Thursday, January 31, 2019
8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

Human Rights Awareness Conference: “Your Human Rights Are My Responsibility”

Human Rights AwarenessNassau County Commission on Human Rights – 33rd Annual Student Conference

High school students from the region are participating in a conference jointly sponsored by the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights to encourage mutual understanding and respect among all groups in the county and to explore ways to eliminate prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and discrimination.

  • Registration Begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Session I: 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
  • Session II: 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Session III: 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m.
  • Conference Ends at 2:00 p.m.

» Conference Program (PDF)


Conference Fee: $30 per person (includes continental breakfast and lunch). Make checks payable to Adelphi University and return by January 24, 2019 to:

Nassau County Commission on Human Rights
240 Old Country Road, Suite 606
Mineola, NY 11501

For further information, call Nassau County Commission on Human Rights at 516.571.3662.


Immigrant Youth on Long Island: Do They Have Rights?

Presented by ADA Silvia Pastor Finkelstein, Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs, NC District Attorney’s Office: This workshop will focus on the experience of newly arrived students and young immigrants and the issues currently facing unaccompanied minors arriving on Long Island and DACA Dreamers. We will discuss the factors affecting the potential involvement of newly arrived immigrant children in criminal conduct and what help can school/community/peers offer.

Addressing the Mental Health Gap in the LGBTQ+ Community

Presented by Peer Navigators at Pride for Youth: In this workshop, attendees will discuss what happens when mental health concerns go unaddressed, specifically in the LGBTQ+ community, and what behaviors we may see as a result (ex: acting out sexually, drugs, etc.). Attendees will also learn how to address the significant gaps in access to mental health care.

Gang Awareness and Prevention

Presented by Det. Sergeant Michael Marino, Nassau County Police Department: Awareness of Gang Recruitment, Crimes and basic operations of Gangs on LI. Learn the risk factors associated with joining gangs, Why Youth Join Gangs?, and how the Police Department addresses Gang Activity.

Make Peace, Not War…From Student Clubs to College Degrees (in Peace Studies) to Careers (in Peacebuilding)

Presented by Professor Susan Cushman, N.C.C.: Workshop attendees will have the chance to voice their concerns, ideas, and interests in Human Rights and Peace Studies, and then learn strategies for putting their ideas in motion. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what student peace clubs do, and the range of careers one can pursue with a degree in Peace Studies.

The Power of Symbols Deconstructing Hate

Presented by Helen Turner, The Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County: By understanding the history of symbols of hate, students can deconstruct their power. Attendee will also explore symbols of hate as hate crimes and learn the tools to react swiftly and safely.

I Know Your Rights: Constitutional Rights Regarding Police and Protest

Presented by Susan Gottehrer, New York Civil Liberties Union Nassau Chapter: This workshop will provide an overview of the structure of the Constitution and focus on the 1st, 4th, and 14th Amendments. Workshop attendees will interact by sharing stories of their interactions with the police and any protest they may have attended.

Healing from Sexual Assault through the Arts

Presented by Dr. Dorotea Litvak, Nassau Community College Professor: Workshop attendees will discover how strong they are to speak up against abuse by participating in this session that will include music, meditation, gentle movement, and the use of their voice, leading to a hands-on art project. Attendees will be allowed to take your art work home to remind you of your strength. (No art experience is required).

Social Media and Human Rights: What can you do?

Presented by John Drew and Devin Thornburg, Adelphi Faculty: We have reached a time when social media has greater influence than we realize in our lives and how that affects the individual’s perceptions of the political, social and psychological world are important to understand in the framework of human rights and protecting them. Strategies for addressing those protections will be discussed along with what is being done to address the issue now.

Homeland Insecurity

Written by the ensemble and Professor Maggie Lally.

Adelphi University Theatre majors have devised an original theatrical piece related to themes of “safety” at home, in school and in everyday life. How do gun violence, drug abuse, suicide, sexual assault, bullying, racial and gender intolerance and xenophobia inform your sense of safety in your immediate world? We hope you’ll join us in thoughtful dialogue after we share our personal stories and experiences with you.

The Ensemble: 

  • Sophia Carvalho
  • Dayna Comins
  • Belgys Felix
  • Carson Ferguson
  • Fernando Mercado
  • William Meurer
  • Germaine Jeanty
  • Emma Scholl
  • Taylor Schuler
  • Mili Shrestha

For more information, please contact:

Patrice Armstrong-Leach
Assistant Dean 
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