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Global Goals Week

February 17 to 22, 2020 at SUNY New Paltz

The Strategic Planning and Assessment Council and its many campus partners are pleased to present Global Goals Teach-In Week at SUNY New Paltz: a week of education and engagement from February 17 to 22, 2020 about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.  

We're kicking off the week with a keynote address called The Age of Sustainable Development by world-renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs (via livestream) on Monday, February 17 at 6 PM in Lecture Center 100.  Another highlight of the week is an interactive, participatory workshop on Wednesday, February 19 from 3:30 to 6:30 in the SUB MPR in which participants will explore how we as a campus community can work to achieve Global Goals here at SUNY New Paltz by 2030.  This workshop is led by students in the UN Semester class.

In addition to the events listed below, the Strategic Planning and Assessment Council and its partners at the Sojourner Truth Library have developed displays in the main hallway of the Library featuring student-designed posters and educational information about SUNY New Paltz's existing programs related to the Global Goals.  Also at the Library to the right of the circulation desk is a display featuring books and other resources in the Library's collection related to each of the Global Goals.

Below is an overview of all the events taking place:

Food Drive to benefit the SUNY New Paltz Campus Food Pantry from Feb 17 to 21 at the Student Union Atrium

1. Employee Training Workshop on Connecting the Global Goals for Sustainable Development to Your Work at SUNY New Paltz - Mon. Feb 17 from 11 AM to 12:15 in the Faculty Development Center/College Hall 113
2. The Age of Sustainable Development Keynote with Jeffrey Sachs - Mon. Feb 17 at 6 PM in LC 100
3. Transdisciplinary Idea Exchange on Systems Theory and Sustainability - Tue. Feb. 18 from 8 AM to 10:30 AM in the Faculty Development Center/College Hall 113
4. Sustainability in our Closets: Tips and Practices for Incorporating Sustainability into your Wardrobe with Professor Andrea Varga - Tue. Feb 18 at 5 PM in the Honors Center of College Hall
5. New Paltz LGBTQ+ Allies Program Workshop - Wed. Feb. 19 from 12 to 2 in SUB 401
6. Think Global Act Local: Engage for a Sustainable Future at SUNY New Paltz - Wed. Feb. 19 at from 3:30 to 6:30 in the SUB MPR
7. Positive Masculinity Workshop - Wed. Feb. 19 from 6 to 8 PM in the College Terrace
8. Tenants Rights Town Hall - Wed. Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 PM in SUB 62-63
9. Global Goals Celebration with Future 50 Foods Featuring Plant-Based Foods - Wed. Feb 19 from 4:45 to 8 PM in at Peregrine Dining Hall
10. Sustainability Faculty Tea - Thur., Feb. 20 from 1-3 PM in the Faculty Development Center/College Hall 113
11. Peace Vigil - Thur. Feb. 20 at 6 PM in SUB 100N
12. StepAfrika! - Thur. Feb 20 at 8 PM in Studley Theater
13. The US Premiere of the shadow performance Liquid States, created by Cave Dogs, at McKenna Theatre on Sat. Feb. 22 at 7pm

Scroll down to view details about all of the events!

Food Drive to Benefit the SUNY New Paltz Campus Food Pantry

In response to Global Goal #2 - Zero Hunger, Student Activities and Union Services will be hosting a food drive with all contributions going to the SUNY New Paltz Campus Food Pantry. The most needed items are:

 

Non –Perishable Food

 

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Canned Fruit
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned Meat/Chicken
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Chili with meat
  • Canned Pasta with meat 

 

Personal Items

 

  • Tooth Paste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Feminine Products

 

Collection boxes will be in the Student Union lobby the week of February 17-21.

 

 

1. Employee Training Workshop on Connecting the Global Goals for Sustainable Development to Your Work at SUNY New Paltz

Monday, February 17 from 11 AM to 12:15

Faculty Development Center - College Hall 113

Curious about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and their connection to your day-to-day work at SUNY New Paltz?  In this introductory workshop to kick off SUNY New Paltz’s week-long celebration of the Global Goals from February 17 to 21, three members of the Strategic Planning and Assessment Council, Deb Gould, Andrea Varga and Lisa Mitten will:

  • Give an overview of the Global Goals and the history of the New Paltz connection to the development of the goals
  • Share case studies as examples of integrating goals into daily work at New Paltz
  • Solicit your feedback on an emerging framework for translating the Global Goals into campus priorities
  • Lead participants through three activities to deepen your understanding of the global goals and their connection to your day job here at SUNY New Paltz

RSVPs encouraged but not required to globalgoals@newpaltz.edu.

