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The Office of Cultural Diversity works across the Campus and Community to plan programming and events that celebrate and honor the diversity of Campus and our Community. Please check this page often for events.

Upcoming Community Events

Women's History Month 2024

Join us as we celebrate Women's History Month in style!

Throughout the month, our college is proud to host diverse events honoring women's remarkable contributions and resilience.

Three women

Kentucky Chautauqua Performer: Alice Lloyd-Stay On, Stranger

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, Science Auditorium

  • Get ready to step back in time with a captivating performance by Dr. Jacqueline Hamilton of Winchester, KY, as she brings to life the indomitable spirit of Alice Lloyd! As a Kentucky Chautauqua performer with the Kentucky Humanities, Dr. Hamilton embodies the essence of this remarkable pioneer of education. Born in 1876, Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd defied the odds to become a trailblazing social reformer and the visionary founder of Alice Lloyd College. Join us as Dr. Hamilton transports us to a bygone era, where we'll uncover Alice Lloyd's extraordinary journey.

Mary Jackson with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, JSO 112

  • Prepare to be inspired as Mary Jackson, representing the Council for Post-Secondary Education, takes the stage!  Mary will spotlight the unsung education heroes right here in Kentucky. From fearless trailblazers who shattered barriers to tireless advocates who transformed the workforce, get ready to discover the incredible stories of women who have left an indelible mark on our educational landscape. Don't miss this opportunity to be uplifted and motivated by the extraordinary tales of Kentucky's educational heroines!"

KET Documentary-Becoming bell hooks

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, RPC 212

Explore the life and legacy of Kentucky-born author bell hooks, who wrote nearly 40 books and whose work at the intersection of race, class and gender serves as a lasting contribution to the feminist movement. Learn how bell’s childhood in Hopkinsville and her connection to Kentucky’s “hillbilly culture” informed her views and her belief that feminism is for everybody.

Spring into Wellness-Women’s Health Fair

Wednesday, March 27, 2024, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM, RPC Atrium

Join us for a vibrant celebration of women's health, where we bring together many services, nonprofits, and agencies dedicated to empowering and supporting women. Don't miss this opportunity to bloom into your best self this spring! Hosted by Lincoln Trail District Health Department and Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

Beacon of Light Awards

ECTC will proudly host the 2024 Beacon of Light Awards on February 23, 2024, to recognize African-American heroes in the college’s service region for their success, exemplary service to their professions and communities, and commitment to servant leadership and equity. We shine a light on these incredible community members to honor their accomplishments and service and pave the way for future generations.

Nominations have ended for Beacons. Thanks for your support.

Please join us for the ceremony, which will be held on February 23rd, 2024, from 6-8 PM on ECTC’s campus in the Morrison Gallery. Dinner will be served proceeding ceremony. Please RSVP to by February 5th. Seating is limited.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s Beacons of Light was created in 2017 as a way to celebrate and recognize local African American heroes that are committed to enhancing equity in our service regions, and beyond. ECTC will be honoring these heroes – the heroes who have shaped our local communities with leadership and compassion, those individuals who serve the local communities with an undying passion, and the leaders who have fought through adversity to change their local communities. They have paved the path for the young population and set the tone for rich local tradition. Their work deserves praise. These heroes are the perfect Beacons for our future. 

2024 Beacon of Light Honorees

2024 Beacon of Light Honorees

Family members of honoree Tyrone Brown Williams, Selena Hudson, Alicia Gibson, Dr. Lucretia Starnes, Shonna Sheckles, Shirley Scott (seated), April Beard, Elaine Leach. Not pictured is honoree Dr. Anticia Alston.

Past Beacons of Light Awardees

Previous Events at ECTC

Multi-Cultural Fair: The Amazing Human Race

We had terrific performances from Yapa!, Aseye African Drumming Ensemble, and River Lotus Lion Dance. We also had tables representing various cultures: Korean, Difrenelty abled individuals, the Sustainability Committee, Japan, and CODE. Such a fun afternoon! Check our photos of the Multi-Cultural Fair event on April 27, 2023.

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman visited with the CODE and ACE students during a recent Pizza and Thesis workshop in the Multi-Cultural Center.

Jerry Bransford - Beacon of Light Nominee

The Center for Cultural Diversity presented Jerry Bransford and his Family History with Mammoth Cave on April 3, 2023 at ECTC.

Bransford's family guided tours at Mammoth Cave for 100 years before it was named America's 26th national park in 1941.  He shared his family story of slavery, mapping Mammoth Cave and all the things his family went through to park visitors, offering a glimpse into history from his family's perspective.  By sharing his family's story, Bransford could teach lessons from the past to help shape a better future.

The Journey to Freedom

Participants had the opportunity to walk along the 1st floor of the ATB to explore historical facts regarding African American history. Reception with cake, punch, and food was be available after the final tour group. Check our photos of the Journey to Freedom event on February 28, 2023.

ECTC's 3rd Annual African American Read-In

The National African American Read-In (AARI) was a groundbreaking effort to encourage communities to read together, centering African American books and authors. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world. Students, faculty, and staff were welcome to join us and read pieces from African American authors.  Check our photos of the African American Read-In event on February 16, 2023.