Diversity

Courtney Fearrington

Bio: 

From Marine to Mainstage! 

Courtney Fearrington grew up in Washington, DC to a military mom (Navy) and militant father. By the time he was able to walk and talk he was already performing for his parents friends at every function possible. At an early age Courtney  knew he wanted to be a professional comedian. As a teenager Courtney went to 4 different high schools in 4 years. This made him the "new kid" every year, and also gave him the opportunity to reinvent himself into whoever he wanted. For some reason he always chose the role of chubby outcast. After high school armed with an education from 4 different schools and a sense of humor strong enough to get him in and out of awkward situations Courtney felt being the new kid in college would be too hard. So he joined the United States Marine Corps.

It was in the Marines that Courtney finally began to take his comedy from conversations and daily life to large groups of people. He began sneaking onstage during military briefings, formations, and classes to perform routines. It wasn't until early fall of 2005 that he decided to get up in front of a random group of strangers in a Washington, DC bar to see what happened next. He was instantly bitten, by comedy - not a crack head. It was all he needed to solidify that performing stand-up comedy was going to be part of life. Life's necessities then became air, water, comedy, food (in that order).

Since starting comedy Courtney has already shown he has the ability to make any group of people laugh. His style of comedy is able to cross boundaries and touch on a variety of topics. Courtney has quickly become a fixture at comedy clubs and colleges across the nation because of his likable personality and quick wit. He has been featured beside some of comedies elite at clubs, bars, and even the prestigious John F. Kennedy Center. As a standup he has also been heard on syndicated radio, performed at the Bentzen Ball, and worked with comics from HBO, Showtime, MTV, Comedy Central, SNL, and many more.

Avi Liberman

Bio: 

Avi Liberman's quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.  He is CLEAN, SMART, and naturally funny.

Avi has performed stand-up comedy on CBS's "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" and "Make Me Laugh" as well as NBC's "Friday Night!" His acting credits include "Dave's World" CBS, "Boston Common" NBC and "Andytown U.S.A." Comedy Central.  Avi can be seen regularly on E! as one of their frequent guests on their very popular countdown series. He has also guest starred on "Movies At Our House," as well as having shot a pilot titled "Through the Keyhole" both on AMC. He has also been heard on radio stations across the country.

A successful commercial actor, Avi has appeared in spots for "Mercedes," "L.A. Cellular," "Miller Lite" and most recently "Starbucks" and "Net Zero." He has appeared at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.Since 2001, Avi has successfully arranged widely acclaimed stand-up comedy tours in Israel to help boost morale while donating all of the proceeds to a charity. The successful "Comedy For Koby" tour is now a bi-annual event, benefitting the Koby Mandell Foundation.

Credits: 

The Late Late Show, NBC, CBS, E! Network, Premium Blend, Comedy Central, Andytown U.S.A., Boston Common, Dave's World

Caryl Stern LaRosa

Bio: 

Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007. Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time. She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices. Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute. She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987). A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education. She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives. Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union.

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities. She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award. She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force. Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation.

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle. She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

Three Jokers

Bio: 

A FULL HOUSE AND NOTHIN' STRAIGHT...

ANT: Host of Celebrity Fit Club, The Tonight Show, Comedy Central

MICHELE BALAN: Last Woman Standing from Last Comic Standing, Montreal Comedy Festival

JESSICA KIRSON: Last Comic Standing, Showtime, Tonight Show, Carson Daly, Winner - Funniest Female Comic New York City

Michael C. Belmear

Bio: 

Michael C. Belmear is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Fairmont State College in Fairmont, WV. During his 30+ years at this college, he has been the director of the highly successful New Student Orientation in which he guides and motivates 250+ student volunteers, who will in turn work with the incoming class,in a very unique program. His work with parents includes"The ins and outs of letting go of your college freshman". In addition to coordinating many other campus programs, leadership conferences, and student activities he serves as crisis counselor and advisor to the Student Government. He also teaches Race, Class and Gender on and off campus to traditional and nontraditional students.

