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Empowering Albright Voices

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At Albright College, we understand that our differences make us stronger. Albrightians are dedicated to cultivating mutual respect for all community members and maintaining an environment free of discrimination and intimidation. We strive to build a fully-participating academic community in which all community members thrive, recognize their full potential, engage meaningfully in institutional life, and contribute to the flourishing of others.

Join us in #EmpoweringAlbrightVoices and celebrating Albright’s remarkable diversity and the strength of “intersectionality,” — exploring how similar and dissimilar ideas and people can interact to create something novel and powerful.

Albright faculty and staff are invited to submit proposals for programs to be offered as part of the college’s Empowering Albright Voices (EAV) symposium in fall 2022. The goal of EAV is to celebrate the diversity of our community and to explore how similar and dissimilar ideas and people can interact to create something novel and powerful. Fall 2022 EAV is scheduled for the evening of Oct. 6 and the day of Oct. 7.

The theme of this year’s symposia is intersectionality, defined as the interconnected nature of social categorizations (such as race, class, gender, sexual identity, ethnicity, religion) as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of disadvantage or advantage.

All faculty, staff, and students of the Albright community are invited to submit proposals for an EAV event or activity.

Proposals are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The proposed event must fit the overall goal of Empowering Albright Voices; ideally, the event would be geared towards this year’s theme.
  • The proposed event should be open to all members of the community.
  • The proposed event should be positioned to attract a diversity of persons and voices to participate.
  • The proposed event must be held sometime between Monday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, March 6, 2022, with strong preference given to events on Friday, March 4 (the day set aside for EAV).
  • The proposed event must align with Albright’s Inclusivity and Diversity Statement, as well as Albright’s Expression Statement.
  • Funding may be requested, though the EAV budget is very small, with the exception of keynotes.
  • The proposer, or member of a planning group, must attend the EAV Planning Group meetings (once per month) from the time the proposal is approved and is expected to take the lead on organizing the event.
  • Keynote events are planned a year or more in advance, so please plan ahead if you wish to propose a keynote. Sponsoring a keynote address requires that you (or your designee) sit on the EAV Planning Group from the time your proposal is approved.

Proposals are reviewed for recommendation to the President (who makes the final decision) by the Empowering Albright Voices Planning Group, based on the above requirements and the following criteria:

  • Events are selected to represent a range of disciplines and voices and a range of submitting groups.
  • Priority is given to events that are scheduled on March 4.
  • For proposals that request budget, budgetary limitations will also limit the proposals that can be recommended.
  • Some proposed events may be recommended to be held over to a subsequent EAV semester.

See next tab for the proposal form.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. The final deadline for submitting requests for the Oct. 7 EAV is June 1. Any proposals submitted after this date will be considered for fall or subsequent EAV.

Fall 2022 Events

Oct 7, 2022 (Keynote address, evening of Oct 6)


Empowering Albright Voices in the News:

Black inventors encourage Albright students to persevere, challenge norms,” 3.1, Reading Eagle

Black Inventors Got Game” short film premieres in Reading,” 2.27, WFMZ 69 News

Albright College Offers Third Empowering Voices Day,” 2.22, BCTV.org

Alice Wong Brings “Disability Visibility” to Albright College,” 2.11, BCTV.org


Want to learn more about Inclusivity and Equity at Albright?

Supporting materials

Ibrahim Bangura
Tamara Black
Karen Campbell
Jacquelyn Fetrow
Kami Fletcher
Gina French
Brenda Ingram-Wallace
Elizabeth Kiester
Jeffrey Lentz ’85
Mark Lomanno
James Malone III
Katy Mangold
Carey Manzolillo
Julia Matthews
A.J Merlino
Ian Rhile
Adelle Schade
Robert Seesengood
Jennifer Stoudt
Stephanie Walker
Keith Walls
Samantha Wesner

Spring 2022 Events

Feb 28 – Black Inventors Got Game, Experience Event, 2 p.m., McMillan south lounge
Hear from eight African American Toy inventors who created some of the most popular toys in history including the Real Meal Easy Bake Oven and Nerf gun. A clip from their documentary “Black Inventors Got Game” will be viewed.

Feb 28 – Race to the Net: When African Americans controlled the internet, Experience Event, 3:15 p.m., Klein
Al White was a member of the original management team of Network Solutions Inc., the African American company that first introduced the Internet globally. He was responsible for providing the marketing strategy to promote use of the global internet to the public.

