SUNY Cortland president to discuss gender identity, sexual orientation

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CORTLAND, N.Y. — SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum will discuss gender identity and sexual orientation on Thursday, Jan. 28, to continue a yearlong conversation series on crucial campus topics.

Erik Bitterbaum

Erik Bitterbaum

“Let’s Talk about LGBTQAIP” marks the second of three talks in the President’s Conversation Series on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Cortland. It takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. in the David J. Vittor ’67 Lecture Hall, located in Sperry Center, Room 105.

All students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members are encouraged to attend.

LGBTQAIP stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer/questioning, asexual/allies, intersexual, pansexual. Judith Ouellette, an associate professor and department chair of psychology, will begin the conversation with a short talk titled “LGBTQAIP Literacy,” followed by a panel response and group discussion.

The event will attempt to gather multiple perspectives, establish campus-wide appreciation for differences and provide future direction for an inclusive environment at SUNY Cortland.

President Bitterbaum’s first conversation on race drew a large crowd of campus community members in October. Cultural climate will be the final topic considered in the series.

For more information, contact the College’s Multicultural Life and Diversity Office at or 607-753-2336. Follow @sunycrtdiverse on Twitter for updates.

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