Diversity Initiatives - Events

Fall 2016

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, Diaz 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


John Herrington

November 1, 2016

Dr. John Herrington

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