May 2017 E-News from Multicultural Activities

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May 2017 E-News from the Office of Multicultural Activities

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, Multicultural Activities at or call 383-7412 for more information or visit our webpage at:

Information and Events for May 2017

Office of Multicultural Activities collaborates with the Deschutes Public Library on their annual A Novel Idea event:

Book Discussion on Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Tuesday, May 2 at 4 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Campus Center, Bend Campus

Homegoing follows the paths of two sisters - one sister is sold into slavery and taken from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi and the other sister marries an English man and remains in Ghana. Yaa Gyasis novel then weaves the descendants of the two sisters through eight generations and illuminates slaverys oppressive legacy both for those who were taken from and those who remained in Ghana.

Film and Discussion: Birth of a Movement
Wednesday May 3, 4:00 p.m.
Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC

Based on Dick Lehr's book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, the documentary Birth of a Movement tells the story of William M. Trotter, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist. In 1915 Trotter waged a crusade against D.W. Griffiths technically groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly, The Birth of a Nation, igniting a battle still raging today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.

Film and Discussion: 13th
Tuesday, May 9, 4pm, 155 Boyle Education Center, Bend Campus

13th, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2017, explores reasons behind the mass incarceration of African Americans and Latinos. The director, Ava Du Vernay, demonstrates that the legacy of slavery stills exists in practices embedded in the current criminal justice system. She specifically examines the prison industrial complex illustrating how corporations are benefitting from incarceration. The film gets its name from the Thirteenth Amendment in the United States Constitution which ended slavery and freed all slaves in the US.

Drag Party!
Friday, May 5, 4 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

Come as the most fabulous version of yourself! Join COCCs LGBTQ and Ally Club for the first ever Drag Party. Everyone is invited to participate. Dress in drag or your best attire. There will be music, dancing, food, and games.

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.

Safe Zone Workshop for Students
Friday, May 19, 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 Karen Roth to register for the workshop,

Salmon Bake
Saturday, June 3, 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!

Cultural Student Club Meetings

African Heritage Club, Wednesdays, 12:30 1:30 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Annemarie Hamlin for more information,

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

First Nations Student Union, Bend Campus, Thursdays 2:30 3:30 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information: .

First Nations Student Union, Madras Campus,
Mondays 3 - 4pm, Madras Campus Study Room. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information:

Gay Straight Alliance,
Tuesdays, 2:30 - 3:30pm, 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 at

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

Latino Club Redmond Campus,
Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:

COCC Multicultural Activities

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Karen Roth - Director of Multicultural Activities
216 Campus Center
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2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701

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