18th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies
November 10–12, 2021

Joy & Justice

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Watzek Library Exhibit: Joy, Community, and Resilience in Vietnamese Portland

Special Collections and Archives

This exhibit explores joy and community as forms of resilience for Vietnamese Portlanders by showcasing photographs, writings, and quotes from a diverse range of Vietnamese voices. On display on the top floor of Watzek Library through the end of the fall semester. There is also a digital exhibit to accompany the physical installation in Watzek. Curated by L&C students Ben Warner ’22 and Mei Bailey ’22.


Wednesday, November 10

7 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
Keynote Presentation
Indigenous Justice and Joy

Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip), award-winning photographer and cohost of the popular Native issues podcast All My Relations

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. For additional information about accessibility, please consult our “Event Details” page.
First-come seating. Latecomers will not be admitted after 7:15 p.m.
This event was broadcast for remote viewing. Access to the recording of this presentation is available to current L&C students, faculty, and staff upon request. Please contact Kimberly Brodkin at

Thursday, November 11

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
Race Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Student Research Showcase

Join us for a multidisciplinary set of presentations by L&C students who will share their original research exploring issues of race and ethnicity.

Moderator: Eduardo Beltran ’22, former RWS co-chair, SOAN major
Riley Brawn ’23, Art History major, “The Delmar Divide: St. Louis’ Simulacrum”
Jackson Gilbert ’22, History major, “’The Best of Order Will Be Maintained’: Race, Class, and Urban Parks in New South Savannah”
Immanuel Harice ’22, former RWS co-chair, SOAN major, “Existing Within the Margins: Black Trans Amorous Men Search for Community”
Mateo Telles ’22, RWS co-chair, SOAN major, “What Does Essential Mean to the Oregon Farmworker?”
Marc-Anthony Valle ’22, English major, “‘It’s a Better Name for Him’: An Exploration of Black and White Spaces in The Sound and the Fury

1:30–3 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
Black Joy

Black Joy has become an essential form of resistance and healing in the face of generations of systemic oppression, and Black communities have developed innovative ways of promoting balance and creating a space to exist across the full spectrum of human experience. These panelists will share their perspectives on and experiences with Black Joy in a conversation centered around culture, community, and healing.

Moderator: Kim Cameron-Domínguez, L&C assistant professor of anthropology
Lakayana Drury, founder and executive director of Word is Bond, cofounder of Black Millennial Movement, member of Portland Committee on Community-Engaged Policing
Jeanine Morales, co-organizer of Black Joy Weekend and deputy director of Pro-Choice Oregon
LaQuida Landford, community health worker and lead visionary for the AfroVillage Movement

3:30–5 p.m., Stamm, Templeton Campus Center
Chardi Kala: Joy in Bhangra and Bollywood
Dance Workshop led by DJ Anjali

Dance creates opportunities for people to connect with themselves and others by using embodiment to turn the emotional into something physical. DJ Anjali will teach moves from traditional and modern South Asian dance styles to offer a window into the expressive forms developed by diverse cultures from the Indian Subcontinent. No prior experience necessary.

3–6 p.m., Zoom
Art for Social Change Open Studio and Art Therapy Open Studio

Art for Social Change Open Studio focuses on art and dialogue to explore the impact of current events on our communities and our work together toward social change. One current project is a pandemic quilt examining oppression and inequities revealed by the pandemic. Art Therapy Open Studio is a weekly space for creating community online.

Sessions are free and open to the public. No prior art experience is necessary. 


7 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
Keynote Presentation
Joy–Not Destination but Practice

Ashon Crawley, writer, artist, and associate professor of religious studies and African American and African studies at the University of Virginia

Note: Dr. Crawley will present remotely via Zoom, but we will gather in Council Chamber as planned in order to maintain our live interaction of seeing and hearing each other during his presentation and Q&A. This event will be accessible via live stream, but we encourage people to come to campus to experience this event in person if possible. If you cannot attend in person, join us on Zoom.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. For additional information about accessibility, please consult our “Event Details” page.
First-come seating. Latecomers will not be admitted after 7:15 p.m.

Friday, November 12

9–10 a.m., Zoom
Conversation with keynote speaker Ashon Crawley
This event is limited to L&C students, faculty, and staff who registered in advance. Registration is now closed.

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
#StandUpFG: Latinx Youth Activism in the Willamette Valley

On May 19, 2016, over 1,000 students staged a walkout in response to racially-charged incidents at Forest Grove High School in Oregon. By lunch time, thousands of students at schools across Oregon had walked out in support of #StandUpFG, the hashtag used by Latinx youth activists to represent their movement. This presentation introduces #StandUpFG: Latinx Youth Activism in the Willamette Valley, a digital exhibition for Five Oaks Museum that uses narrative, contemporary artworks, testimonio, and other forms of creative expression to tell the story of #StandUpFG, its connection to the past, and how Latinx youth activism continues to shape our collective futures.

Israel Pastrana, a Chicano historian and educator from the San Diego-Tijuana borderlands who worked with student activists to found Portland Community College’s Ethnic Studies program

3–5 p.m., Stamm West, Templeton Campus Center
Community Fair

Local, BIPOC-run businesses and organizations will sell various food and craft items and share information about their community work for social justice. Stop by to support these vendors, learn more about ways to work with local nonprofits, and create a deeper connection with the greater Portland community.
Participating vendors and local organizations include La Casa de Mamá (vegan bakery selling pan dulce), Portland Love Merch (t-shirts and other apparel), Ishq Skincare (organic skincare), L&C Art for Social Change, L&C Center for Social Change and Community Involvement, Pro-Choice Oregon, and more.

Gratitude Space

It is difficult to precisely define gratitude, but we all know the feeling it creates. In fact, brain imaging has shown that experiencing gratitude activates brain regions associated with dopamine, the “reward” neurotransmitter! At the community fair in Stamm, we will have a communal space where you can pause and reconnect with your inner capacity to create joy and healing through gratitude. We will provide supplies for writing and decorating cards that you can keep, give to others, or add to a community art project. This is an opportunity to express gratitude to a professor, staff member, custodial staff, an organization on campus, friends, or even yourself!

7 p.m., Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Race Monologues

Each year a different group of L&C students writes an original series of personal narratives to share their feelings, experiences, and understandings of race, ethnicity, and identity.

Featuring L&C students Mei Bailey ’22, Sage Braziel ’24, Sheyla Dorantes ’22, Shalini Hanstad ’22, Natalie Kirunda ’24, Lili Kunimoto ’22, Sarah Lind-MacMillan ’22, Ariely Mejia ’22, Azucena Morales Santos ’24, Annabelle Rousseau ’23, Nicolás Villafuerte Wilson ’24, and Rocío Yao ’24.

Coordinated by L&C students Shalini Hanstad ’22, Amelia Madarang ’22, and Azucena Morales Santos ’24.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. First-come seating. Doors will be closed at 7 p.m. or when we reach full capacity, and latecomers will not be admitted.