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7th Annual KCC Diversity Symposium Fall 2020 – Full Program

Thursday, October 22nd 3:00pm  

Head, Heart, Hands: The Development of Racism – Prof. Delia Hernandez, Behavioral Sciences

An interactive presentation exploring the relationships between stereotypes, prejudice & discrimination.

Monday, October 26th 1:00pm

Media Portrayals of Black People Paule Lafortune, HURFS-RC 

How are perceptions of Black people socially constructed? A discussion on how we can shift these perceptions in: literature, social media, television.   

Tuesday, October 27th 1:00pm

Black Men in the Disciplines and Fields: A conversation centered on bringing your body with you.

Dr. Michael Rodriguez (Men’s Resource Center) will be facilitating a discussion between Dr. Christopher Chapman (Political Science), Dr. Martin Matthew (History & Political Science), and Professor Mike Smith (EMS Program).   

Wednesday October 28th  3:00pm

Did you know that New York City schools are among the most segregated in the country? – Zaps, Adult Executive Director and Karla Narvaez, Executive High School Director of Integrate NYC

Join Integrate NYC, a youth-led organization, and see how they are advocating for the 5Rs of Real Integration to create lasting, revolutionary change in our school system.  

November 9th  11:00am

Equitea Series – Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue and Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele – A book discussion with Dr. Charles Swift, Behavioral Sciences sponsored by KCC Achieving the Dream and HURFS-RC



November 16th  1:00pm

Black Health Matters – A conversation with Dr. Micah Griffin, Director of Allied Health Programs






November 10th 11:30am

Black Lives Matter & the Struggle for Immigrant Justice

Panel I: Keywords

Featuring Dr. Rachel Ida Buff, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin; Alejandra Olivia, Communications Coordinator, National Immigrant Justice Center; Iuscely Flores, Activist/Artist; Representative from New York State Youth Leadership Council

November 17th 12:40pm

Black Lives Matter & the Struggle for Immigrant Justice

Panel II: The Struggle in New York City and Beyond

Featuring Dr. Shirley Leyro, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Borough of Manhattan Community College and Dr. April Mayes, Associate Professor of History, Pomona College

November 19th  11:00am

Black Lives Matter: Moving Toward a Collective Consciousness Keynote – Dr. Shawn Best, CUNY Black Male Initiative, University Director

  November 19th  12:00pm

Black Lives Matter: Moving Toward a Collective Consciousness Student Panel – KCC and CUNY Students, Moderator: Dr. Michael Rodriguez, (Men’s Resource Center)

November 9th – 19th

Black Historic Sites in NYC Challenge: A Virtual Art Exhibition – KCC Community

A curated art exhibition developed by Prof. Thomas Mintz (Art), Paule Lafortune, HURFS-RC, and Maudelyne Maxineau (CAWS).

If you are interested in participating, the submission guidelines are as follows

  1. Visit two of the listed sites
  2. Continue to practice social distancing regulations
  3. Submit a picture and/or video with a brief description to

All KCC students, faculty, and staff are welcome to take part in the Challenge.  The submission period will begin on 10/15/2020 to 11/1/2020.  

The exhibition will be available for viewing at