Season of Nonviolence

Season of Nonviolence

Inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez, and Chief Wilma Mankiller, the annual Season for Nonviolence honors these leaders’ visions for an empowered, nonviolent world. Colleges and universities throughout the country celebrate the Season of Nonviolence by bringing together community partners to educate and empower communities on how to use non-violent methods to create a more peaceful world.  

Central Oregon Community College has been hosting programming to honor the Season of Nonviolence since 2008. The programming is co-presented by The Nancy R. Chandler Lecture Series and the College's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Chandler Lecture Series and COCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion completed an incredible season of programming to honor the Season of Nonviolence in March. We want to thank all of our speakers, panelists, facilitators, attendees and sponsors for making this important programming a success!

2022 Programming

Livestream Author Event

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Join us for a talk with Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of UO Common Reading selection Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants.

Monday, January 24 at Noon
FREE & OPEN to the public

Presented by the UO Common Reading Program
Common Reading - University of Oregon

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Author

The Green Path Ahead: Indigenous Teachings for the Next Economy

Winona LaDuke – Native American Economist, Environmentalist, Writer, and Executive Director of Honor the Earth

Tuesday, February 1, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. PST - Virtual Presentation 
FREE and OPEN to the public.

Winona LaDuke is a global leader and an economist focused on issues of culturally based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy, water protection, and sustainable food systems. Drawing upon her work in these areas, LaDuke strongly believes there is a clear path forward towards our shared economic future. LaDuke will share her vision for this transition, one that is just and equitable for all, including Mother Earth. 

Winona LaDuke

About Winona LaDuke 
Winona LaDuke is a rural development economist and author working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy, and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.

As Executive Director of Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on the issues of climate change, renewable energy, and environmental justice alongside Indigenous communities. In her own community, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the country. She is also the co-founder (along with the Indigo Girls) of Honor the Earth, a grassroots environmental organization focused on Indigenous issues and environmental justice.

A Conversation with Winona LaDuke - A Student Event 

Tuesday, February 1, 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST - Virtual Discussion 
Program was FREE & OPEN to all COCC STUDENTS

COCC students are invited to join an informal virtual conversation and Q & A with acclaimed Native American environmentalist, Winona LaDuke before her public presentation. LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and is a two-time vice-presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party. She is also the co-founder (along with the Indigo Girls) of Honor the Earth, a grassroots environmental organization focused on Indigenous issues and environmental justice. 

Examining Inequalities in Central Oregon 

A Panel Discussion 

Tuesday, February 22, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. PST  -  Virtual Discussion
FREE and OPEN to the public. 
We did not record this panel discussion. You must have attended live. 

Please join us for a conversation and panel discussion with three equity activists to talk about inequalities in Central Oregon.  


Dray Aguirre: (he/him/his/el) is a first-generation pre-nursing student at Central Oregon Community College.He is a food and housing-insecure student advocate. Dray is a homeless student who gives back. He identifies as Native American and Latino. 

Dray Aguirre

Jamie Bowman: (she/her/hers) has a bachelor’s degree from OSU-Cascades in Social Science with an emphasis on Community Development and Leadership. She spent five years as the president of an LGBTQ+-focused nonprofit called Human Dignity Coalition. She is a co-founder of the Central Oregon Transgender Health Coalition as well as an independent contractor with Allyship in Action, LLC. 

Jamie Bowman

Kerani Mitchell:(she/her) is a founding partner at Allyship in Action, LLC and a longtime Central Oregon community member involved in issues related to health equity, education, and social justice. She is passionate about co-creating a community where we all have resources and opportunities to flourish.

Kerani Mitchell

Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month during February 2022, COCC was honored to welcome speakers and programs that highlight Black triumph. We celebrated the past and present triumphs of the Black community while continuing our efforts to challenge oppressive systems and strive toward a more equitable future. 

Events were FREE and OPEN to the public. 

View Black History Month Events

Housing and Belonging Paul Susi

A Virtual Community Conversation with Facilitator Paul Susi

Two virtual conversations to choose from: 
Tuesday, March 1, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. PST  
Wednesday, March 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. PST  
FREE and OPEN to the public. Space is limited.
We did not record these conversations. You must have attended live. 

Housing and houselessness are visible and divisive issues in local media, in politics, and across different communities within our state. Many of us were experiencing housing instability and economic uncertainty even during the “boom” times before the COVID-19 crisis. This conversation will explore common assumptions and perspectives about the experience of houselessness and how many make snap judgments about who ‘belongs’ in our neighborhoods. We will seek to answer the questions, How do we decide who ‘belongs’ in our community? And what actually makes us feel ‘safe’?   

This is a Conversation Project program sponsored Oregon Humanities. The Conversation Project brings people together to talk about their beliefs and experiences around timely and important issues and ideas.  

