Diversity Series

What is the Diversity Series?

The series benefits the college and the greater community by extending the concept of education beyond the classroom.

Since 2005 Yakima Valley College has partnered with several local area organizations to host events and lectures through the annual Diversity Series. The events provide YVC the opportunity to bring diverse perspectives to everyday topics and push the boundaries of the term beyond race, gender, social class, and sexuality.

Theme for 2021-2022: “celebrando nuestra gente y cultura” Celebrating our people and culture.

Knatokie Ford

Date: January 24, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker; Dr. Knatokie Ford, Founder, and CEO of Fly Sci® Enterprise

Join Dr. Knatokie Ford, Founder, and CEO of Fly Sci® Enterprise a virtual conversation featuring biomedical scientist and creative science communicator Knatokie Ford. The free event will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022, at 4 p.m. PST. A Q&A will follow the lecture. Register for the event online.

Ford’s talk, will focus on the innovative use of entertainment media to promote social change, particularly as it pertains to public perception and participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. Ford is the founder and CEO of Fly Sci® Enterprise, an education and media consulting organization focused on leveraging the power of storytelling to promote social change, particularly in STEM fields. An international advocate for STEM inclusion, Ford works with a number of leading organizations, including YouTube, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and the Association of National Advertisers where she serves as the STEM and entertainment engagement advisor for the #SeeHer initiative For more information contact Counselor Vicente Lopez at vlopez@yvcc.edu.

Race, Power, & Privilege E-Course

SpeakOut’s new e-course, “Race, Power, and Privilege,” offers a creative and relevant introductory curriculum that provides students with the fundamentals of how interpersonal and systemic racism function, and how we might begin to imagine a safe and equitable world for all.

The modules:

  • unpack prejudice, discrimination, and oppression
  • cover key definitions essential to anti-racism education
  • offer activities to assess and evaluate one’s own identity and responsibility
  • outline steps to practice solidarity

A powerfully-packaged experience essential for every student, SpeakOut’s “Race, Power, and Privilege” e-course will help all students tap into their radical imagination, and grow and thrive in a diverse campus setting.

Register today for free!

  1. Click the registration link.
  2. Create an account (username and password).
  3. Complete the “purchase” and click “EnrollNow” (note: under “purchase,” it will say $0 due).
  4. They will receive an email with instructions and will then have access to the e-course

Additional events will be hosted throughout the academic year. For more information: visit 509.574.6800 ext. 4965/ diversityseries@yvcc.edu