Events

Featured Event

Author's Visit: Thursday, May 17

National best-selling author and PCC Alum Rebecca Skloot will return to PCC to discuss her acclaimed book. Rebecca first learned about Henrietta Lacks in a PCC biology class. She will speak at two events on May 17:

10-11am:
Rock Creek Campus Event Center
6-7pm:
Slavic Church Emmanual (2025 SE 82nd Ave.), adjacent to the Southeast Campus

At Rock Creek, Skloot will have a conversation with her former PCC biology instructor Don Defler, who first sparked her interest in “HeLa cells” and their namesake, Henrietta Lacks. In the evening, she will explore the book’s themes with students and faculty.

Transportation will be provided to the evening event from Cascade and Sylvania’s shuttle stops and return after the talk. At Sylvania, the shuttles will leave at 4:30pm. Two 60-seat buses will be available. The Cascade shuttle will leave at 5pm. It requires a reservation by emailing jzunkel@pcc.edu (limited space, first come, first served).

Upcoming Events

At the Hands of Medicine, in the Name of Science

A creative and education exhibit created by Multicultural Center students leaders, illustrating the legacy of medical and scientific racism in the United States. See flyer for information on all Sylvania Multicultural Center events.

Date:
Monday, May 14 - Friday, May 18
Location:
Sylvania, Lower CC Mall

Three-Part Film Series: Screening and Discussion

Part II: Deadly Deceptions

Exposes unethical behavior in government sponsored scientific research that chronicles the forty-year Tuskegee study of untreated syphilis in approximately 400 African-American men from Macon County, Alabama, which began in 1932. The utilization of interviews with two survivors of the experiment and experts in the fields results in a startling portrayal of the misuse research. See flyer for information on all Sylvania Multicultural Center events.

Date:
Wednesday, May 16
Time:
3pm-5pm
Location:
Sylvania, CC 202

Faculty Panel: The Ethical and Socio-Cultural Implications of Research

Faculty Presenters: Karen Paez, Andrew Forshee, Katy Ho, Dan Findley, and Heather Guevara

Join the MC for the last workshop in a seven part series on qualitative research led by Sylvania campus faculty and staff. This yearlong series was designed to develop MC Student Leaders knowledge and experience in qualitative research.

MC Student Leaders will moderate this critical panel discussion to explore the following questions: What is the social function and political nature of research? How has research been used historically as a tool of power and control? As a tool of liberation and equity? What are the implications for social change? See flyer for information on all Sylvania Multicultural Center events.

Date:
Friday, May 18
Time:
12 noon-2pm
Location:
Sylvania, CC Cedar Room

At the Hands of Medicine, in the Name of Science

A creative and education exhibit created by Multicultural Center students leaders, illustrating the legacy of medical and scientific racism in the United States. See flyer for information on all Sylvania Multicultural Center events.

Date:
Monday, May 21 - Friday, May 25
Location:
Sylvania, Upper CC Mall

Three-Part Film Series: Screening and Discussion

Part III: ¡Salud!

Examines Cuba, a cash-strapped country with 'one of the world's best health systems.' From the shores of Africa to the Americas, ¡Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals and international medical students in Cuba, serving in 68 countries. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health. See flyer for information on all Sylvania Multicultural Center events.

Date:
Wednesday, May 23
Time:
3pm-5pm
Location:
Sylvania, CC 202

Past Events

Healthcare Access Disparity

Fred Miller, CA Psychology Instructor, will be speaking on healthcare access disparity. Refreshments will be served.

Toxic Water, Toxic Fish, and Social Justice

Dr. Steven Kolmes is the Chair of Environmental Sciences and Molter Chair in Science at the University of Portland. Focusing on the process of establishing human health criteria and public policy for fish consumption, this presentation will provide a scientific critique and ethical analysis for at-risk human communities (especially Tribal peoples) in Oregon. Ethical implications of modeling assumptions including acceptable risk levels and fish consumption rates are given special attention.

PCC Reads Sylvania Book Club

This discussion is open to students, staff and faculty. Please bring your book and willingness to think critically!

Promoting Health Equity in Oregon: Issues and Challenges

Presented by Carol Cheney, Equity Manager from the Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion

Cell Culture Techniques

Are you wondering how cells such as HeLa are grown outside of a body? Carla Moentenich from the PCC Rock Creek Bioscience Technology program will present on Cell Culture Techniques.

PCC Reads Cascade Book Group

New members welcome!  All students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the Cascade book group for part or all of the time.

We'll be watching a video about Henrietta Lacks and discussing the ways that writers and filmmakers have represented her story.

Discussion Session

Come and learn more about the book, and discuss some of the issues it raises with other students, faculty, and staff. As a special bonus, you can view some actual HeLa cells through the microscope, and we may have some free (ASPCC-donated) copies of the book to give away. Topics will be centered around ethics and inequalities in healthcare and medical research. Seating is limited to 18, so please RSVP if you intend to bring your class.

Healthcare Fair

Find out about community resources that can help in gaining access to the healthcare system, and learn about inequities in the healthcare system and what you can do to help eliminate them.  The PCC Reads SE committee will also represent, with HeLa cells to view through the microscope, information about upcoming events this term and freebies (bookmarks and books) to give away.

Discussion Session

Come and learn more about the book, and discuss some of the issues it raises with other students, faculty, and staff.  As a special bonus, you can view some actual HeLa cells through the microscope, and we may have some free (ASPCC-donated) copies of the book to give away.  Topics will be centered on race and social relationships.  Seating is limited to 40, so please RSVP if you intend to bring your class.

Three-Part Film Series: Screening and Discussion

Part I: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

Tackles the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. Join us in the screening of In Sickness and In Wealth, an episode that examines the critical question: How does the distribution of power, wealth and resources shape opportunities for health? See flyer for information on all Sylvania Multicultural Center events.