The Social Justice/Diversity Summit - a forum to create awareness among Long Islanders of a broad range of social justice issues - will be held at Farmingdale State College on Saturday, April 23.
The event begins at 9 a.m. at the college's Campus Center Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance, click here
The summit is sponsored by Farmingdale's Social Science Research Institute.
Roundtables led by community leaders and social justice advocates will address issues such as
Environmental Justice, Health Disparities, Homelessness, Immigration, LGBTQ, Race, Housing Discrimination, Educational Disparities, Mental Health, Criminal Justice, Food Justice (and Food Security), and more.
Marge Rogatz, a life-long champion for social equity, justice and the rights of the homeless, will be honored as Lifetime Community Advocate. She has been president and CEO of Community Advocates, Inc. for 30 years; was a co-founder and officer of the Nassau-Suffolk Coalition for the Homeless and of Sustainable Long Island, is a founding officer and current Co-Chair of ERASE Racism, a board member emerita of the Long Island Community Foundation, and a director of the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA).
Farmingdale's Social Science Research Institute encourages and implements multidisciplinary social science research to benefit the residents and organizations of Long Island, and, more broadly, the state, the nation, and the world. It promotes excellence guided by ethics in fostering scientific and social advances. The Institute aims to foster social justice and equality in the region through community involvement and individual empowerment and to inspire students to increase their community involvement and maintain a lifelong commitment to social equity and justice.