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Committed to Diversity and Inclusion

October, 2019
  • Sankofa Lecture Series
    Sankofa Lecture Series
  • From left: Co-Chair of the Caucus Brenda Safford, Film Director A.B. Webster and Co-Chair of the Caucus Selina Boria.
    The Diversity Caucus presented a lunchtime series, “Diversity Fare,” on November 6. Film director A.B. Webster presented her film,” Respect and LOVE.” Ms. Webster was the first African-American woman to sue the Catholic Church. The documentary detailed a discussion she had with her mother 30 years later to gain insight on how these experiences have shaped her mother’s life. From left: Co-Chair of the Caucus Brenda Safford, Film Director A.B. Webster and Co-Chair of the Caucus Selina Boria.

Finding a space where you can speak openly, honestly and respectfully in an unbiased setting is the premise behind Brave Space/Courageous Conversations, a monthly group meeting open to all Quinsigamond Community College students. The meetings, put on by the QCC Diversity Caucus, are designed for people to speak freely about things such as race and racism, gender, sexism, ableism and ageism.  The Diversity Caucus explores and celebrates the broad spectrum of diversities, including age, race, gender, ability, religious convictions, socio-economic status, ethnic heritage, and sexual orientation through discussions and special events. Co-Chairpersons of the Caucus are Brenda Safford, associate professor of Human Services and Selina Boria, executive assistant to the President for Policy, Governance & Diversity.

Each month enlightening events take place to bring increased awareness on all aspects of diversity. This month’s special events included two Sankofa Lecture Series talks, by Dr. Jarvis Givens and Dr. May Hicks. Dr. Givens’ presentation before a packed audience, focused on the life of Carter G. Woodson as a “rank and file schoolteacher,” then leader and theorist within the professional world of black educators during the Jim Crow era.

Dr. Hicks' talk detailed the seafaring activities of enslaved Africans and Atlantic Creoles who redefined the nature of transatlantic commerce. Dr. Hicks has served as a Jefferson, Ford and Hutchins Fellow at Harvard University.

To learn more visit Diversity Events.

 

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