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.

BRING THE NOISE: 2019-2020 Theme

Working for Justice, Equity and Civic Agency in Our Schools: A Conversation with Clint Smith

YVC’s Diversity Series is hosting a webinar on Friday, June 12 at 1:00 pm titled, “Working for Justice, Equity and Civic Agency in Our Schools.” Issues of equity and education have long existed in our country and continue to manifest today. How can writing and the power of one’s voice help us respond to these disparities? Listen to writer and educator, Dr. Clint Smith, where we hear his poetry and reflections on working for justice, equity, and civic agency in our schools.

Following the webinar YVC Counselors will engage participants in a guided discussion. In addition local leaders are invited to participate in this important discussion including Mr. Steve Mitchell, Director of OIC and Mr. Eric Silvers, State Farm Insurance Agent and local Rotarian. Mitchell is a prominent leader in Yakima’s African American community, and has history in Yakima, as an educator and social services administrator. He will share his unique perspective of growing up African American in the Yakima Valley. Silvers is also a prominent leader in Yakima’s business and African American.

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Black History 101 Mobile Museum’s 5th Element Hip Hop Exhibit

Date(s) Time Event Location
Jan. 15 10-5 Black History 101 Mobile Museum – Presentation @ 11:30 Yakima, HUB, Building #9
Jan. 16  10-5 Black History 101 Mobile Museum – Presentation @ 11:30 Grandview, Activity Center, Building #52

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

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Students of Color Conference 

30th Annual Students of Color Conference sponsored by the Multicultural Student Services Directors Council (MSSDC).

Canceled due to COVID19, announcements about SOCC 2021 will be posted here as soon as they are available.

To learn more contact YVC Counselor Elizabeth DeVilleneuve at 509.574.4978, edevilleneuve@yvcc.edu.

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