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Fall 2020 Co-curricular Offerings

These co-curricular events are free and open to all. See more information about each event below and make plans to join us for a great month of exciting activities.
 
Friday, September 18 at 6 PM
 X-pressions of Black Beauty: A conversation with artist Nakeya Brown and FCC professor Shemica Sheppard. Sponsored by the Delaplaine Arts Center. YouTube program accessible here
 
Monday, September 21 at 12:30 PM
Understanding Our Humanity, Inner Calling, and Passions: How an expert psychologist and author's life journey informed her career of helping others during traumatic times. Rahimeh Andalibian, psychologist and author of The Rose Hotel, was born in Mashhad, Iran. When she was nine years old, in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and in the midst of the Iran-Iraq war, her family moved first to London, then immigrated to the United States in 1986. Rahimeh is a psychologist specializing in trauma. Her work helps her clients unshackle themselves from their past, transforming their lives with the understanding that emotional pain has physical and neural implications. Join via Zoom. (Passcode = 698912)
 
Monday, September 21 at 7 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness info session open to all FCC students/faculty, and staff (class size limited to 25). Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 836 0737 3899, Passcode: 474915
 
Tuesday, September 22 at 2 PM
Introduction to Mindfulness info session open to all FCC students/faculty, and staff (class size limited to 25). Join via Zoom. Meeting ID: 885 4203 9845, Passcode: 927548
 
Wednesday, September 23 at 2 PM
Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, Ph.D. The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart has over forty years’ experience as an active police officer, has been a consultant to law enforcement agencies, and been a university-level teacher of criminal justice. She has worked tirelessly to host forums about race, social justice, inequality, and policing. Join via Zoom. (Passcode = 479633)
 
Tuesday, September 29 at 3:30 PM
The Office of Multicultural Student Services will be celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with a session led by Andrea Rodriguez, Director of USU at Association of Public and Land-grant. This interactive session will focus on the journey of persistence through COVID-19 and ongoing social justice movements. Come to make connections and exchange stories. Join via Eventbrite here. (Password = FCCHeritage)

Wednesday, September 30 at 2 PM 
History You Didn’t Learn in School - Virtual Program with The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture - Explore the Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake exhibition. Through the stories of nine people who were stripped of their human rights and treated as property learn about the larger experience shared by thousands of bound workers - slaves, indentured servants, and convict servants - who lived and labored in the Chesapeake region from the Colonial Period to the American Civil War. Then hear from Chris Haley and Maya Davis with the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland project at the Maryland State Archives. Register here.

OCTOBER


Take the Disability Challenge! 
Sponsored by the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office. Let's learn together as we challenge our perceptions and stereotypes about persons with disabilities during Disability History & Awareness Month.  Meet Haben Girma, the first deaf- blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School.  Meet Stella Young, comedian, journalist and wheelchair user. View short, 10-minute videos each week and join the discussion.  Special thanks to ASL faculty member David Martin for joining with SSD staff as a moderator for this activity. The Discussion Board will be open for your comments starting Monday, September 28, 2020.  Available on Blackboard on the Community Resources tab for Services for Students with Disabilities or here.
 
Wednesday, October 7 at 2 p.m., Black Trans Lives Matter Too
A conversation on the violence and intersectionality of black transgender individuals. Presented by Ronnie Taylor. Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Prince George’s County, Ronnie Taylor is a proud transgender woman of color. She joined the Frederick Center's Board of Directors in 2019 and has volunteered with the organization for many events such as keynoting Frederick Pride 2019. Her professional career has been dedicated to the issues of sexual assault, LGBTQ+ education, and intersectionality, through supporting survivors and educational outreach. She has a passion for prevention work, applying creativity to educate audiences and equip them with skills for lived experiences. Ronnie believes that safe communities are affirming and inclusive, and she has been an advocate for change within the nonprofit and education sector. Ronnie is pursuing a life coaching certification and plans to open her own business focusing on the wellness of others and she is the final stages of her book. Currently, she is employed by Hood College, where she works in the Student Success Center to help students reach their full potential so that they can be successful in reaching their goals.  Some of her hobbies include playing with her fur baby Tinker, writing, painting, and pretending to sing.  For more information or questions please contact her at rtaylor@hood.edu. Join via Zoom. (Passcode = 383270)
 
Wednesday, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 at 5 p.m.
Koru Mindfulness for Students Workshop Series via Zoom
Join Courtney Scott, FCC adjunct professor of stress management, in a four-session workshop series to learn basic techniques and concepts of mindfulness. Mindfulness practices are proven to reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase sense of contentment. This workshop series is based on Koru Mindfulness, an evidenced-based mindfulness curriculum designed specifically for college-aged, emerging adults. Register here.
 
