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  • Multicultural Activities lists events that involve COCC and OSU-Cascades students. Please check back often as new events are added on an on-going basis. For more campus event listings visit "What's New" on the COCC Home page.

    Unless stated otherwise below, all events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Roth at 541.383.7412 or kroth1@cocc.edu.


    Season of Nonviolence Banner

    The Season of Nonviolence honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez and Wilma Mankiller and their work to advocate for human rights using nonviolent methods of resistance. Their work has inspired countless others across the globe to use the power of nonviolence to overturn brutal regimes and inhumane treatment.

    The Season of Nonviolence events are sponsored by COCC's Multicultural Activities in partnership with other campus groups and community organizations. All events are free and open to the public.

    Community Book Conversation

    Book - Overcoming Our RacismSeveral community organizations are joining the COCC and OSU Cascades campuses in hosting a book study on Derald Wing Sue's book, Overcoming Our Racism:  Journey to Liberation.  The conversations will span a period of six weeks beginning on the dates and times listed below.  To join in this community-wide discussion, choose a date below that works for you and register with the organizer of that group discussion. Books are available for purchase at local book stores and online, and several are available at the public libraries.  If you have difficulty locating a book to read, contact the organizer of the group you’d like to join.  Although we encourage participants to read two chapters for each group meeting, it is not necessary to read the chapters in order to participate in the group discussion.  

    We hope you will join in this powerful exploration of race consciousness and advance our understanding of how to work for racial justice in our community.

    First United Methodist Church:  Sundays, January 18 – February 22, 10:15 – 11:15 am, First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond St, Bend.  Contact  Shimiko Montgomery, shimikomontgomery@gmail.com, 541-550-6027 to register.

    Social Justice Team of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon:  Sundays, January 18 – February 22, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Old Stone Church Sanctuary, 157 NW Franklin Avenue, Bend.  Contact Carol Carlson at 541-480-4349, carolcarlson@isoc.net to register.

    Baha’i Local Spiritual Assembly:  Mondays, January 19 – Feb. 23, 6 - 7:30 pm, Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, 135 NW Minnesota, Bend.   Contact Peg Slothower at pegsloth@gmail.com or Anne Sexton at anne.lenhart@gmail.com to register.

    First Presbyterian Church:  Mondays, January 26 – March 2, 7 – 8 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St., Bend.   Contact Marilyn Burwell at mburwell@riousa.com  to register.   

    Trinity Episcopal Church:  Tuesdays, January 20 – February 24, 10 – 11 am, Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall Street, Bend.  Contact Rick Negus negus@bendbroadband.comto register.

    COCC:  Wednesdays, Jan. 21 – February 25, Noon - 1 pm, 116 Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Karen Roth at kroth1@cocc.edu to register.

    Social Justice Center:  Wednesdays, January 21 - February 25, 6 - 7:00 p.m., Central Oregon Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving Avenue, Bend.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  Contact Bruce Morris at cosjcenter@gmail.com to register.

    OSU Cascades:  Thursdays, January 22– February 26, Noon – 1 pm, Cascades Hall (Room TBD), Bend Campus.  Contact Gina Ricketts at rricketts@cocc.eduto register.

    Latino Community Association:  Thursdays, January 22 – February 26, 5 -6 pm, Latino Community Association office, 1130 NW Harriman St., Bend.  Contact Whitney Swander at whitney@latinocommunityassociation.org to register.

    Other book discussion groups will be forming – the most up to date list of conversations will be posted on the Multicultural Activities website:  http://www.cocc.edu/multicultural/

    Book Discussion Celebration:  A Community United Against Racism
    Wednesday, March 4, 4- 6 pm, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

    As the community book discussions conclude their review of Overcoming Our Racism:  Journey to Liberation, we will hold a community celebration and dialogue about the next steps that we can take together to end racial injustice in our community.  Whether you’ve participated in the book discussions or not, please join in this important community conversation.

    Co-Sponsored with Building Common Ground and the Social Justice Center.


    Richard Blanco:  Acclaimed Cuban-American Poet, President Obama’s Inaugural Poet 2013 

    Richard BlancoTuesday, January 27, Bend Campus, COCC

    Blanco, historic inaugural poet, public speaker, writer, engineer, teacher and memoirist, will invite the audience to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. The questions he asks are universal: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?

    Until We Could:  Marriage Equality and Cultural Sexuality
    12-1:30 p.m., Wille Hall, Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 

    Richard Blanco will screen and discuss, Until We Could, a poem and short film written and produced in collaboration with Freedom to Marry in support and celebration of marriage equality. Blanco will share his personal experiences of attempting to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning sexual identity of being a gay Latino. 

