College Symposium Features Author Dr. Lorene Cary

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Author, activist and educator Dr. Lorene Cary (at top) will be this year’s keynote speaker at Montgomery County Community College’s Presidential Symposium on Diversity

POTTSTOWN PA – Montgomery County Community College has expanded its “Presidential Symposium on Diversity” this year to a three-day event filled with of activities, including a keynote presentation, book chat, and workshops, intended to involve and inspire as many people as possible.

The annual symposium led by Dr. Stephanie Allen, college director of equity, diversity and belonging, is considered a capstone event to advance and facilitate community conversation about diversity and inclusiveness among students, employees and the community. The events are free and open to the public. A full schedule and the ability to register for events is available online.

The symposium kicks off with a keynote presentation, “Inspire Beyond Inclusion,” by award-winning author, activist and educator, Dr. Lorene Cary, scheduled for Feb. 20 (2023; Monday) at 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center Gymnasium on MCCC’s main campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell PA. Cary later will sign her memoir, “Black Ice,” with free books available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cary grew up in a working-class neighborhood of Philadelphia, and while she was teenager during 1972 she had the opportunity to attend an elite boarding school in New Hampshire on a scholarship. Miles away from home and family, she learned how to navigate and succeed on her own terms. Later in her life, Cary wrote about her experience in “Black Ice,” which quickly made best-seller lists.

Since the publication of Black Ice in 1992, Cary has written several books, including “The Price of a Child” (1996), “Pride” (1999), “If Sons, Then Heirs” (2012), and “Ladysitting” (2019). She also wrote the play, “My General Tubman,” performed at Arden Theatre in 2020. Other productions are in progress. Cary currently teaches creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania.

The symposium continues Feb. 21 (Tuesday) at 11 a.m. with a Black Ice book chat and questions-and-answers with Cary on the college’s Pottstown campus in its North Hall gallery (at top). Free parking is available at the South Hall building parking lot, 101 College Dr. Books will be available on a first come, first-serve basis. Light refreshments will be served.

In addition to the book chat, online workshops will be presented by college faculty and administrators. The sessions include:

  • “Rapid Rapport Building: Enhancing Clinician Communication Skills to Decrease Health Disparities in the LGBTQA+ Community,” by Director of Physical Therapist Assistant Program Dr. Isabelle Porter;
  • “Montco Libraries Revisit Elizabeth F. Fideler’s ‘Still at Work’ Series,” by Reference Librarian Associate Professor Kevin Strunk; and
  • “Healing, Forgiveness & Discrimination” by Criminal Justice Assistant Professor Jayden Sampson, JD.

On Feb. 22 (Wednesday), the college will host several free online workshops:

  • “Teaching Honestly: Historically Responsive Literacy” by English Professor Dr. Monica D’Antonio;
  • “The Overlooked Costs of Upward Mobility” by Spanish Associate Professor Luz Gamauf;
  • “Disabilities in Higher Education” by Student Success Coach Aliyah Novelli, MSW, LSW; and
  • “Working Towards Justice: Volunteering & Belonging” by Experiential Learning Coordinator Sean Hutchison.

Throughout the week, the college will collect non-perishable donations for its Stock Up for Success Food pantries located at both campuses. They provide free food and other items for students, helping them to combat food insecurity.

In the event of inclement weather, the Presidential Symposium activities will be held virtually, and the online links will be available at symposium webpages.

Photo provided by Montgomery County Community College

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