The Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI), in partnership with ANCA, invites North Country community members join us for a series of Listen-ins & Teach-ins focused on activating, mobilizing and engaging our community on issues of racial equity and transformational justice in America.
Each session in the ADI’s Antiracism Education and Mobilization Campaign. will provide language, tools, techniques, and most importantly strategies to identify, understand, and build more racially just and equitable communities in the North Country.
Read the press release for more information about the campaign and the variety of opportunities offered during the summer of 2020 for education and engagement.
Most recent session:
Antiracism 101: From antiracist actor to ally to accomplice, how do we get there?
Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.
The presentation will also be recorded and posted on the ADI YouTube channel after the event.
Antiracism 101 Listen-in Series
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.: Antiracism 101: Checklist for white allies & activists (recording)
Monday, June 29, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.: Antiracism 101: From antiracist actor to ally to accomplice, how do we get there? (registration open)
Monday, July 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.: Antiracism 101: What does it mean to be a white male antiracist accomplice?
Monday, July 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.: Antiracism 101: White female antiracist accomplices speak truth to white power
Monday, August 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.: Antiracism 101: Workshop on how to be an antiracist accomplice
The Black Experience in the Adirondacks series
Presented by The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, and ADI, in partnership with ANCA. For more information and to register, visit: www.theadkx.org/the-black-experience.
Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m.: What is the Adirondack Diversity Initiative?
Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m.: Who Are the White Community Leaders Who Organized the Adirondack Diversity Initiative – and Why?
Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 p.m.: Driving While Black, PART I
Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 p.m.: Driving While Black, PART II
* To stay informed about the Antiracism Education and Mobilization Campaign and other ADI efforts, please visit the ADI website to sign up to receive updates.
** All sessions will be recorded and posted on ADI's YouTube channel.
What: Antiracism 101: From antiracist actor to ally to accomplice, how do we get there?
When: Monday, June 29, 2020, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Virtual via Zoom (log-in and call-in information provided upon registration)
Please join Nicky Hylton-Patterson, Director of the Adirondack Diversity Initiative, and a panel of Black activist-scholars from across the region for a Listen-in discussion on the Black experience in America. Panelists include:
Dr. Michelle Cromwell, Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at SUNY Plattsburgh
Dr. M. Nicole Horsley, Assistant Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity at Ithaca College
Clifton H. Harcum, Diversity Officer in the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SUNY Potsdam
Meet the panelists:
Nicky Hylton-Patterson joined the ANCA family as the Director for the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) in December 2019. Her journey from St. Catherine, Jamaica to Saranac Lake is one marked by lengthy sojourns in Trondheim, Norway, Elmira NY, and Tempe, AZ. A relentless advocate for justice and equity, Nicky brings 20+ years of experience as a community organizer, educator, activist scholar and diversity & inclusion subject matter expert and practitioner to the role.
When she isn’t working with the ADI family of advocates, allies, and affiliates on ensuring that the Adirondacks is a place where biodiversity reflects human diversity, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking and horseback riding. During fierce Adirondack winters, Nicky is equally happy ensconced with a good book and working on her latest piece of haute couture inspired creation.
Dr. Michelle Cromwell, Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: At the risk of sounding overly simplistic, Michelle Cromwell’s work is to demonstrate that people matter. As VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, she prides herself on being a servant leader. In that role, she strives to facilitate that varied members of SUNY Plattsburgh’s community feel seen, and know that they matter. This requires that she inspires, encourages, and challenges us as a college to have programs, policies and practices that embrace everyone’s humanity. For this reason, she says that my work is truly centered on demonstrating that all people and their range of human experiences matter. That said, she is aware of and responsive to the suffering and injustices that continue to plague members of our community who exist in the margins and are marginalized. Even in current times of volatility, uncertainty, and complexity she is committed to helping this college community to be inclusive, just, welcoming, and responsive.
M. Nicole Horsley is a Black radical femme teacher and scholar of African American and African Diaspora Studies in the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (CSCRE) and affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at Ithaca College. Her current project postulates a Black sexual liberation theory that works in the apertures between pleasure and political demands, between utopian longings and the everyday failures of anti-blackness in visual and sonic culture bringing awareness to the sexual violence against and death of Black people, globally.
Nicole is a native of South Central Los Angeles, California. She received a PhD in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Media Studies from Indiana University. She holds a M.A. in Women’s Studies and M.Ed. from Claremont Graduate University. Completed her undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Clifton Harcum is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Harcum has over 10 years of experience as a higher education professional. In 2013 he was bestowed the prestigious, nationally recognized Jefferson Award for outstanding service and volunteerism to the Delmarva region. He also founded the black male initiative, Men Achieving Dreams through Education(MADE) at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In 2019 he moved to the Adirondack region and currently serves as a Diversity Officer under the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SUNY Potsdam.
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