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From left to right: Reverend Ryan Scott; Sally Snyder, RCC Diversity Programming Board Coordinator; Reverend Ernestein Flemister, Reverend Tom Berry, and Jenny Jackson

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS
from Education to Action

No matter where you are in your knowledge and journey, we hope that you will join us to learn about the history of racism in Oregon, white privilege, institutional racism, and other important and related topics.

These free events are open to all students, staff, and the public.
All are welcome and encouraged to join this conversation.
For more information please contact [email protected]

Special Events


Past Events

Native American Heritage Month feather sculpture
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Native American Veterans: What does it mean to protect your people?

David West will lead us in a discussion about the importance of National Native American Heritage Month.


Sunrise Communities special presentation
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Sunrise Communities: What happened after dark in southern Oregon?
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Hosted by the RCC Diversity Programming Board and
Community Partners St. Luke’s Episcopal, Bethany Presbyterian, and Newman United Methodist

Social justice champion Taylor Stewart will invite us on a journey to face an ugly past, acknowledge its harmful effects, and from there propel us towards creating a more welcoming community.


a dandelion seed head blowing in the wind
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AIR: Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples and Western Science
May 23, 2022

Please join us to learn about good stewardship and our essential connection to air from the viewpoints of indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and western science.


The I'Mpossible Project special event

Kicking my Blue Genes in the Butt, with Josh Rivedal
Monday, May 16
Grants Pass High School Performing Arts Center

Join us for a presentation by author, playwright, and actor, Josh Rivedal featuring a discussion on suicide prevention and mental health. A brief Q&A session will follow the presentation. This is a free event open to all students, staff, and community members.


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Get Yourself Tested
May 4 & 5, 2022
Redwood Campus Library, rooms 2 and 3
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Diversity Programming Board and Jackson County Public Health.
Free, rapid and confidential for HIV, HEP-C and SYPHILIS. Naloxone kits and training, Safer Sex Supplies, and Fred Meyer gift cards provided by JCPH while supplies last. Testing happens in a private room. Access to healthcare services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all. This is a free event open to all students, staff, and community members.


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Voting Rights
Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Hosted by the RCC Diversity Programming Board and
Community Partners St. Luke’s Episcopal, Bethany Presbyterian, and Newman United Methodist

Examining the history of the vote in our country, democracy, and equal access to the polls.


Reproductive Rights Examining healthcare and human rights
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Reproductive Rights
Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Examining healthcare and human rights.


a beautiful sunset over misty mountains
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LAND
Thursday, February 24, 2022

Join us to learn about good stewardship and our essential connection to land from the viewpoints of indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and western science.
with David West, Enrolled Member and Elder of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle, RCC President


Sundown Towns Part II: What happened after dark in southern oregon
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Sundown Towns Part II
Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Social justice champion Taylor Stewart will invite us on a journey to face an ugly past, acknowledge its harmful effects, and from there propel us towards creating a more welcoming community. 


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Duende de Lorca
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Federico García Lorca is celebrated the world over for his poetry, music and plays. Yet at the age of 27, he was still a struggling artist living with his parents. In the Americas, Lorca shined like a mad and fiery diamond, fusing his cante jondo with Afro-Cuban son to create a new rhythm of powerfully poetic drama. Join us for a virtual, bi-lingual theatrical presentation and learn about Lorca's quest for cultural integration and gender acceptance.


Get yourself Tested event for HIV and Syphilis
GYT: Get Yourself Tested
February 16 & 17

HIV Alliance is providing Free Rapid Testing for HIV, HEP C and Syphilis (a small finger poke)
along with providing free Naloxone training and kits.
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Hellfighter event with Diversity Programming Board
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HELLFIGHTER
February 9, 2022

Experience WWII history through a real life story through the eyes of four generations
of an African American soldier's family.


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WATER
Tuesday, January 25, 2022


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Beloved Community: Building Bridges (Full event video)
Ron Jones, Dialogues on Diversity (Keynote Address)

MLK Jr. Community Celebration
Monday, January 17, 2022


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Rogue River Trail of Tears
Tuesday, November 16th

Join us to hear stories of our local history and to learn ways to honor and revitalize the practices of indigenous people.


Seeking Shelter Panel for Josephine County Oregon buscando refugio en espanol
November 8 presentation video
November 15 presentation video

Seeking Shelter: The Josephine County Housing Crisis
November 8 & 15, 2021

Are you concerned about the housing crisis in Josephine County?
Tenants, landlords, property owners, business owner and community members please join us for a
public panel event to learn about what is driving the crisis in our region and what you can do.


