Multicultural week

Join us for Multicultural Week from May 5-9, 2014!

ALL WEEK !       11:30am- 2pm     HEROES Book Drive – PUB Lobby

We are donating any books collected to people who need it the most in our local community. Our focus is providing reading materials to children and prisoners in the community through Hopelink and Center for Human Services. The Shoreline HEROES Program is a peer-mentoring program for ESL, GED, ABE, CEO, and LCN students.


12:30-2:30pm  Diabetes Awareness sponsored by Nursing 242-Health Promotions – PUB Lobby

We are promoting diabetes awareness, covering the risk factors, and signs and symptoms of diabetes relating to different cultures. We are handing out brochures containing information about where to get blood sugar testing, where to go for further information, and community resources available if you think you have or at high risk for diabetes.

9-10:30am  The Biology of Burnout with Zenyu Healing – PUB 9208

Oppression is not only a moral social disease but a public health issue. Growing social science literature is proving that racism and other forms of discrimination have a devastating effect on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health of marginalized communities. Because people of color and other social minorities are already at a social disadvantage, they are less likely to have the resources to deal with these health issues. This results in a destructive cycle of harm that can be stopped in the least likely of places: in the awareness of our own bodies and spirits. This workshop will specifically support students of color and LGBTQI students in understanding the sources of stress in our environment, as well as the physiological effects of stress on our bodies. Most importantly, participants will leave with simple but powerful tools that they can implement for their personal health and the health of their communities. Long-term, system-wide changes will be addressed as well as individual strategies to ameliorate burnout in their day to day lives.

1:30-3pm  Healing Orientalism  – PUB 9208

Many in the west have turned to Eastern religion in an effort to move away from dogmatic religious practices, making Buddhism a popular and profitable spiritual pursuit. Buddhism has become a lucrative industry in the US, and practices such as meditation are now commonly practiced by social justice activists. But why does American Buddhism largely remain a white, upper class phenomenon? This workshop will explore the little known history of Buddhism in America, its capitalist tendencies, and its connection to Orientalism and Anti-Asian racism. Participants will take away new approaches to healing and reclaiming our humanity which generate from a deep understanding of Orientalism and cultural appropriation. Presented by NSCC Faculty Chilan Ta & SCC Faculty Michelle Kleisath.


11:30-12:30pm  Toilet Training  Film & Discussion – PUB 9208

This film addresses the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender segregated bathrooms. Using the stories of people who have been harassed, arrested or beaten for trying to use bathrooms, Toilet Training focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and at work. Presented by SCC Faculty Michelle Kleisath.

1:30-3pm The Simple Truth about the Pay Gap– PUB 9208

Tonna Kutner of the American Association of University Women will review two recent AAUW studies:

  • The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap and
  • Graduating to the Pay Gap – The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation

We will also discuss current political events, bias, choices, and opportunities that can ensure fair pay.  Tonna Kutner is a 17 year member of AAUW – American Association of University Women. AAUW is a nation-wide organization advancing equity for women and girls through education, advocacy, philanthropy and research.  She is past president of the Seattle Branch AAUW. Co-sponsored by the Women’s Center


First Nations Symposium: Indigenous Solidarity in Decolonization 

10:30 – 11:20am   Indigenous Solidarity – PUB 9201

Everyone is talking about decolonization but what does it mean and why is it important for all global learners to understand the meaning of this movement?  A discussion of Indigenous communities at large who are fighting for their right of self-governance and self-determination, and the support found in Indigenous movements globally. Presented by Crystal Florez, who is a former member of Shoreline’s First Nations Club, and a graduate of the UW American Indian Studies Program.

11:30 – 12:20pm  Rurea Taitea: Remove the Outer Bark so the Hard Wood May be Seen – PUB 9201

Howie EchoHawk, a member of Shoreline First Nations Club, will discuss his recent experience of living with the Maori people, the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).  The Maori and American Indians have many parallel experiences in their work to reclaim identity and sovereignty; work that is gaining momentum and solidarity among indigenous peoples around the world.

12:30 – 2:30pm  “Reel Injun”:  Movie and Discussion – PUB 9201

Join the Shoreline First Nations Club in viewing and discussing this documentary movie. Reclaiming identity is at the heart of decolonization. “Hollywood has made over 4000 films about Native people; over 100 years of movies defining how Indians are seen by the world.  Reel Injun takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema.”

