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2018-19 Diversity, Inclusion, and Unity Events

Spring Semester 2019 Events

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Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra BlandSandra-Bland.jpg

Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m. Wilde Auditorium

Our February events began Saturday, February 2 with a showing of the HBO documentary Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland followed by discussion. The documentary explores the death of the politically active 28-year-old African American woman who, after being arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town, was found hanging in her jail cell three days later. The free showing will take place in the Wilde Auditorium at 2 p.m.

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m., Chase Arena, Sports Center

Hartford women's basketball will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day with a game versus Stony Brook. Prior to the 2 p.m. tip, female student-athletes from each of Hartford's women's teams will host a free youth clinic for girls and boys ages 12 and under. Buy tickets for the game.

Zachary R. Wood on freedom of speech at the 2019 Rogow Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Program zachary-wood.jpg

Monday, February 4, 3 p.m., Lincoln Theater, Free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Zachary R. Wood, author of Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America, will discuss why it is important to listen to people you disagree with. Wood is a 2018 graduate of Williams College where he joined and became president of a student group “Uncomfortable Learning” that invited speakers with controversial perspectives to speak on campus. Wood is an activist for free speech and a believer that civil debate is a crucial part of one’s education. His TED talk on this topic was selected as one of the top 10 TED talks of 2018. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available online, in person at the Lincoln Theater Box Office (Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.), or by phone at 860.768.4228. There is a four ticket limit per person.

 Some Jazz, Some Blues, Some Soul Food

Friday, February 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Konover Campus Center

Come to the annual Black History Month event that brings students and others together food, music, and entertainment. This year, Hartt alumnus Haneef Nelson will speak on the history of jazz. The program is a collaboration between Campus Activities Team and Multicultural Programs.

"Confronting Holocaust Denial" Humanities Lecture series

Tuesday, February 12, 7:30-9:30 p.m.,.Dana 201, Mali Lecture Hall

Avinoam Patt, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, will discuss "Confronting Holocaust Denial in the 21st Century," exploring how, despite the easy availability of more information than ever before, Holocaust denial is on the rise on the internet as well as in European and American political discourse. In his lecture, he will grapple with how educators can engage students in the process of recognizing denial while not inadvertently sanctioning illegitimate viewpoints, how we can teach students to recognize fraudulent sources of information, the appeal of conspiracy theories that seek to bolster discrimination by questioning the past, and how, in a post-truth world, there are certain truths that cannot be denied.

A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson


Wednesday, February 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Lincoln Theater. Free and open to the public but tickets are required

Join us on Wednesday, February 13 for “A Conversation with Michael Eric Dyson” a Georgetown University sociology professor, New York Times contributing opinion writer, contributing editor of The New Republic, and ESPN’s The Undefeated, and author of 19 books. He has won many prestigious honors, including an American Book Award and two NAACP Image Awards. A native of Detroit, Dyson rose from welfare father to Princeton Ph.D., from church pastor to college professor, from a factory worker who didn’t start college until he was 21 to a public intellectual. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available online and in person at the Lincoln Theater box office, (Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.), or by phone at 860.768.4228. There is a four ticket limit per person.

Spread Respect Hartford Hawks Men's Basketball Game

Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m.. Chase Arena, University of Hartford Sports Center

The Hartford Hawks Men’s Basketball team will host its annual Spread Respect game. The Spread Respect project supports and encourages participation by LGBTQ athletes and the community. The Hawks will play Maine. Tickets are available here.

Keeping Dr. KING'S Dream Alive Featuring Angela Davis


Wednesday, February 20, noon to 1 p.m., Lincoln Theater. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Our annual “Keeping the Dream Alive” event to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King will take place on Wednesday, February 20 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lincoln Theater. This year’s keynote speaker is Angela Y. Davis, who will also be conferred an honorary degree. Davis is an icon of black politics and social activism worldwide dating back to the 1960s when Dr. King led many civil rights battles. The University’s Gospel Choir and The Hartt School theatre and music students and professors will perform. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are available online and in person at the Lincoln Theater box office, (Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.), or by phone at 860.768.4228. There is a four ticket limit per person.

