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2018 Heritage Lecture Series

Come join us at the 2018 Heritage Lecture Series! Dynamic and engaging speakers will discuss race, ethics and a variety of other topics on African-American affairs. Get involved & be prepared to be challenged! Don’t miss this opportunity!

The Heritage Lecture Series will begin Sunday, February 11th kicking off with Dr. Yohuru Williams at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church at 11am. On Monday, February 12th at 7pm, Paul Porter and Wilmer Leon will be the keynotes at the SPC Allstate Center. To conclude the Heritage Lecture Series on Tuesday, February 13th at 7pm at the SPC Allstate Center, Dr. Shantella Sherman and Dr. Jeffrianne Wilder will close it out.

This event is sponsored by Duke Energy, Pinellas County Schools and St. Petersburg College.

Please see the snips below for additional information! You can also email me at


Time to Get Glocal!!

Social & Behavioral Sciences will be hosting two community forums during the next week! One is about local politics and the other one will be about global politics. Together, we are going to get Glocal!!

The 1st one will be on Monday, October 23rd. Candidates for the Seminole City Council will participate in an evening debate at the Seminole Digitorium. From property taxes to Home Rule, the discussion will revolve around pressing local concerns. The debate begins at 7pm.

The next forum will be on October 26th and will also be at the Seminole Digitorium. Foreign Experts from SPC, such as Bledar Prifti, PhD, Christian Moriarty and Kim Jackson will have a no holds barred discussion on the current and future dynamics of US foreign policy towards several “Hot Zones” in the world. These “Hot Zones” include North Korea, Iran, Russia and much more. The discussion begins at 645pm.

Please join us for some great discussion. Panelists will invite the audience to ask questions as well. For more information, please contact Dr. Douglas Rivero at 727-394-6948.

Constitution Day at the Seminole Campus

Students at the Seminole Campus listening to a speaker

Students from Dr. Rivero’s and Dr. Prifti’s American Government courses competed at Seminole’s Constitution Day Event on October 12th. Constitution Day honors the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787. Thus, we were celebrating the 230th anniversary of the US Constitution.

Overall, students had a great time and learned quite a bit about their individual rights and civil liberties under the US Constitution.  Indeed, oratorical participants passionately defended their various positions on the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. From the 2nd Amendment to impeachment articles, students displayed their research and presentation skills. The grand prize winnder (Bibin Thomas) received a $100 gift card from SGA/Student Life.

Many thanks to SGA/Student Life and Malena Buck or helping us with this event. Also, special thanks to our judges (Stephen Sinclair, Lisa McDonnell and Osiris Albrecht) & students (Tracy Pham, Nathan Maraia and Bibin Thomas).


SPC Seminole Volunteers for Patriot Day

Ten SPC students from the Seminole Campus had a great time volunteering at Bauder Elementary School on October 9th. Originally scheduled for September 11th, this volunteer event was rescheduled due to Hurricane Irma. Nonetheless, Patriot Day is an opportunity to turn a negative event in American history and turn it into a positive by volunteering and giving back to the community. The goal is to promote civic pride.

Nevertheless,  SPC students worked for several hours to assist the kids with their reading and math lessons. In fact, several students agreed to volunteer at Bauder on a continual basis! We are very proud of these students and their spirit of civic engagement.

Many thanks to Dr. Prifti, Professor Estlund and Dr. Rivero for encouraging their students to participate. For more information on volunteering opportunities near the Seminole Campus, please contact Dr. Rivero

SPC Seminole Volunteers for Patriot Day!!—Rescheduled

Due to closures throughout the Pinellas County School system, Monday’s 9/11 Patriot Day of Service will be rescheduled for a later date in September.

About Patriot Day: In an effort to take a negative and turn it into a positive, Patriot Day was established to honor courage and compassion. Just as emergency responders moved heroically to save lives on 9/11/01, we hope to inspire others to serve their fellow Americans.


