Leadership Rockland Multicultural Communities Day Kicks Off at Nyack College

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Thursday November 13, 2014


Nyack College president, Dr. Michael G. Scales, welcomed participants in Leadership Rockland's Multicultural Community Day, which kicked off at the Nyack campus on Thursday, November 13. Earl Miller, Nyack's executive director of community relations, who served as lead coordinator of the daylong event for the fifth year was assisted by Prof. Nilda Aragones (Rockland Community College); Ms. Adrianne Garcia (Nyack College); Ms. Sheila Keenan (Pfizer Company); and Mr. Dustin Hausner (New York State Assembly).

Participants travelled to various sites around the County for presentations and panel discussions that gave valuable insight into the many facets and rich heritage of the County.

The day’s full agenda included the following:

Academic Roundtable Presentation

The Impact of Globalization on Community

Nyack College, Nyack, NY

Dr. Anita Underwood, dean of Nyack’s School of Business and Leadership

Prof. Miguel Sanchez, an instructor in Nyack’s criminal justice program

Dr. Martin Lecker, a Rockland Community College professor

 

Religious Community Leaders Discussion

The Islamic Center of Rockland, Valley Cottage, NY

Dr. Azeem Farooki, Islamic Center of Rockland

Rabbi Daniel Pernick, Beth Am Temple

Rev. Carl Johnson, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship

Fr. Thomas Madden, St. Peter’s RCC

 

The Immigrant Migrant Communities

U Noodle Snack Bar, Haverstraw, NY

Hon. Alden Wolfe, Rockland County Legislature, chair

Sister Cecilia La Pietrin, One to One Literacy

Representatives of first generation Hispanic, European, and Haitian communities

Lunchtime Roundtable

Mr. Dwight Worley, Journal News reporter

Hon. John Murphy, Pearl River resident

Mr. Craig Long, Haverstraw resident

Ms. Kim Cross, Nyack Center director

Ms. Emily Dominquez, Village of Haverstraw trustee

Hon. Brendel Charles, Town of Ramapo/Spring Valley

 

Forum: Making a Difference/Getting Involved

CEJJES Cultural and Education Center, Pomona, NY

Dr. Edmond Gordon, CEJJES, founder

Mr. Mark Judelson, Rockland Arts Council

Mr. Willie Trotman, Spring Valley NAACP, president

Forum Panelists: 

Mr. Ram Nagubandi, Rockland commissioner of human rights

Mrs. Frances Pratt, Nyack NAACP, president

Mr. Juan Pablo Ramirez, immigration rights advocate

Mr. Steve White, Power of Ten website editor

Ms. Andrea Winograd, Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Leadership Rockland is a ten month long program that consists of 11 sessions that engage its participants to examine issues and seek solutions for involvement in the community. For information on how to apply to the program, click here

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