Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Bridging Identities, Stories & Communities

About cultureSEast

PCC Southeast Campus hosts a four-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 18

10:30am-2:30pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Visit the “SE Stories” Video Booth | The SE Community has stories to share. Share yours!
11am–12 noon
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
SE Art Walk | Take a guided tour of all the new commissioned art on the PCC Southeast Campus, created by local artists.
12–1pm
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.
1:30–2:15pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Identity, Story and Community at PCC: Student Panel | Join the discussion featuring students from PCC SE who share how they are finding their voice and their community on campus.
2:15–3pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Speed Culturing! | Adapted from “speed dating”, meet students, staff and faculty from various backgrounds in a series of 2 minute discussions to promote cultural understanding and exchange.
5:30–7pm
Community Hall
Community Hall Opening Ceremony | Remarks from PCC SE President Jessica Howard, ASPCC President Miranda Kuntz, special guests, and performance from enTaiko. Reception to follow.

Tuesday, May 19

10:30am-2:30pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Visit the “SE Stories” Video Booth | The SE Community has stories to share. Share yours!
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.
11:30am–1pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 109
Student Culture Coalition Luncheon | Lunch provided to attendees. Panel discussion featuring PCC alumni, which offers an opportunity to network and create partnerships between participants.
1-2pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Room 148
Diversity in STEAM Keynote Dialogue | Explore your potential in Science, Technology, Engineering, Applied Arts and Math careers with Dr. Corey Frazier, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineer with Intel Corp.
1-3pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
MORE! About Identity Through Story Sharing | The PCC SE Library provides weekly access to their resources by bringing a special collection of materials to where you are. MORE! means Moving, Our, Resources, Everywhere, and the theme for cultureSEast is “Identity Through Story Sharing”.
2–4pm
Library, 3rd Floor
Readings of SE Creative Writing | The Southeast Writing Program features readings of the creative works of current faculty and students. Aspiring writers and avid readers are encouraged to attend.
4–6pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Illumination Project | Attend this dynamic, interactive educational experience penned as social justice theatre, The Illumination Project (IP) is PCC’s innovative student program designed to foster a climate of equality, compassion, justice, and respect for all.
6:30–8pm
Student Commons, 1st Floor
SE 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 20

10:30am-2:30pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Visit the “SE Stories” Video Booth | The SE Community has stories to share. Share yours!
10:30am–2pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall and Quad
Community Market Day | PCC and organizers of the Jade Night Market partner to help connect Portland communities to businesses and services in The Jade District (SE 82nd Ave) and surrounding neighborhoods in greater Southeast Portland. All attendees receive $3 tickets toward lunch at our featured food carts and PCC Cross Roads Cafe, starting at 11am.
12–12:30pm
Mt. Tabor Hall and Quad
Midday Music and Performances | Enjoy an opportunity for you to treat yourself to diverse and interesting interaction with music and art.
2–4pm
Library, 3rd Floor
Asian American Writers Series Speaker | Hear author EJ Koh give select readings and discuss the implications of dual identity, of category, and the term Asian American in the context of creating and preserving story through creative expression.

Thursday, May 21

10:30am-2:30pm
Mt. Tabor Hall, Great Hall
Visit the “SE Stories” Video Booth | The SE Community has stories to share. Share yours!
1–3pm
Community Hall
Closing Ceremony Luncheon | Remarks from SE Dean of Students, Miriam Friedman, Phi Theta Kappa President, LiShao Chen, and​ v​idea ​reel from the “SE Stories” booth​. ​Traditional storytelling with Ed & Se-ah-dom Edmo. and performance from Devin Phillips ​Straight Ahead. ​ ​Lunch ​is ​provided​, catered by Thai Fresh in SE Portland​.