March 2015 E-News from Diversity and Inclusion

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

Student Club Meetings

First Nations Student Union, Tuesdays, 11 am - noon, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information:

Latino Club, Tuesdays, noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Campus Center, Bend. Latino Club on the Redmond campus will meet on Monday, Feb 9 from noon - 1 pm in Building 3, room 303. Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:

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

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

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

Jewish Student Club meets monthly. Contact Pat Givens for more information:

Information and Events for March 2015


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.

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.

For COCC students and employees, this event qualifies for the Diversity Education Award.

Community Book Conversations
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/Social Justice Center.

For COCC students and employees, this event qualifies for the Diversity Education Award.

Latino Dance Festival
Saturday, March 7, Noon 9 pm, Wille Hall, Campus Center, Bend Campus

Join us for our 4th annual festival. This is a workshop style event so you can come at any time depending on the workshops you are interested in attending. We will end Saturday with social dancing, Latino inspired small bites, and performances at 8pm.

Coming in April.......sign up now!

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

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Christy Walker - Director of Diversity and Inclusion
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2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701

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Bend, Oregon 97701

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