November 2015 E-News from Diversity and Inclusion

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November 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 in the Multicultural Center


African American Heritage Club, Contact Teryl Young for more information:

Asian Student Club, November meetings are Thursday, Nov 5 and Friday Nov 20 at noon - 1pm in the Multicultural Center. For more information, contact David Liu:

Aztec Dance Group, Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 5:30 pm, Mazama Dance Studio, Bend Campus. For more information, contact Bill Hoppe:

First Nations Student Union, Wednesdays, noon -1pm, Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information:

Gay Straight Alliance, First meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 2 - 3 pm, Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend. Contact Christy Walker for more information:

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

Latino Club Redmond Campus, Wednesdays, Nov 4 & 18, noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Building 3, Redmond Campus. Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:

Programs and Events for November 2015

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Monday, November 2, Noon 1 pm, Campus Center Dining Room, Bend

Join us for a pre-Hispanic celebration remembering those who have gone before us. Learn more about this day and where it comes from. There will be several Aztec dances to go along with the presentation.

Dia de los Muertos Cookie and Sugar Skull decorating
Tuesday, November 3, Noon 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Bend Campus
Wednesday, November 4, Noon 1 pm, Room 303, Building 3, Redmond
Thursday, November 5, 11:30 am 1 pm, Madras Campus

Join the Latino Club to learn more about el Dia de los Muertos while decorating cookies and sugar skulls.

North African Soiree *
Monday, November 16, 4:00 pm in Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, Bend

This is a roundtable discussion with these scholars: Dr. Robert Harrison will address ancient and modern ideas of the Caliphate; Karim Hamdy will talk about Tunisia since the Arab Spring; Jessica Hammerman will talk about the enduring impact of French culture on the region. Well celebrate by eating food catered by Kebaba and listening to North African Music. This event is sponsored by ASCOCC's World Cultures Club and Diversity and Inclusion.

The Many Faces of Gender: What Does It Mean To Be Female or Male?? *
Thursday, November 19, noon 1:30 pm, Max Merrill Room, Barber Library
Presented by COCC Faculty, Rebecca Walker-Sands

Curious about Caitlyn Jenner? Transgender and other ways of being have biological bases that are becoming less mysterious. However, we tend to look at life in a dichotomous fashion: nature vs. nurture; male vs. female. Are there only two options? This talk presents the variety of outcomes, in both humans and non-humans, for sex determination and gender expression. Biological contributions will be emphasized along with a brief discussion of cultural components.

November is Native American Heritage Month!

Film and Discussion: Dakota 38 + 2 *
Wednesday, November 4, 3:30 5:30 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer, Bend Campus
Friday, November 6, 6 8 pm, Madras Campus

Jim Miller and Alberta Ironcloud highlight their work on this documentary. In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream. Just before he awoke, he saw a vision of 38 of his Dakota ancestors who were hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. Now, four years later, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. This is the story of their journey.

Historical Stories of the Klamath with Gordon Bettles *
Tuesday, November 10, 3:30-5:00 in Hitchcock Auditorium, Bend Campus.
Meet and Greet at 1:30 in the Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.

Gordon Bettles serves a Director of Native American Initiatives at the University of Oregon, and has been conducting research in areas related to Northwest tribes. He worked for the Klamath Tribes for seventeen years and served as the first director of its Culture and Heritage Department.

Twine Basket Making with Tyrone Cole
Wednesday, November 18, 1 4 pm in the Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus

This is a potluck so please bring something to share. Materials will be provided and this event is not appropriate for children.

Why Don't Native Lives Matter? *
Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8:30 pm, St Helens Hall, 231 NW Idaho, Bend

Justine Lowry and Gina Ricketts will speak on the influence of the Doctrine of Discovery and the medias interpretation of Native Lives.

(* This program earns hours towards the Diversity Education Program Award. See the website: for more information, and contact Christy Walker, to sign up.)


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