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Pamela Jimenez is currently the program director for Excelsior’s Center for Social Justice. She is the former founding director of the Camino program, a bilingual associate degree program for native Spanish-speaking students at Manhattan College. Pamela was also an intern and subsequently mental health specialist at one of the only all Spanish-speaking and LGBTQ drug rehabilitation units operated by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) in New York City from 2005-2009. Pamela has extensive background working with Spanish-speaking adults and bilingual families and first-generation immigrants who have emigrated to the U.S. for college opportunities within the past five years. Pam is passionate about creating a diverse and equitable campus climate for underrepresented students and the impact of the college environment on the academic achievement of her students. She has a doctorate in higher education executive leadership and a master’s in mental health psychology. She is driven by cultivating motivation, developing curiosity and leadership, and training employees to react to challenges in ways that will broaden their critical thinking skills, experiences, and personal development. Pam pursued her degree research by examining the influence of perception of fit and racial identity on the career choices of African American police officers in the New York City Police Department. Pam’s research interest includes “organizational fit” of underrepresented populations, Latinx students, in higher education and equitable academic environments.
In India, the festival of Holi marks the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season. The festival of colors, as it is known, is the most vibrant of all Hindu festivals. On this festive day, people play with color, meet and greet one another, and create new beginnings. Communities get together, dance, ….
Posted on March 7, 2023
Every February, we celebrate Black History Month to honor the contributions of African Americans and their central role in U.S. history. According to the NAACP, this celebration dates to 1926 when historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans noted “Negro History Week.” The origins of Black History Month began after the 13th amendment ….
Posted on February 28, 2023
As declared by the United Nations General Assembly, February 20 is annually celebrated as the World Day of Social Justice. The day is meant to highlight and honor the importance of social justice for all. Significant issues, including serious financial crises, high unemployment rates, poverty, discrimination, and lack of access that prohibit full participation in ….
Posted on February 22, 2023
What is Holocaust Remembrance Day? The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur. Why we commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day ….
Posted on January 27, 2023
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Christmas is celebrated on December 25. Christmas is both a sacred religious holiday and a global cultural and commercial phenomenon. People around the world observe it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular. For Christians, it is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis ….
Posted on December 22, 2022
History of Kwanzaa In 1966, Dr. Maulana Karenga professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach created Kwanzaa. In an effort to bring African Americans together as a community, he combined aspects of several different harvest celebrations, such as those of the Ashanti and those of the Zulu to form the ….
Posted on December 22, 2022
Origins of Hanukkah Hanukkah is the eight-day celebration widely known as the festival of lights. This Jewish celebration commemorates the miracle of light that occurred when a vial of oil, just enough to light the temple’s menorah for one day, burned for eight days. The miracle became the foundation of the beloved holiday to celebrate ….
Posted on December 19, 2022
The History of Native American Heritage Month November commemorates Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, and November 26 is proclaimed Native American Heritage Day. In 1986, President Reagan proclaimed November 23-30 as American Indian Week, which would typically fall alongside Thanksgiving in the United States. In 1990, ….
Posted on November 23, 2022
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday that is based on the 1621 Plymouth colonist and the Wampanoag people sharing an autumn harvest feast that subsequently became the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies. For the Native Americans, the assembly of the Wampanoag people and English settlers had more to do with political alliances, diplomacy, and ….
Posted on November 23, 2022
Every year in October or November, Hindus around the world celebrate the five-day festival of lights known as Diwali. In India, Diwali is one of the largest holidays that honors a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. Diwali is widely observed by over one billion ….
Posted on October 21, 2022
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