COVID-19 Response and Reopening

Multicultural Events

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to offer multicultural events throughout the academic year.

Contact: Christy Walker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
cwalker2@cocc.edu or 541-383-7412.

Also see:
Latinx Featured Events | Native American Featured Events Ι Season of Nonviolence I Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month | Club Meetings


COCC's Forum on Racism Anti-Racism: Validation and Empathy in Higher Education

May 16 4-5:00 p.m. PST


¡Avanza! Cultural History Exhibition: The Latin Voice

Cultural History Exhibition: The Latin Voice
Come and celebrate with COCC AVANZA students the development of their mobile exhibition!
This has been an ongoing process highlighting the cultural history of various people about their unique experiences in forming their identity as Latinos in Central Oregon. AVANZA students want to connect the general public with the Latino Culture through art, dance, music, food and more. With special participation of Dr. Freddy Vilches, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, Lewis & Clark College.

                                                Time: 5:30 -7 p.m. for all dates
     Bend Campus – Wille Hall: April 26  avanza event 2 
     Redmond Campus – May 2
     Madras Campus – May 11
     Prineville Campus – June 1
     Sisters Public Library - June 6
     We are grateful for support from the High Desert Museum

     For more information contact:
     Claudia Bisso-Fetzer, PhD Latinx College Prep Coordinator
     cbissofetzer@cocc.edu

 

 

Season of Nonviolence

Season of Nonviolence

Inspired by the work of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez, and Chief Wilma Mankiller, the annual Season for Nonviolence honors these leaders’ visions for an empowered, nonviolent world. Colleges and universities throughout the country celebrate the Season of Nonviolence by bringing together community partners to educate and empower communities on how to use non-violent methods to create a more peaceful world.

View Season of Nonviolence Events


Black History Month

Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month during February 2022, COCC is honored to welcome speakers and programs that highlight Black triumph. We will celebrate the past and present triumphs of the Black community while continuing our efforts to challenge oppressive systems and strive toward a more equitable future. 

View Black History Month Events


FORUMS ON RACISM

COCC is committed to continuing these important conversations and addressing systemic inequities. The forums will be held once per term. We invite you to share in this work and be a part of making changes in our communities so that we truly are a welcoming and inclusive place. Together we can make a difference!

Forum on Racism: Why Are We Still Talking About Racism?

Speakers:

  • Laurie Chesley, President, Central Oregon Community College
  • Erika McCalpine, Executive Director of Strategic Diversity Initiatives, Director DEI Lab, OSU-Cascades
  • Christy Walker, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, COCC

This event took place on January 24, 2021. View the recorded video below:


 

Forum on Racism: Addressing Counter Narratives of Racism

This event took place on November 8, 2021. View the recorded video below:


 

How the Pandemic has Disproportionately Affected the BILAPOC Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted BILAPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other People of Color) communities. Join panelists from COCC's Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Office of Student Life for this virtual forum on the pandemic and the systemic inequities it has laid bare. COCC president Dr. Laurie Chesley will provide opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion and audience q&a.

COCC is committed to continuing these important conversations and addressing systemic inequities. We invite you to share in this work and be a part of making changes in our communities so that we truly are a welcoming and inclusive place. Together we can make a difference!

This event took place on Apr 19, 2021. View the recorded video below:


 

Addressing Racial Inequalities and Responding to Hate Speech

This virtual event took place in November 2020. In this video panelists and a community forum discuss topics that include stereotypes, prejudice and privilege as well as how to respond to hate speech.

Cultural Event Listings

More COCC events:

LGBTQ+ Events

Student Events
Calendar Highlights


 

Recommended Anti-Racist Reading List

Central Oregon Community College believes in the power of education. So we encourage you to seek out the books in the list and learn more about the history of racism, white supremacy and the systemic impact of slavery in the United States. This list is by no means exhaustive, and is instead intended to offer an accessible introduction to these important topics.

Most of the books we recommend are available to students, faculty and staff via COCC’s Barber Library. You can also find most of these books through Deschutes Public Library, purchase them from the COCC Bookstore, or buy them from a special online store created for the College by local BIPOC-owned Paulina Springs Books in Sisters. Additional links available in the reading list pdf.

Recommended Anti-Racist Reading List (pdf)

COCC Recommended Anti Racist Reading List

 


 

Racism, Criminal Justice, and Becoming an Ally

Online discussion of topics regarding the current national crisis and COCC's support of diversity, equity and inclusion. This event took place on Monday, June 8, 2020.

Christy Walker shared this educational reading list:
Anti-Racism Education List by Victoria Alexander (pdf)


 

Cultural Student Club Meetings

Afro-Centric Studies Club
Contact Christy Walker for more information: cwalker2@cocc.edu.

Asian Cultures Club
Contact Lin Hong for more information: lhong@cocc.edu.

First Nations Student Union
Contact Michelle Cary for more information: mcary@cocc.edu.

Jewish Student Club
Contact Joshua Motenko for more information: jmotenko@cocc.edu.

Latinx Club
Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information: esandoval@cocc.edu

LGBTQ & Friends Club Bend Campus
Contact Cat Finney for more information: cfinney@cocc.edu

German Club Bend Campus
Contact Janet Gesme for more information: jgesme@cocc.edu

ASL Lunches Bend Campus
Contact Erin Trimble for more information: etrimble@cocc.edu