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Howard Community College Celebrates Diversity Week with Events March 5-9

diversity week at hcc

Columbia, MD – Howard Community College (HCC) will hold a weeklong series of events open to the public March 5-9, 2018, in celebration of the diversity of the college’s community of students and employees. Organized by the college’s Diversity Committee, Diversity Week promotes conversation, exchange, and increased awareness of the unique talents and contributions of all people in a global community.

Event highlights from the week are as follows:

Monday, March 5

  • Diversity Week Kick-Off

10 – 11 a.m., Smith Theatre, located in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA)

The kick-off event is the official opening of Diversity Week with a keynote presentation by John Quinones, anchor of “What Would You Do?” one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises in recent years. During his 35 year tenure at ABC News, he has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of “Primetime.”

  • How Do We See It? Perspectives Behind the Badge

3 – 5 p.m., Duncan Hall (DH), Room 100

You are invited to participate in a dialogue between members of the Howard County Police Department and the HCC community designed to discuss key issues that are important to you. This workshop is part of series of events planned with the HCPD.

Tuesday, March 6

  • Artificial Intelligence and Diversity in Real Life: A Conversation with Bina48

12:30 – 2 p.m., Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF), Room 400

Meet Bina48, an android based on a sampling of the memories, attitudes, beliefs, and values of Bina Rothblatt; an African American business woman and co-founder of the Terasem Movement Foundation, and Bruce Duncan, project director for the Lifenaut Project. Bruce and Bina48 will be on hand for live conversation about the intersection of social justice and technology.

  • The Student Veteran Experience

2:30 – 3:30 p.m., RCF, Room 400

The student veterans at HCC will share their stories of military service and also their experiences transitioning to a student at the college. This session will address the barriers and opportunities of being a cohesive community while understanding the distinct needs of this student group.

Wednesday, March 7

  • Tres Vidas

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Monteabaro Hall, located in HVPA

Enjoy a performance by Tres Vidas (Three Lives), a live music theatre production, based upon the lives of three legendary Latin American Women: Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo; Salvadoran peasant activist, Rufina Amaya; and Argentinean poet, Alfonsina Storni.

  • Autism in Howard County

3 – 4:30 p.m., RCF, Room 401

Come and hear about the journey of an HCC student with autism, including his public school challenges, his college successes and determination to start a student club for individuals with disabilities, and how help was received by county organizations and the college along the way.

Thursday, March 8

  • Katie Wirsing

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., RCF, Room 401

Join us for empowering queer, feminist poetry by Katie Wirsing, who has competed in poetry slams and performed at conferences, colleges and universities, and LGBT festivals across the nation.

  • Film Screening of “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”

2 – 4 p.m., Monteabaro Hall

“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret” (2014) is a documentary that follows filmmaker and environmentalist, Kip Andersen in his journey to uncover the truth behind the most damaging industry impacting our planet today – animal agriculture. See the film and come away with new ideas on how the HCC community and beyond can work toward global sustainability.

Friday, March 9

  • Building Community from Diversity

12 – 2 p.m., DH, Room 100

This interactive workshop is designed to address cultural diversity found within the classroom. Doing so will better equip faculty and staff to meet the challenges of that cultural diversity.

  • Great Moments in Mathematics History Around the World

2:30 – 4:30 p.m., DH, Room 100

Come join HCC students, who are future elementary and early childhood teachers, along with mathematics faculty for an exciting trip through time to different parts of the globe. Together you will explore the great mathematical discoveries and advances through time; the places they occurred; the people involved; and the reasons why they happened.

More about diversity at Howard Community College and a complete list of events is available online at
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