program, was formed with the idea to target students not for their academic achievement, but for their academic potential that may not be conventionally visible in a regular application process as a result of their disadvantaged backgrounds.  The committee made frequent trips to NYC to recruit students and in September, 1968, 20 students became the first students to enter SUNY New Paltz through a special admissions program for minority students.

     

    In 1970, Project A was folded together EOP, a program with similar aims which had been formed through the efforts of Buffalo assemblyman Arthur O. Eve. Since it’s inception, over 40,000 students have received degrees through this program within the 64 campuses.  SUNY New Paltz currently has an annual enrollment of 500 students in the program (though it should be noted that enrollment has declined by 10% in the past 8 years according to the Office of Admissions.)  To find out more about EOP at SUNY New Paltz or a more in depth history of the program, visit their website.

     

    Information about the history of Project A at SUNY New Paltz taken from

    Pennington, Karen L. Three Presidencies:academic leadership in changing times;a history of the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz, 1948-1979.

  • Enactus and Community Events [ View On Map ]

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    Info:
    Enactus’ mission is to provide students the best opportunity to make a difference and to develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise. Projects focus on market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, environmental  sustainability, business ethics and team sustainability. Past projects include: holding a student vendor festival;
    teaching New Paltz Middle School students how to effectively raise funds;
    partnering with Project Have Hope to promote economic stability among women and children in Uganda; and creating a business plan to distribute donated goods to local charities and those in need. This group competes at the regional conference in New York City each spring.” SUNY New Paltz also recently hosted the Ulster Corps Service Summit at the College Terrace.

     

    Sources:

    For information stated in the paragraph above please visit Enactus’ website.

    Media: http://enactus.org

     

    For more information on Enactus please visit their facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Paltz-Enactus/100421940147381

     

    For more information about community events please see the Daily Freemen link below.

    http://www.dailyfreeman.com/lifestyle/20140331/ulstercorps-service-summit-on-april-23-at-suny-new-paltz

  • Exhibits at the SDMA [ View On Map ]

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    The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art has been open since 1962.

    The Museum tries to deepen the cultural understanding of the world and its peoples. That is the role of museums in general. Its the foundation that museums are built on. The Museum is a great place/intersecting point for culture and diversity because of our mission to explore the breadth of the world.” – Amy Pickering, Visitor Services Coordinator

    Some Past Exhibits:

    • Sacred Ancient Asia: Photographs by Kenro Izu (1997)
    • Alice Neel’s Feminist Portraits: Artists, Writers, Activists and Intellectuals (2003)
    • Leonore Schwarz Neumaier: A Voice Silenced, Photographs of Viennese-born Frankfurt opera singer, who was killed by the Nazis at Majdanek concentration camp in Poland in 1942. (2002)
  • Gender Inclusive Housing [ View On Map ]

    Gender inclusive housing allows students to share a room or suite with other students, regardless of the students’ gender or gender identity and provides an inclusive and supportive atmosphere. The residences halls Dubois, Deyo, and Bevier also allow gender inclusive housing.

  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms [ View On Map ]

    While there are numerous gender-neutral bathrooms on campus, a majority of them are unknown to the students and in private offices.

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  • Humans versus Zombies [ View On Map ]

    Humans versus Zombies is a club on campus in which students place themselves in the hypothetical situation of being in a zombie invasion. They are a diverse group but are often judged because of their activities. They also participate in regional and national invitationals at various college campuses across the country.

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    Humans versus Zombies Press Page

    Humans versus Zombie YouTube Channel

  • International Students Union [ View On Map ]

    This student run organization at SUNY New Paltz consists of international students that represent six continents. Their goal is to share their passion for multiculturalism and provide a pathway to explore and experience the different cultures from all around the world. The International students contribute to the diversity of campus culture and community engagement. Find out more about what they have done and will be doing on their blog page.  They also have a Facebook page and a youtube channel.
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  • Islamic Awareness Week, April 2014 [ View On Map ]

    MSAWednesday April 16th 2014 was the kickoff of the Islamic Awareness week, hosted by the Muslim Student Association. This is a week that happens during the spring semester since 2008. The Event intended to enhance the sense of community among the Muslim and non-Muslim student populations and bring awareness to the Islamic faith and customs. Events on the kickoff day were held in the Student Union Building and included henna tattoos, middle eastern food and music and Arabic calligraphy. For more information refer to the Muslim Student Association Facebook Page.

     

  • Latino Cultural Center [ View On Map ]

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    “The Latino Cultural Center (LCC) is a student organization in the Student Association (SA) of SUNY New Paltz which has existed for more than three decades. The LCC has served as a place for students to learn about Latin American culture and history. The LCC student organization has educated the SUNY New Paltz campus about diverse matters through educational/social programs as well as through the display of art in the Student Union Building. The LCC currently displays artwork from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. It has always been place where Latino students at New Paltz can see their culture displayed and honored. For many years, since its creation as “El Museo Escolar,” the LCC has thrived and participated in bringing the New Paltz community together. The LCC’s latest addition to its collection of art is a mural painted on one of the walls by the New Paltz community. It includes many historical leaders and world monuments, such as Simon Bolivar and the Mayan pyramids. however in April of 2012, the mural has been threatened to be painted over by the SUNY New Paltz administration due to alleged miscommunication between the LCC and SAUS and on the grounds that the painting of the mural is in violation of campus policy.”