Tuesday, October 13 – noon to 1:30 p.m.
 
Legally Queer - legal and social implications of state and federal law for the improvement of LGBTQ Marylanders. Presented by Ezra Halstead of FreeState Justice. Following the presentation, a discussion will be held on strategies to navigate the workplace, life, and the classroom successfully. (Sponsored by Multicultural Student Services, the Center for Student Engagement, and Sociology.) Zoom link to come.
 
Saturday, October 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Out of the Darkness Drive thru Vigil
While we can't gather for an Out of the Darkness Walk this year, we still want to bring light into the darkness and invite you to the very first Frederick Drive-Thru Luminary Ceremony at FCF Church (10142 Hansonville Road, Frederick, MD 21702). For this one evening, we will light up the area around the church with hundreds of luminaries to show you that HOPE IS NOT CANCELLED and that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Whether you lost a loved one to suicide, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, simply care about the cause, we hope you will be part of this evening.

This is a free event, but we kindly ask you to register for the Frederick Out of the Darkness Experience. Everyone participating, not just the driver, has to be registered. You can arrive at any time between 6.30 and 8.30 pm. During the ceremony, we ask you to stay in your car at all times and wear a face mask when interacting with event staff. Our event staff is required to wear face masks and protective gear at all times. This event will be supported by WFRE 99.9 so make sure to tune in!  Register here
 
Monday, October 19 at 4 PM
Diversity in Education Speaker Series: Jewish Culture with Seth Rich. This series is designed for educators/future teachers with the goal of helping them support their students. Seth is an educator with Baltimore County Public Schools. Register here. Contact Courtney Stewart (CStewart@frederick.edu) for more information. 
 
Monday, October 19 from 7-8:30 PM
Love and Social Justice: How to Take Action, Learn, and Be a True Ally - Stephanie Jirard, attorney, criminal justice professor, and civil rights advocate, returns to FCC for a conversation about how we ALL can learn more, take action, and infuse social justice principles into our daily lives. Join us for ideas and dialogue as we explore YOUR questions and map a path for the future. Register in advance here.

Tuesday, October 20 from 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Virtual Frederick Reads Program with Wes Moore.  Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick Community College, and The Weinberg Center for the Arts are pleased to announce that the highly acclaimed, bestselling author Wes Moore will participate in a virtual program for their annual Frederick Reads event. Moore's latest work, "Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City", is a kaleidoscopic account of five days in the life of a city on the edge, told through eight characters on the frontlines of the protests that overtook Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray. Moore’s talk will also highlight his earlier New York Times Bestseller, "The Other Wes Moore", as well as its young adult version "Discovering Wes Moore". These titles chronicle the lives of two kids named Wes Moore who both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods. The author’s journey took him from wayward inner-city youth to decorated combat veteran, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, social entrepreneur, and business leader while the other Wes Moore ended up convicted of murder and serving a life sentence. This program is also supported by The C. Burr Artz Trust, The Ausherman Family Foundation, Frederick Arts Council, The Delaplaine Foundation, Curious Iguana, and Plamondon Hospitality. Please note the start time of the event is 11:15am. Register in advance here.

Thursday, October 22 at 7 PM
Election Countdown and the Power of Your Vote. Join commentators from FCC who will discuss the upcoming election and answer questions from the audience. Celebrate democracy, learn about the significance of this election, and prepare yourself to become an informed voter! Panelists include Ramon Jones (English Department), Corwin Parker (Social Sciences & Education department), and Brian Stipelman (Dean of Liberal Arts). Join via Zoom here.

