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On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Office of Student Life and Multicultural Student Affairs presented the winter quarter Student of Color luncheon in the Penguin Student Lounge.

Early Childhood Education Department Coordinator Debi Jenkins served as the keynote speaker at the Student of Color luncheon held Thursday, Feb. 21.Students were greeted as they entered the luncheon. Carrie Weikel-Delaplane, director of Student Life and Multicultural Student Affairs, opened the luncheon with a warm welcome.

Estancia Cota, a leader with the Multicultural Students Union Club, introduced Early Childhood Education Department Coordinator Debi Jenkins, who was the keynote speaker.  (Jenkins is seen in the photo on the left.)

“Debi was amazing,” commented one student. “I liked that she kept it real and I like the fact that she cares and that she wants us to dream and live and do the best we can. I’m glad she is here at Clark. She will help a lot of people and will inspire us to keep going, moving forward to greater things.”

“I was impressed with Debi’s speech,” said another student. “Her observations about ‘noise in your life’ really struck a chord with what is going on in my life right now.” After Jenkins’ inspirational speech, students stood up and shared their experiences and hearts with the crowd.

The quarterly Student of Color luncheon is held three times each year at Clark College (fall, winter and spring) and, according to records, dates back to 1984. With each luncheon the event grows and touches an increasing number of students’ lives.

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