Hispanic Heritage Month Speakers & Performances:
September 13, 2016
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
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
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
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
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
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