D.E.I. Podcasts

SC4’s David Fisher shares views on culture of adoption

David Fisher portrait
David Fisher

The latest DEI podcast features David Fisher, adjunct music instructor at SC4, discussing his personal story of adoption.

David was adopted at birth in California. His family moved to Missouri shortly before moving again to start first grade in Manistee, Michigan.

His parents were nurses at the hospital where he was born. His parents were always open about the adoption. “I just always knew [I was adopted],” said Fisher. “My story has always been a private matter.”

He teaches private lessons in Metro Detroit. David completed a Master’s in Music Composition, but continues to enjoy painting, skiing, chess, and cooking.

David’s podcast is available on Spotify and is hosted by Jessica Brown.

In honor of Juneteenth: Haran Stanley speaks about Port Huron’s black history and her grandmother, Marguerite Stanley in the second DEI Podcast

Haran Stanley
Haran Stanley

Haran Stanley was raised in Port Huron, Michigan. She attended Port Huron Area School. She graduated from Port Huron High in 2002. She went on to attend Michigan State University earning a degree in Zoology. She spent many years in the science field, teaching classes to students at the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, working in the education department at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, IL and later a General Manager for a Luxury Pet Resort in Dallas, TX & Chicago, IL.

Throughout her endeavors, she tried not to stray too far from her family’s roots in civil service. As a young girl Haran was often in attendance of different programs that her Grandmother, Marguerite Stanley, organized. There were church events, NAACP functions, Southside Coalition meetings, and many other things. Throughout college Haran participated with MSUs Black Student Alliance Rally’s and events. She also served on the African American Celebratory committee.

Currently, she is a Job Developer for Community Enterprises, a member of SCC Better Together, and the Port Huron Branch of the NAACP. She presented the idea of a Black History Exhibit and has chaired a committee of community members in launching the Port Huron Museum’s permanent Black History Exhibit: From Whence We Came, Black History in the Blue Water Area.

Haran Stanley’s grandmother, Marguerite Irene Stanley was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on August 26, 1923 to Walter Scott and Christine Long. Around the age of 3 years old she moved to Port Huron, Michigan with her maternal grandparents and resided in the city ever since. She attended Port Huron schools (beginning at Cleveland Elementary) and graduated from Port Huron High School in June 1941.

From 1941-1942 she attended Port Huron Junior College where she studied Journalism. She married James P. Stanley and they welcomed eight children together; Karon, Janice L., Janice P., James P. Jr, Charles, Cynthia, Denise, and Beverly. Marguerite is very proud of her large family and loves to boast about her; 26 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren, and 22 great-great grandchildren (as of May 2021).

From Whence We Came by Marguerite Stanley
From Whence We Came by Marguerite Stanley

Although she did not earn a degree she later became a contributing columnist for the Michigan Chronicle (African American newspaper in Detroit) and a Community Columnist for Port Huron’s Times Herald newspaper. In 1968 she became the first Black from the area to host a regularly scheduled TV show, Across the Tracks, in the area addressing local minority issues. The show ran for 8 years. She also hosted a radio talk show, Come Ride With Me, for 6 years. In 1977 she authored the book, From Whence We Came, a look at the history of Blacks in Port Huron and over the years has published five calendars that cited significant civic contributions of local blacks.

In the 1980s she retired from the Port Huron Area School District. Amongst Marguerite’s many accomplishments she is a founding member of Faith Christian Community Church (originally Interfaith Community Church). She also was a founding member of the Beacon Club, May 1961. The Beacon Club was created by Marguerite and James Stanly Sr. and Helen and Colmon Floyd. Its purpose was to support young black students during a time when public resources were very limited. The group focused on academics, hosting seminars, classes and they held annual balls and dances to recognize and honor high achievers who were not being recognized in the school district.

It has always been very important to Marguerite to create a voice and platform for the Black community of Port Huron. It has truly been her mission to ensure that the youth of the community be provided with knowledge and that history be preserved.

Activist, advocate, civic leader – these are just a few titles Marguerite rightfully has earned. Over the years she has been an active/founding member of the local branch of the N.A.A.C.P., the South Park Heritage Committee and other civic groups. Marguerite has been the recipient of countless awards and accolades from the community, city, county, state and national level for her life’s work and dedication to the Black culture, youth, and her church.

First edition of DEI Podcast features Ray Torrez

Ray Torrez
Ray Torrez

The first edition of our new DEI podcast features Ray Torrez, a member of the Office of Informational Technology team at SC4, discussing Hispanic culture. The podcast is available on Spotify and is hosted by Jessica Brown.

Ray is a graduate of SC4 and lives in the Croswell area. A migrant working family raised him with a large family base, including three sisters and a brother, on his father’s side. His mother’s large family grew up in an inner-city environment. They traveled from Houston, Texas, to the north to work in Michigan’s farm fields to help keep food on the table.

Ray was a migrant worker himself as a youngster, then worked in the food industry as a teenager. He moved into retail management as a young adult and then information technology at SC4 after graduating.

Jessica Brown
Host – Jessica Brown

Ray loves his culture and life experiences and takes an interest in other great cultures of the world. He loves listening to Tejano, reggaeton, hip-hop, rock and roll, jazz, blues, and much more, as he was raised on all aspects of music. His love for people is genuine, and he always is willing to open up and learn what others have to say and think. His life’s mission is to unite all people and show everyone that no matter what color, age, the religion you are, you are here for a purpose and love, so live and enjoy your days and embrace that you are different and enjoy the diverse world and things within. Life is short, so wake up, smile, and know that you can only take one day at a time!

Ray and his wife, Amber, have four children: Amaiya, Elaina, Brennan, and Damon.