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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Professional Development Workshop

Join SUNYCUAD and your development, alumni and communications colleagues throughout the system for a one-day professional development workshop focused on diverse, equitable and inclusive practice for higher education professionals. Featuring a networking breakfast and lunch, as well as breakout sessions and a plenary presentation.

Wednesday November 8
SUNY Plaza in Albany, NY


  • Acquire an understanding of current topics regarding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Activate best practices for engaging diverse communities
  • Develop metric and data plans to improve outreach
  • Enhance leadership skills in relation management

Topics we hope to address:

  • Gender Identity
  • Disabilities
  • Microaggressions
  • Affirmative Action Ruling
  • Affinity Fundraising
  • Affinity Events
  • Recruiting & Retaining Diverse Staff
  • Support Groups for Staff
  • Neuro-Wellness for Staff


9 to 9:45 a.m.: Networking Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – Welcome from SUNYCUAD DEI Committee
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:15 to 1 p.m.: Lunch
1 to 3 p.m.: Plenary Presentation: High Impact Practice in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Join our expert panel as we discuss top-of-mind matters for Advancement professionals regarding DEI. Hear advice and best practices from esteemed peers specializing in affinity fundraising, engagement, empowering under-served audiences, equitable education in action, and more! Featuring:

Dana Brown

Dana Brown, Empire State, Senior Director of Enrichment and Opportunity Programs

Michael Marino

Michael Marino, Columbia, Director of Class Giving

DeAnne Martocci

DeAnna Martocci, HVCC, Associate Dean for Student Development & Director of Center for Access and Assistive Technology

Matt Carcella

Matt Carcella, Senior Director, Diversity Alumni Programs and U.S. Regional Alumni Engagement at Cornell University

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