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  • Multicultural Activities lists events that involve COCC and OSU-Cascades students. Please check back often as new events are added on an on-going basis. For more campus event listings visit "What's New" on the COCC Home page.

    Unless stated otherwise below, all events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Roth at 541.383.7412 or kroth1@cocc.edu.

  • Programs and Events for Winter 2017

    Season of Nonviolence honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, and Chief Wilma Mankiller

    The F-Word: Stories of Forgiveness Banner Exhibit
    January 17-27, 2017, COCC Barber Library, Rotunda

    Stories of Forgiveness exhibition is a thought provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness in the face of atrocity. The Forgiveness Project uses the real stories of victims and perpetrators to explore concepts of forgiveness, and to encourage people to consider alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge. First launched in London in 2004, it has since been displayed in over 550 venues worldwide. The exhibition examines forgiveness as a healing process, a path out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope.

    The F-Word: Personal Stories of Forgiveness
    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 4 – 5:30 pm Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus

    A panel of local community members will share their personal experiences related to forgiveness and explore how concepts of reconciliation, conflict resolution and dialogue can be used to break cycles of violence and restore hope. Videos featuring stories from The Forgiveness Project will also be shown.
    Co-sponsored by COCC, The Forgiveness Project http://theforgivenessproject.com/and the Interfaith Network of Central Oregon (INCO) http://www.interfaithnetworkco.org/

    Desmond Tutu
    Reprinted with the express permission of The Forgiveness Project. Photographer, Brian Moody.

    Shakti ButlerIrresistible Justice: Cultivating Joy as a Pathway to Equity – a film and dialogue session 
    Shakti Butler, Ph.D., Filmmaker and Racial Justice Educator
    January 24, 2017, 6-8:30 p.m., Wille Hall, COCC Bend Campus

    Using clips from her groundbreaking film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, Dr. Shakti Butler will discuss the system of racialization through a holistic framework. She will offer an explanation of these systems that promotes a union between the head and heart. Dr. Butler teaches that it is the head that recognizes, analyzes and strategizes to overcome disparities, and the heart obliterates fear and connects people with others. Through thoughtful dialogue with a focus on understanding how white privilege is manifested in all our institutions, Dr. Butler will lead us on a path to begin to see and deconstruct racial identity.   

    Strategic Questioning for Social Change:  A Workshop on Tools to Address Inequity
    Shakti Butler, Ph.D., Filmmaker and Racial Justice Educator

    January 25, 2017, 9 – 11:00 a.m. Wille Hall, COCC Bend Campus 
    Dr. Butler will engage us in a dialogue about justice and introduce the technique of strategic questioning to create knowledge that awakens possibilities of change. Using examples of inequities within our own community, we will apply this process to address these important issues from multiple perspectives. This workshop will foster a deeper understanding of systemic injustice and provide a structural lens that encourages dialogue and community action.

    About Dr. Butler: Founder and President of World Trust, Shakti Butler, Ph.D. is a multiracial African American woman (African, Arawak Indian, and Russian-Jewish) whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for over two decades. She is the producer and director of several acclaimed documentaries. Her newest film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, uses interviews, story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural and systemic racial inequity. 

    Book - Racism without RacistsCommunity Book Conversations – Racism Without Racists:  Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.  
    January 17 – February 28, various dates and location. 
    Several community organizations are joining COCC and Building Common Ground in hosting book conversations on Racism Without Racists:  Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.  The conversations will span a period of four - six weeks beginning on the dates and times listed below. To join in this community-wide conversation, choose a group below that works for you and register with the organizer of that group discussion.  Books are available at local book stores, online, and at public libraries.  We hope you will join in this powerful exploration of stereotypes and advance our understanding of how to work for social justice in our community.

    Amazon.com provides this description of the book:
    Beneath our contemporary conversations about race lies a full blown arsenal of phrases, arguments, and stories that account for racial inequalities. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva's acclaimed Racism without Racists documents how whites use these to account for and ultimately justify those inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society.

