Alejandra Molina, director of Intercultural Affairs, and her husband Michael Bersani, a legal attorney at Michaels & Smoak in Auburn, will play pivotal roles in the production of the “Sounds of Justice” concert put on by the Rural and Migrant Ministry. The jazz and classical concert, performed by Gerson Arvelo, will be followed by a fiesta including a wide variety of foods.
The concert will be held at Trinity Church, 520 S. Main St., in Geneva on Saturday, July 7.
The Rural and Migrant Ministry promotes hope, justice and empowerment within multi-cultural rural regions of New York State. The group works to overcome prejudice and poverty by celebrating diversity and providing opportunities. According to William McKee, the administrative coordinator for the Rural and Migrant Ministry, Geneva’s central location and the assistance from HWS staff members makes the city an appealing location to host the Sounds of Justice event.
“Having the connection with HWS allows us to access more resources to help develop various aspects of the event,” says McKee. “The Colleges have a lot of experience in putting on events and they have been very helpful in assisting us.”
Numerous HWS students have participated in internships with the Rural and Migrant Ministry, further solidifying the relationship between the Colleges and the organization.
Molina serves on the advisory board for the Rural and Migrant Ministry and will be an emcee at Sounds of Justice. Working both on and off campus, she hopes to achieve a sense of togetherness within the community.
“Part of the mission of Intercultural Affairs at HWS is to help build a sense of community,” says Molina. “With this in mind, we plan and implement programs that bring together individuals from all walks of life. RMM’s Sounds of Justice event will provide an ideal opportunity for HWS and Geneva community members to strengthen the ties between them and it will also help bring awareness on issues affecting the farmworking community.”
Bersani will also serve as an emcee at the event. Appointed “Citizen of the Year” in 2009 by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, trilingual Bersani has extensive experience assisting local immigrants. Orchestrating clothing drives, offering free-of-charge legal assistance, apartment and house searching, and teaching free English courses, are just a few of the many ways Bersani lends a helping hand to the immigrant community.
The event is free of charge; however, donations are greatly appreciated. Proceeds will benefit the Ministry’s youth summer leadership program.
For more information on the Rural and Migrant Ministry or the Sounds of Justice event, please visit http://www.ruralmigrantministry.org/.