Spread Respect Hartford Hawks Women's Basketball Game


On the evening of Wednesday, February 20.the Hartford Hawks Women’s Basketball team will hold its annual Spread Respect game at the Sports Center. The Spread Respect project supports and encourages participation by LGBTQ athletes and the community. The Hawks will play New Hampshire. The game is at 7 p.m. Tickets are available here.

International Dessert Social and Mother Language Day

Thursday, February 21, 12:15-1:45 p.m., Gengras Student Union Room 339 (Farmington Room)

In celebration of Mother Language Day, the International Center will host an International Dessert Day. This is an event filled with sweets from around the world  cultural diversity and exchange. Come by to eat and have conversation with international students and Study Abroad alumni.

Decorate Chinese Lanterns

Thursday, February 21 6 to 7:30 p.m., Gengras Student Union Room 335

Historians believe that the Chinese first began making the now traditional Chinse lanterns during the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220). Today, they are used for decoration and modern forms of celebration and worship. Come learn more and decorate your own lantern.

An Evening of Diversity and Culture Concert and Lecture


Thursday, February 21, 7 p.m., Wilde Auditorium

A concert of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic music will be performed by Ian Pomerantz of The Hartt School accompanied by Aaron Larget-Caplan. Hartford Seminary President Joel N. Lohr (pictured above) will speak on "The Great Mission of the Hartford Seminary: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue.” This event is hosted by The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Hartford Seminary, Hillel, Protestant and Catholic Campus Ministries, and the University of Hartford Office of the President. It is free and open to the public. Wilde Auditorium is located in the Harry Jack Gray Center (building 15 on this campus map).

BSU Fashion Show


Saturday, February 23, 6 p.m., Lincoln Theater

The theme of this year's  BSU (Brothers and Sisters United) Fashion Show is “The World in One Night.” The annual Fashion Show is a fundraiser. and proceeds go to the Book Fund, a program that assists students in need of textbooksCost is $15.

BLAck history month movie series

See dates and titles below. all films are at 6 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. Free admission and popcorn.

Monday, January 28 – Green Book
Thursday, February 7 –  Blackkklansman
Monday, February 11 – Marshall
Tuesday, February 19 – Dear White People
To be rescheduled – Selma
Tuesday, February 26 – Moonlight

International Week, Monday, February 25-Saturday, March 2


Breakfast Parisian-Style

Monday, February 25, 11:15 a.m. to 12:14 p.m., Gengras Student Union, Hawk Lounge

Come and enjoy a Parisian-themed breakfast and discuss study abroad programs in Paris.

British tea party

Monday, February 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Gengras Student Union Room 309

Come and enjoy "a spot of tea" and learn about study abroad programs in Britain.

Latin Dance Night

Tuesday, February 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Gengras Student Union, Simsbury/Farmington Rooms (3rd floor)

The Hispanic and Latino Student Association and International Center invite you to Latin Dance Night. Learn to dance 3 of the most popular dances from the Latin Culture - Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata - followed by light refreshments.

"Traveling through Trump Country in the film  Nebraska - Humanities Lecture Series

Tuesday, February 26, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Dana 201, Mali Lecture Hall

Robert Lang, Professor of Cinema and Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, will present on the 2013 Alexander Payne film Nebraska in a lecture called "I don't care what you think!: Traveling Through Trump Country in Nebraska. Professor Lang sees this film as an allegory of a failed society and damaged lives in the Great Plains states, a region of the country Trump overwhelmingly won. In his lecture, he will focus on two of the most singular and intertwined features of the Trump era: conspiracy theories and "fake news," both of which he considers central to Nebraska's narrative.

Ending the Division:  Teaching Strategies for Becoming Instruments of Change

Wednesday, February 27, noon to 2 p.m., Shaw Center

University of Hartford professors from diverse backgrounds and disciplines will dicuss how to best address the polarization and divisiveness that appears to be so pervasive in our times. Participants are Maria Frank, Professor of Italian in the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S); Karen Gantt, Associate Professor of Business Law in the Barney School of Business (moderator); Joyce Ashuntangtang, Associate Professor of English in Hillyer College and scholar of African literature; Stephen Balkaran, Instructor of African-American Studies in A&S; Bryan Sinche, Associate Professor of English and Modern Languages (A&S); and Marisa Williamson, Assistant Professor in the Hartford Art School. The event is free and the public is welcome.

