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For more information, please contact Alfreda Stroman, 
Dean of Campus Diversity  stromana@sandhills.edu

Diversity Inclusion Calendar Highlights

September Celebrations:

Our September diversity month is highlighted by the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month. September 15 was chosen as the start date, because it’s the anniversary of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. All five of these countries declared independence in 1821. Try making recipes from these diverse cultures throughout the month to celebrate!

September 15–October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month- This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.   https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated annually from September 15 – October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin American, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. In the United States, there are 60 million people who have ancestries connected to these countries who reside in the United States, representing 18% of the U.S. population. Many labels are used for this racial-ethnic group, with the most common umbrella terms being “Hispanic” and “Latina/e/o/x.”  Since 1968, HHM has been recognized by the federal government and celebrated across the United States. The start of the month, September 15, is significant, as several Latin American countries celebrate their independence from Spain on this day, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence during the month on September 16 and 18, respectively.
Due to COVID-19, Sandhills HHM 2020 will primarily be celebrated virtually.  If you are on campus, please stop by Boyd Library to see the Hispanic Heritage Month Book Display.

What Being Hispanic and Latinx Means in the United States | Fernanda Ponce | TEDxDeerfield :https://youtu.be/Q1A4Vsh5Qas

Constitution Day is September 17-  The Constitution of the United States has served as the basis for all U.S. laws.  The Boyd Library will have a Display of the Constitution along with a number of items from their collection.

You can also stop by and pick up a pocket copy of the Constitution in the Library Foyer.

September 18 to 20, 2020 is Rosh Hashana, or Jewish New Year.- Also known as the “Days of Renewed Responsibility,” it begins at sunset on day one and ends at nightfall the next. The Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah. Much of the day is spent in synagogue, where the regular daily liturgy is somewhat expanded. One popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of a wish for a sweet new year. Another is Tashlikh (“casting off”), where Jews walk to flowing water (such as a creek or river) on the afternoon of the first day and empty their pockets into the river, symbolically casting off their sins. Small pieces of bread are commonly put in the pocket to cast off.

September 20, 2020 (third Sunday in September) is National Women’s Friendship Day. It was created by women, and for women — by the Kappa Delta Sorority in 1999. The objective of this day is to promote special friendship among women.

September 22 is American Business Women’s Day, observed annually. It is a day set aside to honor and reflect on the contributions and accomplishments of the millions of women in the workforce and the millions of women business owners in the U.S.

September 25 is when school desegregation came to Little Rock, AR- In 1957, nine teenagers became the first African-Americans to attend the all white Central High School in Arkansas, putting a national spotlight on racism. Former President Eisenhower sent federal troops to protect the students and ensure compliance with the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education school desegregation decision.

September 27 to 28, 2020 is Yom Kippur, or the “Day of Atonement” is the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath: No work can be performed on that day, and it is well-known that you should refrain from eating and drinking (even water) on Yom Kippur. This holy day completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”). It is customary to wear white on the holiday, which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise that one’s sins shall be made as white as snow (Is. 1:18).

Ted Talk links on the fight for Civil Rights and freedom:

John Lewis: 


Bryan Stevenson:


Mini-Films for Exploring Race, Bias and Identity With Students:

A Conversation About Growing Up Black

A Conversation With White People On Race

Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism

Check Our Bias to Wreck Our Bias

SCC Diversity Committee Members 2020-2021
Associate Professor Madie Ash
Associate Dean Kimberly Blue
Dr. Ryan Book
Professor Sarah Bumgarner
Faculty Secretary Dana Cuellar
Professor Matthew Dial
AVP Human Resources Wendy Dodson
HR Specialist Marina Figueroa
Sociolgy Instructor
Dr. Maulin (Chris) Herring
Associate Professor Johnnerlyn Johnson
Dr. Celethia McMillian
Associate Professor William "Bill" Pope
Professor Daniel Regalado
Professor Nevius Toney
Professor Kim Wade
Associate Professor Wei Xiong
SCC Ethnic Race Demographics    
Count% of TotalCount% of Total
Am Ind1363%60.02
Asian531%1less than 1%
Foreign10less than 1%00
Hawaiin/Pac Isl8less than 1%00
Multi Races2034%00
Grand Total4588264
SCC Gender %    
Count% of TotalCount% of Total