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What’s in a Label? Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories

A Conversation with Ann Su
Tuesday, January 30, 5:30 – 7 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus
Ann SuAs humans, we constantly label and categorize information on both conscious and unconscious levels. Labeling enables our brains to sort information efficiently, but the labels and categories we assign to information can form generalizations and stereotypes in our minds. When we allow stereotypes to define individuals, we fail to see the inherent diversity in humans. Ann Su, public interest lawyer, community activist and social justice advocate, will facilitate the conversation exploring how the words we choose influence our understanding of race and racial diversity.

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include COCC Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program, Associated Students of COCC, Oregon Humanities, Brooks Resources, Deschutes Cultural Coalition, OSU-Cascade Student Fee Committee and Towne Place Suites by Marriott.

An (Underground) American DREAMer: Julissa Arce’s Story From Undocumented Status to Wall Street Executive to Immigration Advocate

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 - 8 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center,
COCC Bend Campus
JulissaJulissa will share her story about what it was like “climbing the corporate ladder” as both a Latina and an undocumented immigrant. She had seemingly achieved the American Dream – yet she was not part of what was defined as American. This, as well as the plight of the millions of others who are undocumented and living in the U.S., compelled to her to leave Wall Street and pursue a career as an immigration rights advocate. Julissa will talk about her work in immigration and give an overview of current policies and actions on immigration nationally.

A Conversation with Julissa Arce

Wednesday, February 7, 9 - 10:30 am, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus
After a successful career at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, Julissa Arce has dedicated her life to changing the conversation around immigration. She will talk about her current work as an advocate for immigrant rights and education and tell us about successes and frustrations she has had along the way.

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities and COCC Foundation’s Visiting Scholar Program are the Associated Students Of COCC and the Latino Program as well as Brooks Resources, the Old Mill District, the Deschutes Cultural Coalition, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Community Foundation and OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee.

Community Book Conversations – My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce

January and February 2018
Julissa BookAlong with other community organizations, COCC and Building Common Ground will again organize several community book conversations on My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce. The book explores the polarizing question: for an undocumented immigrant, what is the true cost of the American dream? The conversations will span a period of 4 weeks at a variety of meeting places. These book studies will be powerful explorations on the topic of immigration. Visit www.cocc.edu/mcc-events/ for a full list of book discussion groups.

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include Building Common Ground and Deschutes Cultural Coalition.

Book Conversation Groups

All Peoples United Church of Christ
Sundays, January 7 and 21, Feb. 4 and 18, 10:00-10:50 am
Community meeting room, Redmond Public Library, 827 Deschutes Avenue, Redmond
Facilitator contacts: Nancy Cook (ncook963@gmail.com) and Laurie Power (janeitelaurie@gmail.com).
RSVP with Nancy Cook at ncook963@gmail.com or 541.526.5728

Bend Baha’i Community
Thursdays, January 11, 18, 25, and February 1, 5-6:00 pm,
Brooks Room, Bend Downtown Library, 507 NW Wall, Bend.  
Facilitator and RSVP: Peg Slothower 541 771-1640, jps19@bendbroadband.com

COCC Bend Campus
Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, noon to 1pm,
Barber Library South Oregon Room, Bend Campus
Facilitators: Cat Finney, Kirsten Hostetler and Tina Hovekamp
RSVP with Cat Finney at cfinney@cocc.edu

COCC Madras Campus
Wednesdays, Jan 17, 24, and 31, 11:30 am -12:30 pm, and Feb 8 at 5:30 pm Community Room, 117 Madras Campus, 1170 E Ashwood Rd
Facilitator: Courtney Snead, RSVP at csnead@cocc.edu.

COCC Prineville Campus
Mondays, January 22, 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, noon to 1pm,
Prineville Campus
Facilitator: Christy Walker, RSVP at cwalker2@cocc.edu

COCC Redmond Campus
Wednesdays, January 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 14, noon to 1pm,
Multicultural Center, 306 Building 3, Redmond Campus
Facilitators: Evelia Sandoval and Tina Redd
RSVP with Evelia Sandoval, esandoval@cocc.edu

Social Justice Center
Tuesdays, beginning January 9 at 6:00 pm for 6 Tuesdays.
155 NW Irving Street, Bend
Facilitator:  Bruce Morris, brucem.bam@gmail.com

Trinity Episcopal's Peace and Social Justice Team
Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23 and Feb. 13 and 20, 10-11:30 am
Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall at Idaho, Bend
Facilitators and RSVP: Mary Ann Mays, cntrygrl1947@gmail.com, 541-318-5751, and Charlies Johnson, chuckles80@icloud.com.

