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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)February 1, 2010

MAHWAH – Ramapo College presents its fourth annual Diversity Convocation on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Sharp Theater, located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts.

This year’s celebration features Tashel C. Bordere, PhD, Associate Professor of Child and Family Development from the University of Central Missouri, who has developed and taught courses related to multiculturalism in families, adolescent culture, and death, dying, and bereavement in families.  Dr. Bordere is a speaker, youth advocate, researcher, and author of works relating to diversity and resilience through grief. She has done numerous consultations, presentations, and workshops across the country relating to cultural awareness, sensitivity to diversity and social conscientiousness.

Her most recent work is “To Look at Death Another Way’: Black Teenage Males’ Perspectives on Second-Lines and Regular Funerals in New Orleans,” which was published in Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying.  Her research focuses on homicidal violent death among African American youth, cultural death customs, parenting approaches within context, and culturally sensitive practices in research and work with children and adolescents.

Dr. Bordere’s convocation speech will be on “Diversity, Courage and Resilience in the Face of Challenges.” She will also be part of a panel featuring four Ramapo College students who won the Resilience Stories essay competition, which will be held earlier in the day, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 138.

In the event of inclement weather, the Convocation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, (201) 684-6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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