CCAC celebrates Diversity Week with hip-hop event at Allegheny Campus

Article by: CCAC Public Relations
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County’s Allegheny Campus will host Hip Hop in America: The Art of B-boying on Wednesday, April 5, in the gymnasium. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a dance presentation from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., as well as music and food from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Leading the presentation will be artists Stacy Vanblarcom and Shane Depree Fry of Verve Dance Studio in Buffalo, which is dedicated to the art of B-boying, also known as breakdancing, and hip-hop culture. Their work emphasizes self-expression, confidence and respect for diversity.

The event is just one of many activities being held at CCAC campuses during Diversity Week, observed April 3–7. On Monday, April 3, Allegheny Campus will host “Diversityland” at the Milton Hall Amphitheater from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature numerous community organizations dedicated to diversity in all its forms, as well as free food and cultural activities. On Tuesday, April 4, the campus will host Supportive Services Day from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Foerster Student Services Center Auditorium. Chaz Kellem, senior director of advocacy for race and gender equity from the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA, will speak and facilitate a discussion on disabilities.

CCAC South Campus will celebrate “Diversity in Democracy” on Monday, April 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Tiger’s Lair. Students will share their essays and creative responses to Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, as well as their thoughts on how diversity, equity and inclusion should be fostered in society. On April 5, a festive event will take place in the gymnasium from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. that will feature a performance from the Trevor C. Dance Collective, salsa dancing lessons from Marlon Silva and free food samples from ethnic restaurants. The event will also include resource tables from a variety of community organizations. On Thursday, April 6, a “transformative inclusion dialogue” will be led by Clyde Pickett, CCAC’s special assistant to the president for Diversity & Inclusion, in the cafeteria from 10:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CCAC North Campus will celebrate on Wednesday, April 5, with an International Food & Dance Festival, which will be held in the Atrium from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sponsored by the World Cultures Club, the event will feature dance performances by Bam Choreography Hip Hop and Camara Drum & Dance. Attendees will be able to view poster displays and sample food from around the world, including dishes from Asia, Africa, Europe, America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. A silent auction will feature baskets representing a variety of countries.

Boyce Campus will celebrate Diversity Day on Thursday, April 20. Sponsored by the Honors Leadership class, the event will feature a showing of the film The Invisible War, a documentary about sexual assault policy in the military, which will be held in the lecture hall at 11:00 a.m., followed by a discussion. The day will include an Asian dance performance, a belly dancing performance and a presentation by the Chabad House, a Jewish student organization that provides a variety of educational, religious, social and cultural programming. Students will also be able to sample ethnic food and visit with community organizations. Times for the activities have not yet been determined.

The events are open to the media, including still/video cameras.

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