At Westchester Community College we take pride in the rich diversity represented throughout the College. Each member of our community brings life experiences, cultural influences and uniqueness that enhances the WCC experience. It is with that rich experience in mind that we invite you to learn and celebrate diversity with us.
Here you will find information on upcoming and ongoing cultural celebrations as well as events that educate, engage and celebrate our diversity. Feel free to join us.
Beyond Westchester: Each month participants visit another country via the life experience of one of our very own international students. These presentations are paired with free lunch with as close to authentic food as possible.
Black History Month (BHM) celebrates the rich cultural, historical and political contributions of the African diaspora. Annually, BHM features events that can range from opening dinner with a keynote speaker, panel discussions, film screenings, cultural performances and much more.
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Military Readiness in a Changing World
When: February, 1 – 8:00-9:00 Continental Breakfast 9:00-11:00 am
Where: Gateway, Davis Auditorium
Description: Discussing the highlights and powers of the military. Adjunct Fellow, U.S. Army Veteran, Ms. Asha Castleberry.
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Inspiring Author’s Café Forum
When: February 5– 9:00 -1:00pm.
Where: Gateway, Davis Auditorium – 9:00 – 1:00 pm.
Description: 5 Authors, Henry A. May, Dr. Althea Phillips, Dr. Richard Courage, Tai Allen and Ivan Fernandez. Also Featuring, Ann Mitchell – Film Writer and Alumni. “Up On Sugar Hill,” – Where their outcomes are landing them into their futures.
The Struggle Between Patriotism and Civil Rights
When: February 6 – 10-12pm.
Where: Classroom Building Rm. 200.
Description: What that means for Black Patriots and the Black Experiences, Dr. Carla DuBose.
Battle of the Sexes
When: February 7 – 11-1pm
Where: Student Center – 11 – 1pm.
Description: Black Student Union Club – Where the talks get down to the Nitty Gritty.
Buffalo Soldier’s Documentary
When: February 8 9:00-11pm
Where:Library Media Theater – 9:00 -11:00pm.
Description: Italian Filmmaker, Producer and Social Advocate, Fred Kumornu
Where: Student Center– 11- 1:00pm
Ms. Ruth Hunt
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WCC Veteran’s Standup Rally
When: February 14
Where: Student Center – 11 – 1:00pm.
Description: Featuring “The Mayhem Poets” – Where the shifting of Poetry meets the Real World.
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Student, Faculty and Staff Meeting
When: February 20
Where: Student Center 11:00 – 1:00pm.
Description: – Keynote Speaker, Professor Kristyan (Rose) Gilmore.
Gold Star Mothers
When: February 21
Description: A Play written and directed by Professor Cynthia Robinson-Williams – Phenomenal rendition of the lives carried out after serving in the Armed Forces.
Soul Food Cuisine Meets American Cuisine Lunch by Westchester Community College Culinary Arts’ Students
When: February 22
Where: Dining Hall – 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Description: – Allow your taste buds be tantalized and enjoy the decadent soul food cuisine. $12 and please RSVP your reservations.
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African American Women in Times of War
When: February 26
Where: Classroom Building Room 100 – 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Description: Dr. Christolyn Williams. . Who were our distinctive Women in Times of War?
Honoring the Gospel in Warring Times
When: February 27
Where: Gateway Auditorium – 5:00 pm. – 8:00 pm
Description: Keynote Speaker – Reverand Dr. Robert E. Young, and the Mount Olivet Mass Choir, and also Featuring Soloist Lady Misha. Dinner will be served.
Culminating Awards Luncheon Ceremony
When: February 28
Description: Honoring faculty and staff for years of service and merits of service. Associate Dean of Diversity Equity & Inclusion | Chief Diversity Officer- Tiffany SW Hamilton –
Women’s History Month honors American women of distinction and achievement. At Westchester Community College events and presentations are offered by faculty that also include topics of diversity and social justice. The theme for 2018 is: Nevertheless She Persisted-Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is when WCC celebrates and promotes awareness of Asian & Pacific Island culture and history
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the WCC.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan
National Foreign Language Month
Women’s Equality Pay Day
International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
Latin American Heritage Month (LAHM) strives to increase awareness about Latin American histories, identities, cultures, accomplishments and contemporary issues. From September 15 to October 15, the LAHM committee works closely with members of the campus and the surrounding community to celebrate as well as address issues that affect Latin American cultures, within the United States and on-campus.
National Coming Out Day-marks the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights
Social Justice Day-Westchester Community College Faculty from across disciplines will lecture, conduct workshops, and hold panel discussions around the theme of Social Justice
WCC Drag Show- held the last Thursday in October, the college community comes together to support the creative expression and celebration of identity
National Disabilities Awareness Month
National American Indian Heritage Month
Universal Human Rights Month
On Going Diversity Initiatives:
- Crossroads Intersectionality Series– discussion based event exploring identities and their intersections
- Viking Ally Safe Zone Training-Learning Experiences about being an ally within and to the many identities under the LGBT umbrella.
- Black & Hispanic Male Initiative- designed to support male students of color in achieving a better educational outcome at WCC and beyond.