My name is Blakelee Evans and I am the Afro-Centric Program Coordinator. Originally from Arizona I received my undergraduate degree in Theology in Los Angeles. I worked as an Undergraduate Admission Counselor at Azusa Pacific University recruiting in Central LA and Northern California for a year before accepting a position as a Resident Director for a Humanities/Outdoor Education study away program based just outside of Yosemite National Park. While building an education-centric community challenging the social and emotional development of students I was also given the opportunity to guide students on backpacking trips, rock climbing adventures, and mountain biking expeditions on the outskirts of the park. Shortly after my time in the mountains I moved to Colorado where I worked at The University of Denver as an Academic Advisor, counseling students on their degree plans, course schedules, and served as liaison between students and faculty when conflicts arose. Drawn to the natural beauty and access to The Outdoors I moved to Bend in 2019 and am excited to join a college and team dedicated to equity work. It is my honor and privilege to serve as an advocate and champion of Black and Brown individuals while partnering with White allies to create a community committed to mutual respect and cultural education. During my time at COCC I hope to play a role in the support and encouragement of students, continued growth of White allyship on campus, and to increase the number of Black and Brown students, staff, and faculty on campus by contributing to a more culturally inclusive and inviting campus environment. You've learned a bit about me, tell me about you! Reach out and let's start a conversation.
Photo by Ryan Brennecke of the Bulletin
Afro-Centric Program Coordinator
Central Oregon Community College