EDI Workshop Series 2017-2018

How do we influence each other? What sparks that synergy between you and another person? Did you ever wonder at that moment when you influence someone, that you might actually be channeling energy from the stars? The word “influence” is derived from a 14th century astrological term for “streaming ethereal power from the stars when in certain positions while acting upon character or destiny of each person.”

How do we act upon one another's character and destiny?

Juniata welcomes your influential energy, as we shape our communal ethos. Be the constellation you are and evolve into the global leader you are becoming by sharing your stories, insights, creations, sorrows and doubts. Lift up creative, enlightened ideas. Stand up for inclusive, equitable actions. As students and teachers of life, we can emanate the stars and influence each other’s character and destiny.

Engage with us, in our EDI Program—a series of reflective presentations that invite and embolden heartfelt, brave dialogue that might influence you and those you lead.

Be intentional about moving EDI!

When we are intentional, we are “stretching out, or straining.” We turn our attention to “emotion, feelings, heart, mind, mental faculties, and understanding.”

Stretch out your attentions toward the transformations that move us into explicit equity.

Whether watching the news, reading the headlines, or commiserating with friends, we have witnessed a chain of national and global events that often leave us feeling overwhelmed or hopeless. What’s next? Together, and with soul-searching intentionality to actuate equity and justice, we can influence change and reconciliation wherever we are.

At Juniata, we dedicate ourselves as intentional agents of positive and creative worldwide change. What can we do to awaken, to become more attuned to the realities and destinies of others? How do we differ from and engage each other respectfully, with civility and compassion?

We invite you to attend EDI events to enhance your influence as you interact with others in the classroom, dorm rooms, offices, athletic fields, and neighborhoods. Become intentional about the creative difference you make!

"This is Your Future, What Will You Do With It?"

Keith Boykin at Juniata College

(Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and the Office of the President)

January 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm in Rosenberger Auditorium, Halbritter Center

Keith Boykin is a CNBC contributor, MSNBC commentator, BET columnist, and New York Times bestselling author. He is also the former editor of the online news site, The Daily Voice.
Each of Boykin’s four books has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, including his most recent book, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, which won the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Nonfiction in 2013.
He has appeared on numerous national media programs, including Anderson Cooper 360, The O’Reilly Factor, The Tyra Banks Show, The Montel Williams Show, Judge Hatchett, and The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
A founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition, Boykin has spoken to audiences, large and small, across the world. He delivered a landmark speech to 200,000 people at the Millennium March on Washington, and gave a stirring speech about the AIDS epidemic in front of 40,000 people at Chicago’s Soldier Field in July 2006.
Educated at Dartmouth and Harvard, Boykin attended law school with President Barack Obama and served in the White House as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton, where he was once the highest ranking openly-gay person in the Clinton White House. He also organized and participated in the nation’s first ever meeting between a sitting president and leaders of the LGBTQ community.
Boykin is a veteran of six political campaigns, including two presidential campaigns, and was named one of the top instructors when he taught political science at American University in Washington.

Who's Your Neighbor? Story Listening

January 31st, 2017 at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm in The Ballroom in Ellis Hall

If you are curious about the diverse experiences of people at Juniata, you will be interested in this story-listening program. Panelists share personal narratives about how they challenge and embrace their gender, race, class, ability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, and culture in their own lives and within their families. As you listen, you will learn more about who we are and who we are becoming. Discover the authentic stories of your neighbor and witness the Juniata community become more inclusive.

Polly Walker, director of Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies
Tim Launtz, head football coach
Jody Althouse, directory of violence prevention
Dan Welliver, associate professor of sociology

Polly Walker at Juniata CollegeTim Launtz at Juniata CollegeJody Althouse at Juniata CollegeDan Welliver at Juniata College


"Building a Vocal Community®: Singing in The African American Tradition"

Ysaye M. Barnwell at Juniata College

(Co-Sponsored by the Baker Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Choral Department)

March 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm in Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center

