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21st Annual Unity through Diversity Week

Breaking Patterns: Our Time Is Now

April 23rd - April 27th, 2018



Monday, April 23

Agency and Agencies: Black Panther and King Leopold's Killmonger

Workshop Presented by Drs. Jared Ball, Mark Bolden, and Todd Burroughs
11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Building 7


Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. Mark Bolden (Pictured left to right), Todd Burroughs (Not pictured)                                                                                                                                                     

A presentation on Marvel's Black Panther: A Comicbook Biography, From Stan Lee to Ta-Nehisi Coates,  and the psychological, media and historical impact of the film globally.  Dr. Ball will focus on the political economy of Disney, revolutionary violence in Black Panther, and the role of media within internal colonies. Dr. Bolden will present on African deep thought within the film including spirituality, language, and African warriorship as well as provide vignettes from his clinical work inspired by the film focusing on father-son relationships. Dr. Burroughs will present a book talk on the comic book series followed by a book signing.


Roots, Rhythm and Raza: Salsa Music and Dance

Workshop presented by Oriana Estrada
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Highline Student Union (Bldg 8) Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus


This interactive workshop will explore the unique history and social context in which salsa music and dance was created. This dynamic art form traces across continents from Africa to Cuba and New York City. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes as you will be learning the basic movements of this energetic partner dance.

Oriana Estrada, MSW was born in Managua, Nicaragua but was raised in the vibrant central district of Seattle. She is a dancer, musician, educator and arts enthusiast. She holds a masters in social work from the University of Washington, and currently works in the Multicultural Services Department at Bellevue College. 


Tuesday, April 24


Bottom Dollars

Film Screening
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Building 7

Bottom Dollars, a Rooted in Rights original documentary, exposes the exploitation of nearly 25,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. that are legally being paid less than the minimum wage, on average, less than $2 an hour. The documentary calls for the phse out of the unfair practice of sub-minimum wages and sheltered workshops and offers solutions for fair wages and inclusive employment. Discussion will follow screeining of the film.

Watch the trailer here: Bottom Dollars



Student Leadership Fair

11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Highline Student Union (Bldg 8) Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus


Looking for a job on campus? Don't know where to start? The On-Campus Job Fair will be showcasing the various jobs offered on Highline's campus.

Wednesday, April 25

History to true inclusion and battles we still have to fight!

Workshop presented by
Ivanova Smith
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Building 7


Ivanova will be speaking on the history of the disability rights movement and more specifically about the start of the self-advocacy movement. They will talk about eugenics era and the de-institutionalization movement. They will discuss what is still needed to make this world a more inclusive place for people with disabilities. Additionally, they will speak about the creation of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and current legislation being proposed that repeals civil rights for people with disabilities.

Thursday, April 26

#NotYourWedge: Asian American Student Activism & Transformational Resistance

Workshop presented by
Vanessa Na
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Building 7


Asian Americans in the United States have had a longstanding history of organizing for social change and equity on their campuses, in their communities, and throughout the nation. Racialized and politically constructed as “forever foreigners” and model minorities, Asian Americans often experience racism in the forms of invisibility and erasure. This session will explore the unique challenges that Asian American students face and how they engaged in resistance by forming coalitions.



Friday, April 27


The Gentleman Bank Robber  

Film Screening and Panel Discussion
10:00 am to 11:50 am

Building 7


The Gentleman Bank Robber is a portrait of revolutionary Rita Bo Brown, a white working class butch from rural Oregon who became known as “The Gentleman Bank Robber” in the 1970s for combining her butch style of dress with a polite way of demanding funds from bank tellers. The Gentleman Bank Robber weaves together personal and political perspectives on 20th century social movement histories, including queer liberation in the 1960s; militant, underground activity with the George Jackson Brigade in the 1970s, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group; political prisoner support work in the 1980s, and prison activist work into the present day. Bo Brown is a model for how to lead a life of committed activism while maintaining a sense of humor and humanity.

Julie Perini, Director, and former George Jackson Brigade members Janine Bertram and Ed Mead will be holding a panel discussion immediately following screening of the film.

Watch the trailer here: The Gentleman Bank Robber

First Friday Leadership Institute


Workshop presented by Jerrell Davis
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Highline Student Union (Bldg 8) Mt. Constance/Mt. Olympus


Rell Be Free facilitates space in a very unique way: with a combination of performances of original music and poetry, dialogues, as well as opportunities for audience participation and expression, whoever is present should prepare to be engaged. This particular space will include performances of music from Rell's recent album release "Nu Growth" and various original poems. In addition, Rell will use the content to discuss and address topics such as prison abolition, local politics and organizing, and the power of artistic expression. With help from friends and other amazing artists and organizers, we will explore what is means to not only imagine but to MANIFEST the change we want to see - in ourselves, in our communities, and beyond.




2018 Unity Through Diversity Week Planning Committee::

Dominique Austin, Mariela Barriga, Shannon Waits, Chikako Murakawa, Jade Chan, Julie Pollard, Astrid Dueñas Diaz, Patrick Fernandez, Dr. Darryl Brice, Dr. Shon Meckfessel, Haley Cummins,and Doris Martinez (Chair)


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

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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