Institutional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has, for more than two years, commited to providing educational programming virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have found creative ways--sometimes partnering with other LBCC departments or community organizations--to offer learning opportunities showcasing the wonderful uniqueness and differences we all bring with us to campus and in virtual spaces.
We will be prepared for a full-time return to on-campus programming in Fall Term 2022. While we hope to continue to be able to offer events and programs virtually, in addition to in-person, not every offering will be available in an online format. We invite you to stop by our table--and see "The EDI" (Forum-220) in person--at Welcome Day, on Wednesday, September 21.
Programs & Events
Keep your eyes on LBLive, and check the LBCC Calendar for announcements. Below are contributions IEDI staff and student leaders have prepared to engage with students, employees and community members in an online format.
Underpaid & Undervalued: How Inequality Defines Women's Work
IEDI student leaders researched and presented information on women's inequality throughout history, around the world, and offered ways to effect change. Their presentation was followed by the best discussion of the year to date! Watch the program in its entirety here.
Partnering with Jackson Street Youth Services and LBCC's Roadrunner Resource Center, student leaders provided information on housing insecurity and homelessness, and how young adults--especially college students--are impacted by these challenges. The recording is available here.
Employees, students and community members were invited to a group viewing of Border South, a documentary film by Undocumented Migration Project founder Dr. Jason De León. A discussion followed, and attendees were invited to attend a follow-up event the following week.
(outdoors on campus) Participants spent time filling out memorial toe tags to honor those who have died in the southwestern desert during their attempt to immigrate into the U.S. More than 3000 tags have been completed in the past two years in collaboration with the Anthropology Department and Art Galleries Co-Curricular. A massive art installation will be going up in the Calapooia Center Gallery in early Fall Term that showcases this project.
IEDI student leaders organized an informative program entitled Service Animals or Emotional Support Animals: What's the Difference? Featuring three guest presenters, the recording is available in its entirety here.
February is Black History Month
Thank you to Dr. Ramycia McGhee for organizing speakers for this year's theme: Black mental health.
Watch Sunne Perry's presentation Understanding Barriers to Mental Health Care in Black Communities.
Watch Dr. Collene Taylor's presentation Self Care Tips for Black Folks During This Radically Charged Political Climate.
Watch Taketa Majeed's presentation Provider Bias & Inequality of Care.
Watch Chanale Propst's presentation Overcoming the Mental Health Stigma By Shifting Our Cultural Narrative About Black Women & Black College Women.
Black History Month concluded with LBCC's 13th annual Unity Celebration, featuring LBCC's Poet Laureate, the LBCC Choir, and keynote address by Dr. Keith Dempsey. The Analee Fuentes Unity Award and Gary Westford-Robin Havenick Community Connections Award were presented. Watch the celebration in its entirety here.
To commemorate Women's History Month, IEDI student leaders gave a presentation entitled Underpaid & Undervalued: How Inequality Defines Women's Work. Watch the program in its entirety here.
Week 3 Engagement Activity
Read and discuss A Black family got their beach back--and inspired others to fight against land theft. The historic Bruce's Beach case is inspiring social justice leaders and reparations activists to fight for other Black families whose ancestors were also victims of land theft in the United States.
Week 4 Engagement Activity
Watch and discuss these three short TED talks:
My Identity Is a Superpower (American Ferrara)
I've Lived As a Man and a Woman--Here's What I Learned (Paula Stone Williams)
What I Realized About Men--After I Transitioned Genders (Paula Stone Williams' 2020 follow-up)
Week 5 Engagement Activity
Read To My Fellow White LatinX: It's Time To Decline the 'Get Out of Whiteness" Card then listen to the follow-up NCPR story I Am a White Mexican. Thought/discussion questions:
“In the end, race is not an essential truth about us or our ancestors, it is a biased reading of our bodies that places us along a hierarchy.”
What do you think the author means by this? Is race a real thing or a sociopolitical construct? What are the definitions of--and differences between--race, nationality, ethnicity, culture?
“How can I be privileged if I am poor? Or if I have experienced oppression due to my class, national status, gender, or sexual identity? The key here is that racial privilege, though two words, is really one concept and is centrally about race. All of the other injustices that we have experienced —while important— do not cancel out our racial privilege.”