    This information and image has been collected from:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/student-activity-union-service-of-suny-new-paltz-the-latino-cultural-center-community-mural-stays-in-its-location

  • Muslim Student Association [ View On Map ]

    The Muslim Student Association’s mission is to help enhance the sense of unity amongst the New Paltz Muslim community, general student population, and faculty. The association also aims to educate the SUNY New Paltz community about the basic beliefs of Islam and the cultures of different Islamic nations. These goals will be achieved using events throughout the fall and spring semesters that include speakers, movies, interfaith events, and weekly meetings.

    SUNY New Paltz Muslim Student Association

  • New Paltz Chinese Christian Fellowship [ View On Map ]

    Welcomes anyone who speaks chinese to join together and explore the Bible.

    “New Paltz Chinese Christian Fellowship exists for the growth of Chinese Christians and helping anyone who wants to learn more about Bible and Jesus Christ in SUNY New Paltz, and it is supported by Mid-Hudson Chinese Christian Church. We welcome all the students, faculty and stuff who speak Chinese on campus to join our fellowship. We hold regular meeting Friday nights from 6:30 to 10:00 on the fourth floor the student union building in room 409, which includes singing the holy songs, Bible study, sharing time and refreshments. Also, we invite speakers outside to give the gospel messages monthly.”

    This information about New Paltz Chinese Christian Fellowship was found here: http://www.newpaltzsa.com/organizations/new-paltz-chinese-christian-fellowship

     

  • New York Students Rising [ View On Map ]

    New York Students Rising is “statewide network of students and campus-organizations dedicated to defending public higher education and empowering students” of New York State (description taken from their facebook page). The New Paltz chapter of New York Students Rising meets regularly in the atrium of the Student Union Building. Meeting in such an open space allows other students to freely listen and join in if they so wish.

    NYSR atrium

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  • Panel hosted by queer identifying faculty, December 5 2013 [ View On Map ]

    On December 5 2013, four faculty members headed a panel in front of a student and faculty audience to describe their personal experiences as being queer, both as university students and as faculty. The panel included Dean of Academic Advising, Mary Beth Collier, Director of the Office of Student Activities and Student union Services, Mike Patterson, Assistant Professor of sociology and Women, gender and Sexuality Studies Karl Bryant and Assistant Professor of history Andrea Gatzke.

    http://oracle.newpaltz.edu/faculty-panel-focuses-on-lgbtq-issues/

  • Park Point [ View On Map ]

    Park Point is proposed to be the first privately developed, owned and operated student housing project at SUNY New Paltz. The developer plans to build and operate a 732 bed purpose-built student and faculty/staff housing community. The project sits on 42 acres of land immediately south of the current campus property off of Route 32 that would be purchased by the current landowner.

    There has been significant discord between the builders [Wilmorite], the college and the town as the result of the proposed PILOT payment in lieu of taxes program.  The most recent development has been the approval of the program by the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency despite the fact that the town Planning Board voted to deny the site plan approval for the project if the tax breaks were approved.  See the recent Daily Freeman article for further information on the issue.

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    Park Point Proposal

  • Queer Punks for Poetry [ View On Map ]

    Queer Punks for Poetry was created in the spring of 2014 in an effort to create a safe environment for queer, creative voices on campus. Members put together slam events and open mic nights where they can share their poetry with others.

  • RA’s to become Cultural Liaisons [ View On Map ]

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    Due to racial tension on campus, there is a new
    initiative underway to provide training for RAs
    on campus. These newly trained RAs will be referred
    to as ‘Cultural Liaisons’ and will help keep the
    residential halls respectful and safe.

    Per the New Paltz Oracle:
    Each liaison will be required to meet in a
    committee of other liaisons
    once a month to communicate between
    themselves and their respective hall
    in regards to the programming
    efforts that Residence Life will plan.
    Cultural liaisons will also conduct
    their own research on the efforts other
    universities are making for similar
    causes — a celebration of diversity and
    cultural awareness. “We wish to
    celebrate diversity and all cultural
    differences continuously rather than
    waiting for an unfortunate event to happen,” …

    “The residents will learn that
    there is a resource within their hall that will be properly trained for
    cultural or diverse issues. Residents will be able to enjoy the celebration of
    these designed programs.”

    Source:

    http://oracle.newpaltz.edu/cultural-conversation-comes-to-residence-halls/

  • Radio Club [ View On Map ]

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    The radio club is a student run organization working to provide quality radio programming to SUNY New Paltz students and the surrounding community. It is one of main media outlets for the SUNY New Paltz campus and the surrounding community, frequently covering important student and community issues. The organization is open to the entire student body. Their website is http://wfnp.org 

  • Rally Protests Campus Racial Incident [ View On Map ]

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    20 Students rallied outside of the HAB to
    protest the way the New Paltz administration had responded to racial incidents
    on campus. Per the Oracle: Directing their voices up toward the administrative
    offices, ralliers chanted “No justice, no peace,” while holding signs reading
    “We are Emmett Till” and “Black lives matter,” drawing the attention of faculty
    and students entering the building… “Administration say it’s [campus racial
    climate] improving, but it’s obvious that it’s not,” Peratla said. “We want to
    spread the word on campus and make people aware of these issues.”

