Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts

Monday, July 18, 2016

Finding Peace & Restoration Discussion July 21

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Take part in a free community discussion Finding Peace & Restoration During a Time of Social Tension, Thursday July 21 at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

TOPIC: Current events such as the Stanford rape case and recent shootings elevate social tensions and impact all of us. This discussion provides students and employees a chance to share perspectives about recent events and issues that are most pressing to them-- and a Safe Place for all to join together in peace and restorative circles for dialogue and perhaps, action.

Finding Peace & Restoration
During a Time of Social Tension

Thursday, July 21st
2 - 4:30 pm

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Facilitated by Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Dr. Wanda Tucker and MCCCD Coordinator of Employee Learning Jacque Starks.

Free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students and staff.

For more information please contact Dr. Wanda Tucker at (480)-517-8268 or Jacque Starks at (480) 731-8974.  For disability services or other accommodations, please call (480) 731-8659.

Presented by the Maricopa Community Colleges Center for Employee and OrganizationalDevelopment (CEOD) and Employee and Organizational Learning Team (EOLT)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New 50% Tuition Discount for Seniors Begins July 1


We are delighted to announce that the Maricopa Community Colleges are offering a tuition discount for credit classes to Maricopa County lifelong learners age 65+! 

The discounted rate is 50-percent of the current County Resident tuition.

Learn more at www.maricopa.edu/senior-citizen-tuition-rate

We look forward to being of service to you at Rio Salado College!

Get Inspired by CGCC Dual Enrollment Grads

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Do yourself a favor and take a few moments to read this story by the East Valley Tribune about the extraordinary Begaye sisters-- Chandler-Gilbert Community College's 2016 superstar dual enrollment grads. 

It will likely inspire you to make the most of your day!

Congratulations Chenoa and Tanyka!


‪#‎mcccd‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎superstars‬

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Book cover for Dinner Made Simple.  35 Everday Ingredients, 350 Easy Recipes.  By the Editors of Real Simple

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!  This list is updated throughout the month as new additions arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction
DVDs

Rio Salado Counseling Advice on Staying Positive

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“We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”
—Anais Nin
Perception is powerful!  Here's some advice from Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez to help you get over those rainy days and Mondays that get you down.

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As much as I’d like to write differently life is not always easy! Life brings stressors… illness, bad weather, irritating people, finances, work, and more. Often, when negative things are happening the only thing that is able to change is a person’s perspective.

As human beings it is impossible to remain a perfectly balanced, happy, upbeat, and positive 24/7. There are things, however, that you can do to help a negative become well…less negative.

It can take a while for an optimistic train of thought to take root, however, there are three questions to ask in any situation that can help.

1. Ask questions that allow you to see the optimistic viewpoint.
When a stressful and negative situation occurs an easy way to try to make it better is to ask yourself questions to promote a better outlook. For example:
● What can I learn from this situation?
● Are there any opportunities?
● Can I do anything about it?

It’s normal if answers do not come immediately but pondering and journaling can really help!

2. Start your day in a positive way.
Do you enjoy a cup of coffee and a brisk walk? I sure do! There cannot be enough said about exercise and the benefits it has on one’s body and mood. Watch something uplifting and fun. Let’s face it…the news is hard to watch at times and often negative. A positive beginning will carry through your entire day.

3. Choose positive people and activities.
While it may not be possible 100% of the time spending your time with positive and supportive people will lift you up. Learn from others. If you know someone who is genuinely a positive and upbeat person seek them out and simply ask “how do you do it?” Make a mental note of their answers and activities and give them a try. Lastly, do the activities you know you enjoy and that make you smile. Sometimes you will only have 30 minutes but that is 30 minutes of positivity that you didn’t have. There are ups and downs to lives, routines, and responsibilities…it’s up to you to find the positive and joy.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez on behalf of Rio Salado Counseling, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Last Chance to RSVP for Free Dental Clinic 6/25!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic still has a few openings for this Saturday's free dental clinic for kids!  

