Author Visit and Presentation
Best-selling author, dietetic thought leader, and community organizer Jessica Wilson will discuss the impacts of racism and misogyny on body image and wellness
Wilson’s presentation is free and open to the public. Her talk, which includes a book signing, free raffle, and light refreshments, kicks off Buffalo State’s 2023 celebration of Black History Month.
All are welcome.
Location: Jacqueline Vito LoRusso Alumni & Visitor Center
Social Justice-Focused Programming, Support
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
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
Film series organized around categories of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and abilities, with an emphasis on intersectionality.Beyond Boundaries Schedule
A restorative justice framework that provides space for discussion, action planning, and addressing harm at the group and individual levels. The circles are facilitated by a wide variety of faculty and staff members on campus and from the greater Buffalo community.Restorative Justice Website
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
Conversations with 'Hef'
Michael 'Hef' Heflin, assistant dean of Inclusion and Equity, hosts monthly conversations on topics including justice concerns and the Black experience in America.
Spring 2023 meetings
- February 14
- March 14
- April 18
Sawubona Healing Group
Healing Space for Black Students
- Take reprieve from and process racial trauma with culturally affirming activities!
- Learn to understand and navigate microaggressions, code-switching, stereotyping, imposter syndrome, and more.
- Explore Black self-worth and acceptance and Black Triumph and joy!
Meets every Thursday, 12:30–2:00 p.m. in Weigel Health Center 203Register
Social Justice Book Club
Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, anthology of poems, stories, and essays about abortion.
It's Always Been Ours: Rewriting the Story of Black Women's Bodies
Supplies permitting, free copies of the book(s) will be provided to participants.
of our undergraduates are African American, Hispanic, Asian, and multiracial.
Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) awards
New faculty from SUNY’s Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth (PRODI-G) initiative.
Bachelor's in Africana Studies launched.
In CollegeNET’s 2021 Social Mobility Index
George Floyd Memorial Scholarship
Buffalo State 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 university in this endeavor by making a donation by phone at 1-833-GIVE-BSC (1-833-448-3272) or online.
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