Do you think poor White people have privilege? Why or why not?
“But if we have ever, anywhere been identified as white, then we carry the moral responsibility of dismantling white supremacy as members of the group that benefits from it.”
What can White folks do to help dismantle White supremacy? As a Black or Brown person, what advice would you give White people?
Have you ever seen, heard or had a similar experience where someone told you, "You don’t look ________"? What were your initial thoughts? How did it make you feel? How did you respond?
Watch our annual Día de los Muertos program in its entirety here. Traditionally spanning November 1-2, Día de los Muertos remembers and honors family and friends who have died. We also recommend the Disney Pixar film, Coco, and Yuly's Bakery in Albany for all your pan de muerto ("dead bread") needs. (Scroll down to Video Tutorials to watch Vanessa and Evie make traditional Abuelita hot cocoa.)
IEDI student leaders presented "COVID-19 One Year Later - Impacts On Learning From a Latina Student Perspective" en español: Un año después del COVID-19 - Impactos en aprendizaje de la perspectiva latina
View the recording here.
Partnering with the library, we presented a program for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, Witness & Testimony to Anti-Asian Bias. Panelists included Jo Ann Yonemura and Angie Klampe, both LBCC employees, and Justin Chin, Eastern Oregon University. Moderated by LBCC Librarian Bryan Miyagishima. You can view the recording here.
IEDI hosted a Pride Month Kickoff, featuring Albany Pride founder Keith Kolkow and supporters Denise Bigner and Lexxie Porter. View the recording here.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program, presented by Fay Stetz-Waters, Director of Civil Rights, Oregon Department of Justice
"Civil Rights, Civil Disobedience & Black Hair as a Battleground"
"Exploring the Labels of Hispanics, Latinos and LatinX: The Nomadic Experience of Explaining Identidad," presented by IEDI Director Javier Cervantes
View the recording here.
"COVID-19 One Year Later: Impacts On Learning From a Latina Student Perspective," presented by IEDI's student leaders
View the recording here.
The LBCC Foundation has over $150,000 to distribute to our students, who are in greater
need than ever. Awards will pay out Winter and Spring terms 2021. Students can apply
for scholarships by using their LBCC email to access the Scholarship Database and Application System. Once set up, students prepare and submit one General Application, and the system
will automatically match them to any opportunity for which they qualify, based on
their field of study, GPA etc.
LBCC scholarships are available to all students, regardless of citizenship status. The application cycle closes on Wednesday, October 21.
Watch and discuss the 1989 movie Do the Right Thing. Read two supporting articles Riots Threaten to Undo Progress on Police Accountability and Riot or resistance? How media frames unrest in Minneapolis will shape public's view
of protest, as well as these thought questions:
- One of the critiques back in 1989 when this film first came out was that it was "a call to racial violence." Looking back at what the film depicted then and what has happened over the summer of 2020 involving Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake and the police, how much have society, policing and race relations grown as of today?
- Using the film as a reference point, how did race affect the way lives were lived in America then, and how does race affect this now?
- Going beyond the race riot portrayed in the film, how does the tragic dynamic of racism, racial tension and miscommunication witnessed in the vacuum of a multi-racial setting impact how people connect with one another on a real level? How do we as a society in Oregon find empathy for people we do not know or have very little chance to be in relationship with?
- Mookie works for Sal's pizzeria. They have a relationship and know each other very well. Yet at the end of the film, Mookie is the one who throws the trash can. How could he do such a thing to Sal? After all, Sal is his employer.
- Today, the destruction of property gets a lot of play when racialized manifestations take place. Many people seem to believe that the protection of property supersedes the reason for the discontent of those that have experienced historic prolonged marginalization and systemic oppression. Why do you think that is? How do we explain the dissonance that occurs when property is damaged vs. accountability of the dominant power structures carrying out the assaults?
Brush up your cover letter-writing skills, and learn some tips and tricks to save time and energy. Practice by writing a cover letter applying for your dream job, whatever that may be. Date it several years in the future, save it, and refer back to it whenever you need a pick-me-up, or want to improve or modify it in any way--your dream job may change over the years. Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is one of the most helpful online resources you'll find on writing cover letters.
