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January 2018 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 or call 383-7412 for more information or visit our webpage at:

Programs and Events for January 2018



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.  For a listing of all of the Season of Nonviolence events for winter term: .


What’s in a Label?  Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories

A Conversation With Ann Su

Tuesday, January 30, 5:30 – 7 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

As humans, we constantly label and categorize information on both conscious and unconscious levels. Labeling enables our brains to sort information efficiently, but the labels and categories we assign to information can form generalizations and stereotypes in our minds.  Ann Su, public interest lawyer, community activist and social justice advocate, will facilitate the conversation exploring how the words we choose influence our understanding of race and racial diversity.


Collaborators with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion include COCC Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program, Associated Students of COCC, Oregon Humanities, Brooks Resources, Deschutes Cultural Coalition, OSU-Cascade Student Fee Committee and Towne Place Suites by Marriott.


Community Book Conversations – My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce

January and February 2018

Along with other community organizations, COCC and Building Common Ground will again organize several community book conversations on My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce.  The book explores the polarizing question: for an undocumented immigrant, what is the true cost of the American dream?  The conversations will span a period of 4 weeks at a variety of meeting places. These book studies will be powerful explorations on the topic of immigration.  Plus, Julissa Arce will be at COCC in February!  Details are below.

Collaborators with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion include Building Common Ground and Deschutes Cultural Coalition.


Book Conversation Groups


All Peoples United Church of Christ

Sundays, January 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, 10:00-10:50 am

Community meeting room, Redmond Public Library, 827 Deschutes Avenue, Redmond

Facilitator contacts:  Nancy Cook ( and Laurie Power (

RSVP with Nancy Cook at or 541.526.5728


Bend Baha’i Community
Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 5-6:00 pm,

Brooks Room, Bend Downtown Library, 507 NW Wall, Bend.  
Facilitator and RSVP: Peg Slothower 541 771-1640,


COCC Bend Campus

Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, noon to 1pm, 

Barber Library South Oregon Room, Bend Campus

Facilitators:  Cat Finney, Kirsten Hostetler and Tina Hovekamp

RSVP with Cat Finney at


COCC Madras Campus
Wednesdays, Jan 17, 24, and 31, 11:30 am -12:30 pm, and Feb 8 at 5:30 pm
Community Room, 117 Madras Campus, 1170 E Ashwood Rd
Facilitator:  Courtney Snead, RSVP at


COCC Prineville Campus

Mondays, January 22, 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, noon to 1pm, 

Prineville Campus

Facilitator:  Christy Walker, RSVP at


COCC Redmond Campus

Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 14, noon to 1pm, 

Multicultural Center, 306 Building 3, Redmond Campus

Facilitators:  Evelia Sandoval and Tina Redd

RSVP with Evelia Sandoval,

Social Justice Center
Tuesdays, beginning January 9 at 6:00 pm for 6 Tuesdays.
155 NW Irving Street, Bend
Facilitator:  Bruce Morris,


Trinity Episcopal's Peace and Social Justice Team

Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23 and Feb. 13 and 20, 10-11:30 am

Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall at Idaho, Bend

Facilitators:  Mary Ann Mays,, 541-318-5751, and Charlies Johnson,


Coming in February……….

An (Underground) American DREAMer: Julissa Arce’s Story From Undocumented Status to Wall Street Executive to Immigration Advocate

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 – 8 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

Julissa will share her story about what it was like “climbing the corporate ladder” as both a Latina and an undocumented immigrant. She had seemingly achieved the American Dream – yet she was not part of what was defined as American. This, as well as the plight of the millions of others who are undocumented and living in the U.S., compelled to her to leave Wall Street and pursue a career as an immigration rights advocate. Julissa will talk about her work in immigration and give an overview of current policies and actions on immigration nationally.


A Conversation with Julissa Arce

Wednesday, February 7, 9 – 10:30 am, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus
After a successful career at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, Julissa Arce has dedicated her life to changing the conversation around immigration. She will talk about her current work as an advocate for immigrant rights and education and tell us about successes and frustrations she has had along the way.


Collaborators with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and COCC Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program are the Associated Students Of COCC and the Latino Program as well as Brooks Resources, the Old Mill District, the Deschutes Cultural Coalition, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Community Foundation and OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.


Cultural Student Club Meetings

Afro-Centric Studies Club, Thursdays, Noon – 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Gordon Price for more information, .

Asian Cultures Club, Contact Lin Hong,

First Nations Student Union, Bend Campus, Wednesdays at 11:30 – 12:30 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Michelle Cary for more information: .

First Nations Student Union, Madras Campus, Contact Michelle Cary for more information:

LGBTQ and Allies Club, Fridays at 10:30 – 11:30 am, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Chris Rubio for more information:

Historical World Cultures and Languages Club, Contact Jessica Hammerman for more information:   

Jewish Student Club, contact Pat Givens for more information at

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

Latino Club Redmond Campus, Wednesdays, Multicultural Center, Building 3, Redmond Campus.  Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:

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