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In Latest Podcast, “The Mission Is to Unify,” Young Guyanese Americans Discuss Immigration, Integration, and Racism

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(l. to r.) Varsha Gopilall, Parsram Pernanand, and Deviyani Singh, guests on the latest episode of the College's podcast, with Rowan Breen, audio engineer.


Since its days as a Dutch settlement in the midst of Mohawk country, Schenectady has been a place where different cultures met upon one another. One of the most recent examples for such a meeting of diverse peoples is the arrival of large numbers of Guyanese and Guyanese Americans who moved here from either New York City’s Richmond Hill district in Queens, or from Guyana itself, in the early 2000s. But what do we actually know about our Guyanese neighbors?

Podcast co-hosts Dr. Babette Faehmel and Alexandre Lumbala

On this episode of the College’s Many Voices, One Call podcast, co-hosts Alexandre Lumbala, Business Administration major, and Dr. Babette Faehmel, Professor in the Division of Liberal Arts, are joined by Business Administration majors Varsha Gopilall, Parsram Pernanand, and Deviyani Singh, and by the University at Albany’s Dr. Alejandra Bronfman, Professor in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean & U.S. Latino Studies. The podcast was recorded and mixed by Rowan Breen and Jacob DeVoe, students in the Music Audio Technology degree program in the School of Music under the direction of Associate Professor Sten Isachsen. PODCAST

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