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CECILE ANN LAWRENCE

14 Alpine Drive, Apalachin, New York 13732


607-625-5844; artcalight13@gmail.com

Education
Ph.D. Binghamton University – Philosophy, Interpretation & Culture Program.
Dissertation title: “Rhygin’s Vortex: Art as Medicine for Race/Gender Fixations
in Jamaica and the U.S.”
Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory
J.D. State University of New York at Buffalo, Law
M.A. State University of New York at Albany, English
B.A. University of the West Indies, Jamaica, English and Spanish

Areas of Specialization
Law and society
Race and gender
Caribbean writers
Law and literature
Medicine and literature
Existential and environmental social change

Teaching Experience
Lecturer, Africana Studies Department, Binghamton University, N.Y., one semester
Lecturer/Teaching Assistant, Philosophy, Interpretation & Culture Program, Binghamton
University, N.Y., four semesters
Lecturer, Philosophy Department. S.U.N.Y. College at Cortland, N.Y., five semesters
Co-coordinator of Women's Studies, two semesters
Member, Multicultural & Gender Studies Council, two semesters
Teaching Fellow, English Department, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale,
FL. Two years full time

Courses Taught
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y. Anticipated winter 2010. Sections of
“Introduction to Ethics.”
Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y. “Law and African-American Experience,”
“Medicine in Literature,” “Existential Ease and Disease,” “Complementary
Medicine,” Section teaching assistant for “Law and Justice”
State University of New York College at Cortland, N.Y., two to three sections of
“Prejudice, Discrimination and Morality” per semester
Nova Southeastern University, FL, “College English”

Publications
“Known enemies of the people: the 1968 Rodney riots in Jamaica.” Under review.
“Running away towards” in American Women’s Milestones, eds. Carol Smallwood and
Cynthia Vincent-Brackett. Accepted, possible publication date in 2009
“The case of the missing areolae: Race and breast reduction surgery.” Gender Forum. 25.

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2. 2009
"Inside and Outside: Themes of race inside medical research articles as a reflection of the
larger culture." International Studies in Philosophy, XXXVII/1, 2005, 37-50
“New Racisms: Access of People of Color to their Traditional Medicine.” International
Studies in Philosophy, XXXIV/1, 2002, 69-79
“Racelessness.” American Mixed Race. (ed. Naomi Zack). Rowman & Littlefield,
1995, 25-37
Several newspaper opinion pieces

Administrative Experience
Assistant Judicial Administrator, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
One-year term position. Interview, investigate facts and determine and impose
sanction for students and staff found in violation of the Campus Code of Conduct.

Deputy Director, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Office of Institutional


Diversity & Equity, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. One half year.
Monitor searches for adherence to EOAA policies, manage investigations, write
reports, develop new policies and procedures

Multicultural Coordinator, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, Dryden, N.Y. Two


and a half years. Interact with departments regarding diversity. Plan programs on
diversity. Participate in planning for summer Global Connections program for
Central and South American students. On President’s committee for increasing
faculty diversity

Cultural Diversity Program Director, Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier,
Binghamton, N.Y. Four and a half years.
Designed new educational programs on cultural competence focused on refugees,
immigrants and mental health issues. Designed unique mental health interpreter
training program jointly offered by the Mental Health Association of the Southern
Tier and Broome Community College, N.Y. for Vietnamese, Lao, African-
American (1996), Bosnian, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish-speaking, Arabic,
Kurdish (1997), Arabic, Spanish-speaking (1999) interpreters, combined with
cultural competency training for human service workers. Designed mental health
interpreter service. Participated in the drafting of the first New York State Office
of Mental Health Cultural and Linguistic Competency Standards

Senior Academic Advisor, Binghamton University, N.Y. Five years.


