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Programs & Events at the ALANA Center

Privilege Campaign III Workshops (10/20, 10/21)

CAMPUS ONLY. Vassar created its first Privilege Campaign in 2013 to increase dialogue around issues of social identity, privilege, power and how individuals and groups experience these issues on campus. The campaign exhibited close-up facial photos of Vassar employees and students, with superimposed text that addressed privileges specific to the individual (a longer statement from the individual accompanied the photo). Privilege Campaign III is looking for new participants and invites interested people to a series of workshops. These sessions will lead participants through dialogue and self-discovery toward a statement that can be featured with their photo at a campus gallery exhibit in March. Led by Campus Life directors for the ALANA, LGBTQ, and Women's Centers, B Nathan and Judy Jarvis, these workshops are open to students and employees. Workshops will be held in the ALANA Center as follows: Tuesday, October 20, noon-1:30pm and 1:30pm-3:00pm; and in the Women's Center, Wednesday, October 21, noon-1:30pm. Contact Jennica Karpinski, jekarpinski@vassar.edu to register. Sponsored by the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), the Campus Life and Diversity Office and Campus Activities.


Social Justice Dialogues: Analyzing White Supremacy and Gender

Join Campus Life student interns from the ALANA Center, International Student Services, LGBTQ Center, Religious & Spiritual Life and Women's Center and administrators for an afternoon of interactive exercises, personal storytelling and structural analysis to delve into discussions on how white supremacy affects women differently, and what opportunities and barriers there are for coalition-building between women of different races. This event is an affinity space for those who identify as women. Dinner will be served. RSVP by Friday, April 10th: campuslife@vassar.edu. Sponsored by the Campus Life and Diversity Office


OPENING RECEPTION: "Privilege Campaign II"

Privilege Campaign II is an installation of photo portraits featuring Vassar College administrators and students, who share their thoughts on dominant privileges and reflections on not having access to privilege. Now in its second year, this project seeks to create greater dialogue and awareness around issues of identity, community, privilege, power and how different groups experience our campus and the world beyond Vassar.

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The ALANA Center offers a range of academic, social, cultural and leadership programs to enhance the campus life experience-academic and residential-of students. The following are some program highlights:

Faculty Dialogues: Achieving with Excellence

These monthly informal conversations between students and faculty allow for the exchange of knowledge, strategies and experiences to achieve your learning goals to Achieve With Excellence. Sessions will explore what excellence means in different disciplines, like the sciences, humanities and arts. Yolanda Ramos, ALANA Center director, will facilitate.

ALANA Festival

Traditionally held during All Parents Weekend, the ALANA Festival is a day of cultural music, food, vendors, crafts and performances brought to you by the African American/Black, Latino, Asian, Asian American, and Native American communities.

ALANA Leadership Retreat

The ALANA Leadership Retreat provides an opportunity for current leaders and for those thinking about assuming a leadership position to meet other leaders, share information about your organization, find common ground, and explore ways to work across cultural boundaries. Students also participate in leadership skill building workshops. The Retreat occurs at the beginning of the Spring semester.

An additional selection of recent events

  • New Student of Color Reception
  • Life As a Student of Color: The Search for A Safe Space
  • in Predominately White Institutions
  • ALANA Leadership Retreat: Strengthening the Ties that Bind Us
  • Center Brunch (3)
  • ALANA Quilt Ceremony
  • Freshman Exchange
  • Graduation Reception for Seniors of Color
  • IMAGES Reception
  • Film Screening: Bend It Like Beckman
  • Thesis Talks: Come See What Others are Studying
  • Life As A Student of Color at VC: An Open Mic
  • Film Screening: Raising Our Voices Against Hate Crimes
  • Farmworker Women in NYS
  • Study Breaks (2)