About Paul Susi 
Paul Susi is a theater artist, social services professional, educator, and community activist born and raised in Portland. From 2015 to 2020, Paul worked as a lead shelter host, shift supervisor, and ultimately manager for six successive Transition Projects shelters, specializing in opening and establishing best practices for new emergency homeless shelters throughout the Portland area. In March of 2018, Paul was recognized as a RACC Juice Award honoree for outstanding contributions to the performing arts community. In the fall of 2018 and again in 2019, Paul toured a production of Denis O’Hare’s An Iliad to more than twenty different prisons, schools, community centers, and religious communities—the first time a touring performance succeeded in knitting together these unique constituencies throughout this state. Paul currently works as a site supervisor for the Outdoor School with the Multnomah Education Service District, where he goes by the camp name “Badger.”

Inequity in Healthcare: Seeking Mental Health Services after Experiencing Healthcare Discrimination

Dharma Cortés, Ph.D & Ana Progovac, Ph.D. - Assistant Professors in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School & Senior Scientists, Health Equity Research Lab at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)

Thursday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. PST – Virtual Presentation
FREE and OPEN to the public. 

Professors Cortés and Progovac will provide an overview of their work and guide the audience through one of their cornerstone research projects. Their research seeks to understand how experiencing healthcare discrimination impacts peoples’ preferences for and willingness to seek mental health services as well as how that prior discrimination can impact their current dialogue with providers. Cortés and Progovac will share patient and provider narratives and discuss key patient-provider communication elements that contribute to equitable healthcare.

Dharma Cortés
Dharma Cortés, Ph.D

Ana Progovac, Ph.D
Ana Progovac, Ph.D

About Dharma Cortés, Ph.D
Dr. Dharma E. Cortés, a native from Puerto Rico, received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and a Doctorate degree in Sociology from Fordham University. She also completed post-doctoral training in Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine. She is the Director of Latino Projects at Environment & Health Group, a research company seeking technology solutions for global health.

For more than twenty-five years Dr. Cortés has been conducting community-based research with Latinos in the U.S., focusing on acculturation, health, mental health, obesity prevention, and access to healthcare, including health insurance coverage. As a public health researcher, she has devoted her professional career to study and address health disparities.

About Ana Progovac, Ph.D.
Since joining Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School in a full-time role in 2017, Dr. Ana Progovac’s research has combined mixed-methods, implementation science, and community participatory research methods to study ways to improve mental health for underserved populations.

Three main areas of her research are: transgender and gender diverse (TGD) mental health care; integrated, team-based, and/or measurement-based psychiatric care; and community participatory research to understand ways to improve mental health delivery for racially and ethnically diverse U.S. populations. At Cambridge Health Alliance, she provides research expertise as a member of the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equity Committee. She is an active member of the Harvard Medical School Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) working group.

Community Book Conversations 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As a citizen of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and a botanist, Kimmerer embraces plants and animals as our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she brings her two lenses of knowledge together through her memoir of living in the natural world and practicing heart-centered science. Drawing on her life as an Indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.

COCC Sustainability Committee
Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m. beginning 1/7/2022
contact Noelle

The COCC Madras & Prineville Book Group
Mondays 12:00-1:00 p.m. beginning 1/10/2022
contact Michelle

The Environmental Center & COCC Redmond
Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 p.m. beginning 1/12/2022
contact Priscilla

Trinity Episcopal Church
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. beginning 1/12/2022
contact Betsy

COCC Barber Library
Tuesdays 12:30-1:30 p.m. beginning 1/25/2022
contact Cat

Cascades Academy
Wednesday 1/26/2022 5:30-7:00 p.m. & Thursday 2/24/2022 6:00-7:00 p.m.
to register Cascades Academy Education Series

Braiding Sweetgrass

Climate Justice as Freedom 

Julie Sze, Ph.D. - Professor of American Studies, UC Davis and Founding Director, Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment

Thursday, March 10, 6:00-7:30 p.m. PST  - Virtual presentation  
FREE and OPEN to the public. 

Julie Sze, Ph.D.

Julie Sze, Ph.D. believes that climate justice is a freedom struggle: one involving both negative and positive freedoms. Climate justice activists use the term “frontline” to make issues of race, class, indigeneity, citizenship, and gender more prominent and to highlight the disparities of who is most impacted and most responsible. Sze will discuss how frontline climate justice movements focus on well-informed radical hope and visions that help bring us into an emancipatory future.

About Julie Sze, Ph.D. 
Dr. Julie Sze received her doctorate from New York University in American Studies. Sze's research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism and has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the American Studies Association and the UC Humanities Research Institute. Sze’s book, Noxious New York:The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies. Her second book is called Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis (2015). She has authored and co-authored 39 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics and has given talks in China, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Germany, France and Italy.

Thank you to our 2022 Season of Nonviolence Sponsors!

Brooks Resources Corporation
Associated Students of COCC
Cascades Academy of Central Oregon 
The Casey Family Fund of Oregon Community Foundation
The Cushman Family Fund of Oregon Community Foundation
Central Oregon Community College
COCC Sustainability Committee 
Deschutes Cultural Coalition 
The Environmental Center
Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund
St. Charles Health System

Questions? Need more information? Email Charlotte Gilbride or call  541-383-7272 or email Christy Walker or call 541-383-7412.