While taking a group of students to Italy, Belmear looked at the potential for an exchange program that would focus and embrace diversity. He created a "camp" that mixed students from urban Washington DC with students from rural WV plus international students from Italy to experience diversity and to create bridges of communication leading to community. 

LEADERSHIP IS NOT VIRTUAL-  the flip side to technology in leadership.  Exploring and building meaningful relationships to inspire individuals to reach their own potential and to then reach others to help them up the same ladder to success.

Professional Speaking Experience:
His enthusiastic, yet compassionate style, allows him to excel in the areas of motivation, leadership, communication, team-building, strategic planning and organizational change.

Clients Include:
WV EEO Conference, Eastern Regional DHHR Conference, FBI, WV State Nurses Association, Gardner Webb University and the National Conference for Student Services.

He Began His Career:
In higher education at West Virginia University after receiving his Masters Degree in Counseling, he served as Admissions counselor for five years before beginning his career at Fairmont State. He has served on the executive board of the WV Association of Student Personnel administrators for 15 years where he also served as president of the organization and received their Distinguished Service Award. He was also appointed to the Governor's Commission for the Holocaust and presently serves as vice president.

With a compassionate yet energetic style and gentle sense of humor, Michael provides the motivational atmosphere essential to successful workshops, conferences and other special events.

UNICEF

Bio: 

UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization, because we are able to tackle the real issues that effect why children are dying.

On the ground in 156 countries, UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund) helps children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

UNICEF provides emergency relief in Darfur, Peru, Afghanistan and many other countries. Globally, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, and good water and sanitation. UNICEF aims to ensure quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is the world’s leading advocate for children.

Speakers are available to visit your campus on a myriad of topics.

For more information on UNICEF in the United States, please visit www.unicefusa.org

Credits: 

President Caryl M. Stern

Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007.  Preceding this, she served as Chief Operating Officer and then Acting President for a short time.  She is responsible for providing leadership to all aspects of the day-to-day work of the organization in the National Office as well as the five Chapter Offices.  Prior to this, Ms. Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).   

A leader in anti-bias education, training and outreach, as well as providing a voice on behalf of the rights of children, she served as the ADL’s Director of Education and founding Director of its award-winning A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute.  She is the co-author of Hate Hurts: How Children Learn and Unlearn Prejudice (Scholastic, 2000) and Future Perfect: A Model for Professional Development (NACA, 1987).  A frequent contributor to magazines and journals, she regularly appears on national news programs and is quoted by the media.

Caryl has traveled extensively in the United States, Europe and in Israel, where she has conferred with leaders in civil rights, government and education.  She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives.  Caryl is an accomplished public speaker and has presented at over 300 conferences, conventions, meetings, and classrooms in the United States, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the former Soviet Union. 

Earlier in her career, Caryl spent a decade in higher education administration and teaching. Serving on the faculty of Manhattanville College’s Graduate School of Professional Studies, Stern also served as the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University (New York) and National Chairperson of the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), an organization representing over 1,000 colleges and universities.  She was a recipient of the Founder’s Award, the NACA’s highest professional honor, and the New York City Harmony Award.  She is a former chairperson of the Borough of Brooklyn's Unity Task Force.  Currently, Stern serves on the Boards of the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation and the Martin Luther King Memorial Project Foundation. 

In addition to her professional experience, Caryl is married with three sons (Brian, Lee and James) and one granddaughter, Annabelle.  She was named as one of “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine in December 2000 and honored as a Women of Empowerment by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in June 2008.

Jane Elliott

Bio: 

Ms. Elliott is convinced that Viktor Hugo was right when he told us that nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.  The idea of one race, the HUMAN race, is an idea whose time has come, and we'd all better be prepared to pass it on.

Jane Elliott received her teaching degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Chosen as one of Peter Jennings' ABC-TV's "Person of the Week," Jane is the adaptor of the "Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes" discrimination experiment. The sensitizing exercise, in which participants are labeled inferior or superior based on the color of their eyes, began in a third-grade classroom in all-white, all-Christian Riceville, Iowa, immediately after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It has been repeated with dramatic results with children and adults throughout the country. Those who have been through this exercise have said it is an emotionally significant and life-changing experience. This ground breaking exercise is the pinnacle of all other diversity programming in the country today.

