Campus Dialogue on Race

November 3 – 7, 2014

Join the Campus Dialogue on Race Planning Committee

Meetings held every Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Library Fish Bowl (Lib. Room 209)

Leah Mahan

Leah MahanKeynote Speaker

Monday, Nov. 3
6 – 8pm
Founders Hall 118

Award-winning film maker Leah Mahan will discuss her exploration of the intersections between race and environment in the making of the documentary Come Hell or High Water and the development of Bridge The Gulf, a community journalism project driven by mediamakers and advocates working to create a more healthy, just and resilient Gulf Coast. She produced/directed Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek (2013) and Sweet Old Song (2002); co-produced Gaining Ground (2013); and co-produced/directed Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street (1996). Leah Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She is a Film Envoy for the American Film Showcase and has been a fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab.

Media Kit

For more information contact
Kumi Watanabe-Schock

Want to present a workshop? Submit a 2014 CDOR Workshop Proposal. Deadline is October 6th, 5pm.

The Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at HSU that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year’s Dialogue will run from November 3 – 7.

The vision of CDOR is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The program’s mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression.

This year’s theme is “HSU’s 101st Year: What Now? Continuing our Conversations on Race.”

This theme encompasses (but not limited to) the following:

Event Schedule

Library Large Display Case: 10/28 (Tue) – 11/10 (Mon)
Dear White People (opening at Broadway Theater or Minor) to be confirmed still
Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Film Series 11/4 (Tue) – 11/7 (Fri)

Room Abbreviations: GF – Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102); NHE – Nelson Hall East, GH – Gist Hall; FH – Founders Hall; SH – Siemens Hall

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Time Event Location
5 – 7pm

“Trans: The Movie and Discussion”

This is a two-part, two day presentation. A showing of Trans The Movie that features the life experience of a local young woman, followed by a discussion about the impact that transpersonhood has on all stages in life.
Presenter: Lori Cortez-Regan, Sociology

SH 109

Thursday, Oct. 30

Time Event Location
5 – 7pm

“Trans: A Panel Discussion with Local Trans Individuals”

Trans issues are often ignored by the public at large or lumped into the greater LGBTQ issues, which actually vary drastically. Trans individuals experience a high degree of discrimination on a daily basis but rarely have the opportunity to address and educate the community on how this impacts their existence. Recently however, trans presence has become more visible and new laws are currently being enacted to afford them the human rights they deserve.
Presenter: Lori Cortez-Regan, Sociology

SH 109

Monday, Nov. 3

Time Event Location
11am – 12:30pm

Pre]dispositions: Continuing a Legacy of Intersectional Queer Bodies of Work

Tim’m West, author of Red Dirt Revival and Flirting and celebrated Renaissance man returns to HSU to offer an exclusive preview of his forthcoming collection “pre]dispositions” (Red Dirt Publishing, 2015). Tim’m will talk about the collection in the context of forging and intersectional space for queer black men’s writing through his Red Dirt Publishing imprint. In this session, he’ll discuss what goes into pulling together a collection of multi-genre work and how non-linear, thematic-based memoir is actually the continuation of a litany of writers he continues to be inspired by, including but not limited to Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, Essex Hemphill, Cherrie Moraga, and other queer people of color. How do the erotic and political interface? What could it mean to create space to celebrate new masculinities in the face of demonized black male stereotypes? How do we own and wrestle with our pre]dispositions: the –isms and privilege we must own, in order to divest it?
Presenter: Tim’m West, poet, scholar, teacher and hip hop artist

2 – 3:30pm

The State of Education in LGBTQ America: Advancing Educational Equity for LGBTQ Kids

Inspired by the legacy of his late mentor Eric Rofes, activist and educator Tim’m West has sought to continue his social justice work advancing safe and brave classrooms for low-income LGBTQ students. Though an educator through different means, Tim’m was inspired by Teach For America’s insistence that an equal and excellent education means that schools and communities embrace and support ALL of our students, and he joined their staff as Managing Director of their LGBTQ Initiative. Conversations about addressing race and class must shift to embrace intersectional approaches given that poor LGBTQ youth of color face higher rates of truancy, dropouts, bullying, homelessness and suicide, and are overrepresented in both the foster care and criminal justice systems. In Addition, educational equity needs to move to the forefront of LGBTQ advocacy, where Marriage Equality has almost singularly defined the movement in recent years. In part due to his leadership (and many in the organization before him), Teach For America is working to close the opportunity gap for LGBTQ students through advancing a prism of intersectional thinking about educational equity.
Presenter: Tim’m West, Managing Director of Teach for America’s LGBTQ Initiative

