Campus Dialogue on Race

October 31 – November 4, 2016

Free and Open to Public

Identity Urgency and the Body Politic


The Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University 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 October 31 – November 4, 2016.

The vision of Campus Dialogue on Race 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. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 480, Campus Dialogue on Race.

Potential workshop topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Race, Racism and Racial Justice
  • Voter Suppression
  • Reproductive justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Food sovereignty
  • Citizenship
  • Immigration justice
  • Queerness
  • Police state / community accountability
  • Prison industrial complex / restorative justice / transformative justice
  • Decolonization
  • Feminist vegetarian ethics of care
  • “The body is not an apology”
  • Fat / body positivity
  • Voter rights / radical democracy
  • Alternative media / independent media
  • Economic justice
  • Reparations
  • Less broken democracy
  • Accessibility / disability justice
  • Mental health
  • Neurodiversity
  • Body justice
  • Dog Whistling the National Anthem

Keynote Speaker

Ian Haney López

Ian F. Haney López

Keynote: "Anger and Politics: Exploring the Connections Between Race, Democracy, and Economic Inequality"

Thursday, Nov. 3
6 PM
Kate Buchanan Room (KBR)

Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, in this lecture Professor Ian Haney López explores the fundamental connection between the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party's increasing reliance on white voters, and the destabilization and decline of the middle class. Putting the use of race in the 2016 presidential campaign into a larger historical context, Haney López asks where we go from here.

One of the nation's leading thinkers on racism's evolution since the civil rights era, Ian Haney López holds an endowed chair as the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. Haney López is also a Senior Fellow at Demos and the director of the Racial Politics Project at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. The author or editor of five books, his most recent is Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class.

To learn more about Professor Ian Haney López, please visit:


American Genocide book cover

Featuring: Benjamin Madley

An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

Wednesday, November 2nd
Tolowa Genocide Lecture
Open to all • Native American Forum

The Question of Genocide in American History
Open to all • Native American Forum

Thursday, November 3rd
Book Talk and Q & A in the Library's Authors Hall


HSU Campus Dialogue on Race (CDOR) started in 1998, spurred by President Bill Clinton’s Initiative on Race. He recognized that America was increasingly becoming a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religious society, making it imperative to identify common values and advance together across our differences. He challenged universities and communities across the nation to begin a very difficult dialogue about race. University campuses hosted town hall meetings, programs, speaker series, and workshops to facilitate the long road toward awareness and progress around complex issues of race.

HSU responded to the call and held its first dialogue on race in 1998 on the first floor of the J, with approximately 80 people in attendance. Over the years, HSU has been committed to creating safe spaces for this important dialogue. CDOR provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to participate in a week or more of workshops, keynote speakers, poster sessions, panel discussions, and dialogues exploring the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression.


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Monday, October 31

Time Event Location
11am – 1:30 pm

Film Screening:
“Slavery by Another Name”

Join us for a screening of a featured film that documents mass incarceration and the 13th Amendment. There will be a facilitated discussion after the film. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Goodwin Forum
1:00pm – 5pm

Exercise Your Right: Elections 2016

Come view “Why I Vote” posters, and learn about where and how to vote, what will be on the ballot, and why it matters. Posters will be displayed through the week.

UC South Lounge
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Green Thumb, Brown Skin

Green Thumb, Brown skin will highlight women and people of color as agents of change, and leaders, within the agricultural sector. A free tasting of locally grown produce from Humboldt County women and minority farmers will be provided.

Presenter: Caterina Kein - Fresh Roots Humboldt

Nelson Hall East 106
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Asian American Studies 101: Representation in Mass Media

An introduction to Asian American Studies with a focus on Asian American representation, identity, history, and issues significant to their communities. We will analyze how Asian Americans are depicted in mass media and films.

