Shinnecock, A Docuentary Film

This week, Hofstra University held a screening of the documentary film Shinnecock. The films producer Janine Tinsley-Roe and co -producer Thom Hoffman were in attendance. The documentary featured a full history of the Shinnecock people dating back over hundreds of years. From there immigration over the land bridge to their enslavement and exploitation by colonists to where they currently stand today, as the only indigenous people which are no longer entitled to actually live on their own land. Though their are small reserves dispersed throughout long island for these people, the government still have countless land disputes with them today as their land continues to be snatched right before their eyes. As the documentary reminds us, as it stands today America is the only country that has neglected to recognize the indigenous people of our nation for helping to make us the nation we are today.

     One of the saddest truth from this movie was discussed at lengths at the movies close by Janine Tinsley-Roe. What had struck Janine Tinsley-Roe as most strange, is a long islanders lack of inquiry about her people, the people of this very land which we live on. Tinsley-Roe explained that America is also one of the few countries where the people teaching in our schools are not the most knowledgeable about our local history yet they are still the ones teaching it rather than her people who have lived through it and passed down history for generations. In my opinion, the most surprising thing she revealed to the audience is that Native American history is mandated as part of New York schools education at the grades of 4, 7 and 11. Though I have no recollection of being taught anything about Native American peoples, culture, or customs at any length during those years. One of the biggest takeaways  Tinsley-Roe wanted the viewers of her documentary to have is simply the proper recognition her people deserve. Stating that Hofstra was the only university to invite her movie to be screened this month in the past year. Meanwhile, November is Native American heritage month, again the lack of recognition her people received simply baffled Tinsley-Roe. One of her remarks that struck me the most was the thought that a university ought to add a department for Native American history. Though I can see the argument on both sides Tinsley-Roe is incredibly passionate about keeping her peoples culture and history alive, while many students today don’t share the same enthusiasm for the field to make it a worth while investment for a university. Possibly due to the lack of an education about Native peoples which I know was certainly present in my education. Tinsley-Roe

Screenshot_3  Thom Hoffman

-Jonathan Savini

Hofstra Donates Tulips to Uniondale

After several meetings with campus officials, faculty, students, and community leaders, Hofstra University agreed to donate tulips to be planted along Front Street in Uniondale. The effort was spearheaded by the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, or GUAAC, and the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association Uniondale Beautification Team in an effort to better connect Hofstra and Uniondale.

As a commercial center for the town, Front Street has 22 planters, all within about a 10-15 block radius, where CCE fellows and volunteers, athletic/sports groups, and GUAAC members spent the morning planting tulip bulbs in hopes of seeing them bloom in the spring.


GUAAC has made an effort the last two years to make a our campus a part of a college town. According to their petition, they do not want “Hofstra University to be further segregated from Hempstead or Uniondale, but rather work with GUAAC to develop a college town experience through campus-adjacent, community integrated development.” Their other campaigns include drafts of petitions to remove “East Garden City” from the 2020 Census, to secure a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) as part of the Coliseum development, and to ensure that the redevelopment of the Holly A. Patterson site benefits rather than harms our community.


Working alongside our surrounding community is particularly important to me. I was raised in Uniondale, and I continue to live there, and I am personally offended when my peers describe it as “sketchy,” or feel afraid to visit. It hurts when people point fingers at the residents of Uniondale or Hempstead for local crimes, or blame us for not looking “pretty enough.” Hofstra as a whole has encouraged a hands-off approach to any collaborations in Uniondale that has hurt both the students and community residents for years. No one’s college experience should isolate and disconnect them from their surroundings.

This weekend’s tulip planting is only the first step. Hofstra’s administration has a long way to go in accepting Uniondale and Hempstead as a part of their community. But events like this are a source for hope to see GUAAC’s vision fulfilled soon.


- Blog post by Denisse Girón

LGBTQ activist Shane Bitney Crone visits Hofstra


When I initially decided to plan an event on campus, I thought, “how can I make a positive difference on this campus and within the LGBTQ community? How can I help others, who have also felt isolated and ostracized just because of who they are?”

As a result, I thought whom better to bring than Shane Bitney Crone? Shane is a filmmaker, writer, speaker, and advocate for LGBTQ rights. His documentary film Bridegroom is based on the story of the difficulties Crone faced after his partner’s death. I believed Shane’s message of equality and love is a true testament to pushing through adversity and fighting for oneself and others.

