As part of the Chancellor’s Campus Climate Support Initiative, University Human Resources (UHR) is proud to continue its Diversity Dialogues, a series of discussions and conversations from academic and non-academic viewpoints, highlighting issues pertaining to discrimination, methods and ideas to confront discrimination, and specific actions to combat discrimination and hate.

This month’s Diversity Dialogue will highlight one of the many ways gender inequities can take form, specifically gender-based violence. This Dialogue takes place during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and is an opportunity to honor the resiliency and healing of survivors while highlighting this very important issue.

The second session of Diversity Dialogues will be presented virtually on Monday, Apr. 24. between noon and 1:30pm.

The deadline to register is Thursday, Apr. 20.

The event will feature a moderated panel conversation with Ermira Uldedaj, the Deputy Director of Training Programs and Initiatives at the New York City Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV); Dr. Ebonie Jackson, Chair of CUNY’s Women’s Centers Council; and Jessica Morak, Associate General Counsel. The panel will define gender-based violence, describe its impact on the workplace, address misconceptions and stigmas, identify at-risk communities, and provide critical information about the protections under CUNY’s new policy on Gender-Based Violence and the Workplace, as well as resources available to CUNY employees.

The panel will also discuss specific actions to combat gender-based violence including ways to support victims/survivors of gender-based violence, approaches and models for a coordinated response, and steps to end gender-based violence.

This event is open to all CUNY employees.

Please register your planned attendance online.

Panelist Bios:

Ermira Uldedaj is the Deputy Director of Training Programs and Initiatives for the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence (ENDGBV). Ermira has 14 years of experience working with survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), in both direct and indirect capacities, with a wealth of knowledge on the dynamics and impacts of GBV. Ermira leads interagency collaborations on health and GBV and oversees the implementation of ENDGBV’s training curricula, as well as assists in identification of service, policy, and legislative gaps related to GBV. Her aim is to work toward addressing health disparities created by GBV and systemic oppression.

Dr. Ebonie Jackson is an experienced manager and higher education administrator with more than two decades of professional experience. Her career in higher education began at CUNY – York College in 2006. Over the last 14 years, Dr. Jackson has served the college community in various capacities as an administrator and adjunct lecturer. She has managed the York College Women’s Center for the past eight years and specializes in student outreach, empowerment, and advocating on behalf of her students. Through her work in the Women’s Center, Dr. Jackson strives to engage and empower the students of York College by promoting education and awareness of women’s leadership/mentoring, women’s rights, gender equity, healthy relationships, and domestic/intimate partner and sexual violence.

Jessica Morak is an Associate General Counsel in the Litigation, Employment, and Student Affairs Unit of the Office of the General Counsel. Jessica serves as a Title IX point-person on matters related to CUNY’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct. Prior to joining CUNY, Jessica worked as a Staff Attorney at Sanctuary for Families, where she advocated on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, sex trafficking, cyber sexual abuse, and other forms of gender-based violence. Jessica started her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureau, where she investigated and prosecuted countless sexual assaults against children and adults.