Diversity Speaker & Performance Series

Selina Albright singing

Selina Albright, jazz singer/songwriter extraordinaire, performing in Scibelli Hall.

The Diversity Speaker & Performance Series, coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, brings a global array of speakers and performers to campus. Open to the public, free of charge, the series is legendary in the Greater Springfield Community. Please see our events calendar below for a list of upcoming speakers and performances. To learn more about our events, please email diversityseries@stcc.edu.

For more information on how you can become a sponsor for the Diversity Speaker & Performance Series, please contact the STCC Foundation Office at (413) 755-4529.

Our Events

Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to the public.

Speaker/PerformerDescriptionDate/TimeLink
Baratunde Thurston writer, activist, and comedian Sept. 21, 12:15 p.m. Zoom
Jose Gonzalez & Banda Criolla Latinx musical celebration Sept. 24, 12:00 p.m. Zoom
Lawrence Ross author, lecturer, writer Oct. 5, 2:00 p.m. Zoom
Denice Frohman poet, educator, and performer Oct. 16, 6:00 p.m. Zoom
Blair Imani historian, advocate, and activist Oct. 19, 2:00 p.m. Zoom

Past Events

  • Yo Soy Latina, Sponsored by AHSS, reception by Student Activities and Diversity Council -(100 in attendance)
  • Development of Diversity Council -Chair Myra D. Smith & Louisa Davis Freeman
  • Development & Implementation of President's Charge
  • Development of Diversity Mission Statement
  • Diversity Meet & Greet -December 2005
  • Dick Gregory February 1, 2005 - (500 in attendance)
  • Rosa Parks Day-December 1, 2005-Sponsored by School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Tony Brown - February 2, 2006 - (500 in attendance)
  • Soul Food Luncheon -February 21, 2006,  Talented Teens Catholic Stepping Group
  • Frederick Douglass IV, May 1, 2006
  • Cornbread & Platanos -September 27, 2006, sponsored by Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences & Ovations, reception by Diversity Council - (100 in attendance)
  • Diversity Council - Chair-Myra D. Smith
  • 2nd Annual Rosa Parks Day December 1, 2006 (Mrs. Diane Patrick & Rhea McCauley), Diversity Council and School of Arts Humanities & Social Sciences (200 in attendance)
  •  Dance Theatre of Harlem -February 1, 2007 - (300 in attendance)
  • Four Ladies of Springfield Reception -February 7, 2007
  • Soul Food Jazz Luncheon-Joe Sallins Guest Artist- February 26, 2007
  • Community Partners Program - March 22, 2007
  • Open Pantry-Jazz Celebration March 24, 2007
  • September 28, 2007 -The Ibraham Gonzalez Trio in Portal, A Journey in Poetry with Music- Sandra Maria Estevez and Ibrahim Gonzalez sponsored by: School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences & Ovations, reception by Diversity Council -(100 in attendance)
  • Diversity Website - launch 2006
  • Diversity Council - Chairs (Arlene Rodriguez & Bob Dickerman 2008)
  • Creation of Diversity through the Arts Program - Alvin Ailey II October 25th & 26th
  • (November 2007-City Stage) 2-day event-Nat. Kick-off of their world-wide tour. (940 in attendance)
  • 3rd Annual Rosa Parks Day Event -November 20, 2007-Rodnell Collins & Peter Bailey (nephew of Malcolm X) February 2008 (collaboration with Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences) portrait unveiling of Malcolm X by guest artist-T.Charron (100 in attendance)
  • Diversity Speaker series
  • Funded Artist reception for Larry Slezak February 2008
  • WTCC/Bob Marley Speaker Series in collaboration with WTCC radio station
  • (funded reception for Dr. Julius Garvey, Dr. Toussaint King Hill & Roger Steffens) -February 23, 2008 (300 in attendance)
  • Gail Marquis-Women's Basketball Olympian-February 28, 2008 collaboration with the Business Dept. (75 in attendance)
  • Funded Soul Food Luncheon-February 29, 2008