    Source: The New Paltz Oracle

    Media:
    For more information on race issues on campus, please view this video of Luis Inoa, the keynote speaker for the Black Student Union:

    Luis Inoa Speaks for BSU at SUNY New Paltz

  • Rap, Poetry, Music [ View On Map ]

    Rap, Poetry, Music is a club on campus in which people hare their work and feelings in a low-key, accepting setting. “People share poems and songs about race, gender and sexuality all the time and we also just discuss these things and conversation as well. This week and last week we talked about differences in sexuality and gender and how our own experiences shape our views on our relationships, our sex lives, and our future partners.”

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    RPM Facebook Page

  • State of Our College 2013 [ View On Map ]

    In 2013, the student group New York Students Rising submitted a Manifesto to  President Donald Christian. In this Manifesto, various issues on campus were addressed. These range everywhere from the campus drug policy and the approaches the school takes to racial incidents.  To this day,  there has not be an formal acknowledgement by the college to the Manifesto.

    State Of Our College 2013

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  • Sundays Are a Drag [ View On Map ]

     

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    This event is held by The Kings and Queens of New Paltz, which is a relatively new club to SUNY New Paltz.
    This group was recently established in Spring of 2014.

    They hold mini drag shows starting at the end of March until the end of the semester. Students of SUNY New Paltz are encouraged to participate, in an effort to stimulate the community to feel comfortable in their own skin.

    Source through the Oracle 

    To view a performance please click here

  • Take Back the Night [ View On Map ]

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    Mission:
    To spread awareness about rape and sexual assault, and to engage in activism to help end it.
    “Take Back the Night chapters are all over the country, and each is dedicated to spreading awareness about sexual violence against women. Take Back the Night of New Paltz operates from the SUNY New Paltz campus and holds events to encourage safety in our community. In the Spring, we hold our major annual event on campus, which includes activities and entertainment during the day, and a march through town and speak-out at night. ”
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    http://oracle.newpaltz.edu/reclaiming-the-night/
    http://www.newpaltzsa.com/organizations/spring-2013/take-back-night
    http://takebackthenightnewpaltz.blogspot.com/
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Take-Back-the-Night-of-New-Paltz/313247698793?sk=info

  • Tar Baby [ View On Map ]

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    Was an event that was held on campus

     

    Media: Celebrated Huffington Post and NY Magazine comedian Desiree Burch presents TAR BABY–– the story of America’s black & white love affair from shotgun wedding to “post-racial” relationship. Speaking to a growing majority of minority experiences in America, TAR BABY effortlessly weaves games, audiences, laughter and insight in an interactive carnival of Race & Capitalism –– where no one’s a winner, but everyone’s still playing!

    Date: Saturday, April 12th at The McKenna Theatre

    Source:

    Source: http://www.newpaltz.edu/fpa/Tar_Baby_flier_HR.pdf

     

     

  • Ten Year Reunion of Same Sex Marriages (2014) [ View On Map ]

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    The Ten Year Reunion of the Same Sex Marriages event was held at the Gilded Otter a local Restaurant and Brewery in New Paltz New York. Those who were present at the 2004  historic same sex marriage event gathered here for the reunion.

     

    http://www.gildedotter.com/splash.htm

     

  • The Fahari Libertad Magazine [ View On Map ]

    Continuing in the legacy of the student newspaper The Fahari founded in 1972 (also marked on this map), The Fahari Libertad is a “magazine on campus that is committed to printing the political, social, and economic views and concerns regarding people of color at SUNY New Paltz.”  Their blogspot, where this description is taken from, is the location of the archive of past issues, illustrating the range of topics explored by the magazine.  Following their facebook page, one can see the scope of their programming outside of the magazine, dedicated to their stated goal of a “spirit of cultural unity” as well as “to enrich and educate all people with knowledge and enlightenment.”

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    FA-HA-RI: (noun) Dignity, respect, a good reptutation, derived from the language of KiSwahili. LI-BER-TAD: (noun) Spanish for “Freedom.

     

  • The Little Rebellion [ View On Map ]

    A student run online alternative newspaper to the Oracle which discusses trending New Paltz topics. a multimedia experience that showcases talent from our eclectic community.

  • The Red Cross Club [ View On Map ]

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    In discussing the group functions, events, and group mission, we conducted an interview with student group “The Red Cross Club”.

    Red Cross Club Interview (3/2014):

    1) What is your group’s mission statement, and when was the group established?

    The New Paltz American Red Cross Club allows students to become full-fledged members of the American Red Cross Official Volunteer Connection program. Our club works very closely with the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross to ensure that our events meet the standards of this wonderful organization. Club members also have access to significantly discounted certification courses (CPR, First Aid, AED, etc).