A Muslim American’s Experience in Oregon with Nora Mahmoud

Tuesday, February 27, 6 – 7:30 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus
NoraMahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King called for justice and coexistence, but what did the prophet Muhammad teach humankind? Muslims believe in the same notions of acceptance and peace as taught through the holy Quran and prophet Muhammad’s message to the human race.  Yet in a time of escalating global conflicts as well as national political agitation, what is it like being an American Muslim in our nation today? Join American Muslim, Nora Mahmoud, to reflect on the timeless social beliefs of Islam and the current issues Muslims are experiencing today.  

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon and Deschutes Cultural Coalition.

Readers’ Theater Production of The Meeting

MLKThursday, March 1, 3pm and Friday, March 2, 7 pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, 201 Pioneer, COCC Bend Campus
The Meeting, written in 1987 by Jeff Stetson, portrays an imaginary meeting between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in a Harlem hotel room in 1965 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Performed around the United States and Europe, this plMalcolmay won a Louis B. Mayer Award and earned eight NAACP Theatre Awards in 1987.   Members of the Afrocentric Studies Club at COCC will read the play.

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include the Afrocentric Studies Club and Deschutes Cultural Coalition.

Film Screening and Discussion of Not In Our Town: Light In The Darkness

Not In Our TownThursday, February 15, Noon - 1 pm, Community Room, COCC Madras Campus
Monday, February 19, Noon – 1pm, COCC Prineville Campus

Wednesday, February 21, Noon – 1 pm, Room 312, Building 3, COCC Redmond Campus
In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York culminated in the murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years. Over a two-year period, the film follows Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother, Joselo Lucero, and diverse Patchogue residents as they address the underlying causes of the violence and take steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected.

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include Building Common Ground and Deschutes Cultural Coalition.

Film Screening and Discussion of Not In Our Town: Northern California with Executive Director, Patrice O’Neill

Patrice O'NeillMonday, March 5, 6 – 8 pm, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC
The film, Not In Our Town Northern California, takes a regional look at five Northern California communities dealing with deadly hate violence over a five-year period. Together, the stories reveal that whether the motivation is racism, anti-Semitism, or crimes motivated by gender or sexual orientation, hate is the same. But Californians found innovative ways to respond when hate happens. Patrice O'Neill is a filmmaker, journalist and leader of Not In Our Town, a community-based movement of people working to stop hate together. She has produced the successful Not In Our Town film series which began as a half-hour PBS special and turned into a dynamic movement that continues to thrive in communities across the U.S. and around the world.

Following the film screening, a panel of students will discuss their experience in local schools and then, Patrice O’Neill, the founder and executive director of Not In Our Town, will lead the audience in a discussion on how to prevent and respond to incidents of hate, bullying, and bigotry.

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include Building Common Ground and Deschutes Cultural Coalition.

Community Organizing Workshop with Patrice O’Neill

Tuesday, March 6, 9 am – noon, Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC
Patrice O’Neill, Executive Director of Not In Our Town, will meet with community activists, students, teachers, civic leaders, law enforcement, elected officials, and other concerned citizens to discuss how to foster greater safety and inclusion in our community. This event will promote communication and collaboration among community entities that ultimately results in creating a framework for preventing and responding to incidents of hate and bullying.

Collaborators with the Office of Multicultural Activities include Building Common Ground, Deschutes Cultural Coalition and other community organizations.

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Safe Zone Workshop for Staff/Faculty
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Safe Zone Workshop for Students
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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: kroth1@cocc.edu

Cultural Student Club Meetings

Afro-Centric Studies Club, Thursdays, Noon – 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Gordon Price for more information, gprice3@cocc.edu.

Asian Cultures Club, Contact Lin Hong, lhong@cocc.edu.

First Nations Student Union, Bend Campus, Wednesdays at 11:30 – 12:30 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Michelle Cary for more information:  mcary@cocc.edu.

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

LGBTQ and Allies Club, Fridays at 10:30 – 11:30 am, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Chris Rubio for more information:  crubio@cocc.edu.

Historical World Cultures and Languages Club, Contact Jessica Hammerman for more information: jhammerman@cocc.edu.   

Jewish Student Club, contact Pat Givens for more information at pgivens@cocc.edu.

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

Latino Club Redmond Campus, Wednesdays, Multicultural Center, Building 3, Redmond Campus.  Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:  esandoval@cocc.edu