January 2015 E-News from Diversity and Inclusion

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January 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, Wednesdays, noon - 1pm, 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 if interested in starting a Latino Club at the Redmond or Madras campuses: 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 January 2015


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

Community Book Conversation
Several community organizations are joining the COCC and OSU Cascades campuses in hosting a book study on Derald Wing Sue's book, Overcoming Our Racism: Journey to Liberation. The conversations will span a period of six weeks beginning on the dates and times listed below. To join in this community-wide discussion, choose a date below that works for you and register with the organizer of that group discussion. Books are available for purchase at local book stores and online, and several are available at the public libraries. If you have difficulty locating a book to read, contact the organizer of the group youd like to join. Although we encourage participants to read two chapters for each group meeting, it is not necessary to read the chapters in order to participate in the group discussion.

We hope you will join in this powerful exploration of race consciousness and advance our understanding of how to work for racial justice in our community.

First United Methodist Church: Sundays, January 18 February 22, 10:15 11:15 am, First United Methodist Church, 680 NW Bond St, Bend. Contact Shimiko Montgomery at shimikomontgomery@gmail.com or 541-550-6027 to register.

Social Justice Team of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon: Sundays, January 18 February 22, 12:30 - 1:30 pm, Old Stone Church Sanctuary, 157 NW Franklin Avenue, Bend. Contact Wilma or Charles Campbell cecwjc@earthlink.net, 541-317-2953 to register.

First Presbyterian Church: Mondays, January 26 March 2, 7 8 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE 9th St., Bend. Contact Marilyn Burwell at mburwell@riousa.com to register.

Trinity Episcopal Church: Tuesdays, January 20 February 24, 10 11 am, Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall Street, Bend. Contact Rick Negus at negus@bendbroadband.com to register.

COCC: Wednesdays, Jan. 21 February 25, Noon - 1 pm, 116 Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Christy Walker at cwalker2@cocc.edu to register.

Social Justice Center: Wednesdays, January 21 - February 25, 6 - 7:00 p.m., Central Oregon Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving Avenue, Bend. Contact Bruce Morris at cosjcenter@gmail.com to register.

OSU Cascades: Thursdays, January 22 February 26, Noon 1 pm, Cascades Hall (Room TBD), Bend Campus. Contact Gina Ricketts at rricketts@cocc.edu to register.

Latino Community Association: Thursdays, January 22 February 26, 5 6 pm, Latino Community Association office, 1130 NW Harriman St., Bend. Contact Whitney Swander at whitney@latinocommunityassociation.org to register.

Other book discussion groups will be forming the most up to date list of conversations will be posted on the Diversity and Inclusion website: www.cocc.edu/multicultural/

Book Discussion Celebration: A Community United Against Racism
Wednesday, March 4, 4- 6 pm, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

As the community book discussions conclude their review of Overcoming Our Racism: Journey to Liberation, we will hold a community celebration and dialogue about the next steps that we can take together to end racial injustice in our community. Whether youve participated in the book discussions or not, please join in this important community conversation.

Co-Sponsored with Building Common Ground and the Social Justice Center.

Richard Blanco: Acclaimed Cuban-American Poet, President Obamas Inaugural Poet 2013
Tuesday, January 27, Bend Campus, COCC

Blanco, historic inaugural poet, public speaker, writer, engineer, teacher and memoirist, will invite the audience to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity. The questions he asks are universal: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?

Until We Could: Marriage Equality and Cultural Sexuality
Tuesday, January 27, 12-1:30 p.m., Wille Hall, Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

Richard Blanco will screen and discuss, Until We Could, a poem and short film written and produced in collaboration with Freedom to Marry in support and celebration of marriage equality. Blanco will share his personal experiences of attempting to understand his place in America while grappling with his burgeoning sexual identity of being a gay Latino.

Finding My Place at the American Table: An Immigrants Journey
Tuesday, January 27, 6:30-8 p.m., Wille Hall, Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

This evening event will be a conversation and reading with Richard Blanco about his search for a home in America as a child of immigrants/exiles. Blanco will discuss how his experience as inaugural poet transformed his understanding about what it means to be American, especially in the light of his immigrant familys struggles and sacrifices.

Richard Blanco was born in Madrid and immigrated to the United States as an infant with his Cuban-exile family. Raised in Miami he earned a BS in civil engineering and MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. In 2013, Blanco was chosen to serve as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, becoming the youngest, first Latino, immigrant and openly gay writer to hold the honor.

