Sylvania Events: February 11 – 15

All Week Long

Sylvania Campus Food Services Presents: African American Food Culture

Our cafeteria will serve menu items as rich, exciting, and diverse as the culture.

Explore the week's menu.

Monday, Feb. 11

Lift Every Voice: A Report on Black LGBTQ Oregonians – Lecture & Discussion

11am-1pm, CC Oak/Fir/Elm Rooms

Since the launch of the State of Black Oregon Report in 2009, the Urban League of Portland has used data, testimonials, and experiences of Oregon’s Black / African American Communities to call on policy-makers and other individuals to take specific measures to eliminate racial disparities advocate for policy. Released in October 2012, Lift Every Voice is a new report providing the first comprehensive glimpse into the lives and concerns of black Oregonians who are also lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). Produced through a partnership between the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) Portland Black Chapter and the Urban League of Portland, the study is available online.

Tuesday, Feb. 12

Why Aren't There More Black People In Oregon?: A Hidden History

1pm-3pm, Upper CC Mall

Have you ever wondered why the Black population in Oregon is so small? Oregon has a history not only of Black exclusion and discrimination, but also of a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state—a history that is not taught in schools. Portland State University Adjunct Professor Walidah Imarisha will lead participants through an interactive timeline of Black history in Oregon and will also discuss how history, politics, and culture have shaped—and will continue to shape—the landscape for Black Oregonians. FREE FOOD served for students (have G number ready).

Wednesday, Feb. 13

Liberation Based Healing as a Tool for Social Change

Speaker: Dr. Andraé L Brown, Associate Professor at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

11am-1pm, CC Oak/Fir/Elm Rooms

Dr. Brown will define the Liberation Based Healing model as a framework, discuss how it can be used as a tool for social change and provide local examples of what this work looks like.

Recently, Dr. Brown has worked in collaboration with Pastor Cliff Chappell of the St. Johns All Nations Church of God in Christ around domestic violence (DV) prevention as a response to the string of murder-suicides that occurred in Oregon from November 2009–January 2010. The total within those three months exceeded the average annual count of 18 DV-related deaths reported by the Department of Human Services. Their work to promote violence-free living by engaging communities of faith—with a focus on men, boys, and faith healers—is a culturally relevant prevention effort that addresses the intersections of oppression experienced by communities of color.

The Illumination Project

1pm-2:40pm, Performing Arts Center Lobby

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.

Thursday, Feb. 14

The Illumination Project

9am-10:40am, Performing Arts Center Lobby

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.