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.  The clinic is for children and young adults ages 17 and younger and will take place Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
480-377-4100
www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic

The FOX 10 Arizona Morning team plans to join us as we kick off this event-- to help increase awareness about the importance of dental hygiene.  Tune in at 8 a.m. for live coverage.

  
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Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable!
This June 25 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Counseling Summer Time Advice for Students

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Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott has a few tips-- to help you make the most of your summer.

Woo Hoo! It’s summertime! Time to lounge by the pool, visit a beach, read a fluff book, hang out with family and friends, and maybe even get a haircut?

All of the above summer activities are highly recommended for sure but there are students who would like to also accomplish academic goals and utilize the summer months to do just that. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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1. Research and find college clubs, organizations, student life activities, and even future alumni opportunities. Networking is huge and will play a huge role in landing a future job. Being actively involved in college activities will not only help a resume, social life, and academic successes but will also grow networking opportunities. Rio Salado College’s Student Life and Leadership Department engages students in leadership, service, and fellowship. You can locate all the information you need via this web page or by calling Student Life and Leadership at 480-517-8050.

2. If you are finished with your degree or program become an active alum. I promise it’s not just about donations! Your college alumni network is one of your best networking opportunities as a graduate. You can contact your specific degree/program department for more details. Reaching out to fellow graduates, instructors, and current students will grow your network and really encourage your career search and path.

3. Summer time is a great time to visit Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services! Put us on your schedule…you will be so glad you did. Counseling and Career Services (for free) resources, resume assistance, mock interviewing, one-on-one career counseling, and more. Take advantage of all the assistance and opportunities provided to you.

4. Take a summer course. Summer school isn’t a punishment…it’s an opportunity to get a class done quickly. Take two summer courses! It’s such a unique benefit having your course work online. You can study while catching that tan.

Summer time goes quickly and I know you want to have fun and relax but if you also want to accomplish some academic goals go for it! Regardless of your choice… don’t worry! Be happy!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Check out Rio Salado's online catalog for a look at courses available to you this summer. Classes start Monday!

June is Men’s Health Month!

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Men’s Health Month is a time to celebrate men and raise awareness of the preventable health problems that affect males. It is an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Men’s Health Month by pooling together relevant resources from the library and the web to support the goals of Men’s Health Month. 

Rio Salado Library Resources
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Men’s Health Magazine: Articles for men on fitness, exercise, nutrition, grooming tips, fashion, new products, and men's health questions.

Harvard Men’s Health Watch: Contains men's health news and advice directly from the more than 8,000 doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School. Puts the reader in closer touch with everything that's happening now in cutting edge medicine, new prevention strategies, and new medicine.

Men’s Health Advisor: Direct from the renowned Cleveland Clinic, this monthly publication discusses important and vital issues facing men concerned about their health.

(Note: Access the resources above by using your RioLearn username/password)

Online Resources
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Men’s Health Fact Sheets & Information: Sponsored by the Men’s Health Network, this site contains the latest data sets and statistics on men’s health issues, including the top causes of death, life expectancy by sex and race, and prostate cancer facts, among others.

Men’s Health Online Resource Center: Search through the various disease categories at this site to learn more about different maladies that affect men and what you need to know about them.

30 Stay-Healthy Tips for Men: This resource provides a month-long plan for disease prevention.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Image by Carlos Newsom under a CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Billboard Inspires #RioGrad to Reevaluate Life


Imagine driving down the street, minding your own business, when you look up at a passing billboard and it hits you. The face is familiar. Could it be? You go back for a second look and confirm your suspicion.

Photo of Mercado at Rio Salado 2015 Commencement

“I was shocked today to find out that my picture was used on a Rio Salado College billboard,” said 2015 Rio Salado graduate Joseph Mercado, in an email to the college. “I want to thank you for selecting my photo because it help me to confirm spiritually that I am on the right path.”

Mercado attended Rio Salado part-time from 2010-15, and earned a certificate in addictions and substance use disorders.

