In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Central Oregon Community College has planned a week of events celebrating diversity. The public is invited to attend.
At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 17, “The Meeting” will be presented in Pinckney Center for the Arts on the Bend campus. The free event will feature a play depicting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X debating their contrasting approaches to the same grave social problems.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Greg Bell will present a cultural competency workshop in the Pinckney Center. This free hour-and-a-half workshop will provide a step-by-step method for understanding cultural diversity that preserves everyone’s integrity. Bell, a consultant and facilitator, specializes in programs that enhance participants’ ability to work and live in an increasingly diverse environment. All participants will receive a training guidebook.
At noon on Wednesday, Jan. 19, local students with a variety of ethnic backgrounds will explain their interpretations of Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision in the South Sisters Room in Grandview Student Center.
At 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, Central Oregon Jobs with Justice will sponsor a free panel discussion on immigrant and migrant workers’ rights in COCC’s Hitchcock Auditorium. Panelists include a nationally known immigrant rights activist, representatives of farm worker unions and an immigrant rights attorney.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, there will be an opening reception for the photo exhibit, “Black Women: Achievement against the Odds,” in the rotunda of the COCC Library. The exhibit looks at the contributions of black women in art, business, civil rights, dance/theater, education, government and politics, journalism, literature, medicine, music, religion, sciences and math, military and sports. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue through Feb. 25.
At 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, the Rainbow Dance Theatre will present “The Roots of Hip Hop” in COCC’s Mazama Gymnasium. The performers will trace the history of African-Americans from Africa through slavery up to the present, illustrating how traditions retain their connection to the past while adapting to new cultural influences. General admission tickets are $10 and student tickets are $7; tickets will be available Jan. 5 at the COCC Box Office (383-7575).
At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, the the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Ensemble will perform at the Mt. View High School Auditorium. Brought together by their love of gospel music, members of this multiracial, interfaith choir strive to model tolerance, cooperation and inclusion. General admission tickets cost $15 and student tickets are $7; tickets will be available Jan. 5 at the COCC Box Office (383-7575).
Sponsors for the week’s events include the COCC Diversity Committee and Office of Student Life, COCC and OSU-Cascades Campus student organizations, The Source, Z21 News, Suntrack Sound, the Bend Riverside Motel, benjamInImages and Central Oregon Jobs for Justice. For information, contact Jacelyn Keys at 383-7592.
Anyone wishing to attend this event who has special needs resulting from a physical disability should contact Gene Zinkgraf, ADA coordinator, at least three days in advance of the event. He can be reached at 383-7775 or through the college’s TTY number, 383-7708.
COCC NURSING PROGRAM OFFERS ORIENTATION
Central Oregon Community College’s nursing department is offering an orientation session at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in Room 151 of the Boyle Education Center on the COCC Bend campus.
The purpose of the meeting is to review the selection procedure for students interested in applying to COCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing program as well as the prerequisites for applying and support courses necessary for the AAS degree. It is not necessary to be enrolled at COCC to attend this orientation, and reservations are not needed.
Currently, COCC’s nursing program admits about 36 students each spring to begin fall-term course work. The admission process allows the nursing students to begin the program as a cohesive group, provide faculty members more opportunities for student interaction and offer more continuity within the program.
For information, call 383-7214.
COCC OFFERS HELP MAKING CHOICES
Central Oregon Community College is offering “Making Choices: An Open House of COCC Programs and Degrees” from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13, in the COCC Library rotunda.
The event, which includes an orientation, campus tour and an opportunity to speak to COCC faculty, offers an opportunity for prospective and current students to gather information and ask questions to help make decisions about attending COCC, as well as choosing a major course of study.
The session is free and refreshments will be served. For information, call 383-7256.