Diversity Initiatives - Events

All Diversity events are free and open to the public.

  • Lanier and Feldman
    September 25 @ 9:30AM: Shannon Lanier and Jane Feldman, authors, Jefferson's Children, The Story of One American Family. Shannon Lanier is the sixth great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson and African-American slave Sally Hemings. As a 21 year-old student at Kent State University, he traveled to Virginia to attend an unofficial family reunion. There, he met photojournalist Jane Feldman, who was there to photograph the event. Together, they decided to explore the history and controversy surrounding the story of Jefferson and Hemings by traveling across the country, interviewing and photographing family descendants. The result was the book, Jefferson's Children, The Story of One American Family. As a review in the School Library Journal states, "Through this collection of engaging contemporary testimonials and photographs of blacks and whites, young and old, Lanier sheds light not only on his own heritage but also on the understanding and pride that emerges when family history is explored." This multi-media presentation has been presented in schools and universities across the country, and is a fascinating slice of American history. This is a joint presentation by the Ovations Series and STCC Diversity Series.
  • James McBrideJames McBride, author/musician, The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird
    (Story of John Brown)

    Scibelli Hall / Gymnasium
    Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11am

    http://www.jamesmcbride.com/
    James McBride Biography
  • Black Professions Group at STCC

    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.

    Scholarsip Event

    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Scibelli Hall, 7th floor

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    Can't make the event? Donate Now!

    For more information, contact:
    Vonetta Lightfoot ~ 413-755-4569 ~ vmlightfoot@stcc.edu
    Quiana Campbell ~ 413-755-4035 ~ qscampbell@stcc.edu

  • Bonnie St. John

    Bonnie St. John
    The first African-American to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing.

    Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 10 a.m.

    Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win Olympic or Paralympic medals in ski racing, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

    In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking an M.Litt. in Economics. Upon her return to the United States, Bonnie was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a director for Human Capital Issues on the White House National Economic Council.

  • Maysa Maysa, Nick Colionne & Brian Simpson
    Jazz Musicians

    Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with jazz being the backbone of bringing together the most diverse group of people and cultures.

    Thursday, April 9th - 11 a.m & 6:30 p.m.
  • Urban Jazz CoalitionUrban Jazz Coalition
    Jazz Musicians

    Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with jazz being the backbone of bringing together the most diverse group of people and cultures.

    Friday, April 10th -11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.