Office for Inclusive Community

Division of Student Services

2013-2014 EVENTS

Friday, September 6, 2013 and Saturday, September 7, 2013

Kit Yan

Performance, Eliot Chapel, 7pm (Friday 9/6)

Writing and Performance Workshop, Blackbox Rehearsal Room (Performing Arts Building), 10am - 12pm (Saturday 9/7)


Featured in HBO's Asian Aloud, Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit's work has been recently featured in Flickr and Sparkle and Troubling the Line, two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies and has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press. Kit’s poetry has been reviewed in New York Magazine, Bitch, Curve, and Hyphen. His poetry has been taught all over the world and he has been seen on the SF Pride mainstage, National Equality March stage, and numerous international slam poetry stages. Kit's poetry has been commissioned by the Census Bureau and national queer visibility campaigns such as OUTmedia and Campus Pride's joint "Be Queer Buy Queer" and "Queer It Up" campaigns. For more information about Kit Yan, please visit the official website.

The workshop is designed to help students gain the confidence to perform in front of crowds or audiences. Students can bring their own original works of poetry to workshop or just come as they are. The workshop is intended for both beginners and those who have performance experience. Students should sign up for the writing and performance workshop and post-performance lottery dinner in the Multicultural Resource Center. Sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and the Theatre department.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

"UNDOCUMENTED & UNAFRAID: Stories from the frontlines of the fight for migrant justice"

Panel Discussion with members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and 

Vollum Lecture Hall, 3pm - 4:30pm


Members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance and will be speaking about the use of direct action by undocumented migrants. Both organizations were recently featured on This American Life. They will be discussing how our broken immigration system has personally impacted them, and their efforts to organize and work for immigrants' rights. Panelists include Dulce Guerrero, an undocumented youth organizer and the Secure Your Own Community trainer for NIYA and Luis Leon, a member of the Dream 9 group who were deported and attempted to cross the U.S. border demanding to be let in on humanitarian grounds. Sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center and the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC).

Friday, January 31, 2014


Negin Farsad

Film Screening and Discussion, Psychology 105, 4pm

Comedy Performance, Eliot Chapel, 7:30pm

Negin Farsad was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post. She was also named a 2013 TED Fellow and gave a TEDTalk about her work in Social Justice Comedy (SJC). (SJC isn't really "a thing" yet, but Negin is forcing it into existence!). She will screen her film The Muslims Are Coming! and perform stand-up comedy. She first obtained a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts and Government from Cornell University. Her dual interest in the arts and politics continued when she moved to New York City - studying for a master's degree in Race Relations at Columbia University by day but writing and performing comedy by night. She followed that degree with a second master's from Columbia at the School of International & Public Affairs with a focus on Urban Management and worked as a senior policy advisor for the City of New York, eventually leaving for full-time uncertainty in the world of performing and visual arts!

Monday, February 24, 2014


Walidah Imarisha

Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements

Vollum Lecture Hall, 7pm

Join Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of Octavia's Brood, for an interactive presentation, reading, and an evening of stories and strategies for using visionary fiction to reshape our worlds. Whenever we try to envision a world without war, violence, or capitalism, we are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does. Through Octavia's Brood, social justice activists use science fiction to explore issues such as climate change, colonialism, and prison. Sponsored by the MRC, BASU, and Greenboard.

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Latoya Peterson

"Digital/Divides: When Race, Class, and Pop Culture Collide"

Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30pm

A certified media junkie and editor for the award winning blog, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist and anti-racist view on pop culture with a special focus on video games, film, television, and music. She is currently a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University focusing on mobile technology and digital access. Peterson's talk with analyze popular archetypes in culture and their historical roots – as well as how they influence racism today. She will also discuss the tech landscape from a social justice perspective. Sponsored by the multicultural resource center. This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series

#ChangeTheName: REDSK*NS

Native American Mascots and the Perpetuation of Stereotypes

Performance and Panel Discussion, Eliot Hall Chapel, 4:30pm

Vine Deloria Jr. was one of the preeminent intellectuals of the 20th century, whose work brought attention to the importance of place and traditions within Native American communities. Founded in 2007, this series honors Deloria's work and is a collaborative effort between the Office for Inclusive Community and the Office for Institutional Diversity. The event is free and open to the public.

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