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Campus Philly, a local nonprofit that works to fuel economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live, and work in the Greater Philadelphia tristate region, has named Donald Generals and Nicole Wormley to its board. Generals is the president of the Community College of Philadelphia. Wormley is the senior manager of U.S. talent acquisition at Campbell Soup Co.

Dr. Donald Generals

To help kick off Diversity Week, Dr. Donald Guy Generals led the College community in a wide-ranging discussion about the impact of diversity on our lives and our nation on April 6 at the fourth Fireside Chat of the academic year.

Students, faculty, and staff gathered at the event at the Winnet Student Life Building Coffeehouse to share their thoughts and reflections on diversity. Since November, Dr. Generals has been holding Fireside Chats to provide the College community an opportunity to read about present and past societal issues and articulate their thoughts, beliefs and experiences. Past Fireside Chats explored Hispanic culture and life, African American history and culture, and the historical accomplishments of women.

“Encouraging diversity throughout the Community College of Philadelphia community is more than a goal. It’s a shared mindset and commitment,” Dr. Generals wrote in his invitation to the fourth chat.

The dialogue opened with a discussion on two books—one, the 1956 classic novel, Giovanni’s Room by African American writer James Baldwin, and the other, the 2007 memoir Infidel by Somali-Dutch activist and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

For Dr. Generals, Giovanni’s Room “was one of the consummate expressions of the issues of diversity. It cut across cultural, racial and sexual lines.” He drew parallels between the protagonist in Giovanni’s Room, a white American ex-soldier in Paris who feels conflicted about his sexuality, and Baldwin, an expatriate who struggled with his identity as a gay black man and left the United States to escape the sting of racism.

Dr. Generals noted that as a writer in the 1950s and 1960s, Baldwin shared similar struggles with another gay black man of that era, Bayard Rustin. Rustin was the civil rights activist who was instrumental in organizing the March on Washington but did not receive public credit for his role. Both Baldwin and Rustin, Dr. Generals said, were marginalized not just by the larger white society, but also by their fellow African Americans for their sexual identity.

The Harlem Renaissance shaped Baldwin’s views of diversity and his development as an artist and activist, Dr. Generals shared. African American writers, musicians, and artists of the Renaissance, he noted, expressed racial pride, incorporated jazz and blues into their work, and broke down racial barriers through their work.

Switching gears to present-day activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dr. Generals briefly traced Ali’s life—her life growing up in a fundamentalist Islamic household in Somalia, her escape to the Netherlands from a forced marriage, and finally, her subsequent rise to the Dutch Congress. Faced with death threats, Ali moved to the United States and is now a prominent critic of fundamentalist Islamic views of women.

One student posed a provocative question to Dr. Generals on whether fundamentalism is a reaction against the pressure to assimilate into the American melting pot.

“For me, we’re a tossed salad, not a melting pot. For me, it’s jazz,” he answered. “Each person has an opportunity to solo, but the foundation of their performance is laid with their group. So I think our strength is in our diversity, and that diversity can be coalesced into a commonality that we all appreciate, understand, value, and celebrate our differences.”

In addition to the Fireside Chat, Diversity Week featured events ranging from interactive workshops and trainings to panel discussions, films, and performances. Other program highlights included:

  • A keynote address by Angela Giampolo, founder of Philadelphia’s LGBT law blog and resource directory, www.phillygaylawyer.com;
  • Documentary screenings of “Storied Streets,” about the struggles of the homeless and formerly homeless, and “The History of 20G,” about the oldest Latino gang in Pennsylvania;
  • A performance by Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus; and,
  • Panel discussions featuring members of the Philadelphia-based LGBTQ Attic Youth Center and students of the Veterans Resource Center.
Peake graduated from college last year at age 52. He and his daughter Ebony, 30, joke that they got their degrees the same year. In December, he earned his in behavioral health from Community College of Philadelphia.

