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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.


    Bystander Effect: Understanding the Power of One
    Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 140 Health Careers Building, Bend Campus
    COCC Psychology Faculty, Andria Woodell and the COCC Heroic Imagination Team
    will discuss some of the cultural values that promote an acceptance of violence toward women and inaction. We hear stories about how everyday people fail to intervene on behalf of a victim in need of help. These stories create responses of horror in us and people claim if they were in the situation they would have acted. This talk will examine the situational factors that prevent people from responding and provide advice on how you can break the spells and use the power of one to make a positive difference.

    Intersections of Gender, Race, and Law in the Bill Cosby Affair
    Monday, April 20, noon-1:30, 104 Cascades Hall, Bend Campus

    Join Professor Jim Foster and four OSU-Cascades Gender & Law students as they share their Winter Term essays analyzing the intersections of race and gender and the political constructs involved in the allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby.

    Color-Coded News Feeds 
    Wednesday, April 22, Noon – 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend Campus

    Facilitated by OSU Cascades Librarian, Sara Q. Thompson
    Join us for an engaging conversation that explores how racial conflicts are represented in different news sources, social media, and even your own Google search results.

    What’s Wrong With “All Lives Matter”?
    Thursday, April 30, Noon – 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend Campus
    Facilitated by COCC Humanities Faculty, Malinda Williams
    Join us for a compelling conversation about the rhetoric of race in the digital age. In the wake of Sanford, Ferguson, Staten Island, and more, protestors have flooded social media outlets with the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, only to have their appeals replaced with the broader hashtag #AllLivesMatter. The ensuing cultural battle over this change raises the question, what is wrong with “All Lives Matter?” We will explore this question by looking at a variety of responses to the issue, from both mainstream and social media sources.

    "Disability, Diversity and Difference: Listening to What We Say and Saying What We Mean"
    Wednesday, May 6, noon – 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend Campus
    Facilitated by COCC Communications Faculty, Liz Parks
    We are surrounded by differences -- different abilities, different races and ethnicities, different genders, different privileges -- but the categories of distinct differences that we make only take on meaning within the social systems and cultures in which we live.  In this discussion, we consider how changing definitions and labels of difference have impacted our perspectives of disability and ability and what we consider "normal" today. By understanding ways that our language and listening choices about people's difference create the world in which we live, we can better make choices to promote the values we most cherish.

    Film and Discussion:  Last Chance For Eden
    Wednesday, May 13, 3 – 5 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer Hall, Bend Campus
    Facilitated by OSU Political Science Faculty, Jim Foster, and Tutoring Center Director, Kellie Smith

    In this film directed by Lee Mun Wah, a group of eight men and women share their views and experiences about race, gender, and sexual orientation.  Their candid, emotional, and important conversations provide us the opportunity to reflect on our own understanding of the impact of stereotypes and privilege.  


    World Traveling Musicians Bet Williams and John Hodian

    Wednesday, April 8, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus
    Free Cultural Talk on Armenian Music:  3 – 4 pm 
    Musical Performance:  7 pm. The musical performance is free to current COCC students and employees with an ID card. Tickets for the public are available at the door for $15.

    From ancient monasteries in Armenia to music festivals throughout Europe, Bet Williams and John Hodian have been creating and performing music together for over 20 years. With the world music ensemble “Epiphany Project”, the blues based “Bet Williams Band” and the Armenian classical music group “Naghash Ensemble”, the music these two artists create is a vast quilt of influences and inspirations.

    Safe Zone Logo - smSafe Zone Training for Students

    Friday, April 17, 9 am - 4 pm, Bend Campus  

    The Diversity Committee announces the next Safe Zone Training for students.  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.  The safe zone symbols indicate that these individuals are understanding, supportive, and knowledgeable of the needs and concerns of the LGBTQ community.  Because of the silence and fear of “coming out” as LGBTQ, those seeing the placard or button can find a safe place to be fully themselves and discuss their needs and concerns.  More information is available on our website:  http://www.cocc.edu/multicultural/safe-zone-training/.

    The workshop is provided for COCC and OSU-Cascades students.  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!


    Advising Undocumented Students: Strategies for Academic Success

    Friday, May 1, 12:30– 2:00 pm, Campus Center Room 116
    Facilitated by Evelia Sandoval and Chris Rubio

    Do you understand the unique challenges and barriers that undocumented students face?  What is the difference between DACA, the Dream Act, and Tuition Equity, and how do they impact our advising of students at COCC?  This workshop is designed to help campus academic advisors learn about some of the barriers and financial stresses that impede the access and completion rates for undocumented students.  We will also discuss resources and tips that will help advisors support undocumented students as they progress from admission to graduation.  

    Almost Free Lunch: $3 cash (vegetarian options available)  RSVP by Monday, April 27 to Evelia Sandoval, esandoval@cocc.edu or 541-318-3726.


    yo miss!
    Judith Sloan Presents:  Yo Miss!

    Performance:  Wednesday, April 29, 4:00 - 6 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer Hall, Bend Campus.
    Cultural Talk:  Tuesday, April 28, noon - 1 pm, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

    Fusing the art of theatre, poetry, and music, YO MISS! is a sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-telling show about one woman overcoming her own traumatic experiences as she helps immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth grapple with the cataclysmic events that shaped them. Using midi-controllers and an original musical score to accompany her compelling performance, Judith Sloan transforms into a multitude of characters ages 14 to 80 years young. 


    Latino Cultural Fiesta

    Friday, May 1, 6 - 10 pm, Campus Center, Bend Campus


    Asian Pacific Island Cultural Festival

    Saturday, May 9, 1 – 4 pm, Campus Center, Bend Campus

    Native American Salmon Bake

    Saturday, May 30, 11 am – 4 pm, Campus Center, Bend Campus 


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