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Bridging Identities, Stories & Communities

About cultureSEast 2018

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.

This year’s cultureSEast event embodies the strength we all find from lifting up and calling in those of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Over three days, we will explore ways to honor, understand, and take measurable action toward equity for all.

All events are open to the public and majority student-led with support from faculty, staff and community partners. There is an incredible range of events from storytelling and panel discussions to participatory art, readings, live performances, food carts, and resource fairs.

Schedule at a Glance

Untold Tales of the Inanimate
  • PantherHub websiteUntold Tales of the Inanimate
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: Southeast Library, main floor
  • Description: Explore a mixed-media art installation featuring the curious story of objects from many origins. A collaborative project by PCC-Southeast Art and ESOL students, “Untold Tales” leads you on a journey of discovery through photography, text, and the use of self-expression as a means of bridging identities.
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cultureSEast 2018: Stepping in
  • PantherHub websitecultureSEast 2018: Stepping in
  • Time: Varies
  • Location: Southeast Mt Tabor 109
  • Description: At its core of cultureSEast lies "the story" – the shared experiences of diverse cultures and identities that defines the rich tapestry of our SE community.

    For three days this May, we invite you to share your stories with us in this interactive and supportive event, Stepping In, with PCC Media Productions and the PCC SE Storybooth. Individuals are provided prompts and encouraged to share their narrative. Let us “step in” and take action together through our collective story.
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Tuesday, May 15: Honoring
cultureSEast Student Conference
Education Equity Panel
  • PantherHub websiteEducation Equity Panel
  • Time: 11:30am-1pm
  • Location: Southeast Community Hall
  • Description: Panel of experts to discuss Global Education Equity and ways that PCC and the community can address institutional oppression and improve access to education for all. Refreshments provided.
  • Contact: Kien Truong
  • Panelists:
    • Michael Dembrow – Senator District 23, Portland
    • Kali Thorne-Ladd – Chair PCC Board of Directors, Executive Director KairosPDX
    • Thayvie Sinn – Save Cambodia Founder, United Nations
    • Mohamed Alyajouri – PCC Board of Directors, OHSU Healthcare Administrator
Unity through Diversity's 3rd Annual Multicultural Night
4th Annual Asian Pacific American Writers Series (APAWS): An evening with Aimee Phan
Wednesday, May 16: Understanding
Health Equity Fair
  • PantherHub websiteHealth Equity Fair
  • Time: 11am-3pm
  • Location: Southeast Mt Tabor Great Hall, Quad
  • Description: Explore free resources and services to improve your health and well-being. Join Portland Community College-Southeast and local community organizations for this healthful event. Event sponsored by Equity in STEM club, Food Justice club, Black Student Union-PCCSE, SE Women’s Resource Center and the District Student Council. Food available. All are welcome.
  • Contact: Chrystal Barnes
PCC Southeast Faculty and Staff Pride Lunch
  • PantherHub website
  • Time: 12-1:30pm
  • Location: Southeast Student Commons 316
  • Description: Please join us for the PCC Pride Days LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Luncheon! This is an opportunity for us to build community, talk about our experiences, and share any issues affecting us as LGBTQ+ faculty and staff at PCC Southeast. Lunch will be provided – please RSVP by Friday, May 11.
  • Contact: J Gibbons
4th Annual Asian Pacific American Writers Series (APAWS): Closing reception
A Tale of Two Ghettos: by Horatio Hung-Yan Law
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  • PantherHub websiteA Tale of Two Ghettos
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Location: Southeast Community Hall
  • Description: A Tale of Two Ghettos is a multimedia and boundary crossing art installation created by artist Horatio Hung-Yan Law. The installation includes Chinese and Japanese traditional music performance, video projections and social media. The project explores the sense of loss, disorientation and longing that comes with the disappearing culture and history of the Asian-American communities in Portland's Old Town, and the continuing displacement of the Chinese, Japanese and other minority communities due to gentrification.
Thursday, May 17: Taking Action
PCC Alumni Panel
  • PantherHub websitePCC Alumni Panel
  • Time: 10-11:30am
  • Location: Southeast Community Hall
  • Description: Join us in honoring PCC alumni for their contributions to our community with a reception and opportunity to learn about their experiences here at PCC and beyond. Supported by SE Career Exploration Center and PCC Foundation. Panel discussion and refreshments.
  • Contact: Warren Gunn
"Act Now" Advocacy Fair
  • PantherHub website"Act Now" Advocacy Fair
  • Time: 11am-3pm
  • Location: Southeast Mt Tabor Great Hall
  • Description: Come explore community organizations and resources to help take action locally on issues of food insecurity, housing, voting rights, and social justice. Food available. All welcome.
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International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia
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  • Time: 11:30am-1pm
  • Location: Southeast QRC, MT 149
  • Description: The QRC in collaboration with the Transgender Student Club will be hosting a screening of the documentary film God Loves Uganda. This film explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with creating schools and hospitals, but also blamed for promoting dangerous religious bigotry and hatred toward LGBTQ+ people. A light lunch will be provided and there will be a discussion after.
  • Contact: J Gibbons
Sake Unveiled
  • PantherHub websiteSake Unveiled
  • Time: 12-1pm
  • Location: Southeast Mt Tabor Great Hall
  • Description: Explore the history of Japanese brewing in this educational workshop hosted by “sake” enthusiast and former Japanese language instructor, Josh Bouchard. Delve into the culture and heritage of brewing as a central component of building community and identity across cultural borders. Lecture and facilitated discussion.
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Human Library®: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
  • PantherHub websiteHuman Library®: Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
  • Time: 1-2:30pm
  • Location: Southeast Library, 2nd floor
  • Description: Oh, the places you’ll go! Join Portland Community College Southeast’s 2nd annual installation of The Human Library®, an international project that "challenges stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue". Meet the "books" of Southeast campus, learn their stories, and discover new perspectives in this engaging experience.
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The Neuroscience of Cultural Competency – Opening our Minds
  • PantherHub websiteThe Neuroscience of Cultural Competency – Opening our Minds
  • Time: 1:30-2:30pm
  • Location: Southeast Mt Tabor Great Hall
  • Description: Join fellow college students and educators for a fascinating workshop exploring current studies of the human brain and our perceptions of cultural diversity. Through group discussion, identify tools we can use collectively to change our behavior and remove mental blocks that keep us from understanding and respecting the diverse needs of our community.
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See Me, I See You: An Intersectional Race Monologue Collection – Reception and Performance
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  • Time: 5-8:30pm
  • Location: Southeast Community Hall
  • Description: As the culminating event of cultureSEast 2018, we are honored to support the SE Multicultural Center and SE Women's Resource Center in their first annual event honoring stories of intersectionality, highlighting personal experiences of race and sexual violence. Event to include a reception, performance, and reflective discussion. Refreshments at reception, light dinner provided after 8pm in observance of Ramadan.
  • Contact: Vin Shambry

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