Student Connections

Honoring and Discovering Our Cultures

By Debra Monte, coordinator of student services, The Center for Distance Learning

January 14, 2014

Please join us in honoring and discovering our cultures. The Center for Distance Learning, in conjunction with the Office of Affirmative Action and the Collegewide Diversity and Inclusion Committee, is presenting a series of seven events.

Upcoming events include Black History Month on March 5, 2014. Asian Heritage and Jewish Heritage months will be celebrated together on May 14. We will conclude the series on June 4 with our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Awareness event.

Students are invited to submit artwork that celebrates all upcoming events. A call for art can be found at Alumni Student Events. Submissions can be sent to culture@esc.edu

Past events include a Hispanic and Latino Awareness celebration in September and a Native American Awareness celebration in November. The Hispanic and Latino Awareness event included a sampling of native foods and artwork, as well as a panel and book discussion featuring the work, Drown, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Juno Diaz. 

The Native American Awareness event featured a performance by Grammy Award winner Joanne Shenandoah of the Oneida Nation. Also presenting was Joanne’s husband Doug George-Kanentiio, an Akwesasne Mohawk. George-Kanentiio is a writer, lecturer and Vice President of the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Knowledge. George-Kanentiio was instrumental in having the stereotypical Saltine Warrior, or “Bill Orange”, removed as the mascot for Syracuse University. 

All events are held at the Center for Distance Learning, 113 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY, and streamed on www.esc.edu/esc-tv. We invite you to participate however you are able.

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