Since graduation, he has been working as a counselor and behavior coach. He also decided to return to school to earn a college degree to further his career.

“I had recently applied to a university to continue my education, but was slow in my steps,” Mercado said. “After seeing the billboard, I felt that it was more than just a sign but a ‘sign’ for me to continue my education.”

Mercado’s journey to Rio Salado hasn’t been easy, but other signs pointed him in the right direction.

“I choose a career in chemical dependency after the path became apparent while working at a treatment center,” Mercado said. “I saw that my own life experiences were very helpful in connecting with at-risk youth.”

poster of Mercado promoting business Next Dimension Music
He also combines his DJ talents with the behavioral health experience to benefit others.

“I use my music background as therapy, whether it’s teaching youth how to DJ, or using music as a coping skill, Mercado said. “Music is a great healing tool.”

Mercado was going through a period of personal turmoil in the late 90s, which caused him to fall into addiction as a means of comfort.

In 2003, Mercado was in New York City when he blacked out one day, and fell head first to the ground. He split open his forehead and needed more than 300 stitches to close the wound.

“Afterwards, I sunk deeper into depression, substance abuse and high-risk behaviors,” Mercado said. “I didn't know it at the time but this was the start of a spiritual experience that lifted me from the pain.”

About 9 months later, Mercado made the decision to change.

“Each day now I live my life based on my new foundation,” Mercado said. “I have repaired some relationships. I am grateful for each and every experience, whether positive or negative. And even though I still face troubles, the doors continue to open.”

One of those doors was Rio Salado College.



“I chose Rio Salado because the program fit into my schedule,” Mercado said. “At the time I was working very long hours so being flexible with my time was very important.”

In addition to the at-risk youth he works with, Mercado hopes to inspire others who may be facing challenges in life.
“If you are struggling in life, know that change can happen when you realize that pain is temporary,” Mercado said. “Having self-awareness leads to making better choices.”
Mercado’s next choice is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Seeing the billboard has lifted and inspired me to continue my education and finish strong,” Mercado said, although he still gets a chuckle from it.

“It is still an unreal experience to see my face up there,” Mercado said. “I get messages from so many people I know in Phoenix. When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to the billboard and we get a super kick out of it!”

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 


Are you ready to begin your educational journey? Classes start Monday! Visit www.startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

HSE 2016 Graduation Photos on Facebook


Enjoy the first set of photos from the May 26 HSE Graduation by staff photographer Gordon Fong by visiting our Facebook page.

Share your moments using ‪#‎RioGrad‬.

Additional photos will be made available for purchase by GradImages® at www.gradimages.com

Learn more about Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program for GED‬ ® test-takers by visiting www.riosalado.edu/programs/abe

Monday, May 23, 2016

Join Us for the 2016 HSE Graduation!

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Student Speaker Angelica Marie Solaro   

We look forward to this week's 2016 HSE Graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of students who have successfully completed Rio Salado's High School Equivalency (HSE) Prep program and passed the GED ® test.

Rio Salado 2016 HSE Graduation
Thursday, May 26, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m.
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Visit the event page for full details

Caps, Gowns & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremonies must wear the official Rio Salado blue gown, cap and 2016 tassel. The graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.


Photos, DVDs, Broadcasts & Live Stream 
GradImages™ will be taking photos, which you can purchase at a later time. We will provide updates when photos are available. Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to download and tag.

DVD copies of the ceremony will be available for sale. The cost is $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will provide a live stream of the ceremony.  Visit this page to tune in.

wide shot view of 2015 ceremony

Choose Your Favorite Grad Badge
Visit this web page to vote for, download and share your favorite grad badge.

Images of three new Rio Grad badges.

Share Your Selfies and Stories
Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #RioGrad to share your photos and stories.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Finals & End of Year Success Tips

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Some of you are still wrapping up finals. Here are some tips from Rio Salado counseling team member Autumn Cardott to help you end your semester block with success!