 Arabic Dancing

Thursday, February 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Gengras Student Union, Simsbury/Farmington Rooms (3rd floor)

Join the international center for a night of Arabic dancing. Students will be taught the basic steps to this beautiful style of dancing. Refreshments will be provided afterward.

FEm Fest

Friday, March 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Lincoln Theater

WSAM Alternative Radio in cooperation with the Campus Activities Team hold the University’s first ever FEM FEST, a  night of live performances to raise awareness for women’s rights. FEM FEST will headline Frankie Cosmos, a popular female indie artist who will take the stage with two local bands, both female/non-binary fronted, two local female poets, and a performance by one of the dance teams from the university.
he event is FREE with a University of Hartford ID, and $15 for other attendees. Proceeds will benefit the Women’s Advancement Initiative and Women for Change.Tickets can be purchased through the box office at Lincoln Theater ny phone 860.768.4228, in person, or online.

34th annual international festival

Saturday, March 2, 5 to 9 p.m. Gengras Student Union Cafeteria and Hartford, Avon/Simsbury/Farmington Rooms (3rd floor)

The International Center invites students, faculty, staff, and community to attend the 34th annual International Festival. The UHart community will have the chance to enjoy cultural performances and dine on wonderful cuisine from different countries around the world.
The cost for the full evening of entertainment is expected to be $5 for students and $13 for faculty, staff, and guests (age 5 and under free).

reading room urgent pedagogies

Monday, March 4-Thursday, March 14, Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

An exhibition as learning space, dedicated to equity and social justice through art, design, and education will be presented through multiple free public events. This immersive and participatory exhibition collaborates with students and faculty across the campus and artists from the Hartford community and beyond to set forth a space of teaching and learning through tools, games, conversations, and experiences. See the full list of events here.

Fireside Chat

Tuesday, March 5, Noon-1 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

A conversation on cultural stewardship and justice with Frank Mitchell, Director of Amistad Center for Art & Culture. moderated by Jesle Paragone. The Amistad Center is a cu!tural arts organization in Hartford, Connecticut that owns a vital collection of art, artifacts, and popular culture objects that document the experience. expressions, and history of people of African American heritage. Bring your lunch and talk story.

the free black women's library opening and book swap

Tuesday, March 5, 2:30-6 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

All are welcome to visit the library to enjoy and trade books by Black women. The Free Black Women's Library (FBWL) is a black feminist mobile trading library and interactive biblio installation that features a collection of one thousand books written by black women, as well as performance, readings, workshops, visual art and radical conversations

radical archives & libraries: Social Art & Public Praxis

Tuesday, March 5, 5-6 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

A talk and workshop with founder of the Free Black Wwomen's Library OlaRonke Akinmowo, a black feminist scholar, workshop facilitator, and interdisciplinary artist.

Passion + Creativity = Success, the ellsworth lecture by Hayley Foster BSBA'94


Tuesday, March 5, 5:30-6:30, Wilde Auditorium, Harry Jack Gray Center

The Barney School of Business presents the annual Ellsworth Lecture by Hayley Foster '94, founder and chief fostering officer of Foster Inc., a network of women-owned businesses, and author of Foster Your Passion. Read more on Foster.

Academic freedom and social media-Humanities Lecture series

Tuesday, March 5, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dana 201, Mali Lecture Hall

Karla Loya, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Humanities Center Faculty Fellow, will talk on "Teaching in Fear: Academic Freedom and Social Media," a discussion of the ways in which U.S. college classrooms have changed since the 2016 presidential elections due to an increasingly polarized social climate, a growing disregard for evidence and facts, and the ubiquity of technology. In her lecture, she will explore how these shifts threaten academic freedom and have led to what can be considered "teaching in an era of fear," where anyone with an electronic device can capture any comment, post it on social media, and create a viral response, regardless of context or merit.

