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Howard Community College Celebrates Diversity Week with Events March 6-10

Columbia, MD – In celebration of the diversity of its community of students and employees, Howard Community College (HCC) is holding a weeklong series of events open to the public March 6-10, 2017. 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 6

  • Diversity Week Kick-Off
    11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Duncan Hall (DH), Room 100
    This kick-off event is the official opening of Diversity Week with a keynote presentation by Kevin Shird, an author, writer, speaker, national youth advocate, and entrepreneur. Mr. Shird has spent the last few years writing about his life growing up in Baltimore. He chronicles some of the highlights of his life and many of his low-lights as a youth. Cake and light refreshments will be served following the event.
  • “Orbit of Mercury,” by Bob Bartlett
    7 – 9 p.m., Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA), Monteabaro Recital Hall
    This event is a reading of a new play by local playwright, Bob Bartlett. Among other things, the play deals with the racial tension between law enforcement and young black men.

Tuesday, March 7

  • Windows to the World
    11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., DH, Room 100
    Interact with English 121 students and learn about the crucial global and social issues
    presented in the 2017 documentary films from the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Diversity of South Indian Dresses and Dances
    3:30 – 4:30 p.m., HVPA, Monteabaro Recital Hall
    Interested in knowing about South Indian culture? Come, relax and watch a live performance of Bharatanatyam and learn how to wear a saree.

Wednesday, March 8

  • Phattygirls: Misogyny in the Media
    10 – 11:30 a.m., DH, Room 100
    Are women fundamentally loved or hated in the eyes of the media? What impacts a woman’s decision to “bare it all?” Does our society thrive on the exploitation of women in movies, television shows, and magazines? Join us for this exclusive interactive presentation and bring a friend.
  • Orisha Dance Workshop
    1 – 2 p.m., DH, Room 100
    Assessing Your Archetype Through Orisha Dancing: A Dance Workshop.

Thursday, March 9

  • Art and Activism: What Strategies Do the Arts Present for Combating and Surviving Racism?
    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., DH, Room 100
    Exploring a wide array of examples from African-American film, music, and literature, Professor Carmen Gillespie examines some of the histories and manifestations of racism and reveals the strategies that understanding and engaging with these art forms can provide for people of all races who are struggling to combat and survive racism. Gillespie is an English professor and the director of the Griot Institute for Africana Studies at Bucknell University and the author of five books.
  • Lean Into the Discomfort
    12:30 – 2 p.m., HVPA, Monteabaro Recital Hall
    At this event, Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown, III, senior pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, will discuss social justice issues facing our community and nation today. Dr. Brown is deeply committed to a myriad of social justice issues from poverty to racism, the prison industrial complex, worker’s rights, environmental justice, sexism, food sovereignty and foreign policy.
  • The U.S. Islamophobia Network and Its Impact
    3:30 – 5:30 p.m., HVPA, Monteabaro Recital Hall
    Learn about Islamophobia, what you can do about it and other bias in a presentation by Corey Saylor, an expert on political communications, legislative advocacy, media relations, and anti-Islam prejudice in the United States. Mr. Saylor directs the Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and is a regular voice on U.S. and international news outlets.

Friday, March 10

  • Latin Flavors, an Artistic Revolution
    11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., DH, Room 307
    Learn how the Mexican Revolution led to an artistic revolution embodied by artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, compare colonial art and casta paintings to the indigenismo movement, and engage in discussion of the social role of art in Latin America.
  • Women in Mathematics
    2 – 5 p.m., The Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF), Room 400
    For centuries, women have made significant contributions to the field of mathematics. Learn about these unique women in history, hear their stories, and explore the mathematics they have contributed.
More about diversity at Howard Community College and a complete list of events is available online at
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