NEWBERRY — Members of the Newberry College Dufford Diversity Week Committee invited Hispanic leaders from the surrounding areas to the Newberry College campus on June 24 for an informal discussion and brainstorming session on ideas for community engagement, outreach, and potential Hispanic partnerships.
Dufford Diversity Week is held annually in honor of Dr. William “Bill” Dufford, a supporter, educator and advocate for diversity education. This year, Dufford Diversity week will be held from Oct. 27 to Oct. 31.
The keynote speaker is Justin Machado “02”, an Emmy Award winner and Newberry College alumnus who is the senior producer for Special Projects at BOUNCE TV in Marietta, Ga. BOUNCE TV is the first African American broadcast network, featuring a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-network series, and original programming. Bounce TV’s founders include Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young.
Machado will be the guest speaker for the minority breakfast (Hispanic/ Latino Community) on Oct. 31.
Those attending the meeting were Dufford Diversity Week committee members Dr. Peggy B. Winder, professor of Sport Professions and Director of Diversity Education (chairperson) at Newberry College; Marshall Maddy, Institutional Advancement at Newberry College; and Paul Smith, assistant professor of Business Administration, Newberry College.
Community members attending were Lee Serralta McElveen, S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs (Hispanic Affairs); Ana Cossio, PASO’s program coordinator; Deborah Thomas, lead investigator for the S.C. Human Affairs Commission; Jesse Olivares, Hispanic Liaison for the S.C. Human Affairs Commission; Elsa Pardo, S.C. Hispanic Outreach Health Programs Coordinator; and Gloria Lemus.
PASOs is a community-based organization hosted at the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina that helps the Latino community and service providers work together for strong and healthy families.