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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 2016

    Cultural Diversity Workshops with Sonya Littledeer (for students only)
    Fridays, April 8, April 29, 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

    Dentalium Necklace Making
    Friday, April 22, 11 am – 2 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend

    Vickie Franklin will teach a class on making dentalium necklaces.  All materials will be provided and the event is free.  Bring a potluck dish to share for lunch. 

    Jimmy Santiago Baca Renowned Poet
    Wednesday, May 4, 4:30pm, Hitchcock Auditorium, Bend COCC, Free 
    Friday, May 6, 7pm, Madras Performing Arts Center, $10, Contact Evelia Sandoval, esandoval@cocc.edu for free student tickets for COCC staff and students.

    Born in New Mexico of Indio-Mexican descent, Jimmy Santiago Baca was raised first by his grandmother and later sent to an orphanage. A runaway at age 13, it was after Baca was sentenced to five years in a maximum security prison that he began to turn his life around.  He learned to read and write and unearthed a voracious passion for poetry.  Baca has devoted his post-prison life to writing and teaching others who are overcoming hardship. His themes include American Southwest barrios, addiction, injustice, education, community, love and beyond.

    Safe Zone Workshop for Students
    Friday, May 6, 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.edu

    Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival
    Saturday, May 7, 1 - 4 pm, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

    Enjoy performances, cultural crafts for children, local artists and businesses, and delicious cuisine.  Free and open to the public.

    Greek Music and Dance Festival
    Tuesday, May 17, 4 – 6 pm
    Wille Hall, Coats Campus Center, COCC

    Enjoy live music by The Nomads, a cultural presentation on Greece by Dr. Tina Maragou Hovekamp, Greek dances taught and performed by the Kumpania Folk Dancers, and Greek appetizers.  Free and open to the public.

    Native American Salmon Bake
    Saturday, May 21, 11 am - 4 pm, Coats Campus Center, COCC Bend Campus

    Enjoy the dances, vendors, and a delicious meal of salmon.

    Can We Talk About Race


    When to “Call Out,” and When to “Call In”
    Thursday, May 12, noon -  1pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center

    What should we do when we encounter oppressive language and behavior from our friends, family members, colleagues, and classmates? This interactive conversation explores the differences between "calling out" bad behavior and "calling in," a more compassionate and inclusive approach to holding someone accountable for their words and actions.  Facilitated by Mindy Williams

    Beyoncé, Barack, and Keanu: Racial Hybridity and When is Enough, Enough?
    :  Thursday, May 19, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Room 306, Building 3

    Racial hybridity refers to the mixing of multiple racial backgrounds in a single person's experience. Let's talk about how mixed and multicultural human diversity is impacting our understanding of race today, especially as we consider what it means to have just one drop of "other."  Facilitated by Elizabeth Parks.

    Rethinking Columbus:  The Next 500 Years
      Monday, April 25, Noon - 1 pm, Room TBA

    Join us in a presentation and discussion as we re-evaluate the social consequences of the Europeans’ arrival upon North America and whether or not we should honor Columbus with a national holiday.  Facilitated by Gina Ricketts.

    Which “me” are you today? 
      Thursday, April 28, Noon – 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center 

    Bring your ideas and experiences to a conversation about “double consciousness”—the idea that some American citizens must grapple with two or more ways of understanding their identities. For more about "double consciousness," see chapter one of writer and sociologist W.E. B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk, available for free at Project Gutenberg:  http://www.gutenberg.org/files/408/408-h/408-h.htm#chap01   Facilitated by Annemarie Hamlin.

    Play the Game: Intercultural Awareness 
      Monday, May 2, Noon - 1:30 pm, Room 116
    :   Wednesday, May 4, Noon - 1:30 pm, Room 306, Building 3
     Tuesday, May 17, 2:30-4:00 pm, Room 120

    Enjoy a fun, interactive game that will help us think about cultural differences and how they influence our ability to be successful.  Facilitated by Courtney Snead.

    Cultural Student Club Meetings

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

    Aztec Dance Group
    For more information, contact Bill Hoppe, whoppe@cocc.edu.

    First Nation Student Union Madras Campus
    Mondays, 5 - 6 pm, Madras Campus Study Room, Contact Gina Ricketts for more information: rricketts@cocc.edu

    First Nations Student Union Bend Campus
    Wednesdays, noon - 1pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Gina Ricketts for more information: rricketts@cocc.edu

    LGBTQ and Allies Club
    Tuesdays, 2:15 - 3:15 pm, Multicultural Center, 217 Coats Campus Center, Bend Campus. Contact Chris Rubio for more information: crubio@cocc.edu

    Jewish Student Club,
    Open to anyone interested in Jewish culture. For more information, contact Pat Givens, pgivens@cocc.edu.

    Latino Club Bend Campus
    Tuesdays, 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, Noon - 1 pm, Multicultural Center, 303 Building 3, Redmond Campus. Contact Evelia Sandoval for more information: esandoval@cocc.edu

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