Diversity Initiatives & Events

Listed below are some of our DMAC-sponsored events. For more information about these events, contact DMAC Chair, Regenail Thomas, 

More photos of all events can be found in the Photo Gallery.


2019 - 2020 Events

A Musical Celebration of Diversity

11/6/19: Indian Strings: Sitar and Rhythm Tabla with Rajib Karmaker and Shankh Lahiri

11/20/19: Asante Afrika presents African drumming

11/27/19: Rob Thierfelder of the Gordon Pipers presents Celtic piping

SCF Venice Performance Pavilion - 12:00-1:00 p.m.

 Musicians playing in Venice Campus Nov2019Drummers playing at SCF Venice Music Event Nov2019


Hispanic Heritage Month 2019

Hispanic Literature Open MicHispanic Panel of Former Students

The 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month consisted of a month-long celebration of Hispanic and Latino cultures that included the following events:

Café Hispano:

Tasting of coffees and teas from different Latin American countries, refreshments, and Hispanic Knowledge Trivia prepared by the Latin/Hispanic Student Club. 9/11/19 - 9:00-11:00am – Student Union

Hispanic SCF Alumni Panel:  

Brown bag lunch and discussion with former SCF students who are now successful in their careers. Hear their insight on how SCF helped them get there! Bring your lunch. Drinks and desserts will be provided.9/18/19, 12:00-1:00pm – Location: Student Union 

Hispanic Literature Open Mic: 

Students, faculty, & staff: you are invited to read your favorite story, fragment, or poem from a Hispanic author. Sign-in at the door to read your favorite selection in English, Spanish, or both. 9/25/19 – 4:00pm – BR Library & Learning Ctr, Library Forum 3-108 

Bienvenidos to SCF Music:  

The SCF Music Program is proud to team up with the SCF Latin/Spanish Club to celebrate Spanish Heritage Month. Hear our ensembles perform music from siestas to fiestas, habaneras to boleros, and everything in between. 10/3/19, 7:30 pm - Neel Center for Perf. Arts.

Hispanic Games: 

Presented by SCFCS students. Learn about traditional and current games played in different Hispanic countries. 10/10/19 - 10:00am – 12:00pm - BR Library & Learning Ctr - 1st floor 

Hispanic Film Screening:  

Screening of the award-winning film “Roma” directed by Alfonso Cuarón. "Roma" portrays one year of the life of a maid in Mexico’s Colonia Roma in the early 70s. 10/11/19, 10:00am – BR Art Bldg. 10 – Screening Room


Café Hispano + Presentation of Oral Histories - 10/16/19, 9:00-11:00am – BR Library & Learning Ctr – Knowledge Commons (1st floor)

Cafe Hispano 2019Hispanic Drinks: Mate



2018 - 2019 Events

Photos of past events can be found in the Photo Gallery.

Interfaith Dialogue

Panel discussion presented by the DMAC and ADH (Arts, Design, & Humanities) With representatives from Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Protestant Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, and Islam. 

April 11, 2019 - 3:00 - 4:30 pm - Together Manatee Community Rooms - Bldg. 3-143/146. Bradenton Campus.


Gender Inequality

“The 51% Minority: From Lower Wages to Memes and Misogyny, Gender Inequity Persists in the 21st Century” - Lecture by Prof. Jennifer Bieselin

Jennifer Bieselin, associate professor, speech and communication, will present “The 51% Minority: From Lower Wages to Memes and Misogyny, Gender Inequity Persists in the 21st Century.” The lecture will examine a range of research and provide real-life examples of how gender inequity is manifested within society, culture and institutions. Bieselin will also offer practical solutions for combating gender disparity.

March 14, 2019 - 2:00 pm. Building 27, Room 105, Bradenton Campus.


Women's History Month

Showcase of documentaries about the history of women's rights, displays of books and movies by famous women, and showcase of films with women's directors. Libraries in all three campuses.

March 4th-30th, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm - Showcase: Library Forum, Bldg. 3-108. Bradenton Campus


"The Vagina Monologues" (Play)

For 20 years, "The Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public and brought a deeper consciousness to the conversation around ending violence against women and girls. Venice Campus, Library Building 300, Room 307.

February 14th, 2019Venice Campus, Library Building 300, Room 307.


"Visiting Mr. Green" (Play)

The play by Jeff Baron will be presented by the Lemon Bay Playhouse and hosted by Speech & Communications professor Nicolette Mason. Followed by a Q&A.

February 13th, 2019. 12:00pm. Selby Room. Venice Campus.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Speeches

"I Have a Dream" and other famous speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be shown in the big screen in the Library Forum, Bradenton Campus, during the week of MLK Day.

January 21-25, 2019. Library Forum, Bldg. 3-108. Bradenton Campus


MLK Day of Service 2019

Community service day. January 21st, 2019, at various community centers and organizations. SCF employees and students volunteer for a day of service.

January 21st, 2019 - Various locations.




Past Initiatives & Events (Before 2017)

2016 - 2017

Jazz Picnic:

Bradenton Campus. Jazz concert at the Pavilion, featuring Dr. Pete Carney and the SCF Big Band, as well as Bayshore High School and Braden River High School Jazz Bands.

Marriage Equality Panel:

Venice Campus. Discussions and panelists presentations on the impact of legal marriage for LGBT couples.

Embracing Our Differences / Dr. Seuss Day:

Community partnership with Embracing Our Differences and the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level reading. Featuring SCF employees visiting local elementary schools to read Dr. Seuss books.


