Upcoming Trainings & Events


LGBTQ+ Happy Hour

The LGBTQ+ Sub-committee of the Marist College Diversity Council would like to invite you to cocktails and appetizers.  This informal gathering is a way for faculty, staff, Marist Allies, and all those who are supportive of our LGBTQ+ community to come to know one another in a relaxing setting. Appetizers will be provided by the LGBTQ+ Sub-committee and a cash bar will be available.

Ally Network Training

The goal of this program is to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons by establishing an identifiable network of individuals who can provide support, information and a safe place within our campus community. One session for faculty/staff and one session for students is typically held each semester. 

If you are interested in participating in a future training, please contact Angel Arriaga and Marisa Moore.



Frankie the FoxMen's Basketball Pride Game

In February 2018, the LGBTQ+ Subcommittee to the Diversity Council, Fox Pride, and Marist Athlete Ally hosted the first LGBTQ+ Pride game at a Men's Basketball game. Fans had the opportunity to sign a pledge to make Athletics a more inclusive space.

Revolutionary (His)tories

Gender identity, historical fiction, and the life of Revolutionary War Soldier Deborah Samson, a lecture on gender, writing, and the American Revolution by Alex Myers.

Ally Happy HourAlly Happy Hour

Each semester, the LGBTQ+ Sub-committee of the Marist College Diversity Council hosts an Ally Happy Hour! This informal gathering provides a way for faculty, staff, Marist Allies, and all those who are supportive of our LGBTQ+ community to come to know one another in a relaxing setting. 



The Words They Call Me

On April 30, 2015, Student Government hosted "The Words They Call Me," a special event designed by students to explore diversity issues on campus. The event included performances and a panel discussion featuring students, alumni, administrators, and faculty. 

Diversity Panel Discussion: Why Is Diversity So Important?

On Tuesday, March 31 the Marist College Diversity Council presented a panel discussion called "Why Is Diversity So Important?" 
The facilitator/moderator for the panel discussion was Dr. Edward Pittman, Associate Dean of the College, Vassar College.

The panelists included:
Melinda Martinez, Director, Liberty Partnership Program
Tia Gaynor, Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Patricia Ferrer-Medina, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Collin McCann - Associate Director for First Year Programs and Leadership Development
Gayatree Siddhanta Sarma - Visiting Professional Lecturer, School of Management

This event was co-sponsored by the Marist College Diversity Council, Enterprise, and the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

OUT in the Real World

Alumni and Friend Panel

On Thursday, April 24, the LGBTQ+ Subcommittee of the Marist College Diversity Council hosted a brand new event on campus called OUT in the Real World. As part of this special event, Marist alumni returned to campus to share personal stories about being openly gay in the workplace. This alumni and “friend” panel answered questions about interviewing, finding gay friendly workplaces, and how/when to share your story with colleagues




Jay Blotcher

Jay Blotcher

On Wednesday, May 7, the LGBTQ+ subcommittee of the Diversity Council, the Center for Multicultural Affairs, and the School of Liberal Arts welcomed activist, journalist, and publicist Jay Blotcher to Marist College. Mr. Blotcher spoke about New York Gay activism of the 80's, including ACT UP, in reaction to the medical community's treatment of the AIDS pandemic.