All College Day(s) will run February 17-19, 2014

Vassar celebrates All College Day(s) every year as a day to bring all members of the campus community together for interaction and reflection. This year’s theme is “(un)silencing voices,” and begins with a lecture by Janet Mock.


All College Day Lecture: Janet Mock

6:00 pm

Villard Room

Janet Mock is a writer, organizer and trans woman who stepped onto the national stage in 2011 with a catalytic profile about her journey into womanhood in Marie Claire magazine. She is the author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. This event is sponsored by the Campus Life Resource Group and the Vassar Student Association.

After publicly proclaiming her identity as a trans woman, Mock focused her efforts on speaking about the struggles, triumphs and portrayals of girls and women like herself. In 2012, she launched #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly. Mock is a board member at the Arcus Foundation, a leading global organization advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues and has advised programming for trans youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York.


1:30 pm – 2:50 pm

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)


 “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)


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)

3:10 pm – 4:30 pm
"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)

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 ussuccessfully 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

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)

(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


10:00 am-6:00 pm


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!

11:30 am-1:30 pm


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

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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 and Diversity Office at or 845-437-5426.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, February 12, 2014