6 – 8pm

Screening of Come Hell or High Water: Battle for Turkey Creek followed by Q & A

Leah Mahan will discuss her exploration of the intersections between race and environment in the making of the documentary Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek and the development of Bridge the Gulf, a community journalism project driven by mediamakers and advocates working to create a more healthy, just and resilient Gulf Coast. Mahan is an independent documentary filmmaker whose work has been nominated by the Directors Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. She is a Film Envoy for the American Film Showcase and has been a fellow at the Sundance Institute Documentary Editing and Story Lab. Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.
Presenter: Leah Mahan, Filmmaker


Tuesday, Nov. 4

Time Event Location
5 – 7pm

Film Screening & Discussion: The Loving Story (Created Equal Film Series © 2011, 77min)

Mildred and Richard Loving knew it was technically illegal for them to live as a married couple in Virginia because she was of African American and native American descent and he was white. But they never expected to be woken up in their bedroom and arrested one night in 1958. The documentary brings to life the Lovings’ marriage and the legal battle that followed through little-known filmed interviews and photographs shot for Life magazine.
Presenter: Christina Accomando, Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies (CRGS)

7 – 9pm

Workshop: What! Hispanic Serving Institutions Educating La Chicanada/Latinidad?

There are 356 HSIs, meaning eleven percent of all higher education institutions in the U.S. are designated HSIs. However, these few institutions designated HSIs are in charge of educating fifty-four percent of the Chican@/Latin@ college population. Today Humboldt State becomes part of the HSI label and therefore it will take part of the responsibility of educating the future Chican@/Latin@ population. In this workshop we will explore what this means for HSU and discuss the experience of Chican@/Latin@ students at HSU. In the end we hope to answer: How do we create a change out of pain?
Presenter: Marisol Ruiz, Education


Wednesday, Nov. 5

Time Event Location
10am – Noon

2014 Four Directions Intergenerational Dialogue: A Case Study

Four Direction Intergenerational Dialogue was an event hosted by Los Jardines Insittut (LJI, The Garden Institute) during the summer 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This workshop will present LJI's model of Intergenerational Organizing and discuss some of the activities and themes that where discussed during the gathering. It will also present skills, knowledge, and strategies needed to develop spaces and opportunities where individuals of many age groups come together to build community.
Presenter: Cesar Abarca, Social Work

5 – 7pm

Workshop: 2014 Four Directions Intergenerational Dialogue: A Case Study

It was a shocking reality that often went unacknowledged, then and now: a huge system of forced, unpaid labor, mostly affecting Southern black men, that lasted until World War II. Based on the Pulitzer Prize wiining bok by Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name tells the stories of men, charged with crimes like vagrancy, and often guilty of nothing, who were bought and sold, abused, and subjected to sometimes deadly working conditions as unpaid convict labor.
Presenter: Ramona Bell, Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (CRGS)

5:30pm and 7pm

Interactive Event: Tunnel of Oppression

Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive event that highlights contemporary issues of oppression. It is designed to introduce participants to the concepts of oppression, privilege and power. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about issues of oppression. Utilizing strategies from Theatre of the Oppressed, participants are given free agency and opportunity to intervene in scenes and address oppression when it is happening. After each scene, the group engages in dialogue about the issues presented in the scene and strategies which they can utilize in real life situations to disrupt oppression.
Presenters: HSU Residence Life, University Housing and Dining Services

The J
7pm – 9:30pm

Workshop: Wake Up! Social Issues and Commentary in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing

The film includes racial tensions and depictions of police brutality and gentrification. Twenty-five years after its release, a discussion can be had about the film's longevity and relevance to contemporary events both nationally (police slayings, gentrification) and locally (poc representation). Participants can interrogate the extent to which the film offers strategies for change and complex depictions of violence.
Presenter: Malcolm Chanaiwa


Thursday, Nov. 6

Time Event Location
10 – 11:30am

Workshop: What Does the Data Tell Us? Interpreting and Understanding the 2014 Cultivating Diversity Report

Each year, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion publishes a report that uses quantitative and qualitative data to explore issues of diversity and inclusion at HSU. Join us for a conversation about the report: we’ll talk about how the document has evolved through the years, discuss the role it plays in conversations on campus, and answer your questions about the information it contains. Bring your questions!
Presenter: Melissa Meiris & Radha Webley, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

5 – 7pm

Workshop: Inequality for All Screening and Discussion

We will be viewing Inequality for All, a documentary that focuses on the income disparity and the economic wage gap that ravages the United States, followed promptly by a facilitated discussion. This discussion will provide not only awareness about this problem in our country but how it effects us all, students, faculty, adults, etc. There will be a heavy focus on generating conversation of the intersectionality between class and other forms of systematic oppression, including race.
Presenters: Graciela Rubi Chipres, Rocio Avila, & Lino Sanchez

5 – 7pm

Film Screening & Discussion: The Abolitionists Part 1 (Created Equal Film Series)

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this film puts a face on the anti-slavery movement – or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimke, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. Excerpts will be screened.Film runs 180min.
Presenter: Gayle Olson-Raymer, History

6 – 7:30pm

Album Listening Party & Discussion: What’s Going On Now?

The album addresses themes of poverty, racism, police brutality, and environmental issues. That it does so through the medium of music is an opportunity for rich discussion and reflection. The album relates well to many of the topics pertinent to this year's DOR. That the album was released in 1971 makes it relevant to the question "What Now?" and the mission of continuing a discussion. The album itself is urban in sound and setting, which is important to many in the HSU community who are coming from more urban areas.
Presenter: Malcolm Chanaiwa

NHE 113

Friday, Nov. 7

Time Event Location
11am -1pm

Workshop: Queer Woman of Color: An Intersectional Feminist Perspective on Social Position and Avenues of Oppression

We plan to educate and raise awareness about issues of femininity and sexuality to the students of Humboldt State. We will execute this by referencing articles written by feminist women of color and showing clips of a homocentric film that stress the realities of this social location in society and what types of oppression that are experienced as a result.
Presenters: Alexia Siebhur- Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Educator & Jamaeca Dedrick- Anti-Racist Educator

1 – 2pm

Workshop: Under Attack! Violence Against Gender Non-Conforming Communities of Color

Learn about gender non-conforming and trans* identities as well as appropriate pronouns and language that surrounds these communities. Various clips will be shown and we will have open dialogue about the marginalization and discrimination experienced by trans* and gender non-conforming peoples.
Presenters: Lizbeth Olmedo & Brenda Hernandez - members of Double Dare Ya (D.D.Y)

5 – 8pm

Film Screening and Discussion: The Freedom Riders (Created Equal Film Series)

Attracting a diverse group of volunteers – black and white, young and old, male and female, secular and religious, northern and southern – the Freedom Rides of 1961 took the civil rights struggle out of the courtroom and onto the streets of the Jim Crow South. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. The film includes previously unseen amateur 8mm footage of the burning bus on which some Freedom Riders were temporarily trapped, taken by a local 12 year old and held as evidence since 1961 by the FBI.
Presenter: Maral Attallah, Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

6 – 8pm

Workshop: It’s Not Real: But It Still Kills!

Racism is not a thing of the past, it is embedded within the minds of individuals. This shows up in our society as stereotypes and assumptions about race. Prejudice leads to the distribution of misinformation, which can cause deaths, These stereotypes were built and therefore can be broken down. In this workshop we hope to elaborate on the chances we have as individuals to make a change. We need to make visible the effects of racism and prejudice, and how these things have affected our society as individuals. This film tells the true story of an African American man who became the victim of racial profiling and stereotypes, which caused him his death.
Presenters: Eva Vega & Karen Meza