Sony and Shane Bitney Crone

Sony and Shane Bitney Crone

At the event, which featured a screening of Bridegroom, Shane provided an open honest dialogue, but also brought to our attention the struggles that people of all cultures and backgrounds face each and everyday.  It could be bullying, depression, discrimination, and loss, to name a few, but all from a different perspective- that of a loving same-sex couple.

From the feedback I received from students and faculty, I believe Shane not only touched their hearts, but also brought to light that love in the LGBTQ community is equal to those of others- that love has no restrictions. It also was able to provide the faculty, staff, and students the knowledge that here at Hofstra we support you and want you to feel comfortable and safe to be who you are.


A special thanks to the Center for Civic Engagement, the LGBT Studies Department, OUTMed, OUTLaw and The Pride Network for making this event a reality.

-Sony Abraham

12th Annual Day of Dialogue


Last Wednesday, the Center for Civic Engagement held its annual Day of Dialogue! It was the most attended yet with rooms packed full of students, faculty, and community members. The sessions were chalked full of great presentations and important conversations between speakers and audience members. Guest lecturers included Dave Zirin, Josh Ruebner, and Jason Starr, and many others. Events spanned from sports to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Overall, the event was very successful in starting a dialogue about many important issues in the world today. Thanks to the CCE team and community members that contributed to the success of this event.

Be sure to read what Hofstra University had to say about the event:

Last Week Recap: MISPO’s Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month Reception

Hispanic Heritage Month ended on October 15th, and after a month full of events, the Multicultural and International Student Programs Office rounded everything out with the Hispanic Heritage Month reception. Held in the plaza rooms within Hofstra’s student center on the 22nd, the reception included cute doll souvenirs, a pinata, food, and music.


Munecas Quitapena

As the MC for the afternoon, I was able to share with those in attendance the things that make me proud to be Latina and give a much deserved shoutout to my parents back home. However, the most enriching part of the event was when keynote speaker Alicia Anabel Santos took the podium.

Alicia Anabel Santos

Keynote speaker Alicia Anabel Santos

Santos, a Brooklyn born Dominican and self-identified Latina lesbian writer, motivational speaker, performance artist, producer, playwright, and activist did more than just talk about how great it is to be who she is in her speech. Instead, Santos spoke about dreams and how being who she is has never been very easy.

The event wrapped up with a dance performance by HOLA, Hofstra’s Organization of Latin Americans. Those in attendance got to learn a little bit about salsa, and bachata before trying out the moves themselves. Everyone left with candy from the pinata, a quitapena doll, and a belly full of empanadas.

Day of Dialogue XII Calendar of Events

Day of Dialogue XII
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement

Day of Dialogue XII: Social Responsibility and Human Security

A day of workshops, panels and performances devoted to deliberation and reflection on some of the issues that face our community, nation and the world. Students, faculty and community members are welcome, and all events are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Panels, Workshops and Presentations:

9:05-10:10 AM

Defining and Inspiring Civic Engagement, Social Responsibility, and Human Security

Center for Civic Engagement Fellows and Peace Fellows

Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater


9:30-11:00 AM

Reexamining Presidential leadership on Civil Rights 60 years after Brown vs BOE and 50 years after the Civil Rights Act

Moderator: Prof. Meena Bose, Dept. of Political Science, Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center

Howard Dean, Ed Rollins, Political Commentators

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pro-Publica

Student Center Theater


10:10-11:05 AM

Police-Community Relations in the Wake of Ferguson

Jason Starr, New York Civil Liberties Union

What Would Dr. King Do in Ferguson and 2014 America?

Prof. Michael D’Innocenzo, HU Dept. of History, The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Professor for the Study of Non-Violent Social Change

Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater


11:15-12:40 PM (COMMON HOUR)

“Game Over: How Politics Has Always Turned the Sports World Upside Down”

Dave Zirin, sports journalist

Introduction by Prof. Mary Anne Trasciatti , School of Communication

Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater


12:50-1:45 PM

Revitalizing Hofstra’s Community with Smart Growth

Moderator and Discussant: Prof. Kari Jensen, Dept. of Global Studies and Geography

Jeannine Maynard, Greater Uniondale Area Action Committee

Scott Smith, CEO, GreenWay Environmental, Hofstra alumnus

Edward Hagenmiller, Hofstra alumnus

Joanna Soares, Hofstra student

Plaza Room West, Student Center


12:50-1:45 PM

The Gaza Crisis and its Aftermath

Moderator: Prof. Carolyn Eisenberg, Dept. of History

Josh Ruebner , National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Washington, D.C.