It’s that time of year again! Summer is around the corner, the weather is getting a lot warmer, many classes are ending, semesters are winding down, and students are stressed to the max! The finish line is close and you can make this last push count.

3 tips to help you succeed

1. Self-care Sleep! Many students put sleep on the back burner during stressful times, however, getting enough sleep is key when it comes to being successful in school. Exercise and eat healthy! Make time to feel good…a brisk 30 minute walk and an apple will do a body wonders. Students should take time to treat themselves! All of those things that are so enjoyable (reading, catching a movie, social hour with friends) do them!

2. Get Help Take advantage of tutors,  instructors, counselors, etc. Rio Salado College offers tutoring and students really need to take advantage of that. It’s free and so worth the trip to work with someone who understands your subject. Make an appointment with a counselor! Rio Salado’s Counseling Department can definitely help with time management, test anxiety, study skills, and more. Finally, ask your instructor questions…they have been where you are and really want to help.


3. Plan and work your plan-- avoid cramming Sit down and take a look at your schedule, obligations, and courses/assignments. Make a to-do list on the best course of action to get exams and projects done. Avoid cramming! This is very critical. Staying up and studying all night before a final exam will not be nearly as beneficial as studying material several times over a longer period.

Remember, this is a season. Finals, projects, classes do not last forever. Finish out strong and look forward to celebrating your successes in just a few short weeks. You can do it!

Contributed by Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Life with Mental Illness.  May is Mental Health Month.  #mentalillnessfeelslike

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, over 43 million American adults have mental health issues—that’s one in five people. 

Look around and realize that there are many individuals in your zone of proximity suffering from the shame, hopelessness, isolation, and other negative emotions that are the defining attributes of mental illness.

This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is - Life with a Mental Illness - and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). Posts will be collected and displayed at mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.


The Rio Salado Library is proud to support Mental Health Awareness Month by pooling together resources to help identify the causes of mental illness and strategies to overcome it.  

Online Resources:

Library Resources:

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Operation Hired - A Veteran Hiring Event

logo for city of phoenix veterans initiative: HERO: Hire, Educate, Recruit and Organize

The City of Phoenix is hosting its annual H.E.R.O. Hiring Event May 24, 2016.

This ‪‎free‬ event will provide veterans with opportunities to interview with veteran supported companies and help finding gainful employment. Participants will also have a chance to attend free workshops on May 9, 10 and 12, to prepare for the May 24 main event.

Operation Hired - A Veteran Hiring Event
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 

8:30 - 11 a.m. 
City of Phoenix
Business & Workforce Development Center
302 N First Avenue, 6th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85009 - View Map
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Agenda:
8:30 a.m. Job Fair Kick Off with Mayor Greg Stanton
8:45 a.m. Company presentations
10:00 a.m. Job fair begins
11:00 a.m. Event complete

Pre-event Workshops
May 9, 6- 8 p.m.
Maricopa Skill Center North
2931 W Bell Road

May 10, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
ARIZONA@WORK, City of Phoenix
3406 N 51st Avenue

May 12, 6 - 8 p.m.
Maricopa Skill Center Main Central City
1245 E Buckeye Road

Visit this City of Phoenix web page for more details about this initiative.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Positive Paths Scholarship for Women!

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The Positive Paths Scholarship Program assists women who are returning to school to improve their lives and enhance their career opportunities.

The scholarship program was established to help women who have overcome major obstacles including poverty, domestic violence, death of a spouse, loss of a job,illness of family members, issues with children or other challenges. Recipients can use the award to pay for tuition, fees and books.

Scholarship amounts vary based on individual needs, up to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year and are available to students who are enrolled in or accepted to an East Valley vocational/skills training program, a community college or Arizona public university.

Deadline is May 19, 2016.

Get started on the application now!

Check out this inspiring video to see see how Positive Paths is building life bridges for women:


Rio Salado is a proud supporter of the Positive Paths scholarship program.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

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Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 in support of environmental protection. The movement began in 1970 and is now celebrated by more than one billion people around the globe-- making it the largest civic observance in the world!