    Finding My Place at the American Table: An Immigrant’s Journey 
    6:30-8 p.m., Wille Hall, Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus 

    This evening event will be a conversation and reading with Richard Blanco about his search for a home in America as a child of immigrants/exiles. Blanco will discuss how his experience as inaugural poet transformed his understanding about what it means to be American, especially in the light of his immigrant family’s struggles and sacrifices. 

    Richard Blanco was born in Madrid and immigrated to the United States as an infant with his Cuban-exile family. Raised in Miami he earned a BS in civil engineering and MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor. 

    Co-sponsored with COCC's Visiting Scholar Program, Deschutes Cultural Commission, COCC Humanities Dept., Oregon Community Foundation, OSU Cascades Diversity Committee,  Associated Students of COCC, OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.


    Film:  My So-Called Enemy

    Thursday, January 29, 4 - 6 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer, Bend Campus

    This award-winning film focuses on the encounters of Palestinian and Israeli teenagers who attended a women’s leadership program in upstate New York called Building Bridges for Peace. The film recounts the experiences of six of the program participants and asks them to reflect on how they reconciled their transformative experience at the camp with their lived realities back at home in the Middle East.

    Following the film, a discussion will be facilitated by COCC Professor, Jessica Hammerman. Co-sponsored with COCC's Jewish Student Club.


    Performance:  Native Visions

    Monday, February 9, 5 – 7 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer Hall, Bend Campus

    This two person show depicts the lives and experiences of Native Americans who have made important contributions to our society throughout our nation’s history.  Each show empowers the audience with knowledge about the truth of those who have impacted and built America as we know it today.

    Remembering the Legacy of Pete Seeger

    Pete SeegerThursday, February 12, 6:30 - 8 pm, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus  

    In 1963, Pete Seeger performed a concert at Carnegie Hall. He and his family were preparing to leave the U.S., not knowing for sure if they would ever return.  The evening’s selections were poignant, vibrant, political, ironic, and FUN. The common threads between the tunes were a love for humankind and advocacy of peace and justice.  It is our hope to recreate the spirit of that special evening by performing the same set-list as was presented at Carnegie Hall… in hopes that everyone will join along in singing… honoring the first anniversary of his passing.


    Film:  Cesar Chavez, History is Made One Step at a Time

    Monday, February 16, 4 - 6 pm, 209 Redmond Technology Center, Redmond Campus 
    Tuesday, February 17, 4 - 6 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer Hall, Bend Campus 

    This film chronicles the life of Cesar Chavez, the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers.  Chavez embraced non-violence in his struggle against greed and prejudice.  His life inspires us to consider how to advocate passionately for the rights of respect, dignity and justice for all.  Co-sponsored by Latino Program.


    Community Conversation on Poverty

    Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Willie Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus 

    Join us for a community conversation about poverty. This community discussion will look at the culture of poverty, how personal experience frames understanding, and encourage you to make a difference in our community.  Conversation facilitated by Gienia Baines and Rhea Cramer in collaboration with the Family Access Network. 

    Co-sponsored with VSP, Family Access Network, Mosaic Medical, High Desert ESD, HousingWorks, Deschutes Co. Juvenile Community Justice, McKinney Vento Homeless Liaisons, Bend/La Pine Schools, Bend Metro Parks and Recreation, Redmond School District, and St. Charles.


    Mind the Gaps:  How Gender Shapes Our Lives Monday

    Jade AguilarMarch 2, 6:30 - 8 pm Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

    Jade Aguilar, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Willamette University, will lead participants in a conversation about how, from the moment we are born, gender shapes every aspect of our lives.  In the twenty-first century, disparities among the genders still prevail, especially at the intersections of race, class, immigration status, and geography.  What can these disparities tell us about society’s values and priorities? How can we better understand the complex ways gender affects our daily lives and identities?  Aguilar will guide the audience in a discussion about these questions and examine ways of finding meaning within gender gaps.

    Co-sponsored with VSP, Oregon Humanities, and Building Common Ground and the Social Justice Center.


    Safe Zone Training for Staff

    Friday, January 30, 9 am – 4 pm

    The COCC Diversity Committee announces the next Safe Zone Training for staff.  Safe Zones are confidential and safe environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals.  This program offers education for our campus community on how to create a safer, more respectful environment for LGBTQ students and colleagues.  Those who participate in the six hour training will receive a Safe Zone placard or button to display on their backpacks or doors.  If you are interested in participating in the training, please rsvp to Karen Roth at kroth1@cocc.edu.  Space is limited so we encourage you to register early.  We will provide breakfast goodies and lunch for the workshop participants!

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