Diversity Student Profile: Korrie

Home Country: Canada Korrie
What is something about your country that others may not know about?
Canada is just as big as the USA and we have as much or more freedom.
Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?
I really miss Tim Horton’s coffee. An American company just bought them, let’s hope they start to open them around here. Also, it is impossible to find sweet and sour fried ribs here.
What challenges did you face when entering the USA?
I find it offensive by how culturally ignorant people are here. People get hung up on race so much. It is always a white thing or a black thing. Back home we are just people living together. I find this difficult to become accustomed to.
What do you miss most about your country?
 I miss the long summer days. Sunset is not till 10:30 p.m.. Plus the mornings are so cool and crisp even in July.
What do you like most about the USA?
When it comes to a crisis situation, Americans are the ones to drop everything and help out. I’m not just talking about international relief. People seem to care a lot more when bad stuff happens to others.

Mark Your Calendars to Explore the World at CPCC

Global Issues Forum: What is Fair?
The People and Principles of Fair Trade

Presented by Ten Thousand Villages

As the global economy grows, fair trade organizations seek to ensure that producers and artisains from developing countries are justly compensated for their goods and have the opportunity to grow sustainable businesses.  Come learn about individuals’ journeys and how it may impact your purchasing decisions.

Thursday, March 19; 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Tate Hall, CPCC Central Campus
Cost: Free and open to the public
For questions or to reserve a space: contact global.learning@cpcc.edu or 704-330-6167


In Need of a Unique Gift? Interested in Global Art?
Ten Thousand Villages Fair Trade Pop Up Store

Beauty is created all over the world, but not every artisan has the means or access to get their products to market.  Ten Thousand Villages began more than 60 years ago when Edna Ruth Byler began selling handcrafted products from Puerto Rico out of the trunk of her car to help eradicate poverty. Today a global network of social entrepreneurs works to empower artisans in developing countries.  CPCC will be hosting a pop up store where you can peruse and buy fair trade items from around the world.

Open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Overcash Lobby
Open to the public


Sensoria: Test Your Global Knowledge

Think you’ve got what it takes?  Know more about the world around you than your friends?  After visiting the World Experience Event, join CPCC’s Global Learning Office for a chance to test your global knowledge.  We will have trivia questions and games correlating to the regions covered in the World Experience event.  Prizes will be available for our top participants.

Friday, April 17
9:30 a.m. – noon
2nd Floor Lobby Overcash Building (In front of Tate Hall)

Diversity Committee Student Profile

Jose Jose

Home Country: Mexico

What is something about your country that others may not know about?
“ In my country children live with their parents much later in life. It is common for grandchildren, aunts, cousins, and siblings to live in the same house. It seems to me that parents here in the USA want to kick you out once you turn eighteen.”

Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?
“The customs I miss most has to be the food. You can go to a ‘Mexican’ restaurant, but it does not taste like home.”

What challenges did you face when entering the USA?
“The biggest problem I had was the language.”

What do you miss most about your country?
“I miss my family the most.”

What do you like most about the USA?
“ I like the career opportunities. In my country there were not a lot of options for a career. Your choices were very limited. Here it seems the possibilities are endless.”



Diversity Committee Features International Student

The Diversity Committee is featuring CPCC International Students.  Meet Rosetta Mayson from Liberia.

Rosetta Mayson

Rosetta Mayson

Name: Rosetta Mayson

Country: Liberia

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

We are primarily an English speaking country, but there are many other languages spoken.

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

Our Independence Day is July 26 and Flag Day is July 24. Kids dress up and go to different houses and receive money, and celebrate with food and family.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

Culture was different and took me a while to adjust. Working was intense here, in my country we do not work as much. Lunch is two hours long.

What do you miss most about your country?

Friends, respect of individuals


What do you like most about USA?

School system, many more opportunities to become successful here in the USA





Spotlight on Diversity

Name: Nurul Azillah Mohdazhar

Nurul Azillah Mohdazhar

Nurul Azillah Mohdazhar

Country: Malaysia

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

My country does not have four seasons, we typically only experience either humid or rainy weather.

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

Malaysian Independence Day, which is August 31 of each year.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

Adapting to the weather especially the cold.

What do you miss most about your country?

Food, food, food and food.

What do you like most about USA?

Even though it took some getting adjusted to, I love the weather and how I can now experience the four seasons.





The Diversity Committee Spotlights an International Student

The Diversity Committee is showcasing our international students.  Meet Erika Southern from Japan.

Erika Southern

Name: Erika Southern

Country: Japan

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

We bow to greet one another on most occasions once formally introduced. More nonverbal communication is done.

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

Summer festivals, there is lots of food, music and dancing.

What challenges did you face entering USA?

The diversity was shocking, we usually see people of our own kind. Friendly communication is more here than experienced in Japan.

What do you miss most about your country?

The food; it’s amazing.

What do you like most about USA?

The freedom, you choose how you want to live.



The Diversity Committee Features CPCC’s International Students

The Diversity Committee is showcasing students from other countries.  Here’s a brief bio on Brunelle Mpembe from the Congo.

Brunelle Mpembe

Brunelle Mpembe

Name: Brunelle Mpembe

Country: Congo

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

Four primary languages are spoken but all schooling is done in French.
Is there a cultural custom about your country you like most?

Our New Year is celebrated different than the USA. It is like Christmas in the Congo

What challenges did you face entering USA?

A language barrier

What do you miss most about your country?

My family, I am the only one here for school, so I truly miss them.

What do you like most about USA?

I like a lot of things, such as the people, different cultures, and especially the food. (I still learning how to cook it.)

Diversity Committee Shares a Ecuadorian Recipe

The Diversity Committee presents recipes from all around the world.  Try this tasty dish from Ecuador.

LLAPINGACHOS (Potato Cakes) 

Llapingachos (yah-peen-GAH-chos) are a popular side dish in the highlands of Ecuador. They are often served with fried eggs and a simple salad of lettuce, tomato and avocado. Sometimes sausages and a side of rice are added to make a full and typically Ecuadorian meal.


  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) butter
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cups Munster cheese, shredded lard, butter, or oil
  • salt


Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft. Drain and mash. Heat the butter in a skillet and sauce the onions until they are very soft.

Add the onions to the mashed potatoes, mixing well. Shape the potatoes into 12 balls.

Divide the cheese into 12 parts and stuff each of the potato balls with the cheese, flattening them as you do so into cakes or patties about 1 inch thick. Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

In enough lard, butter, or oil (with or without annatto as you please) to cover the bottom of a skillet, sauce the potato cakes until they are golden brown on both sides.

Join Us to Learn More About the Go Global Student Club

End of Year Social
May 1, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Overcash, Room 303, Central Campus

This is a group of students – people interested in study abroad and alumni, international students, and students just interested in international issues – that meet regularly to discuss global current events, international opportunities, and ways to get involved with the diverse Charlotte community.  This event, run in coordination with the International Students Association, will be a fun opportunity to meet others with similar interests and learn more about the club.  Free refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to global.learning@cpcc.edu if you are interested in attending.  We hope to see you there.

The Diversity Committee Shares a Honduran Recipe

The Diversity Committee presents recipes from all around the world.  Enjoy this tasty snack from Honduras.




Baleadas are one of the most popular snacks in Honduras. It is believed that baleadas were invented by a lady who set up a small food stall in the northern city of La Ceiba, in a poor neighborhood near the railroad tracks. No one remembers exactly who she is, but she has contributed to one of the most popular snacks of Honduras.


Ø  4 flour tortillas

Ø  1 cup refried red kidney beans

Ø  1/4 cup of either sour cream or hard salty cheese (crumbled)


1.  Lay the tortilla flat and spread 2 generous tablespoons of beans on one half of the tortilla.

2.  Spread sour cream or cheese (or both, if you like!) on top of the beans.

3.  Fold the tortilla in half.

4.  Heat the tortilla on a warm comal, turning once, until the contents are warmed-through.

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) an Open-Door, Open-Access Institution of Learning

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Serves a Diverse Community

CPCC Serves a Diverse Community of Learners

Online community, regarding recent discussions in the LGBT community about the College and one of our students, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is an open-door, open-access institution of learning, and we are proud of its rich diversity. CPCC has a 50-year history of being fair, respectful and considerate of all students.  The College does not tolerate harassment of any kind.