Learn more about the history of Earth Day, the impact it has had and what the movement is trying to do today by visiting www.earthday.org.

Rio Salado College is committed to its Sustainability Pledge. The college has incorporated sustainability as a core value and has developed several programs and practices that embrace the sociocultural, environmental and economic facets of sustainability. It’s not just a matter of teaching others how to be sustainable-- Rio Salado strives to be a leader in environmental responsibility by incorporating earth-friendly practices throughout its daily operations. We hope you will join us in this effort.

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Here are some suggestions from azcentral on ways to celebrate this special day-- along with captivating images to remind you of how beautiful our landscape and natural wonders can be!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Engage in Race & Education Discussion 4/27

Poster for event.  Text: Healing Racism Series: Race and Education. The U.S. education system has rampant problems and more than 60 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school systems in the United States continue to be separate and unequal. Gaping differences for students of color have created an education system that does not serve its children properly. Zero-tolerance discipline policies, gaps in achievement, disparate access to resources along with biased political agendas foster inequalities. Engage with experts, community leaders, students, and peers as we examine disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 | 6 – 8 p.m.   Mesa Community College – Navajo Room | 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa   Free and open to the public | Space is limited RSVP at csrd.asu.edu/healingracism   join the conversation   #HealRacism  Logos for Maricopa Community Colleges and ASU Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.  Historical images of students in segregated schools

Here's another opportunity to engage in a dialogue about ‪#‎CivilRights‬ and how to ‪#‎HealRacism‬ with the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD) at Mesa Community College on April 27.

Engage with experts, community leaders, students and your peers about the disparities in education and learn how to impact systems that do not prioritize equal education for all students.
 
Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Student Spotlight: Meet ELAA Student Hiam Muhyar

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Meet Hiam Muhyar, an English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) student attending classes at the Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe who is taking her educational journey to a new level—inside and outside of the classroom.

“I love going to Rio Salado College,” said Muhyar. “I learned from great teachers and made many friends.”

Her enthusiasm is contagious—as is her dedication for being involved in the community.


Among her most recent accomplishments was winning the 2016 Adult Literacy Week Contest hosted by the Arizona Department of Education in February for producing a video with her classmates called, The Best Class, which features Muhyar and her ELAA classmates talking about their experiences in the program and learning English. The video won top honors in the Digital Storytelling category. Watch the video now.

Muhyar is also the recipient of a Presidential Award pin from the City of Tempe for her volunteer service—dedicating more than 500 hours knitting items for others in need. Muhyar, who is from Jordan and moved to the U.S. in 2008 is now a U.S. citizen—and wears her Presidential Award pin with pride.

Muhyar has exemplified outstanding student leadership and is a great source of pride and inspiration for staff and students at Rio Salado Southern.

No matter what your current English skill level is, Rio Salado College has a class to help you learn English at your own pace. Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado's ELAA and other College Bridge Pathways programs. 

The Road to Brown Film & Discussion 4/29

ASU Philosophy and Film Series.  Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle.  The Road to Brown.  See text in blog. Image from the clip in the film of a yong mother and her child on steps of Lincoln Memorial, holding newspaper with headline: High Court Bans Segregation in Public Schools.

Join the Arizona State University Center for the Study of Race & Democracy for the final film in the 2015-2016 Created Equal Film Series:

Road to Brown 
Film & Discussion
Friday, April 29
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

ASU Polytechnic campus
Agribusiness Center, room 134
6096 S. Backus Road, Mesa

RSVP: http://csrd.asu.edu/roadtobrown

Please note, this program was originally scheduled for 4/22

About the Film:
The Road to Brown chronicles the legal battles led by Charles Hamilton Houston — “the man who killed Jim Crow” — in the years leading up to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954. The film takes viewers from the “separate but equal” world sanctioned by the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision to the triumph of Brown and beyond. It is a piercing and compelling examination of a series of legal battles and people that changed the future of a nation.