Join us as we celebrate all the different cultural and religious holidays that happen during the calendar year!
World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10)
International day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct. 12)
Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October
Canadian Thanksgiving (Oct. 12)
Annual national holiday in Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
United Nations Day (Oct. 24)
United Nations Day celebrates the ratification of the 1945 Charter of the UN. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948.
Mawlid an-Nabawī (Oct. 28)
Marks the birthday of Islamic Prophet Muhammad, which is commemorated in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
Halloween (Oct. 31)
Halloween or Hallowe'en, also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in many countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Saints’ Day.
Hispanice Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15)
The Hispanic Heritage month is about celebrating generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our society. One of our favorite ways to celebrate is through music, dance and food. Many schools put up dance performances where students mix up cultural with more modern dancing and music as they showcase their flags. Celebrations are usually followed by delicious food from all countries. We like to share and celebrate our culture together.
Rosh Hashanah (Sept, 18)
Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday.
International Day of Peace (Sept. 21)
The International Day of Peace (or World Peace Day) is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people.
Yom Kippur (Sept. 27-28)
The holiest day of the year in Judaism. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
Free Conference, October 19-23, 2020
SUNY is hosting a free virtual Faculty Development Conference on Teaching and Learning for Student Success
Wednesday, October 28, 3:30pm-4:45pm
ADEA Diversity and Inclusion Workshop – Tapestry Table
The workshop is free and from 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm Eastern. The focus is LGBTQIA+ Health Equity and features special guest, Dominique Jackson, star of the FX ground breaking series, POSE.
Thursday, October 29, 3:15pm-4:15pm
The Impact of Intersectionality and Social Justice on Health Equity
The workshop is free and is part of the virtual ADEA conference.
Destination Dental School (DDS) is an intense gateway experience for underrepresented undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in dentistry.
The goal of the program is to encourage and increase recruitment of underrepresented students into UB Dental School through preparation, exposure, and mentorship. DDS is a demonstration of UB Dental School’s commitment to training the next generation of dental professionals from communities of color.
The program is designed to encompass hands-on experiences and enrichment activities with faculty mentors dental students, and local community leaders. Through collaboration with UB’s CSTEP program, Destination Dental School is expected to invite 20-25 undergraduate students from across the United States each year. The program is still under construction and is expected to launch in the summer of 2021.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Culture, Beliefs and the Profession
Guest Speaker(s): Rev. Francis X. Mazur, Rabbi Drorah Setal, Jeff Carter
Friday, September 13, 2019
Bridging the Gap: Tips for treating: Tips for Treating a Patient with Autish
Guest Speaker: Bridging the Gap: Tips for Treating a Patient with Autism
Wednesday, October 13, 2019
Unseen Tears: The Native American Boarding School Experience in WNY
Guest Speaker: Laura M. Anderson, PhD
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Change Perceptions...Go Beyond Expectations
Guest Speaker: Jessica A. Rickert, DDS
Thursday, October 17, 2019
The Path to Excellence: How Diversity Benefits Individuals, Groups and Organizations
Wednesday, May 20, 200
Why and How of Special Care Dentistry
Guest Speaker: Dr. Maureen Perry
Destination Dental School
Destination Dental School (DDS) is an intense gateway experience for under-represented under-graduate students interested in pursuing a career in dentistry.
The goal of the program is to encourage and increase recruitment of under-represented students into the UB Dental program through preparation, exposure, and mentorship.
The program is designed to encompass hands-on experiences and enrichment activities with faculty mentors, dental students, and local community leaders. Through collaboration with UB’s CSTEP program, Destination Dental School is expected to invite 20-25 undergraduate students from across the United States each year. DDS demonstrates its commitment to training the next generation of dental professionals from communities of color and socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. The program is still under construction and is expected to launch in the summer of 2021.
UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program: Mentoring Circles for UB Students
The UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars (DVS) faculty cohort has arrived in Buffalo for the 2020-21 academic year. Each member of the cohort will engage with UB’s students, faculty and throughout the fall and spring semesters. Programs with the Scholars, which will be open to all members of our community, will include public talks, art exhibitions, book clubs and film viewings, class visits, workshops, opportunities to chat on ZOOM, and various celebrations throughout the year. (Please check out www.buffalo.edu/cdi for ongoing posting of events and use the “contact us” form to add yourself to the email list for notifications.)
The breadth of the Scholars’ work and interests—anti-racist pedagogy; artistic depictions of migration; writing as a means to promote social justice; the empirical examination of different forms of racial inequity such as in health outcomes, policing and incarceration; contemporary Kenyan political history; women’s roles in historic rebellions; race and representation in romanticism; the influence of Black girls and women in shaping educational outcomes; the mapping of Indigenous communities and study of settler-colonialism—creates points of intersection with students, faculty and staff across all departments and units and the hope that members of the entire UB community will participate in Scholar events.
ALL UB undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Because the circles must be limited in size to permit these small group interactions, students must express interest through a brief survey and statement.
HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING:
Using this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DVSMentoring, you will indicate which Scholar(s) you are interested in meeting with, some questions about your goals/interests, and also to share a short statement about yourself (that you can upload via the survey).
The process is not time-consuming and this not a graded assignment. The Scholars will be interested in learning about you in order to select students as part of their circles. And do remember that these circles will be only one of many means for you to “meet” and learn with the Scholars throughout the year. There will be many other opportunities.
I hope you will consider completing the survey and submitting a short statement indicating your interest. If you have questions, do not hesitate to consult a faculty member in your department/program (particularly the Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies) or others, as well as me: email@example.com with your questions. (NOTE: The survey has been tested and does meet accessibility standards, but please reach out to accessibility services or to the Center, if you need assistance.)
Deadline to submit applications is Oct. 15th, but applications after that will be reviewed if space remains, until all circles are filled.
We all hope you will read about the Scholars on the Center website and consider being a part of this program which we think will greatly benefit you and be part of making each Scholar’s year at UB fun and memorable!
Please note: The program is open to all grad and undergrad students; students do not need to be in the same discipline/field as the Scholar. Gatherings will be wholly virtual or safely distanced yet combined with virtual participation. In short, students not in Buffalo can participate as readily as local students.
The time commitment is minimal; circles will meet only a few times per semester for activities that will in all likelihood be fun and enriching without taking energy/time away from students’ academic work.
Dr. Yoly Gonzalez-Stucker
Dr. Dian Chinkit-Wells
Dr. Dana Keblawi (Chair)
Dr. Thikriat Al-Jewair
Dr. Stephen Abel
Dr. Stefan Ruhl
Dr. Joseph Rumfola
Dr. Othman Shibly
Dr. Elaine Hennie-Megna
Arian Johnson (D4)
Brian Cruz (D3)
Anisa Tocilla (D3/ ASDA Liaison)
Bushra Azhar (D2)
Anusha Atique (D1)
Learn more about equity, diversity and inclusion at UB.