College personnel have been investigating the incident in question for several days, and the goal is to reach an amicable resolution with the student in the near future.

The College has examined its policies and procedures, and we are certain that they are in compliance with current laws.  The College will work to ensure those policies are followed and clearly communicated.

We intend to have on-going dialogue with local and state LGBT leaders, including the College’s own LGBT organization, as we continue to address this issue.

Here is a link to CPCC’s equal opportunity policy:


“Dances of India” Returns to CPCC on April 26

Dance of India

Click on this photo to view an online video about "Dances of India" at CPCC!

Dances of India” is excited to return this year to CPCC’s Halton Theater stage on Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m.. For 12 years, Dr. Maha Gingrich has created a performance that has celebrated the history and culture of India through dance, bringing 3,000-year-old art forms to today’s audiences.

This year’s performance will explore the world of martial arts and how India’s many classical dances, such as Kuchipudi, Bharatha Natyam and Kathak, have influenced the practices we know today such as Yoga, Kung Fu, Kali and others. 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 strives to connect Indian dances to the world through a series of striking dance dramas that feature unique props, silk costumes and a compelling narrative.

  • Date/time: Saturday, April 26 at 4 p.m.
  • Location: CPCC Halton Theater (1206 Elizabeth Ave.)
  • Ticket prices: $10 for adults, $5 for children under 18
  • Purchase tickets: tix.cpcc.edu
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.
Dances of India 2014 at CPCC

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Little Known Women’s History Facts

In honor of Women’s History Month,  the Diversity Committee presents Little Known Women’s History Facts:

  • The first woman to run for U.S. president was Victoria Woodhull, who campaigned for the office in 1872 under the National Woman’s Suffrage Association. While women would not be granted the right to vote by a constitutional amendment for nearly 50 years, there were no laws prohibiting one from running for the chief executive position.
  • Queen Victoria ruled one of the largest empires in the history of the world, at one point controlling land on nearly every continentThis included countries like India, Australia, Egypt, Kenya, Canada, and British Guiana promoting the saying that the sun never sets on the British empire.
  • Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run and finish the Boston Marathon in 1966. Of course, she didn’t get official credit for it, as women were not allowed to enter the race until 1972, but her wins, in ’66, ’67 and ’68 seriously challenged long-held beliefs about the athletic prowess of women.

“Having Our Say” – A Conversation with the Delaney Sisters

The CPCC Diversity Committee presents “Having Our Say,” a conversation with the Delaney Sisters, featuring Dr. Corlis Hayes as Sadie Delany and Lillie Ann Oden as Bessie Delaney.

“Having Our Say” - A conversation with the Delaney Sisters

“Having Our Say” - A conversation with the Delaney Sisters

Friday, February 21, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tate Hall, Overcash Center
CPCC Central Campus


Diversity Committee Celebrates Black History Month

Little Known Black History Facts:

Thomas Day:  Father of the North Carolina Furniture Industry

Thomas Day (1801-1861), a free African-American cabinetmaker (fine furniture maker) and businessman, lived and worked in Caswell County, North Carolina from the early 1820′s until he disappeared from the records in 1861. By 1850, he had the largest furniture business in the state. A great deal of his furniture has survived and is cherished today in private homes and museums primarily in North Carolina and Virginia. Day’s life opens a window into a world most Americans know little about: 19th-century African-American history, and especially the experience of the small percentage of African Americans who were not enslaved, who were known as “free people of color” or “free blacks.”

Thomas Day is at once anomalous and representative of the antebellum free black experience. The fact that such an extraordinary figure in business and in American decorative arts could have lain in obscurity for as long as he did, makes him a symbol of the many African Americans who anonymously contributed to American history and culture. In the words of historian Ira Berlin, “Day and many other antebellum African Americans refused to accept the hand that was being dealt to them.” Fortunately, like Thomas Day, many of these unsung heroes are now being brought out of the shadows.