As part of a Distinguished Speaker Series, the Damietta Center for Multicultural Students at St. Bonaventure University will welcome two Western New York leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to making the region more inclusive and welcoming.
Tamara Alsace, Ph.D., will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, in the amphitheater of the William F. Walsh Science Center. Dr. Alsace will be speaking as a part of events for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Alsace is the proud daughter of Dominican parents and a native Buffalonian. As the descendant of grandparents born in Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Martinique — who all connected in Santo Domingo — she is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the aspects of Hispanic culture that unite us, while recognizing the unique qualities that define us.
Alsace is a bilingual educator who has devoted her career to ensuring equitable educational opportunities for emergent bilingual learners from around the world.
She retired as director of Multilingual Education for Buffalo Public Schools in 2015, serves on the boards of several local and statewide not-for-profits, and is secretary of the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, Inc.
The second speaker in the series is Damian Mordecai, executive director of Pride Center of Western New York, who will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Walsh Amphitheater. Mordecai will be speaking as a larger part of LGBTQ History Month.
The Pride Center promotes the lifelong health and well-being of LGBTQ people. Mordecai joined the organization as an administrative assistant in 2007. He went on to serve as a program manager and most recently as director of Engagement and Education before being named executive director in 2017.
Mordecai oversees the organization’s comprehensive services and programs that benefit the LGBTQ community. He has developed many of the center’s initiatives, most recently focusing on the development of SCOUT, an innovative program addressing the sexual health and wellness needs of young gay men.
He has also grown the center’s field education programs to educate a wide variety of businesses, and health and wellness providers about the needs of the LGBTQ population. He has provided LGBTQ cultural competency trainings to more than 250 businesses and organizations to date. Additionally, he has provided trainings for government and law enforcement officials including the FBI, U.S. Homeland Security and the Buffalo Police Department. Since 2014, he has been training first-year medical students at the University at Buffalo School of Biomedical Sciences on LGBTQ health disparities. Mordecai has a passion for creativity and digital arts and how they can be used to communicate health messages.
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