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International/Intercultural Education

International/Intercultural Education coordinates educational programs and events across the Metropolitan Community College campuses to commemorate nationally recognized ethnic and cultural holidays. Most programs are free and open to the public. Suggestions for programming should be sent to bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

Study Abroad programs and international initiatives for the college are also managed by this office. Click on the Education Abroad tab below for more information or contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

Programs and Events

Visit our pages below for more information:

34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Keynote speaker:  Rev. Michael W. Combs, Ph.D. Washington University Professor, Political Science, University of Nebraska, Senior pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, former president of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

Musical Entertainment:  Jason Wagner II, Ananias "Markey" Montague, minister of music and fine arts, Salem Baptist Church

Register:  To reserve your seat at this event, call 531-MCC-5231 or register online at www.mccneb.edu/MLK
MLK-Poster-2019.pdf

MCC student $10
MCC personnel and MCC retirees $15
General admission $20

Seating is limited. Reservations will close when full or on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

No refunds after Jan. 8, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, ICA, Building 22, rooms 201 A-D
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE 68111

Questions?  bvelazquez@mccneb.edu  or call 531-MCC-2253

 

Black History Month kick-off: African Americans as Agents for Social Change…Historical Landscapes, Considering Contemporary Strategies

Paulette Walker, Ph.D.



Kick off- Black History Month with musical entertainment and a keynote address by Dr. Paulette C. Walker, the 25th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. A well-known visionary and dedicated leader, Dr. Walker has shown uncompromising commitment to service for over 50 years. Retired from the University of South Florida as director of undergraduate programs and internship in the College of Education, her research agenda focused on curriculum and instruction as well as administration and supervision issues in urban schools. Co-author of the book, “We Can Have Better Urban Schools,” she has served as a classroom teacher, middle school and high school counselor, director of counseling, assistant principal and districtwide supervisor of state/federal projects.
 
Dr. Walker received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education from Michigan State University, Master of Arts in guidance and counseling from The University of Michigan, and her Doctor of Education in administration and supervision from The University of Michigan.
 
Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019
6-6:30 Meet & Greet with an hors d’oeuvres buffet by the Institute for the Culinary Arts
6:30 program begins
8:00 pm Program ends

Fort Omaha Campus
Swanson Conference Center, room 201
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE  68111

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 
 

The Green Motorist Book
Lawrence Ross, bestselling author, lecturer, writer, filmmaker, social media and consumer trends expert


The Green Motorist book, a travel guide created by Victor Green in the 1930s was designed for African Americans navigating the dangerous world of segregation. The book showed Black people where safe refuge could be found in private homes, Black-owned hotels and restaurants and where a family could get some gas.
 
Learn about Lawrence Ross’ experiences as he used a 1953 version of the Green Motorist book, the same book used by his mother’s family to travel across the country, retracing the route from Los Angeles to Virginia during the summer of 2017. Experience his amazing, mundane, but always fascinating adventures.

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
6:30-8:00 p.m.
 
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, Room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
Omaha NE  68107

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 
 

From Social Protest to Wakanda: Students Navigate Identities of the Past to New Possibilities
Nikita Y. Harris, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Communication & Information Sciences, University of Alabama

African American thought leaders, institutions and students have a rich history of enacting social protest movements that reconstructed the landscape of higher education throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries for all students. History provides valuable lessons for contemporary change agents dating back to the greatest expansion of Blacks in higher education after the Civil War to examining the recent 9-day student protest and sit-in at Howard University in 2018. This talk critically discusses three symbolic periods in history that ushered in new identities for what it meant to be Black and Educated in America: The Talented Tenth Era, White Ice is Colder/I Deserve A Seat and The Millennial Pre-Awakening to A Wakandan Education. Harris creatively uses historical text, narratives, music and art to explore how social movements throughout history situated students as advocates for change. This presentation offers strategies for using history as a model to explore new ways of approaching socio-cultural and political change in higher education and beyond.

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019
10:30-11:45 a.m.

South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center Room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
Omaha NE  68107

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

Video & Discussion: The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
Film discussion led by Rev. Kenneth A. Allen, Senior Pastor, Zion Baptist Church

Academy Award-nominated The Barber of Birmingham movingly portrays the unsung "foot soldiers" of the civil rights movement through the personal story of 85-year-old barber James Armstrong, who carried the American flag in the epic 1965 "Bloody Sunday" Selma voting rights march and spearheaded efforts to integrate public schools in Alabama.
 
Vividly illustrating the history and impact of the voting and civil rights movement through James Armstrong’s journey, the film is supplemented by commentary from prominent civil rights veterans as well as historical footage from the 1965 Selma march, Armstrong's campaign for school integration and Dr. King's famous "I've been to the mountain top" speech.

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019
12:45-1:45 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.
Omaha NE  68107

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

Drama: More than Neighbors
Denise Chapman, Associate Director of Performing Arts, The Union for Contemporary Art

More Than Neighbors explores the expansion of Interstate 75 in the 1970’s, and its lasting repercussions on the North Omaha community. Told through the eyes of one Omaha family, Chapman’s play offers a multi-generational exploration of the destruction and resilience of a marginalized community, and sheds light on the wider implications of the ghettoizing of America’s inner cities through federally imposed Urban Renewal projects and red lining. Infused with the policies and procedures of the City of Omaha which resulted in the displacement of families, businesses and tight-knit neighborhoods, the play explores the memories and perspectives of those who participated in, and were impacted by the dramatic construction of the North Freeway in Omaha.

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
7-8:30 p.m.

Swanson Conference Center, room 201
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE  68111

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

Musical Theatre: Of Ebony Embers-Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance
The Core Ensemble

Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Jelly Roll Morton

 

Celebrate the100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance and theatre work of three great African American poets (Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay) through the eyes of renowned painter and muralist Aaron Douglas (the “Father of Black Art”). The musical score is drawn from great composers of the Jazz Age (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Jelly Roll Morton) and African American composers of classical music.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
12:30–1:45 p.m.

Elkhorn Valley Campus, room 114
829 North 204th Street   
Elkhorn NE  68022

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
6:30-7:45 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Swanson Conference Center
5300 North 30th Street
Omaha NE  68111

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-622-2253 for more information. 

25th Annual Vietnamese New Year Celebration

Celebrate the lunar New Year with Vietnamese music, food and cultural entertainment.
Business attire recommended to honor our Vietnamese hosts.

Reservations by Feb. 1, 2019

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
7-10:30 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
Industrial Training Center, room 120
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave.
Omaha NE 68107

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Questions bvelazquez@mccneb.edu or 531-MCC-2253

INTERNATIONAL FAIR

THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
South Omaha Campus - Connector Commons
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Avenue
Omaha NE 68107
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Questions? bvelazquez@mccneb.edu

 

Contact

Barbara Velázquez, coordinator
International/Intercultural Education
bvelazquez@mccneb.edu
531-MCC-2253
402-403-0660 (Fax)
 

Theresa Foley, assistant
International/Intercultural Education
tfoley@mccneb.edu
531-MCC-2266
402-403-0660 (Fax)
 

P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE
68103-0777