Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) exists to craft a culture of care and a community of belonging through a healing-centered framework. We present opportunities for growth, facilitate brave conversation, and through collaboration & creativity, build toward restoration together.

Our areas of focus:

  • financial resilience
  • wellness
  • social entrepreneurship, and
  • diversity in STEM

Programs Offered

10 Ways to Build

How might you connect with Brookdale Diversity & Inclusion?
Here are 10 Ways to get into it.
What does it mean? What does it look like?
There are many ways to enter the work. Following is a sample of where you might show up for it.
Find your space.

Download PDF for clickable links





Standing in Solidarity VIRTUAL Series

25 Day Challenge

The content is asynchronous. Move at your own pace. Start Here
A little today, more tomorrow? Finish in 15 days or 55. The point is to lean-in to our learning together.
Watch a video guide created for you about this virtual series. VIDEO





Zoom Guided Conversations

Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.


The conversations are meant to build a working group and process by applying learning together and in tangible ways. The guide will be by way of Achieving the Dream and the Evergreen Strategic Plan.





One on One Sessions

With Director of Diversity and Inclusion

As a member of Brookdale, you may be interested in speaking to someone, one on one. This is a to process your ideas on how best to address and engage in culturally responsive pedagogy, crafting equitable spaces, and the creation of inclusive learning and working environments.

You might have a question. You might want to collaborate. Or, you might want feedback.
If you are interested in another perspective or counsel, please contact me for a time to meet.

Note: For sensitive matters, confidentiality is respected.
Contact Angela Kariotis directly, akariotis@broookdalecc.edu, 732-224-2109.





Request for Special Topics: Online and In-Person Enrichment Opportunities and Interdisciplinary Collaborations

How might Diversity and Inclusion best provide enrichment opportunities for Brookdale students, faculty, staff, and alumni for shared accountability toward forward movement?

Everyone is invited to use this FORM to request opportunities, suggest special topics, or provide feedback based on your expertise and lived experience.

Let’s get in right-relationship.





Reading Circle

Brookdale Community College’s Fall 2022-2023 Reading

The Bankier Library and Diversity and Inclusion are proud to partner in the reading of Resmaa Menakem’s My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.

Open to all, from our home to yours. Please join us for deep reflection and building community together.
For more information on the different ways to participate and to register. VISIT HERE

The goal is to invite everyone in our community to eventually read this book. Then, from our learning experience, identify actionable items to integrate throughout our campus community.

Reading Circles paired with meditation session will be offered again in February.

OPTIONAL: An online digital padlet is created for asynchronous connections to each other and the material. Participate using the padlet if it’s comfortable for you—>





Community Hours, monthly

This is an open space. All are welcome.

This series is meant to foster interdepartmental fellowship, idea shares, radical accessibility and co-curricular developments.

In-person community hours are welcomed! Ask for it!

REGISTER on Zoom for Community Hours





Yoga and Mindfulness

Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

In the Fitness Center, Dance Studio
October 6
November 3
December 1
In the Student Life Center, Room, Twin Lights I, II
February 16
March 23
April 20

Food served!
Mats provided!
Drop-in’s welcomed!

Bringing hope and love to people.
Much more than yoga. Sheltered Yoga brings psychosocial and social emotional learning, life skills, and mindfulness education to every individual they serve. They use a specialized evidence-based, trauma informed curriculum that fosters strong self-esteem, strength, confidence, tolerance and empowerment.



Improvisation and Creative Strategies for Group Transformation

With Lifestage, Inc.

Three Workshops, Attend Any or All
November 14, all are welcome to join 11:00 a.m.
November 21, all are welcome to join 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Twin Lights I & II
November 21, all are welcome to join 2:00 p.m.

In-person, all are welcome.
Food provided.
CEU credits available. Certificate of Completion offered.

The mission of Lifestage, Inc. is to educate people about their inherent creativity and enhance social capital using improvisation and storytelling. They believe that navigating today’s uncertain world requires agility and adaptability, and interpersonal skills of communication, connection and collaboration. Their approach is grounded in the science of resilience and research into the benefits of improv and creative experiences.

Lifestage, Inc. SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Board of Social Work as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed social workers #270.



How to Invest Your Money, even if you’ve never done it before


4 workshops, they build off each other but join what you can.

November 28, 29, 30, December 1, 6 PM to 7:15 PM

A financial resilience intensive: Certificate of Completion given to those who attend all 4 workshops.

Demystifying investing, challenging the racial wealth gap, arming us with the tools to maneuver an inequitable money system. Just in time for the holidays! Stack your ends to make ends meet. Brunch & Budget offers dynamic presentations and illuminating resources. Check the podcast for more money matter tips.

Brookdale Lincroft Lot 5
MAC 214

Free and open to the public.


In collaboration with the International Education Center’s International Festival

April 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

What is Capoeira? It is a martial art
From Rising Sun Capoeira: Capoeira (ca-pu-wed-a) is the Brazilian martial art (yes martial art and not dance) that was created by the Africans enslaved in Brazil during the colonial era (around the 1500’s). It was disguised, or made to appear, as dance, song, and music to hide the enslaved training in preparation for rebellion and escape. Keeping in tradition, we practice the art in its entirety. We invoke and teach the importance or rhythm of the body and expression through voice and various percussion, and most importantly awareness of self; (defense, ability, pride).
Never seen it? Here’s a video of Grupo Engenho da Bahia: VIDEO

Everyone is welcome here.

For collaborations with Diversity & Inclusion, please contact Angela Kariotis, akariotis@brookdalecc.edu.

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