Terms & Conditions

Policies for Inclusive Safe Space (Confidentiality, Anti-Bullying, etc.) 

 Participation in Philo4Thought discussions and activities at any level requires all parties agree to the following Safe Space Terms & Conditions. Registration for any of our services, membership options, private chatrooms, etc. is considered a permanent and binding acknowledgement and confirmation of this agreement. 

MENTORING PRIVACY & CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT:

  • Client Information shared during our Mentoring Monday Roundtable Discussion Sessions as well as 1-on-1 Concierge Mentoring Sessions or Online Chatrooms is guarded as strictly personal and confidential.

  • All attendees (speakers, mentors, clients, etc.) are fully expected to respect and uphold the standards for Safe Space established by the State of New York during all discussions and events.

  • Information will not be shared in any format (verbally, visually or electronically) without the express written consent of both Philo4Thought's Executive Board and the individual(s) involved.

  • There will be no photos or screen shots of attendees at these events.

  • Information may be shared internally between members of the Executive Board specifically for the purpose of identifying and improving available programming, publications and resources. Information will not be released to third parties.

  • Event registration is considered a permanent and binding confirmation of this agreement. Those who do not register online must sign a written Confidentiality Agreement Form prior to the start of the small-group workshop/mentoring session.

POLICIES FOR SAFE SPACE & INCLUSIVE CODE OF CONDUCT: 

  • In New York State, Safe Space is (1) a physical/metaphysical place where (2) individuals from minority classifications convene (3) away from offensive or harmful ideas among members. Safe Spaces are locations (online or face to face) where all parties agree to speak openly and without judgment, ridicule, criticism, hostile opposition, retaliation, etc. This policy protects all participating individuals (marginalized/minority groups of any classification) from active/passive bullying by instructors, classmates, peers, etc. (Judith ShulevitzHeidi Kitrosser).

  • Philo4Thought upholds a strict Safe Space Policy during all discussions and events. Those participating in group meetings, online correspondence, etc. are not to engage in any hostile conduct. Individuals who do not uphold this code of conduct by engaging in actively or passively hostile or hurtful behavior towards any member of the Board, the instructional team, guest speakers, attendees, event vendors and hosts, etc. will be banned from further contact with any member of our group, all mailing lists, etc.

  • The program was established to support the professional development interests and needs of young professionals. While the team does not discriminate against individuals based on their gendoral identity, age, etc. etc. (in keeping with the enforcement of Title VII regulations apply), team members are not directly equipped to address the needs of those who fall outside that range. We will, however, offer a reliable refer to available affiliates to those who fall outside the reasonable scope of our team's collective areas of expertise.   

  • Harassment at any level will not be tolerated. (Enforcement of Anti-Bullying and Title IX regulations apply.)

  • Anyone within our local and global network who fails to respect the policies supported by our organization by engaging in unseemly behavior will receive one probationary warning. If unseemly behavior persists, the individual will be asked to leave the group/activity. 

PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE FOR ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM & NETWORKING SOCIALS:

  • Philo4Thought-approved photographers, videographers and press are granted permission to photograph and record event attendees and guest speakers specifically for training and review purposes. Specific images may also be used in Philo4Thought's promotional brochures and social media.

  • Event registration is considered a permanent and binding confirmation of this agreement.

NATURE & DEFINITION OF HISTORICALLY-IDENTIFIED MINORITY GROUP: 

  • Minority Group (a.k.a., Marginalized/Underrepresented Groups) is broadly defined as a group of individuals whose physical/cultural/behavioral characteristics have led to differential and unequal treatment leading to collective discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation (Louis Wirth). Objectively, the term refers to a publicly-identified social classification based on ethnicity, race, gender, religion, etc. Subjectively, the term refers to an identity ascribed to by the members of the group in question for the purposes of establishing professional and social identity and solidarity. 

  • Affirmative Action is broadly defined as policies established to prevent discrimination, harassment and retaliation of an underrepresented group (or individual) based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, etc., countering the effects of historical discriminatory practices. 

  • Affirmative Action Initiatives provide a variety of supportive services to marginalized groups. For example: “…Minority groups who primarily speak a marginalized language with extra teaching in the majority language, so that they are better able to compete for places at university or for jobs” (Lumen Learning).

  • Hellenes/Greek-Americans are historically classified as a religious and ethnic minority group, having suffered the discriminatory practices including (1) restriction/denial of employment based on ethnic biased, (2) religious persecution. (3) public biased based on past and present socio-economic perspectives, hyperbolic media publications, etc. that portray this group as being socio-economically backwards and inferior to the majority group (see Anti-Greek Sentiment).

  • Hellenic/Greek-American Community consists of a predominant combination of (1) long-established ethnic populations throughout the U.S., (2) recent immigrant families, (3) first-generation Americans of Greek decent, (4) the religious minority group identified as “Greek Orthodox” (a faith distinguished from the mainstream protestant faith upheld by the American majority).

  • Community Support: Various organizations have been established since as far back as the 1920s to help fight against religious persecution and discriminatory practices in the workplace. Most notably, in 1965, Archbishop Iakovos, the religious leader of the Greek Orthodox community throughout North and South America, marched beside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the now-famous protest in Selma, Alabama in solidarity against the overt discriminatory practices of the established majority against our ethnic and religious groups.

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