Presentesr: ADPIC (Asian Desi Pacific Islander Collective) - Pio Choong Kim, Michael Martin, Cindy Fong, Ben Yang, Nikki Xiong

Library Fishbowl (Room 209)
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Tongues Untied: Realizing Black Queer Identity

Join us for a screening of Marlon Riggs's groundbreaking semi-documentary Tongues Untied. The film, released in 1989, explores and explodes silences about black and queer identity. Following the screening, participate in a discussion about the film and the racial and sexual identities resounding through it.

Presenters: Malcolm Chanaiwa, Lamont Douglas Jr.

Kate Buchanan Room

Tuesday, Nov. 1

Time Event Location
11am – 12:30pm

Exploring the Asian American Student Experience at Predominately White Institutions (PWI)

Participants will explore Jean Kim’s Asian American Racial Identity Development (AARID) model (2001). Participants will than reflect on their own racial identity development and create steps to create a more inclusive campus for all students.

Presenter: Roger Wang

Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Repacking the Knapsack

This workshop will help students unpack the knapsack of white privilege. White shame can paralyze many from moving forward but this is clearly not an option for working towards social justice. This workshop will focus on recognizing privilege and addressing effective ways to use privileges. Some tools to be built will stem from our focus on language when we talk about race while exploring new avenues of conversation. Through this process, we will critically consider a repacking of the knapsack towards equity and inclusion with group participation to create such a framework.

Presenters: Hannah Zivolich, Arthur Andrew, Jack Davis

Library Fishbowl (Room 209)
3:00pm – 4:30pm

Brown Visibility: How Racial Supercategories Impede Efforts to Measure Anti-Latin@ Racism

The Hispanic category is an umbrella category that includes a highly diverse collection of people from different countries and with different physical characteristics. Using Hispanic as a supercategory results in the obfuscation of discrimination and prejudice based on phenotype.

Presenter: Dr. John Johnson

Library Fishbowl (Room 209)
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Queer & Trans* People of Color Dialogue

This will be a dialogue based around being a Queer and/or Trans* Person of Color in Humboldt County and what the experience has been. We would also like to brainstorm moving forward as a community while taking care of our needs. (This is a space for those who identify as Queer/Trans* People of Color)

Presenters: Marí Lopez, and Mike Kirakosyan

Library 114
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Student-Produced Documentary Presentation: Students Promoting Institutional Equity

The workshop will present a 33 minutes documentary produced and directed by HSU Student Alicia Flores. It discusses the inequity and disproportionality experience by HSU students in their education at this institution. A discussion will be facilitated after the film.

Presenters: Cesar Abarca, Marisol Ruiz

Library Fishbowl (Room 209)
6:00 – 8:00pm

Understanding Islam: A Community Conversation

The Humboldt State University Religious Studies Department will host a panel discussion and community conversation. Three panelists will speak: Professor Emeritus William Herbrechtsmeier of the Religious Studies Department, Professor Leena Dallasheh of the History Department, and Professor Emeritus Saeed Mortazavi of the HSU School of Business. There will be a question and answer session following the panelist presentations.

Presenter: Sara Jaye Hart

Kate Buchanan Room
7:00 – 8:30pm

Have you eaten? Food is Who You Are

Food is part of homesickness: we will share and discuss how to survive being away from home. We invite each participant to bring one small example—a story, object, or recipe or ingredients to a dish—and relate how it has helped them survive coming to and staying at Humboldt State. We will discuss the individual's role in creating Humboldt County's version of Home.

Presenter: Daryl Ngee Chinn

Nelson Hall East 106

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Time Event Location
11am - 12:30pm


Benjamin Madley, Associate Professor of History at UCLA and author of An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe will hold a lecture about the Tolowa Genocide.

Native Forum (BSS 162)
1:00 pm - 2:30pm

Affirmative Action Amnesia

In this workshop we will wake up from the historical amnesia on Affirmative Action. We will learn about who Affirmative Action has helped and who it has yet to help. We will learn about the damaging discourse Affirmative Action has been framed around and which groups continue to be depicted as "needing handouts". Finally, we will analyze Prop 209 and its historical consequences.

Presenter: Dr. Marisol Ruiz

Library Fish Bowl (Room 209)

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Delete Racial Microaggressions from the Academy

Racial Microaggressions are subtle unintentional racial aggressions people of color experience sometimes on a daily bases. Many times the people committing the act of microaggression do not realize it. In this workshop we hope to unveil racial microaggressions n the curriculum, daily peer to peer interaction, and pedagogy so we can detect and delete them from campus. Students will share their testimonials to exemplify how racial microaggressions are displayed in the classroom. Many times students have attempted to address these microagression but fail to achieve a positive outcome. In this workshop we will give people the tools to positively address the raiclal microaggressions they face.

Presenter: Dr. Marisol Ruiz

Library Fishbowl (Room 209)
5:00pm – 7pm


Join Benjamin Madley as he shares his lecture The Question of Genocide in American History

Native American Forum (BSS 162)
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Examining the Work of Dr. Joy DeGruy

A discussion following a lecture on film by Dr. Joy DeGruy where she takes us on a journey through history. Dr. DeGruy will use laymen's terms, humor, and fact to paint a picture of the seemingly enduring psychosis that's plagued the black community since the era of chattel slavery. Why can't we get over it? Why are we the way that we are? Can we hope to heal? Come find out!

Presenter: Chryste L. Johnson, MSW

Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East 102)

Thursday, Nov. 3

Time Event Location
11:00am – 1:00 pm


Benjamin Madley will be discussing his book An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, and engaging in a Question & Answer session.

HSU Library, 2nd Floor, Authors Hall
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book Talk
Q&A with Author Arisa White

Arisa White will be doing a Question and Answer session on her book, YOU'RE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING THAT HAPPENED, that has recently been published and talk about the content of it.

Presenter: Arisa White

Library Fish Bowl (Room 209)
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Writing Workshop with Author Arisa White

Author Arisa White will host a writing workshop focusing on poetry as well as other forms of writing.

Scholars Lab, 3rd Floor Library
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Keynote with Ian F. Haney López
Anger and Politics: Exploring the Connections between Race, Democracy, and Economic Inequality

Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, in this lecture Professor Ian Haney López explores the fundamental connection between the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters, and the destabilization and decline of the middle class. Putting the use of race in the 2016 presidential campaign into a larger historical context, Haney López asks where we go from here.

Presenter: Ian F. Haney López

Kate Buchanan Room

Friday, Nov. 4

Time Event Location
11:00am – 12:30pm

Methods and Resources for White Folks to Self-Educate

This workshop will present and discuss various online and textual resources that white folks can use to educate themselves about issues of race, racism, and racial equity. We will also discuss ways in which white folks can be more aware of their own privilege on a daily basis, so that our efforts to stand in solidarity can help rather than hinder.

Presenter: Ariel Fishkin

Library Fish Bowl (Room 209)
1:00pm – 2:30pm

Hispanic Serving Institutions: How to Best Serve our Latina/o Students

This workshop will explain the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status, why it is important, and how to best serve your Latina/o population of students in the classroom.

Presenter: Wendy Brown

Library Fish Bowl (Room 209)
3pm – 4:30pm

Sisters of the Yam

The presentation discusses self-care, self-recovery, and self-esteem for people of color in general, and Black women specifically.

Presenter: Dr. Ramona j.j. Bell

Library Fish Bowl (Room 209)
5:00pm – 6:30pm

The Voices that have been Dismissed among the Environmental Discourse

This workshop will address how the personal narratives of campesin@s, farm workers, is often dismissed by political entities, societal structures, and environmental discourse. Focusing on mainstream environmentalism and how it has strategically left out the campesin@s and their community by altering their identity. It will explore the historical and the current exploitation that campesin@s face due to their legal status and race, while looking into the relationship that campesin@s have with the land they work.

Presenter: Natalia M. Cardoso

Library Fish Bowl (Room 209)

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