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Spring 2017 Events 




IME was excited to collaborate on several film screenings including National Geographic’s ‘Gender Revolution,’ Best Picture Winner ‘Moonlight,’ and Oscar Nominated ‘Hidden Figures.’















































































Fall 2016 Events




LatinX Heritage Month

Celebrated from September 15th through October 15th, the month focused on LatinX culture and identity. The first event that took place was a screening of the film Motorcycle Diaries. Telling the story of Che Guevero and the journey he took on his motorcycle that led to his calling as a Marxist guerrilla commander.

Throughout the month, several opportunities allowed students to come together and share their experiences with their identity development and topics including code switching. Another opportunity created space for students of mixed identities to gather, connect, and share stories. 

The film Frida was also screened which depicts the life of painter Frida Kahlo.

Lastly, GLU ended the mont long celebration by hosting “Fiesta LatinX.” 


National Coming Out Day & Week 

The Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (IME), Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), Associate Dean of Students for Student Engagement, Alumni and Parent Programs and the Queer Student Union (QSU) hosted the 2nd Annual 2016 LC “Coming Out” Ad project. The ad ran in the October 14th Pio Log and celebrated the Out and Proud LGBTQIA+ and Allied members of the LC Community. The goal of this project is to continue to foster an inclusive campus environment for all students, staff, faculty and alumni. The ad featured Lewis & Clark faculty, staff and alumni.

The introduction read, “We are your friends, professors, colleagues, co-workers, alumni and health providers and we are Coming Out! We represent just a few of the talented and committed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual+ and Allied individuals who are members of the LC community! We invite you to join us in celebrating Coming Out Week 2016!”

Following the introduction was the “Coming Out List” which included Name, Title, and Department or Class Year of folks who chose to be featured.  

The end of Coming Out Week culminated with a campus wide “Coming Out Social.” The entire community was invited to Gregg Pavilion to celebrate. 





An Evening with W. Kamau Bell

Co-sponsored by Join President Barry Glassner, the Campus Activities Board, Dean of Students Anna Gonzalez, Student Activities, and Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.

W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian based in The People’s Republic of Berkeley, CA. He is the host of CNN’s new travel show, the United Shads of America, which aired this past April. He is best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Bell is proud to be the ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice (although he’s pretty upset that they didn’t give a badge with the title). Bell sits on the  board of Race Forward, a racial justice think tank, and Hollaback, a non-profit movement to end street harassment. Bell’s special, Semi-Prominent Negro, aired on Showtime this past April.

Bell visited campus during a pivotal time; the evening before the 2016 presidential election. His visit also fell during the annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies. His cut right to the chase and got the audience laughing from topics ranging from the current political climate to the PDX carpet. 



Following the Ray Warren Symposium, IME hosted a ‘Talk Back’ event open to the entire community. The purpose of the event was to further discuss the theme of the symposium. Attendees spoke in dyads and practiced active listening. 








Spring 2016 Events

An Evening with Southern Oregon University’s President, Dr. Roy Saigo

A first-generation American born to working class Japanese immigrants, Dr. Saigo’s extraordinary life’s journey ranges from childhood experiences imprisoned in an internment camp in Arizona during World War II, to his roles as a leader shaking things up in the world of higher education, most recently with noteworthy results as president of Southern Oregon University.Dr. Saigo has also been dedicated to the opposition and removal of the use of American Indian mascots and nicknames throughout higher education. 


Workshop with Alex Tizon


In celebration of Asian American Heritage Month, join the Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement at a discussion led by Pulitzer Prize winner, journalist and author, Alex Tizon

Alex Tizon is author of Big Little Man, a memoir and cultural history that the New York Times called “searingly honest” and the Seattle Times described as “a devastating critique” of American culture.” The book has won a Lukas Book Prize, an Oregon Book Award, and an APALA Honor Award for Literature. Tizon is a former national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and has written for The Atlantic, Salon, and Newsweek. He was a recipient of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism, and has been a Knight International Journalism Fellow and Jefferson Fellow. He teaches writing at the University of Oregon. His website is




Visiting Scholar: Reina Gossett on Trans Feminine BIPOC History, Resistance, and Prison Abolition

Reina is an exciting presence to have on campus; she is the 2014-2016 Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College’s Center for Research on Women, the previous membership director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, and has been involved in both Queers for Economic Justice and Critical Resistance (among a few names). Reina has been invited to and invovled in a profound number of insitutions, conferences, protests, video-series, and publications.She is currently directing and producing a much-anticipated film called Happy Birthday Marsha! “detailing the lives of Sylvia Rivera (and) Marsha P Johnson in the hours leading up to the Stonewall Riots of 1969”. Her work is at the forefront of critical discussions on Black feminism, transgender justice, state violence, prison abolition, and so much more. 

