All posts by Douglas 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

CCLCE Presents Mr. Joe Corbin: World War II Veteran & Motorcycle Escort to 5 US Presidents


SPC Seminole and the Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement is proud to present a special event with Mr. Joe Corbin. He is a World War II Veteran who witnessed the horrors of the Nazi death camps. After returning from the war, Mr. Corbin began an adventurous career with the DC Capitol Police as a Presidential Motorcyle escort. This thrilling and rewarding opportunity gave him the honor of working with 5 US Presidents. Given that Mr. Corbin valued community service so much, he was also intimately involved in mentoring at-risk students in his community. All in all, Mr. Corbin has amazing stories to share that not only bring history to life, but help everyone understand the value of public service and community engagement.

When: October 24th from 11am to 1230pm

Where: SPC Seminole, Digitorium

Constitution Day Poster Contest @ Seminole

Grab your colored pencils, markers, crayons, finger paints or watercolors and design a handmade poster showing how you and your family benefit from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution.


Return Your Poster To: UPC 337F by September 13th, 2016 at 5pm

Please, incorporate you name and phone number on the back page of your design


The contest will have a total of four winners, including a grand prize winner. All winners will be announced on September 15th, 2016. The Grand Prize winner will receive $150.  The next three winners will receive a prize at a value of $50.00 each. This will be in the form of a check or gift card. Gift cards will also be awarded to other participants as well.