URMC Pathology Employee Leads Hurricane Relief Effort for Dominica

               Julia Polidore

               Julia Polidore

An employee from the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center started a charity drive to collect items to help the victims of Hurricane Maria.

Julia Polidore (in photo ) is a native of Dominica, a small, independent country in the northeastern Caribbean. Her parents were among those affected by the destructive hurricane. Polidore has worked in Histopathology for 13 years and is currently a student at the Warner School of Education pursuing her doctorate degree in Education and Human Development.

She explained that Dominica already has a shaky economic infrastructure and widespread poverty. Her parents pastor two churches that will distribute any donated goods they receive to the local villages. “Because there is limited access to goods and resources, it’s more than likely that the villages are going to depend on the churches for help,” said Polidore.

She thanked those participating in the collection effort and said it will make a real impact on those in need. “For me, this is very faith-driven,” she said. “It exemplifies what it means to be the hands and feet to help those who can’t help themselves. For questions on further donations or to find out how to make a monetary donation, email Julia_Polidore@urmc.rochester.edu. 

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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, MCC Black faculty Group

to Present Screening of "STEP" and Panel Discussion

ROCHESTER - The Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in association with the Monroe Community College African American Affinity Group, a faculty organization, will present a special screening of the documentary, "STEP," the story of a high school girls' Step team in Baltimore's inner city, on Friday, October 20. The Red Carpet event will be at 6:30 p.m. in the MCC Theater located in Building 4 off Parking Lot F on the school's Brighton campus, 1000 E. Henrietta Road. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion Panelists include Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, Jackie Campbell, director of ROC The Future with the Children's Agenda organization; Tanya Thurman, Action for a Better Community, and Derra Smith, a member of the Center for Youth staff. Tokeya C. Graham,will be the moderator. Tickets are $5 person and may be purchased at MCC”s Thomas Flynn Service Desk, at www.monroecctickets.com or at the door. For more information, call the Delta line at 585-234- 2200 or email Melany J. Silas at mcc3ag@monroecc.edu.