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Diversity Week 2022

  • Diversity Week 2022, Howard Community College, March 21-25. Moving forward with urgency towards an anti-racist community
    Diversity Week
    Celebrate Diversity Week - March 21 - March 25
  • March 21 Keynote Speaker Leonard Pitts
    Keynote with Leonard Pitts
    Keynote Speaker Leonard Pitts

Welcome to Howard Community College's 2022 Diversity Week brought to you by the Diversity Committee. Our committee consists of nearly 50 HCC faculty, staff, and students representing a wide range of fields, experiences, and expertise.

Our theme this year is "Moving Forward with Urgency Towards an Anti-racist Community." We hope you will join us in this call to action to continue to build on all the incredible work we have done over the past two years as a community, and to further insure an ethos that fosters a brave, inclusive and equitable institution where all staff and students feel included, recognized and celebrated.

The presentations available this week show how deeply our HCC community and community at large are committed to anti-racism. We are sure that these presentations throughout the week will help move conversations and behaviors forward as we do this work together.

  • Monday

    Monday, March 21

    • Keynote Speaker: Leonard Pitts
      Start Time: 10:00 am
      End Time: 11:00 am
      Diversity Index: 5505
      Presenters: Leonard Pitts

      In a career that now spans 46 years, Leonard Pitts, Jr. has worked as a columnist, a novelist, a college professor, a radio producer, and a lecturer. Pitt's devotion to the art and craft of words has yielded many awards, chief among them the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He has received four honorary doctorates. Mr. Pitts was born and raised in Southern California. He was awarded a degree in English from the University of Southern California at the age of 19, having entered school at 15 on a special honors program. Since 1995, he and his wife have lived in Bowie, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.

      The keynote will be streaming live in Burrill Galleria. Go to for more information.

      Location: Burrill Galleria and Zoom
      Participate on Zoom


    • OER Diversity and Equity in Materials

      Start Time: 2:00 pm
      End Time: 3:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5420
      Presenters: Cindy Nicodemus and Amy Chase Martin

      Learn to identify course materials that support culturally responsive teaching AND that represent diverse populations at HCC. This workshop will offer concrete strategies for locating, evaluating and incorporating diverse and accessible content for instruction, assignments, and assessments.
      Location: CL 270


    • Battling Giants: How the fight for open transgender service was won

      Start Time: 3:00 pm
      End Time: 4:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5196
      Presenters: CMDR Blake Dremann, US Navy Rachel Adams

      The story of how a small group of service members fought back against the largest bureaucracy in government in the face of bigotry from all levels.

      Participate on Zoom


  • Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 22

    • What Would Nelson Mandela Do?: "Invictus" and Ubuntu
      Start Time: 11:00 am
      End Time: 12:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5231
      Presenter: Nancy Hutchison

      What do you do if you live in a deeply divided country? How can we learn from other anti-racist leaders? Watch the movie “Invictus” prior to joining us for a conversation about how the newly elected President Nelson Mandela inspired the South African rugby team to attain the World Cup with the hope of easing the country’s racial tensions. Share your opinions about how Mandela used the principles of ubuntu in the 90s and how we can live them today. Or just bring your lunch and listen. Come! Share! Listen! Digest!
              Register for Zoom Link
    • Behind the Curtain of a Black Woman Entrepreneur
      Start Time: 12:00 pm
      End Time: 1:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5418
      Presenter: Laura Bacon

      Safe healing spaces were hard to find in 2020 and many BIPOC leaders felt the tug-of-war on their humanity was just too much to bear. This heaviness, the physiological and psychological impact of race-based stress on one’s being, is racial battle fatigue.

      Register for Zoom Link

    • Bookish: A Casual Book Club - The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris
      Start Time: 2:00 pm
      End Time: 3:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5228
      Presenters: Kofi Adisa, Sylvia Lee, Laura Yoo, and Jennie Charlton-Jackson

      Kofi Adisa, Sylvia Lee, and Laura Yoo, the hosts of HCC Dragon Digital's podcast Bookish: A Casual Book Club, with guest panelist Jennie Charlton-Jackson, facilitate a discussion of The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. The novel centers on Nella who works at a predominantly white publishing company and explores diversity in the workplace. All HCC faculty and staff are welcome, and participants are strongly encouraged to read the novel before attending the session.

