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20th Annual Unity through Diversity Week

Intersections of Humanity: Action at the Crossroads

April 24th - April 28th, 2017


Monday, April 24

Telling Our Stories is Resistance

Lecture presented by Nikkita Oliver
10 am to 11:30am
Building 7


Humanity is a map of intersecting stories. Storytelling is one of the worlds oldest forms of resistance, survival and thriving. Storytelling and the arts is an incredible tool for building movements, shared analysis, and transforming the narrative. Stories touch our hearts and as a result they can move us to action. Nikkita is a storyteller who will interweave spoken word poetry, storytelling, history, and movement analysis into an inspiring presentation that will get you fired up to take action!


Some Call It a Mystery, I Call It My Identity: A Paradoxical and Intersectional Approach to Race and Gender Identities

Workshop presented by Jason Dorsette, Associate Director and Chief of Staff at Oregon State University
1:30 pm to 3pm
Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus (Building 8)


The experiences of race and sexuality continues to be a growing interest in the hearts and minds of many.  This interactive workshop will encourage participants to share and listen to multiple truths and experiences, as it relates to the interconnectedness of identities. Employing some theory and applying intersectionality as core frameworks, participants will have an opportunity to listen, and share stories and experiences that helps center and celebrate the ability to hold multiple truths and identities.


Tuesday, April 25


The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race

Workshop presented by Anthony Ocampo
9:00 am to 10:30am
Building 7

Is race only about the color of your skin? In this talk, Dr. Ocampo focuses on Filipino Americans to show that what “color” you are depends largely on your social context. Filipino Americans are officially classified as Asian, but share many cultural characteristics with Latinos. Are they “becoming” Asian or Latino? By elevating the voices of Filipino Americans, Dr. Ocampo will discuss how Filipino/Asian racial identities “change” depending on the communities they grow up in, the schools they attend, and the people they befriend. This talk offers a window into both the racial consciousness of everyday people and the changing racial landscape of U.S. society.




Wednesday, April 26


Supporting Undocumented Students & Their Families

Workshop presented by
Matt Matera, Alejandra Perez, Larissa Garcia
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Building 7


During this time of uncertainty, undocumented students and their families continue to be targeted through systemic racism and xenophobia. Oour students and families are living in fear. During this workshop you will learn about the necesssary tools to better support and work alongside undocumented students and their families.

Who Are Our Leaders? A Native Hawaiian Perspective Contextualized in Traditional and Contemporary Times

Workshop presented by
Dr. Kanoe Nāone
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus (Building 8)


Leaders are everywhere depending on the filters and values utilized. Dr. Nāone will explore how Native Hawaiian traditional systems can be utilized as a source of insiration and then contextualize those systems and values to meet the needs of our current times. Please join with Dr. Kanoe Nāone for an interactive, engaging conversation to expand notions of leadership.

Evening Events

Know Your Rights: Community & Legal Resources for Undocumented Students and Families

Workshop presented by
Matt Matera, Alejandra Perez, Larissa Garcia
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Townsend, Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus (Building 8)

War Against Immigrants-We defend and protect ourselves

La Guerra en Contra de los Inmigrantes-Nos defendemos y nos protegemos

Workshop presented in Spanish by
Maru Mora
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Building 7


The new regime in the US has declared a war against immigrants by utilizing at the maximum capacity the detention and deportation machine built by the Bush administration and grown exponentially by the Obama administration. Immigrants have been used as scapegoats for many years in the political games, and are now expected to hide and live in fear of the current immigration enforcement. But many undocumented immigrants have decided to do the opposite, listen to their examples of organizing and resistance to ensure people can live with dignity and hope.

El nuevo regimen de los EEUU han declarado una guerra contra los inmigrantes al utilizar a la máxima capacidad la máquina de detención y deportaciones construida por la administración de Bush y aumentada enormemente por la administración de Obama.

Los inmigrantes han sido usados como chivos expiatorios por muchos años en los juegos politicos, y ahora se espera que se escondan y vivan en miedo de la aplicación de la mano dura de la ley de inmigración.

Pero muchas personas indocumentadas han decidido hacer lo opuesto, escuchen sus ejemplos de trabajo comunitario y resistencia para asegurar que la gente viva con dignidad y esperanza.



Thursday, April 27


Empowerment Comedy

Performance by Ernie G.
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Building 7


This empowerment comedy performance is an inspirational performance, which is not only entertaining, but empowering and powerful, and covers these basic topics:

  • Own your power!
  • Despite whatever challenges you've been through, you can achieve greatness!
  • If it is to be, it is up to me! Taking personal responsibility for our lives.
  • Taking pride in our neighborhoods, our barrios, our schools, our community.
  • Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.


ISIS, Islam, and Islamophobia

Workshop presented by Fawzi Belal & Sam Alkalili
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Building 7


This lecture will explore the origins of ISIS/ISIL, how they developed, and why they do not represent Muslims and Islam. It will also explore the negative impacts of Islamophobia.


Sherman Alexie
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Building 7 (Overflow in Building 2)


Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, a Pen/Hemingway Citation for Best First Fiction, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. Advance and priority RSVP's go to HIghline Public Schools and Highline College students and families but limited general open seating for the public will be available. Vouchers are located at the Center for Leadership and Service office with Betty Vera, Multicultural Affairs Program Assistant. One voucher can be reserved per person.


Friday, April 28


A People's Movement: No New Youth Jail and Beyond

Workshop presented by Youth Undoing Institutional Racism (YUIR)
9:00 am to 10:30 am
Mt. Constance/ Mt. Olympus (Building 8)

Hear from fellow community organizers on the No New Youth Jail Campaign in Seattle as they fight the city against the 210 million dollar youth jail. Juvenile incarceration is just one foot of oppression in all of the systems that play into keeping our communities down. From protest to community arts night, learn the formula for a movement that is 75% community building and 25% dismantling. Hear from Youth Undoing Institutional Racism's Ardo Hersi and Asha Heru about their experiences as young people working with an anti-racist vision to sustain and build the movement for liberation.


Destructions of the Master Plan: Finding your Voice and Creating Change through Protest and Boycott

Workshop presented by Rashad Norris
First Fridays Leadership Institute
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus (Building 8)


Students will work in groups and create a space where they truly understand the power behind working together to create a larger voice for change!

Rashad currently devotes his time as the Director of Community Engagement at Highline College, where he travels to various schools, community centers, libraries and conferences to speak about the importance of education. As the creator of HERO (Honor Education & Respect Others) Young Men Cocooning Program, he seeks to provide young men with the essential life preparation tools through various presentations. Rashad has also founded other programs including: Highline College Black and Brown Summit, and HC Y.E.L.L. (Young Educated Ladies Leading).


2017 Unity Through Diversity Week Planning Committee:

Darryl Brice, Dominique Austin, Thomas Bui, Shannon Waits,Shon Meckfessel, Joe Aguilar, Haley Cummins, Katrina Miyamoto, Natorius Ezell, Michael Tuncap, Angie Hunckler, Cheryl Carino-Burr, and Doris Martinez (Chair)


Sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, Center for Leadership & Service, Learning & Teaching Center, AANAPISI, and AAPI Taskforce

For information: or (206)592-4319.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact Access Services at (206)878-3710, ext.3857(voice) or (206) 870-4853 (TTY).


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