Prof. Stephanie Nanes, Dept. of Political Science, Hofstra University

Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater


1:55-2:50 PM

Understanding ISIS: Politics, Religion and the Media

Moderator: Prof. Hussein Rashid, Dept. of Religion, Hofstra University

Dr. Janine Davidson, Senior Fellow for Defense Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Haroon Moghul, Fellow, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater


2:55-4:20 PM

Evaluation of Obama’s Foreign Policy: Ukraine, the Middle East

Moderator: Prof. Paul Fritz, Dept. of Political Science

Robert Parry, Consortium News

Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater


2:55-4:20 PM

Social Responsibility and Human Security: The Vital Role of Community Organizations

Moderator: Prof. Greg Maney, Director for Active Citizenship, Center for Civic Engagement

Nadia Marin Molina and Omar Henriquez, National Day Laborers Organizing Network

Heidi Sanft, Nostrand Gardens Civic Association

Michelle Zambrano, Advocates for Community Health and Health Leads

Jeannine Maynard, Uniondale Community Land Trust

Library 246, East Wing


4:25-5:55 PM

Long term Peace Prospects in the Mideast

Moderator:   Prof. Carolyn Eisenberg, HU Dept. of History

Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Washington, D.C.

Prof. Monroe Freedman, Hofstra University School of Law

Leo Guthart Cultural Center Theater


5:15-6:10 PM

Climate March Roundtable: A Call for Action

Moderator: Prof. Robert Brinkmann, HU Dept. of Sustainability Studies

with Climate March participants

Library 246, East Wing


6:20-7:45 PM

Political Fix: How Do We Get American Politics Back on Track?

“Think 2040”

Prof. Michael D’Innocenzo, HU Dept. of History, The Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Non-Violent Social Change

Lydia Bowers, Roosevelt Institute

Alyssa O’Brien, Hofstra University student

Library 246, East Wing


8:00 PM

Campus Conversation: Sexual Violence on College Campuses

CCE Fellows

Library 246, East Wing



School of Business Conference on Social Responsibility:

“Compliance and a Culture of Integrity”

Organizer: Prof. Susan Martin, HU Cypres Family Distinguished Professor of Legal Studies in Business


For more information contact Prof. Linda Longmire,

or Brianna Borresen,


Systematic Discrimination still in place for Transgender community in New York!

This past Saturday I attended a last minute protest in Hauppauge, Long Island. The protest took place outside of a rally for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. While the numbers were not large, we attempted to get the attention on Governor Cuomo because many New Yorkers are still quite vulnerable to blatant  discrimination throughout the state.

Please read more by clicking on the link below! 

Jen Ackerman

Hofstra University

MFA Student

CCE celebrates International Non-Violence Day!

On October 2nd, CCE and the Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives held Hofstra’s celebration of Gandhi Day in the Cultural Center Theater.  CCE Fellow Francesca Scaraggi covered the event for the Chronicle, Hofstra’s student paper.  Please enjoy the photos below, taken by Fellow Che Sullivan.


Whoo!  Can’t wait for the event to start!


Margaret Melkonian, Executive Director of LIAPA, urges students to advocate for change.


Professor Michael D’Innocenzo and Poet/Educator Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr.


CCE Fellow Denisse Girón, introducing the Peace Poets.


The Peace Poets in action.

Hofstra CCE goes to the People’s Climate March








On Sunday, September 21, Fellows attended the People’s Climate March in Manhattan with about 400,000 other people. According to the People’s Climate March website, “We are demanding the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.” Here are some photographs of the day:


CCE Fellow Mishaina Joseph and Volunteer Eleanore Saintis shocked and invigorated by the amount of people taking the subway to the March.


Mish proudly representing Hofstra.




CCE Fellow Francesca Scaraggi nearly giving an accidental peace sign to fellow Fellow Clara Schopf.

(Blog post by CCE Fellow Che Sullivan)