Past Initiatives

 2013 - 2014

1st Annual SCF Black History & Culture Brain Bowl
SCFCS Diversity Club and SCF Diversity Multicultural Awareness Committee sponsored the 1st Annual SCF Black History & Culture Brain Bowl, where we tested SCF employess and SCFCS students knowledge of African-American history and culture.

Increasing Awareness of LGBT Culture and Resources:
Panel discussion led by Rev. Charles Tigard, Church of the Trinity on the resources available in our community on the LGBT culture, and hear first-hand experiences from members of the community with diverse backgrounds.



Korean BBQ and Dance Demonstration:
SCF’s Diversity / Multicultural Awareness Committee hosted on the Bradenton campus a Korean BBQ and dance demonstration / lesson during the 2013 Spring Fling.  Funds raised from this event will be used towards the “Student Book Scholarship”.  Speacial Thank You to all who participated in making this event a great success for our students.
Interfaith Series: Secular Humanism- Humanists of Sarasota Bay members David Helgager and Lou Altman led a presentation and discussion on secular humanism.
Travelling Art Show:
2012 Embracing our Differences artwork & quotes.
Education Under Fire
: Is Education a Crime?  Informative screening of a powerful 30-minute documentary and panel discussion about the Iranian government's denial, for ideological and religious reasons, of the right to higher education.  Post film discussion with panelists from local spiritual assemblies of the Baha'is of Manatee and Sarasota counties.
2012-2013: Embracing our Differences:
Call for artwork and quotes.  SCF submissions selected for exhibit.  See Community Outreach section.
Fall 2012 / Spring 2013 - Climate Control:
Racial Profiling Panel: Trevor Harvey - Sarasota Chapter NAACP, Jeanette Ocasio - Unidos Now, Howard Tevlowitz - Jewish Federation of Sarasota - Manatee, Shiraz Hassan - Islamic Society of Sarasota and Bradenton
Understanding Student Veterans: Q & A Panel Discussion
Brown vs. Board of Education: Documentary and discussion, video provided by METV.  The story of Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage.  When the people agreed to be plaintiffs in the case, they never know they would change history.  The people who make up this story were ordinary people.  They were teachers, secretaries, welders, minsiters and student who simply wanted to be treated equally.
Interfaith Presentation Series: Buddhism: Enlightening interfaith presentation on Buddhism by Gen Kelsang Demo, an American Kadampa Buddhist nun.



Dance lesson

 DMAC event





Fall/Spring Film Series: To Kill a Mockingbird, Hey Boo, To Kill a Mocking Bird Documentary, Senator Obama Goes To Africa, Wrong Side of the Bus, Happy Feet 2. 
PaRaDise: Experience Judaism from the Physical:  A discussion led by Rabbi Dan. 
Interfaith Series #1: Buddhist Series:Understanding of Self and Others.- Gen Demo
Interfaith Series #2 – Judaism: PaRaDise: Experience Judaism from the Physical.- A 4-part discussion led by Rabbi Dan.
Interfaith Series #3- Christian Panel –Representing Presbyterian, Latter-Day Saints and Church of Christ.
Peace Corps Celebrations: Bradenton Campus- Various Speakers
Hinduism Dialogue-A Skype chat with Dr. K.P Jaikiran live from India
Disability Awareness and Etiquette Workshop:Bradenton and Venice
Art Gallery Reception-Displaying Framed SCF Artwork and Quote for Embracing our Differences competition.
Latin Dance Exhibit- Dance Lesson provided by Kathy Woodward 


Just as I Am: The Life, The Times, The Voice of Mahalia Jackson: Sharon Scott performance presenting the life and times of preeminent late gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.  The inspiring musical, which includes 22 Jackson favorites, follows her rise to fame while dealing with her struggles in the segregated South of the early 20th century.
Bradenton ALSO Event : Presentation and discussion surrounding vital issues facing the gay community.


Through the Tunnel” Film and discussion: Film and discussion led by Judge Adams and Henry Lawrence, a Lincoln alumnus who went on to have a legendary NFL career.
Interfaith Dialogue Panel:  Featuring a discussion led by panelists from different walks of faith with the purpose of increasing our understanding of each other’s religion.
Circles of Belonging: ½ day diversity workshop presented by Valencia College's Circles of Belonging diversity training team to train SCF's managers through the LEX (Leadership in Excellence) program.
Manasota Diversity Conference: Working with leaders in the community to create and enhance values of diversity, educate and empower leaders, and promote inclusion and respect in schools, workplaces, and communities.

ALSO event


Bradenton and Venice Multicultural Potluck:  Proceeds benefit the DMAC Book Scholarship
Viva La Causa": Documentary film on reserve for faculty.
Disability Awareness Events: Disability Resource Center worked with various faculty on incorporating disability awareness into the classroom.
"A Mercy" book, Author Toni Morrison: Book discussion including staff and faculty from all campuses.

Native American Heritage Event: Gabe Horn and Amy Krout-Horn presented on Native American culture.
Venice Peace Corps Presentation: Presenters shared experiences as Peace Corps volunteers in Afghanistan, Brazil, Niger and Paraguay.
2010-11 Book Scholarship Winners: $100 scholarship rewarded to one Bradenton and one Venice student using earnings from Multicultural Potluck events.


Disability Awareness Weeks: Simulated disabilities on participating individuals to illustrate both the environmental barriers and strategies for overcoming barriers for people with disabilities.
Venice Multicultural Potluck: Proceeds benefiting the DMAC Book Scholarship 



Summarized Diversity Survey: Dispersed survey to SCF and created SCF’s definition of diversity based on survey results.
Film Series Films included: To Each His Own Cinema, Shadow Magic, Ethnic Notions, Body and Soul, Nothing But a Man, Miracle at St. Anna, Fire, Earth, Water, The Wave.  Created a “Student Essay Contest” ($50 to winner) focusing on how the film helped the student understand or appreciate diversity in a new way.
Created DMAC committee logo: Worked with Sue Wyar’s marketing class to create a logo design. Selected logo designed by Michael Rothgeb, MCC graduate '08.
Created two “Student Book Scholarships” : $100 scholarship rewarded to one Bradenton and one Venice student using earnings from Multicultural Potluck events.




Diversity/Multicultural Awareness Committee Logo SCF is an equal opportunity and access institution that does not discriminate on the basis of sex (including pregnancy), race, religion, age, national origin/ethnicity, color, marital status, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation and any other factor prohibited under applicable federal, state, and local civil rights laws, rules and regulations in any of its educational programs, services or activities, including admission and employment. For more information, contact the Equity Officer, 941-752-5323, PO Box 1849, Bradenton, FL 34206.
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