Diversity Initiatives - Events


  • Dr. Sampson Davis
    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11 a.m.
    Scibelli Hall Gymnasium
    (Free and open to the public)

    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.

  • Soul Food & Jazz Luncheon
    Thursday, February 25, 2016 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Scibelli Hall (Building 2), Gym
    Tickets are $5 per plate at the door.

    Our annual Soul Food & Jazz Luncheon promises to be the best ever with the smooth sounds of Rohn Lawrence and the high energy guitar driven blues band Hot & Heavy. 

    This event will celebrate Black History Month and is sponsored by the STCC Diversity Council. 

  • Maria Hinojosa
    Friday, March 4, 2016 10 a.m.
    Scibelli Hall Gymnasium
    (Free and open to the public)

    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.

  • four80East and Matt Marshak
    Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:00am & 6:30pm
    Scibelli Hall (Building 2), Gym
    (Free and open to the public)

    Four80East is an electro-jazz collective that’s all about the groove. Mixing jazz with soul music and electronic production, the Canadian producer duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have created a signature bass-propelled sound that entrances listeners of their recordings and enthralls audiences at their live shows. Since breaking out with their critically acclaimed first release “The Album,” in 1997, Four80East has been a mainstay on contemporary jazz radio and touring circuits with hits like “Eastside” and “Noodle Soup” and five subsequent albums.

  • Jackiem Joyner / Selina Albright
    Friday, April 8, 2016 11:00am & 6:30pm
    Scibelli Hall (Building 2), Gym
    (Free and open to the public)

    As a young turk on the contemporary jazz scene, saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is far from complacent and staid in his sound and style. In addition to playing alto and soprano sax, Joyner is a multi-instrumentalist who played many of the instruments heard on the collection along with a couple of high-profile assists from Grammy-nominated sax player Gerald Albright and internationally-renowned keyboardist Keiko Matsui.

    Selina Albright is a soulful R&B/Jazz vocalist and songwriter with versatility that comes from years of listening to many origins and languages of music. Her soulfulness and angelic tone add character and emotion to any ballad, yet her powerful wailing and stage presence commands attention.