breast cancer walkThe Essex County College Pacesetters will once again be donning comfortable walking shoes for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer’s annual Walk for the Cure. The walk is set for Sunday, October 19 in Newark’s Military Park.


At last year’s walk, Essex raised $4,790, nearly doubling its stated goal of $2,500. This year’s goal is $3,500.


To sign up for the walk or to make a donation to this worthwhile cause, visit the Making Strides site here.  Click on their Home tab, go to support a walker or team and type in Essex County College Pacesetters.


The Essex team will meet at Military Park at 8:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. walk.


Additional information is available from Gerald Holloway at 973.877.3300 or, or Sonia Rios-Cardoso at 973.877.3155 or


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A Free and Open-to-the-Public Event on Thursday, October 9


More than 17 countries were represented by Essex County College’s most recent graduating class. Over 25% of those who are Hispanic/Latino make up this diverse population. In conjunction with Liberal Arts Month, Hispanic Heritage Celebration and Humanities Week (Oct. 6-10), the Humanities Department is hosting a free event Bridging Historias: Infusing Latino/Latina Culture into the College Curriculum on Thursday, October 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the school’s main Newark campus. The event, which is open to the public, will take place in the Harry J. Smith Lecture Hall, Room 2131. Guest speaker will be José E. Velázquez, co-editor of The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora.


Bridging Historias is also the name of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant-funded program in which Dr. Stephanie Aisha Steplight Johnson, Acting Vice President & Chief Academic Officer, along with three faculty members, Professor and Director of Paralegal Studies Linda Carter, Adjunct English Faculty member Maria Luna, and Assistant Professor of Sociology Charles Pinderhughes are participating. These faculty members will present during the event about how they are revamping their courses so that Latino/Latina content is taught and learned by Essex County College students.


“The NEH Bridging Cultures grant [of which the Bridging Historias program is a part] enables us to look at how people have been excluded and to research their contributions to our nation. We at Essex joined the Bridging Historias program to help move students beyond the superficial stereotypical perspective, to explore ways to incorporate Latino/Latina studies into the curricula so that all students have the opportunity to learn about how Latino/Latina people have shaped who we are from a broad and deeply scholarly perspective,” noted Dr. Steplight Johnson.


The program provides periodic professional development sessions with guest speakers who have expertise in Latino and Latina curriculum and content, and organizes breakout roundtable discussions for faculty in the same disciplines to strategize about teaching and learning. In addition online discussions take place about pedagogy.


Professor Linda Carter notes “It’s an easy transition for me to incorporate multiculturalism into my classes. Whether it’s law, math or science, people have contributed to the advancement of these subjects from all cultures. Students need to know that those who look and sound like them made these contributions.”


For more information about the event, please contact Humanities Assistant Professor Rebecca Williams at (973) 877-3470.

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Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse

Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse

Essex County College launches its Hispanic Heritage Celebration Tuesday, October 7, with the founder and president of the Princeton-based Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) providing the keynote address. Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse is the featured speaker for the event which starts at 10 a.m. in Essex’s Smith Hall at the main Newark campus, 303 University Avenue.


The theme of this year’s celebration is Building our Future Together: Education, Empower and Connect. Dr. Diaz-Claisse will talk on the theme of the celebration.


Professor Angel Millan, of the Bilingual Studies Division and chair of the Hispanic Heritage Committee noted that Essex is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), one of nine among all of New Jersey’s colleges and universities. A school must have a minimum 25 percent Hispanic enrollment for the HSI designation. Essex enrollment of Hispanic students is more than 26 percent.


With the burgeoning Hispanic population, Professor Millan said programs such as the October 7 event and others planned throughout the 2014-2015 academic year, serve a valuable purpose. “We want to provide a platform for creating better understanding and support for all our students.”


The free program is open to the public. Additional information is available from Professor Millan at 973.877.3394 or


HISPA encourages student success by recruiting, supporting and coordinating Latino professionals to participate in educational programs in their communities.  Dr. Diaz-Claisse also serves as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service, advising the company on programs seeking to increase educational opportunities for Hispanics, particularly in higher education.


Dr. Diaz-Claisse earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Arizona State University and Master’s degrees from Cornell University and the University of Maryland. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico.

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