Monday, October 26 at 10 AM
Diversity in Education Speaker Series: Hispanic Culture with Vanessa Silva. This series is designed for educators/future teachers with the goal of helping them support their students. Vanessa works with Google. Register here. Contact Courtney Stewart (CStewart@frederick.edu) for more information.

October 26th-30th
Race Matters: Finding Resiliency & Community a Racial Justice Teach Ins - This week sponsored by Multicultural Student Services is focused on racial justice and healing. All programming is for students, faculty, and staff and will be on Zoom. To get the Zoom link for a session, please RSVP to Thanh Thanh at tst-johns@frederick.edu.
  • Monday, October 26, 11:30-12:45 PM, RACE AND RACISM 101
    • Join Beth Douthirt-Cohen for a quick primer on the foundations of race and racism.
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2-3:15 PM, RACE LIFE MAPPING
    • Join Chianti Blackmon & Beth Douthirt Cohen for an interactive session where you will have a chance to tell a bit of your race story and hear others' as well. This session will be on Zoom. As part of processes of racial healing and racial justice, this session supports participants in talking about our experiences of race and racism with each other.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 9:30-10:45 AM
    • “YOUR BLACK AIN'T LIKE MINE: ISSUES AND CONTROVERSIES WITH COLORISM” – Facilitators: Andrea Dardello & Shemica Sheppard. The 2019-2021 Campus Book is “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. This session will discuss the concept of what Alice Walker named “colorism”— a global form of prejudice in favor of “lighter” or “whiter” skin.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 3:30 PM
    • , RELEASING IMPOSTER SYNDROME: LETTING GO WHAT NO LONGER SERVES YOU – In this session, students will recognized their own imposter syndrome and use it to connect with peers and coworkers; reframe what makes you feel like an imposter to take ownership of your own narrative; and identify support systems in your personal life that will help you overcome imposter syndrome.
  • Wednesday, October 28, 4:45 PM
    • MEDITATION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE – Join MSS and ODEI as we collectively listen to a meditation led by Tamisha Ponder of Sankofa Yoga Studio for racial justice and reflect on what a racial just and equitable world would look like, feel like, and be like.
  • Thursday, October 29, 12-1:15 PM
    • RAISING RACE CONSCIOUS KIDS – Join FCC staff members, Ruth Flores, Molly Carlson, Chad Adero and others as they discuss their journeys, strengths, and struggles in raising kids who are racially conscious. Bring your lunch. Facilitated by Beth Douthirt-Cohen, on Zoom.
Take the Disability Challenge! Sponsored by the Services for Students with Disabilities Office. Let's learn together as we challenge our perceptions and stereotypes about persons with disabilities during Disability History & Awareness Month.  Meet Haben Girma - the first deaf- blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School.  Meet Stella Young - comedian, journalist, and wheelchair user.  View short (10 minute) videos each week and join the discussion.  Special thanks to ASL faculty member David Martin for joining with SSD Staff as a moderator for this activity. The Discussion Board will be open for your comments starting Monday, September 28, 2020.  Available on Blackboard on the Community Resources tab for Services for Students with Disabilities or here.
 
NOVEMBER

Wednesday, November 4, 11, 18, 25 from 5:00 p.m. –  6:15 p.m.
Koru Mindfulness for Students Workshop Series via Zoom. Join FCC Adjunct Professor of Stress Management, Courtney Scott, in a 4 session workshop series to learn basic techniques and concepts of mindfulness. Mindfulness practices are proven to reduce stress, improve sleep and increase sense of contentment, things we all need! This workshop series based on Koru Mindfulness, the only evidenced-based mindfulness curriculum designed specifically for college-aged, emerging adults. Register here: https://student.korumindfulness.org/course-detail.html?course_id=3615
 
Monday, November 9 at 11 a.m. via Zoom.
Campus Book Discussion Group
: "Born a Crime: Race & Identity” with Chianti Blackmon and Eugene Smith. To get the Zoom link for a session, please RSVP to Thanh Thanh at tst-johns@frederick.edu
 

DATES TBD
  • Diversity in Education Speaker Series: Asian Culture with Kailani Clark. This series is designed for educators/future teachers with the goal of helping them support their students. Kailani is a preservice teacher at Shepherd University. Contact Courtney Stewart (CStewart@frederick.edu) for more information.