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Rice, Beans and Pierogies

"Rice, Beans and Pierogies" at Elizabethtown College

Latino Heritage Month presentation features Joyce Avila

In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity at Elizabethtown College presents "Rice, Beans and Pierogies" with Joyce Avila, president of Creating and Facilitating Equality (CAFÉ') and a dynamic speaker, facilitator and educator whose work has spanned the country. The interactive program beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Room 114 of the College’s Steinman Center, explores Latino culture, education, migrant children, laws and transcultural issues.

Participants will broaden their understanding of Latino culture and inclusive excellence and will discuss deep cultural issues, learn to apply knowledge and respond to an ever-changing cultural landscape through enhancing communication with the Latino community.

Avila, a Puerto Rican who came to the United States in 1978, organizes and facilitates workshops in the areas of diversity, life change and transition, leadership, communication, conflict resolution, stress management and self care. She is  former director of Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium, assistant director of the Diversity Institute and diversity director with Keystone College. Avila also continues to work across the nation as a minority leadership trainer for the National Education Association.

"Rice, Beans and Pierogies, cosponsored by the Modern Languages, Social Work and Sociology and Anthropology departments, is free and open to the public.

Contact: Diane Elliott, director of Diversity, at or 717-361-1198.

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