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FEBRUARY 17-19, 2014



February 17 - 19, 2014

(un) silencing voices

...a day to bring all members of the campus community together for interaction and reflection on how we see the campus.  It is a day for multiple discussions and engaging events which seek to highlight our challenges as well as our strengths.  Central to the day's events is the breaking down of real and perceived barriers which often prevent the community from maximizing its full potential.  To this end, we encourage everyone to play a role in defining the day.


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Click here to read comments from the 2008 Mural Project


All College Days

February 17 – 19, 2014

Monday, February 17

6:00pm, Villard Room
Lecture by JANET MOCK
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More
Janet Mock is a writer, organizer, trans woman who stepped onto the national stage in 2011 with a catalytic profile in Marie Claire magazine about her journey into womanhood.  She is the author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.
Co-sponsored by the Campus Life Resource Group and the Vassar Student Association with support from Africana Studies, Women's Studies, and the Campus Life Women's, ALANA and LGBTQ Centers.  

Tuesday, February 18

An afternoon of campus discussions led by teams of faculty, administrators and students focusing on the theme, (un) silencing voices.

1:30pm – 2:50pm
Building Resiliency at Vassar and in a Challenging World
Gold Parlor
All of us face obstacles in our lives and developing resilience can strengthen our ability to confront challenges.  Many respond to difficult life events with strong emotions and negative thinking. Resilience is having the ability to work through our responses and setbacks.  This workshop will support students and employees in exploring how to cultivate their resilience by building upon strengths, self care strategies, and supportive relationships both on and off campus. We will assist you in developing self reflection techniques and goals to aid in this process.
Facilitated by Wendy Freedman and Lisa Reticker (Counseling Services)

1:30pm – 2:50pm
“Did you see that status?”: #CallOutCulture on the #WorldWideWeb
Faculty Parlor
A dialogue space for participants to think critically about cyber call out culture and the ways in which it may deter productive solidarity/allyship work. Through large group discussion, we will explore the nuances between expressing anger/rage and exercising abusive behavior, truth-telling, and the politics of deep listening and honest engagement. #bringyourfriends
Facilitated by the students from the Vassar College Dialogue Center (Yanee Ferrari ‘15,  Michelle Harvey ‘14, Alejandro McGhee ‘16, Naimah Petigny ‘14, Anna Schlosser ‘14)

1:30pm – 2:50pm 
Surviving and Thriving: Coping with Trauma and Microaggressions
Jade Parlor
We all have different perceptions of and reactions to our daily experiences. While particularly stressful experiences like violence and abuse are more likely to incur traumatic responses, some researchers have found that experiencing daily microaggressions  are "everyday traumas," causing increased risk for stress and trauma-like responses. What red flags should you notice and what can you do to cope? Join us for an interactive workshop involving crayons, origami paper, the Hunger Games, and activities to encourage self-exploration and enhance coping skills.
Facilitated by Elizabeth Schrock (SAVP) and Lizy Salmon '14 (CARES)

3:10pm – 4:30pm
"Lucky" to be Here? #ClassatVassar
Jade Parlor
This open dialogue will focus on how identity affects student relationships with and sense of voice at Vassar, with an emphasis on class and classism. We will talk about "gratitude" rhetoric, as well as specific strategies both for increasing voice in interpersonal relationships and also creating institutional change.
Facilitated  by the Students' Class Issues Alliance and Diane Harriford (Sociology & Women’s Studies)

3:10pm – 4:30pm
What do you mean..........“Diverse”?
Rose Parlor
This intergroup dialogue will give participants the opportunity to reflect on their experiences around social identity difference, equity, and Vassar’s copious use of “diversity” rhetoric. Through pair sharing, fun ice breakers, and small groups we will provide a space for students to share their experiences with racial (in)justice on campus. Our aim is to collectively reflect on and share knowledge that has helped us successfully navigate Vassar’s tricky racial climate while also brainstorming ways to push the community into action. We encourage first and second year students to participate and share their stories.  All are welcome!
Facilitated by the Vassar College Dialogue Center

