April 2015 E-News from Diversity and Inclusion

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April 2015 E-News from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

In this monthly e-newsletter, you will find information on upcoming programs, workshops, and other events. Your input, ideas, and questions are welcome! Please contact Christy Walker, Director, Diversity and Inclusion at cwalker2@cocc.edu or call 383-7412 for more information or visit our webpage at: www.cocc.edu/multicultural.

Student Club Meetings

First Nations Student Union, Tuesdays, 1 - 2 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information: rricketts@cocc.edu.

Latino Club, Tuesdays, noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend. Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information: esandoval@cocc.edu)

African American Heritage Club, Thursdays, noon-1 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend. Contact Gordon Price for more information: gprice@cocc.edu

Gay Straight Alliance, Fridays at 3 4 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend. Contact Owen Murphy for more information: omurphy@cocc.edu

Asian Student Club has formed and meetings are being scheduled. Contact David Liu for more information: dliu@cocc.edu

Jewish Student Club meets monthly. Contact Pat Givens for more information: pgivens@cocc.edu

Information and Events for April 2015


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

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.

Whats 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
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
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.

Diversity Workshop for Students
Fridays, April 10, 24, and May 8, 9 am - noon

Sonya Littledeer will facilitate this diversity training series that will include activities on intercultural communication, unearned privilege, equity and inclusion. Students will learn important tools to develop their skills in leadership and community building. This class earns up to 12 hours towards a Diversity Education Award or can be taken as a one-credit course, HD 199. Breakfast and lunch are included.

To register, contact Gina Ricketts at rricketts@cocc.edu

Safe 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: 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 Christy Walker at cwalker2@cocc.edu. Space is limited so we encourage you to register early. We will provide breakfast goodies and lunch for the workshop participants!
Migizi from 1491s is here!
Sunday, April 19, 5-7 pm in Hitchcock Auditorium, , Pioneer 201, Bend Campus.

The website of the 1491s identifies themselves as a sketch comedy group. chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. This will be an uproariously funny night, all are welcome. This is a free event and open to the public.
Judith Sloan Presents: Yo Miss!
Performance: Wednesday, April 29, 4:30 - 6 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer Hall, Bend Campus.
Cultural Talk: Tuesday, April 28, noon - 1 pm, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend

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.

The Campus Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the annual Diversity Achievement Award. Any staff or faculty who is currently employed, or any student who is enrolled in at least 6 units is eligible to be nominated as an individual or team for the Diversity Achievement Award.
Nomination forms must be submitted to the Diversity Award Selection Committee in care of Christy Walker, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, 216 Campus Center by Friday, April 24, 2015. Nomination letters should address the nominees achievements in one of these four areas:

Criteria: (Nominee may satisfy one or more of the following criteria.)
A. Nominee (individual or team) actively promotes the recruitment and retention of diverse groups to faculty, staff, administrative positions, and the student body (above and beyond their normal job duties and/or student obligations.)
B. Nominee (individual or team) works to bring enriching cultural and educational events to campus.
C. Nominee (individual or team) demonstrates efforts to create a climate of respect and understanding among staff, faculty, students, and/or the community at large.
D. Nominee (individual or team) is active in community service, on- and/or off-campus, that serves diverse populations.
More detailed information and the nomination form are available here:


COCC Diversity and Inclusion

For current information about COCC, please visit www.cocc.edu/mcc-events.

Contact Us.
Christy Walker - Director of Diversity and Inclusion
216 Campus Center
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701

Central Oregon Community College
2600 N.W. College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701

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