    2) What events do you hold, if any, and how do you encourage student participation?

    As a club, we fundraise for the American Red Cross, host blood drives, and provide general health/emergency preparedness information to the New Paltz community. It is a volunteer and community service based group for students interested in helping out not only the community, but also the nation through affiliation with the American Red Cross.

    3) Do you have any historic significance to New Paltz? – (marches, sit-ins, first female group, etc.)

    No

    4)  Do you think your group encourages diversity on campus? Please explain.

    We welcome students of any race, gender, etc. The club is geared towards getting any and all students involved in helping the American Red Cross.

    5) Are there any other aspects of your group you’d like to share?

    No

     

    Link:
    To find out more about The Red Cross Club, Follow them on FaceBook
    The Red Cross Club

    To find out more about The American Red Cross, visit
    The American Red Cross

  • Turkish Student Community [ View On Map ]

    In 2004 SUNY New Paltz reached a memorandum of understanding with the Turkish Higher Education Council to accept Turkish students into their programs. Click here to read more: From Turkey to New Paltz

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    With hundreds of students from Turkey at SUNY New Paltz, local restaurant ‘Anatolia’ has become a great meeting ground which makes both native foods and native language readily available! Click here to view the.. Interview of former SUNY New Paltz Turkish student

  • TV Club [ View On Map ]

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    Channels 3, 6, & 8, or NPCTV, are television channels run solely by students at SUNY New Paltz.  This organization is open to the entire student body, and works to provide  programming that is relevant to students and the surrounding community. Their website is http://www.wnpctv.org/ and their youtube channel is https://www.youtube.com/user/NPCSUNY

  • Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies Program [ View On Map ]

    In  response to the call for hiring faculty members, a memorandum was passed at the end of the Spring 2013 semester, the school agreed to trade the hiring of 1 full time faculty member for 5 years of no request for departmental status.

    While this memorandum ensures a replacement for Amy Kesselman, who left her post of 31 years as the only full-time faculty member at the end of the spring 2011 semester, there are concerns from faculty and students as to whether this move adequately supports the program.

    From an Oracle article by Cat Tacopina from the time of the memorandum, opposing opinions to the decision were voiced by former chair of the Academic Affairs Committee Janice Anderson said, “If the WGSS ‘program’ functions administratively just like a department, why is there such resistance to the name designation, ‘Department?’”

    Anderson also contended that “she believes the memorandum fails to recognize the importance of the WGSS program.

    “The Provost’s interdisciplinary “center,” I contend, is a smoke-screen for implicit gender/heterosexuality bias which refuses to accord the WGSS Discipline enough legitimacy to “rate” in Administrators’ eyes as a department,” she said.”

     

  • Young Heroes Club Bottle Drive [ View On Map ]

    1)        What is your group’s mission statement, and when was the group established?

    The club was started just chartered this semester (spring 2014). The non profit we represent, Young Heroes, is a part of NERCHA, the national emergency response council for HIV and AIDS of the government of Swaziland. NERCHA began in 2001 and Young Heroes in 2006. The original mission statement was to pay for food, clothing and education for the orphans of Swaziland. It has since expanded to provide HIV testing and treatment, and support groups for HIV+ kids.

     

    2)            What events do you hold, if any, and how do you encourage student participation?

     

    So far we have tabled at 3 parties held at Cabaloosas and Oasis in Town. We will be tabling at the SUB every Monday for the rest of the school year. We also plan to continue events at Cabaloosas. In the past I have had an Ice Cream social on campus, and also conducted a bottle drive in Esopus hall, but this was before I stated the club.

     

    3)            Do you have any historic significance to New Paltz? – (marches, sit-ins, first female group, etc.)

    First group to represent the country of Swaziland- a tiny country but with the highest rate of AIDS in the world.

     

    4)            Do you think your group encourages diversity on campus? Please explain.

    What our group encourages the most is generosity. We are seeking contributions of any amount from anyone to support these orphans. The fundraising website is swazicycle.dojiggy.com/npyh

     

    You can find more info about the organization itself at

    http://www.youngheroes.org.sz/

    One could say we encourage diversity in that we are a resource for people to help others of a different nationality. We also encourage participation by anyone, and certainly promote diverse membership although we are very new and there are currently only a few of us.

     

    5)            Are there any other aspects of your group you’d like to share?

    We are new and we need members who want to make a difference and help to even out the world’s wealth!

     

    Anyone interested in joining can email me at jyoder93@yahoo.com

     

     

    Media:

    If interested, you can visit the Young Heroes YouTube channel for family updates, as well as community events

     

    http://www.youtube.com/user/YoungHeroesSZ

     

  • Zine Collective [ View On Map ]

    The Zine Collective is in the process of developing a Zine Collection at the Sojourner Truth Library hoping to open in the Fall 2014 semester.  The content development policy, which is available in full at the Zine Collective website, illustrates the variety of topics of importance to the campus and wider New Paltz community. Among these categories of zines are zines that address intersections of gender, sexuality, race, ability, and identity, particularly in a larger political, social or economic context. Other areas include environmental or sustainability-­related topics, how­-to zines, and zines that express strong visual or fine arts elements. Local zines, and zines produced by New Paltz community members are heavily collected, while equal efforts are made to draw from unique or under­represented voices from across the country.

