SUNY SPECTRUM Pre-Conference Sessions

SUNY SPECTRUM Pre-Conference Sessions


From 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM


The Sexual & Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Education, Capacity Building, and Training in Response for Underserved Sexual and Gender Minorities  (SPECTRUM) Conference  provides cutting-edge training to enhance the knowledge and skills of attendees through training to faculty, staff, law enforcement, medical professionals, and community and state agency service providers to turn the dial on sexual and interpersonal violence against sexual and gender minorities, while providing the most trauma-informed, and culturally-competent response and care when incidents do occur.

Sessions are designed to promote public awareness and engage key-stakeholders, while fostering a multi-disciplinary approach at the campus, community, and regional level to promote long-term and sustained change in approach to sexual and interpersonal violence for sexual and gender minorities.


SPECTRUM Pre-Conference Sessions


SUNY Student Conduct Institute - Basic Compliance Training

8:30am - 5:00pm


  • Joseph Storch (He, Him, His)Associate Counsel, The State University of New York
  • Gemma Rinefierd, Ed.D. (She, Her, Hers)Director, SUNY Student Conduct Institute

Location: SUNY Plaza, Zimpher Boardroom

Registration for SCI members: 
Register Here Space is limited to the first 100 registrants. 
More Information about SUNY Student Conduct Institute & Becoming a SCI Member


Framing Sexuality and Identity to Better Serve Victims and Survivors

8:30am - 5:00pm


  • Robyn Ochs

Identity and sexuality are complicated. What do recent studies show about how people self-identify? What does this data reveal or conceal? In this experiential workshop we will employ several workshop exercises to deepen our own understanding of sexual orientation labeling. Included in our focus will be identity journeys over time; emerging identities; the complex interaction between gender identity and sexual orientation labels; and the effect of our individual location (including nationality, geography, age, race, religion, and more) on how we identify. We will focus on bisexuality and other non-binary sexualities in order to better understand the specific issues and disparities – including very high rates of intimate partner violence – experienced by this segment of the population.


How did we get here and what comes next?

8:30am - 12:00pm


  • Christine Szaraz
  • Chris Tanaka
  • Samantha Winter

A half-day institute reviewing how SBU built the groundwork for formal and informal response to sexual violence against and within LGBTQ* Communities at Stony Brook University. Participants will gain insight into strategies for creating or expanding existing LGBTQ*- centered sexual violence response practices.


Responding to Sexual Violence within the LGBTQ+ Community: Tips, Tidbits, and other Takeaways for Promoting an Inclusive Environment

1:00pm - 4:30pm


  • Emma Morcone

Building safer communities for LGBTQ+ students is essential to the response and prevention of sexual and interpersonal violence. This interactive workshop will provide participants with tools, resources, programs, and other takeaways to make their community and space more LGBTQ+ inclusive. It will include an intersectional approach to how any campus, organization, or group can make big (and little!) strides towards cultivating an environment that promotes inclusivity for LGBTQ+ identified individuals. Lastly, this workshop will feature a panel discussion from various SUNY LGBTQ professionals.


Hacking the Next Great Response Resource

8:30am - 5:00pm


  • Rebecca Harrington
  • Denise Mercier
  • Taras Kufel
  • Aaron Maracle

Team with professionals, experts, and designers from across the country for a small session hackathon to develop one or more new resources addressing response to violence against LGBTQI+ students, and then see your resource distributed free for download. Field of Dreams said "if you build it, they will come," our presenters say, "if you come, we can build it." Join our presenters for this full Day, 360 minute session, strictly limited to the first 30 registrants. Please consider bringing a laptop or tablet.

Location: The Capital Room

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