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


Native American Heritage Month

COCC is commemorating Native American Heritage Month with a lineup of virtual and in-person events in November, including at the Bend, Madras and Prineville campuses, all free and open to the public. 

"Our events are wide-ranging and focus on areas such as the hardships that our ancestors experienced, and the generational trauma that happened as a result, as well as oral traditions and the beauty of Native American flute music," said Michelle Cary, Native American program coordinator and a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation.

Photo: Wilson Wewa of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

Wilson Wewa of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs

  • Legends of the Northern Paiute with Wilson Wewa from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.  Wilson will present legends handed down to him by his elders, in the traditional story-telling way.

  • Truth, Reckoning, and Healing; A Story of Indian Boarding Schools with Gabriann Hall from the Klamath Tribes. Gabriann will present on the absolute atrocities that took place in these institutions as well as how and why this happened to our Native children in both the US and Canada.

  • Native American Flute Concert with award winning James Greeley from the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

  • History of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma with William Tarrant, Culture and Historic Preservation Director for our tribes.  William will share a brief history of how these bands of Seneca and Cayuga Indians came to be in the Oklahoma territory from the upper New York area.

Please view the schedule for event dates and times:

Native American Heritage Event Schedule

For specific information on these events, contact Michelle Cary, coordinator of the COCC Native American program, at 541-318-3782 or mcary@cocc.edu.


 

Forum on Racism: Addressing Counter Narratives of 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!

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:
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