March 3 – The Intersection of Disability, Experience Event, 7 p.m., (Virtual);
Headliner Alice Wong, author of “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century” will participate in a mediated discussion and talk about her work as a disability advocate.

March 4 events:

Intersections of Identity interactive display, McMillan
On display in the Student Center, where all members of the campus community can create visuals of their identities. Stop by and participate throughout the day.

10 a.m. – Struggling for accessibility, faculty only (Virtual)
Four Albright faculty from diverse disciplines will describe their personal and professional struggles and triumphs with disability advocacy, accessibility issues.

11 a.m. – Traditional Mexican cuisine cooking demo, (Dining Hall and Virtual)
Mexican cuisine is far richer than commercialized nachos, tacos and margaritas. Take a 40 minute tour of Montezuma’s favorite foods – beyond the taco bowl!

12 p.m. – Struggling for accessibility, Experience Event, (Virtual)
Four Albright faculty from diverse disciplines will describe their personal and professional struggles and triumphs with disability advocacy, accessibility issues.

1 p.m. – Stand Up & Stand Out – Albright Green Dot bystander sexual assault training, McMillan south lounge

2 p.m. – Head coverings and modesty in a secular world, Experience Event, (Virtual)
Head covering has a long tradition in religion and is practiced in different forms by Muslims, Jews, Christians and Sikhs. Highlighting the religious diversity of our campus and surrounding community, three women of different faiths will discuss the religious reasons why they choose to cover their hair.

2 p.m. – Amazing Race, team timeslots available between 2-4 p.m., LifeSports Center
Sign up individually or in pairs to complete several tasks while experiencing assigned challenges and obstacles. Gift cards will be awarded to the top competitors.

3 p.m. – LGBTQIA Safe Space, McMillan south lounge
Activity centers will highlight identities, flags and trailblazers, following a brief introduction to important aspects of the LGBTQ+ community, including nuances around mental health and substance use. Participants will be invited to share ideas regarding ways Albright can become more inclusive. Sponsored by Counseling Center peer educators.

4 p.m. – The music technology industry after #MeToo, Experience Event, (Virtual)
In honor of International Women’s History Month, women in the music technology industry will talk about the state of the field following #MeToo. Speakers include Tiffany Naiman, director of music industry at UCLA; Jasmine Henry, mixing and mastering engineer and more.

5 p.m. – Hear me, America, McMillan main
Staged play reading performances by the Domino Players.

6 p.m. – EAV Trivia Night, McMillan main lounge
Join us for a Kahoot wrap up of the day and the experiences. Gift cards will be awarded to the top three winners.

6:30 p.m. – Bachata Latin Dance Class, Schumo dance/yoga room ($5 charge)
Staff from WH Dance Academy will provide a beginner Bachata Latin dance class. Created in the Dominican Republic during the mid-1900s, Bachata is a combination of Cuban son dance, African beats and bolero music. Sponsored by the Xion Dance and Step team.

7 p.m. – Diversity in science and in science education, Experience Event, (Virtual)
Panelists will explore diversity in the sciences, directly addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in fields that are historically lacking DEI opportunities.

March 10 – Students talking about Empowering Albright Voices, 4 p.m. (Virtual)
Join Chaplain Ibi Bangura as he has a conversation with students about their EAV experiences.


October 14, 2021

1 p.m. – “Beats, Rhymes, and Life” with Erik Nielson (University of Richmond) and Mike D’Errico (Albright College). This presentation will explore ways in which the justice system targets black artistry, based on Nielson’s “Rap on Trial” work, featuring the Albright Rap Collective. Meet in Roop Hall; event will take place in Roop and the CFA Amphitheatre

3 p.m. – “LGBT+ Safe Space” presentation on the impact of mental illness and substance abuse by Albright’s Counseling Center and Peer Educators, followed by interactive stations. Location: McMillan Student Center’s South Lounge.

4 p.m. – Keynote Event: “From Aretha to Aida,” virtual concert with award-winning singer, writer, composer and educator Adrienne Danrich. Followed by a round-table discussion, this Experience Event program portrays Danrich’s autobiographical musical journey from disadvantaged youth to nationally acclaimed artist. A Spinto Soprano, Danrich is most notably recognized for winning a Midwest EMMY for her performance and narration of “This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price.” See Video

6 p.m. – “Factuality,” a 90 minute crash course on structural inequality in America. Participants assume the identities of various characters encountering a series of fact-based advantages and limitations based on the intersection of their race, class, gender, faith, sexual orientation, age and ability. Location: McMillan Student Center’s Main Lounge.

