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February 2016 E-News from Diversity and Inclusion

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February 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 Karen Roth, Director, Diversity and Inclusion at or call 383-7412 for more information or visit our webpage at:

Programs and Events for February 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 1 3 pm, Residence Hall Kitchen

Learn how to make Chinese dumplings!

Monday, February 8, 11 am 3 pm, Campus Center Dining Room and Multicultural Center

Celebrate Lunar New Year with a traditional Lion Dance in the dining room and then learn more about the holiday with David Liu in the Multicultural Center at 2 pm.

Friday, February 26, 9 am - 4 pm
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. Register with Karen Roth at


Our annual Season of Nonviolence is dedicated to the work for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, and Chief Wilma Mankiller. Please join us in honoring their work of advocacy for social justice and nonviolent change. All events are free and open to the public.

Community Book Conversations *
Several community organizations are joining COCC and Building Common Ground in hosting book conversations on Claude M. Steeles Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do. The conversations will span a period of four - six weeks beginning on the dates and times listed below. To join in this community-wide conversation, choose a group that works for you and register with the organizer of that group discussion. Books are available at local book stores, online, and at public libraries.

We hope you will join in this powerful exploration of stereotypes and advance our understanding of how to work for social justice in our community. For the most up to date list of conversation groups, visit the Diversity and Inclusion website:
Book Conversations Celebration: A Community United Against Racism
Monday, February 29, 46 p.m., Wille Hall, COCC Coats Campus Center, Bend

How Much Inequality is Acceptable? A Conversation with Julia Hammond *
Thursday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Campus
Inequality seems a natural consequence of rewarding excellence and innovation in a capitalist economy. But the level of inequality changes with the times. Some economists have recently suggested that we, in America, are now living with the largest income gap in the history of the world. In this conversation, writer and educator Julia Hammond will explore our beliefs and values around income inequality. Is it an incentive for hard work and invention, an acceptable part of community life? Or does that story no longer make sense? At what point, if ever, is the gap too large?

Julia Hammond, owner of Folklala and Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Leader, will lead participants in a conversation around these questions.

Film and Discussion: Waking in Oak Creek *
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 5:30 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer, Bend Campus
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 4 5:30 pm, 306, Building 3, Redmond Campus
As the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepares for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shatters their lives, but not their resilience. This film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not In Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative.

Film: The Cherokee Word for Water *
Monday, February 22, 3 4:30 pm, Community Room, Madras Campus
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 3 - 5 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer, Bend Campus
The Cherokee Word for Water is a feature-length motion picture that tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.
* This program earns hours towards the Diversity Education Program Award. See the website: for more information, and contact Karen Roth, to sign up.

Student Club Meetings

Asian Student Club, Contact David Liu:, 541 383-7725

Aztec Dance Group, For more information, contact Bill Hoppe:

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

First Nations Student Union Madras Campus, Mondays, 5pm, Community Room, Madras Campus. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information:

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

Jewish Student Club, Contact Pat Givens for more information,

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

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

Lactation Spaces on Campus

Room 226 in the library.
Ask for the lactation room key/fob at the circulation desk located near the front door of the Barber Library. Room 226 is a staff conference room that may be used for lactation needs when not in use. It is available until 6 pm Monday through Thursday and until 5 pm on Fridays.

Grandview 2nd floor bathroom/shower next to the regular bathrooms.
Ask for a key from the Math Department office on the second floor of Grandview or the Business and Aviation Department office on the first floor of Grandview from 8 am 5 pm (offices are closed during the lunch hour and on weekends and during the summer months.)

For those who need access at other times, please contact the Student Life Office, 209 Campus Center, by phone at 541-383-7211, or Karen Roth at

COCC Diversity and Inclusion

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Karen Roth - Director of Diversity and Inclusion
216 Campus Center
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701

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Bend, Oregon 97701

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