10:30-11:20am; 11:30-12:20pm; 12:30-1:30pm   Three Sessions! 

Students Here and There: Conversation between International and Local Students– PUB 9202

American and International students will share experiences they have at Shoreline Community College. They will talk about their learning experiences and interactions at Shoreline. We will have small group questions and in the end we will have the whole group report about their experiences. The goal of this session is to see if the students will show social interaction out of their comfort zone. Sponsored by SCC’s Asian Student Association

11:30am-12:30pm   Discussion of the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – PUB 9102

The Center for Equity and Engagement, Campus Diversity Action Committee and Shoreline’s Ray W. Howard Library invite you to read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which tells a riveting story about the life of Henrietta Lacks and her family and the “untold story of how her cells were taken without her knowledge and have become one the most important tools in medicine”. This book also addresses issues related to family, race/ethnicity, gender, civil rights, economics, public health, medicine, research and ethics.

12pm-3pm    African Student Club (ASC) & Muslim Student Association (MSA) Table – PUB Lobby

Stop by and visit the MSA and ASC table. Find out more about their activities and outreach efforts!

12:30 -2pm    We Are the Change: Student-Educators for Social Justice– PUB 9208

Students of the Listening Tree Project are completing a 15-credit Leadership Certificate this quarter. They are now enrolled with instructor Sarah Zale in Engl. 295, “Readings and the Arts for Social Justice in a Modern World,” where they study how the arts from around the world have demonstrably motivated people to act as change agents for social justice. They recently presented their learning at the Students of Color Conference and at Evergreen State College. Using interactive theatre, they will demonstrate their personal and educational growth from students to Student-Educators and social change agents.


10:30am-2:30pm    Spread the Word to End the Word Campaign – PUB Lobby

The R-word is the word ‘retard(ed)’. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory. Our campaign asks people to pledge to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people.  Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions.  Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language:

11:30am-12:30pm The Strength in our Differences: A multicultural perspective of mental health– PUB 9208

This interactive workshop will explore cultural differences in mental health presentation and treatment as well as suggest a strength-based perspective for enhancing mental health for people of all cultures. By Gwyn Hoffman-Robinson

12:30-1:30pm “Including Complexity in a World of Boxes” – PUB 9208

This workshop will create dialogue about centering marginalized voices to move towards inclusive excellence and beyond.  In a society where boxes have been created for diversity, organizations and communities box themselves again.  This workshop will explore where we stand in the middle of complexities and curiosities to open the imagination to the wonder of possibilities if we dare to dig deeper into root causes of conflict based in oppression.  How do we maneuver into new futures by naming past and current boxes of exclusivity and moving towards a complexity that can transform ourselves, our organizations, and our communities?  Let’s at least begin the journey during this time together. Presented by Luzviminda Carpenter

1-2:30pm       Tattooed Under Fire Film & Discussion – PUB 9102

TATTOOED UNDER FIRE is a unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears. The tattoos cross lines of gender, class, and political affinity revealing the inner lives of young men and women as they live through the horrors of the Iraq war. The film’s narrative moves from the early expectations and excitement of 18 and 20 year-olds through cynicism and anger to a sense of a psychological aftermath that will never be erased. Each soldier’s story is an evocative, poignant, and highly personal look at the human and cultural cost of war.

1:30-3pm “Beyond Beats and Rhymes: Intersections of Race, Masculinity, and Class in Hip-Hop” – PUB 9201

Join us in viewing the 2006 documentary film, “Hip-Hop: Beyond the Beats and Rhymes” written, produced, and directed by Byron Hurt. The documentary explores the issues of masculinity, violence, homophobia and sexism in hip hop music and culture, through interviews with artists, academics and fans. A student lead group discussion will follow immediately after viewing the film. (Film time 56 minutes, 20-30 minute discussion).


12:30-1:30      Report back from the Students of Color Conference – PUB 9202

Shoreline student leaders attended the 24th Annual Students of Color Conference April17-19, 2014 in Yakima, WA. Some of these students will share experiences, reactions, and stories from this 3-day high-energy and ground-breaking conference! Find out why you too should attend and how you can get involved this Fall.

12:30-2:30pm  Diabetes Awareness Sponsored by Nursing 242-Health Promotions – PUB Lobby

Please see description above on 5/5/14.

Questions? Accommodation Requests? Contact Jamie Ardeña:, or 206-533-6618

Updated information can be found at one Echo

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