      DH 307

    • Black Deaf Experience from Undergraduate to Working in Higher Education
      Start Time: 3:00 pm
      End Time: 4:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5422

      Presenter: Chris D. Johnson

      Black Deaf Experience from Undergraduate to Working in Higher Education one-hour presentation will walk you through the lived experience of current Howard Community College adjunct instructor, Higher Education administrator at Gallaudet University, president of District of Columbia Area Black Deaf Advocates, and board member of the Center for Black Deaf Studies. That includes several critical pedagogical questions that highlight the importance of community partnership and allyship toward Black Deaf youth and adults.
      Register for Zoom Link
  • Wednesday

    Wednesday, March 23

    • "Poem about My Rights" (and lack thereof)
      Start Time: 10:00 am
      End Time: 11:00 am
      Diversity Index: #5230
      Presenters: Dr. Daria Willis, Dr. Elisa Roberson, Dr. Tim Bruno, Dr. Eric Clark, Director Joseph Ritsch 

      HCC President and Professors of Theatre, History, Literature, Criminal Justice, and Humanities co-facilitate an interactive talking circle with participants around the intersection of race, identity, gender, and culture.
      "A Poem About My Rights" by June Jordan performative reading;
      Contextual Frame of Black Arts Movement (1965-1975); 
      Historical Frame & Contemporary Remnants of Race and Ethnicity (1965-1975); Literary Analysis;  and Participant Talking Circle

      Monteabaro Recital Hall
    • Belonging and Anti-Racism
      Start Time: 12:00 pm
      End Time: 1:00 pm
      Diversity Index: 5077

      Presenter: Daniel Hall

      Food for Thought, Belonging and Anti-Racism: In a society built on systemic racism, finding genuine and valuable connection with others can be nuanced. Join Aisha Rivers, Director of Student Life as we discuss intersections of racial equity and belonging as it relates to connecting with people and institutions. How is racism a barrier to belonging? How does history inform our present and our present inform our future? What does it mean to be anti-racist? How do we build successful interpersonal relationships that center racial justice?

      Dragon Commons CL 162
    • Climate Justice = Social Justice
      Start Time: 1:00 pm
      End Time: 1:50 pm
      Diversity Index: #5030

      Presenters: Bob Marietta and Aisha Rivers

      Raising awareness of impact of race and income level upon vulnerability to climate change.  Presentation of TED talk followed by discussion with community leaders. The impacts of climate change will be felt most severely for communities of collar and lower income levels.
      Register for Zoom Link
    • The Importance of International Students at HCC
      Start Time: 2:00 pm
      End Time: 3:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5198

      Presenters: Cindy Nicodemus and William Shaw

      This workshop is for faculty and staff and will provide strategies in working with international students.
      AC 112
    • Dr. Silas Craft & The Black Educational Legacy of Howard County
      Start Time: 3:00 pm
      End Time: 4:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5424

      Presenter: Candace DePass

      This presentation will highlight the legacy of the late Dr. Silas Craft and his life’s work in Howard County as an educator, principal, activist, leader and visionary. Also covered will be the historic struggle for education of African Americans in Howard County. The achievements, hardships, organizing activities and issues of race will be discussed. A discussion on the past historical experiences of African Americans in Howard County and its present-day implications will take place at the conclusion of the presentation.

      Register for Zoom Link
  • Thursday

    Thursday, March 24

    • Healthcare Professionals Provide LGBTQ+ Inclusive Care
      Start Time: 10:00 am
      End Time: 11:00 am
      Diversity Index: #5199

      Presenter: Theresa Cooney

      Learn how Healthcare Professionals are educating themselves to be more LBGTQ+ Inclusive with this population's healthcare needs.
      Register for Zoom Link
    • Belonging Project at Stanford
      Start Time: 1:00 pm
      End Time: 2:00 pm

      Diversity Index: #6123
      Presenter: Daniel Hall 

      On Thursday, March 24th, 1pm-2:20pm (EST), Kyle Lane-McKinley, MFA and Laura Turner-Essel, PhD from The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Stanford Medicine virtually present The Belonging Project at Stanford. The importance of a sense of belonging has been demonstrated through empirical work on human resilience and factors that protect emotional health and personal wellbeing, even in the context of adversity and trauma. This work represents a broadly-engaged, multidimensional effort to promote emotional health and personal wellbeing through connection with campus communities and beyond.