Co-sponsored with Visiting Scholar Program, Deschutes Cultural Commission, COCC Humanities Dept., Oregon Community Foundation, OSU Cascades Diversity Committee, Associated Students of COCC, OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.

Film: My So-Called Enemy
Thursday, January 29, 4 - 6 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer, Bend Campus

This award-winning film focuses on the encounters of Palestinian and Israeli teenagers who attended a womens leadership program in upstate New York called Building Bridges for Peace. The film recounts the experiences of six of the program participants and asks them to reflect on how they reconciled their transformative experience at the camp with their lived realities back at home in the Middle East.
Following the film, a discussion will be facilitated by COCC Professor, Jessica Hammerman. Co-sponsored with COCC's Jewish Student Club.

Performance: Native Visions
Monday, February 9, 5 7 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer Hall, Bend Campus

This two person show depicts the lives and experiences of Native Americans who have made important contributions to our society throughout our nations history. Each show empowers the audience with knowledge about the truth of those who have impacted and built America as we know it today. Co-sponsored by the Native American Program.

Remembering the Legacy of Pete Seeger
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 - 8 pm, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

In 1963, Pete Seeger performed a concert at Carnegie Hall. He and his family were preparing to leave the U.S., not knowing for sure if they would ever return. The evenings selections were poignant, vibrant, political, ironic, and FUN. The common threads between the tunes were a love for humankind and advocacy of peace and justice. It is our hope to recreate the spirit of that special evening by performing the same set-list as was presented at Carnegie Hall in hopes that everyone will join along in singing honoring the first anniversary of his passing.

Film: Cesar Chavez, History is Made One Step at a Time
Monday, February 16, 4 - 6 pm, 209 Redmond Technology Center, Redmond Campus
Tuesday, February 17, 4 - 6 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer Hall, Bend Campus

This film chronicles the life of Cesar Chavez, the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to securing a living wage for farm workers. Chavez embraced non-violence in his struggle against greed and prejudice. His life inspires us to consider how to advocate passionately for the rights of respect, dignity and justice for all. Co-sponsored by Latino Program.

Community Conversation on Poverty
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 8:00 pm, Willie Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

Join us for a community conversation about poverty. This community discussion will look at the culture of poverty, how personal experience frames understanding, and encourage you to make a difference in our community. Conversation facilitated by Gienia Baines and Rhea Cramer in collaboration with the Family Access Network.

Co-sponsored with VSP, Family Access Network, Mosaic Medical, High Desert ESD, HousingWorks, Deschutes Co. Juvenile Community Justice, McKinney Vento Homeless Liaisons, Bend/La Pine Schools, Bend Metro Parks and Recreation, Redmond School District, and St. Charles.

Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives Monday
March 2, 6:30 - 8 pm Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

Jade Aguilar, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Womens and Gender Studies at Willamette University, will lead participants in a conversation about how, from the moment we are born, gender shapes every aspect of our lives. In the twenty-first century, disparities among the genders still prevail, especially at the intersections of race, class, immigration status, and geography. What can these disparities tell us about societys values and priorities? How can we better understand the complex ways gender affects our daily lives and identities? Aguilar will guide the audience in a discussion about these questions and examine ways of finding meaning within gender gaps.

Co-sponsored with Visiting Scholar Program, Oregon Humanities, and Building Common Ground and the Social Justice Center.

Student Assistant Work Study Position in Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has a work study student assistant position available for winter and spring terms in 2015. The work study assistant provides information and referral resources to students and guests of the Multicultural Center at the Bend campus. The students assist the Latino Student Program Coordinator, the Native American Student Program Coordinator, and the !AVANZA! Program Coordinator with programming and event planning, including publicity, event logistics, and set-up. In addition, the student assistant helps with administrative tasks, assists with educational programs, serves as an ambassador to students in the Multicultural Center and helps with organizing the Multicultural Center.

Candidates must be well-organized, self-motivated, and dependable, and be committed to encouraging cultural exchange among students of various backgrounds. Experience working with diverse populations is a plus. In addition, applicants have been awarded and accepted Federal Work-Study for 2014-15 and must pass a criminal background check.

To apply for the position, complete the application form on the COCC jobs website: https://jobs.cocc.edu/ . For more information, contact Evelia Sandoval at esandoval@cocc.edu or 541-318-3726. Application deadline is Friday, January 9, 2015.

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 Gordon Price or Christy Walker in the Student Life Office, 209 Campus Center. They can also be reached by phone at 541-383-7211, or at gprice@cocc.edu and cwalker2@cocc.edu .

COCC Diversity and Inclusion

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

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2600 N.W. College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701

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