  • Ragan Whiteside-Artist Series & reception - February 29, 2008
  • Langston Hughes Event --Artist Series-Ron McCurdy- March 6, 2008, collaboration English department. (100 in attendance)
  • Red Velvet Signature Reception - March 7, 2008 (collaboration Unity First & Amer. Heart Assoc.)
  • 1st Annual Women's High Tea-March 25, 2008, Celebration of Women's History Month
  • The Respect Project - UMass collaboration with George Faison & Maryann Lombardi (May 2008) (500 in attendance)
  • Men's Basketball Reception 2008
  • Development of Sankofa award (Maggie Richardson, Larry Slezak, & Joan Thomas) -February 28, 2008
  • Marketing strategies for recruitment/enrollment-Director of Marketing
  • New Public Relation Strategies-Director of Public Relations
  • Diversity hiring in key departments
  • Advertising in diverse publications (Unity First, La Prensa, Point of View)
  • Distribution of diverse publications around campus
  • Collaborations with area schools (elem., middle and high) for participation in events
  • Collaborations with area businesses and agencies for sponsors and participation in various events.
  • Purchase Diversity Teaching materials
  • Purchase and donate Diversity books to Library and Springfield Schools
  • JoSallins -January 23, 2009, The Legacy Continues- Jo Sallins, Magdalena Gomez, Tony Vacca, (1000 in attendance)
  • Pink: The Chronicles of BC Jenny, sponsored by School of Arts and Social Sciences, Diversity Council and Student Activities September 26, 2008 (100 in attendance)
  • Nikki Giovanni - October 31st, 2008 Keynote Speaker& book signing (1500 in attendance, 26 schools) (1500 in attendance)
  • 4th Annual Rosa Parks Day event -December 5, 2008 (150 in attendance)
  • Juan Williams - February 12, 2009 - Keynote Speaker& book signing (1000 in attendance)
  • Ken Ford (Electric Violinist) Concert & Soul Food Jazz Luncheon -February 27, 2009 - (500 in attendance)
  • Mass Women's Day, White Ribbon Campaign Feb.12th w/ Commonwealth of Mass.
  • National Acrobats of China, sponsored Diversity Council Members & students March 9, 2009 (15 in attendance)
  • Think Respect project, co-sponsor with Student Support Services, March 27, 2009
  • 2nd Annual Women's High Tea, March 31, 2009
  • Black Nurses Association of Western Mass.  March 28, 2009, co- sponsor event, purchased seats to support the event Anne-Mistivar Payen
  • Morris Dees - April 16th 2009 - Keynote & book Signing
  • Heart of A Man - Men's Celebration- sponsored by Diversity Council and American Heart Association
  • Spanish American Union 40th Annual Gala - September 25, 2008 Sponsored table
  • No Child - October 1, 2008-(sponsored table for Diversity Council Members w/NCCJ)
  • Resurrection - October 19, 2008-NCCJ (STCC students taken to play)
  • Resurrection-November 12, 2008 (served as moderator with President Rubenzahl for Youth Night at Hartford Stage (NCCJ Board participation)
  • Sweet Honey & the Rock - November 1, 2008 (Diversity Council members)
  • 10th Annual Spirit of Women Conference - Dr. Mimi Guarneri - "The Heart Speaks Are you Listening"- Mass. Mutual Center
  • Alvin Ailey event with UMass, sponsored Diversity Council Member & students (32 in attendance)
  • NCCJ - Jonathan Kozol presentation October 6, 2008
  • Titicut Follies-April 3, 2009 (Arts, Hum.Soc.Sci)
  • NCCJ- Racial Disparities in Children's Health April 7, 2009 WNEC -Partners for a Healthier Community-(Nursing Dept. Dean)
  • Pride March-May 2, 2009
  • Hoop City Jazz Festival - Jul 4, 5th & 6th 2009
  • Implementation of the Diversity and Inclusion brochure into the College community Fall 2009:
  • -brochures given to Trustees, sponsors and community agencies
  • -distribution of brochures to students at the New Student Orientation August 15, 2009
  • -distribution of brochure to faculty at the Opening Faculty meeting on
  • Distribution of the booklets and pens with logo of Diversity and Respect Matter (management team-August 17, 2009)
