Yakima Valley College 2018-2019 Diversity Series

Yakima, WA – YVC’s 2018-2019 Diversity Series continues this spring, celebrating, as it has all year, on the theme of women. All events are free and open to the public. Please see the complete list of upcoming events below.

Woman in period clothing with Hear My Voice in text

Living Voices – Hear My Voice

Thursday, April 11, 2019 • 11:30am-12:30pm • Deccio Higher Education Center, Building #8, Parker Room.

YVC’s Diversity Series presents Living Voices – Hear My Voice. Combining a live performer with archival film footage, this event brings the Suffrage movement to life in a dynamic one-woman performance. Living Voices turns history into a moving, personal journey.

About: Jessie is the daughter of a political columnist from Tennessee, growing up in Washington, DC during the early 1900s with dreams of being as important to her father as her younger brother is. When her Great-Aunt Charlotte, a longtime suffragist, comes to Washington, she introduces Jessie to the movement. Jessie begins to learn about the history of the women who started the movement, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the new generation who have continued the fight, like Alice Paul and Lucy Burns–and those who oppose it, including her own parents. Despite their objections, Jessie soon becomes deeply involved in the suffrage movement, comparing their fight for democracy to the one her brother Will stands for when he goes overseas as a soldier in World War I. As tragedy strikes both at home and abroad and the battle for the vote continues to escalate, everyone in Jessie’s family must face their own decisions about what they believe is right and the actions they are willing to take on this pivotal issue.

Farmworker Woman

Living Voices – La Causa

Thursday, April 18, 2019 • 9:30-10:30am • Deccio Higher Education Center, Building #8, Parker Room

YVC’s Diversity Series presents Living Voices – La Causa. Combining a live performer with archival film footage this event brings a farm workers’ inspirational story to campus and offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

About: In the late 1960’s a man named Cesar Chavez changed the lives of Latin American farm workers, fought for civil rights, battled racism and indecent working conditions. Experience this chapter of American history as one young woman balances the demands of her family and culture and fights to see her people free of poverty.

Film Poster with a reflection of a women in a broken mirror

Documentary Showing: Wresting Ghosts

Tuesday May 21, 2019 • 6:00-8:00pm • Deccio Higher Education Center, Building #8, Parker Room
YVC’s Diversity Series presents a film showing of Ana Joanes documentary Wrestling Ghosts.

About: Wrestling Ghosts is a raw and heart-opening documentary about parenting, childhood trauma, and healing. The story follows the epic inner journey of Kim a young mother, who, over two heart-breaking and inspiring years, battles the traumas from her past in order to create a new present and future for her and her family. In this intimate portrait, Kim shares deeply personal moments that most of us keep secret with shame, and invites us into her counseling sessions. With her counselor’s help, Kim opens up to new ways of thinking and uncovers what has blocked her from experiencing the joy and connection she most desires. She learns about the impact of childhood trauma on her brain, and how, tragically, this very damage causes the trauma to be passed on to her own children. Armed with knowledge and compassion, she pursues new strategies to heal herself.

For more information contact Vicente Lopez at vlopez@yvcc.edu.

Press Release Contacts:

Jay Frank / 509.574.6870 / jfrank@yvcc.edu
Stefanie Menard / 509.574.4646 / smenard@yvcc.edu