The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to offer multicultural events throughout the academic year.
Contact: Christy Walker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-383-7412.
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Oct. 9, 2023
11 a.m. "Celebrating Strength and Resilience" is free and open to the public. No registration required.
2:30 p.m. Beading workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited so please register.
RSVP Jeremiah Rector at email@example.com
For more information:
contact Jeremiah Rector at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us to celebrate
another great year of
education with musical
COCC students and our
Micah Bournes and jenna
June 4, 5-7 p.m.
COCC Bend Campus
Pinckney Center for the
FREE & OPEN to the public
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
For more information visit:
2023 Salmon Bake
Saturday, May 13
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
COCC Bend Campus,
Join us for a FREE, traditionally
prepared salmon lunch and a
Native American celebration!
12 p.m. Native traditionally
prepared salmon lunch by
Margie Tuckta of Warm Springs.
Side dishes provided by Sodexo.
Frybread provided by
Tamera Coffee of Warm Springs.
Quartz Creek, powwow drum
MexicaTiaui, Aztec dance group
Grammy & Native American
Awarded Flutist, James Edmund
Greeley from Warm Springs
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!
COCC's Forum on Equity, Racism and Social Justice: Book Banning
April 24 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST
Forum on Racism: Why Are We Still Talking About Racism?
- 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.
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.
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)
Afro-Centric Studies Club
Contact Marcus LeGrand for more information: email@example.com.
Asian Cultures Club
Contact Lin Hong for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Erin Trimble for more information: email@example.com
First Nations Student Union
Contact Jeremiah Rector for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Jacqueline Ruggieri for more information: email@example.com
LGBTQ & Friends Club
Contact Cat Finney for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org