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18th All College Day and Lecture (2018)

 Wednesday, February 28:  2018 All College Day &  Lecture:

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This year's All College Day is in collaboration with the Engaged Pluralism Initiative.

About All College Day:

All College Day is an annual event planned by the Campus Life and Diversity Office. The day began in 2001, in response to a racial incident and subsequent campus discussions the previous spring led by the Dean of the College Office to include faculty administrators and students. Along with Conversation Dinners during the past 18 years, the goal has been to facilitate campus conversation and dialogue regarding critical matters of campus life and campus community. The eventl date has been in mid-Frebruary and encourages the campus to pause and reflect on impotant issues and concerns. Questions and comments may be shared at any time by contacting us at campuslife@vassar.edu. You may also call (845)437-5426 if you have questions or want more information.


Read about last year's event

February 20, 2017


All College Day Kick-off

10:00am – 1:30pm

College Center, North Atrium

Join students from Campus Life and Diversity for All College Day mugs, raffled tee-shirts and the Photo Journal, reflecting on Vassar and the lecture’s theme, “Drawing Power from the Center.”

Drawing Power from the Center: All College Day Keynote Lecture:


Villard Room

Rev. angel Kyodo williams

"Drawing Power from the Center"

5:30pm, Villard Room


Called “the most intriguing African-American Buddhist” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, is an author, maverick spiritual teacher, master trainer and founder of Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of personal transformation and justice since the publication of her critically-acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. Her book was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker and “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield. Her new book, Radical Dharma (with Jasmine Syedullah and Lama Rod Owens), explores racial injustice as a barrier to collective awakening. Ordained as a Zen priest, she is a Sensei, the second black woman recognized as a teacher in her lineage. She is a social visionary that applies wisdom teachings and practice to social issues. She sees Transformative Social Change as America’s next great movement.  She is an early shaper and leading voice in that work and coined the name for the field. In recognition of her work, Rev. angel received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the international Shambhala Community. For over 15 years, she has deeply invested her time and energy to putting into practice her unwavering belief that the key to transforming society is transforming our inner lives. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic.

Both fierce and grounded, she is known for her unflinching willingness to both sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. Her work has been widely covered by such publications as New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Buddhadharma, Village Voice, and on the Oxygen Channel. angel notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.” Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique.

Lecture sponsored by the Campus Life and Diversity Office, the Carolyn Grant ‘36 Endowment Fund, Religion, Africana Studies, Sociology, and Campus Life/Religious and Spiritual Life

Closing Reception
6:45 pm

Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor, College Center

Join us for the closing reception and appearances.  Light food and beverages.

Sponsored by the President’s Office, Dean of the College, and Campus Life and Diversity

About All College Day

All College Day is an annual event planned by the Campus Life and Diversity Office. It began in 2001, in response to a racial incident and subsequent campus discussions the previous spring.  A central aim of the day is to encourage reflection and dialogue on matters of campus life and community. Questions and comments may be shared at any time by contacting us at campuslife@vassar.edu. You may also call (845)437-5426 if you have questions or want more information.


Past All College Days

All College Days 2016 Schedule and Workshops

Monday, February 22

All College Days Opening Reception

Villard Room

Food and informal social to kick-off All College Days!  Open to students and employees.  Also, pick up a schedule of events.


Tuesday, February 23

Soup and Substance

12:00pm - 1:30pm
Faculty Commons                                                 

Staff, faculty, students and administrators are invited to join conversations about All College Day(s). We serve the soup; you bring the substance—ideas, thoughts and reflections. The atmosphere will be relaxed, so stay as long as you can. Facilitated by CLRG members.

