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Asking Difficult Questions

As a campus, we are well aware of the centuries of discrimination that African Americans have experienced. Diversity and inclusiveness are central to the college's mission. For 150 years, Buffalo State has delivered enlightened thought leaders to the world. Now, as a microcosm of our larger community, we must develop meaningful action to support social justice and bring the reality of racism to light. Eyes are open wider now. We must act now. Now is the time to ask difficult questions.

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Social Justice Space: Get Involved!

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  1. Vote for where you think Buffalo State should develop a permanent social justice outdoor space—a landmark dedicated to the idea of social justice and the college’s commitment to it.

    Vote by Friday, November 20

President, Katherine Conway-Turner
"Some people may think that being a college president removes me from the realities of racism in this country. It does not."
Crystal Rodriguez
"An inclusive and welcoming Buffalo State College is a shared responsibility. We are all expected to commit to being and bringing our best selves to our work every day, and especially during this time."

Crystal J. Rodriguez, Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Diversity Officer

A Message to the Buffalo State College Community
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“Buffalo State students are fighters. I mean that in a good way. They’re sharp. They’re mobile. They know their homes. An injustice is something that will really raise the ire of most of our students.”

Steve Peraza, assistant professor, History and Social Studies Education Department

Expert Profile: Steve Peraza on the 1619 Project

Social Justice Events

55%

of our undergraduates are African American, Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial.

8

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awards

3

New faculty from SUNY’s Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth (PRODI-G) initiative.

2019

Bachelor's in Africana Studies launched.

32nd

In CollegeNET’s 2019 Social Mobility Index

BLM Resources

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Teaching Black Lives Matter
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Speaking Black Lives Matter
Speaking Black Lives Matter
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Seeing Black Lives Matter

Social Justice-Focused Programming, Support

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Equity and Campus Diversity Events

Each year, the college's Equity and Campus Diversity Office hosts a series of film screenings, speakers, and conversations to spark discussion on issues of diversity, inclusion, conflict, and social justice.

Equity and Campus Diversity Events
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Anne Frank Project

AFP 2020 celebrates positive innovations in the face of adversity. The festival provides multidisciplinary workshops and artworks that teach the tools and vocabulary to tell stories in challenging times to inspire hope and build strong, safe communities.

Anne Frank Project Website AFP 2020 Registration
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Bengals Dare to Care

See how Buffalo State elevates social responsibility, community building, and social justice while taking action to improve the world for every individual in our community. Connections between racial justice and social issues including food insecurity, education, LGBTQ+, and voting will be explored.

Bengals Dare to Care 2020 Website Register to Volunteer
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Community Circles

A restorative justice framework that provides space for discussion, action planning, and addressing harm at the group and individual levels. The circles (held via Zoom) are facilitated by a wide variety of faculty and staff members on campus and from the greater Buffalo community.

E-mail Student Conduct and Community Standards
Michael Heflin

Conversations with 'Hef' 

Michael 'Hef' Heflin, assistant dean of Inclusion and Equity, hosts regular conversations on topics including justice concerns and the Black experience in America.

Register for an Event
Weigel Health Center

Weigel Wellness Programs

The Weigel Wellness Center’s Counseling Office has developed specializing support groups and workshops to assist students who have been affected by systemic  racism. Students can contact Weigel Wellness at (716) 878-6711.

Counseling Center Weigel Wellness
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Counseling Group for Students of Color

A safe and confidential facilitated group appropriate for students of color who have been negatively affected by racism and are open to here-and-now opportunities for growth, healing, and connection.

E-mail the Dean of Students Office

Social Justice Videos

Revived Africana studies major brings “the other half of the story” back to Buffalo State

The Africana studies major now gives students the opportunity to examine the contributions of African nations and the African diaspora to the global community. The new program is composed of 14 courses in political science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and English, including African American Literature to 1940, the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Race and Progress, and Hip-Hop Culture.

Photo: Courtesy Kyle S. Mackie, WBFO News

Podcast and Story
Africana Studies Faculty
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George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

Buffalo State College has established the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship to lift up future African American leaders who support racial justice and equity efforts in their communities

Join the college in this endeavor by making a donation by phone at 1-833-GIVE-BSC (1-833-448-3272) or online. 

Give to the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship