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Celebrating Our Differences and Our Commonality at QCC’s Diversity Fair

April, 2019
  • Dragon
    Dragons were part of the festivities at Diversity Day.
  • The tying of the Peace pole.
    The tying of the Peace pole kicked off Diversity Day.
  • Lucinda Costa and Selena Boria
    QCC staffers Lucinda Costa (L) and Selena Boria (R).
  • President Pedraja and QCC staff
    From left: Interim Assistant Vice President of Student Success Michelle Tufau Afriyie, Student Trustee Benjamin Aryeh, QCC President Dr. Luis Pedraja, Director of Financial Aid Karen Grant, President of the QCC Alumni Association Cheryl Marrino and QCC student Sarah Ismail.
  • "Dave" the alpaca gives a big smile to all who came to QCC's Diversity Day.
    "Dave" the alpaca gives a big smile to all who came to QCC's Diversity Day.
  • Mascots and President Pedraja
    QCC President Luis Pedraja and Cheryl Marrino, Cheryl Pike and Kelsy Cobb enjoys a moment with three area mascots.
  • The South East Asian Coalition Imperial Lion Dance Team who performed a dragon dance to the beat of drums.
    The South East Asian Coalition Imperial Lion Dance Team who performed a dragon dance to the beat of drums.
  • It was a magical day at QCC's Diversity Fair.
    It was a magical day at QCC's Diversity Fair.
  • QCC Music Club/Music Ensemble
    QCC Music Club/Music Ensemble

Celebrating and honoring our differences was the premise behind the April 17, Diversity Day 2019. Funded by The Diversity Caucus & Student Life Office, the daylong event featured a celebration of peace and diversity through the arts, culture and literacy. The event began with a Peace Ceremony at the campus peace pole in the Athletic Center, where different groups of people came together for a ribbon tying to celebrate living together in peace. A cultural food festival, complete with entertainment was held after the ceremony.

The alpacas from Angel Hair Farm (always a hit when they visit campus) were in front of the Athletic Center to greet people as they went into the festival. Twice a year these friendly faces stop by the college to bring joy and happiness to students, faculty and staff.

The festival featured food from around the globe thanks to donations by:

  • Niko's House of Pizza
  • Sake Bomb Bistro
  • Live, Love, Nutrients
  • Wraps & Bowls
  • Brisas Restaurant
  • Kabab & Tandoor Grill
  • Stop & Shop
  • Corporate Chefs
  • Fatima's Cafe
  • Nola Cajun Kitchen
  • Bushel & Peck
  • Cafe Reyes
  • Polar Beverages

This year’s Diversity Day also featured music, dance, entertainment and merriment from community groups and over 25 QCC clubs. Area mascots, "Paws" & "Sox" from the Pawtucket Red Sox, along with Worcester Railers mascot, “Trax” greeted those in attendance, while dancers from Ritmos Academy performed. Other performances included the QCC Music Club/Music Ensemble; the South East Asian Coalition Imperial Lion Dance Team, who performed a dragon dance to the beat of drums and Salome Strange, who performed, "This is Me,”  from the Greatest Showman. 

Other Community Sponsorships and attendees included:

  • Worcester / Boston  = Cumulus Radio Station  104-5 XLO
  • QCC Alumni Association &  Mentoring for Perkins Programs
  • Worcester’s football team, the Massachusetts Pirates,
  • Texas Road House, Lincoln Street, Worcester
  • Worcester-based Drag Queen Worcester Youth Pride & Worcester Pride
  • City of Worcester Cultural Development Division
  • Worcester Cultural Coalition
  • Worcester PopUp public
  • Harr, Berryl "Bev" Pettiford & Drink Donations
  • USA , Air Force, SSgt. Isata Tucker  
  • TTLB Mirror Me Photo
  • Maurice Horton, QCC  Man's Basketball Alumni