welcome wednesdays-Cookies and Hot chocolate at Hartford Art School

Wednesday, March 6, Noon-2 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

Cookies and Hot Chocolate at the Art School is a Welcome Wednesday event. Welcome Wednesdays is an initiative to start a new campus tradition of visiting common campus spaces and making new acquaintances. On select Wednesdays the Welcome Wednesday mat will be outside a host location, inviting you to come in, meet some people and stay as little or as long as you like. The events are free and open to all. Welcome Wednesday is an initiative of the President's Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Decolonizing self care: the afromystic & Her Arts

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

A conversation with artist Azua Echevarria that centers on the Black Femme aesthetic which is non-binary, gender non-conforming and fluid in nature in a realm that intersects spirituality, social justice, and creativity/divinity. Azua Echevarria is an artist, healer, entrepreneur, and Hartford native. @azuaintuition

umbrellas for peace

Friday, March 8, 2-4 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

Join Women for Change, an on-campus organization concerned with social justice and activism, on International Women's Day in painting umbrellas to be at the Take Back the Night March to protest sexual and domestic violence. All supplies provided

UHart Land Acknowledgement Working Group

Wednesday, March 13, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

A conversation on working towards an ethical and responsible protocol for Indigenous land acknowledgement at the University of Hartford. Facilitated by FLC on Diversity Group.

welcome wednesdays-munchies in the office of Multicultural Programs

Wednesday, March 13, Noon-2 p.m., Gengras Student Union, Room 211

Munchies in the Office of Multicultural Programs is a Welcome Wednesday event. Welcome Wednesdays is an initiative to start a new campus tradition of visiting common campus spaces and making new acquaintances. On select Wednesdays the Welcome Wednesday mat will be outside a host location, inviting you to come in, meet some people and stay as little or as long as you like. The events are free and open to all. Welcome Wednesday is an initiative of the President's Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Black women in the Legal Profession

Thursday, March 21, 5:30 p.m. Wilde Auditorium

Candid conversations about the experiences of Black women in the legal profession with the Honorable Vanessa Bryant, United States Distric Judge for the District of Connecticut, Pia Flanagan, Chief of Staff for the CEO of MassMutual, and Marcia Sells, Associate Dean and Dean of Students at Harvard Law School.Sponsored by UHart's President's Commission on the Status of Women, The George W. Crawford Black Bar Associaion and the Hartford County Bar Association.

Know your UHart IX

Tuesday, March 26, 12:30-2 p.m., Shaw Center, Hillyer Hall

A discussion of the past, present and future of Title IX (the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education) and the University of Hartford's Title IX policies and procedures. The discussion will feature Gwaina D. Wauldon, UHart's Executive Director of Equal Opportunity Programs and Title IX and other campus members. Sponsored by UHart's President's Commission on the Status of Women. 

welcome wednesdays-Popcorn in the CETA Lounge

Wednesday, March 27, Noon-2 p.m., United Technologies Building (UT), Room 212

Popcorn in the CETA Lounge, co-hosted by CETA Student Clubs, is a Welcome Wednesday event. Welcome Wednesdays is an initiative to start a new campus tradition of visiting common campus spaces and making new acquaintances. On select Wednesdays the Welcome Wednesday mat will be outside a host location, inviting you to come in, meet some people and stay as little or as long as you like. The events are free and open to all. Welcome Wednesday is an initiative of the President's Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Eat It Raw: Reading Poems by Donna Fleischer

Monday April 1, 3-4p.m., Gengras Student Union Rooms 331/333

UHart alumna Donna Fleischer writes poems to find out what is possible for a human life. Poetry is her investigative tool as a woman. Fleischer earned a BA degree in English and Communication from the University. Come to this free reading of her poetry sponsored by UHart's President's Commission on the Status of Women. 

"On and off the island"-humanities lecture series

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Dana 201 Mali Lecture Hall

Ines Rivera Prosdocimi, Assistant Professor of English, will present a lecture entitled "On and Off the Island: The Modern-Day, Time-Traveling, Transnational Maroon" in which she explores, through a literary lens, myths of history and race that have led to the formation of perceived "truths" regarding the national identities of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the two countries on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.