3:10pm – 4:30pm
The Privilege Campaign: Reflections and Looking Forward
College Center, MPR (2nd Floor)
Join participants from The Privilege Campaign to discuss the process and impact of the Campaign on both the individual and the Vassar community at large. There will be both large and small group discussion about how privilege plays out at Vassar and what we can do about it. This will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Bias Incident Response Team’s second gallery show which will occur in fall of 2014 and is open to all students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Facilitated by Luz Burgos Lopez (Campus Life ALANA Center) and Judy Jarvis ‘07 (Campus Life LGBTQ Center and Women’s Center)

3:10pm – 4:30pm
(Ir)rational Voices; Religion and Identity at Vassar
Faculty Parlor
Does Vassar silence religion or does religion silence Vassar? Students of all perspectives are welcome for this conversation about the ways in which religious, spiritual and secular perspectives intersect, and form a part of campus diversity. Participants will be encouraged to explore their assumptions about the role of religion and spirituality in academics, activism, and public life. 
Facilitated by the Campus Life Religious and Spiritual Life Forum

7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Finding the Language: Let’s Talk about Race & Racism
College Center Multipurpose Room (2nd Floor)
In this dialogue, we aim to give participants the language, framework and introductory information for understanding and examining racism as a systemic, intersectional force. Through this introduction to racial justice work through dialogue, participants will explore the nuances of privilege and oppression as they unpack what racial justice means on Vassar Campus.
Presenters: Vassar College Dialogue Center

Wednesday, February 19

10:00am – 6:00pm 
Mural Project
College Center, North Atrium
In its 14th year, the Mural Project is an interactive opportunity for creative expression on the theme, “(un) silencing voices.”  Student hosts will be there to spark your creativity, invite discussion, and help transform our individual contributions into a collective effort. Canvas, paint, and markers provided!

11:30am – 1:30pm
Soup and Substance
Faculty Commons
Staff, faculty, students and administrators are invited to a free-flowing conversation about the All College Day theme, (un) silencing voices. We serve the soup; you bring the substance—ideas, thoughts and reflections. The atmosphere will be relaxed, so stay as long as you can.
Facilitated by CLRG Members

5:30pm - 6:30pm
Why Gender Neutral Bathrooms?
Rockefeller Hall 300
A forum to provide information about Vassar's policies and progress on gender neutral bathrooms, and an opportunity to ask whatever questions are on your mind. All students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend.
Facilitated by Campus Life LGBTQ Center staff and the VSA VP for Student Life


For more information, contact the Campus Life Office at ext. 5426 or campuslife@vassar.edu

All events are open to students, faculty, administrators and staff.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Campus Activities at 845-437-5370


Previous All College Day themes:

  • 2013 - Race, Privilege and Power
  • 2012 - Engaging Campus Tensions
  • 2011 - Sesqui 1861 - 2011 Perspectives
  • 2010 - Bridging the Gaps: Knowing the Past, Living the Present, Shaping the Future
  • 2009 - Hearing All Voices
  • 2008 - Be The Change
  • 2007 - Building Community at Vassar: What's Next?
  • 2006 - Beyond The Gate: Vassar and Poughkeepsie
  • 2005 - Finding Common Ground at Vassar: Identity • Community • Politics
  • 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


Scenes from All College Day 2011

All College Day is an annual event planned by the Campus Life Resource Group, a committee of students, staff, faculty, and administrators.   It is made possible through collaborations within the Dean of the College Division, among students and other offices.  One goal of the event is to create open and honest dialogue on matters of campus life. Questions and comments may be shared at any time by contacting us at campuslife@vassar.edu or in the Campus Life Office (Main, N-163).  

Please call Ext. 5426 if you have questions or need more information about All College Day 2012.

Photo credits: Gail Beckwith-Ecker