Ysaye M. Barnwell, Ph.D., MSPH is a native New Yorker who has lived in Washington, D.C. since 1968. Barnwell studied violin with her father for 15 years, beginning at age two and a half, and majored in music through high school. With this background, she went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech pathology from the State University of New York at D.C., in 1967 and 1968. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in speech pathology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1975, and a master’s of public health from Howard University in 1981. Barnwell has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees, and the 2014 Humanitarian Award from the Washington Choral Arts Society.
For a decade, Barnwell was a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University, after which she administered health programs at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. She joined Sweet Honey In The Rock in 1979 and recently retired from the ensemble after 34 years.
Barnwell has been a commissioned composer on numerous choral, film, video, dance, and theatrical projects. She is the Curator/Composer of the Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem which began as a yearlong project culminating in two performances at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center of the University of Maryland in 2012. For 30 years, she spent much of her time off-stage working as a master teacher and choral clinician in African-American cultural performance. Her workshop “Building a Vocal Community®: Singing in the African American Tradition” has been conducted on three continents, making her work in the field a significant source of inspiration for both singers and non-singers, and a model of pedagogy for educators, cultural activists, and historians.
In May 2016, President Obama nominated Barnwell for membership on the National Committee on the Arts, which the Senate must confirm.
Four axioms have proven significant in Barnwell’s life: to whom much is given, much is required; as one door closes, another door opens; everything matters; say YES!

"Being the Difference You Make"

Greg Louganis at Juniata College

(Co-Sponsored by Athletics and the Office of the President)

April 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Rosenberger Auditorium, Halbritter Center

Greg Louganis is one of the greatest divers in history. You would be hard pressed to find a person who watched either the 1984 or 1988 Olympics who was not enthralled by the poetry that was Louganis leaping from the board. The beauty and power of his diving captivated the world.
In 2016, Louganis celebrated the 40th anniversary of his first Olympic win. He won a silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, in platform diving, at the tender age of 16. Eight years later he became the first male diver to earn double gold in springboard and platform in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and again in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. He has earned a total of five Olympic medals, fie World Championship titles, and 47 national titles—more than any person in U.S. history. His records remain unbroken. In 1988 Louganis also tested positive for HIV. Coming out as a gay athlete in a time when it simply was not done, his 1995 autobiography, “Breaking the Surface,” spent five weeks at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and his Producers Guild of America and Emmy-nominated documentary “Back on Board: Greg Louganis” is receiving rave reviews nationwide and can now be seen on HBO. On April 4, 2016, General Mills announced that Louganis would receive a Wheaties Box for his achievements on and off the diving board, and that development was so significant it warranted a New York Times exclusive. In July 2016, he had the honor of being included in ESPN’s prestigious, annual “Body Issue.” He was an official commentator for Brazilian broadcaster GLOBO for the Rio Summer Games, supported the “Side By Side” LGBTQ Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in December, received the Changemaker Award, alongside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for the 25th anniversary of Alliance for Positive Change. He made history on January 2, 2017, by being the first openly gay Grand Marshal of the iconic Rose Parade.
Today, as an author, actor, activist, humanitarian, and clothing and jewelry designer, he continues his tradition of excellence in every field he touches.

Earn your P.E.A.C.E Certificate by attending designated lectures and workshops!

Who’s Your Neighbor? Story Listening

September 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm in Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center

If you are curious about the diverse experiences of people at Juniata, you will be interested in this story-listening program. Panelists share personal narratives about how they challenge and embrace their gender, race, class, ability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, and culture in their own lives and within their families. As you listen, you will learn more about who we are and who we are becoming. Discover the authentic stories of your neighbor and witness the Juniata community become more inclusive.

Beth Williams, assistant professor of sociology
David Witkovsky, college chaplain
Martina Thomas, post-doctoral fellow in anthropology
Kim Roth, professor of mathematics

Beth Williams at Juniata College Dave Witkovsky at Juniata College Martina Thomas at Juniata College Kim Roth at Juniata College 

Alumni Advocates Panel

(Co-Sponsored by the Alumni Office)

October 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm in Sill Boardroom, von Liebig Center for Science 

Alumni who have been on the forefront of creating change, both at Juniata College and around the world, will share some of their pioneering stories with us. Storytellers will reflect on their past, and on how Juniata prepared them to become more actively engaged in community development and service. Each panelist will receive an Award of Recognition from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for outstanding commitment to service and advocacy.