  • Distribution of pens and conversation with faculty about the Respect project.
  • Implementation of the Cultural Competency Course-taught by Elms College
  • Diversity Speakers Series event- The Minority Reporter October 8, 2009 (
    •  8:30 High School Students (200 in attendance)
    • 11:00  College Community (125 in attendance)
    • 6:00 p.m.   Community (80 in attendance)
  • Angela Burt Murray _"Essence" magazine -Women of Color Reception (50 in attendance) October 9, 2009 (75 in attendance)
  • Rosa Parks Day, December 1, 2009
  • Traces of the Trade:  Story from the Deep North November 19, 2009, Windsor, Ct.-NCCJ Partnership program (Faculty)
  • Chloe Arnold (Tap Dancer) February 11, 2010 (400 in attendance) day & evening
  • RFK_Journey to Justice - UMASS Fine Arts Concert Hall (staff, Fac. & students)
  • NuDirexion-Soul Food Jazz luncheon February 25, 2010 (300 in attendance)
  • Dr. John Francis (Planetwalker) March 11, 2010 (125 in attendance)
  • Ashong - Five Year Anniversary Celebration - April 8, 2010 (300 in attendance)
  • NATARAJ- Indian Performing Arts Dancers - April 15, 2010 (75 in attendance)
  • Dr. Abbie Goldberg - April 27, 2010-Changing Face of American Families & Creating more sensitive/appropriate service for LGBTA persons (160 in attendance)
  • Women's Tea-March 30, 2010: speaker Dr. Carol Leary Baypath College & Yvonne Williams (Author & Cancer Survivor)
  • Traces of the Trade film showing/Partnership CCGS &NCCJ-March 31, 2010
  • Heart of A Man -April 30, 2010
  • New Student Orientation -August 14, 2010 (800 + in attendance)
  • Diversity Welcome Reception for Employees - August 25, 2010, for new hires (40 in attendance)
  • Michael Patrick MacDonald - October 1, 2010 ( 500 + and 70 evening in attendance)
  • Sponsor Reception Next Level Conference October 1, 2010 (40 in attendance)
  • "Bilal's Stand" - October 14, 2010 (150 morning & 75 evening in attendance)
  • "Soulfege" - November 5, 2010 (200 morning & 40  evening in attendance)
  • Michael Eric Dyson - February 10, 2011 (1000 morning event in attendance)
  • Naturally 7 - March 23, 2011
  • Development of Cultural Competency Course- Baystate & STCC
  • American Heart Association Women's Conference -February 15, 2011
  • Urban League Annual Dinner (3 - in attendance February 16, 2011)
  • Westfield State College-"Nuttin but Strings"-(8 in attendance) (March 5, 2011)
  • Women's Fund Conference ( 6- in attendance March 8, 2011)
  • New Student Orientation - August 12 & 13, 2011 ( 800 + in attendance)
  • Diversity Welcome Reception for New Hires - August 31, 2011 (23 new hires in attendance)
  • Introduction of Diversity Council New Colleague Mentor Program-August 31, 2011
  • Initiation of Diversity Think Tank series:
    • September 14, 2011 - Brooks Fitch .E. B. DuBois Center
    • October 20, 2011 - Dr. Marcia Cantarella -Educator/Author
    • January 26, 2012 - Chancellor Keith Motley-UMass Boston
    • February 16, 2012 - Dr. Maria Torres - Mauricio Gaston Institute
    • March 29, 2012 - James Morton -Hartford YMCA
  • Initiation of BALSA & Alpha Partnership - September 14, 2011
  • Kyle Hausmann-Stokes - October 19, 2011
  • John Quinones- November 9, 2011
  • Chief Justice Roderick Ireland - February 17, 2012
  • America Ferrera - March 7, 2012
  • The Sax Pac - March 22, 2012
  • Sponsor Next Level Conference - October 2, 2011 (prof. dev. Staff)
  • Hispanic Heritage Gala - Sponsor October 6, 2011
  • Entrepreneurship Event - Diversity table October 6, 2011
  • Martin Luther King Celebration - January 14, 2012 (6 participants)
  • Urban League Dinner (March 6, 2012 -10 participants)
  • Nicholas Kristof - October 23, 2012
  • Susan L. Taylor - February 5, 2013
  • Soul Food Luncheon - February 28, 2013
  • Women's Tea - March 28, 2013
  • Steve Pemberton - April 11, 2013 _ Young Men's Retreat