All College Days Dialogues and Workshops

Using Contemplative Practices to Navigate Life at Vassar

Jade Parlor

During this 1 ½ hour workshop we will discuss some of the contemplative practices currently being used in academic settings and explain how certain practices can be helpful for maintaining one’s sense of balance and connectedness.  Together we will learn and practice walking meditation, reflect on how we might take better care of ourselves, and help others through the use of contemplative practices.
Facilitators:Wayne Assing, Assistant Director of the Vassar College Counseling Service; Sharon Parkinson, Senior Analyst of Prospect Development and Research, Vassar College Office of Alumnae/i Affairs and Development

Building Brave Classrooms

5:30pm - 7:00pm
College Center, MPR

What does a non-violent classroom look like? In this dialogue we will engage with and against the hierarchies that are constructed within the college classroom and begin to name the dynamics that reproduce oppresive structures and relationships which may sometimes even occur within the space of courses which seek to dismantle them. In committing to building brave classrooms, we seek to tap into the otherwise possibility of an education which liberates.
A dialogue for students, facilitated by students from the Vassar College Dialogue Center


Wednesday, February 24

All College Days Campus Gathering

11:30am - 3:00pm
College Center

Table exhibits from student groups, offices/departments, committees, etc. in the North Atrium and on the second floor of the College Center.  Also, learn more about the work of CLRG and All College Days history and goals.

Table Exhibits: Africana Studies/Arabic Club, ALANA Center, Campus Life Resource Group (CLRG), Campus Life & Diversity Office, Counseling Services, Creative Arts Across Disciplines (CAAD), Divest VC, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Exploring Science Program, Health Service, Jewish Studies Program, Non-Alcholic Programming Committee, Office of Sustainability, Religious & Spiritual Life, Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention (SAVP) Program, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), The Climate of Vulnerable Spaces (an ENST/THESIS), The Environmental Cooperative at Vassar Barns, The Vassar Fund, Vassar Catholic Community, Vassar Christian Fellowship (VXF), Vassar College Urban Education Initiative, Vassar Experimental Garden, Vassar Jewish Union, Vassar Just Food, Vassar Zine Library, and VCEMS

CIE Diversity and Inclusion Conversation Cafe

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Villard Room

The Committee on Inclusion and Excellence will host a campus-wide interactive workshop to provide an opportunity for attendees to work in small groups, engage in guided conversations regarding the work of CIE, and provide feedback to the committee. Led by CIE as an All College Days event.

All College Days Closing Reception

5:45 pm
Rose Parlor

Hors d’oeuvres, food and beverages.
Hosted by the Dean of the College, President’s Office and CLRG


    About All College Days

    All College Days is an annual event planned by the Campus Life Resource Group, a committee of students, staff, faculty, and administrators. It is made possible through collaborations within the Dean of the College Division, among students and other offices. One goal of the event is to create open and honest dialogue on matters of campus life. Questions and comments may be shared at any time by contacting us at campuslife@vassar.edu or in the Campus Life and Diversity Office (Main, N-163). Please call (845) 437-5426 if you have questions or want more information.


    2017 - Drawing Power from the Center

    2016 - All College Day

    2015 – Self and Community Care; keynote by Pauline Alexis Gumbs

    2014 – (un)silencing voices; keynote by Janet Mock

    2013 – Race, Privilege, Power; keynote by Tim Wise

    2012 – Engaging Campus Tensions

    2011 – Sesqui  1861 – 2011 Perspectives

    2010 – Bridging The Gaps

    2009 - Hearing All Voices

    2008 – Be The Change

    2007 – Building Community at Vassar: What’s Next?

    2006 – Beyond the Gate: Vassar and Poughkeepsie…a day of open and honest campus dialogue about our relationship with Poughkeepsie

    2005 – Finding Common Ground at Vassar: Identity • Community • Politics; keynote by Peggy McIntosh

    2004 – Race at Vassar: A Year-long Conversation

    2003 – Bursting the Bubbles: Building A Community That Works For Everyone

    2002 – A day to discuss issues of community and to explore our individual and collective responsibility in promoting a stronger, inclusive community for everyone.

    2001 – Community at Work, Working at Community  “A day to examine issues of diversity at Vassar and our individual and collective responsibilities in promoting positive community for all.” – President Fergusson