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EPCC Celebrates Black History


El Paso Community College (EPCC) will celebrate Black History with its annual month of activities this February. This year’s theme is The Black Family: Representation, Identity & Diversity.

“Recognizing the accomplishments of Black Americans is an important part of Diversity and Inclusion Programs at EPCC,” said Olga Chavez, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Programs. “The diversity of students, faculty and staff and their important roles leads to a better community as a whole.”

Premiering February 17 at noon, the first special event will be the Black History Month Virtual Legacy Program. Participating in the program are Pastor Melissa Miller, Eric Mpwo, Shonique Tornes, Julie Loving-Scott, Curtis Smith, and Monica Tucker. Mistress of Ceremony will be Nichole Gomez of ABC 7 and Keynote Speaker will be Jeremy Edmonson. The event will premiere and be available for future viewing at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PtJr8rNQ64&feature=youtu.be

Premiering February 17 on YouTube will be the Virtual Black History Month Art Exhibit. The event is curated by the El Paso Art Association. Visit the EPCC Diversity and Inclusion Programs webpage for link information at: https://www.epcc.edu/Services/Diversity

Wrapping up the month will be the Black History Discussion Panel on this year’s theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity & Diversity, Where Are We Now? The event will be online through Microsoft Teams on Thursday, February 25 from noon - 1:30 p.m. Panelists include Alexis Anderson-Chaves’ EPCC Faculty member, Antonio Rodarte, EPCC Librarian, Curtis Smith, community member and Shonique Tornes, Moderator. To participate in the discussion go to: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Bdvf9BAJj06Y9nZBiROIPorbjhholk1FgX30k51jiS5UM1hRS0M5N1Q5NllRNTk3NFkyQ05aTlJXQy4u Link will close once event is full.

For information on all Black History Month activities, contact the EPCC Diversity and Inclusion Programs office at (915) 831-7898.

EPCC takes pride in promoting culture of diversity at all of our campuses. EPCC is an eight-time winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. This national honor for postsecondary institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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