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18th Annual All College Day and Lecture

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This year's All College Day is planned in collaboration with the Engaged Pluralism Initiative.

President’s Staff Appreciation Brunch

10:30am - 11:30am

College Center, Villard room, 2nd Floor

An appreciation brunch for staff to express appreciation for their contributions to the campus community.

Laughter Breaks



College Center, CCMPR, 2nd Floor

Laughter adds joy, reduces stress, and builds connection. Join us for a ten-minute session!

All College Day Exhibits

11am – 2:00pm

College Center, North Atrium

Join us at our interactive All College Day, Engaged Pluralism Initiative, and VSA table for the photo journal, reflection boards, and raffles.


3:00pm - 5:00pm

Behind the Scenes with Indigenous Comedy Group, The 1491s

Old Bookstore, College Center, Lower level

How do we engage as a community around difficult topics? Can we use humor/comedy without crossing a line? What does humor/comedy do for the performer(s)? For the audience? Guest artist, Dallas Goldtooth, will be joined by Professor Molly McGlennen for an open conversation surrounding these topics and more. Come hear how the arts become practice for activism, representation, and change. Moderated by Tom Pacio, Interdisciplinary Arts Coordinator

Practices for Resilient Solidarity

Faculty Parlor, College Center, 2nd Floor

Exploring "practice" as a shared way of addressing basic human needs—actions that are both generative in themselves and that qualitatively transform our experience of time (such as eating, hospitality, movement). Students will also share their own practices for healing and sustaining themselves in their activism. Facilitated by Liz Aeschlimann, Jewish Life/Religious & Spiritual Life and Louis Römer, Department of Anthropology

Implicit Bias in the Academy and Workplace

Senior administrators, deans, directors, academic department chairs, and program directors participate in a workshop conducted by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.


All College Day Keynote Lecture:

Implicit Bias: Rethinking our Decisions and Actions  


College Center, Villard Room, 2nd Floor           

A look at implicit bias and its operation in various domains, such as in higher education,  classroom, and work environments--and how unconscious associations about race, gender, class, sexuality, etc.) can influence decision-making and behavior. Presented by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.               

All College Day Closing Reception


College Center, Rose Parlor, 2nd Floor

Hosted by the Dean of the College and Dean of the Faculty


The tradition began in February 2001, in response to a racial incident and subsequent campus discussions the previous spring. Led by the Dean of the College Office, those discussions  included students, faculty, and administrators. Along with Conversation Dinners throughout the year, the goal has been to facilitate campus dialogue regarding critical matters of campus life and campus community. All College Day has typically been scheduled on the third Wednesday in February. Questions and comments may be shared at any time by contacting us at You may also call (845)437-5426 if you have questions or need more information.

All College Day Themes/Speakers (2001 - 2017)

2017 - Drawing Power from the Center

2016 - All College Day

2015 – Self and Community Care; keynote by Pauline Alexis Gumbs

2014 – (un)silencing voices; keynote by Janet Mock

2013 – Race, Privilege, Power; keynote by Tim Wise

2012 – Engaging Campus Tensions

2011 – Sesqui  1861 – 2011 Perspectives

2010 – Bridging The Gaps

2009 - Hearing All Voices

2008 – Be The Change

2007 – Building Community at Vassar: What’s Next?

2006 – Beyond the Gate: Vassar and Poughkeepsie…a day of open and honest campus dialogue about our relationship with Poughkeepsie

2005 – Finding Common Ground at Vassar: Identity • Community • Politics; keynote by Peggy McIntosh

2004 – Race at Vassar: A Year-long Conversation

2003 – Bursting the Bubbles: Building A Community That Works For Everyone

2002 – A day to discuss issues of community and to explore our individual and collective responsibility in promoting a stronger, inclusive community for everyone.

2001 – Community at Work, Working at Community  “A day to examine issues of diversity at Vassar and our individual and collective responsibilities in promoting positive community for all.” – President Fergusson