STCC Diversity Series


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Springfield Technical Community College
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Springfield, MA   01102




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STCC Diversity Speaker & Performance Series

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The Diversity Speaker & Performance Series, coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, brings a global array of speakers and performers to campus. The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers a number of signature culturally diverse programs and events designed to engage and enrich the campus life experience and to celebrate and recognize the rich cultural heritage that exists at Springfield Technical Community College. Below are videos from previous events that took place in the Diversity Speaker and Performance Series.


Fall 2021

Chloe O. Davis is a proud Black bisexual woman and debut author who works in the entertainment industry in New York. A graduate of Hampton University and Temple University, she has centered her creative platform on amplifying the narratives of Black culture and heightening the awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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November 9, 2021


John Little, PhD (Standing Rock Dakota), is a scholar, historian, filmmaker, and mentor. His presentations and research focus on Native student retention and success in higher education, decolonizing work in the university, cultural appropriation and Native American-themed mascots, Lakota and Dakota music, and Native American Vietnam veterans, looking at the fact that Native Americans serve in the military at a higher per-capita rate than any other ethnic group in the United States. He is co-director of the documentary “More Than A Word” an exploration of Native American-based mascots, especially the Washington R_dskins, and their impact on real-life attitudes, issues, and policies.

Learn more about the More Than A Word film.

November 4, 2021


A Diversity Series Speaker event featuring Award-winning Journalist, TV Personality, Author, and Social Justice Activist & Organizer, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill.

Learn more about Dr. Marc Lamont Hill.

October 20, 2021


A Diversity Series Speaker event featuring the Queen of Belonging, Award-Winning Filmmaker, Top 100 Podcaster and Keynote Speaker: Denise Soler-Cox

Learn more about Denise Soler-Cox

October 12, 2021


A real life “Guardian of the Galaxy,” Dr. Moogega “Moo” Cooper holds the awesome responsibility of keeping the red planet safe from any of the Earth’s contaminants. Moo is the planetary protection lead of the famed NASA 2020 Mars mission—with its highly viewed landing on February 18, 2021.

Learn more about Dr. Moogega Cooper.

September 22, 2021


Juneteenth 2021

The Juneteenth Speaker Series at the Storrowton Village Museum recognizes the historic impact of the Juneteenth National Independence Day.  The STCC Office of Multicultural Affairs collaborated with Storrowton Village & Museum and the Eastern States Exposition (Big E) on these events.

June 19, 2021

The Significance of Juneteenth in History and the Present  features scholar J. Anthony Guillory, Ph.D., professor of American History, African American History, and African American Literature at Springfield Technical Community College. 


Land Ownership, Generational Wealth, & Inequality is a panel discussion led by moderator J. Anthony Guillory Ph.D and features Nedra Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UMass Boston, and John Diffley, Esq., Professor of History at Springfield Technical Community College.



Spring 2021

Frederick Joseph is an Award-winning Author, Activist, Philanthropist, and Marketing Professional. He's book "The Black Friend on Being A Better White Person" is a New York Times Bestseller, written from the perspective of a friend and he offers candid reflections on his own experiences with racism and conversations with prominent artists and activists about theirs.

Learn more about Frederick Joseph.

April 29, 2021


Jasmine M. Cho is a Pittsburgh-based artist, author, and cookie activist most known for using portrait cookies to elevate representation for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. She is also a Food Network Champion (“Christmas Cookie Challenge” Season 3, Episode 8) and the Founder of Yummyholic. Expanding to traditional fine art while pursuing art therapy studies, Jasmine wrote, illustrated, and published her first children’s book, Role Models Who Look Like Me: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Made History.

Learn more about Jasmine

Check out her Tedx Talk

April 14, 2021



One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy. Learn more about Dr. Glaude Jr. here!


February 17, 2021



Kevin Powell is one of the most celebrated political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today. The Jersey City product of a single mother, absent father, horrific poverty, and violence, he was able to study at Rutgers University in his home state of New Jersey due to the Educational Opportunity Fund, a program created during the Civil Rights Movement to benefit poor youth. Says Kevin, “Just to be able to get to college, to be exposed to a new world, a new way, changed my life forever, and I am forever grateful for the chance.” Kevin has gone on to be a poet and journalist and the author of 14 books, including When We Free The World, his new short essay collection about freedom, justice, and equality in America; and his critically acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, which is being adapted for the screen.


January 26, 2021


Fall 2020

Blair Imani is a critically-acclaimed historian, outspoken advocate and activist, and dynamic public speaker. The author of two historical books: Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History (2018) and Making Our Way Home: The Great Migration and The Black American Dream (2020), she centers women and girls, global Black communities, and the LGBTQ community.

October 19, 2020


Denice Frohman is a poet, educator, and performer from New York City. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, and National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures grant recipient. Her poems have appeared in The Adroit Journal, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, and garnered over 10 million views online. Learn more about Denice here!

October 16, 2020


Lawrence Ross is the author of The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities, a Los Angeles Times best seller, and Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America’s Campuses. 

October 5, 2020


Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.

September 21, 2020


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Vonetta Lightfoot
Multicultural Affairs Operations Manager
Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons (B19), 2nd Floor, room 271

Office of Multicultural Affairs & The Multicultural Center


Looking for ways to incorporate the Diversity Series into your classroom?  Visit our Inclusivity in Instruction webpage for more information.