Fashion Show to Focus on Models’ Social Identity; Explore Societal Stereotypes and Personal Expression at Queens College in April 16

— This is the Fifth Annual Presentation of Fashioning Our Identities by the College’s Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding —

FLUSHING, NY, April 16th, 2018 —The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding (CERRU) will hold its fifth annual Social Identity Fashion Show: Fashioning Our Identities at Queens College, April 16, in the Student Union Ballroom, fourth floor, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.

In the Social Identity Fashion Show, student models work with designers to create two looks. The first look represents the implicit and explicit stereotypes that often influence society’s view of the model. The second look represents the identities that they claim for themselves.

This year’s show features 15 models whose looks are created by design students from the Queens College Textiles and Apparel program, Fordham University, as well as designers from the broader Queens and Queens College Community. After the model walk, CERRU’s Associate Director, Yael Rosenstock, will invite the audience to engage in an interactive social identity activity to experience part of the model/look process. The evening will end after a short dance class offered by choreographer TJ Jacobs, dance anthropologist and curator of Dreams and Defiance: A World Reimagined Dr. Derrick L. Washington, and Cuban salsa dancer Yael Rosenstock.

CERRU would like to thank the QC Textiles and Apparel Program and the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU in partnership with Dreams & Defiance: A World Re-Imagined exhibition and program series, for their involvement and cosponsorship of the show.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite and registration is recommended in order to estimate catering needs. Please click here to RSVP.

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About CERRU:
CERRU is a diversity education center that provides nonviolent communication tools to bridge social differences and create a more equitable society. We use dialogue and undoing bias techniques to bring people together to discuss their views and listen to one another. Participants experience how to include differences, negotiate their social identities, find common ground, move forward with their own personal growth, and work with others to effect positive social change.

CERRU works with students, faculty, and staff to create a safe, vibrant, and inclusive space for communication. We offer fellowships, dialogues, and trainings at Queens College. These activities prepare participants to become leaders equipped to navigate an increasingly multicultural society. We also host events exploring multiple perspectives on controversial issues, providing context, and opportunity for dialogue.

We host events open to the public, community trainings, workshops, and work with community members and organizations to develop programs that suit the population’s needs.

About Queens College:
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.

A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s

Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past 40 years.

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Yael Rosenstock
Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding