2013-14 Diversity Series
Worldviews, Knowledge and Practice
What is the Diversity Series
Since 2005 Yakima Valley Community College has partnered with several local area organizations to host events and lectures through the annual Diversity Series.
The events provide YVCC the opportunity to bring diverse perspectives to everyday topics and push the boundaries of the term beyond race, gender, social class, and sexuality.
The series benefits the college and the greater community by extending the concept of education beyond the classroom.
2013 Fall Events
Quetzal East L.A.
The Seasons Performance Hall, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians, joined for the goal of creating good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of people in struggle.
Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) calls it an “East LA Chican@ rock group,” summing up its rootedness in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong feminist stance, and its rock and roll musical beginnings. Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural, and political engagement. Their sound, was developed and influenced by the traditions of Chicano music of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement to Mexican musica ranchera, salsa, Chicano Rock, R&B, and international popular music. For members of Quetzal, however, their music expresses the ultimate struggle for dignity. For more information visit:
Other Ways of Knowing
An Indigenous Education by Susan Power Parker Room, Yakima Campus, 7:00-8:30pm
Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native of Chicago. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop.
She is the author of three books, The Grass Dancer (a novel) Roofwalker (a story collection), and the forthcoming novel, Sacred Wilderness (Michigan State University Press). The Grass Dancer was awarded a PEN/Hemingway prize in 1995 and Roofwalker earned a Milkweed National Fiction Prize in 2002. In addition, her short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies and she has participated in many fellowships. She lives and teaches in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Resilience & Culture
Hawaiian Worldviews, Knowledge and Practice by Dr. Lauri “Lali” McCubbin Parker Room, Yakima Campus, 7:00-8:30pm
Dr. Laurie “Lali” McCubbin, Associate Professor in counseling psychology, is an indigenous scholar (Native Hawaiian) at Washington State University. Her research interests and expertise include
resilience and adaptation among indigenous peoples and people of color, cultural identity development, and stress and coping processes among multiracial families. She is currently the Co-Director of the Northwest Pacific Center of Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Outreach and the Clearinghouse on Native Teaching & Learning. She is also the Executive Director of the Resilience and Well-Being Project at Washington State University.
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