    While the collection is not available in the library currently, an exhibit exists in the entrance to the Sojourner Truth Library through the end of the semester giving more information about zines, and the collection.

    Zine Collection Exhibit at the entrance to the Sojourner Truth Library

    Zine Collection Exhibit at the entrance to the Sojourner Truth Library

    Zines that were bought at the Brooklyn Zine Fest, April 26 2014

    Zines that were bought at the Brooklyn Zine Fest, April 26 2014

pin3at75original Historical
Local events in New Paltz that were culturally significant occurring before the Fall Semester of 2013.

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  • “Colored Only” sign posted on campus [ View On Map ]

    On November 8th 2011, a racially offensive sign was posted above a water fountain in the Humanities Building at SUNY New Paltz. The sign that stated, “Colored Only” reflected the racial segregation of Jim Crow Laws enacted for nearly a century in the US. A day later on November 9th, the president sent out a campus wide email that informed students and faculty of the event and condemned it as “clearly inconsistent” with campus values. Many people felt the New Paltz administration did not take the incident seriously, and students and faculty quickly organized to talk about the issue of race on campus. On November 17th, a forum was hosted by the Student Association and the Black Student Union called “Colored Only: Racism at SUNY New Paltz”. The forum aimed to discuss the incident at length, which many felt the school neglected to do. The sign was posted a day after the annual Black Solidarity Day celebration. The water fountain incident was followed by three other racially offensive postings in the Lefevre Hall elevator on November 9th, November 11, and November 13th of 2011, which were followed up by “all hall meetings” to discuss the findings.

    Read about the incident in the New Paltz Oracle

  • “Emmett Till Deserved to Die” sign posted on campus [ View On Map ]

    The evening of October 18th 2013, “Emmet Till deserved to die” was found written on a whiteboard in Dubois Hall. University police Chief, David Dugatkin had an official investigation and sent out a campus-wide email encouraging people to report any information they may have of the incident, but no suspects were found. The student who found the sign took a picture and uploaded it to Facebook. Dugatkin claimed it was unfortunate that the police had to find out about the event indirectly 36 hours later, however, the Student Association vice president, Zachary Rousseas, believed that if not for Facebook, the incident would have been less publicized and swept under the rug. After the events, it took UPD two days and President Christian three days to respond. On October 30th after the incidents, Black Studies professor Karanj Carroll and sociology professor Alexandra Cox held a screening of the PBS documentary, “The Murder of Emmett Till” to educate students about the severity of the racially offensive posting. November 12th 2013, students rallied outside the Haggerty Administration building in protest of the administrations limited response and efforts after the incident. The occurrence lead to the first “Lets talk about it Forum” on Saturday November 16th. The forum educated students on issues of diversity on campus, specifically regarding race, gender and identity. This offensive signage of 2013, in combination with those of years past gained the attention of The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Associated Press among others.

    SUNY New Paltz Oracles Coverage

     

     

  • 2007- First Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture [ View On Map ]

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    This historical lecture focuses on relevant topics that relate to the Hudson Valley, and to the New Paltz community as a whole. This lecture is in commemoration of Dennis O’Keefe, a graduate of New Paltz class of 1973. He was a dynamic member of the college and community. His positive spirit inspired the lives of New Paltz faculty, staff, students, and community members. O’Keefe had diverse interests, but primarily focused on the diverse history of New Paltz. He served as a long-time staff member of the Sojourner Truth Library and with the New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department.

    Check out this article to learn more about this event:

    You can also visit their Facebook Page!

    Sources:

    https://library.newpaltz.edu/friends/programs.html

  • Chango “Third World Cultural Center” [ View On Map ]

    Chango Hall (now called Shango Hall) was a residency hall geared toward students of minority groups on campus. It gave students a sense of group identity and allowed them to have control of their own environment. It closed in 1972 due to accusations of ‘voluntary segregation’. A response from a writer at the Fahari claimed that the program was pressured to close due to a threat of ‘unification of black community here at New Paltz.’

     

    All information taken from

    Pennington, Karen L. Three Presidencies:academic leadership in changing times;a history of the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz, 1948-1979.

  • Dedication Sojourner Truth Library [ View On Map ]

    The library at SUNY New Paltz was constructed in 1969, and was dedicated to Sojourner Truth in 1971. It serves an eight county area and holds half a million volumes. Truth is a monumental figure in the Women’s right movement and in African American history. Although Truth was illiterate, she was an extremely powerful communicator. The irony of dedicating a library to someone who was illiterate displays how someone’s “disability” may actually grant them more ability and potential.