Watch IEDI student leader Nathali Coyazo report back on her participation in the October 2020 National Student Leadership Diversity Convention. Watch our October 29 Día de los Muertos presentation. (For a more authentic experience, you can get pan de muertos--"dead bread"-- at Yuly's Bakery in Albany. We also recommend the Disney Pixar film Coco.)
This week, student leaders researched and presented Gen-Z Trivia for the Library's weekly Trivia Tea on November 12.
We hosted two fascinating programs this week. Watch the November 16 program The Behavioral Composition of a "Karen": Exploring Whiteness & Its Power Dynamics, you can view/download Sharece's presentation slides. Then watch Culture Vultures: Appreciation vs. Appropriation. Each recording is about an hour long.
Spring Term 2020
Visit Undocumented Migration Project (HT94) website
Watch "Border South" documentary (not available for public view yet)
- How did this film make you think about your own lived experiences? Do you have a similar story? What kinds of testimonies do your family members have about what they lived? What did you learn from them?
- Children of immigrants often hear from their parents or grandparents, “We made this difficult journey so you wouldn’t have to--so you would have opportunities we didn’t have.” What are some of the challenges you and your family still face? What are some privileges you now enjoy as a result of the immigrant experience?
- What story within the film impacted you most? Why?
- This movie offers very few answers and can leave you feeling unsettled. What are some actions you can take to help immigrants in the U.S. or on their journey to the U.S.?
- What are your goals for the upcoming Hostile Terrain event/exhibit? What do you hope others take away from this exhibit?
View the April 17 and April 24 presentations by four students who traveled to Chicago in February to participate in the annual U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute
Watch the TedX talk by Paula Stone Williams “I’ve lived as a man & a woman - here’s what I learned”
Queer, Punk & Latin: A Discussion About Sexual Identity
Read the short article, and listen to the podcast.
- How common is it for you to think/talk about LGBTQ+ issues? Are you comfortable talking about this topic with friends or family?
- What do you think about the use of the word “queer”? Does that word have positive or negative connotation?
- The musicians in the podcast each talked about their experiences “coming out” to their families. Do you have friends who have come out? What was their experience like?
- How racially diverse was your neighborhood growing up? What messages did you get about race from these neighborhoods?
- When was the first time you had a teacher the same race as you? How often did that happen? When did you first have a teacher a different race than you? How often did that happen? Why is that important?
- Which part of Robin’s presentation impacted you the most, and why?
- Do you remember a time when you realized you were not White? Or, if you are White, when did you realize you were? What were the circumstances?
- Have you ever decided to change or shelter who you are to satisfy others? Why?
- When you were a child in school, were there times when you felt you weren’t “smart enough”? How old were you? What was that like?
- What is your understanding of the term stereotype? When was a time that you were wrong about a stereotype?
Watch John Frohnmayer: Reflections on Art, Covid-19, and the Mind of America, cosponsored by LBCC's library and IEDI. John Frohnmayer was former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a program of the U.S. government. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush in 1989 and served as chair until 1992. This was a tumultuous time for the agency, "... when Congress got more mail about the artworks of Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano than it did about the Savings and Loan Crisis." We asked Mr. Frohnmayer, a proponent of the arts and free expression, to provide some thoughts about the importance of the arts especially during this time in history.
- Oregon’s roots are based in intentional racial exclusion. What is the legacy of this practice today?
- Ms. Imarisha makes the case that the U.S. prison system has essentially replaced slavery as a means of controlling, containing and exploiting people of color. Given her arguments, what do you think?
- What is the “school to prison pipeline?”
Watch the May 20 Virtual Resource Panel presentation, featuring CFAR, Parent Resources, Learning Center, Adult Basic Skills Roadrunner Resource Center, First Resort and LB Lunchbox. Download the slides as a .pdf.
Watch the May 27 Essential But Unwanted presentation.
Learning to cook while sheltering in place? Check out the videos to watch our fun cooking tutorials!
Student leader Katie Bieker leads us through making overnight oatmeal. Katie wants
students to have access to nutritious, inexpensive, easy-to-prepare meals.
Katie shows us how to make baked asparagus!
Student leader Vanessa Cisneros and her assistant, Evie, help us celebrate Día de los Muertos by making traditional Abuelita hot cocoa.