In 2016-17, the theme of diversity will take center stage as an institutional and presidential focus. The priority is to increase diversity on campus, both in terms of student demographics and employee hiring and opportunities.
The Diversity Committee is planning a series of events and activities for the year, including national speakers and monthly events open to students, staff and faculty. Planned events include:
Diversity Awareness Program with Justin Brown
Thursday, April 6, 2 p.m., Room 107, Alumni Center, Rothrock Library, Schnecksville, free
Lehigh Carbon Community College’s Diversity Committee and Multicultural Males of LCCC will host speaker Justin Brown, founder of the Diversity Awareness Program (D.A.P.), which was designed to bring a variety of different races, people and backgrounds together. The program offers sincere diversity training as well as the development programs that stimulate the mind as well as the soul. The purpose of D.A.P. is to promote diversity and cultural awareness in all aspects of life to the students, faculty and staff through active discussions on social issues and ideas.
Students will explore challenges that surface amidst interactions between people of different backgrounds, world view, environmental opportunities, and how social contexts exacerbate or diminish those challenges. They will engage in experiential learning in the domains of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation, language, age and social class towards an analysis of equity.
Justin Brown is a well-known speaker and diversity instructor in higher education. He currently works as a resident director at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. His passion for working with students developed while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Slippery Rock University, where he created the Diversity Awareness Program. He then continued nurturing D.A.P through his graduate studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while working towards earning his master’s degree in student affairs in higher education.
Free and open to the public.
Information: Andrew Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-799-1155.
In Celebration of Women’s History Month: “The Gender Pay Gap: Truth and Fiction in Gaining Equity,” presentation by Maria Montero
Wednesday, March 1, 12:30 p.m., Alumni Center, Rothrock Library, Schnecksville, free
The college will celebrate Women’s History Month with a presentation from María Montero, women’s advocate and former executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The presentation is free of charge.
Montero is a first generation American, born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Marian Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s University and Widener University School of Law with a concentration in law and government. Along with raising her family and managing the family bi-lingual newspaper business El Torero, she has managed and co-founded area businesses and initiatives providing opportunities for women to reach their business and personal goals.
In addition to serving on numerous committees and boards in the Lehigh Valley, Montero received the Emerging Latino Leader Award from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley, Women of the Year by El Comité de Damas Peruanas, selected as the nationwide Alumni Volunteer for St. Joseph’s University, earned a Pepper Pot Award from the Public Relations Society of America, and most recently was honored with an International Davey Gold Medal distinction.
Montero currently serves as the chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, on the APM Board (Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha), a non-profit based in Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Hospitality Inc. She is a trustee for DeSales University, a member of St. Joseph’s University Development Advisory Board, and SJU’s Women’s Leadership Network as fundraising chair.
Montero now serves as the external affairs manager for the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.
Information: Lacey Gonzalez at email@example.com or 610-799-1513.
Details on the following events will be forthcoming.
April – Earth Day
May – Memorial Day Veterans
June – PRIDE
Thursday, Oct. 6, 10-11:15 a.m., room 107/108, Alumni Center, Schnecksville, free
Disability Employment Awareness Panel
LCCC Diversity Committee, representatives from Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and other employment experts will hold a panel event to discuss the topic of employment for persons with disabilities.
Amy Beck, Executive Director Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living
Dolly Singley, Support Specialist for Cedar Crest College
Susan Storm, District Administrator, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Allentown
Richard Walters, Eastern Regional Manager, Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m., Community Services Center, Schnecksville, free
Francesca Kennedy, Founder and CEO of Ix
The Diversity Committee will present keynote speaker Francesca Kennedy, founder and CEO of Ix Style in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Ix Style (pronounced "eye ex") was launched in 2013 by Kennedy, whose family is originally from Guatemala. Ix Style is based in Tribeca in New York City with offices in Miami and Guatemala. She is one of the first contestants on a version of Shark Tank called Project Runway: Fashion Startup, produced by Harvey Weinstein set to air this fall on Lifetime with an exciting outcome (tune in October 20). Ix Style has collaborated with The Gap, J. Crew, Anthropologie, Gwyneth Paltrow for Goop, ShopBop, Holt Renfrew, United Arrows, Four Seasons and Viceroy resorts.
Kennedy is one of two 2016 Access Latina grant recipients, a Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leader, a TED talk resident and the 2016 Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year.
Ix is the Mayan word for water and sells sandals, handbags and jewelry made by Mayan artisans in Guatemala. For every purchase, Ix donates to provide clean drinking water to children. Francesca was inspired to help after seeing the once beautiful Lake Atitlan in Guatemala that she swam in as a child overrun with blue green algae and a new generation of children collecting and drinking the contaminated water.
Javier Avila, The Trouble with My Name, One Man Show
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Alumni Center, Schnecksville, free
a Hispanic Heritage event with Javier Avila, of Bethlehem, a professor at Northampton Community College (NCC), at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2. The talk will be held in rooms 107-108 of the Alumni Center on LCCC’s Schnecksville campus.
Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Avila attended the University of Puerto Rico and was hired at age 23 as a full-time professor after graduating with his master’s degree. He went on to complete his doctorate program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At NCC, Avila teaches English, creative writing, poetry and contemporary literature.
Nominated by NCC, Avila was honored as the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He is a renowned poet and novelist and achieved international recognition for his bestselling novel Different, which went on to become an award-winning motion picture in a dozen countries. He will perform his one man show, “The Trouble with My Name,” which has earned him praise as a powerful voice for Latinos in the U.S.
Avila’s presentation spotlights his qualities as a poet and professor, profiling the autobiographical journey of a Latino man moving between cultures while overcoming misconceptions about identity, language, race and social justice. His message exceeds the boundaries or color, ethnicity and geography.
Students Fight Back Empowerment Program
Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
LCCC will hold a gender-neutral program that teaches campus safety and unites men and women in their fight against violence and rape while promoting victim advocacy.
“Students Fight Back” focuses on the active bystander, being a representative of enthusiastic consent, survivor support, verbal de-escalation skills for everyday life and boundary setting, as well as improving intuition and awareness and teaching the basics of personal safety and self-defense. This Title IX compliant program is both audience-interactive and engaging and is presented by a trained speaker.
Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers
11:45 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, Student Union, free
A colorful, educational and entertaining pow wow-style campus event featuring American Indian dance, drum and song.
What do people believe? An introduction to world religions
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m., Community Services Center, room 201, Schnecksville, free
Featuring religious leaders representing a variety of faiths, including:
Peter Pettit, Ph.D., associate professor of religion and director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding at Muhlenberg College
Rabbi Michael Singer, Congregation Brith Sholom, Bethlehem
James West, Moravian College, representing the Baha'i faith
Rabbi Melody Davis, Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton
Suleyman Eris, president of Respect Graduate School, Bethlehem
Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, 6 p.m., Community Services Center, Schnecksville, free
Presented by Key Arts Productions from Philadelphia, this enthralling live performance and multimedia presentation offers a rousing tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize and led African Americans in the struggle for social change and racial equality for all people in the 1960s. His life will be documented in this presentation. Captivating film footage, insightful commentary and live musical performances captures the spirit of the civil rights movement. This is a celebration of unity, diversity and peace! This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact LCCC’s Student Life Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-799-1146 or Key Arts Productions at 215-228-7131.