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NEWS BRIEFS

APANO: Cultural Series Launches with Solidarity Film Screening

"American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs" screens on July 25 at North Portland Library ...

National Hunger Hotline Seeks to Reach More Children in Need

Callers can locate summer meals sites for kids, food pantries, and other meals programs near them ...

ICS Announces New Executive Director

Lisa LeSage has been named the new Executive Director of Immigration Counseling Service ...

Portland Parks, Comcast Present 'Summer Free For All' Kickoff

'Free Lunch + Play' program expects to distribute more than 110,000 free lunches to Portland youth ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

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Throw the Doors of Opportunity Wide Open for Our Youth

Congressional Black Caucus member Robin Kelly says it’s time to pass the “Today’s American Dream Act.” ...

Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Threaten Civil Rights

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending talks about the impact of President Trump’s budget on civil rights...

Nooses on National Mall Echo Domestic Terrorism

Lauren Victoria Burke reports on a series of domestic terrorist attacks across the U.S ...

White House Proposes $9.2 Billion Cut in Education Funding

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes about the rising costs of higher education ...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Whiteness History Month

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Community College is taking a courageous step this April with the launch of “Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences and Change,” a multidisciplinary, college-wide academic endeavor. Through dialogue and discussion by way of events, lectures, exhibits and more, the project seeks to inspire innovative and practical solutions to community issues and social problems caused by systemic constructs that contribute to racism. The goal is to create an arena for a rich and respectful exchange of ideas about complex issues.

“The college views this project as part of a larger national conversation around race and social justice on America’s college campuses,” said Sylvia Kelley, interim president of PCC.

“As Oregon’s largest post-secondary educational institution, we have a responsibility to ensure that PCC is as welcoming, equitable and inclusive as possible – for all we serve. This commitment is reflected in the college’s strategic plan, which asks us to take intentional action to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Whiteness History Month is an example of how we’re taking this charge seriously,” Kelley said.

The project is a collaborative grassroots project organized by a diverse group of dedicated PCC faculty, staff and students. The program addresses the topic of "whiteness," an academic term commonly used to describe the social and political construction of white identity related to beliefs, cultural norms and privileges. The concept of whiteness has been referenced by a broad range of scholars and has been a focus of research, teaching and scholarship since the early 1990s.

Nearly 100 events are planned as part of PCC’s Whiteness History Month, at its Cascade, Rock Creek, Southeast and Sylvania campuses. Events are free and open to the public; hourly parking costs between $2 and $5.

 

For more information about the program and a complete calendar of activities, visit: http://www.pcc.edu/whm.

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