 

2. The Age of Sustainable Development Keynote with Jeffrey Sachs

Monday, February 17 at 6 PM

Lecture Center 100 

World-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, and best-selling author Jeffrey D. Sachs will be giving a talk called “The Age of Sustainable Development” to kick off SUNY New Paltz’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development Week.  He will be speaking via video conference.

In his work, Jeffrey D. Sachs presents a compelling and practical framework for how global citizens can address the seemingly intractable worldwide problems of persistent extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and political-economic injustice. Sachs outlines the holistic way forward: sustainable development. His latest work offers the tools, metrics, and practical pathways people need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Economics, the Global Engagement Program in NYC, and the Department of Political Science and International Relations.

 

3. Transdisciplinary Idea Exchange on Systems Theory and Sustainability

Tuesday, February 18 

8 AM Arrival & Breakfast

8:30 Program Begins

10:30 Program Ends

Please drop in and out as your schedule allows

Faculty Development Center - College Hall 113

Join Dr. Kathleen Hunt for breakfast and conversation on the topic of systems theory as it relates to research and teaching on sustainability. This informal book-club style workshop invites participants to connect, brainstorm, and learn together about systems thinking and its applications across disciplines.  

Please RSVP to Michael Asbill at asbillm@newpaltz.edu to receive short readings to stimulate your thoughts. 

Dr. Hunt is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. Her research focuses on environmental advocacy and sustainable food systems.  

This event is co-sponsored by the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community and the Faculty Development Center.

 

4. Sustainability in our Closets: Tips and Practices for Incorporating Sustainability into your Wardrobe

Tuesday, February 18 at 5 PM

Honors Center of College Hall

Feeling overwhelmed by how much stuff you have?  Confused about how to recycle your old clothing or where best to donate it that won't make the problem worse?  What is the Fashion System anyway, and how do you get out of it?  How can you do laundry to have less of an environmental impact?  If any of these feelings or questions have emerged in your life, and you want to figure out ways to be a better consumer and more conscious about the clothing you use, Professor Varga will provide an overview of the Global Fashion Industry, its impact on our environment, social and economic systems, and how we can make choices that will make a difference in improving the world.  This presentation will focus on Goal #12 Responsible Production and Consumption.

This event is sponsored by the Honors Program.

5. New Paltz LGBTQ+ Allies Program Workshop

Wednesday, February 18 from 12 – 2 PM

Student Union Building 401

The program offers a two-hour interactive training workshop for students, faculty and staff that provides an opportunity for discussion, resource materials, and information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. By attending the facilitated workshop and agreeing to become an Ally, you will get a logo hang tag to put on your office or residence hall door.  This will signify to the campus community that you are an Ally and are open and willing to serve as a resource for anyone seeking assistance with LGBTQ+ issues and concerns.

The New Paltz LGBTQ+ Allies are a network of faculty, staff, and students who offer support, communication, and dialogue on issues surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. We aim to educate and foster greater respect and understanding for a diverse LGBTQ+ community. The New Paltz Allies work to promote a safe and inclusive campus.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required at https://www.newpaltz.edu/lgbtq/

6. Think Global Act Local: Engage for a Sustainable Future at SUNY New Paltz

Wednesday, February 19 from 3:30 to 6:30

Student Union Building Multi-Purpose Room

Join students, faculty and staff in envisioning a just, equitable, sustainable future at SUNY New Paltz using the framework of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development in this participatory workshop led by students from the United Nations Semester class.  This workshop is intended to deepen your understanding of the Global Goals as well as foster conversation, dialogue and creative thinking about how we as a campus community can work to achieve Global Goals here at SUNY New Paltz by 2030.

 

7. Positive Masculinity Workshop

Wednesday, February 19 from 6 to 8 PM

College Terrace

This interactive workshop is about building connection and community as we share about the impacts of masculinity. Our goal is to breakdown the constructs of masculinity, individualism, and colonization so that we can create a new village of support, safety, sustainability and connection to the land. This workshop is for all gender identities and all members of the New Paltz community. No need to register just show up.

Hosted by the Positive Masculinity Project.

