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Howard Community College Celebrates Diversity Week with Events March 7–12

Columbia, MD – In celebration of the diversity of its community of students and employees, Howard Community College is holding a weeklong series of events open to the public March 7–12, 2016. 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 7

   Diversity Week Kick-Off

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Duncan Hall (DH), Room 100

This kick-off event is the official opening of Diversity Week with introductory remarks by Howard Community College Athletic Director Diane Schumacher and a keynote presentation by Dr. Georita Frierson, associate professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at Rowan University. They will take a closer look at the visible and invisible attributes that define personal diversity. Cake and light refreshments will be served following the event.

   "Orchids: My Intersex Adventure"

1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA), Monteabaro Recital Hall

This 2010 documentary was written, directed, and starred Phoebe Hall in her personal journey of self-discovery around her hidden intersex condition. A panel discussion will follow the documentary.

Tuesday, March 8

   Baltimore and Beyond: A Fresh Look at Social Justice Concerns Across the Nation

12:30 - 2 p.m., HVPA, Monteabaro Recital Hall

Reverend Heber Brown's presentation will deal with exploring biases and one's cultural lens, how we interpret and filter what we see in the media, social issues in Baltimore and beyond, and exploring the causes of some of those issues.

   Stories from a Sportswoman Pre- and Post-Title IX

2 - 3 p.m., DH, Room 100

Howard Community College Athletic Director Diane Schumacher, who is a six-time softball Hall of Fame athlete, will share the challenges she faced prior to 1972 when female student-athletes experienced an unequal playing field. She also will talk how opportunities for women in sports advanced after Title IX.

Wednesday, March 9

   Fighting Local Poverty

11 a.m. - 12 p.m., DH, Room 100

Take a look at poverty through the lens of nonprofit representatives leading the fight. Learn how you can help.

   Contemporizing Natya - Indian Classical Dance in the 21st Century

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., HVPA, Monteabaro Recital  Hall

Showcasing the basics of Bharatanatyam, a south Indian temple dance form, this insightful journey through the history and theory of this dance will include live excerpts and opportunities to try movements and ask questions.

   Syrian Refugee Crisis

1:30 - 2:30 p.m., HVPA, Monteabaro Recital Hall

This presentation and discussion will encourage conversations and address questions about the refugees, the role the media plays in perceptions about Muslims, and what people can do to combat ignorance and intolerance.

Thursday, March 10

   "Half the Sky" - Screening and Discussion

12:30 - 2 p.m., DH, Room 100

The Diversity Committee, Office of Student Life, and the Howard County Book Connection present a salon screening and discussion of "Half the Sky," the Book Connection selection for 2015–2016.

Friday, March 11

   Drum Circle

1:30 - 2:30 p.m., HVPA, Smith Theatre

A drum circle encourages participants to embrace their creativity. Rhythm is more than a noise; it's a road to our heart beats. No experience with drumming or percussion is necessary.

   Native American Mathematics

2 - 5 p.m., Hickory Ridge Building, Rooms 228 and 232

Did you know Native Americans were innovative mathematicians? This presentation will show how the Native Americans contributed to the growth of mathematics.

Saturday, March 12

   Native American Mathematics

10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Hickory Ridge Building, Rooms 228 and 232

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

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