Ithaca College Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19

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Friday May 15, 2020  11 AM in Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)


Dr. Belisa González Associate Professor, Sociology and Director, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity

Dr. Judy Griffin, Primary Care Physician, REACH Medical, Ithaca, New York

Yolanda Clarke, Manager of Tutoring Services and Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education

Moderated by Dr. Shaianne Osterreich, Associate Professor, Economics

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on education, students, and teaching around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.

Dr.  Belisa González is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Culture Race and Ethnicity at Ithaca College. She co-chaired the Atlanta Organizing Committee for Undoing Racism.  Her teaching and research focus on inter and intra group relations between African Americans and Latina/os across and within US communities of color. She has investigated cross-racial organizing efforts intergroup dynamics. She currently explores how Atlanta middle-class Dominican and Mexican immigrants experience discrimination. She co-created workshops on inequality in higher education, focusing on hiring inclusiveness and excellence, classroom micro-aggressions,  how to have difficult dialogues in the workplace.

Dr. Judy Griffin is board-certified in internal medicine and works as a primary care physicain and buprenorphine provider at REACH in Ithaca, NY. She serves as the Director of Research at REACH Medical and is the Director of the Rural Health Equity Training Collaborative (RHETC), affiliated with Cayuga Medical Center.  Dr. Griffinalso holds an appointment as a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the Criminal Justice-Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Board for Tompkins County.

Yolanda Clarke is the manager of Tutoring Services and Program Director of the Emerging and Professional Leaders Program at Ithaca College.  She teaches “Inequalities in Health” in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education and has taught an Ithaca Seminar, “High as a Kite:  A Nation under the Influence.”  Yolanda has spent 30 years of in higher education.  In each roles, she directs special attention to historically underrepresented students. Prior to Ithaca College, she worked for the Monroe County Department of Social Services with unemployed families.  She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Rochester.

Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19

Honors Program Rapid Response Salon on COVID-19:  Crisis, Elections, Muckraking

Rapid Response

Friday May 1, 2020  11 AM in Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)


Dr. Thomas Shevory, Professor, Politics and Codirector, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Rodrigo Brandao ’01, Director of Communications, The Intercept
Dr. Zillah Eisenstein, Professor Emeritus, Politics, writer, activist

Moderated by Raza Ahmed Rumi, Director of the Park Center for Independent Media

In partnership with the Ithaca College Honors program, join our faculty and alumni experts in our latest Rapid Response Salon conversation that focuses on crisis, elections, and muckraking around the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear their insights in an engaging live format meant to provide expert commentary.

Dr. Tom Shevory is Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival and coordinator of IC’s Legal Studies Program.  He teaches courses in U.S. politics, environmental politics, and popular cultures. His most recent book is The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour:  One Cyclist’s Journey along the Shores of the Inland Seas. His current research projects involve an historical study of Onondaga Lake, once known as “the most polluted lake in America,” and cycling several of the world’s great rivers in an exploration of ecologies, geologies, politics, and cultures.

Rodrigo Brandão is the Director of Communications at The Intercept. Previously, he oversaw media strategy for Kino Lorber’s feature films, and established Cinema Slate, a Latin American cinema label. At Kino Lorber, he executed campaigns for Finding FelaIxcanulMachines, and the Academy Award-nominated 5 Broken Cameras.  He has taught film publicity workshops and participated in film festival panels and selection juries. He serves on the board of directors at the Center for LGBTQ Studies at CUNY (CLAGS). Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brandão  earned degrees from Ithaca College in Cinema and Photography (B.S.) and Art History (B.A.).

Dr. Zillah Eisenstein is a ground-breaking political thinker, writer, and activist always looking to find new anti-racist socialist feminist pathways. She is the author of more than twelve books and hundreds of articles detailing the continual struggles for social, racial, economic, environmental, gender, sexual, and bodily justice by women of all colors across the planet. Her newest book is Abolitionist Socialist Feminist: Radicalizing the Next Revolution (2019). She is Professor Emerita of Political Theory, Ithaca College, NY. Access her writings for Al Jazeera and Feminist WireScreen Shot 2020-04-29 at 3.56.12 PM

Fall 2020 Registration!