    About Sojourner Truth

     

  • Diversity Grant, October 25th 2012 [ View On Map ]

    On October 25th 2012, the SUNY New Paltz Student Association received a $10,000 diversity grant from SUNY central after applying for the grant earlier that spring. The grant is aimed at supporting diversity initiatives. Former president Josh Simpson wanted to use the money to hold more forums like “Can We Talk About It”, but since then the student government had debated on other potential uses. Recently, there was talk about having current students go to New York City schools with large minority population to encourage prospective students to attend New Paltz. Although the grant was never used for forums, “Lets Talk About It” forums were instated and will most likely continue in the future.

     

  • Educational Opportunities Program [ View On Map ]

    The Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) is “an academic program designed for capable students who, because of inadequate financial resources and academic preparation, have not had the same opportunities as other students to realize their academic potential.”  In addition to financial support, academic support is provided in the form of career and vocational counseling, tutorial services, and supplemental instruction in English and mathematics if needed.

     

    The history of the program at SUNY New Paltz dates back to a program known as Project A which was formed by a group of faculty including William Sample, Edward Bell and Marjorie Butler who felt the administration was doing little to recruit minorities to the campus.  The program, was formed with the idea to target students not for their academic achievement, but for their academic potential that may not be conventionally visible in a regular application process as a result of their disadvantaged backgrounds.  The committee made frequent trips to NYC to recruit students and in September, 1968, 20 students became the first students to enter SUNY New Paltz through a special admissions program for minority students.

     

    In 1970, Project A was folded together EOP, a program with similar aims which had been formed through the efforts of Buffalo assemblyman Arthur O. Eve. Since it’s inception, over 40,000 students have received degrees through this program within the 64 campuses.  SUNY New Paltz currently has an annual enrollment of 500 students in the program (though it should be noted that enrollment has declined by 10% in the past 8 years according to the Office of Admissions.)  To find out more about EOP at SUNY New Paltz or a more in depth history of the program, visit their website.

     

    Information about the history of Project A at SUNY New Paltz taken from

    Pennington, Karen L. Three Presidencies:academic leadership in changing times;a history of the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz, 1948-1979.

  • Excelsior Avenue [ View On Map ]

    President Haggerty bought and acquired private residences along Excelsior Avenue to make room for new academic buildings and expand the campus. This site is now the Excelsior Concourse. The resultant closing of Mohonk Avenue in July of 1965 to accommodate this construction was the first major incidence of discord between the college and the surrounding community.

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    All information taken from: Pennington, Karen L. Three Presidencies:academic leadership in changing times;a history of the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz, 1948-1979.

     

     

  • Exhibits at the SDMA [ View On Map ]

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    The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art has been open since 1962.

    The Museum tries to deepen the cultural understanding of the world and its peoples. That is the role of museums in general. Its the foundation that museums are built on. The Museum is a great place/intersecting point for culture and diversity because of our mission to explore the breadth of the world.” – Amy Pickering, Visitor Services Coordinator

    Some Past Exhibits:

    • Sacred Ancient Asia: Photographs by Kenro Izu (1997)
    • Alice Neel’s Feminist Portraits: Artists, Writers, Activists and Intellectuals (2003)
    • Leonore Schwarz Neumaier: A Voice Silenced, Photographs of Viennese-born Frankfurt opera singer, who was killed by the Nazis at Majdanek concentration camp in Poland in 1942. (2002)
  • Hasbrouck Eight Incident [ View On Map ]

    In 1989, 8 students (7 African-American males and 1 white female) were arrested after a complaint of loud music in the Hasbrouck Dining hall. Campus police responded first and consequently involved the local police.

    More information about the event can be found on pg 174 of Pennington, Karen L. Three Presidencies:academic leadership in changing times;a history of the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz, 1948-1979.

  • MLK Educational Center [ View On Map ]

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    MLK CENTER:

    The Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Center opened in February 1999 thanks to Nat Chioke Williams. She stated that the center’s main purpose was to, “provide more structured and formal academic support to students involved in the Scholar’s Mentorship Program…The Center gives this – one of the College’s most extensive mentorship programs – a home, a concrete legitimate space from which we can develop even more programs and become more institutionalized.” This center is the home of SUNY New Paltz’s Scholar’s Mentorship Program that was designed to help students of color in their academic progress at New Paltz and to enhance their social experiences. In this program students are assigned a student mentor and a faculty mentor that will help your transition into college go more smoothly. This program is a great way to help students feel comfortable in their college surroundings and really settle in.

    Location:

    The MLK Center is located in the basement of Shango Hall, in Room A-3.

    Sources:

    www.newpaltz.edu/smp/advice.html

    http://wikipaltz.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King_Jr._Scholar’s_Mentorship_Program_Educational_Center

  • New Paltz Legalizes Same Sex Marriage in 2004 [ View On Map ]

    In 2004, New Paltz legalized Same Sex Marriage before it was legalized in the state.  Jason West, the Mayor of New Paltz, assisted in performing in 13 Same Sex Marriage Ceremonies as the officiant of several of the ceremonies.  He was then complied to a restraining order, and the ceremonies were continued by two Unitarian Ministers.  This monumental event took place at the New Paltz Firehouse.  This information has been acquired through an interview with Emily Puthoff, who was married to her wife at the firehouse in 2004, and currently teaches at SUNY New Paltz as a professor in the Sculpture Department.

