Diversity Initiatives - Events
All Diversity events are free and open to the public.
- Steve Pemberton - Friday, Oct 2, 2015, 11 a.m.
ScholarSip, Food & Wine Tasting Experience - Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
- Dr. Sampson Davis - Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 11 a.m.
- Maria Hinojosa - Friday, March 4, 2016, 10 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 11:00am
Scibelli Hall Gymnasium
This little boy doesn't have a chance in the world." This diary entry, taken from the journal of a babysitter, was the prediction for Steve Pemberton's future, but for him, that defeatist notion would have the exact opposite effect. It would inspire him to move forward through life and triumph over extreme adversity to become the change, and the success, he believed he deserved in the world.
Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, Pemberton has gone from being a forgotten ward of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to becoming a trailblazing Divisional Vice President at Walgreens and the first Chief Diversity Officer for the 113 year old company. Prior to that, he made history as the first Chief Diversity Officer and Vice-President of Diversity and Inclusion for an internet start-up while at Monster.com.
His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. Pemberton's relentless journey to overcome his setbacks, find his biological family, and right the wrongs of his parents' past is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness.
Ultimately, Pemberton believes that who we are, our triumphs over adversity, and our successes begin and end with family. It is an exceptionally powerful sentiment from a man who fought to find his way and who in the end believes that you can choose your family after all.
ScholarSip, Food & Wine Tasting Experience
This event will celebrate the creation of the Myra D Smith Scholarship fund as well as celebrate 10 years of diversity and inclusion at Springfield Technical Community College.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Scibelli Hall, 7th floor
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Dr. Sampson Davis
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11 a.m.
Scibelli Hall Gymnasium
Dr. Sampson Davis was raised as the fifth of six children in Newark, one of New Jersey's poorest cities. As a child, Dr. Davis grew up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime, and drugs. Still, he was a good student and found ways to strike the fragile balance between being smart yet socially acceptable on the streets. It was this combination of skills, Dr. Davis says, that were most critical to his survival.
While attending University High School in Newark, Dr. Davis met Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, two fellow students, who together made a promise to become doctors. Dr. Davis and his two childhood friends each successfully fulfilled their pact and today, he is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, N.J.
In 2000, during his residency, Dr. Davis along with his best friends felt the burning need to give back to communities in trouble. Together, they created The Three Doctors Foundation. This nonprofit organization offers a series of free public programs focused upon health, education, leadership, and mentoring.
Dr. Davis is the author of Living & Dying in Brick City: An ER Doctor Returns Home, in which he shares his riveting experiences as an ER physician, offering preventative guidance as a means of supporting healthier communities. He has also co-authored three New York Times best selling books, entitled The Pact, We Beat the Street, and the The Band.
Friday, March 4, 2016 10 a.m.
Scibelli Hall Gymnasium
Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning trailblazer in news and investigative journalism. Her over 25 year history reporting on critical issues and focusing on the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad have won her the highest levels of recognition in journalism, including: four Emmys; the 2012 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism; the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Reporting on the Disadvantaged; the Studs Terkel Community Media Award; and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club for best documentary for "Child Brides: Stolen Lives," among other awards.
In April 2010, Hinojosa took her mission of reporting on stories ignored or overlooked by mainstream media to another level by creating the Futuro Media Group. Futuro Media is a multimedia non-profit production company based in Harlem with the mission of giving voice to the social and civic justice issues facing a more diverse America. In addition to producing Latino USA, Futuro Media developed America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, a public television series.
America by the Numbers is the first national programming dedicated to documenting and demystifying the dramatic demographic changes that are occurring in the United States and examining the new American mainstream---the growing number of Asians, Latinos, African Americans, mixed race, immigrants, women, youth, and LGBT's who are increasingly determining the outcomes of elections and influencing arts, culture, and commerce.
Hinojosa is currently the anchor and executive producer of NPR's long-running weekly program, Latino USA, celebrating its 20 year anniversary and considered the program of record for Latino news, culture, and issues of critical importance to the Latino community and that impact on the U.S. population.
Hinojosa also has a weekly syndicated column for King Features/Hearst and is the author of two books including a motherhood memoir, Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son.