April 2016 E-News from Diversity and Inclusion

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April 2016 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.

Information and Events for April 2016

Transgender Day of Visibility
Thursday, March 31, 4 5:30 pm, 155 Boyle Education Center

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31 dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. COCC will observe this day with a panel presentation of individuals who will share their personal experiences and offer ways to become an ally for transgender issues.

Whos Occupying Whom? A Conversation with Dr. Cornel Pewewardy
Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 8:30 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 231 NW Idaho, Bend

Dr. Cornel Pewewardy, Professor and Director of the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Portland State University, will talk about the skirmishes between colonizers featured in the recent militia occupation in Burns, Oregon.

Cultural Diversity Workshops with Sonya Littledeer (for students only)
Fridays, April 8, April 29, and May 12, 9 am - 1pm

This three-part 12 hour training (which can also be taken as a one-credit HD 199 course) explores the topics of diversity, cross cultural communication, power, and privilege. This is an excellent class for future teachers, health care workers, leaders or students who intend to work in a global environment. Space is limited to 20 students and breakfast and lunch will be served. To register, contact Gina Ricketts, rricketts@cocc.edu

Sojourners, Settlers, and New Immigrants: Mexicanos in Oregon
Thursday, April 14, 4:30 pm, 155 Boyle Education Center

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry, author of Mexicanos in Oregon and professor and Chair in the Department of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University, will discuss a part of Oregons history that does not often get taught.

Latin@ Fiesta
Friday, April 15, 6 - 9pm, Coats Campus Center

Food, Latin music, bouncy houses, photo booth, fun and so much more! This will be fun for the whole family and we ask for donations for scholarships for Latino Club students.

Dentalium Necklace Making
Friday, April 22, 11 am 2 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend

Vickie Franklin will teach a class on making dentalium necklaces. All materials will be provided and the event is free. Bring a potluck dish to share for lunch.


When to Call Out, and When to Call In
Redmond: Tuesday, April 12, 3 4 pm, Room 306, Building 3
Bend: Thursday, May 12, noon - 1pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center

What should we do when we encounter oppressive language and behavior from our friends, family members, colleagues, and classmates? This interactive conversation explores the differences between "calling out" bad behavior and "calling in," a more compassionate and inclusive approach to holding someone accountable for their words and actions. Facilitated by Mindy Williams

Hillary and Bernie: Gender, Age, and Religion
Bend: Thursday, April 14, noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217, Coats Campus Center

This discussion will explore how our underlying cultural beliefs about age, gender, and religion can influence our voting decisions. Facilitated by Lura Reed

Beyonc, Barack, and Keanu: Racial Hybridity and When is Enough, Enough?
Bend: Wednesday, April 20, 3 4 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center
Redmond: Thursday, May 19, 1:30 2:30 pm, Room 306, Building 3

Racial hybridity refers to the mixing of multiple racial backgrounds in a single person's experience. Let's talk about how mixed and multicultural human diversity is impacting our understanding of race today, especially as we consider what it means to have just one drop of "other." Facilitated by Elizabeth Parks.

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years
Madras: Monday, April 25, Noon - 1 pm, Room TBA

Join us in a presentation and discussion as we re-evaluate the social consequences of the Europeans arrival upon North America and whether or not we should honor Columbus with a national holiday. Facilitated by Gina Ricketts.

Which me are you today?
Bend: Thursday, April 28, Noon 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center

Bring your ideas and experiences to a conversation about double consciousnessthe idea that some American citizens must grapple with two or more ways of understanding their identities. For more about "double consciousness," see chapter one of writer and sociologist W.E. B. Du Bois The Souls of Black Folk, available for free at Project Gutenberg: www.gutenberg.org/files/408/408-h/408-h.htm#chap01 Facilitated by Annemarie Hamlin.

Play the Game: Intercultural Awareness
Madras: Monday, May 2, Noon - 1:30 pm, Room 116
Redmond: Wednesday, May 4, Noon - 1:30 pm, Room 306, Building 3
Prineville: Tuesday, May 17, 2:30-4:00 pm, Room 120

Enjoy a fun, interactive game that will help us think about cultural differences and how they influence our ability to be successful. Facilitated by Courtney Snead.

Diversity Achievement Award

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 22, 2016. Nomination letters should address the nominees achievements in one of these four areas:

Criteria: (Nominee(s) 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:

Student Club Meetings

Asian Student Club, Contact David Liu: dliu@cocc.edu, 541 383-7725

Aztec Dance Group, For more information, contact Bill Hoppe: whoppe@cocc.edu

First Nations Student Union Bend Campus, Wednesdays, noon -1pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information: rricketts@cocc.edu

First Nations Student Union Madras Campus, Mondays, 5 - 6pm, Madras Campus Study Room. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information: rricketts@cocc.edu

Gay Straight Alliance, Tuesdays, 2:15 - 3:15 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Chris Rubio for more information: crubio@cocc.edu

Jewish Student Club, Open to anyone interested in Jewish culture. Contact Pat Givens for more information, pgivens@cocc.edu.

Latino Club Bend Campus, Tuesdays, noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information: esandoval@cocc.edu

Latino Club Redmond Campus, Wednesdays, noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 303 Building 3, Redmond Campus. Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information: esandoval@cocc.edu

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 97703

Central Oregon Community College
2600 N.W. College Way
Bend, Oregon 97703

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