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TEDxMSJC Set to Debut on YouTube Oct. 22

Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) will host its annual TEDxMSJC event organized by students, faculty and staff at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, online via YouTube.  

MSJC’s TEDx program will feature seven speakers of varying backgrounds for this year's event: “Resilience.” The theme aims to highlight ideas and initiatives that aid the community in persevering during challenging times.  

More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic started – and as the stay-at-home order begins to lift and people slowly step back into the world – we’ve heard about how they got through the COVID pandemic,” said Bianca Swan Finch, Chair of the Department of Theatre for Mt. San Jacinto College, who is a lead organizer of the event. “Therefore, we have focused this year's theme on these stories within our community. Through the trials of 2020, our community truly showed remarkable resilience.” 

Scheduled speakers include: 

  • Dr. Katherine Kiefer-Newman, San Bernardino Valley College Faculty 
  • Julie Falen, KCAA Radio Host - Julie Talks Money 
  • Stephanie Otero, CPA, President and CEO of Feeding America Riverside and San Bernardino Counties 
  • Angelica M. Anderson, Honors Enrichment Program Administrative Associate 
  • Dr. Lillian Yvette Melendrez, Idyllwild Arts Academy 
  • Von Lawson, Mt. San Jacinto College Dean of Career Education  
  • Brandon Christopher Allen, Motivational Speaker – “When Thunder Speaks” 
Check out the event when it debuts on TEDxMSJC's YouTube. 

For more information, please contact Communication Studies and Forensics Associate Professor Ron Newman at 

Mt. San Jacinto College serves about 27,000 students annually in a district covering 1,700 square miles from the San Gorgonio Pass to Temecula, with campuses in San Jacinto, Menifee, Banning and Temecula.

MSJC awarded a record-breaking 3,848 degrees and certificates to 2,173 graduates in May 2021. 

Have a wonderful day and please follow MSJC on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About TEDx (x = independently organized event) 

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized, subject to certain rules and regulations. 

About TED 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED Conferences, including an annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms.  

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