Friday, June 30, 2023

Diversity Day

Event Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Venue: Center for Life Long Learning
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Our purpose of Diversity Day is to show Athens State’s commitment to our students and community by celebrating and embracing the diversity of those we represent and who represent us. Diversity Day is a day of celebration. It is a highlight of all the cultures and backgrounds to show how they come together to represent us as a whole.

Marc LacyGuest Speaker: Marc Lacy

Bio: Marc Lacy is a Huntsville, AL native, and a proud graduate of Alabama A&M University with a dual BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Design. While on the hill, he was a starter on the Bulldogs Men’s Basketball team as well as a member of Tau Alpha Pi Engineering Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and Sigma Tau Epsilon Professional Fraternity, Inc. Marc was on the Dean’s List for several consecutive semesters, an Academic All-American, and voted the Outstanding Scholar for the School of Engineering and Technology during his senior year. College was a very busy period in Lacy’s life as he became a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. during his matriculation. By day, Marc is a Mobile Operations Specialist/Contingency Planner for the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command on Redstone Arsenal. Over the past several years, he has held engineering positions in the categories of CAD, Mechanical, Support, Production, and Staff for the Boeing Company, Intergraph, Onan, and MevaTech Corporations respectively. By night, Lacy is a nationally renowned, award-winning Speaker, Writer, and Producer for AVO Publishing, LLC. He has performed all over the country at many national literary events and spoken word venues. Marc is also a reputable fiction writer as well as a blogger for the Marc Lacy Speaker, Writer, & Producer Fan Page on Facebook. Along with writing and performance, Marc utilizes his wordsmith talent and poetic flair as he facilitates lectures, conducts workshops, emcees events, writes commentaries, produces live streams, and delivers motivational speeches concerning writing, communication, and self-development. Lacy credits his faith in God and the love of family for providing the energy he needs to succeed.

Gabriela GonzalezGuest: Gabriela Gonzalez

Bio: Gabriela Gonzalez went from Engineer to full-time professional Salsa dancer and instructor in order to spread the joy of dance. She has been instrumental in building a thriving, diverse, and welcoming Salsa community in the Huntsville/Madison area through her Latin dance academy, Baila Huntsville. This year Baila Huntsville is celebrating its eleventh-year anniversary of teaching Salsa and Bachata classes and of hosting Latin dance events.



3:00: Dr. Catherine Wehlberg
3:05: Guest Speaker Marc Lacy
3:35: Gospel Artist Javan Bailey
3:45: Ashakiran hosted by Active Minds
3:55: Sign Language Artists “Lifted Hands”
4:05: “Learn to Read” hosted by Bonner Leaders
4:15: Vocalist Brooke Sinyard
4:25: “GSA at Athens State” hosted by Gender Sexualities Alliance
4:35: “Men of Color Matter” hosted by Men of Kennis
4:45: Salsa Dancing with Gabriella Gonzalez hosted by the Multicultural Empowerment Club

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