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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Inclusion drives Innovation. National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Held every October, NDEAM is an opportune time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The 2017 NDEAM theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. The Campaign for Disability Employment encourages organizations of all sizes and in all industries to participate in NDEAM.

For specific ideas on supporting NDEAM, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities—every day of every month.

If you want to learn more about NDEAM, please visit this link.



We're All In. Diversity At Stony Brook

The Calendar to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at Stony Brook University will promote inclusive communities by raising awareness around a diverse set of identities and issues, while striving to maintain a socially just environment for students, staff, and faculty. The Calendar will focus on programming efforts and community participation and engagement to ensure that every group is being heard, validated, represented, and supported.

Each month is devoted to recognizing and honoring the culture, traditions, contributions, and struggles of identity groups that have historically experienced oppression.

The Diversity Calendar theme for October 2017 is Hispanic Heritage & LGBTQA*.


List of events

Diversity Film Series: I Exist: Voices from the Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community in the US
October 2nd @ 6pm - SAC Auditorium
During this event we will be watching the film I Exist: Voices from the Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community in the US and will discuss the topics covered in the film afterward. Light refreshments will be served.

Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
October 4th @ 1:00pm - SAC Ballroom A
The Opening Ceremony for the 28th Annual Stony Brook University Hispanic Heritage Month will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 in Student Activities Center Ballroom A. We will begin the annual Flag procession at 1:00pm and the program will begin immediately after. As always, we will begin our celebration with a proclamation from our University President, Samuel Stanley. Our Key Note Speaker for this year's opening event will be Suffolk County Legislator Monica Martinez. The afternoon will include light cultural refreshments.

Los Hispanos Unidos
October 4th @ 8:00pm - O'Neill College Main Lounge
Los Hispanos Unidos will explore the meaning of the term Hispanic. The program will focus on Hispanic contributions to the world, stereotypes and issues within the Hispanic community. Also will learn different Spanish phrases and how to flirt in Spanish.

Color the College Week
October 8th @ 7pm - Ammann College Main Lounge
This program will mark the start of Ammann's LGBTQIA* week. Residents will be tie-dye socks while talking about what the colors of the rainbow mean on the Pride Flag. Other events throughout the week will include, coming out stories, a pride photo booth, ally-ship bingo, and history of the LGBTQIA* community. 

GUAC is Extra (...and so are we!)
October 11th @ 7pm - Hamilton College Classroom
Join us for Mexican cultural and culinary exploration to learn a simple guacamole recipe. Also enjoy pastel de tres leches while learning about Mexican folklore, "Dia De Los Muertos", Independence story, and culinary traditions. 

Looking at the Asterisk and Beyond
October 11th @ 8pm - Tubman Multipurpose Room
You've probably noticed the * in LGBTQ* before. But do you know what the asterisk is all about? Whether you've heard a couple of terms that fall in the asterisk before or have no idea what else is out there, this event can be for you. Come meet with RHD Dave to learn more terms beyond LGBTQ and discuss the potential value that labels and language have when discussing identity.

Tie Dye-Versity
October 13th @ 12:00pm - Inner Kelly Quad
Tie Dye-Versity will feature presentations by several groups around campus and RAs, and will shed a little light on diversity. Tie Dye materials will be provided, supplies are limited so feel free to bring your own!

Si Se Puede!
October 16th @ 7:30pm - Chavez Hall
The ​​Chávez Hall staff presents Si Se Puede! a celebration of César ​​Chávez and Hispanic heritage. This will be a week-long event (10/16-10/19) including a night dedicated to learning more about who César ​​Chávez is and what he represents. Another night a guest speaker will come in to talk more about women involvement in Hispanic heritage. We will conclude with nights focused on Latin dance lessons and a Zumba class to connect to health and wellness within Hispanic heritage. Come join us, please say Si Se Puede!.

Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
October 16th @ 8pm - Baruch College
Celebrating Dia de los Muertos featuring coloring, mangos with Chile and lime, and Mexican candy. Highlighting the exquisite cuisine of the Caribbean with empanada tasting.

Diversity Film Series: Precious Knowledge
October 18th @ 6pm - SAC Auditorium
During this event we will be watching the film Precious Knowledge and will discuss the topics covered in the film afterward. Light refreshments will be served.

Nuestras Tres Noches
October 20th @ 8pm - Sanger College, Hand College, and Douglass College
Immerse yourself in Hispanic culture at our weekend of heritage! Friday: learn about the significance of El Dia de Los Muertos and make authentic masks as we discuss other relevant topics of Hispanic culture in America today in Douglass College. Saturday: create your own Honduran baleada for dinner, and a Mexican treat for dessert in Hand College. Share a lively Hispanic meal with good food, music and friends! Sunday: Come over to Sanger College to help us commemorate a beloved Hispanic icon as we watch the movie Selena, and recognize the importance of Hispanic representation in pop culture.

Tango Buenos Aires
October 28th @ 8pm - Staller Center for the Arts
One of Argentina's great cultural exports, known throughout the world as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango.


How to submit an event for diversity calendar

To submit an event for one of the 2 Diversity Calendar Month themes coming up next month, please follow the link below.  Submission deadlines are the 15th of the month prior.   The Calendar to Promote Diversity & Inclusion will also be presenting a $250 award per monthly theme to events that have been excellent demonstrations for engaging the Stony Brook University community around the month's themes.  

To Submit your event or for more details go to: Calendar to Promote Diversity & Inclusion  


For more information

Please visit this link to celebrate diversity webpage