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 college 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.
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 Westchester Community College and beyond.
|WCC Black History Month 2020 Master Event List|
|Wed. 2/5||Gateway Building Atrium||11:30am-1pm (Program begins at 12pm.)||The Official BHM Kick-Off||To provide an overview of the BHM events and its evolution by taking the audience on a journey that connects past accomplishments with present day experiences shared by people of Color|
|Thurs 2/6||Davis Auditorium||11a.m.-1p.m.||Student/Faculty/Staff Meet & Greet, Keynote: Prof. Donnie Simmons Jr.||A platform for faculty/staff of color and to motivate/inspire students. Refreshments will be served.|
|Tues 2/11||Davis Auditorium||12p.m.-1p.m.||The Future of Automation & Its Effects on People of Color||To provide the audience with how technology automation has and will affect people of color.|
|Tues 2/11||STC Cafeteria||10a.m.-2p.m.||Voter Registration/2020 Census Tables||To provide the campus with an opportunity to register to vote in the 2020 Elections and to learn about the importance of being counted in the 2020 Census.|
|Wed 2/12||STC 111||11a.m.-1p.m.||Viking Safe Space: I’m Black Every Month||To provide a platform and safe space for students to express themselves and their points-of-view; To raise awareness of shared experiences/challenges faced by black students on the campus and in the world (Co-sponsored by Black Student Union)|
|Thurs 2/13||CLA 200||11a.m.-12p.m.||Dr. Sandra Ramsay Presents: “Microaggressions in the Classroom”||To provide the audience with an understanding of how microaggressions in the classroom affect learning outcomes for students|
|Thurs 2/13||CLA 200||12p.m.-1p.m.||Black Love Matters||Follow-up to Dr. Ramsay’s presentation and an opportunity to process the experience. Students will partake in activities that allow them a voice in building a more positive outlook on love, be it love for self and/or each other.|
|Thurs 2/13||STC Event Room||4p.m.-6p.m.||The Kickback-Black Love Dance Party||To provide students with an opportunity to let loose, dance, try distinct foods, listen to distinct music and learn about love and its manifestations within the Black community|
|Sat 2/15||Academic Arts Theatre||8p.m.||Harlem Gospel Choir||Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, The World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For over two decades they have been America’s premier gospel choir and have toured the globe thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music. (Sponsored by Westchester Community College’s Smart Arts) $$|
|Mon 2/17||Mt Vernon Ext||3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.||Beyond WCC: Jamaica||Student presentation of the country Jamaica, with a tasting of Jamaican cuisine|
|Tues 2/18||CLA 200||12p.m.-2p.m.||Does Slavery Still Matter? 1619 Project||Engage in a conversation about the legacy and long term effects of the institution of slavery in this country. Presenters will build upon themes covered in the NY T 1619 Project, commemorating the 400th anniversary of the start of slavery in America.|
|Tues 2/18||Davis Auditorium||2p.m.||“Aint I a Woman”||A chamber music theatre work for actress and trio (cello, piano & percussion) celebrating the lives and times of four significant African American Women: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist Sojourner Truth, renowned novelist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, exuberant folk artist Hunter and fervent civil rights worker Fannie Lou Hamer. (Sponsored by the WCC Humanities Institute)|
|Wed 2/19||STC Event Room||11a.m.-1p.m.||BSU Presents: Cultural Jeopardy||Students will participate in a friendly trivia competition.|
|Thurs 2/20||Culinary Café||11:30am-1pm||Soul Food Luncheon||Come fellowship with us and enjoy southern cuisine prepared by our culinary students. Limited spaces reserved. Must be paid in advance. Please contact Delzora Mabra (914-606-6910) to reserve and pay for your space.|
|Thurs 2/20||Davis Auditorium||4p.m.-5:30p.m.||UnderRepresented Representatives Live Podcast Presents: Your VOICE Matters||Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they get it wrong and they are calling out their own biases as they go. Najah (www.instagram.com/najahknows), a strong willed, creative African American Muslim woman and David (www.instagram.com/mrquill_), a “tell it like he sees it” bi-racial dude, of black and white descent address the world as they see it, digging deep, keeping it real and laughing about it along the way.|
|Fri 2/21||Yonkers Ext||10a.m.-4p.m.||Field Trip to the National Jazz Museum/Les Ambassades Restautrant||Cultural experience field trip regarding the history of Jazz, followed by dinner. For more information, please contact Ana Villafuerte at 914-606-7714.|
|Tue 2/25||Ossining Ext||11a.m.-4p.m.||Your Health Matters: Health & Health Careers Fair||Join us as we highlight health concerns that affect people of color (including heart disease, lupus, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, hypertension, maternal mortality).|
|Tue 2/25||Ossining Ext||6p.m.||Your Health Matters: Health Talks||Health discussions with healthcare professionals on various topics|
|Wed 2/26||Library||10a.m.-2p.m.||Voter Registration/2020 Census Tables||To provide the campus with an opportunity to learn about the 2020 Census and to register to vote in the 2020 Elections|
|Thurs 2/27||Mt Vernon Ext||1:30pm-2:30p.m.||Making History and Reshaping Government: An Afternoon with Mayor Shawyn Patterson Howard||A riveting keynote address; celebrates barriers being shattered by Westchester County’s first black, female mayor. Refreshments will be served.|
|Thurs 2/27||STC Event Room||3:30p.m.-5:30p.m.||BHM Culminating Celebration & Awards Ceremony||Experience a cultural celebration, as we honor the recipients of the Dr. Julius Ford Outstanding Service Awards|