Sundown towns
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Sundown Towns
What happened after dark in southern Oregon?

Tuesday, October 26

Social justice champion Taylor Stewart will invite us on a journey to face an ugly past, acknowledge its harmful effects, and from there propel us towards creating a more welcoming community.


Fire Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples and Western Science
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FIRE
Perspectives from Indigenous Peoples and Western Science

Thursday, October 14


Islam 101 with Suhaib Al-Tamimi
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Islam 101
with Suhaib Al-Tamimi

Wednesday, October 6th

Learn about:
The five pillars of Islam
Islamic holidays and celebrations
How Islam is similar to and different from Christianity and Judaism
Stereotypes and misconceptions about Islam and Muslims
The experiences of an Iraqi immigrant in America


protect our eldersstand with us graphic of young man in hoodie in front of flowersWe too are America
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Asian American Allyship
September 28, 2021

Asian Americans have been part of the American story for hundreds of years, yet all too often they are viewed as outsiders in their own country.  Anti-Asian and xenophobic harassment have been on the rise across the U.S., and unfortunately, it is not a new phenomenon.  Join us to learn how to be a strong advocate and ally using the 5 Ds.


Courageous Conversations Patriotism and Polarity event
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PATRIOTISM and Polarity
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

We all have a connection to patriotism - be it positive or negative or somewhere in between.

Today we will explore questions such as: What is important about patriotism, why do we need it (or not)?  How does patriotism unite or divide us?  What defines your patriotism? When you see a flag flying, what assumptions do you make? What might it mean when someone takes a knee during the national anthem? What is proper respect of the flag?  How do we reclaim the true meaning of patriotism?


Courageous Conversations Pride and Prejudice event
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PRIDE and Prejudice
Tuesday, June 22, 2021


Putting the Civil back in Civil Discourse
Putting the Civil back in Civil Discourse
May 25, 2021

To view the recorded event, contact Sally Snyder.


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Defamation Experience
Thursday, May 20, 2021

Beginning with a riveting courtroom drama that explores the highly charged issues of race, class, religion, gender and the law with a twist where we, the audience, are the jury!?Combined with an audience deliberation and facilitated discussion, this is a unique opportunity to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day. TheDefamationExperience.com


Preacher Moss

Preacher Moss
~Conscious Comedy~
Friday, May 7, 2021

Preacher Moss is an International all-star Comedian, Lecturer and Anti-Racism Advocate. His unique style has been described as "smooth, intelligent, and thought provoking," as his "seriously funny" message simultaneously occupies two spaces of laughter and intellectual engagement at the same time.

To view the recorded event, contact Sally Snyder.


Seeking Shelter
Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Join us for this virtual forum event featuring Dr. Douglas Mungin, an expert voice on how a community can address homelessness with best practices. Identified community leaders will also share their awareness and knowledge about the impact of homelessness specific in our RCC community and local areas. 


Environmental Racism
April 27, 2021


Teatro Milagro's performance of ¡HUELGA!
~in honor of Earth Day~
Thursday, April 22, 2021

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The humor and the pace of this virtual production, in combination with the melodramatic style, will keep you laughing and your attention rapt! You will learn the excellent history and important messages of Dolores Huerta and the formation of the United Farm Workers Association in a way that can be absorbed and remembered.
Watch the first 5 minutes and see for yourself, you might get hooked!
¡Si, Se Puede!®


Women's History Month
Overcoming Oppression
March 23, 2021
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Gender Inclusive Parenting
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

How can parents support their children in developing their own gender expression and in challenging gender stereotypes? SOU sociologists Carey Jean Sojka and Kylan de Vries will discuss research on gender inclusive parenting as well as their personal journey in raising their child.
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Click here to listen to the audio of this program.


Black History Month
Did you know? Featuring Lois MacMillan, Teacher and Historian
February 23, 2021


January 18, 2021
MLK Jr. Day Celebration
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Meaningful conversation, uplifting music, and inspiring speakers.


November 17: Thanksgiving: Reality vs. Myth

David West, Enrolled Member and Elder of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, leads us in a conversation on Thanksgiving: Myth vs. Reality. He teaches us hard truths that have been buried over the past 400 years, discussing their effects on indigenous people. David also shares ideas for how we can move into a future of inter-connectedness with the land and each other.


October 20: Inequities and the Cost of White Privilege


September 22: Unpacking White Privilege

No matter where you are in your knowledge and journey, we hope that you will join us to learn about the history of racism in Oregon, white privilege, institutional racism, and other important and related topics.  You will also gain actionable tools to make the world a safer and happier place for everyone.


