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.
COCC's Forum on Equity, Racism and Social Justice: Equity in the Outdoors
January 30 4:00-5:00 p.m. PST
Equity in the Outdoors-Panel Discussion
January 30, 2023
4-5 p.m. PST Zoom Webinar
Cara Frank, Development Director, Oregon Adaptive Sports
Wesley Heredia, Programs Coordinator, Vamonos Outside
Kathya Avila Choquez, Latino Community Specialist, Bend Park & Recreation District
Jessie Russell, Assoc. Professor Outdoor Leadership, COCC
Jacqueline Ruggieri, Latinx Student Program Coordinator, COCC
Christy Walker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, COCC
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.
Black History Month
In recognition of Black History Month during February 2023, 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.
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?
- 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 Lagrand for more information: email@example.com.
Asian Cultures Club
Contact Lin Hong for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Nations Student Union
Contact Michelle Cary for more information: email@example.com.
Jewish Student Club
Contact Joshua Motenko for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Jacqueline Ruggieri for more information: email@example.com
LGBTQ & Friends Club Bend Campus
Contact Cat Finney for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
German Club Bend Campus
Contact Janet Gesme for more information: email@example.com
ASL Lunches Bend Campus
Contact Erin Trimble for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org