The Diversity Committee Presents World Religions Panel Discussion, 2nd Session

The Diversity Committee presents: World Religions Panel Discussion, 2nd Session

Area faith leaders representing Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism will visit CPCC to participate in a panel discussion.
This session is ideal for students, faculty and staff.
Monday April 24, 2017; CPCC Central Campus, Tate Hall
Session: 10:30 a.m. – noon


Attend the 15th Anniversary Performance of “Dances of India”

Join us for the 15th anniversary of Dances of India on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 4 p.m. in CPCC’s Halton Theater. We would like to encourage you to purchase your tickets early.Dances of India

Due to your support, we have been sold out for the past 14 years. Let’s do it again to celebrate our 15th anniversary.

Click here to purchase tickets: or you can call the box office at 704-330-6534. 

Click here for a sneak preview:

Our website:

Thanks for your support of this community outreach initiative of the college.

Dances of India Arrives in the Halton Theater This Week!

Dances of India is on this Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the CPCC’s Halton Theater.  If you are planning on attending, you must purchase your tickets NOW as only few balcony seats are left. Dances of India stage

Come and celebrate the rich culture of India and the show’s signature dance “Unity in Diversity” set to live music, and seven international dance styles. We are featuring more than 60 dancers this year.  

Bring your friends to experience and enjoy the high energy folk traditions of India, Latin America, Russia and Ireland and learn about our similarities.

Purchase Tickets here or purchase your tickets now by calling the box office at 704-330-6534.

Click for a Sneak Preview

Get your tickets ASAP. We are looking forward to seeing you!

International Education Week: November 16-20

Enjoy free events and activities sponsored by CPCC’s Global Learning Office, International Student Services, Student Life and the Diversity Committee. Mark your calendars for:

  • November 17:  International Teas & Tastes 9-11; Worrell Lobby, Central Campus
  • November 18:  Global Citizens Meet and Greet; 12:30-1:30 p.m., Overcash Lobby, Central Campus – Free interactive social with students, faculty and staff.  International attire is encouraged!
  • November 19: “Beauty from A Cross-Cultural Perspective,” Panel Discussion. 11-12:15 p.m., Tate Hall, Overcash Center

RSVP for activities during the week at OR call 704.330.6167.

Diversity Committee Student profile

Name: Ana Maria Vasconez Carrera-Andrade 

Ana Maria Vasconez Carrera-Andrade

Ana Maria Vasconez Carrera-Andrade

Country:  Ecuador

What is something about your country that others may not know?

Ecuador is a very diverse country. Besides being at the center of the world,  Ecuador is a the country with the most biodiverse flora and fauna. Ecuador is the owner of the Galápagos Islands.

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Yes, we celebrate festivities like Christmas in a very particular and happy way. The nine days before Christmas we pray to baby Jesus and sing songs. The night of Christmas Eve we open gifts. Also, on New Year’s Eve, we burn a big doll that represents a bad character (ie. politician, someone who’s has been infamous in the news) along with many bad happenings of the past year, so we can bring a new year of health and happiness.

What challenges did you face entering the USA?

A lot of people like to think that every Spanish-speaking country in Latin America is Mexico. Upon being asked where I came from, when saying Ecuador, people would ask me where in Mexico it was.

What do you miss most about your country?

I miss the food, the landscapes, but most importantly, my family.

What do you like most about the USA?

I like that I have been given an opportunity to succeed. Setting aside the sociological and political matters that surround the international perspective of the USA, the States will still open the door to people who are willing to work hard to succeed. I never thought I would’ve said this myself, but I feel like a true American, thanks to the opportunities and doors that the country has opened to me.


Diversity Committee Student Profile

Name: Daniella Abad Carnero 

Daniella Abad Carnero

Daniella Abad Carnero

Country: Peru

What is something about your country that others may not know?

  • You only do 11 years of school before you go to college.

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

  • The cultural custom that I like the most in my country is “el día de la Canción Criolla” or “The day of the Creole song” which is the 31st of October in which we celebrate our African heritage through the music they brought to our country.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

  • One of the challenges I faced when I move to USA was adapting to the fact that I could not walk wherever I wanted like in Peru. Here you definitely need a car if you want to go somewhere.

What do you miss most about your country?

  • Two of the things I miss most is my family and Peruvian food

What do you like most about USA?

  • The thing I like most about the USA is the fact that the government helps students either through student loans and financial aid to help finance their education.


