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Monroe County Community College is hosting a unique panel discussion, "Discover Your Family Heritage,” as part of its ongoing Diversity Series. The discussion will be held via Zoom at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 18. To attend session, log on to The panel features Rudy Flores, Chairperson for the Southeastern Michigan Migrant Resource Council; Miriam Ramos, Agricultural Employment Liaison of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity; and Dr Kojo Quartey, President of Monroe County Community College. 

Rudy Flores serves as the Chairperson for the Southeastern Michigan Migrant Resource Council, which serves Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, Wayne, Hillsdale and Jackson Counties.  Rudy is a graduate of Spring Arbor University and has a bachelor's degree in social work.  Flores has worked for the State of Michigan since April 2000, and has also worked for Community Mental Health, Catholic Social Services and is an active volunteer in the community. He lives in Adrian and works with migrant workers in Lenawee and Monroe Counties.

Miriam J. Ramos, agricultural employment liaison of the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, is the youngest of four children, whose father was born in Porto Nuevo, Puerto Rico and mother is from Gary, Indiana. She is a graduate of Baker College and holds an associate degree in business.  She has extensive history working with the migrant and seasonal farmworker population as well agriculture work at a local apple orchard packaging plant. She has worked for agencies, such as Community Action Agency as a migrant program coordinator, and Telamon Corporation as a family service specialist.  Miriam studied biblical theology abroad in Puerto Rico and has served with her father Rev. Luis Ramos as a ministry coordinator for several years.  Miriam has a passion working with diverse cultures through her service with the SEMMRC (Southeastern Michigan Migrant Resource Council).  She also serves as a translator/interpreter through various departments on the county and state level.

Dr. Kojo Quartey is president of Monroe County Community College in southeast Michigan. He holds a doctoral degree in applied economics from Mississippi State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and a master’s degree in economics from Morgan State University. Dr. Quartey is a published author on topics of international and economic development. His previous positions were provost at the City Colleges of Chicago, dean of the College of Business at Davenport University, a dean at Talladega College, and several leadership positions at Lincoln University-Missouri. Dr. Quartey is a vocal advocate of equity at all ages, spearheading equity awareness efforts at the earliest ages. He is involved in numerous community and volunteer activities, and believes in doing his utmost to make a difference in the lives of others.

About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition. The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education.  The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit.  The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border.  Detailed information about MCCC is available at

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Joe Verkennes
Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI  48161

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