October 21

4 p.m. – Albright students, please join Chaplain Ibi Bangura in a conversation about your Empowering Albright Voices event experience. Via Zoom.

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Wholly Earth: Black Feminist Ecologies and Sustainable Futures” is a day-long Albright College virtual symposium, hosted by professors Kami Fletcher, Ph.D., and Mark Lomanno, Ph.D. Inspired by an album of the same name by the late vocalist Abbey Lincoln, this symposium will feature workshops, roundtables and research presentations from the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences. Participants will focus on the innovative contributions of Black feminist activist, artistic and scholarly practices that can provide models for more equitable and inclusive life. In the spirit of Albright’s celebrated interdisciplinary education, this symposium is an opportunity for the entire campus community.

Wholly Earth Events speakers include:

Shannon J. Effinger, freelance arts journalist
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Ph.D., professor emerita of African and African diaspora studies, University of Texas at Austin;
Kameelah Martin, Ph.D., director of African American studies, College of Charleston;
Yvette Modestin, executive director, Encuentro Diaspora Afro.

April 7 symposium schedule:

8:30-9:20 a.m. — Welcome (Zoom link)
Wholly Earth’s organizers, and President, Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82, welcome the entire Albright community, and all those joining us from around the world, to the day’s events.

9:30-10:30 a.m. — “An Anthology of Black Lesbian Thought,” (Zoom link)
African American lesbian writers and theorists have made extraordinary contributions to feminist theory, activism, and writing. Briona Jones, editor of Mouths of Rain, addresses pervasive issues such as misogynoir and anti-blackness while also attending to love, romance, “coming out” and the erotic.

10 a.m. — Performances by Albright Rap Collective and Lion Records artists (Amphitheatre)

10 a.m. — Your Voice, One Word (McMillan Center)
Every day we make choices and decisions based on who we are and what we value. In this day of celebration of our unique identities, we want you to think about the one word that guides you, that inspires you. Come stamp it out on a bracelet as a daily reminder of who you are and the amazing things you’re capable of. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

11 a.m. — “Archeological investigations of the African American experience at Hopewell Furnace National Historical Park,” Experience Event (Zoom link)
How can archeology help us better understand and interpret the experiences of both enslaved and free African Americans who worked at Hopewell Furnace? Presented by Amy Fedchenko, Ph.D., and Jared Muehlbauer

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Foods of the world (Dining Hall)
Enjoy foods from various cuisines found around the world to bring us together and enrich our experiences with each other. The day’s cuisines will include Caribbean, Greek, Thai, African and European.

12 p.m. — “Allyship and appropriation of Black artists” (Zoom link)
What does inclusive performance sound like? How can a demographically-diverse ensemble celebrate Black art responsibly? Composer Brittney Boykin will discuss performing Black music, how it relates to the performing arts in higher education, and more broadly, music’s function in society.

1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. — The Amazing Race (Science Field)
Accessibility barriers and challenges face our students every day on and off campus. The Amazing Race will put you face-to-face with these barriers in challenges set up around campus to highlight mobility, dietary and sensory issues. Students can sign up in teams of two, or we’ll pair you together, to complete and conquer! Sponsored by the Office of Accessibility and Access, Multicultural Affairs and Shayla Gaither — SGA’s minority and disability student representative.

1 p.m. — Texture talk: tips, techniques and trends” (Zoom link, McMillan Center main lounge)
Join the members of the Black Women Leadership Association for a virtual/in-person discussion. Then chat with the presenters and pick up a hair care goodie bag.

2 p.m. — “Sustaining faith in African American traditions,” Experience Event (Zoom link)
This panel discussion with Brenda Ingram Wallace, Ph.D., Ibrahim Bangura, M.Div., and Quentin Wallace, D. Min., will explore ways in which aspects of faith have sustained people of African descent from slavery to the current day.

3 p.m. — Showcase performances by Albright Rap Collective and Lion Records artists (Amphitheatre)

4-5:30 p.m. — KEYNOTE PANEL “Imagining Black Feminist Ecologies: Sustainable Futures for a Wholly Earth” (Zoom link)
Inspired by the late jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, a pre-eminent panel of invited scholars, activists and educators explore Black feminist ecology from a variety of perspectives, asking how we all might respond to Lincoln’s call for a more “wholly earth.” Speakers will include Shannon J. Effinger, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Ph.D., Kameelah Martin, Ph.D., Yvette Modestin, and moderator Kami Fletcher.