One Night. One CommUNITY. Many Voices

Wednesday, April 3, 6-9 p.m. Hawk's Nest, University Commons First Floor

Part of the Campus Activities Team’s Power of the Arts Open Mic/Spoken Word Series, this is an open mic night in recognition of Women’s History Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month and in recognition celebration of UHart's diverse community of talented women. 

Unmaking queerness (lovepiece engagement 1)

Wednesday, March 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School

A brief artist talk followed by a collaborative multimedia performance exploring the dynamics of queer belonging. All sound will be scored and produced live by domsentfrommars and Karim Rome. Arien Wilkerson is the director of Tnmot Aztro Performance Art and Dance Installation LLC and makes work about queerness, queer ideologies, and queer embodiment through dance, film, music, conceptual art, sculpture, and installation. @ariaztro 

Take Back the Night

Thursday, April 4, 6-8 p.m. beginning in front of University Commons

Your voice has power! Attend the annual Take Back the Night silent march lead by student groups and organizations and speak out at the end to support and stand with survivors of sexual violence. 


Dis/ability colloquium series and philosophy club

Thursday, April 11, 12:15-1:45 p.m., 421 Auerbach Hall

The Dis/Ability Colloquium Series examines the meaning, nature, and consequences of dis/ability as a social construct. Using a social model to define dis/ability, the focus is on how people are disabled by barriers in society more so than by their impairment or difference. Barriers can be physical, like buildings not having accessible ramps. Or they can be caused by people's attitudes to difference.

Co-presenters are Sarah Hart (Assistant Professor of Education) and Tracy Carlson (University Director of Access-Ability).

The University of Hartford Philosophy Club is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers. Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.

Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. Food and drink are served.

Motherhood: Research and Experience

Thursday, April 11, 12:30-2p.m. Shaw Center, Hillyer Hall

Come to a panel discussion and poster presentation on motherhood featuring the research and experiences of University of Hartford faculty, students, and staff. 


Disability, Justice, and Feminist Theory: Past, Present, and Future

Wednesday, April 17, 5:30-7 p.m., Konover Campus Center
The event is free and open to the public. 
1.5 hours of CEUs are available for psychologists for $50 

Julie Williams, PsyD, ABPP, from Wright State University,will speak on the issues of ableism and lack of inclusivity.Professor Williams received the Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Disability Issues Award from the American Psychological Association in August, 2018.  The award recognizes association members who have had significant and enduring scientific, professional, educational, mentoring, leadership or political impact in advancing the role of psychological principles to enhance the lives of and promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
This event is sponsored by the Association for Women in Psychology- CT Chapter (AWP-CT), the Connecticut Psychological Society, The College of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions, and Women for Change. 

 Multicultural week


Saturday, April 20-Friday April 26

The Hispanic & Latino Student Association and SGA present a week of programs including Brazilian Drumline on April 20 at 7 p.m. at The Hartt School,
1,000 paper cranes with the Asian Student Associaition on April 22 in GSU 331/333,
Pour Paint in GSU 335 on Apil 23,
Cultural Conversation on April 23 at 7 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium featuring Marilyn Alverio, creator of the Latinas & Power Symposium and marketing professional at MassMutual,
Move to the Beat on April 24 at 7 p.m. in GSU.
Empanada Wars on April 25 in GSU South Cafe
NAACP Panel on 400 Years of African Americans in the United States on April 25 at y p.m. in the KF Room, Harrison Libraries.
HLSA Latin Night 7-11 p.m. in GSU

cultural conversation


Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m., Wilde Auditorium

Marilyn Alverio, creator and producer of the Latinas & Power Symposium and a Marketing Professional at MassMutual, will share her experiences working in corprate environments and discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and the awareness oportunity they bring.Alverioa is a member of UHart's President's Community Advisory Committee. This event is sponsored by the Hispanic and Latino Student Association (HSLA). The event is free and open to the public.

Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development for staff: “Inclusion Matters: We Are All Breathing the Same Air”

Thursday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wilde Auditorium and Harry Jack Gray Center

Keynote speaker Mary-Frances Winters, a strategic leader in the field of diversity and inclusion for 35 years, will speak on "Inclusion Starts with “I” and Happens with “Us." Winters’ speech will be followed by two concurrent workshops on, "Exploring Unconscious Bias" and"Navigating Difficult Conversations." Staff will have the opportunity to participate in both workshops. Staff can register for this important professional day by clicking the following link: :

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Classroom: professional training day for faculty

Friday, April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wilde Auditorium and Harry Jack Gray Center

This day long training begins with a keynote address by Khyati Joshi entitled "Teaching for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Any College Classroom," that will highlight topics professors should consider when implementing teaching strategies that foster justice and inclusion. Workshop sessions following the keynote focus on the areas of implicit bias, microaggressions, and facilitating difficult conversations in the classroom. Please email Lydia Chiappetti at to register.

Diversity of Thought: First Amendment Rights, Social Media, and Their Interplay on College Campuses

Monday, April 29, noon-1:30 p.m, Shaw Center

What happens when First Amendment freedom of speech, especially on social media, encounters privacy rights on college campuses? Don’t miss a lively and informative discussion of answers to this question by a panel of attorneys, communication professionals, professors, and a UHart student who is a social media influencer. Panelists are: Moderator Matthew Necci, Partner at Halloran Sage Law Firm and member of UHart’s President’s Community Advisory Council, Tom Breen, Manager for Special Projects and Deputy Spokesperson at UConn, Adam Chiara, Assistant Professor, UHart School of Communication, Roy Collins III, UHart Associate General Counsel, Karen Gantt, UHart Associate Professor of Business Law, and Nicholas Kereselidze ’19, UHart student and entrepreneur in the social media industry.

The panel discussion is free and open to the public.

The Myth of the “Real Man” and the “Good Woman”

Tuesday April 30, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wilde Auditorium

The President's Committee on the Status of Women invites the campus community to join an intimate conversation between husband and wife, Jimmie Briggs (founder of the Man Up Campaign to end violence against women girls around the globe) and Linda Kay Klein (author of the award-winning book PURE: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free and founder of Break Free Together, a not-for-profit that helps people release shame and claim their whole selves). Together, they will deconstruct the myths of the “real man” and the “good woman,” delving into their work and their personal experience with fear, failure, sickness, violence, martyrdom, and more.

nests affinity groups showcase

Thursday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Shaw Center

As part of the diversity and inclusion programs at the University, NESTS (affinity groups) will be formed and begin to meet in the 2019-20 academic year. NESTS are voluntary, employee-led groups that express the values of mutual understanding and shared community. Based on responses to a survey, the initial groups will be:

  • Staff and faculty of color NESTS Group
  • LGBTQ+ NESTS Group
  • Women’s NESTS Group
  • Women in STEM NESTS Group
  • Religion NESTS Group
  • Junior Faculty Scholarship NESTS Group
  • Writing Wednesdays NESTS Group

 Faculty and staff are encouraged to come to one of the NESTS Groups Showcases to learn about each planned group, meet the leaders, and indicated their interests.


Events held in the Fall of 2018-19

(When possible, we update information on past events with photos, videos, and/or stories. If you attended or were interested in an event, check here to see if a wrapup story appears.)

70th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Harry Jack Gray Center

The campus community is invited to a discussion of local human rights topics on the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The program will include a community reading of the UDHR and discussion will be led by local activist, trainer, and facilitator for social justice Janée Woods Weber.
UDHR was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 10 December 1948 in Paris. The Declaration consists of 30 articles affirming an individual's rights which, although not legally binding in themselves, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic transfers, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws.
A light lunch will be served and seating is limited. Please register with Susan Gottlieb or 860-768-4964 by Thursday, December 6. 2018.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Office of Diversity and Engagement, and University Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Forty Years after Camp David: America, Israel, and the Peace Process

Wed. DEC. 5, 7 p.m.. Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, Harry Jack Gray Center

In celebration of the 70th anniverary of the state of Israel and Hanukkah, Professor Kenneth Stein of Emory University and Founding Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel will deliver a lecture.

Rally in Support of Trans Gender Rights

Thursday, DEC. 6, 2018, 5-7 p.m.. Lawn in front of Harrison Libraries

A rally in support of Trans Gender rights will begin on the Harry Jack Gray Center lawn in front of the library and will march to GSU where letters to U.S. senators will be written for submission. The event is sponsored by SGA, WARS, Spectrum, and Women for Change. Additional student organizations are encouraged to participate.
See the poster here.

