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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, Unitarian Universalist Church, 61980 Skyline Ranch Rd, Bend.  Contact Carol Carlson at 541-480-4349, carolcarlson@isoc.net to register.

    Crook County Human Dignity Advocates: Sundays, February 8 - March 8, 2 pm, COCC Prineville Campus. Contact Audra Oliver at dogsplus@prodigy.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.


    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.

    Ramon Ramierez, PCUN (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United)

    Monday, February 16, noon – 1 pm, 209 Redmond Technology Center, Redmond Campus
    Join us for a discussion with a PCUN-representative to learn more the legacy of Cesar Chavez’ work here in Oregon.  PCUN - Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United) is Oregon’s farmworkers union and largest Latino organization in the state. Lunch will be provided so please contact esandoval@cocc.edu if you would like to attend.


    Discussion On Forgiveness:  A Discussion of Simon Wiesenthal’s Book, The Sunflower.

    Monday, February 16, noon to 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Campus Center, Bend Campus.
    COCC Professor Tony Russell will lead a discussion on Simon Wiesenthal’s thought-provoking classic “The Sunflower:  On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness.”

    The first half of The Sunflower is a memoir of the author’s experience in a Nazi labor camp.  The second half of The Sunflower consists of essays on specific aspects of forgiveness, such as whether an individual can forgive another individual for atrocities inflicted upon a group.  Broader issues related to forgiveness will also be discussed.  Don’t miss this thought-provoking discussion on the ethics, practicalities and effects of forgiveness.  

    Sponsored by the COCC Jewish Students Club and the COCC Historical Club.


    Film:  Dear White People:  A Satire About Being a Black Face in a White Place

    Monday, February 16, 5 – 7 pm, 107 OSU Cascades Hall
    This award-winning movie takes place in Winchester University where a small group of Black students maneuvers their way through a predominantly White college.  OSU Cascades’ ASCC invites us to join in a commemoration of Black History Month for a movie and discussion about stereotypes and how they affect us all.


    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 Aguilar

    March 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.


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