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2009 Cook Off

A Community Cook-Off and Tasting Celebration in the TC Dining Hall engaged a wide cross-section of the College in celebrating the year's extensive community-building efforts.

Diversity and Community Affairs
Among its many programs, TC’s Office for Diversity and Community Affairs hosted numerous community-wide dialogues and events aimed at encouraging TC faculty, students and staff to ask themselves: “What kind of community are we? What kind of community do we want to be?” These efforts included:
• Convening nine different focus groups of employees to discuss strengths and weaknesses of the College community and to identify relevant themes to community-building work, including “Differences enrich the community” and “Enhancing our own self-awareness develops civility.” Five action subcommittees were established to ensure the work continues;
• Hosting three community-wide dialogues to generate public conversation around TC’s relationship to its internal and external communities. Attendees at two of the events viewed an excerpt from Spike Lee’s documentary When the Levees Broke, using the film, as well as Professor Margaret Crocco’s curriculum, “Teaching The Levees,” as a lens for examining and discussing difference and building community together;
• Holding a Community Cook-Off and Tasting Celebration (pictured) in the TC Dining Hall to engage a wide cross-section of the College in celebrating the year’s extensive community-building efforts; Holding a wide range of programs to address salient issues, including “Obama—Is This Really the Post-Racial Era?,” a discussion led by legal and economic scholars, and “Hate Crimes: From Nazi Germany to Contemporary Times,” a panel discussion co-sponsored by the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College, Queer TC and the Jewish Students Association;
• Awarding grants through two funds: $15,435 in grants to fund 16 student-, faculty- and staff-sponsored initiatives as part of the President’s Diversity and Community Initiatives Grant Fund and $7,000 in grants toward the Vice President’s Grant for Student Research in Diversity to enhance students’ research efforts. The former includes the “Workshop Series in Peace Education,” the “Human Dignity and Diversity: Celebrating Human Rights” film festival and the “Student Symposium on African Education: Interrogating Educational Equality.”
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