Several television documentaries have covered her work, among them ABC's "The Eye of the Storm," which won the Peabody Award; "A Class Divided," which dealt with the long-term impact of the exercise and Ms. Elliott's work with adults and was broadcast nationally on PBS's Frontline series;, "The Eye of the Beholder," which also dealt with adults and their reactions to discrimination and was produced by Florida Public Television. Both the latter films received an Emmy Award and most recently released award winning film "The Angry Eye" is also available for purchase; download the order form.

The Angry Eye

"The Angry Eye" is a dynamic and provocative documentary, showcasing Jane Elliott's world famous Blue-Eyed/Brown-Eyed exercise in discrimination. The tables are turned on white American College students as they are forced to experience the same kind of racist treatment African Americans and other minorities have been receiving for years. In the documentary, students' reactions are intercut with Elliott's observations. The film is disturbing; both for the participants and for the viewers, who are made to confront their own prejudices.

Jane Elliott is a recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. She has been a guest lecturer at numerous colleges and universities and has been a guest on a wide variety of television shows including The Today Show, Tonight with Johnny Carson, Donahue, and the Oprah Winfrey show. She is hailed as the leader in diversity training - a veteran presenter who has addressed groups ranging from colleges and universities, to civil service organizations, elementary schools, corporations and businesses.

 

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Rich Kiamco

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Rich Kiamco is a force of nature that rips across the stage leaving laughter, tears and applause in his wake. Rich’s comedy career began with a sewing machine at the Fashion Institute Of Technology where he performed his first stand-up routine at the dorm talent show. Later that year later he met Judy Tenuta and became her costume designer and eventually began performing with her as her back-up dancer in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide. He received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the NY Fringe Festival + Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival and has performed on campuses and venues across the USA, Canada, China and the Philippines. Rich was featured on BRAVO’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel’s 3 Men And A Chick Flick, has had multiple appearances on OutQ Sirius XM Satellite Radio, was  interviewed on FOX’s Good Day NYand recently appeared on The Wendy Williams Show.His one-man show UNACCESSORIZED, an autobiographic romp about a queer Filipino overachiever, received the Overall Excellence Award in Solo Performance at the New York International Fringe Festival and Best Solo Performance at the Montreal GLBT International Theatre Festival. He received standing ovations at FACT: Filipino Americans Coming Together, the largest mid-west conference of Filipino American students and at True Colors, the world's largest LGBTIQA youth conference. Rich spoke at MTV Networks for LGBT month, was honored to co-host a private event for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, was a deputy field organizer for the Obama campaign and has appeared on campuses in the US, Canada, China and the Philippines.

Rich was featured on The Howard Stern Show, Good Day NY,  The Wendy Williams Show, BRAVO, WE-tv, SIRIUS XM, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, co-hosted the WE channel's 3 Men And A Chick Flick and is a frequent guest on OutQ SiriusXM Radio. Rich has also performed with Peeling, an Asian-American performance collective based in New York City, and has appeared in Las Vegas, on The Howard Stern Show and venues nationwide as the side-kick to comedian Judy Tenuta. His writing can be found in Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America, Temple University Press and Queer Stories For Boys, Thunder's Mouth Press.

Credits: 

SELECTED CAMPUS APPEARANCES:

University Of Illinois @ Urbana - Champaign, University Of Michigan, University Of The Philippines - Davao, Central Academy Of Fine Arts - Beijing, China, Syracuse University, Washington State University–Pullman, SUNY Fredonia, Princeton University, SUNY @ Buffalo, University Of Minnesota –Twin Cities, University Of Florida-Gainesville, University Of Missouri - Columbia, Florida State University, Oregon State University, NJ Institute Of Technology, Macalester College, Cornell University, Ball State University, Ithaca College, New York University, Rutgers University, College Of William & Mary, Austin Peay State University, Xavier University – Cagayan De Oro, Philippines.