Registration is now open to all honors students for the upcoming fall semester, so go pick your classes for next semester! The list of honors classes offered this semester is under the “Fall 2020 advising notes” tab. If you have any question on what honors classes are right for you, your honors advisor is just an email away!

First Year Experience Video Opportunity!

Dear Honors Students,

Can you help us?

We’re looking for your feedback in a short video format. In hopes of improving the First Year Experience, we’re asking current Ithaca College students:

“Think back to a moment in your first year here on campus when you…
…. felt successful… or a moment that was difficult… or a challenge to you.“


1)     Describe briefly: Where were you? What was happening?

2)     What did this moment mean to you?

3)     What would you like faculty and/or staff to know?

We are asking you to record a one-minute video of yourself describing the event and answering the questions. Your video will be playing on loop with other student input at the Synchronizing Student Engagement within the First-Year Experience event in May. Faculty and staff will be able to watch this video and hear from current IC students on how the first-year experience can be improved. Your voice matters. Please consider giving us your thoughts and feedback.

If you’re comfortable, feel free to stop by the Center for Faculty Excellence (Gannett 316) and we will record your answer. If you would prefer to record yourself privately, please see below on recording tips and where to send your video.


• Identify a location that will provide you with good lighting, minimal background noise and prevent interruptions.


• Avoid sitting with a window either directly behind or in front of you – this can cause glare, shadows, and other video disruptions.
• Adjust the position of your camera and lighting to make sure your face is well lit and positioned for others to see you.

• Remove any unnecessary items surrounding the area in view of the camera, such as papers and other table-top items.
• Wear attire that contrasts well with your backdrop.


·       Please use a Smartphone (held horizontally) or a computer webcam to record yourself.


Please share your video with

If you have any questions please email:

Thank you for your time and consideration!

New Class “Proposal and Grant Writing” Being Offered this Fall!

Proposal and Grant Writing (WRTG-31700), the capstone of the professional writing curriculum, concentrates on formal proposals and grants. Students address problems in the local community while studying the interplay among business, education, government, and non-profits.

Attentive to civic responsibility in the marketplace, this course teaches research and interviewing, project management, editing, and document design. Writing assignments include feasibility, assessment, and progress reports and individual and group projects. Through service learning within the local community, students come to understand the value of social capital in the public and private sectors.

To learn more, click here

IC African Students Association Presents: Africa Week

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On behalf of the African Students Association, we are pleased to invite you to our Africa week being held from April 15th – 20th, 2019 at Ithaca College

This year’s Africa Week theme is The Dangers of a Single Story.  Africa is usually portrayed in light of hunger and suffering.  Our goal is to shift Africa’s narrative and be the ones who tell our own story.

We would love for you to attend Africa Week and contribute to the ongoing conversations that not only impact the Ithaca community but the world around us. This year we have a mix of events which are listed below.

Please RSVP at the links provided! 

Africa Week Breakdown                                                                                                           April 15th:                                                                                                                                    Inaugural event with IC Alumna, Yaw Aidoo (Former ASA President)                                Clarke Lounge: 8:30PM                          

April 17th:                                                                                                                                        Panel discussion – On ted talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie                                                Textor 101: 6:00PM                        

April 20th:                                                                                                              Teranga Banquet and Fashion show hosted by Amani with Guest speaker Professor N’Dri Therese Assie-Lumumba and special performances                                                          Emerson Suites: 7:30PM .                

​​93QUEEN Showing Thursday at the Handwerker!

Come view a great new film, 93Queen on Thursday night, February 7th, at 6 pm in the Handwerker Gallery. 93Queen is about a group of Hasidic women in Brooklyn, New York, who have set up their own emergency medical service, in defiance of the gender norms of their community. 

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93QUEEN is the inspirational story of Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the boy’s club in her community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. Through it all, we see them grappling to balance their faith with their nascent feminism, even as they are confronted by the patriarchal attitudes that so dominate Hasidic society.

With unprecedented insider access, 93QUEEN offers a unique portrayal of a group of empowered religious women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.

The film is cosponsored by Jewish Studies at Ithaca, the IC Library, and Hillel, and funded by the Littauer Fund. Please let your students know about the film.