 

8. Tenants Rights Town Hall

Wednesday, February 19 from 7 to 9 PM

Student Union Building 62-63

Village of New Paltz Trustee Alexandria Wojcik invites *everyone* to a Tenants’ Rights Town Hall.  Get informed about how the new NYS tenant protection laws affect you; know your rights! Learn the results of the Tenant Rights Working Group’s Renter Experience Survey.  Hear all about Alex’s tenant rights protection bill package (which includes some EV equity measures!) Speak out, speak up: share your stories, ask questions, and get assistance if you need it!

This event is cohosted by the SUNY New Paltz Student Association; the SUNY New Paltz chapter of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG); New Paltz Socialists' Tenants Rights Working Group; Legal Services of the Hudson Valley; March On Hudson Valley; New Paltz Democratic Women; the Village of New Paltz Landlord-Tenant Relations Council.

 

9. Global Goals Celebration with Future 50 Foods Featuring Plant-Based Foods

Wednesday, February 19 from 4:45 to 8 PM

Peregrine Dining Hall

To raise awareness of climate-friendly & healthy plant-based diets, Sodexo is featuring Future 50 Foods at Peregrine Dining Hall the evening of Wednesday, February 19.  Future 50 Foods is a collaboration between Sodexo, the World Wildlife Fund, and Knorr, which identified 50 biodiverse ingredients that:

  • have high nutritional value
  • are affordable and flavorful
  • have a low environmental impact
  • reduce our reliance on animal-based proteins

This event is sponsored by Sodexo.

10. Sustainability Faculty Tea

Thursday, February 20 from 1 to 3 PM (please drop in as your schedule allows!)

Faculty Development Center - College Hall 113

Mix and mingle over healthy snacks and talk about sustainability with your colleagues at this month’s sustainability-themed Faculty Tea!

This faculty tea is co-hosted by the Faculty Development Center and the Sustainability Faculty Learning Community.

11. Peace Vigil

Thursday, February 20 at 6 PM

Student Union Building 100N

Join fellow campus community members as we make personal items and discuss ways to promote Global Goal #16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions on our campus and around the world.  

This event is hosted by the Student Association.

 

12. StepAfrika!

Thursday, February 20 at 8 PM

Studley Theater

Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping—a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument.  With stepping at the core, as practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, the Company integrates song, storytelling, humor, and audience participation in each performance.

This event is sponsored by Student Activities and Union Services, Union Programming Council, Stepping into Diversity, and Student Affairs.

 

The US Premiere of the shadow performance Liquid States, created by Cave Dogs

Saturday, February 22 at 7 PM

McKenna Theater at SUNY New Paltz

Tickets are available at the door or online at www.unisonarts.org

Ticket Prices: $15 General Admission, $12 Unison Members / Seniors 65+, $5 Students with valid ID / Children 12 & Under

This immersive performance addresses humankind's complicated relationship with this water as substance through metaphor. Cave Dogs presents a startling original way of telling a story. Fluid shadows and images dance in wild imagination across the screen. This performance features an opening shadow performance by Kingston High School students who participated in a workshop series through the Arts Mid-Hudson grant and in collaboration with Unison Arts Center.

Liquid States forms a collective narrative that addresses mankind's complicated relationship to the  essential natural resource of water.  The performance explores water as substance, metaphoric allusion, and engages debates relating to the geographies and socio-politics of water. Through the divergent lenses of micro and macro perspectives, Liquid States examines the nature of existence and its relationship to water on physical and metaphysical planes. This work further focuses on water in its many physical states and cultural circumstances, narratives, histories, memories and journeys. The performance is part abstract documentary and part fictionalized realism. Our goal is to produce work that is thought provoking, inclusive and entertaining.

Cave Dogs brings together visual artists, musicians and storytellers in the spirit of creating interdisciplinary, multi-sensory performances. Experience innovative, large-scale shadow projections cast from props, costumes, puppets and the human body. Captivating shadows move in concert with projected video imagery and an original soundtrack. Multiple, richly layered visual tableaus produce effects that conjure both the dreamlike quality of early film and the humor of contemporary animation – all of which charm, challenge, and captivate adults and children alike. It’s magical, like watching dreams cross into the conscious world. We teach trees to dance and whales to sing.

This performance features an opening shadow performance by Kingston High School students who participated in a workshop series through the Arts Mid-Hudson grant and in collaboration with Unison Arts Center.

Cave Dogs are Suzanne Stokes, Jim Fossett, Adam Mastropaolo (all from SUNY New Paltz), Trudy Trutwin, and Dillon Paul. The soundtrack is created by Grammy Award winner Dean Jones. Special Guests: Maizy Milliken, Alchemy Mastropaolo, Gracie and Emerson Fossett.