  • Pieces of a Dream - April 25, 2013
  • Heart of a Man - April 30, 2013
  • Isabell Wilkerson - October 22, 2013
  • James McBride - February 6, 2014 (canceled due to weather; re-scheduled Oct. 1, 2014
  • Dr. Steve Robbins - March 20, 2014
  • Soulfood Jazz Luncheon - February 27, 2014 (featuring Rohn Lawrence)
  • Women's High Tea - March 25, 2014
  • Bob Baldwin - April 4, 2014
  • Jeff Lorber Fusion featuring Everette Harp - April 11, 2014
  • Heart of a Man - April 22, 2014
  • Shannon Lanier & Jane Feldman Authors of Jefferson's Children, The Story of One American Family - September 25, 2014 (250 in attendance)
  • James McBride - October 1, 2014 (300 in attendance)
  • Bonnie St. John - February 4, 2015 (300 in attendance)
  • Art & Soul - Artist Exhibition - February 12, 2015
  • Condemning the Race, Historical and Sociological Considerations of African Americans & the Criminal Justice System
  • Soul Food & Jazz Luncheon feat. Rohn Lawrence/Hot and Heavy -February 26, 2015
  • M.I.L.E. Summit - Young Men's Retreat- Quentin Williams, ESQ.
  • Women's High Tea - March 3, 2015
  • MAYSA, Nick Collionne, Brian Simpson- April 9, 2015
  • Urban Jazz Coalition - April 10, 2015
  • Heart of A Man - April 28, 2015
  • Wes Moore - September 30, 2015
  • Steve Pemberton- October 2, 2015
  • Dr. Sampson Davis- February 3, 2016
  • Dr. Imo Imeh-Artist in Residence-February 2016
  • Soul Food & Jazz Luncheon feat.Rohn Lawrence/Hot & Heavy -February 25, 2016
  • Maria Hinojosa - March 4, 2016
  • Women's High Tea - March , 2016
  • Four80East - April 7, 2016
  • Heart of A Man - April , 2016
  • Jackiem Joyner w/special guest Selina Albright-April 8, 2016
  • Junot Diaz-September. 13, 2016
  • Marilyn Alverio-October. 5, 2016
  • Hispanic Heritage & Latin Food Tasting feat. Jose Gonzalez & Banda Criolla – October 17, 2016
  • Dr. John Herrington-November. 1, 2016
  • Marlon Seymour-Artist in Residence-February 2017
  • Brandee Younger-February. 2, 2017
  • Soul Food & Jazz Luncheon feat. Rohn Lawrence & Friends -February 23, 2017
  • Prentice Powell & Chief The Poet-Feb. 24, 2017
  • Marcus Johnson-April 6, 2017
  • Willie Hill & Friends-April 13, 2017
  • Dr. Kevin Nadal –April 25, 2017
  • Ray Grand-September 19, 2017
  • Hugo Balta-September 20, 2017
  • Shane Bitney Crone-October 4, 2017
  • Hispanic Heritage & Latin Food Tasting feat. Jose Gonzalez & Banda Criolla-October 12, 2017
  • Coming Out Night-October 10, 2017
  • Kevin Powell-October 25, 2017
  • Prentice Powell & Chief The Poet-October 27, 2017
  • Dr. Adrienne Keene-November 1, 2017
  • Dindga McCannon-Artist in Residence-February 2018
  • Soul Food & Jazz Luncheon feat. Jimmy Greene Quartet-February 22, 2018
  • Zak Ebrahim-March 27, 2018
  • Jo Sallins-April-5, 2018
  • Kaila Mullady-September 19, 2018
  • Jose Antonio Vargas- October 3, 2018
  • STCC Comic Fest-October 10-13, 2018
  • Gabby Rivera-October 10, 2018
  • Ruth Carter-October 11, 2018
  • Hispanic Heritage & Latin Food Tasting feat. Jose Gonzalez & Banda Criolla-October 18, 2018
  • Travis Mills-October 25, 2018
  • Larry “Spotted Crow” Mann-November 5, 2018
  • Khalid El Hakim-Black History 101 Mobile Museum-November 28, 2018
  • Brian Gaither-Artist in Residence-February 2019
  • Soul Food & Jazz Luncheon feat. Rohn Lawrence & Friends-February 21, 2019
  • Zeke Thomas- April 11, 2019

Accommodations

Prospective students or current students who need accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at 755-4785 or via email at disability-services@stcc.edu at least two weeks in advance.

Members of the general public or employees who need accommodations should contact Affirmative Action Officer, Kathryn Senie, Interim Assistant Vice President of Human Resources at kcsenie@stcc.edu at least two weeks in advance.

Contact

Vonetta Lightfoot
Multicultural Affairs Operations Manager
(413) 755-4461
diversityseries@stcc.edu