4 p.m. — Paint what empowers you (McMillan Center)
Paint ceramic tiles representing your strength and inspirations. We’ll provide the tools, you provide the creativity.

8 p.m. — Pride+ student drag show (Chapel)
Join the students of Pride+ and AC2 in celebrating 100 years of drag in the nation. It’s a night that promises entertainment, empowerment and a beautiful tradition of expression.

Student presentation on Albright’s Central Pennsylvania African American Museum art collection artifacts. (Online)

Albright Choral Ensembles and Lion Record artists’ music (Online)

Albright College Choral Ensembles

Let Them Hear You – The Color Purple from The Color Purple” (arr. Dilworth), 20:31, soloist, Miranda Holliday ’20.

Make Them Hear You” from Ragtime.

A Rose Has Sprung Up” Coventry, arr. Brittney Boykin (commission composer), 22:40, soloist, Olivia Trace.

Lion Records Artists

Max444, Hip-Hop/Instrumental
Max444 is a Bay Area native artist focused on songwriting and music production. He incorporates all genres of music in his production style but is rooted as an MC at heart. His goals are to create a culture of creativity and passion and is common quoted saying, “Love what you do, if not now, when?”

Nillatron (Niles Harris), Hip/Hop & Rap, Lo-Fi

Nostalgic Love
The son of Randallstown’s favorite producer, Niles Allen Harris was born on May 1, 1999. Niles discovered his passion for music in third grade by playing with his father’s virtual DJ software on their computer. In October 2019 Niles released his first Ep “I Want Peace.” and on May 4, 2020 Nillatron released “Analog Vice” an EP heavily inspired by Lo-Fi sounds and Synthwave. Lo-Fi and Synthwave sounds mixed with a relatable laid-back and nostalgic personality, that’s Nillatron, and it’ll all be up for display on his upcoming album “Slow Down, Father Time.”

Kenny Rojas, Modern Latin Fusion
Corazon de Oro
Mi Golondrina
Bayville, N.J. native, Kenny Rojas, is a Mexican singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist hoping to etch his family’s name into the music industry with his sonic fusion of Modern and Classic Latin music. Growing up, Kenny was always surrounded by music, spending most of his time as a child sitting with his father and uncle as they played their time away on their old family guitars. As Kenny grew up, his father and uncle introduced him to their nightly musical ritual, encouraging him to play along with them, or sing what little lyrics he knew. Kenny cultivated his skills overtime, and the more he played, the bigger his love for music became. Kenny recognized that many people on his father’s side of the family were exceptionally musically gifted, but nothing ever came of their talents. Kenny has since set out to be the first in his family to give this talent the audience it deserves.

Celebrating Albright’s diversity isn’t something that should be bound by a single day.

Join us for ongoing #EmpoweringAlbrightVoices events throughout the year, including:

April 8 – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion “Teach-in”
Events on April 8 will help faculty discuss and incorporate #EmpoweringAlbrightVoices ideas into coursework.

April 12 @ 4 p.m. – “COVID-19’s impact on vulnerable populations,” Experience Event (Pre-register on Zoom)
The global pandemic has disrupted the lives of people around the world and has exposed inequality already facing vulnerable populations. Beth Kiester, Ph.D. (sociology) and Kate Lehman, Ph.D. (communications) will present research and lead a discussion on the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on diverse groups including immigrants, communities of color and women of all backgrounds.

April 15 @ 4 p.m. – “Symbols of the Insurrection,” Experience Event (Pre-register on Zoom)
When protestors stormed the Capital building on January 6, 2021, they carried flags, wore insignia, and blew horns. What do these symbols and images mean? How are they connected to larger ideologies, both secular and religious? Maite Barragán, Ph.D., (art history) and Jennifer Koosed, Ph.D. (religious studies) will explore the various meanings of the symbols, and discuss the various groups associated with these symbols.

May. 20 @ 6 p.m. – “The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants,” (Pre-register on Zoom)
In recent years, the topic of immigration has been central to our national and local politics. In his new book The Deportation Machine (Princeton UP), author and historian Adam Goodman traces the long and troubling history of the US government’s systematic efforts to terrorize and expel immigrants since the late 19th century.