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Social Justice Learning Institute

Buffalo State College is committed to establishing a Social Justice Learning Institute in fall 2021.

Student, staff, faculty, and community partner input is essential to ensure the institute's purpose, programs, and initiatives meet campus and community priorities.

Let your voice be heard! Read recommendations for creating this institute and provide your feedback.

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Buffalo State has many social justice-focused events, programs, and initiatives. Share your preferences for learning more about these meaningful opportunities.

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What Does Social Justice Mean to You?
What Does Social Justice Mean to You?

What Is Social Justice?

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-Dabney, Chief of Staff to the President and Chief Diversity Officer

A Message to the Buffalo State College Community
Sencere Jones
"To me, social justice is a fight to right the wrongs of the past and set a foundation for a successful future. The work is not done until equality is achieved."

Sencere Jones, George Floyd Memorial Scholarship Recipient

About the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship

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.

35th

In CollegeNET’s 2020 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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Anne Frank Project

AFP 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
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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 Website
Beyond Boundaries film and discussion series

Beyond Boundaries

Film series organized around categories of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and abilities, with an emphasis on intersectionality.

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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
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Community Academic Center

Located on Buffalo's Grant Street near campus, the CAC provides consistent support and programming for community members of all ages.

CAC Programs
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.

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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 Counseling Center
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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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. 

More about the George Floyd Memorial Scholarship
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