Diversity Week Attracts 'Amazing Turnout'
Howard Community College recently celebrated the diversity of its community of students and employees at Diversity Week, a week-long series of events designed to promote conversation, exchange of ideas, and increased awareness of everyone's unique talents and contributions.
HCC has held a diversity event annually for more than 20 years. Highlights from this year's Diversity Week included panel discussions, an Indian classical dance performance, and the popular Drum Circle.
“Diversity Week is an opportunity for the campus to come together to learn and reflect on how diversity in ourselves and others enhances our community,” said Mary Ann Carroll, Diversity Week co-chair. “We had an amazing turnout for our events, with over 600 students, faculty, and staff participating in 24 events. This was only accomplished through the hard work and dedication of many volunteers throughout the college community.”
Diversity Week kicked off March 7, 2016, in Duncan Hall with a discussion about the visible and invisible attributes that define personal diversity, led by Athletic Director Diane Schumacher and Dr. Georita Frierson from Rowan University.
The first Drum Circle, led by Gregory Lazzaro, a music therapist, brought a crowd of participants, including preschoolers from the Children’s Learning Center. Some of the children even took to the stage to try their hands on the drums and percussions.
Reverend Heber Brown’s presentation, “Baltimore & Beyond,” also drew a large crowd, which included a number of Rouse Scholars. In his discussion, Reverend Brown explored biases and cultural lenses, and how people interpret and filter what they see in the media in Baltimore and outside communities.
Those attending the “Windows to the World” event got a chance to interact with English 121 students and learn about crucial global issues presented in documentary films from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
The week wrapped up with a mixed media exhibition and discussion by Fahimeh Vahdat, a panel discussion about improving diversity at HCC, and presentations on how Native Americans contributed to the growth of mathematics
Take a look back at our Diversity Week on our Flickr page.