Darren Carter

Bio: 

HIGH ENERGY, affordable with LOADS of Credits and APPEALING to a MULTITUDE of AUDIENCES. 

Named Comic of The Year at the LA Comedy Awards

Hulu, Netflix, Showtime Special, The Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately

As soon as Darren Carter takes the stage he unleashes a captivating flurry of impersonations, observations, and off-the-wall social commentary that is a comedy experience unlike any other. From foster kid to funny man, Darren found comedy was his ticket to cope with what life threw him. His contagious charm and vivid imagery paints a picture that is both relatable and one of a kind--no wonder critics nationwide are calling his act 'one of a kind' and 'a must see'.

After being spotted by hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg for his dead-on impersonations of the rapper, he has performed multiple times at Snoop’s annual family reunion.

After rocking the stage for over 20,000 fans at the nation's largest comedy concert--LA's prestigious Power 106 Comedy Jam--Darren was immediately dubbed a fan favorite and has been asked to return once again and bring the funny alongside the biggest names in comedy including Carlos Mencia, Lisa Lampanelli, Russell Peters, and Katt Williams.

Follow Darren at www.darrencarter.com

 

Credits: 

 

Darren can be seen on “Chelsea Lately” on E! and “Comics Without  Borders” on Showtime. TV appearances including Comedy Central's 'Premium Blend', BET's 'Comic View', 'The Tonight Show' , and a regular guest on 'Comics Unleashed.  Other highlights include: Showtime, Comedy Slam,  LA's Comedy Jam, Colleges, Clubs, BET, HULU, CBS, Comedy Central, Sirius/XM, Rhapsody Pick of The Week

His critically acclaimed comedy album 'Shady Side' is available on iTunes, as is "This Gingers Crazy".  Featurered on Showtime's 'The Comedy Slam' and as a regular host out on National Lampoon's College Network.

He has performed all over the world and is a fan favorite at the nation's most prestigious clubs including the Laugh Factory, Hollywood Improv, Comedy & Magic Club and The Ice House.

John Roy

Bio: 

The son of an ex-Jesuit and a psychotherapist, John Roy was determined not to repeat his parent's career choices. The fortunate recipient of life saving heart surgery, John felt he should return the blessing he received to the world, by telling jokes in boozy nightclubs.

John grew up a Chicago city boy in the bizarre neighborhood of Rogers Park, where he learned to make people of all races and religions tolerate an obnoxious white kid. After perfecting his mastery of the Atari 2600 while enduring eight years of Catholic school, John felt ready for new experiences.

His family moved to Evanston, where John’s exposure to diversity continued. Evanston High School was the most integrated school in Illinois, and John was fortunate enough to study at the feet of the African American masters of the lunch table insult. He spent his college years at Loyola University. A charming but underachieving frat boy, who led three rock bands to failure by the age of 22, John had little prospect for gainful employment. Finally, he listened to his inner voice, and began to frequent Chicago’s open mic scene. Within weeks, he was entertaining dozens.

John began his professional career at the famous Zanies comedy club on Wells St. in Chicago’s Old Town. He went on to tour the country’s best clubs, including the Laugh Stop in Houston, and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, where John earned a regular spot in 2002. In 2003, he appeared on the CBS television show, "Star Search", and won the first championship, earning 100,000 dollars and a development deal with CBS.

Since then he has appeared in the prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as a square on "Hollywood Squares," and will appear on HBO this fall. John is now a regular at the Comedy and Magic club in Hermosa Beach and the Improv in Los Angeles.

John is instantly likable on stage, and has a laid back conversational style that audiences find comfortable and hilarious. The audience feels like they are hanging out with John, not watching a performance. John’s material is original. His unique observations on contemporary culture, childhood, racial tolerance, and the media are punctuated by energetic character voices, clever dialogue, and, when absolutely necessary, the occasional bit of singing. John Roy is a solid CLEAN comedian who is a constant repeat.

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