[Finding Kind pic] 

Tuesday, March 26th
Kahl Campus Center, Room 224
6 PM - 8 pm

Note: Due to the difficult emotional content of this presentation, attendees should be at least 14 years old. 

More than just Mean Girls. The Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY and The Sage Colleges invite you to join us to discover universal truths in girl culture, and to discuss what we can do to stop girl-on-girl crime. The screening of this powerful documentary will be followed by a panel discussion including both experts and survivors of bullying. View the trailer for Finding Kind, here.

Our event has reached capacity! To sign up for our wait list,
please call (518) 292-8615 or signup online here.

About the Movie

In Finding Kind, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who met while in school at Pepperdine University, set out in a cross country journey of discovery and education.

Interviewing women and girls along the way about their lives and experiences, Parsekian and Thompson find, among all of the unique personal stories, some universal truths about growing up as girls.

Finding Kind is a document of that journey, and of the filmmakers’ quest to take these experiences and find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect.

In addition to all of the individual girls and women who share their personal experiences about girl on girl bullying with the filmmakers, Parsekian and Thompson include interviews with respected experts and authors in the fields of psychology, education, and the interrelationships of women and girls.



Dr. Lisa C. Carr, Ed.D. 

[Dr. Lisa C. Carr]Panel moderator, Dr. Lisa C. Carr has been an educator for more than 25 years. She serves as an Assistant Professor for the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges. Dr. Carr teaches for the Professional School Counseling program. Dr. Carr earned her MS from The Sage Colleges in Guidance & Counseling and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the Sage Colleges. In addition to her role at Sage, she currently is a School Counselor at Bethlehem Central High School. She has facilitated numerous workshops and presented nationally on issues of diversity and college counseling. Dr. Carr enjoys spending time with her family and daughter, Paige. She is very involved with professional organizations that give back to the community.


Dr. Vincent G. Porfirio, Ed.D., M.B.A.

[Vin Porfirio]Dr. Vin Porfirio is an educator, activist, and acting Assistant Dean of Students at The Sage Colleges. He has taken on an array of leadership roles regionally, nationally, and globally. Dr. Porfirio has spearheaded a number of anti-bullying initiatives including Sage ALLIES Safe Zone Program, Northeastern LGBT Conference, Sage Civility Project, and Campus Pride Inc.’s National Leadership Institutes. Dr. Porfirio’s educational portfolio includes studying at institutions from Shanghai to Cape Town and range from English Literature to Business Strategy.


Erica Gross

[Erica Gross]Erica Gross is a senior college student at Russell Sage College. She is going to school to receive her Bachelor's degree in Childhood Education and Psychology. Next spring, she plans to further her career by receiving her Master's degree in Special Education. When she was a junior in high school she was a victim of bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment. This horrifying experience is something that has changed her life forever and is something that she will never forget. By becoming a school teacher, she hopes to teach children about bullying and to help stop it from happening within school districts. She would like to thank everyone who made it possible for her to be here today because without their love, support, and guidance, she wouldn't be as strong as she is today.


Linda Gross

[Linda Gross]Linda Gross has been married for 33 years and has been employed at Orange Motor Company in Albany for 26 years. She has 5 children: Phillip, 32; Brian, 30 ; Kaylin, 28; and 21-year-old twins Ashley and Finding Kind panelist Erica. 21. She enjoys boating and camping  in Salisbury, Mass., and vacationing in Florida with her family.



Pascal Stain

[pascale stain]

Pascale Stain, a Junior at Emma Willard School in Troy, has been involved in Scouting since joining Brownies in first grade.  She, like too many other girls, was on the receiving end of 'mean girl' behavior in middle school.  Thankfully, she has found "kind" at Emma Willard, and through involvement in Girl Scouting, track and field, and other volunteer activities.  Pascale serves on the Girl Advisory Board of the Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York and hopes to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award this Spring.



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