The webinar highlighted many state and local experiments on free tuition, such as those underway at Harper College and Community College of Philadelphia, as well as the ongoing  conversation currently taking place around whether the president’s proposal should be put into place just at two-year institutions or whether it’s something that could translate to all public higher education institutions.

 The Community College of Philadelphia (1700 Spring Garden St.) has named Dr. Donald Guy Generals as its sixth president.

50th Exhibition & Gala Alumni Artwork Submission Form

Please submit the following information with up to three images by August 15, 2015.

*Required

About You
If you have a website showcasing your work, please provide the link here.
*Brief description of current art-related activities (exhibitions, commissions, employment, etc.). Maximum of 1,000 characters.
Your Community College of Philadelphia Student Number
Schedule

August 15 – Submission deadline — please submit images of up to three different artworks created within the past five years.
August 24 – Notification of artwork selected for the exhibition.   Selections will be based on available space.
September 21 through 25 – Delivery of artwork to the College. Work will be secure and insured while on site.
October 2, 5-9 p.m. – 50th Anniversary Art Exhibition and Gala
October 3 and 4 – Pickup of unsold artwork

Submission Instructions

Please submit an image (300 dpi, 1200 pixel maximum per side) of up to three artworks created in the last 5 years. Total Sale Price (60% to artist, 40% to 50th Anniversary Scholars Program)

Submission One
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg png tif pdf.
Please provide dimensions in "inches"
Submission Two
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf.
Please provide dimensions in "inches"
Submission Three
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf.
Please provide dimensions in "inches"

50th Exhibition & Gala Alumni Artwork Faculty Submission Form

Please submit the following information with images by August 15, 2015.

*Required

About You
If you have a website showcasing your work, please provide the link here.
*Brief description of current art-related activities (exhibitions, commissions, employment, etc.). Maximum of 1,000 characters.
Schedule:

August 15 –  Submission deadline — please submit images of up to three different artworks.
August 24 –  Notification of artwork selected for the exhibition.   Selections will be based on available space.
September 21 through 25 – Delivery of work to the College; work will be secure and insured while on site
October 2, –  50th Anniversary Art Exhibition and Gala - 5 to 9 p.m.
October 3 and 4 – Pickup of unsold work

Submission Instructions

Please submit an image (300 dpi, 1200 pixel maximum per side) of up to three artworks.
Total Sale Price (60% to artist, 40% to 50th Anniversary Scholars Program)

Submission One
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png tif.
Please provide dimensions in "inches"
Submission Two
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png tif.
Please provide dimensions in "inches"
Submission Three
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png tif.
Please provide dimensions in "inches"

Recipients of Illinois Institute of Technology’s top transfer scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship, gathered to celebrate the 2015 graduating class on Monday, May 11, at Tech Park for a lunch banquet.

Contacts: Linda Wallace 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Amy Yuen 215-751-8021, ayuen@ccp.edu

 PHILADELPHIA, May 18, 2015—Small business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region are invited to apply for the next cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program, scheduled to begin September 10 at Community College of Philadelphia. The deadline to apply is June 15.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a training program designed to help entrepreneurs, poised for growth, develop valuable skills to grow their businesses and provides them with information about accessing financial capital and powerful networking opportunities—at no cost. Since 2013, almost 200 entrepreneurs have benefited from the Greater Philadelphia program and have continued to work together.

Participants can expect one-on-one business coaching, legal and financial clinics, workshops, and a dynamic network of peers and experts. Small business owners also will learn to identify and evaluate opportunities, embrace practices that increase business growth, and ultimately develop a comprehensive growth plan for their businesses.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to growing their businesses and creating jobs within the community. They should meet the following criteria: • Owner or co-owner of a business; • Business in operation for at least two years; • Business revenues over $150,000 in the most recent fiscal year; and • Minimum of four employees, including the owner.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation are committing $20 million to the program in the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information and to apply, visit 10ksb online

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