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Haitian Heritage Celebration


SUNY Rockland Community College Hosts
19th Annual Haitian Heritage Celebration April 19-23


Suffern, NY - SUNY Rockland Community College is hosting its 19th Annual Haitian Heritage celebration.


April 19-23

Haitian Art Exhibit

Art Underground, Lower Level Library

Paintings by Dr. Gray Orphee, RCC Assistant Professor, Economics


Mon. -  Thurs., 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fri., 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sun.,11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Tuesday, April 20, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lecture:  "U.S.A.: The Haitian Legacy"

Technology Center, Room 8180, Ellipse

Admission: Free and open to the public

Dr. Jean A. Francois, Haitian Scholar-in-Residence, will share scholarly perspectives on the Haitian experience in the U.S.  Francois is an Associate Professor of French at York College/CUNY and is a widely published author, playwright and poet. Francois earned a Ph.D. in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY, a Master of Arts in French literature at Hunter College, CUNY, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering at the Institut Supérieur technique d’Haiti.


Tuesday, April 20, 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Charity for Haiti Fundraiser--SGA Club Event

Faculty/Staff Dining Room

Food and other items will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Haitian Club and the Student Government Association. For further information contact 845-574-4322/4373.

Wednesday, April 21, 12:30 p.m.

Basketball Tournament,

12:30 p.m. - Registration

1:00 p.m. - Basketball Tournament


Admission: Players must be RCC students or staff

Individual Trophies will be awarded to the tournament champs.


Thursday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Haitian Day

A Call for Scholarship & Service: Moving Forward & Giving  Back

Admission: Invited high school students

Cultural Arts Theater

Rockland County high school students are invited to visit the campus, attend college classes and learn about Haitian culture and college life. The celebration includes a presentation by a prominent member of the Haitian community.


For more information, contact Elizabeth Solages, Chair, Haitian Heritage Week Committee, at (845) 574-4322,, or Dana Stilley, Recruitment Specialist, at 845-574- 4294, or or visit




Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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