Men of Color Panel Presentation to Explore Modern Barriers


GARDNER – Mount Wachusett Community College is launching its new public forum, the Tea Time Speaker Series, with a panel presentation exploring obstacles men of color face in today’s society, workforce and education system.

The first forum of the series, a Men of Color panel presentation and Black History Month luncheon, will take place Monday, Feb. 29 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the North Café of MWCC’s Gardner campus. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Panelists include University of Massachusetts Medical School: Brian Lewis, Ph.D., associate dean for student diversity and associate professor in the Molecular, Cell and Cancer Biology department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; Jesse Edwards, director of diversity and equal opportunity at UMass Medical School; Train Wu, senior outreach specialist/career coach with MWCC’s Workforce Diversity Pipeline Program; and Eric Rodriguez, Lead Organizer at United Neighbors of Fitchburg.

The forum is sponsored by MWCC’s Diversity Consortium, Gateway to College program and the National Workforce Diversity Pipeline program, a new initiative between the college and the Fitchburg and Leominster public school districts funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health for students interested in healthcare careers.

To reserve a seat, contact Sharmese Gunn at 978-630-9493 or

The Tea Time Speakers Series will take place on the last Monday of the month throughout the spring semester.