May 2016 E-News from Diversity and Inclusion

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

Information and Events for May 2016

Renowned Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca
Wednesday, May 4, 4:30pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, Bend COCC, Free

Friday, May 6, 7pm, Madras Performing Arts Center, $10, Contact Evelia Sandoval, for free student tickets for COCC staff and students.
Born in New Mexico of Apache and Mexican descent, Jimmy Santiago Baca was raised first by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage. A runaway at age 13, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison that he began to turn his life around. He learned to read and write and unearthed a voracious passion for poetry. Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond.

Safe Zone Workshop for Students
Friday, May 6, 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. Contact Christy Walker to register for the workshop,

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival
Saturday, May 7, 1 - 4 pm, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

Enjoy performances, cultural crafts for children, local artists and businesses, and delicious cuisine. Free and open to the public.

Greek Music and Dance Festival
Tuesday, May 17, 4 6 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC

Enjoy live music by The Nomads, a cultural presentation on Greece by Dr. Tina Maragou Hovekamp, Greek dances taught and performed by the Kumpania Folk Dancers, and Greek appetizers.

Salmon Bake
Saturday, May 21, 11 am 4 pm, Coats Campus Center

Enjoy this fun, free event for family and friends of all ages with Aztec Dancers, Gordon Bettles stories and more, PLUS Free Salmon lunch with all the fixins!


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.

When to Call Out, and When to Call In
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

Beyonc, Barack, and Keanu: Racial Hybridity and When is Enough, Enough?
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.

Cultural 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, 5 - 6pm, Madras Campus Study Room. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information:

LGBTQ and Allies club, Tuesdays, 2:15 - 3:15 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Chris Rubio for more information:

Jewish Student Club, Open to anyone interested in Jewish culture. 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:

COCC Diversity and Inclusion

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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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