Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to participate in Monroe County Community College's two remaining Culture and Current Affairs Series in May. All of the events are free and all are open to the public.

On Tuesday, May 21 at 3 p.m. CREED (Coalition for Racial Equality, Equity and Diversity) is hosting Mind the Gap: A Discussion About Mental Health Disparities, presented by Dr. April Demers, PhD, MSMSL, CHES, from the School of Population Health, University of Toledo. To join the Zoom session visit

Demers received her doctoral degree in Health Education from the University of Toledo.  She also has a master’s degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership and a graduate certificate in Data Analytics from Michigan State University, as well as graduate specializations in Biostatistics and Epidemiology in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Before joining the University of Toledo, Dr. Demers served for over twenty years leading a variety of nonprofit organizations and community-based health initiatives aimed at reducing health disparities.  Most recently, she served as a Director with ProMedica’s National Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Institute.  Her research and advocacy interests are in addressing social determinants of health to promote health equity and to improve the well-being of entire communities. 

On Wednesday, May 29 at 3 p.m., Freyja Harris, executive director, Coalition for Home Repair, will present Preserving Safe, Healthy, Affordable Housing via Zoom at

Harris brings more than 20 years of experience in housing, grant-making, policy, and community development, and plays a key role in leading the Coalition for Home Repair - executing programs, fundraising, and advocacy work. Harris has served in executive roles including as executive director at Florida Coalition for the Homeless and chief administrative officer at Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation. Harris brings a unique skill set working for funding agencies with prior roles as a senior program officer at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and a management specialist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Harris is a lawyer, a long-time volunteer, and advocate for housing policies.

For more information about these or any of the other events on the calendar at MCCC, visit

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