This evening was brought to LC by the Queer Student Union, in collaboration with the Campus Activity Board, Office of Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement, Ray Warren Symposium, and the Finance Committee. 

DarkMatter #ItGetsBitter Poetry Show

Apocalips Slam Poetry, Student Activities, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, the ASLC Finance Committee, the Queer Student Union, the Ray Warren Symposium, the Feminist Student Union, the Asian Student Union, and APANO bring to you a night of poetry, featuring DarkMatter!

DARKMATTER is a trans South Asian performance art duo comprised of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. Based in New York City, DarkMatter regularly performs to sold-out houses at venues like La MaMa Experimental Theater, The Brooklyn Museum, and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. DarkMatter was recently part of the Public Theater’s Under the RadarFestival, the Lincoln Center’s La Casita Festival, as well as the Queer International Arts Festival. Known for their quirky aesthetic and political panache, DarkMatter has been invited to perform at stages across the world.

#ItGetsBitter is an interruption: a hybrid mixture of art and activism, poetry and polemic, giggles and gasps. #ItGetsBitter is a remix of spoken word, stand up comedy, fashion, and nursery rhymes. DarkMatter shares stories of navigating the world in all of its ordinariness and peculiarity as trans South Asians, taking the audience on an emotional roller coaster all of the way from the personal to the political. Join us for an evening of poetry and healing as we not only critique – but imagine new ways of being and resisting together.

Women’s History Month with Race Talks Founder Donna Maxey


Donna Maxey wants Portlanders to talk about race - so much so that she created Race Talks, a monthly dialogue program in Northeast Portland. Come to this event to learn how she did it.

This Women’s History Month program is co-sponsored by Gender Studies, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and Student Leadership and Service.


Women’s History Month with SNCC Member Karen Haberman Trusty

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee member Karen Haberman Trusty talks about her experiences working for racial justice in Georgia and Mississippi in the 1960’s.

This Women’s History Month event is co-sponsored by Gender Studies, Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and Student Leadership and Service.


ABC(D)s of Leadership

How do you utilize your strengths when working in groups? Who determines a group’s goals? This workshop explores an Asset-Based Community Development approach to these issues. This workshop 

This workshop is brought to you by Student Leader and Service and the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.


People of Color Social

The POC Social is an informal gathering for folks in the Lewis & Clark community who identify as a people of color to share space, eat food, and spend time together! On March 1st, from 5-6pm, Dean of Students, Anna Gonzalez and Director of IME, Nathan Baptiste, will both be present to mingle and share space. Take this opportunity to get to know other staff and students of color in your community! 



Exploring the Intersections of Race, Faith, Hip-Hop and Justice

Dr. Daymond Glenn comes to Lewis & Clark College to speak in the Chamberlin Social Justice Forum.  His title is “A Theological Remix:  Exploring the Intersections of Race, Faith, Hip-Hop and Justice.”  Dr. Glenn is the Vice-President for Community Life and Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Warner Pacific College.

This free lecture is presented as a part of the Chamberlin Social Justice series sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.  


Straight Outta Compton Viewing



In alignment with the powerful movement sweeping across the country to boycott the Oscars, we have decided to stand in solidarity with the thousands of fantastic filmmakers, writers, producers, and actors of color who fail to receive the recognition they deserve.  We hope that this boycott will continue to inspire the academy to evolve and make changes to be inclusive to all. 

Instead, we are going to be screening Straight Outta Compton. Entrenched in the racial tumult of Los Angeles in the mid-1980’s, a group of aspiring rappers banded together to revolutionize the global consumption of hip-hop and popular culture. NWA was born out of racial frustration and the disadvantaged economics of their South Central neighborhood. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.




IME/College Outdoors Leadership Spring 2016 Retreat

The Department of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement is pairing up with College Outdoors to hold a beach leadership retreat at Cape Lookout State Park Saturday February 27 to Sunday February 28! We will be fostering community on Oregon’s beautiful coast, sleeping in comfortable yurt lodges and developing leadership skills and tactics together.



Lunch with Dr. Marc Williams


Dr. Marc Williams is the CEO of a communications firm who has worked with high-profile celebrities like Michael Jordan, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Will Ferrell. This catered lunch will be an opportunity for you to share a few ideas or ask Dr. Williams about his experience before his event presentation, “What Would You Attempt To Do If You Knew You Could Not Fail?”, which takes place on February 24th at 7 PM in the Council Chambers, sponsored by the Career Center.

For more information about Dr. Williams’s presentation, please visit

This event was co-sponsored by Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.

Octavia’s Brood: Reading and Presentation with Walidah Imarisha




Join writer, educator and performance poet Walidah Imarisha to discuss her latest book, the first to explore the connections between radical science fiction and movements for social change. In this collection, 20 science fiction writers draw on personal experience to envision a world without war, without prisons, without injustice. 

To purchase a copy of Octavia’s Brood, emmail Chelsea Jackson 

Co-sponsored by Ethnic Studies, Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement, Gender Studies, English, L&C Law School ACLU, and L&C National Lawyers Guild.  





Healthy Masculinity Through a Racial Lens: A Workshop with Tiq Milan



Tiq Milan is an LGBT advocate, writer, journalist, and one of the leading voices for transgender equality in North America. Tiq spoke and lead a workshop on his experiences as a trans man, and the intersection of masculinity and race. This event is hosted by IME in conjunction with the LC Black Student UnionLC Gente Latina UnidaLC Feminist Student Union, LC Asian Student Union, and LC Queer Student Union. 



A Night with Cynthia Gómez: Discussing MTV’s White People





 “White People” follows nationally acclaimed journalist Jose Antonio Vargas as he seeks to find out what it’s like to be young and white in the U.S., and where white people fit into the struggle for racial justice.

Following the film, Cynthia Gómez, the Director of the Cultural Resource Centers at Portland State University, will lead a discussion on whiteness, white privilege and what they mean in Portland and at Lewis & Clark.




January Events

MLK Jr. Week of Service, Learning, and Action

Lewis & Clark College dedicates an entire week to commemorate the movement of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We offer programs, events and opportunities for service from January 23rd to January 29th, 2016.

We celebrate the legacy and continued relevance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s words as we call for a change of culture. We seek to change the culture of Lewis & Clark by engaging with this year’s events in a personal manner. We are instituting a Buddy System for MLK Week. At our opening event, we will ask that people sit next to someone they do not know and exchange phone numbers; this person will be your MLK Week Buddy. You two are expected to attend as many events together as possible. After each event you are expected to have a conversation where you share thoughts, feelings, and questions that you have after the event.

Reading/Dialoging Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Case for Reparations”



 The IME office is collaborating with student Nathaniel Hamlett to organize reading/discussion groups surrounding Ta-Nehisi Coates “Case for Reparations”. Below is a link to the article and a second article entitled “White Debt: Reckoning with what is owed- and what can never be repaid - for racial privilege”, that we hope you will read over winter break and then join us when we return back to our L&C community for some informative and engaging dialogue. We’ve included questions for consideration that will be brought up in the dialoguing groups.

Link to the article:

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Case for Reparations is an award winning article that details the long history of abuses of Black folk in the United States, and how that manifests itself in today’s society. From redlining to outright theft, Coates delves into the myriad of economic and psychological impediments infringing upon equality for Blacks, and then frames the conversation through the lens of reparations. The idea is simple, the magnitude of the issues is such that even though Black people in the United States are not still enslaved, the ramifications are felt and seen in modern society. Coates bases his commentary in the visceral, using case study of average people to illustrate the tragedy of the situation and the subsequent need for reform. The Case for Reparations ultimately is an appeal for this country to investigate the past—the deep-rootedpains and societal issues that are rooted in roughly four hundred years of abuse in thisland—because its shaping our future.


Fall 2015 Events



An Evening with Renée Watson

Please join us at Lewis & Clark for an evening with writer, performer, and educator Renée Watson. Renée will read from her new Young Adult novel, This Side of Home, which is set in Portland, and there will be time for Q&A following the reading.

About the Presenter
Renée Watson is a 1996 graduate of Jefferson High School. Her work has received several honors, including an NAACP Image Award nomination in children’s literature. Renée has worked as a writer in residence for several years, teaching creative writing and theater in public schools and community centers throughout the nation. Her articles on teaching and arts education have been published in Rethinking Schools magazine and Oregon English Journal.


Schooled: Race and Ethnicity in Education



 High-stakes testing. Racial disparities in disciplinary practices. Inequity of resource allocation.  Affirmative action.  These are some of the most contentious issues in education.

What we learn and how we learn it are fundamental to the success of individuals, institutions, and societies.  What are the goals of education and how do ideas of race and ethnicity factor into the realization of these goals?  How are ideologies and experiences of race and ethnicity crucial to the key debates and controversies within the broad field of education?  These questions are central to the 12th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies. Through an examination of institutions as well as individual experiences, and by considering the historically racialized and colonial past of education, we hope to explore the relationship of race and ethnicity to education today.

Black Lives Matter: The Black Panthers and Their Legacy


With Percy Hampton, Black Panther Party of Portland founding member, Reiko Hillyer, L&C Assistant Professor of History, and Anoop Mirpuri, Assistant Professor of English at PSU

Moderator: Elliott Young, L&C Professor of History and Director of Ethnic Studies

2015 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party in Oakland in October of 1966.  This panel will look back to the Black Panthers to understand their legacy as a black nationalist organization that sought to defend the community from police violence as well as to organize free breakfasts for children and health clinics.  In addition to exploring the history of the Black Panthers in Portland, we will seek to understand the links to today’s black liberation movements.  To what extent is Black Lives Matter a legacy of the Black Panthers?  In what ways does Black Lives Matter differ from the Black Panthers in terms of its internal structure as well as its goals?

LGBTQIA + Justice and Religious Freedom: Can We Find Common Ground?

A Chamberlin Social Justice Forum

Please join us for a philosophical, religious and ethical conversation with very special guests to discuss if common ground between LGBTQIA+ Justice and Religious Freedom is possible…

Our panel includes Lauren Brown. Lauren Brown graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2010. She looks forward to sharing her story at her alma mater.

Our other panelist is Jayce, a transgender student of color at George Fox University who made national news last year.

Jayce is a student at George Fox University who identifies as a transgender male. During his Sophomore, Jayce requested to be housed with other men. George Fox turned down his request arguing that Jayce was biologically female and must be housed with other women.

Jayce, who grew up in Portland and describes himself as deeply committed to his faith, began his transition to male more than a year ago. Jayce has said that in spite of everything, he has found strong support from students and faculty members and wants other LGBTQ people to see that they can have a place in faith-based education.

In Council Chambers at Lewis & Clark College on Wednesday, November 4 at 7pm.

Free and open to the public.


OLMV State of Civil Rights Forum - 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act



 Please join the Oregon League of Minority Voters in celebrating civil rights victories, developing strategic alliances, and pushing for real inclusive policies!

Help OLMV commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act passed by congress and signed by President Johnson in 1965. Three outstanding Oregonians who have played a vital role for minority involvement opportunities in politics and public policy will be honored.

The forum will examine the reasons we still need voting rights laws fifty years after passage of the VRA.  Panelists include representatives from NACCP, The Bus Project Federation, the Oregon Secretary of State, and the Oregon Advocacy Commission.

State representatives and civil rights champions will be awarded for their work, and a buffet dinner will be served.


“Ayotzinapa, Crónica de un Crimen de Estado” Film Screening


Come join Gente Latina Unida (GLU) for a movie screening and discussion on September 26, 4-6 pm in room 102 in Howard. There will be pan dulce, hot chocolate and engaging conversation! This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Inclusion Multicultural Engagement!

A powerful short film about the 43 student who went missing from Guerrero on September 26 2014. The film questions and deconstructs the involvement of the state.