Dec. 3

Dec. 3, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Derek Rayment
Public + Media Relations Manager
402-960-0697, cell
darayment@mccneb.edu
mccneb.edu

15th annual Diversity Matters Film and Lecture Series continues this month

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College’s 15th annual Diversity Matters Film and Lecture Series will feature two lectures this month. The lecture “Removal of Confederate Symbols in the U.S.” will be held on Dec. 14, 6:30-8 p.m., and the lecture “An American in Samoa: Laika Lewis’ Adventures in Peacekeeping Growing up in North Omaha” will be on Dec. 16, 10-11:30 a.m. Both lectures will be held via Zoom.

About “Removal of Confederate Symbols in the U.S.”

De’Andra Orey, Ph.D., professor of Political Science at Jackson State University, and Erin Shirley Orey, project manager at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, will present. Discussion will focus on the events that led to the removal of Confederate symbols erected in the aftermath of the American Civil War.

About “An American in Samoa: Laika Lewis’ Adventures in Peacekeeping Growing up in North Omaha”

Laika Lewis learned to volunteer from her mother who raised her children to care about their community. After graduating from Duchesne Academy and then Grinnell College, Lewis joined the Peace Corps and continued her community impact volunteering for two years in Samoa. Her next journey was delayed by challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but will lead her to a position as a site coordinator and program manager with Central Texas College at Camp Buehring in Egypt.

To obtain a Zoom link for the lectures, email interculturaled@mccneb.edu. It is free and open to the public.

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.