Matthew DiLauri '97 at Juniata College

Matthew DiLauri ’97 graduated from Juniata with a degree in communication. After graduation, Matt began a career in television where he worked at NBC on shows including Saturday Night Live, Today, and Dateline. Next, Matt administered programs at the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens before managing a national consulting firm that serves nonprofit organizations. As a volunteer, Matt has operated after-school programming for disadvantaged children, served as a board member and interim executive director of his local downtown economic development nonprofit, participated in a community feeding ministry, and co-founded a support group for LGBTQ youth. He is a clinically trained healthcare chaplain with a focus on hospice work, and runs a volunteer pastoral care program at several assisted living facilities. Matt is currently employed as the Mayor of Boonton, N.J., and credits his years at Juniata—particularly the attention provided by supportive faculty—as a foundational piece in his dedication towards the service of others.

Johnniersi "JoJo" Harris '10 at Juniata College

Johnniersi “JoJo” Harris ’10 is a Juniata College Audre Lorde Award Recipient who graduated with a degree in politics and communications. After Juniata, she went on to obtain her master’s degree in public administration at John Jay College. She served four years in the U.S. Peace Corps as an economic development specialist in Lambayeque, Peru. Currently she’s working as a volunteer coordinator at Reading Partners Literature Intervention, a non-profit in New York, N.Y.



Chad Herzog '99 at Juniata College

Chad Herzog ’99 graduated from Juniata with a degree in arts administration and communication, and earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in interdisciplinary arts with a focus on cultural curation from Goddard College. He currently serves as the Interim Co-Executive Director and Artistic Director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, Conn.



Michelle Schoonmaker '06 at Juniata College

Michelle Schoonmaker ’06 graduated from Juniata with a degree in human behavior and language. While on campus, she developed her leadership skills by serving on the Oller Crew as well as the Academic Support, Residential Life, and the Dean’s Office teams. After Juniata, she earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Baltimore and became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Michelle currently provides therapeutic services at her private practice and at a treatment foster care program in Baltimore, Md. She is engaged in political activism and active in professional development through organizations such as Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors of Maryland, Maryland Counseling Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

"Embracing Discomfort Through Food"

Michael Twitty at Juniata College

(Sponsored by the Juniata College Speakers Committee)

October 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Alumni Hall, Brumbaugh Academic Center

Michael Twitty is a food writer, historical interpreter, and culinary historian. A 2016 TED Fellow, he has written the award-winning blog, Afroculinaria, since 2011. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Ebony, and The Local Palate. His 2017 book, The Cooking Gene, published by Harper Collins, “takes us through his ancestral culinary history.” Twitty suggests that healing may come from
embracing the discomfort of the Southern past. Along the way, he reveals a truth that is more than skin deep—the power that food has to bring the kin of the enslaved and their former slaveholders to the table, where they can discover the real America together.

The Asia Project

The Asia Project at Juniata College

(Co-Sponsored by Juniata Presents, Office of Student Engagement and Campus Activities)

November 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Suzanne von Liebig Theatre, Halbritter Center

Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured more than 450 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences across the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet, and part-time ninja. He has appeared on HBO Def Poetry Jam, and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez, and KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law, Jollan, who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect. Together they have been featured on TEDx, Button Poetry, and have worked with companies like Disney and To Write Love On Her Arms. They have broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act garnering them awards from the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.

Tickets available through Juniatapresents.com or at Ellis Hall (students free).

"Islam FAQ"

Imam Yahya Hendi at Juniata College

(Co-Sponsored by the Center for International Education, Religion Department, and Campus Ministry)

November 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm in Sill Boardroom, von Liebig Center

Imam Yahya Hendi is the Muslim Chaplain at Georgetown University and Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow for the Center for Dispute Resolution of the University of Maryland School of Law. He is the Founder and the President of Clergy Beyond Borders and also serves as a member of the Islamic Jurisprudence Council of North America.
A sought-after speaker, Hendi has presented a multitude of interfaith and general lectures in the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Over the past 14 years, he has visited more than 43 countries and 45 states.
Imam Hendi has appeared on many national and international television and radio shows as an expert on interfaith dialogue and on Islam and Muslims (i.e. CNN, ABC, Fox, Kuwait TV, Nile TV, Pakistan Channel-II, RAI, MSNBC, and Al-jazeerah).
In 2012, Hendi was named one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims for his work as an interfaith dialogue activist and trainer.