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Multicultural Events

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is proud to offer multicultural events throughout the academic year. For more information contact: Christy Walker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Season of Nonviolence 

Season of Non-Violence
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. 

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

Keynote Speakers

Ericka Huggins is a human rights activist, poet, educator, former Black Panther leader and former political prisoner who has devoted her life to the equitable treatment of all human beings. She has lectured across the country and internationally on issues relating to the well-being of women, children & youth; restorative justice as the antidote to punitive justice; whole being education and the role of spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change.

Spiritual Activism and Social Justice
February 12, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30pm, Wille Hall, 201 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.
Ericka Huggins will share her personal experiences of finding life-affirming balance as an activist, and as a mother while on trial for her life. It is this balance that has continued to sustain her every day since. This talk will focus on everyone's capacity to return back to humanity and find inner stability in the face of continual daily challenges, so that we create healthy ways to sustain ourselves. 

Creating a Toolkit for Resiliency
February 13, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 201 Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus
Join us for a session with Ericka Huggins to reflect on and discuss the race and gender and identity challenges in school and work environments, and focus on heathy responses to these challenges through relaxing our minds and acknowledging our emotions. This session will be of direct benefit to students, educators, employers and employees as well as any other community members.

Student Meet and Greet with Ericka Huggins
February 13, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.

Justice Adrienne Nelson was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court in January 2018, making her the first African American to sit on the state's highest court. She is a frequent speaker on topics including diversity, inclusion, equity, leadership and professional development. She sits on the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Public Education, is the Oregon delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, chairs the Lewis and Clark Law School Judge Roosevelt Robinson Scholarship Committee and is vice-president of the Owen M. Panner American Inn of Court.

Looking Beyond Our Differences: Seeing the Humanity in Each of Us
March 3, 6:00 p.m., Wille Hall, 201 Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus.
March 4, 9:00 a.m., RTEC 209, COCC Redmond Campus.
Justice Adrienne Nelson will talk about how her life experiences -- from being the first person of color at her Arkansas high school to be named valedictorian to serving as the first African American on the Oregon Supreme Court -- have informed her focus on leadership, diversity, inclusion, mentoring, community service and the legal profession. She works daily to make this world a little bit better." Justice Nelson will also give us global perspectives and believes if we each connect to our humanity; it opens us up to many more possibilities.

Community Read Series

For the Season of Nonviolence, COCC and several community organizations are hosting book conversations on Ijeoma Oluo's New York Times bestseller, "So You Want to Talk About Race." Oluo guides readers through various topics in an attempt to invite people from all identities to engage in conversations about racism, discrimination, intersectionality and more. Her honest and constructive approach facilitates difficult conversations through engagement and dialogue. Community Book Conversations schedule of events.

Christy Walker, Director of Diversity and Inclusion or 541-383-7412.

Oregon Humanities Presents Conversation Projects

The Conversation Project brings people together to talk about their beliefs and experiences around timely and important issues and ideas. Oregon Humanities collaborates with community organizations, small and large nonprofits, universities, community colleges, government agencies, corporations, and others around the state to host Conversation Project programs.

COCC Redmond Campus, "Can We Get Along? Examining Our Personal Experiences of Connection and Community"
March 9, 6:00 p.m.

COCC Madras Campus, "Sentenced for a Season, Punished for Life: How Long Should People Pay for Past Crimes?"
February 20, 6:00 p.m.

COCC Prineville Campus, Can We Get Along? Examining Our Personal Experiences of Connection and Community"
March 10, 5:30 p.m.

The August Wilson Red Door Project and the COCC Afrocentric Studies Club Present: 

March 13, 7:00 p.m., Tower Theater
March 14, 7:00 p.m., Tower Theater
Evolve is a new performance experience that explores the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color. Combining monologues from The New Black Fest's Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, a show written by African American men and women about their experience with racial profiling, and Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue, based on interviews with police officers, Evolve seeks to stimulate conversation in a new way and help us to bridge a seemingly intractable divide.

Cultural Student Club Meetings

Afro-Centric Studies Club, Thursdays, Noon – 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center.  Contact Gordon Price for more information:

Asian Cultures Club, Contact Lin Hong for more information:

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:

First Nations Student Union, Madras Campus, Contact Michelle Cary for more information:

Jewish Student Club, contact Pat Givens for more information:

Latinx Club Bend Campus, Tuesdays at Noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center.  Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:

Latinx Club Redmond Campus, Wednesdays, Multicultural Center, Building 3. Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:

LGBTQ & Friends Club Bend Campus, Meets every week, alternating between social meetings and organizational meetings. Contact Cat Finney and Michael Murphy for more information: and

German Club Bend Campus, Thursdays, Noon, Coats Campus Center Cafeteria. Contact Janet Gesme for more information:

ASL Lunches Bend Campus, Mondays, 11:00 a.m., Coats Campus Center Cafeteria. Contact Erin Trimble for more information: