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Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

IME Fall Semester Accomplishments and a Preview of Spring!

December 17, 2014

Templeton Campus Center

Dear Friends of the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME) at Lewis & Clark College,

As we finish the Fall 2014 semester, the IME team wanted to update you on our activities from the fall, give you a preview for spring 2015, and update you on some transitions that are happening.

IME is responsible for leading Lewis & Clark’s efforts toward its commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and multicultural campus community. We engage students, faculty, staff, and community partners to promote an inclusive campus climate; provide academic, social, and programmatic support to students from underrepresented communities; and help students develop a greater understanding of their global citizenship through the intercultural exchange of ideas and traditions. Building and sustaining a truly inclusive community is the work of all of us.

Here is an overview of the programs, initiatives and activities we implemented during the fall in support of our mission:

  • IME was part of the team that launched and facilitated two Intergroup Dialogue series. Each group had seven LC staff members. 14 LC staff members participated in sustained dialogue and completed homework assignments for one hour each week over the course of ten weeks on the topics of race and inclusion.

  • IME partnered with faculty to offer a one-hour Inclusion in the Classroom training attended by over 20 LC faculty.  Additionally, IME staff attended the day-long faculty retreat in August that was focused on diversity and inclusion.

  • IME staff led three workshops related to inclusion and leadership as part of the new Passport to Leadership program out of the Dean of Students office.

  • IME hosted a social gathering for LC Professionals of Color to connect and network. We also hosted two Lunch and Learns for LC Professionals of Color and Allies to share information and resources towards LC’s commitment to be an inclusive campus. One of the lunches featured a panel of six students of Color, representing all three LC campuses, who shared their ideas on how to strengthen our collective work.

  • IME developed and launched a new Social Justice Campus Tour, which highlights instances of student activism and social justice throughout the history of Lewis & Clark College. The tour strives to highlight the positive changes that have come as a result of collective action taken by students, staff, and faculty. More than 40 students, faculty and staff and more than 40 prospective students have taken the tour.

  • We began a partnership with Akin Hall, the Multicultural Engagement Living Learning Community. As part of the our collaboration, IME organized two Diversity Dialogues in Akin for the campus community on the topics of race, racism, and cultural appropriation.

  • IME hosted a Welcome lunch during New Student Orientation for our Great Expectation participants and their families. Great Expectations is a program to support first generation college students. Over 75 people, including administrators and collaborative partners across campus, attended the lunch. We also helped plan the Great Expectations Retreat, a full day of workshops designed for first-generation college students.

  • IME continued the LEAP Peer Mentor program. “Leading to Engage All Pioneers” (LEAP) is designed to help support incoming new students with their transition into Lewis & Clark College. LEAP seeks to support students from underrepresented communities by matching them up with a peer mentor who provides guidance and support throughout the student’s first year at Lewis & Clark. Over 70 first-year students are receiving direct mentoring this year.

  • We held our Week of Welcome events for students which included a welcome reception, open house, and a tweet-up.

  • IME hosted a student panel for over 60 prospective students during the admissions fal lL.E.A.D. fly-in program.

  • IME staff led a leadership retreat for 12 student leaders within our multicultural student organizations that we directly advise: MOSAIC (Multicultural Organizations Seeking An Inclusive Community, which consists of Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Gente Latina Unidad, and Native Student Union), Hawai’i Club, and the Pluralism and Unity Board (PUB).

  • We programmed many events to engage the community including:

Committed to building local and national connections, IME staff participated or led trainings at the following conferences and events:

  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)’s Rolling Tides statewide convention.

  • The National Conference on Race and Pedagogy in Tacoma, WA.

  • NACA (National Association for Campus Activities) West Conference.

  • YWCA Portland’s training Dismantling Institutionalized Racism.

  • An Evening with Winona LaDuke at Portland State University.

For the spring semester, in addition to continuing our programs listed above, IME will sponsor or co-sponsor the following events:

  • Campus screening of Dear White People (January 30).

  • A lecture by Dr. Edward Baptist, Cornell University history faculty and author of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (February 3).

  • An Evening with Sister Helen Prejean and the 20th Anniversary of the film, Dead Man Walking. Reception and book signing to follow (February 4).

  • Screening of documentary Black Girl in Suburbia, featuring discussion with filmmaker. (February 13)

  • Sister Outsider Poetry, two award-winning nationally recognized female slam poets who utilize the intersection of art and activism to create social change (February 21)

  • An Evening of Social Justice Comedy with Curtis CookBri Pruett and Caitlin Weierhauser (February 25).

  • Nationally-known stand-up comic Hari Kondabolu, who has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman; Conan; and Jimmy Kimmel Live (April 9).

  • The annual Fiesta de Salsa, a night of Latin music and salsa dancing (April 18).

Details about these events (and all of IME programming) can be found on our website 

Finally, IME has some transitions to announce.  Beginning January 5th 2015, IME Director Cathy Busha will be moving to a new role as Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement/Interim Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.  In her new role, Cathy will oversee the departments of IME, Student Leadership and Service, Student Activities, and College Outdoors. 

This spring semester, Lewis & Clark College will launch a national search for a new Director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement. Our search timeline strategically coincides with NASPA’s (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) The Placement Exchange, the best place to connect with talented student affairs professionals in person. 

Jessika Chi will continue to serve as Program Manager of IME. She’ll be joined by two part-time, temporary assistants who will each work 15-20 hours per week to ensure IME programming not only remains strong, but continues to grow. 

As always, we welcome your ideas, feedback and questions. Please feel free to be in touch with either Cathy or Jessika.

Thank you for being an important community partner and supporter of IME. As we write in our mission: Building and sustaining a truly inclusive community is the work of all of us. We truly couldn’t do it without you.

Warm regards,

The Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Director, Cathy Busha with baby Oliver and Graduate Assistant, Vivi NguyenDirector, Cathy Busha with baby Oliver and Graduate Assistant, Vivi Nguyen


Program Manager, Jessika Chi with student staff. From L-R: Maneesha Horshin ’15, Leland Rege-Co...Program Manager, Jessika Chi with student staff. From L-R: Maneesha Horshin ’15, Leland Rege-Colt ’18, Julia Withers ’16, Evelyn Guerrero ’16, Gabby Francolla ’18, Karissa Tom ’16, Jessika Chi, Eduardo Rivas ’15