Diasporas of Color Conference April 25-26

GENESEO, N.Y. – The “II First World Diaspora Undergraduate Conference,” a collaborative project of SUNY Geneseo and SUNY New Paltz, presents students’ work concerning all issue relevant to Diasporas of Color on April 25 at 1 – 8 p.m. and April 26 at 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Theconference is free and open to the public.

This year’s theme is Global(izing) identities and migration across Diasporas of Color of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Diasporas refers to any group that has been dispersed involuntarily outside its traditional homeland. 

The conference has been organized to bring together students, recent graduates, academics and professionals to accomplish many desired goals. Specifically:

  • To provide the experience of showcasing in a professional setting;
  • To expose undergraduates in current diaspora scholarship as a means of motivating and stimulating their pursuit of a graduate education;
  • To create a venue where undergraduates will learn from the graduate experiences and challenges faced by professionals who have specialized in similar fields of study;
  • To offer a space where undergraduates can interact and network with alumni, recent graduates and new professionals.

The conference is sponsored by the SUNY Geneseo Departments of English, History Languages and Literatures, and by the Africana Studies, Americana, Asian Studies and Latin American Studies Programs, in collaboration with SUNY New Paltz’s Black Studies Department and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. The conference is funded in part by a 2013-14 Explorations in Diversitiy and Academic Excellence Support grant from SUNY's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and by SUNY Geneseo's Office of the Provost.

For more information, contact Rose McEwen, associate professor of languages and literatures at Geneseo, at mcewen@geneseo.edu.

Written by College Communications intern Jennifer Kim.

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