Updated: Self-determination at UHart, A Dis/ability Colloquium Series event

Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, 12:15-1:15 p.m. KF Room, Harrison Libraries

Using a world café, discussion-based format, attendees discussed ways that everyone can find success at UHart. Students, faculty, staff, and community partners talked about how dis/ability is an important aspect of the diversity that makes UHart special.

Through a collaboration between the President’s Office on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Access-ability Services; and ENHP Center of Leadership in Education and Health, diverse members of the campus community came together including faculty, staff, community partners, students, as well as honors students from Delta Alpha Pi. The group discussed self-determination,  the feeling in control of personal decisions and making an impact.

The group listed ways the entire campus community can invite and promote students to self-advocate; to move away from the idea that universities are places where students ‘sink or swim.’ Doing so will reduce stress and promote comradery for all students, with and without disabilities.  

An inclusive campus needs to be understood and actioned by all. A key action step agreed upon by the group was to connect with already existing campus activities. Promotion of dis/ability inclusion can continue in admissions, orientation (student, faculty, staff), retention efforts, faculty and staff associations, University-wide events (e.g., concerts, Hawktober), first-year and pre-major student experiences, and community partnerships (e.g., Career Services mentorships and internships, Women’s Advancement Initiative).  

As one attendee noted, the colloquium topic aligned with Kujichagulia (one of the 7 core principles of Kwanzaa): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

open mic: how do you define yourself?

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 8-10 p.m., Shaw Center, Hillyer Hall

Women for Change, Race Together, and Spectrum invite the campus community to an open mic night on the topic: How Do You Define Yourself? It will be held Tuesday, November 13 from 8-10 the Shaw Center of Hillyer Hall. This event is meant to be a safe space where students, faculty, and staff can share their stories and be heard..
See the flyer here.  

Leadership Quest: What Would Mr. Rogers Do?

Wed. Nov. 7, 2018, 6-9 p.m., Gengras Student Union South Cafe

What does it take to be a good neighbor? You may remember some lessons you learned while watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Now Leadership Quest invites you to be reminded of the lessons on community, action, courage, leadership that Mr. Rogers shared. Come watch "Won't You Be My Neighbor" Wednesday evening in GSU South Cafe. 

Won't You Be My Neighbor? is a 2018 American documentary film about the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers. 

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 99% approval rating. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States in June of this year to critical acclaim and audiences that made it gross $22 million, the highest-grossing biographical documentary of all time.

A Vigil to Remember Victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, 4 p.m. Harry Jack Gray lawn


Students, faculty, staff, and community members gathered on the Harry Jack Gray lawn in front of Harrison Libraries on Monday, October 29l to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Oct. 27 that resulted in 11 people killed and six injured. See pictures and read about the vigil here.

See a Hartford Courant story on the vigil here.

See a WTNH News Channel 8 story on the vigil here.

Rally for Trans Rights

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018 1 p.m. Harry Jack Gray Lawn in front of the Library

Students, faculty, and staff gathered outside the Library to rally for trans rights in the face of recent proposed changes in the definition of gender. Support was shown for our UHart transgender community to let them know that we love and respect them, and "won't erase" them.

Symposium on the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism in America

Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.. Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies in the Harry Jack Gray Center

Daniel Greene, guest curator of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum spoke on Americans and the Holocaust and Steve Ginsburg, Director of the Connecticut regional office of the Anti-Defamation League spoke on Confronting Racism and Anti-Semitism in America Today.

Affirming Inclusivity: A “Not on My Campus” Celebration

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m., Commons Dining Hall

Students, faculty, and staff gathered to celebrate the University’s commitment to affirming diversity, equity, and inclusion on Oct. 2 with its second “Not on My Campus” celebration. The day began with a banner that campus community members could sign being available at different locations on campus. Then at 5 p.m. campus community members gathered at the Commons for food, games, and honest conversation about inclusivity and about on-campus myths about opportunities open to students.

During the event, Shaily Prajapati, an Economics and Finance major and president of the International students association made these remarks about inclusivity.