Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Bridging Identities, Stories & Communities

About cultureSEast

PCC Southeast Campus hosts a three-day signature series of performances, lectures, panels and presentations entitled cultureSEast. We invite PCC and the greater community to shape our campus experience by engaging the diverse cultures, identities and stories that comprise Southeast Portland – beyond what people might see on the surface.

All events are open to the public and led by students, faculty and staff, as well as community partners to provide storytelling, panel discussions, public art, readings, live performances, food carts, patronage for local business, shared traditions and a video story booth.

Schedule of events

Monday, May 16

11am-2pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
CultureSEast Preview: Games from Around the World
Vietnamese Club hosts games and performances!

Tuesday, May 17

10am–12 noon
Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 109
Kuma Hina: A Place In The Middle
See this powerful documentary told through the lens of an Native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender woman, and honored and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.
11am–12 noon
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Midday Music and Performances
Enjoy an opportunity to treat yourself to diverse and talented musical and performance artists from PCC and the greater Portland Community. Tuesday’s performers: Goji, Darka Dustry and Borscht Beatnik, and Kenny Chen and Shao Chen.
12-4pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Visit the "Southeast Stories" Video Booth
This year's theme is "Personal Narratives of IN-visibility". The Southeast Community has many interesting and important stories to share. Share yours!
12–1:30pm
Community Hall
Opening Ceremony Luncheon
Celebrate the commencement of cultureSEast! Remarks from PCC Southeast President Jessica Howard, Equity and Inclusion Director, Kim Baker-Flowers, ASPCC President Blake Dressel, drumming performance and traditional storytelling with Ed and Se-ah-dom Edmo. Lunch Provided!
2:30–4:30pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 148
Overcoming IN-visibility Part 1
Discover and experience diversity, equity and inclusion at PCC Southeast through story sharing and theater.
4:30pm-6pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 109
Queer Resource Center Open House
Check out the new and growing Queer Resource Center at PCC Southeast. Learn about services, ways to engage, and how to support queer and trans students at Southeast. Refreshments and fun included!
6:30–8pm
Student Commons, 1st floor
Southeast Campus Portrait Project Reception
View the art exhibit and join students who created photo images to illustrate the great diversity of the Southeast Campus.

Wednesday, May 18

10am–12 noon
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Midday Music and Performances
Enjoy an opportunity to treat yourself to diverse and talented musical and performance artists from PCC and the greater Portland Community. Wednesday’s performers: Passionfruit, z’Bumba, and Vietnamese Club.
12-4pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Visit the "Southeast Stories" Video Booth
This year's theme is "Personal Narratives of IN-visibility". The Southeast Community has many interesting and important stories to share. Share yours!
11am–2pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall and Quad
Community Market Day
PCC invites Community Based Organizations and local businesses in the Jade District to connect students and community members to local resources and services. Attendees receive $3 tickets toward lunch at our featured food carts and PCC CrossRoads Cafe, starting at 11am.
4–6pm
Library, 2nd Floor
Asian American Writers Series
Hear author Jane Wong give select readings and discuss in the context of creating and preserving story through creative expression.

Thursday, May 19

10am-1pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Visit the "Southeast Stories" Video Booth
This year's theme is "Personal Narratives of IN-visibility". The Southeast Community has many interesting and important stories to share. Share yours!
11am-12 noon
STEM Center, Student Commons Room 231
Diversity in STEAM Keynote Lecture
Explore your potential in Science, Technology, Engineering, Applied Arts and Math careers with Dr. Karen Conradi who will discuss her journey into Veterinary Medicine. Refreshments provided!
12-1:30pm
Community Hall
Celebration and Solidarity: Career Exploration Alumni Panel
Learn from successful PCC alumni, how they made the transition from college to career. Hosted by Career Explorations Center and the Southeast Student Culture Coalition. Lunch and professional portfolios provided to all attendees!
2–4pm
Library, 2nd Floor
My Body is a Book of Rules: Reading and Discussion
Hear author Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a writer of personal essays and memoir, give select readings from her memoir and discuss story in the context of trauma and healing.
2:30–4:30pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 148
Overcoming IN-visibility Part 2
Discover and experience diversity, equity and inclusion at PCC Southeast through story sharing and theater.
4:30–6:30pm
Community Hall
Closing Ceremony Reception
Celebrate the completion of cultureSEast! Keynote remarks from Simon Tam, Asian American musician, author and activist. Preview stories captured at the "Southeast Stories" video booth and percussion performance by en Taiko. Refreshments provided!

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