Implement fairs, panels, activities to inform students and faculty about
scholarships, creating unique majors, and getting into law school. Instrumental in
the formation of the Thurgood Marshall Minority Pre-Law Club. Recruit
volunteer faculty advisors. Edit scholarship guide. Instrumental in several
students winning national Goldwater Science Awards. Elected member of
Professional Employees Council. Representative on state-wide Faculty senate

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Presentations
“The case of the missing areolae: Race and Breast reduction surgery.” SWIP Group
Session of the 2009 Eastern Division Meeting of the American Philosophical
Association. New York City. December 27 – 30, 2009.
“The case of the missing areolae: Race and Breast reduction surgery.” Feminism at the
Crossroads. Society for Women in Philosophy, Eastern Division, 2009 Spring
Meeting and Conference. John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH. March 28,
2009
“Known enemy of the people: the Rodney riots of 1968.” 1968 in the Global South
Conference. St. John’s University, NYC, NY. November 8, 2008
“Race in medical research.” First World Diaspora Conference. S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, New
York. October 18, 2008
"Racial genetics and racism in medical research." Annual conference. Dept. of
Philosophy, Interpretation & Culture. Binghamton University. Binghamton, N.Y.
April 17, 2004
"Drawing and journaling: a multidisciplinary, multicultural process."
Symposium. Vermont College of Union Institute and University. Montpelier,
VT. October 9-12, 2003
“Moving Across Cultures: Freeing the dancer within.” 5th annual Art of Healing
Conference. National Artists for Mental Health. Schenectady, N.Y. April 19-21,
2002
“Use and misuse of race categories in medical research and health care.” 6th annual
National Pan-Collegiate Conference on the Mixed-Race Experience. Cornell
University, Ithaca, N.Y. April 13-14, 2002
“Embracing Diversity.” With Jean McPheeters, College Trustee. Annual convention.
Assn. of Community College Trustees. San Diego, CA. October 13, 2001
“New Racisms: Access of People of Color to their traditional health care.” Annual
conference. Dept. of Philosophy, Interpretation & Culture. Binghamton
University, N.Y. April 28, 2001
“Diversity.” Annual Conference. National Artists for Mental Health. Schenectady, N.Y.
April 21, 2001
“Access of People of Color to their health care” & “Hip-Hop, Salsa, Reggae and the
Blues: Diversifying faculty at a rural community college.” Joint conferences of
the National Assn. Of African-American Studies, National Assn. Of Hispanic
Studies, National Assn. Of Native American Studies, International Assn. Of
Asian Studies.” Houston, TX. Feb.12 – 17, 2001

Professional Societies
Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy – member
Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy – member
The Association for Feminist Ethics and Social Theory - member

Community work
Tioga Peace and Justice. Active participant.
Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition Gas Production Task Force.

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Citizen Action of New York, Binghamton. Former Board member. Volunteer on health
care reform and voter registration activities
Tompkins County Diversity Consortium, Ithaca, New York. Member. 2000-02.
Broome County Chamber of Commerce, Broome Leadership Institute, Binghamton, New
York. Selected as chair and presenter of Cultural Diversity sessions for ‘97-’98,
‘98-’99, ‘99-‘00. Designed and implemented the first training session on this
topic for the Broome Leadership Institute. Received superior evaluations and
special mention at 1998 graduation ceremony
Morning Knights Toastmasters, Binghamton, N.Y. Vice President for membership 1998-
1999, President 1996-1997, Vice President for Public Relations 1995-1996,
Secretary 1994-1995. Re-instituted, edited and published club newsletter in 1995-
1996 term
First Night Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y. Community Outreach Committee, chair.
1997 to 1998
Southern Tier Independence Center, Binghamton, N.Y. Board member 1997 to 1998
YWCA in Broome County, Binghamton, N.Y. Board member 1998 to 1999
Physician Volunteer Services Committee (free clinic for uninsured adults). Clinical
Campus of the Health Sciences Center of the State University of New York,
Binghamton, N.Y. Appointed member of the Advisory Board 1998 to1999.
Initiated the process for the clinic being given one of only four 1998 statewide
awards for Community Health by the New York State Department of Health
Training in Community Dispute Resolution. Buffalo, NY and Binghamton, NY.
Acoustic Neuroma Association. Life member

Awards and continuing education


Facing History and Ourselves – “Civic Dilemmas: Religion, Migration, and Belonging.”
Certificate of completion. Online workshop. March 26, 2009 – April 8, 2009.
Competing runner in road races. Completed 6 marathons, placing in half-marathons,
10K's and other distances
Certificate, Broome Leadership Institute, Broome County Chamber of Commerce,
Binghamton, N.Y. Selected for a class of 20 from a pool of 100
Board member of the year, Southern Tier Independence Center, 1997
Certificate, Kellogg Leadership Program, School of Management, State University of
New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, N.Y.
Teaching Fellowship, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Certificates, Community Dispute Resolution. Buffalo, N.Y. and Binghamton, N.Y.
Bursary, University of the West Indies. Attendance tuition free

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