CPCC to host 13th anniversary performance of “Dances of India” on April 25

WHAT: Internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer Dr. Maha Gingrich is excited to return to Central Piedmont Community College’s Halton Theater stage to present the 13th anniversary performance of “Dances of India,” a community outreach initiative.

This year’s performance features more than 55 dancers performing 3,000 year-old classical Indian dances. Audiences will delight in watching as the dances show the many similarities between Indian dance styles and other international dances, especially during the show’s signature dance, “Unity in Diversity,” set to live orchestral music. Audiences won’t want to miss this special event which will feature a variety of rich temple dances brought to life through a series of striking dance dramas that feature unique props, silk costumes and masks.

Under Gingrich’s direction, “Dances of India” has received a number of accolades, including being named one of the top nine memorable events among the nation’s community colleges by Community College Week. Gingrich, who danced professionally in her native India, has been teaching dance in Charlotte since 1986. Trained in three different dance traditions, she has a great love for this dance form and keeping the heritage alive in this community while sharing the message of unity in diversity with residents at the regional level and beyond.

To see a sneak peek of “Dances of India,” visit

WHEN: Saturday, April 25; 4 p.m.

WHERE: Halton Theater, CPCC Central Campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, N.C.

CONTACT: Tickets are $5 for children under 18 and $10 for adults (plus applicable N.C. admission tax). Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the SunTrust Box Office at 704.330.6534. Free event parking is available.

MAN UP Program Information Sessions

MAN UP Program Information Session – these sessions are designed to invite prospective members and mentors to learn about the program and address any questions specific to our programs.

Tuesday, March 24; 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14; 1 p.m.

For more information, please contact Ms. Katrina Johnson at 704.330.6656 or  Come join us  Learn more about the MAN UP Program.

Diversity Committee Black History Fact

Before he was a renowned artist, Romare Bearden was also a talented baseball player. He was recruited by the Philadelphia Athletics on the pretext that he would agree to pass as white. He turned down the offer, instead choosing to work on his art.  He is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century.  Born in Charlotte, N.C., he landed in New York City and studied with George Grosz.  His early paintings were realistic with religious themes and depicted aspects of black culture in a Cubist style.  He was also a songwriter and designed sets for the Alvin Ailey Company.  The Romare Bearden Park located in Charlotte Center City opened in 2013 and is named in his honor


“Romare Bearden.” Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.



Attend Exploring Black Women in Hip Hop Feb. 18

Dr Harris

Join us as Dr. Felecia Harris, Ph.D. explores how black women in this generation have used “the personal is still political” theme to advance activism, feminism and women’s movements. Dr. Harris will examine how national black feminist organizations, the Black Church and the Hip Hop culture have helped strengthen the black woman’s voice in our society.

In celebration of Black History Month, the CPCC Diversity Committee is pleased to present guest speaker Dr. Felecia Harris, Ph.D. who teaches in the Women’s Studies Program and Africana Studies Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her teaching and research areas include: gender issues in sports, education, hip hop culture, African American women, health, sexuality and pop culture. She is the author of “Black Sexuality & Health: Exploring issues of race, gender, sex and health in the 21st century” (Spring 2014).

February 18, 2015
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Tate Hall, Overcash Center

Diversity Committee Presents Little Known Black History Facts

In 1938, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt challenged the segregation rules at the Southern Conference on Human Welfare in Birmingham, Alabama, so she could sit next to African-American educator and activist Mary McLeod Bethune. Roosevelt would come to refer to Bethune as “her closest friend in her age group.”  Bethune, a leader in the American black community founded Dayton Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls which later merged with Cookman Institute to form Bethune-Cookman College.  She also founded the National Council of Negro Women and was director of the Division of Negro Affairs of the National Youth Administration.  Additionally, she served as special adviser on minority affairs to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

Diversity Committee Black History Program: “ Exploring Black Women in Hip Hop”

Speaker:  Dr. Felecia Harris
Date:  February 18
Time:  10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location:  Tate Hall

Diversity Committee Student Profile

Name: Emily Anim

Emily Anim

Emily Anim

Country: Liberia

What is something about your country that others may not know?

Eye contact is not normal, you greet by shaking hands which is a sign of welcoming someone

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Independence Day is July 24 and Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Thursday of November and you take first harvest to the church to share with others.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

Language barrier, and adjustment to weather

What do you miss most about your country?

My family and the closeness of the country everyone takes time to get to know each other more in Liberia compared to the U.S.

What do you like most about USA?

The United States provides many more opportunities.