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2021 Virtual Multicultural Gala

Celebrating Resilience, Inspiration, and Hope

Sponsored by: Student Government Association and Auxiliary Service Corporation.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
4 pm, via MS Teams

Event Program

Opening Remarks

Multicultural Committee

Violin Performance

National Anthem by Ms. Yaas Azmoudeh


  • Dr. John S. Nader, President
    Dr. Kevin D. Jordan, VP for Student Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer

Keynote Speaker

Garrison Redd, Paralympic Powerlifter, Model, Advocate, Motivational Speaker.
Garrison Redd is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He is a TEDx Speaker, Team USA Paralympic powerlifter, model, and most of all an advocate for disabled rights. As the co-founder of the Garrison Redd Project (GRP), he aims to improve access to resources for individuals with disabilities.

Keynote Speaker, Garrison Redd.


  • African Fashion by Aida Sy
  • Azerbaijani Dances by Dr. Nahid Jafari
  • Luis Pales Matos and Pedro Pietri Poems by Melixa Abad-Izquierdo
  • Traditional Greek Dance by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
  • Greetings from Bangla Culture by Nazrul Islam
  • How to Make Corn Tortillas the Mexican Way by Sylvia Nicosia 

Raffle Winners Announced

Closing Remarks


There will be cash awards for presentations and raffle prizes for attendees to the Virtual Multicultural Gala.
For more information about this and past Galas, please visit the Multicultural Committee page.

About the Multicultural Committee

The aim of the Multicultural Committee is to disseminate information about diversity and to contribute to the creation of a well informed and supportive community through practical engagement. In keeping with the Farmingdale State College Mission, our goal is to promote a culture of diversity and mutual support, so that students and the community know that Farmingdale State College and the State University of New York are committed to fostering a culture of equality, one that celebrates multiculturalism, and stands for equality.


Aida Sy, Business Management
Alicia L Cesar, Educational Opportunity Program
Chiara DeSanti, Modern Languages
Christine Larkin, Physical Plant
Cristian Sepulveda, Economics
Fatoma Rad, Library
Garrison Song, Business Management
Kathryn Machin, Library
Kevin D Jordan, PhD, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Maria Nikolaidou, Nursing
Nancy Maggio, Nursing
Qing Ai, Modern Languages
Sarbjit Singh, Sport Management
Stevie Famulari, Urban Horticulture & Design
Sue H Moon, Business Management
Sylvia Nicosia, Marketing & Communications
Yi-Fan Chen, Visual Communications

For more information about the committee, visit the Multicultural Committee site.

April 21, 2021
4:00 PM

Virtual Event

Thank you to all of our attendees, we look forward to seeing you at future events.

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