GCC president launches online conversation series


Staff Report
Published: 4/20/2021 3:23:21 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is launching “Candor with Prez Yves,” a biweekly online conversation series hosted by GCC President Yves Salomon-Fernández that will feature guests from Western Massachusetts and beyond.

Salomon-Fernández said she was inspired to create “Candor with Prez Yves” by the wealth of extraordinary leaders and activists engaged in crucial work locally and throughout the state.

“There’s so much that we can be sharing during this time, that we can be celebrating, and there are challenges that we are all facing,” she said in a GCC press release. “We are finding ways that work, and we’re also learning a lot through those struggles. I thought it would be a great opportunity to engage these thoughtful leaders and action-oriented leaders in sharing some of those.”

The half-hour episodes will be available every other Monday, having started on April 12. Guests will include leaders in politics, philanthropy, business, career development and the arts, the release states.

“We talk about everything from politics to diversity, equity and inclusion, to motherhood, to the environment,” Salomon-Fernández said. “It really spans our imagination.”

In the first episode, Salomon-Fernández speaks with Katie Allen Zobel and Leo Hwang of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts about supporting organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic and helping them become more resilient. In the second episode, available April 26, her guests are state Sens. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, and Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, who will discuss the recent passage of the climate and economic justice bill and the further progress they’d like to make in these areas.

According to the release, future guests include state Reps. Natalie Blais, D-Sunderland, and Mindy Domb, D-Amherst; Traci Talbert and John Waite of the Franklin County Community Development Corporation; and Stacy Klein and Carlos Uriona of Ashfield’s Double Edge Theatre.

Episodes of “Candor with Prez Yves” can be found at gcc.mass.edu/candor.


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