Rockland Community College Celebrates the Culture of Haitians and Asian Pacific Islanders and Raises Disability Awareness in April

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. (April 8, 2021) – Rockland Community College has an exciting schedule planned for April to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage, Haitian Heritage, and Disability Awareness. The college has created a wide variety of activities and virtual programs to appeal to students and their families, faculty, and staff. All events are free and open to the public.

Each year, the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration runs from the second week of April to the first week of May. There will be a student panel discussion titled “Our Voices: Asian and Pacific Islander Student Perspectives,” a Haiku writing workshop, a book chat on “Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening” by Marjorie Liu, along with three documentary films: “The People’s Republic of Desire,” “1882 Chinese Exclusion Act” and “Injustice at Home: Looking Like the Enemy” about the Japanese internment camps. For more information: https://sunyrockland.edu/about/media/asian-pacific-islander-heritage

In 1990, Haitian Day was a one-day event. Since then, it has grown to a month of festivities. While May is known as Haitian Heritage Month, RCC has opted to celebrate in April as the spring semester ends mid-May. Events include Haitian cooking demonstrations with Chef Michelle Timothee of La Talaye Catering and Chef Nadia Joseph of La Baguette D’Or and Bistro, The History of Haitian Pop Music, Undiscovered Haiti with Jose Andres along with discussions on law and mental health. For more information: https://sunyrockland.edu/about/media/haitian-heritage-month

Accessibility Services ensures that all students with disabilities enjoy the same benefits and access to programs, opportunities and activities afforded to all RCC students. It also serves to educate students of their rights and responsibilities, as well as work to strengthen inclusive attitudes across the campus community. Throughout April, there will be an Evening Discussion with Student Support Services, an Accessibility Services Faculty Advisory Committee, a Virtual Vision Board Session and a Virtual Resource and Transition Fair. For more information: https://sunyrockland.edu/about/media/disability-awareness-month

About Rockland Community College, State University of New York
Rockland Community College, State University of New York, offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds who appreciate small class sizes and personal attention from a distinguished, award-winning faculty that includes Fulbright scholars and SUNY Distinguished Professors. Thanks to the school’s affordable tuition, students who begin their career journey at RCC and then transfer to a four-year college can save up to $100,000 on their education. RCC is also proud to provide career training and professional development to adult learners looking to change careers or upgrade their skills through its new Career Skills Academy. More information can be found at sunyrockland.edu.