    The link below is a documentary with first hand accounts from Mayor Jason West and two couples that were married in 2004.

    http://film.vassar.edu/students/work/2011-husbands.html

  • Nov 1994- Inaugural Multicultural Education Conference [ View On Map ]

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    The Multicultural Education Conference was founded 19 years ago by a dynamic group of community and educational organizations that included New Paltz’s School of Education particularly those in the Humanistic/Multicultural Program. Their objective was to address the need for advanced professional development, support and ideas for educators, students and community members that would enable them to make their schools more multicultural and gender-fair.  

     

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  • One Book One New Paltz [ View On Map ]

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    Gerald Benjamin founded the One Book/One New Paltz project in 2005 as a way to build community among the university and the New Paltz community by sharing a reading experience. The goals of One Book/One New Paltz are to promote reading and to build and celebrate community. One Book/One New Paltz cultivates collaboration between community members and New Paltz educators to promote these goals. We welcome participation in the One Book event by people from varied backgrounds – from  high school students to elders in our community.

    Here is just one example on how this event effects the community in a big way:
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    Come check out them out at their home page!

    Sources:

    https://sites.google.com/site/onebookonenewpaltz/

    http://www.newpaltz.edu/newspulse/071607/feature2.html

  • Rainbow Month [ View On Map ]

    Rainbow Month is a month long event that dates back to the late 1980’s.  The SUNY New Paltz campus started out by holding events called Black Weekend and Latin Weekend as well as Spring Weekend.  Black Weekend attracted primarily Black students and Latin Weekend attracted Latin students.  As for Spring Weekend, which had been intended to be a campus wide event, primarily attracted White students.  These events consist of semiformal dinners, lectures, and dances.  Due to the growth in racial issues in SUNY New Paltz students’ hometowns, the committee’s for each weekend came together to create a more diverse and truly campus wide event.  They named it Rainbow Month.  It began in fall of 1987 and is still currently celebrated.

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  • The Fahari [ View On Map ]

    Founded in 1972, The Fahari, grew out of a Black Journalism class and existed to provide news relevant to the Black community that many students felt was missing from the sole student newspaper on campus, The Oracle. The Fahari also provided a way for students to share thoughts and feelings on the Black experience on campus as well as the Black experience as a larger marker of identity.  Student organizations such as the Black Student Union, the African Women’s Alliance and the Black Studies Department collaborated with student initiatives within the Third World Cultural Center to create the newspaper which was at the time, located in Shango Hall to respond to the needs of minority students on campus.

    Though The Fahari has ceased publication, a current literary magazine dedicated to concerns of people of color on campus, The Fahari Libertad, established its name in honor of the newspaper.

     

    All information collected from

    Pennington, Karen L. Three Presidencies:academic leadership in changing times;a history of the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz, 1948-1979.

  • World Study Center [ View On Map ]

    Illustrating an international focus of programing and hiring of faculty by the administration of the time under President Haggerty, the World Study Center was founded in 1956 to “promote world understanding by encouraging the investigation and research of various nations in the world.” The World Study Center was a very important resource to the college housing a library devoted to the civilizations of Africa and Asia and led to the formation of the African and Asian Studies Programs.  It was eventually closed in the 70’s as a result of budgetary issues and is now College Hall.

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    Pennington, Karen L. Three Presidencies:academic leadership in changing times;a history of the State University of New York, the College at New Paltz, 1948-1979.

pin1at75original Interventionist
Situations constructed to disrupt and provoke discussions to cultivate ideas surrounding campus issues.

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  • Balance Intervention [ View On Map ]

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    This campus sculpture will be utilized to discuss the issue of imbalance in cultures around different communities. This will give the group an opportunity to share their experiences in their communities.

  • Balloon Box [ View On Map ]

    balloonbox-01A large clear box will be placed on campus and filled with balloons. On the balloons, students will write why diversity on campus is important. Once the box is filled, the balloons will be released into the air.

  • Boombox on Wheels [ View On Map ]

    Students will ride through campus with boom boxes as a statement that they have the right and freedom to express themselves. Students that don’t have a music player may also sing along.

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  • Bulletin Board Takeover [ View On Map ]

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    Bulletin Board Takeover is an intervention in which on the bulletin boards around campus  large posters could be put up encouraging people to interact with social media and post their nationality hash tagging  #SUNYnewpaltzDiversity. People could also write their nationalities all over the poster. This intervention will bring awareness to the diversity of people at SUNY New Paltz.

  • Burning Bad Memories [ View On Map ]

    burning-01Students will gather on the quad and collectively write down moments in their lives when they were affected by discrimination. After, they may chose to throw their memories in the bonfire as a symbolic eradication of discrimination. They may also choose to keep the memories as a remembrance that change is still needed.

     

  • Campus Mural [ View On Map ]

    A group of student artists will design and paint a mural in a highly trafficked spot on campus. The mural will encourage multiculturalism and unity. Passing students will be encouraged to help and contribute.

