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Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

What: At Community College of Philadelphia, diversity is more than a goal, it’s a shared mindset. The College celebrates Latina/o Heritage Month with a schedule of wide-ranging events designed to educate, entertain and evoke discussion.

Immigration Presentation: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Oct. 12, The Coffeehouse, located in the Winnet Student Life Building, 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. A discussion of history and experiences of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans and Mexicans who has migrated to the United States from the 1900s to the present.

Latin Music Celebration: 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oct. 13, Pavilion Courtyard, located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. Live performances: Grupo Guego, Artístas y Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA) and Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.

2 O.G. Documentary Film Screening and Discussion with the Director: 5-8 p.m., Oct. 14, Bonnell Auditorium, located on 17th Street between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets. Directed and produced by College employee Gilberto Gonzalez, this documentary explores the intergenerational gang that originated in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, which was one of the largest and oldest barrio for the Puerto Rican and Latina/o community in the state of Pennsylvania. Seating is limited. Email mrodriquez@ccp.edu to RSVP.

Fireside Chat with Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia, 3 p.m., Oct. 18, The Coffeehouse. Participants are encouraged to share reflections on a favorite book, poem or any other artistic impression that recognizes Latina/o heritage and culture

Where: All events are located on the Main Campus of Community College of Philadelphia, 17th and Spring Garden streets.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.


Contact: Linda Wallace, 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

 

Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Register to Vote!

“I look around City Hall and certainly the people memorialized there are important people, but there is a space left, and that space belongs to Catto,” Mayor Kenney said. “He was the Dr. King and Jackie Robinson of his age.”

 

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11, 2016 — Octavius V. Catto, an African American Philadelphia educator, organizer and civil rights activist was only 32 years old when he was murdered on election day October 10, 1871. African Americans males were again able to vote that day, after the 15th Amendment to the Constitution restored their vote. The assailant fled, and at his trial six years later, he was acquitted of the murder.

Fast forward 145 years, when Philadelphia’s Mayor James F. Kenney is a passionate Catto admirer and champion. Two well-known local journalists, Daniel R. Biddle and Murray Dubin, have emerged as his most prominent biographers. This trio’s dedication to sharing Catto’s leadership achievements shows the extent to which the story transcends a civil rights narrative and speaks to the core value of freedom in Philadelphia.

“Catto was a highly influential African American leader but it is important to remember he also was a figure central to Philadelphia history and American history,” Dr. Donald Generals, president of the College, said. His funeral, by some accounts, was the biggest and most elaborate ever held for black man in America.

This year, Philadelphia will honor Catto on a spot reserved for the city’s illustrious citizens. The Catto Memorial statue is on track for a spring unveiling on the southwest apron of City Hall. This placement, adjacent to the newly renovated Dilworth Plaza, will ensure that millions learn of Catto’s career and community achievements, and continue the conversations he began so long ago.

On Oct. 11, Community College of Philadelphia will set the stage by hosting a panel discussion examining the youthful Catto’s achievements in education and civil rights, and share an overview of his life. In a fitting tribute, the event will make voter registration opportunities available to all Pennsylvanians, as Oct. 11th is the last day in Pennsylvania to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election.

Mayor Kenney and Dr. Generals will join a dialog on Catto’s legacy at 1 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Winnet Student Life Building (on 17th Street, between Spring Garden and Callowhill streets). Biddle and Dubin, authors of the book, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America, will join them in discussing various aspects of Catto’s life.

“The city has good reason to celebrate as its diverse communities and leaders are gathering together to learn more about Catto and claim him as part of the Philadelphia story. Octavius Catto made the ultimate sacrifice in his pursuit of freedom,” Dr. Generals said. “All these years later, his extraordinary quest for justice has managed to bring diverse communities together to discuss challenges like voting rights and education, which remain central to a strong democracy.

“Registering to vote, and exercising our right to vote, is the best way to honor him,” he added.

 

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Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.

Cabrini University Contact:
Lori Iannella
OFFICE: 610-902-8255
CELL: 610-389-6871
lori.iannella@cabrini.edu

Community College of Philadelphia Contact:
Linda Wallace
OFFICE: 215-751-8082
CELL: 713-302-9967

RADNOR, Pa. (Sept. 29, 2016) — Cabrini University has partnered with Community College of Philadelphia to offer students a convenient path to a bachelor’s degree from Cabrini.

Through the partnership, students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership by taking Cabrini courses at the College’s Main Campus as well as online. Cabrini’s customized degree completion program allows students to select an academic focus area, including accounting, management, communication, criminology, English, history, psychology, or sociology.

“This partnership provides a natural next step for students to advance their degree at a location and in a format that works best for them,” said Jeff Gingerich, PhD, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Cabrini offers a customized program to alleviate barriers so that each student can focus on success.”

As the only four-year degree program on Community College of Philadelphia’s campus, Cabrini’s Bachelor of Arts in Leadership extends an already transfer-friendly relationship that the two schools have in place.

"With our broad student supports and clear pathways, we are able to expand the College's core mission of access and opportunity," said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia. “We value this new partnership with Cabrini, which offers convenience and a road map to students who want to make a difference in this community and the world."

Cabrini’s Bachelor of Arts in Leadership provides students the opportunity to elevate their leadership and problem-solving abilities while building communication, technology, and teamwork skills.

To learn more about the degree completion program at Cabrini University, visit www.cabrini.edu/dcp.

 

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About Cabrini University

Founded in 1957 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Cabrini University is a Catholic institution that empowers students to become advocates of social change through an Education of the Heart, focusing on academic excellence, community engagement, and leadership development.

Cabrini enrolls approximately 1,300 undergraduates in more than 35 majors, pre-professional programs, concentrations, and minors on its serene 112-acre campus located 30 minutes from Philadelphia. The University also enrolls 900 students in graduate, doctoral, and professional studies programs at its main campus in Radnor, PA, and at five off-campus locations.

 

About Community College of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs, as well as evening, weekend and online classes. Visit us at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter.com/CCPedu. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccpedu.

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