The introduction of global ed trips, overly-enthusiastic magazine ladies, and the thrilling annual dress code assembly are times in which Pace students love to catch a quick nap or engage in an intense debate about the most recent “Gossip Girl” episode. Despite the sometimes dull mornings, there are several assemblies every year that truly excite the student body and the audience is all ears. For instance, diversity speakers Chris Herren and Frank Meeink, the reformed skinhead, were two that the student body legitimately took interest in.
These popular presentations are the product of Director of Diversity Philip McAdoo, who works hard to bring speakers to Pace that he believes will connect with and educate students by sharing experiences much different than our own. Mr. McAdoo said that this year, “Pace has received a grant from the Goizueta foundation to support a Hispanic/Latino initiative.” With this in mind Mr. McAdoo has planned for Theo Rigby, a documentary filmmaker from San Francisco, to speak at assembly on Nov. 14. Mr. Rigby directed the documentary “Sin Pais,” a film that looks at immigration issues through the lens of a family who is deported to their native country of Guatemala. The film tells the trying story of family separation and the struggles that the Mejia family goes through.
The next planned diversity speaker for this year should be able to connect with the student body very well because she is still in high school. Local senior Marina Belotserkovskaya will tell her story of coming out to her parents and peers as a lesbian teenager. She will highlight her struggles before and while coming out and how the decision helped to change her life. Mr. McAdoo explained, “She will be talking the day before National Coming Out Day, which should provide a strong sense of community and acceptance.” This will be a unique opportunity for Pace students to hear from someone who is the same age and experiencing issues similar to their own. Expect to see Marina at Pace on Oct. 10.
In February, Michael Fosberg will speak to the Pace community as a man who lived 32 years of his life before learning that he was black. He tells his story through his solo performance called “Incognito” and he will stay for a discussion on race and how people perceive race. Mr. Fosberg will provide an interesting opportunity for Pace students to reflect on race and the role that it plays in the Pace community.
By Aaron Wasserman, Staff Writer ’14