2015 - 2016

MLK Day of Service

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, instead of taking a "day off", SCF members of the faculty and staff had a "day on" performing service to the community. The DMAC served by providing repairs and landscaping to the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota.

Latino-Americans: 500 Years of History

The SCF Library obtained a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association to present a series of film screenings, storytelling night, and oral histories events related to the history of Latinos in the U.S.


2013 - 2014

1st Annual SCF Black History & Culture Brain Bowl
SCFCS Diversity Club and SCF Diversity Multicultural Awareness Committee sponsored the 1st Annual SCF Black History & Culture Brain Bowl, where we tested SCF employees and SCFCS students knowledge of African-American history and culture.

Increasing Awareness of LGBT Culture and Resources:
Panel discussion led by Rev. Charles Tigard, Church of the Trinity on the resources available in our community on the LGBT culture, and hear first-hand experiences from members of the community with diverse backgrounds.



Korean BBQ and Dance Demonstration:
SCF’s Diversity / Multicultural Awareness Committee hosted on the Bradenton campus a Korean BBQ and dance demonstration / lesson during the 2013 Spring Fling.  Funds raised from this event will be used towards the “Student Book Scholarship”.  Special Thank You to all who participated in making this event a great success for our students.
Interfaith Series: Secular Humanism- Humanists of Sarasota Bay members David Helgager and Lou Altman led a presentation and discussion on secular humanism.
Traveling Art Show:
2012 Embracing our Differences artwork & quotes.
Education Under Fire
: Is Education a Crime?  Informative screening of a powerful 30-minute documentary and panel discussion about the Iranian government's denial, for ideological and religious reasons, of the right to higher education.  Post film discussion with panelists from local spiritual assemblies of the Baha'is of Manatee and Sarasota counties.
2012-2013: Embracing our Differences:
Call for artwork and quotes.  SCF submissions selected for exhibit.  
Fall 2012 / Spring 2013 - Climate Control:
Racial Profiling Panel: Trevor Harvey - Sarasota Chapter NAACP, Jeanette Ocasio - Unidos Now, Howard Tevlowitz - Jewish Federation of Sarasota - Manatee, Shiraz Hassan - Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton
Understanding Student Veterans: Q & A Panel Discussion
Brown vs. Board of Education: Documentary and discussion, video provided by METV.  The story of Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage.  When the people agreed to be plaintiffs in the case, they never knew they would change history.  The people who make up this story were ordinary people.  They were teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers and students who simply wanted to be treated equally.
Interfaith Presentation Series: Buddhism: Enlightening interfaith presentation on Buddhism by Gen Kelsang Demo, an American Kadampa Buddhist nun.




2010 - 2011

Just as I Am: The Life, The Times, The Voice of Mahalia Jackson: Sharon Scott performance presenting the life and times of preeminent late gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.  The inspiring musical, which includes 22 Jackson favorites, follows her rise to fame while dealing with her struggles in the segregated South of the early 20th century.
Bradenton ALSO Event : Presentation and discussion surrounding vital issues facing the gay community.

“Through the Tunnel” Film and discussion: Film and discussion led by Judge Adams and Henry Lawrence, a Lincoln alumnus who went on to have a legendary NFL career.
Interfaith Dialogue Panel:  Featuring a discussion led by panelists from different walks of faith with the purpose of increasing our understanding of each other’s religion.
Circles of Belonging: ½ day diversity workshop presented by Valencia College's Circles of Belonging diversity training team to train SCF's managers through the LEX (Leadership in Excellence) program.
Manasota Diversity Conference: Working with leaders in the community to create and enhance values of diversity, educate and empower leaders, and promote inclusion and respect in schools, workplaces, and communities.

ALSO event


Bradenton and Venice Multicultural Potluck:  Proceeds benefit the DMAC Book Scholarship
“Viva La Causa": Documentary film on reserve for faculty.
Disability Awareness Events: Disability Resource Center worked with various faculty on incorporating disability awareness into the classroom.
"A Mercy" book, Author Toni Morrison: Book discussion including staff and faculty from all campuses.

Native American Heritage Event: Gabe Horn and Amy Krout-Horn presented on Native American culture.
Venice Peace Corps Presentation: Presenters shared experiences as Peace Corps volunteers in Afghanistan, Brazil, Niger and Paraguay.
2010-11 Book Scholarship Winners: $100 scholarship rewarded to one Bradenton and one Venice student using earnings from Multicultural Potluck events.

2008 - 2009

Disability Awareness Weeks: Simulated disabilities on participating individuals to illustrate both the environmental barriers and strategies for overcoming barriers for people with disabilities.
Venice Multicultural Potluck: Proceeds benefiting the DMAC Book Scholarship 



Summarized Diversity Survey: Dispersed survey to SCF and created SCF’s definition of diversity based on survey results.
Film Series Films included: To Each His Own Cinema, Shadow Magic, Ethnic Notions, Body and Soul, Nothing But a Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Fire, Earth, Water, The Wave.  Created a “Student Essay Contest” ($50 to winner) focusing on how the film helped the student understand or appreciate diversity in a new way.
Created DMAC committee logo: Worked with Sue Wyar’s marketing class to create a logo design. Selected logo designed by Michael Rothgeb, MCC graduate '08.
Created two “Student Book Scholarships” : $100 scholarship rewarded to one Bradenton and one Venice student using earnings from Multicultural Potluck events.




Diversity/Multicultural Awareness Committee Logo

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