    Book Conversation Groups

    COCC - Bend Campus
    Mondays, Noon - 1 pm, beginning Jan. 23 - February 27, Barber Library Oregon Room, 2600 NW College Way.  Contact Tom Barry at tbarry@cocc.edu or 541-383-7294.

    COCC - Redmond Campus
    Tuesdays, 11:30 - 12:30 pm beginning Jan. 17 - Feb. 21, Multicultural Center, 303 Building 3, 2030 SE College Loop.  Contact Ken Ruettgers at kruettgers@cocc.edu or 541-419-7752.

    First Presbyterian Church
    Mondays, 7 pm, beginning Jan. 23 - Feb. 13, 230 NE 9th St., Bend.  Contact Jenny Warner at jwarner@bendfp.org.

    Methodist Church in Bend
    Wednesdays, 5:15 pm, beginning Feb. 1 - Feb 22, 680 NW Bond St., Bend  Contact Shimiko Montgomery, shimiko.bendchurch@gmail.com

    Redmond Library
    Thursdays, 10 - 11 am, Feb. 2 - Feb. 23, 827 SW Deschutes Ave.  Contact Jenny Pedersen at jenniferp@deschuteslibrary.orgor 541-617-7089.

    Social Justice Center
    Tuesdays, Jan. 17 - Feb. 21, 6 pm, 155 NW Irving Ave.  Contact:  Bruce Morris at 503-951-8409 or brucem.bam@gmail.com

    Trinity Episcopal Peace and Social Justice Team
    Tuesdays, 10am, Jan. 17 - Feb. 21, 469 NW Wall, Contact Rick Negus at negus@bendbroadband.com  or 541-480-4229.

    Film Event - Purgatorio   
    Film Showing and Discussion: "Puragtorio: A Journey into the Heart of the US Mexico Border"
    February 22, 4:30 pm, 209 Redmond Technology Education Center, Redmond Campus  
    February 23, 4:30 pm, 155 Boyle Education Center, Bend Campus

    This program will screen, Puragtorio, a film featuring a mosaic of vignettes about the everyday struggles of those who work and live in the borderlands separating Mexico and the United States.  There will be a facilitated discussion after the film. 

    The Space Between Us: Immigrants, Refugees, and Oregon
    Manuel Padilla, Oregon Humanities' Conversation Project 
    March 8, 6:30 p.m., Wille Hall, COCC Bend Campus
    Global displacement is on the rise, thanks to intractable conflicts, economics, and climate change. Oregonians have and will continue to see the results of international migration in our neighborhoods. In this conversation, Manuel Padilla will ask participants to consider questions of uprootedness, hospitality, identity, perception, and integration and how we might build more informed, responsive, resilient, and vibrant communities.  Mr. Padilla has done peace work in Haiti, Chad, and Washington, DC, working with internally displaced people, immigrants, and refugees. Currently he facilitates reconciliation workshops in refugee contexts with the Jesuit Refugee Service.

    Cultural Student Club Meetings

    African Heritage Student Club, Wednesdays at Noon - 1pm, Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Karen Roth for more information, kroth1@cocc.edu.

    Asian Student Club, Contact David Liu, dliu@cocc.edu, 541-383-7725

    First Nations Student Union, Bend Campus, Thursdays at 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Gina Ricketts for more information:  rricketts@cocc.edu .

    First Nations Student Union, Madras Campus, Mondays at 3 pm, Madras Campus. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information: rricketts@cocc.edu.

    LGBTQ and Allies Club, Fridays at 3 - 4 pm, Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Chris Rubio for more information:  crubio@cocc.edu.

    Historical World Cultures and Languages Club,Thursdays, at 1:15 - 2:15 pm, Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend. Contact Daniel Gardner for more information: dgardner3@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, Campus Center, Bend Campus.  Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:  esandoval@cocc.edu

    Latino Club Redmond Campus, Wednesdays at Noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Building 3, Redmond Campus.  Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:  esandoval@cocc.edu

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