Celebrating Diversity

Celebrating Diversity

TCC will provide a Certificate of Diversity Awareness to those who attend five of the Celebrating Diversity events.

All TCC students are eligible to participate in a student poster competition.  Prizes will be awarded prior to the Alex Olson performance on April 2.

2013-2014 Schedule


Jan Figart is Associate Director and Senior Planner in Maternal and Child Health at the Community Service Council (CSC). She oversees the Council's work in early childhood, maternal and child health, disabilities, Hispanic services, health care reform, and staff training. She oversees the creation and presentation of the CSC's Community Profile and directs its U.S. Census Information Center. She provided leadership for the Tulsa Healthy Start initiative. She is also a faculty member at the University of Phoenix. Her many awards and recognitions include the American Red Cross Humanitarian Award; the TCC Best of TCC Alumni Award; the Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Delta Chapter Nursing Leadership Award; the University of Phoenix Faculty of the Year Award; and the National Association of Planning Councils' Judith Rothbaum Award for using social indicators for community action. A graduate of TCC, Ms. Figart also has a Bachelors degree from Langston University and an M.S. from the University of Oklahoma, both in nursing.

Amer Ahmed is the Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and Trotter Multicultural Center at the University of Michigan. He holds an M.A. from Indiana University in Afro-American and African Diaspora Studies (Anthropology) and is a doctoral candidate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. For many years, he has been a major workshop presenter and institute leader at NCORE (the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity). He has done dozens of lectures and workshops all over the U.S. on Islam, Hip Hop, social activism, and coalition building. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Hip Hop Congress. Born in Ohio to Indian Muslim immigrants, Mr. Ahmed has dedicated his life to intercultural communication, emphasizing a developmental approach to intercultural competency.

Leslie Robinson is a psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City, where she has also been a consultant for the foster care system for seventeen years. She is the CEO and Founder of Trance4mation Games, and the President and Founder of the non-profit, Trance4mation Nation, Inc. Leslie has been invited to present and facilitate workshops at many national conferences, including NCORE, the Conference Board, APCA, and NODA. Her popular and highly-regarded workshops cover diversity and inclusion, leadership development, team building, anti-bullying, positive relationships, first generation, staff development, retention, and service learning. She has also been a presenter at numerous military events and conferences, especially on veteran reintegration.

Dr. Andrew Jolivette is Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies, and affiliated faculty member in Educational Leadership, and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He recently completed a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship through the National Academy of Sciences and is a Visiting Scholar on Native & Indigenous Sexuality and Public Health at the American Indian Resource Center of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also an IHART Alum from the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington. He is the author of Obama and the Biracial Factor: the Battle for a New American Majority; Cultural Representation in Native America; Louisiana Creoles: Cultural Recovery and Mixed Race Native American Identity; and A Report on the Health and Wellness of Youth in the Bay Area. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the Ethnic Studies Review Journal, Hurricane Rita: Responses and Responsibilities, Color Struck: Essays on Race and Ethnicity in Global Perspective, The Yellow Medicine Journal, American Indian Cultural and Research Journal, and Converging Identities: Blackness in the Contemporary African Diaspora.

Dr. Jolivette is the tribal historian for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation; the Board President of the Institute for Democratic Education and Culture; board member of the GLBT Historical Society; and former Board President of iPride, an organization for multiracial youth and families. He has collaborated with the Agape Foundation, which works for peace in both national and global contexts. He is a Creole of Opelousa, Choctaw, Atakapa-Ishak, Cherokee, French, African, and Spanish descent. He received an M.A. in American Indian Studies from San Francisco State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Reyna Grande came into the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant when she was ten years old, following her mother and father, who came two and four years earlier. She obtained a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University. She was the first person in her family to graduate college. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, received an American Book Award, a Latino Books Into Movies Award, and the El Premio Aztlan Literary Award. Her second novel, Dancing with Butterflies, received an International Latino Book Award. The Distance Between Us, her memoir published in August, 2012, is a National Book Circle Critics Award finalist. Ms. Grande is an active promoter of Latino literature. She is currently at work on her next novel.
*Arrangements for Reyna Grande's appearance are made through Greater Talent Network, Inc., New York, NY

Alix Olson is an internationally touring spoken word artist-activist. Her team won the National Poetry Slam in 1998. Since then, she co-authored Burning Down the House; produced two spoken-word albums and the award-winning documentary Left Lane; edited Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution; twice headlined Def Poetry Jam; and had her work featured or discussed in dozens of magazines and anthologies, including InsideOut Magazine, Agitation with a Smile, Salon.com, The Advocate, The New York Times, and many more. She received the Visionary Award from the DC Rape Crisis Center for her "exceptional commitment to the promotion of social justice." She tours over 200 days a year, headlining events in the U.S., Australia, Europe, Canada, and South Africa. She received a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship. She has also been finishing work on her Ph.D. in Political Theory and Feminist Studies from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
*Alix Olson's performance is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They can be reserved by calling 918-595-7777.

For additional information about any of the events, the Certificate, or the rules of the poster competition, contact Audrey Alcorn (595-7423; Audrey.Alcorn@tulsacc.edu); Lu Ann Thompson (595-7458; Luann.Thompson@tulsacc.edu); or Robert Butler (595-7528; Robert.Butler@tulsacc.edu).