Southeast and ELC Events: February 4 – 8

PCC Portland Metro Center

Wednesday, Feb. 6

The Elders: Film & Discussion

11am-12:30pm

Nelson Mandela created “The Elders," an independent group of global leaders who work together to improve communities and race relations. "The Elders" film is a 45-minute dialogue between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Following the film, Abdul Majidi will lead the audience in a discussion emphasizing reconciliation, accountability and healing.

PCC Southeast Campus

Monday, Feb. 4

Poetry Reading

11am-noon, Great Hall

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Conversation with Tuskegee Airman Benjamin Berry

11:00am-12:30pm, Great Hall

Benjamin Berry is an Aerospace Engineer and member of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military pilots in the United States armed forces. Mr. Berry will share his experiences of serving in this prestigious group.

Thursday, Feb. 7

The Elders: Film & Discussion

11am-12:30pm, MSH 200

Nelson Mandela created “The Elders," an independent group of global leaders who work together to improve communities and race relations. "The Elders" film is a 45-minute dialogue between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Following the film, Abdul Majidi will lead the audience in a discussion emphasizing reconciliation, accountability and healing.

The Illumination Project

12pm-1:40pm, Great Hall

The Illumination Project celebrates Black History Month by presenting interactive social justice theater, with a goal of creating a campus community that values people of all backgrounds. The plays will focus on racism and the challenges faced by people of color.

PCC Willow Creek Center

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Free Health Education & Screening

10am-3pm, Room 103/104

The public is welcome for this event that offers free screenings for blood pressure, hearing, glucose and cholesterol, provided by Tuality Healthcare and PCC Medical Assisting students. Local medical providers – including Providence Medical Group, Tuality Healthcare and Oregon Health Authority – will answer questions about healthcare resources in our area and health issues affecting the African American community. In addition, two lectures will be conducted. will be conducted:

  • 11:30am-12:15pm: Providence Medical Group
  • 12:30pm-1:15pm: Rachel Gilmer, Regional Equity Coalition Coordinator, Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion. In her position, Rachel works with culturally diverse community-based coalitions to support them in advancing community needs and health equity through policy and program development. She has been instrumental in advancing health equity policies related to doulas and community health workers, cultural competency training for health care providers, and improved race, ethnicity and language data collection processes.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Remembering the Past: Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

11:30am-1:30 pm, Room 103/104 

Have you ever wanted to ask someone what it was like to live during significant Black history events – how they were affected, what they saw, what they experienced? PCC staff, students, and community members will share their personal stories, and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions, share their own stories, and discuss the meaning of Black History Month.

Thursday, Feb. 7

Celebrate the Journey: Inspiring Personal Stories from Industry Professionals on their Voyages through Corporate America

5pm-7pm, Room 103/104 

Industry professionals will discuss the education and experiences that led them to their current positions and the challenges they faced and overcame. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Presented in coordination with the Oregon Employment Department, WorkSource Portland Metro Beaverton-Hillsboro and PCC.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Rhea Combs, Interim Director of Department of Equity and inclusion, Portland Community College
    Dr. Combs’ has exhibited a commitment to diversity and inclusion in her professional and personal endeavors, including her previous position as Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs at Reed College, and her consultancy through which she works with nonprofit and arts organizations in areas of organizational development, strategic planning, and diversity recruitment and retention. Dr. Combs’ teaching experience includes posts at Lewis & Clark College, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Emory University in Atlanta, and Chicago State University in Chicago. Dr. Combs received her PhD from Emory University, an MA from Cornell University, and her BA from Howard University.
  • Anthony Buckley, Division Administrator, Oregon Department of Energy
    Mr. Buckley directs all aspects of the Department’s financing programs and services used by the state and private companies to develop energy resources. These activities range from loans and bonds to tax incentive and grant programs. Prior to joining the department Mr. Buckley served as the Finance Officer for the Oregon Department of Transportation where he managed one of Oregon’s largest municipal bond programs. Mr. Buckley also has over 15 years of private sector experience in the fields of finance and marketing. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University and has attended George Fox University in pursuit of an MBA.
  • Florence Stephens, Vice President of Medical Underwriting, Standard Insurance
    Ms. Stephens was born 1951 to Emma and Floyd Tippie in Pinebluff, Arkansas. Her family moved to Southwest Portland in 1954. Mr. Juneaman, her fifth grade teacher, taught her that questions, responses and expectations frequently differ for students of color. She completed her education at PCC in 1974. Shortly after, Ms. Stephens was hired as an Evidence Clerk. She was later promoted to Evidence Processor, Chief Underwriter, Supervisor, Manager, Director, and now holds the title of Second Vice President.