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Resources and Workshops

Student & Campus Life is committed to providing staff with opportunities for personal and professional growth and development. Below are the current workshops and discussion series offered by SCL and led by colleagues from within and outside our division.

Racial Justice and Equity Series

SCL is committed to action in response to the continued violence and unjust treatment of Black people in our country and the systemic racism that has shaped Black lives. As a division we believe Black Lives Matter and we hope to be a part of fostering lasting change on issues of racial equity.

As one of our first actions, SCL is offering a series of online engagement experiences coordinated by the Dean of Students’ Diversity and Inclusion team. These workshops will shed light on the history of structural racism, explore racism from a variety of perspectives and identities, and invite you to explore and understand how you are a part of the movement for change in both your personal and professional lives.

Whether you are new to conversations about racism or have been engaged in antiracist work for years, all SCL staff are welcome to participate in this series.

Upcoming Racial Justice and Equity Series Discussions

Centering Black Lives:  A Black Community Conversation (for Black SCL Staff Only)

June 18; 3:00PM-4:30PM

As we continue to show up for work and care for ourselves, against the backdrop of a global pandemic and numerous instances of systemic racism, police brutality, and injustices, this session offers space for SCL Black colleagues to come together in community.  Join us for conversation to connect, empower, and uplift one another.

Facilitated by:

  • Shakima M. Clency, Peggy J. Koenig '78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation & Low-Income Student Support
  • Marla Love, Senior Associate Dean of Students

Please register in advance for this meeting. You will receive a Zoom link upon registering.


Understanding Structural Racism: 13th Documentary Viewing and Discussion

June 24; 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Do you find yourself asking, ‘how did we get here?’ Do you want to learn more about the history and context of Black Lives Matter? Join us for a viewing and discussion of Ava DuVernay’s documentary, 13th. While taking us on a historical journey through the time of slavery to the present, the film explores the intersections of race, justice, mass incarceration, and policing in the United States. This virtual zoom session will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in the broader historical and socio-political context of how institutional racism continues to permeate, long after the abolishment of slavery.”

Facilitated by:

  • Oliver Goodrich, Associate Dean of Spirituality and Meaning Making and Director of Cornell United Religious Work
  • Greta Kenney, Associate Dean and Director, Women’s Resource Center
  • Marla Love, Senior Associate Dean of Students

Please register in advance for this discussion. You will receive a Zoom link upon registering.


Spirituality and Social/Racial Justice

July 8; 10:30AM - 12:00PM

What does spirituality have to do with racial justice? This workshop will invite you to consider racism from a spiritual lens. Participants will come away with: 1) an appreciation for the difference between spirituality and religion; 2) an understanding of the spiritual roots of racism; 3) clarity about how their personal values intersect with the antiracist movement; and 4) suggestions for spiritual practices to guide them in the work for racial justice.

Facilitated by:

  • Oliver Goodrich, Associate Dean of Spirituality and Meaning Making and Director of Cornell United Religious Work

Please register in advance for this discussion. You will receive a Zoom link upon registering.


Anti-Racism and Actions Toward Allyship

July 16; 1:00PM - 3:00PM

This workshop will explore the role of white allies in anti-racist, equity work in the context of Black Lives Matter. We’ll discuss what white privilege and white fragility are and how to move beyond them. We’ll also learn how to use whiteness (and its associated privileges) as an asset in anti-racist work, while also discussing how it’s “not about us” (e.g., when to use our voice, when to pass the mic, when to show up, and when to step back). We will include concrete action-items and resources for continued learning and engagement toward allyship. This virtual zoom session consists of mini-lectures, interactive exercises, and facilitated discussion. Join us for a meaningful learning opportunity to advance equity in our personal and professional lives.

Facilitated by:

  • Shakima M. Clency, Peggy J. Koenig '78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation & Low-Income Student Support
  • Greta Kenney, Associate Dean and Director, Women’s Resource Center
Please register in advance for this discussion. You will receive a Zoom link upon registration.

Anti-Blackness within non-Black Communities of Color

July 28; 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Through intentional reflection, we will examine the ways that anti-Blackness exists within ourselves and our communities. The discussion will wrap up with a review of strategies and resources to address our own anti-Blackness. We hope to create a space to connect, share ideas, and identify actions for moving forward together.*

Facilitated by:

  • Christopher Lujan, Associate Dean and Director, LGBT Resource Center
  • Nancy Martinsen, Kent A. Sheng Associate Dean and Director, Asian and Asian American Center
  • Patricia Gonzalez, Assistant Director, Student Development Diversity Initiatives

*This group is intended for non-Black People of Color. If you need clarification if this workshop is intended for you or would like recommendations for other workshops, please feel free to contact Christopher Lujan or Nancy Martinsen.

Please register in advance for this discussion. You will receive a Zoom link upon registering. 


Racism: A Public Health Crisis

August 5, 2020 from 9am – 10am  

This presentation will demonstrate the many ways in which racism is a public health issue and how the COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated this crisis. We’ll explore longstanding medical and mental health disparities that exist by race, and the resulting impacts on individuals and communities. Additionally, we’ll share about strategies Cornell Health has implemented over the years to address existing health disparities within the Cornell student population and gaps we are working to address going forward. Join us for a meaningful learning opportunity for SCL staff about health disparities and health equity.

Presented by:

  • Jada Hamilton, MD, Assistant Medical Director, Medical Services, Cornell Health
  • Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, MA, Mental Health Promotion Program Director, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Cornell Health
  • Laura Santacrose, MPH, Assistant Director, Skorton Center for Health Initiatives, Cornell Health
Please register in advance for this discussion. You will receive a Zoom link upon registering.

Black Trans Lives Matter

August 18; 1:00PM - 2:30PM

This workshop will provide a space for SCL staff to understand the importance of including Black Trans Lives in our work towards social justice and equity. Facilitators of this workshop will provide grounding information, facilitated discussions using video clips that center Black Trans voices, and provide actionable ways to support this community and your continued learning. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Christopher Lujan.

Facilitated by:

  • Christopher Lujan, Associate Dean and Director, LGBT Resource Center
  • Crissi Dalfonzo, Assistant Director, LGBT Resource Center

Please register in advance for this discussion. You will receive a Zoom link upon registering.

Learn with Us

Learn with Us is a series of informal conversations for and led by Student & Campus Life staff. Join the conversation at these monthly discussions, learn and grow through professional development opportunities, discover how we inspire transformation together, and connect with colleagues throughout the division.

2019-2020 Learn with Us Recordings