    • Understanding Abolition: From Slavery to Mass Incarceration
      Start Time: 12:30 pm
      End Time: 2:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5197
      Presenter: Alhaji Conte

      Comparing the abolitionist movement of the 19th century with the movement to abolish mass incarceration today.

      Dragon Digital media will be recording this event in the Monteabaro hall for use on their cable station and YT channel. This event offers a great opportunity for the community to learn from our faculty.

      Vimeo Link


    • What role do community colleges play in contributing to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4?
      Start Time: 11:00 am
      End Time: 12:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5226

      Presenters: Yang Yu & Sandra Lee

      The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) apply to all countries and aim to leave no one behind. Yet, the United States is failing to deliver on its promise of racial equality that it distributes resources, services, and opportunities by race according to the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, in their 2021 report. When all states in the United States are assessed on how well they achieve SDGs to the racial group least served, no state is halfway to meeting the SDGs by 2030. Among the SDGs, SDG 4 is a global education goal that aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all.” Community colleges are uniquely positioned to contribute significantly in addressing the SDGs especially SDG 4 as we serve both our local communities and the global community. This session will discuss what role could community colleges play in contributing to the SDG 4.


    • We are All Brothers and Sisters Body and Soul
      Start Time: 3:00 pm
      End Time: 4:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5419

      Presenter: Andrew Proud

      The program will begin with a poll regarding the meaning of "race." The poll will get the people involved and lead into a word study on the definition of race over the last 300 years. The word study will set the stage for the middle of the program in which race and mankind are analyzed from Creation. The program will conclude by sharing wisdom on the proper treatment of others as told in the Bible for over 4,000 years.

      SET 101 or
      Register for Zoom Link
  • Friday

    Friday, March 25

    • Overcoming Intraracial Racism: Accepting the Diversity Within Your Own Race
      Start Time: 11:00 am
      End Time: 12:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5227
      Presenter: Mirlina E. Bryant

      According to Wikipedia, there are 4 major races but within each race there are multiple intra-racial groups. Have you ever experienced rejection by members of your own race? Join me as we discuss what intraracial racism looks like, how it has affected people of all races, and what we can all do to prevent it.

      Register for Zoom Link
    • History, Race, and the Minority Author
      Start Time: 12:00
      End Time: 1:00
      Index #5421
      What can we glean about events in American history through novels written by minority authors? We look at two novels by an African American author and a Korean American author respectively and discuss the complexities of race, politics, the aftermath, and the possibilities, possibly even hope, the authors offer. We encourage everyone, especially the students, to attend for a meaningful conversation. No prior reading is necessary. 

      Register for Zoom Link
    • How Can They Think That? (conversation workshop)
      Start Time: 2:00 pm
      End Time: 3:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5423
      Presenter: Brendan Diamond

      Have you been so baffled by someone's worldview that you end up arguing or just avoiding talking about challenging topics? Does it seem they just can't see how wrong they are? In this workshop we will go over practical conversational techniques to bridge ideological divides and generate critical thinking about our beliefs. You will have one-on-one conversations in this workshop implementing these deceptively simple practices 1. building genuine rapport 2. Clarifying definitions 3. focusing on epistemology 4. collaborative (instead of combative) thinking.

    • Sisters With Transistors: The Women of Electronic Music
      Start Time: 6:00 pm
      End Time: 7:00 pm
      Diversity Index: #5046

      Presenter: Patrick Pagano

      A film and supporting video module of the Mothers of electronic music. In our culture, the women who pioneered and created this emergent art-form were forgotten and overlooked. This has gone on too long and Lisa Rovner's film "Sisters with Transistors" seeks to remedy this problem. KEYWORDS; Electronic Media, Audio Production, Feminism


Sandra Lee & Joseph W. Ritsch, Diversity Committee Co-Chairpersons
Cindy Nicodemus, Joseph W. Ritsch, Sandra Lee and Maureen Martin, Diversity Week Planning Team

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