Heritage Events

Black History Month Speakers & Performances

February 2, 2017

Brandee Younger

A fearless and versatile talent, harpist Brandee Younger defies genres and labels as a classicallytrained musician playing in the avantgarde tradition of her sonically forward forebears Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane . Ms.Younger delivers a consistently fresh take on the ancient instrument as an educator, curator, performer and leader of the Brandee Younger Jazz Harp Quartet. She has shared the stage with jazz leaders and popular hip hop and r&b titans including Ravi Coltrane , Pharoah Sanders , Jack Dejohnette , Reggie Workman , Common, John Legend and Lauryn Hill.

11:00 a.m. Building 2 Scibelli Hall/Theater


February 9, 2017

Prentice Powell & Michael "Chief" Peterson

Award winning Spoken Word Artists, seen on the hit TV One show "Verses & Flow". Michael marries social consciousness with mellow poetic verses and Prentice is a firm believer in practicing what he preaches. These two men are poets and educators who use their talents to deliver powerful messages about life. They turn their art form into action to inspire and empower others.

11:00 a.m. Building 2 Scibelli Hall/Gymnasium


Hispanic Heritage Month Speakers & Performances

Junot Diaz

September 13, 2016

Junot Diaz

Born in the Dominican Republic and was raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award.  A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. *A Diversity Series & Ovations Series Collaboration*

11:00 a.m. Building 2/Scibelli Hall Theater


October 5, 2016

Marilyn Alverio

Learned early on about the importance of giving back to the community which is part of her character and part of her Modus operandi. She earned a B.A from the University of CT. in Storrs, CT and later an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Phoenix.  She is the Founder and Producer of the Latinas and Power Symposium®, a platform she created so that Latina professionals can share resources for success and share those strategies with others. Marilyn spent twenty years working in the corporate arena where she held numerous management positions. Marilyn currently works as a Senior Marketing Manager for a new business start at Mass Mutual called Valoralife, A simple and innovative approach to purchasing life insurance online for millennials.

12:15 p.m. Building 2/Scibelli Hall Theater


Jose Gonzalez

October 11, 2016

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration featuring Jose Gonzalez and Criollo Clasico Latin Band

Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro, Guitarist, composer and virtuoso Cuatro player, Jose Gonzalez, is a top performer of contemporary Latin music. Acclaimed for his original compositions featuring "the Cuatro", (Puerto Rico's national instrument), his eleven self-produced recordings have become bestsellers. His music is featured on NBC, PBS, CNN, cable TV, as well as four "Putumayo World Music" CDs, the Bose Corp. "World Music"CD and the PBS "Visions of Puerto Rico" TV special.

Jose is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico with musical performances in Mexico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Curacao, and the U.S.A.

This event will also feature Latin food and Hispanic Heritage arts and crafts courtesy of the STCC Art Department. *A Diversity Series & STCC Art Department Collaboration*

12:15 p.m. Building 2/Scibelli Hall Rooms 109 & 110


View the Hispanic Heritage Month Poster

Native American Heritage Month Speakers

November 1, 2016

Dr. John Herrington

Retired United States Naval Aviator, former NASA astronaut and first enrolled member of a Native American tribe to fly in space. In 2005, he retired from the US Navy and left NASA to pursue a career in the commercial space industry. Currently, Herrington serves as an ambassador for the Chickasaw Nation. Completing his PhD in Education at the University of Idaho in 2014, his research investigated the factors that motivate and engage Native American youth in STEM education.

*A Diversity Series, STEM Starter Academy & School of Engineering Technology & Math Collaboration*

10:00 a.m. Building 2/Scibelli Hall Theater


Claudia Fox Tree

November 8, 2016

Claudia Fox Tree

“Reflections on the Meanings and Mythology of Columbus Day & Thanksgiving” featuring special guest speaker Claudia Fox Tree.

Professional educator, Claudia Fox Tree, M.Ed. (Arawak/Yurumein), leads conversations on Native American identity, culture, and history featuring discussions about stereotypes and historical inaccuracies.  Claudia has been a public school teacher for over twenty-five years. She has also taught “multicultural” courses at the college level to educators for more than twenty years. Claudia earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts (Boston), teaching certification in elementary and special education from Fitchburg State College, and a Masters in Education from Northeastern University with a focus on educational research.  Claudia is also a self-taught jeweler who uses polymer clay and the Millefiori technique.

5:00 p.m. Building 2/Scibelli Hall Theater


Crow Mann

November 30, 2016

Larry Spotted Crow Mann

Traditional Nipmuc Storytelling featuring special guest Author Larry Spotted Crow Mann,

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a member of Nipmuc Tribe and resident of Massachusetts. He is a writer, poet, cultural educator, Traditional Story Teller, tribal drummer /dancer and motivational speaker involving youth sobriety, cultural and environmental awareness. His work has taken him across the United States, Canada and parts of Europe.  Mann's first book, Tales from the Whispering Basket, a collection of short stories and poetry has been internationally acclaimed. His poetry has been read around the world and has won the Memescapes Journal of Fine Arts and Nominated in 2013 for the Push Cart prize. Mann is also a board member of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation Trust which is an organization set up to promote the cultural, social and spiritual needs of Nipmuc people as well an educational resource of Native American studies.

12:15 p.m. Building 2/Scibelli Hall Gym


View the Native American Heritage Month Poster