February 24, 2003

CONTACT: Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023 or Clarence Christian, (901) 333-5203


The Honors Academy at Southwest Tennessee Community College will sponsor a panel discussion on diversity Tuesday, March 4 at 9 a.m. The event will be held in the Parrish Building Library Annex on the College’s Union Avenue campus at 737 Union Avenue.

Panel participants will include Nyquinta Sims of the Mayor’s Office on Religious and Multicultural Affairs, Tina Fronimos of LaPrensa Lantina, Len Piechowski of Friends for Life, and Salysanh Rasasack of Catholic Charities. Ilia Rashad Muhammad, Nation of Islam administrative assistant, will be panel moderator.

The program is aimed at “creating a better understanding of the people and perspectives that make up Memphis,” according to Clarence Christian, Southwest Honors Academy director. Christian along with college faculty and students from across Memphis make up Diversity Speaks.

The program also is part of the On Memphis series sponsored each semester by the Academy. This panel discussion is a prelude to the March 20, 2003, first annual Symposium on Diversity, featuring National Civil Rights Museum executive director, Beverly Robertson, and academic presentations by Southwest faculty and students.