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2021-2022: 16th Annual Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series

Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series

The Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series began in 2006. Approximately nine presentations annually are offered across MCC campuses and centers. Discussion leaders are identified for the films.

video & discussion: hungry to learn

Discussion led by Laura Chambers, MCC Humanities Instructor

This highly acclaimed film introduces the faces behind an American crisis — college students so strapped to pay tuition that they don’t have enough money to eat or a place to live. It focuses not only on the devastating hunger crisis unfolding on American campuses, but what can — and should — be done about it.

MCC personnel and students may access this streaming video by using steps below:

  1. Going to the MCC Library website: www.mccneb.edu/library
  2. Click on the Streaming Videos tab
  3. Click on the blue “Streaming Videos” link
  4. Click on Microsoft Stream or Docuseek. 
  5. Search by video title.

LECTURE: THE WALK OF THE IMMIGRANTS

Discussion led by: saul flores, photojournalist, storyteller and speaker

The Walk of the Immigrants raises awareness about the journey and the struggles of immigrants who come to the United States. Being the firstborn to first-generation immigrants, Flores grew up in New York, where he learned about the hardship of immigrants of the United States through the struggles of his parents. Motivated by hardship of migrant workers, Flores decided he was going to walk the walk of the immigrant. With just a one way to ticket to Quito, Ecuador, Flores and his camera set out on his journey to the promising United States, walking 5,329 miles from Quito, Ecuador to Charlotte, N.C.  

A video recording is not available of this session held on 10/12/2021.

video & discussion: selling lies

Discussion led by Tulani Grundy Meadows, JD, MCC Human Relations/Political Science Instructor

In 2016, an army of teenagers in Macedonia discovered a wildly lucrative game of posting false political clickbait news articles on Facebook for profit. By creating websites leading up to the presidential election that published sensationalized and misleading news stories about American politics, they generated a massive income and influenced the election.
MCC personnel and students may access this streaming video by using steps below:

  1. Going to the MCC Library website: www.mccneb.edu/library
  2. Click on the Streaming Videos tab
  3. Click on the blue “Streaming Videos” link
  4. Click on Microsoft Stream or Docuseek. 
  5. Search by video title.

VIDEO & DISCUSSION: A HOME CALLED NEBRASKA

DISCUSSION LED BY: MARY UMBERGER, PH.D., MCC SPEECH INSTRUCTOR & BOARD CHAIR, immigrant center AND VEMEXI RUIZ DE CHAVEZ, CHILD AND FAMILY STAFF ATTORNEY, IMMIGRANT LEGAL CENTER

In 2020, with America’s Refugee Resettlement Program hanging by a thread, A Home Called Nebraska is the story of mid-western welcome, acceptance and unlikely friendships during a time of national anxiety and emboldened bigotry. In 2016, the conservative state of Nebraska resettled more refugees per capita than any other state.
 A Home Called Nebraska spotlights people who escaped war, torture and persecution. It also introduces the generous Nebraskans who welcomed them, taught them, celebrated with them, and helped them find jobs and houses. Today these refugees are succeeding, and are giving back to the communities that supported them.
This heartwarming documentary offers hope and an antidote to racist nationalism: a community of people in Nebraska who work to dispel fear, build bridges and change their own perceptions along the way. Here is a compelling portrait of ordinary people standing up for what is right, inspiring us to do the same.

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2022
Time: 2:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CST
Location: Connect to A Home Called Nebraska

Lecture: Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Research & Narratives of Essential Work

Athena K. Ramos, PhD, MBA, MS, CPM, Assistant Professor, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Department of Health Promotion, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health, Office of Latino Latin American Studies (UNO OLLAS), College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

During this presentation, Dr. Ramos describe essential work during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will share data on the impact of the pandemic on essential workers and use narratives from meatpackers and farmworkers to highlight some of the challenges that these workers experienced. Finally, she will discuss research that she and her team have conducted to try to improve working conditions.

Date: Wednesday, February 9
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m. CST
Location: Zoom for Challenges During the COVID-19 Panedemic

PERFORMANCE: Forging Frontiers: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) by kate campbell 

Performance by: Kate Campbell Stevenson, Writer, Director, Actor, 2018 2018 AAUW Maryland Woman of Distinction

In a one-woman show, Kate brings to life early 20th Century American STEM leaders as well as highlighting contemporary role models. Music, monolog and clever on-stage costume and make-up changes transport participants through history. Featuring Rachel Carson-- marine biologist, environmentalist; and Louise Arner Boyd—Arctic Explorer who financed, planned and led SEVEN Arctic expeditions in the 1920’s and 1930’s! Contemporary role models feature NASA engineers, robotics experts, climatologists, Bio/Med careers and other STEM fields.

Forging Frontiers helps break through cultural biases, provides inspiring STEM role models, and encourages participants to further explore STEM classes and career options. “If you see it-you can be it!” Programs are adapted for audiences 8 years old through adults and tours nationally. Appropriate programming for schools, educational and diversity conferences, conventions, government, military, and community outreach events.

Kate proudly served 5 years as a National Delegate to Vision 2020 and serves as a board member and Cultural Ambassador for Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. Forging Frontiers is Kate’s Vision 2020 project to encourage shared leadership and to motivate boys AND GIRLS (men and women) nationwide to study and pursue STEM careers.

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. CDT
Location: Connect to Forging Frontiers: Women in STEM

VIDEO & DISCUSSION: CESAR'S LAST FAST

DISCUSSION LED BY: RICHARD RAY PEREZ, DIRECTOR AND THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION (IDA)

This Sundance film explores the private sacrifice and spiritual conviction behind César Chávez’s struggle for the humane treatment of America’s farmworkers. Featuring never-before-seen footage from Chávez' self-imposed 36 day fast, viewers gain unprecedented insight into his life and the historic farmworker movement.  

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Time: 6:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. CDT
Location: Connect to Cesar's Last Fast

VIDEO & DISCUSSION: PLASTIC PARADISE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

DISCUSSION LEB BY: SALLY HOPLEY, MCC COORDINATOR OF SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES

Thousands of miles from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on Earth. And yet it has become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents. In Plastic Paradise, filmmaker Angela Sun embarks on a journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon, meeting with scientists, researchers and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption.

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Time: 2:30-3:45 p.m. CDT
Location: Connect to Plastic Paradise

Participation for all programs is free and open to the public.


Contact interculturaled@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information.
Additional International/Intercultural Education virtual programming can be found on YouTube.

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Audience members requiring accommodations due to a disability must contact Barbara Velazquez, bvelazquez@mccneb.edu, 531-622-2253 at least two weeks prior to the program.​