May 2014 E-News from Multicultural Activities

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May 2014 E-News from the Office of Multicultural Activities

In this monthly e-newsletter, you will find information on upcoming programs, workshops, and other events. Your input, ideas, and questions are welcome!   Please contact Karen Roth, Director, Multicultural Activities at or call 383-7412 for more information or visit our webpage at:

Campus Climate Survey for Students

The COCC Diversity Committee invites students to participate in a survey regarding the atmosphere at COCC. We want to know how welcoming, inclusive and respectful you, the students, believe our campus to be. The results of the survey will provide important information about our campus and will enable us to improve the quality of our environment for students as you engage in your academic pursuits. 

The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete.  

Bookstore Gift Card Drawing: 
Upon completing the survey you will be presented with a link allowing you to enter to win one of two COCC Bookstore gift-cards, each worth $100. Please note that when entering the drawing, your responses remain anonymous and will not be linked to your response to the survey.

Link to survey:  The deadline to complete the survey is May 9, 2014.

Programs and Events for May 2014

Student Club Meetings in the Multicultural Center:

Jewish Students Club, Monday, May 12 at noon - 1 pm

Latino Club, Tuesdays at 11:45 am - 1 pm

First Nations Student Union, Wednesdays at noon – 1 pm

Black Student Union, Fridays at noon - 1 pm

Gay Straight Alliance, Fridays at 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Spanish Conversation Group:
1st Monday of the month at noon in 116 Campus Center. This conversation group is open to anyone willing to try and converse in Spanish.    

2014 Can We Talk About Race and Other Differences?  Series

Let’s Discuss: Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women
Tuesday, May 6, 5:15 – 6:30 pm, 118 Cascades

Facilitated by Elizabeth Daniels, Psychology, OSU Cascades, and Jim Foster, Political Science, OSU Cascades
After watching the film about how media portray women, let’s dialogue about this important issue.

The Culture Wars as Fuel for Inequality
Thursday, May 15, 1 - 2 pm, Multicultural Center
Facilitated by Tom Barry, Sociology, COCC

Starting in the 1980s America entered the Culture Wars, a deliberate political strategy to undermine advancements for racial, class, gender, and gay and lesbian rights.  This discussion will address the history of the Culture Wars and its impact on voters and public policy.

Part 2:  Justice and Diversity: Criminal Justice Challenges for Multicultural Communities
Thursday, May 29, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Multicultural Center
Facilitated by Donal Hardin, Criminal Justice, and Teryl Young, COCC

Come participate in this dialogue about criminal justice system statistics and what they mean and don’t mean - empirically and emotionally - for our current national conversation on this subject.

LGBTQ Save Zone Training for Students

Friday, May 9, 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.  Register with Karen Roth at

Latino Program Activities

Cinco De Mayo Celebración
Friday, May 2, 6-10:00pm, COCC Campus Center

Suggested $10 Donation. All proceeds go to fund scholarships for Latino program students at COCC.  Enjoy traditional Mexican food, music, photo booth, crafts and a dance. Music by ¡Chiringa!

Latino Film Festival
Saturday, May 3, 2pm, Hitchcock Auditorium

We will show two films from Latin America and have a facilitated discussion with Felix Viscarret after each film.  We will be Showing “Chico and Rita” and “El Regreso”  Snacks will be provided. Free and open to public.

2nd annual COCC Latino Program Scholarship Fundraiser
Thursday, May 29, 6-9 pm at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park   

For $30 you will support scholarships for local students and also receive:

  • Small plates from local restaurants paired with Deschutes brewery and Goodlife brewery beer.
  • Silent auction with a wide array of gift certificates, tours, baskets, and other items on which to bid.
  • Latin dance performances and music so bring your dancing shoes!  
  • No host bar.

Tickets are available at COCC information booth or call 541-318-3726.

Native American Program Activities

Annual Salmon Bake
Saturday, May 31, 10 am – 4 pm, Campus Center

Enjoy traditional food, music, dances, and vendors at this annual cultural exchange.

COCC Multicultural Activities

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Karen Roth - Director of Multicultural Activities
216 Campus Center
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Central Oregon Community College
2600 N.W. College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701

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