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Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Oregon Ban on Indian Mascots

Date: 6:00pm - 7:00pm PDT November 6, 2013 PST Location: Miller Hall 102

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Miller Hall 102

Schools and professional sports organizations have long used Native American names and images as mascots. The debate about the Washington Redskins and other team mascots still goes on. The use of native names or symbols by non-native people is offensive, demeaning, racist, and a harmful form of ethnic stereotyping. In May 2012, Oregon State Board of Education banned the use of Indian-themed mascots in Oregon public schools. What is the issue with using Indian mascots? How does this ban affect Oregon schools? How is the community responding?

Felicia Garcia (psychology/sociology) and Kelley Villa (American ethnic studies), Willamette University Class of 2014 will come speak about their research project: the Indian Mascot Community Listening Project. The Indian Mascot Community Listening Project was developed to promote dialogue at public high schools affected by the ban. Over a period of nine weeks, they traveled across Oregon to conduct interviews with various stakeholders from three communities. Their results, including a report and a forthcoming workshop, reflect the deeply collaborative nature of their research design. Come hear about their project and initial results!

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