The annual Race Awareness Week at Southern Oregon University continues Monday, Nov. 6, with a discussion led by author Dayna Bowen Matthew on "Lessons from Charlottesville and Flint." All Race Awareness Week events are free and open to the public.
Matthew, who is a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, is known as a leader in public health who focuses on racial disparities in health care. She is the author of the book "Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care."
The public can join the author for an open and honest dialogue about race and health care in America from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Stevenson Union Rogue River Room. A reception will follow.
On Tuesday, "Sister to Sister" takes place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Union Diversions Room on the first floor. It will be an “At the Table Conversation” for women of color about their existence in SOU institution, in the Rogue Valley, and as part of the greater society. This is a glimpse into their realities in an unscripted and uncensored conversation.
Also on Tuesday, a "Healing Justice Film" will be shown from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Stevenson Union Rogue River Room.
Designed for dialogue, the film addresses the youth-to-prison pipeline, need for comprehensive criminal justice reform, and highlights various healing methodologies. Supporting a national dialogue that investigates and considers alternatives to our current punitive model of justice, it asks viewers to consider how history, systemic racism, implicit bias, economics and culture negate the lives and promise of young people, their families and communities.
The Matika Wilbur Lecture will be delivered from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Stevenson Union Rogue River Room. Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) is one of the nation’s leading photographers. With a BFA from Brooks Institute of Photography, her most recent endeavor, Project 562, has taken her to 300-plus tribal nations in 40 states. She’s taken thousands of portraits, and collected hundreds of contemporary narratives in the pursuit of one goal: To change the way we see Native America.
Thursday brings "Brother to Brother" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the SOU Stevenson Union Diversions Room on the first floor. It's intended as an “At the Table Conversation” for men of color to have about their existence at SOU, in the Rogue Valley, and as part of the greater society. This is a glimpse into their realities in an unscripted and uncensored conversation.
Also on Thursday will be a campus-wide potluck with Brent Florendo, the SOU Native Nations Liaison. This potluck, presented by Native American Student Union and SOU’s Multicultural Resource Center, includes family-centric traditional storytelling.
It's set for 6 to 8 p.m. in the Stevenson Union Rogue River Room.
Contact Marvin Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to tinyurl.com/raw2017pl to sign up for the potluck.
For more information on Race Awareness Week, call 541-552-8791 or email email@example.com. The week is organized by SOU’s Multicultural Resource Center.
The week's events kicked off Saturday, Nov. 4, with an "Equity Primer Through Campus Compact" intended to ground participants in the history of race and higher education in the U.S. and Oregon.