August 18: Why are people afraid to talk about racism?


Tuesday, July 21, 2020: From Education to Action

This discussion is led by the Rev. Ernestine Flemister, the Rev. Ryan Scott, and the Rev. Tom Berry, explores systemic oppression. This event is planned as an ongoing discussion, which will occur on a regular basis (future dates to be determined).

No matter where you are in your knowledge and journey, we hope that you will join us to learn about the history of racism in Oregon, white privilege, institutional racism, and other important and related topics.


Our History, Our Vote

Kathleen Donham's, Voters Service Chair of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Rogue Valley, number one priority and responsibility is to get people to vote!  Members of LWV are all volunteers.  They promote good government, making the vote available to everyone, and making democracy work.  They do not speak for any party or particular philosophy, other than transparency and including everyone.


living mentally well and crush it during difficult timesMay 27, 2020:
How to Live Mentally Well and Crush It During Difficult Times
Josh Rivedal, Live Via Zoom

Click the link for more information on Josh Rivedal
This is a free event that is open to all students, staff and the public.

Joshua Rivedal is an actor, playwright, and international public speaker. He has spoken professionally about suicide prevention and mental health awareness in more than twenty-eight U.S. states, Canada, the U.K., and Australia. He previously served on the board of directors for the New York City chapter of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He wrote and developed the play, The i'Mpossible Project: Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt (formerly titled The Gospel According to Josh), which has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and the U.K. His memoir of the same name is on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's recommended reading list.


March 5, 2020:
HIV Screening, Naloxone Training, and Planned Parenthood

RVC Library, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

February 26, 2020: 
"Indigenous Environmental Knowledge" with David West

RVC 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

February 25, 2020:
"Indigenous Environmental Knowledge" with David West

RWC Student Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

February 11, 2020:
HIV Screening and Naloxone Training, and Planned Parenthood

RWC Student Center and Library, 10a-2p

January 28-29, 2020:
Freedom Riders with Dr. John Dolan

RVC HEC 132, January 28, 1-3pm
RWC Coates Hall 7, January 29, 1-3pm

January 20, 2020:
MLK Jr. Community Celebration

Bethany Presbyterian Church, Grants Pass, 6-8pm

10/8: HIV Screening
RVC Library, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

10/10: The Opioid Epidemic
Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Darryl Inaba on  drug abuse and the impact on brain
functioning.
Riverside Campus, from 6 - 8 p.m.

10/14: Oregon Humanities Conversation Project, The Hate We Live In
RWC 9-10:30 a.m. Student Center
RVC 1:30-3 p.m. HEC 129

10/22: HIV Screening
RWC Student Center and Library, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

10/22: Wesley Hamilton, Disabled But Not Really (DSNR): partnership with SOU
SOU Music Recital Hall, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

10/23: Hoop of Life, Kevin Locke: Indigenous storytelling, flute, and dancing
RWC Student Center 9:30-10:30 a.m. with Q&A afterwards
11/6-7: Veterans Appreciation Days
 RVC one day, RWC the other, details TBA

11/21:  Inclusive Hiring Training for all interested RCC staff: part I
TRC 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

11/22: Inclusive Hiring Training for all interested RCC staff: part II
TRC 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (with supervisor's approval)


2018

Human Trafficking in Southern Oregon
Monday, October 8, 2018

Presentation, Q&A, books available for purchase.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to the first 200 people.

Rebecca Bender is the founder and CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative (RBI). She is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert on human trafficking. After escaping nearly six years of modern day slavery, she wrote her first book, Roadmap to Redemption, followed by her recent curriculum Elevate.

RBI's advanced trainings have equipped FBI, Homeland Security, Former President Jimmy Carter, local law enforcement, medical professionals, service providers, and faith communities across America. Rebecca serves as an advisor to both the Oregon DOJ Human Trafficking Council and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. She is also the recipient of the Female Overcomer Award, Unlikely Hero Award, Hero to our Generation Award and multiple FBI and Congressional recognitions. She has been featured on the  Today Show, NBC Deadline Crimes, Forbes, Huffington Post, and Sports Illustrated.


intelligent lives screeningIntelligent Lives

A film by Dan Habib

October 12th - 18th
Saturday October 13th matinee screening at 2:50pm
SOUTHGATE CINEMA

Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities - Micah, Naieer, and Naomie - who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Question and answer period immediately following.