5th Annual Travel Unity Summit

“Cultivating Welcoming Communities”

Saturday, October 5

CNY Jazz Central

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse, NY

Sunday, October 6 – Monday, October 7

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF)

Gateway Center

Syracuse, NY

The 5th Annual Travel Unity Summit convened members of the tourism industry, as well as representatives from academia, community groups, and elected officials and their staff, to discuss issues around diversity and inclusion in the world of travel and tourism.

Saturday, October 5th

Advancing and Honoring Local Communities through Tourism

Roundtables around topics vital to tourism and inclusion for Syracuse, Central New York, and beyond:

  • Community engagement with tourism
  • Responsible revitalization of tourism areas

Networking event at World of Beer, 5-9pm

Sunday, October 6th

Diversity and Inclusion in Educational, Cultural, and Natural Spaces

  • How academia and community partners can foster welcoming communities
  • How universities and cultural institutions can actively address the needs of myriad groups

Monday, October 7th

Plenary

  • Flash Talks from SUNY  ESF, National Park Service, Visit Syracuse, Cornell Botanic Gardens, and more
  • A session with Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens
  • Cultivating Welcoming Destinations Panel
  • Roundtables on Communication/Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility

2019 Partners and Sponsors

 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Advancing and Honoring Local Communities through Tourism

10:00 am – 12:00pm

Working with Neighborhoods to Harness and Embrace Tourism: I-81 Corridor

A discussion on how neighborhood communities can leverage tourism for economic development and to share their stories. The session will look at these issues through the lens of Syracuse’s I-81 Corridor.

Facilitated by Deka Dancil, featuring  Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens, Yusuf Abdul-Qadir of NYCLU, William Simmons from Syracuse Housing Authority, and Andrew Obernesser from CenterState CEO.

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Responsible Destination Development: Heritage Tourism in Central NY

A discussion on how tourism sites can be (re)built while honoring and respecting local concerns. The session will look at these issues through the lens of Central NY’s heritage and historical stories, including Native history, women’s rights, and more.

 

Featuring Larry Luttinger of CNY Jazz Central, Dr. Jack Manno, Emeritus Professor – SUNY ESF, Carol Eaton of Visit Syracuse, and Gregg Tripoli of Onondaga Historical Society.

Facilitated by Dr. Damien Duchamp of St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn, NY.

The session will conclude with a walk around the I-81 corridor to discuss the challenges and opportunities from the day’s discussion.

Saturday evening: Networking event at World of Beer, 5pm – 9pm. Open to all.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Diversity and Inclusion in Educational, Cultural, and Natural Spaces

Schedule

10:00am – 11:30am
Cultivating Welcoming Higher Ed
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Experiential Education: Internships, Study Abroad, and Applied Learning
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Lunch Break
2:30pm – 4:00pm Inclusion in Arts, Culture, and Nature
4:00pm – 5:30pm Meeting the Needs of Non-Traditional Students

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Introduction

Travel Unity’s Executive Director, Roni Weiss, and SUNY ESF’s Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Malika Carter, will kick off the day with their flash talks.

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Cultivating Welcoming Higher Ed

Schools have struggled with racial incidents, conflicts between the universities and the communities that they are a part of, and truly embracing inclusion of students from all walks of life.

This open dialogue, led by SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg, will confront these issues.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Experiential Education: Internships, Study Abroad, and Applied Learning

Learning doesn’t only happen in classrooms. To be more prepared for the real world, students of all ages need to have exposure to the workforce and the larger world.

This session will tackle how all students, but especially those of under-served backgrounds, can be better exposed to opportunities beyond the four walls of academia.

SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg will be joined by Dr. Christopher M. Torres and Michael Popovic.

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Inclusion in Arts, Culture, and Nature

Arts, culture, and the natural world should not be beyond anyone’s reach due to their background and abilities.

This collaborative session will explore how to bring more groups into the world of art and culture.

Moderated by Larry Luttinger of CNY Jazz Central, the session will include voices from National Park Service (Dr. Amy Roache-Fedchenko), New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (Laura DiBetta), and Cornell Botanic Gardens (Dr. Christopher Dunn).

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Meeting the Needs of Non-Traditional Students

From veterans to returning citizens to any students outside of the stereotypical undergrad, this session will address the unique needs of non-traditional student populations.

Dr. Damien Duchamp of St. Joseph’s College will lead the conversation with Kim Irland of North Country Community College, Raphael Okutoro of Castleton University in Vermont, and Jennifer Reddy of Le Moyne College.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Plenary

Why to attend Monday’s sessions:

1) You want to hear leaders from the travel industry discuss how to best leverage diversity and inclusion for social good and economic benefit.

2) You would like to take part in discussions around reaching new audiences and leveraging corporate social responsibility programs.

MC and Moderator

Pam Brunet

Executive Director of Leadership Greater Syracuse

9:00am – 10:00am Registration and Light Breakfast
10:00am – 11:00am
Opening Flash Talks
11:00am – 11:45am
Keynote and Discussion
11:45am – 12:15pm Networking Break
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Cultivating Welcoming Destinations Panel
1:30pm – 3:00pm LUNCH (w/ Curated Networking)
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Communications/Marketing Roundtable
4:30pm – 4:45pm Break
4:45pm – 6:00pm
Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Opening Flash Talks

Welcome Remarks from SUNY ESF Interim President David C. Amberg

Flash Talks

Featuring:

Danny Liedka (Visit Syracuse)

Dr. Amy Roache-Fedchenko (National Park Service)

Sally Roesch Wagner, Ph.D. (The Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation)

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Keynote and Discussion

Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens will share her thoughts on diversity and inclusion for Syracuse, Central NY, and beyond, followed by a conversation with Juhanna Rogers of CenterState CEO and a discussion with the audience.

12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Cultivating Welcoming Destinations

How can destinations, attractions, and higher educational institutions both entice people of all backgrounds abilities and ensure welcoming experiences on the ground?

Featuring:

Laura DiBetta (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

President Kristin Esterberg (SUNY Potsdam)

Danny Liedka (Visit Syracuse)

Markly Wilson (I LOVE New York)

Moderated by Dr. Damien Duchamp

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Marketing to New Audiences Roundtable

Attendees will be able to address their individual marketing needs with Romey and other participants.

Romey Louangvilay has a decade of experience in marketing, social media strategy, and PR. He has worked with Tourism Authority of Thailand, Guana Island in the British Virgin Islands, and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations).

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable

Pam Brunet, the current Executive Director of Leadership Greater Syracuse and former Manager of Community Affairs at Bristol-Myers Squibb, will lead a discussion addressing the needs of attendees when it comes to enacting successful corporate social responsibility programs.