Promote Literacy: Volunteer to Read to Elementary Kids
Donate Canned Goods to the Needy

Location: Bauder Elementary School
12755 86th Ave N, Seminole, FL 33776

When: 8-10am on September TBD
To Volunteer: Call or Email
Dr. Douglas Rivero

Special Engagement Event: The Psychic Hold of Slavery

Join us on Tuesday August 15th @ The American Stage Theater for a night of conversation and discussion. Dr. Robert Patterson, Chair of African American Studies at Georgetown University, will discuss how the history chattel of slavery continues to impact the domestic politics of the US.  From law enforcement controversies and voting rights issues to the growing rise of of neo-fascist groups, it is obvious that the struggle for political and social equality continues. As such, Professor Patterson will attempt to offer insights as to how the US may bridge these divisions.

Some important questions to consider:

Will the Trump administration support and enforce existing civil rights laws?

How does the media promote the continuation of institutionalized racism?

How will shifting demographics impact race relations?

Does the current millennial generation offer us hope for the future?

This free event (and amazing civic engagement opportunity) is from 630-730PM at the American Stage Theater @ 163rd St North (SPC Downtown). A paid reception will begin at 530PM ($10 in advance and $15 at the door). It is sponsored by both St. Petersburg College and the Georgetown University Alumni Club.

For more info, contact Vanessa Cohn

Blessing Box Comes to Seminole

The blessing box is a new and organically-driven civic engagement concept that has come to St. Petersburg’s Seminole campus. It is housed in the Seminole Community Library and offers residents the ability to anonymously donate to their community. In turn, residents who are in need have the opportunity to “withdraw” resources from the blessing box. Common items that are deposited include food, toiletries and other nonperishable items.

This is truly an amazing opportunity for SPC students to partner and engage with their surrounding community in a project that promotes a very wholesome kind of civic engagement. Indeed, this concept fights back against the glorification of narcissism, vanity and egotism that is often present in today’s society. Anonymous philanthropy contends that givers should not strive for any awards or admiration. Moreover, this type of civic engagement also frees the recipient from the type of shaming that often occurs against those who are less fortunate or who have fallen on hard times. Overall, anonymous civic engagement unleashes pride in the community in an effort to solve social problems collectively.

If you are interested in making or receiving a donation, please note that the box is a bright yellow color. Even more, it is extremely convenient for students and residents given that it is open 24 hours a day and left unlocked.

For more information, please see the recently published story at the Tampa Bay Times:

Teen Climate Change Activist to Speak @ SPC Seminole on May 25th

Climate Change is one of the defining issues of our lifetime. How can we tackle this highly complicated problem? Is it possible for one individual to make a difference? Is there anything that a young Millennial can do to effect change?
Fortunately, there is hope and young people can definitely make an impact. 

A Miami teenager who founded her own non-profit to raise awareness of the risks of climate change and sea level rise will address St. Petersburg College students at 10:30 a.m. May 25 at the Seminole Campus. Delaney Reynolds, a published author and illustrator of three children’s books and a TEDx speaker, will talk about her work to get her generation involved in preventing catastrophic disaster from the impacts of climate change. The program, sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions, will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in LI 270 at Seminole.

Please invite your students to participate and engage. Delaney is ready to inspire and converse with our students. Remember, engaged students are more likely to succeed @ SPC!

Fore more information, check out the link below:


January Civic Engagement Events (Ready, Set, Succeed)

Gadgets for Good

Throughout the month of January 2017, St. Petersburg College is partnering with eSmart Recycling to launch a grassroots effort to support kids in our local community who don’t have access to technology. This will be through the community outreach program Gadgets for Good.

Old laptops, computers, electronics, and tablets, regardless of their condition, can be donated from Jan. 1 – 30 at various SPC locations.

This campuswide initiative not only aims to solve a deep-rooted social problem. It is a testament of how private and public sectors can work together for the sustainable benefit of the community.

For more info, check out this link: Donating Gadgets for Good

Debate on Free Speech

January 19, 2017 @ Seminole Conference Center from 6-8pm

 Title: You Can’t Say That: Free Speech and the Social Sensitivity Movement on College Campuses

For more info, check out this link:

You Can’t Say That: Free Speech and the Social Sensitivity Movement