CSA would like to invite everyone to their fourth annual Come Celebrate Our Diversity event, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, in Comstock Dining Hall. This event is an educational dinner that teaches about the Caribbean and how diverse it is. This year the speaker, Patrick Sylvain, will be addressing the French Caribbean Islands. His main focus will be Haiti and its current situation. The Humming Bird Dance Company will also return to perform, and steel pan player Jefferey Moolchan will perform, along with various student performances. It will be a night of both education and fun. All are welcome–bring a friend. Admission is $3. Tickets are available at Student Life and Leadership, Scandling Center (lunch and dinner time), The College Store, or from CSA Board Members (Sasania Champagnie, Syrena Patterson, Gabrielle Kalin, Vassaundra Bynoe, C J Rolles).
Sylvain, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, emigrated to Massachusetts in December 1981. He was a Conant Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he earned his master's degree. He now works as a bilingual public school teacher in Massachusetts, and is also a video-photographer. As such he worked as a special researcher with the PBS documentary series “Frontline”. Sylvain, who is a former member of the Dark Room Collective and founding member of the Haitian American Writers Coalition, has co-edited a special issue of “Compost Magazine on Haitian Writers” and has received a 1996 finalist grant for poetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He is currently a Board member and the co-chair of the Diversity Committee of PEN New England. He has been published widely in both America and Haiti, in publications including “Abafazi,” “African American Review,” “American Poetry Anthology,” “American Poetry Review,” “Callaloo,” “Haiti en Marche,” “Haiti Progrès” and the Haitian Times.