STLCC-Florissant Valley honored for diversity and inclusion efforts
Besides breakfast, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley committee leaders were served smiles as the College was honored with North County Incorporated’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award.
Approximately 500 people gathered in person and virtually for NCI’s 44th Annual Leadership Breakfast, which included an awards ceremony, Friday, Sept. 17, at the Marriott St. Louis Airport Hotel in St. Louis.
A few of the 2021 events and programs that the College sponsored that helped it earn the award include its “Intelligence Plus Character, That is the Goal of True Education” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, “Photograph Collection of African Americans With Disabilities” program, which was part of its African American History Month Celebration, and finally, its "Valiant Women of the Vote," Women’s History Month Celebration.
“STLCC-Florissant Valley continues to prove itself as a strong leader that supports student success, builds bridges and connections that unify diverse people, advocates for inclusion, and strengthens the community. NCI is pleased to recognize the College with its 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award for showcasing exemplary dedication to equity initiatives while promoting a culture of inclusion for their students and for all of north St. Louis County,” said Rebecca Zoll, president and CEO of NCI.
Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, Ed.D., campus president and chief academic officer of St. Louis Community at Florissant Valley, couldn’t be happier about the recognition.
“It isn’t an overstatement to say that I work with an outstanding group of skilled, compassionate and dynamic individuals at STLCC-Florissant Valley who develop great programs to advance conversations regarding diversity and inclusion in the community. This award and acknowledgment belongs to them. I also want to share my deep appreciation with North County Inc. for the award and for its great work to enhance the north county area.”
The committee members who made the following 2021 celebrations possible are:
African American History Month Celebration. Dwayne Morgan, committee chair; Amy Bird, manager of Access services; Linda Collins, Ph.D., professor of history; Terrence Freeman; and Lisa Myers, part-time employee.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Amy Brown-Marshall, committee chair and assistant professor of communications; Terrence Freeman, Ph.D., adjunct faculty of engineering science; Mike Metroulas, assistant professor of political science; Dwayne Morgan, coordinator of student orientation and transition; Elizabeth Gassel Perkins; Lynn Selders, assistant professor of business administration; Shantana Stewart, campus marketing and communications coordinator; Rance Thomas, Ph.D., president of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice; Shanda Walker, administrative assistant to the campus president; and Bryant T. Williamson, assistant technical director of theatre.
Women’s History Month Celebration. Elizabeth “Neko” Pilarcik-Tellez, committee co-chair and assistant professor of graphic communications; Karen Wade committee co-chair and library secretary; Myrtle Alexander, student activities assistant II; Joseph Bauer, assistant professor of mathematics; Christine Giancola, assistant professor of photography; Carol Hake, retired associate professor of English; Fran Hooker, manager of academic support services; Paul Huddleston, supervisor of the campus radio station; Stacey Lampman, library assistant II; Jasmin Marshall, assistant professor of child and family development; Ashley Ortiz, adjunct faculty of English; Karana Phillips, LEC/LMS specialist; Cathy Reilly, retired instruction librarian; Annie Wagganer, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology; and Bryant T. Williamson. Participating students for video presentations included: Kathryn Buchanan, Shekhinah Estes, Trina Helms, Isaiah J. Davidson, known as the artist “Isaiah J.,” Lee A. Presser, Anne Marie Mosher and Jaina Wyrosdick. Participating students for photographs and essays included: Christine Braselman, Dasia Chavis, Sara Fullerton, Eve Hightower and Mark Roman.
From left to right: Dwayne Morgan, AAHM celebration committee chair and coordinator of student orientation and transition; Scott Spurgeon, Ed.D., chair of the 2021 North County Incorporated Board of Directors and superintendent of the Riverview Gardens School District; Elizabeth “Neko” Pilarcik-Tellez, WHM celebration committee co-chair and assistant professor of graphics communications; Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, Ed.D., campus president and chief academic officer of St. Louis Community at Florissant Valley; Amy Brown-Marshall, Dr. MLK celebration committee chair and associate professor of communications; Karen Wade, WHM celebration committee co-chair and library secretary; Julie Massey, campus vice president of student success; and Rebecca Zoll, president and CEO of North County Incorporated, come together for a picture after the College received NCI's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Award.