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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 Spring 2017

    Latino Fiesta - smLatin@ Fiesta
    Friday, April 14, 6 - 9pm, Coats Campus Center

    Food, Latin music, bouncy houses, pinatas, photo booth, fun and so much more!  This will be fun for the whole family and we ask for donations for scholarships for Latino Club students.

    Know Your Neighbor – Warm Springs 101
    Thursday, April 27, 6-8 pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 231 NW Idaho in Bend
    Arlita Rhoan, elder and Lead Teacher for the Warm Springs Culture and Heritage and Jefferson Greene, Ichishkin Language Teacher for Warm Springs and Mulit-Media Artist will give a talk with time for questions and answers about the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. For more information, contact Gina Ricketts at 541-318-3782 or rricketts@cocc.edu.

    Intercultural Communication Workshops with Sonya Littledeer
    (for students only)
    Fridays, April 28, May 5 and May 12, 9 am -  1pm

    This three-part 12 hour training (which can also be taken as a one-credit HD 199 course) explores the topics of diversity, cross cultural communication, power, and privilege.  This is an excellent class for future teachers, health care workers, leaders or students who intend to work in a global environment.  Space is limited to 20 students and breakfast and lunch will be served.  To register, contact Gina Ricketts, rricketts@cocc.edu

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    Safe Zone Workshop for Staff/Faculty
    Friday, April 28, 9 am - 4 pm

    Safe Zone Workshop for Students
    Friday, May 19, 9 am - 4 pm

    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 for the workshop, kroth1@cocc.edus

    National Poetry Month Workshops and Events
    Join COCC Barber Library and Multicultural Activities in celebrating National Poetry Month 2017 with the following fun and educational events, featuring two renowned guest speakers: slam poetry champion MOsley WOtta and the current Poet Laureate of Oregon, Elizabeth Woody.

    Poetry Slam Writing Workshop Taught by MOsley WOtta

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 4–6 pm
    Coats Campus Center, Multi-Cultural Center
    RSVP 541-383-7559

    Poetry Slam with MC MOsley WOtta
    Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6–8 pm
    Coats Campus Center, Multi-Cultural Center

    Elizabeth WoodyPoetry Workshop Taught by Elizabeth Woody
    Friday, April 28, 2017, 6–7 pm
    Coats Campus Center 116
    RSVP 541-318-3782

    Poetry Reading and Talk by Elizabeth Woody
    Friday, April 28, 2017, 7–8:30 pm
    Barber Library Rotunda

    For more information on all of the Poetry Month events scheduled see: Barber Library Events

    Office of Multicultural Activities collaborates with the Deschutes County Library on their annual A Novel Idea Event:

    Book Discussion on Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    Tuesday, May 2 at 4 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Campus Center, Bend Campus
    Homegoing follows the paths of two sisters - one sister is sold into slavery and taken from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi and the other sister marries an English man and remains in Ghana.  Yaa Gyasi’s novel then weaves the descendants of the two sisters through eight generations and illuminates slavery’s oppressive legacy both for those who were taken from and those who remained in Ghana.

    Film and Discussion:  Birth of a Movement
    Wednesday May 3, 4:00 p.m.

    Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC  
    Based on Dick Lehr's book The Birth of a Movement: How Birth of a Nation Ignited the Battle for Civil Rights, the documentary Birth of a Movement tells the story of William M. Trotter, Boston-based African American newspaper editor and activist.  In 1915 Trotter waged a crusade against D.W. Griffith’s technically groundbreaking but notoriously Ku Klux Klan-friendly, The Birth of a Nation, igniting a battle still raging today about race relations, media representation, and the power and influence of Hollywood.   

    Film and Discussion:  13th
    Tuesday, May 9, 4pm, 155 Boyle Education Center, Bend Campus
    , nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2017, explores reasons behind the mass incarceration of African Americans and Latinos.  The director, Ava Du Vernay, demonstrates that the legacy of slavery stills exists in practices embedded in the current criminal justice system.  She specifically examines the prison industrial complex illustrating how corporations are benefiting from incarceration.  The film gets its name from the Thirteenth Amendment in the United States Constitution which ended slavery and freed all slaves in the US.


    The Campus Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the annual Diversity Achievement Award.  Any staff or faculty who is currently employed, or any student who is enrolled in at least 6 units is eligible to be nominated as an individual or team for the Diversity Achievement Award.  Nomination forms must be submitted to the Diversity Award Selection Committee in care of Karen Roth, Director, Multicultural Activities, 216 Campus Center by Friday, April 21, 2017.  Nomination letters should address the nominee’s achievements in one of these four areas:

    Criteria:  (Nominee(s) may satisfy one or more of the following criteria.)
    A. Nominee (individual or team) actively promotes the recruitment and retention of diverse groups to faculty, staff, administrative positions, and the student body (above and beyond their normal job duties and/or student obligations.)
    B. Nominee (individual or team) works to bring enriching cultural and educational events to campus.
    C. Nominee (individual or team) demonstrates efforts to create a climate of respect and understanding among staff, faculty, students, and/or the community at large.
    D. Nominee (individual or team) is active in community service, on- and/or off-campus, that serves diverse populations.

    More detailed information and the nomination form are available here: http://www.cocc.edu/Diversity-Committee/Diversity-Achievement-Award/

    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, Tuesdays at 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Multicultural Center, Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Chris Rubio for more information:  crubio@cocc.edu.

    Historical World Cultures and Languages Club, 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, April 12 & 26 at Noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, Building 3, Redmond Campus.  Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information:  esandoval@cocc.edu

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