     

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  • Carnival on Old Main [ View On Map ]

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    A gathering on the quad, for students from every background, It will be an enticing, fun and safe space to interact with others who you might not otherwise see or talk to. There will be free food, games and music from a variety of cultures.

  • Color Code Campus [ View On Map ]

    After publicizing the event for a week, participants will only interact with individuals who are wearing the same colored shirt. Hopefully others who did not plan on participating will decide to join. The objective is to create awareness of the effects of racism on a community and on individuals.

     

     

     

  • Construction Art [ View On Map ]

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    Create a work of art that and weave it in the construction fences appearing around campus. These works will be difficult to remove.

  • Dialogue Circle [ View On Map ]

    In a large group students will anonymously write down about a time you felt someone targeted you because of their race, gender, religion, etc. Read them off one by one. Start a discussion about these experiences and how hearing other instances of being targeted make students feel (Optional: Have everyone also write down something that they feel makes them unique/different from everyone else. Read those out one by one). This will happen in the middle of a walkway and any student is free is join in.

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  • Diversity Scavenger Census [ View On Map ]

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    Diversity Scavenger Census is an intervention in which people will spread out across campus asking random people if they could write down what they identify their nationality as. The group of people who gave out the census will come together and analyze the diversity of the campus. This will bring awareness to the many different nationalities on campus.

  • Hacking the Oracle [ View On Map ]

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    Hacking the Oracle, the official SUNY New Paltz newspaper, to publishing fake news article that we think emphasize the injustices we see amongst our community.

     

  • Human Wall [ View On Map ]

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    Students will create a human wall preventing other students from entering academic buildings (Humanities, Lecture Center, Coykendall Science Building). In order to gain access to the building the students will be forced to interact/converse with one person in the ‘wall’

  • Labels [ View On Map ]

    A large group of people wear labels that describe how other people view them (thug, slut, nerd- terms that are stereotypes). On the other side of the label participants will write how they view themselves. The group will meet in a very public setting; examples of this include the center of town and near one of the main campus hubs. If the group stands blocking off an entrances to a buildings people are forced to confront the stereotypes they force on others.

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  • Map It Out [ View On Map ]

    A large map is on the side of the Humanities Building where people will be able to map out their ancestral heritage.

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  • Meet and Greet [ View On Map ]

     

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    Content: Meet and greet cards

    Greeting cards will be distributed to passersby, and whoever receives a card will have to introduce themselves and provide a few personal facts. Once the card receiver is done with their brief introduction, they must pass the card off to a stranger. This is intended to encourage peer interaction, and making new acquaintances on site.
    To start this intervention, you’ll have to create your own cards.

  • New Paltz Experience Box [ View On Map ]

    Boxes will be placed around campus that allow students to submit their various experiences anonymously. These will be posted on the social media site tumblr (npexperiencebox.tumblr.com)

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  • Non-verbal Questioning [ View On Map ]

    non verbal questions-01Students will silently interact with New Paltz students and faculty through the use of text. Signs will prompt questions about our social interactions on campus while making also making our community aware of important issues regarding diversity.

  • Planting a unity garden [ View On Map ]

    Participating students and faculty will plant a garden together. People will have a chance to interact with others who are different from themselves in race, gender and age. Together, they will be responsible for harvesting and donating the fresh produce to local food pantries and open kitchens.

     

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  • Please Dance! [ View On Map ]

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    Please Dance! is an intervention in which a sign and or signs would be held up displaying “PLEASE DANCE”. A mix of cultural music will be playing. This intervention is intended to get people not only to have fun and dance but appreciate different music / cultures as well.

     

     

  • Rape and Sexual Assault Awareness [ View On Map ]

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    This intervention features chalk-drawn androgens outlines of rape and sexual assault victims. A phrase such as “Sexual Assault Victim” or “Rape Victim” can accompany the outlines to provide context for the viewer. The outlined figures are featureless, speaking to the numbers of incidents that go unreported each year.
    It’s also a commentary on the rape and sexual assault that happen too frequently on the campus.

  • Redirection [ View On Map ]

    Construction cones will be put up to block/redirect people from their usual paths. These redirections will lead to different experiences set up as part of the intervention. These experiences will include public group discussions, club meetings, and performance groups.

     

     

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  • Scavenger Hunt [ View On Map ]

    Students will search the campus to find selected items.

    –  find a copy of the Oracle & choose an article related gender or race

    –   find a unisex bathroom on campus

    –   take a picture of a gender-neutral dorm

     

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  • Silent Flash Mob [ View On Map ]

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    Large group of students enter Hasbrouk to disrupt the continuous noise with the presence of silence.

  • Stick it to the Man [ View On Map ]

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    Students will write down racist, sexist or otherwise discriminatory attributes of people who hurt and offended them. Then they will pin these notes onto a cloth figure as a means of embodying discrimination.

  • Studios Occupying The Parking Lot [ View On Map ]

    Art students will bring their painting supplies to parking lot spaces near construction sites as a statement against the lack of proper ventilation in Smiley. The aim is to raise awareness of the discernable carelessness for the health of a particular (and quite large) student population.

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