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A Brave Space for Conversation

Creating a Racial Justice Discussion for Everyone

Ericka HugginsThe Office of Equity & Inclusion hosted a locally-focused Racial Equity Workshop and Learning Lab on February 23, 2021, facilitated by Ericka Huggins of the World Trust Educational Services.

What to expect and how to engage

This discussion welcomed PCC staff, faculty, and student employees. Attendees will engage in facilitated dialogue about:

  • the history and ongoing presence of white supremacy and structural racism, contextualized in Oregon
  • the patterns of individual and group interactions that are “gatekeepers” of inequitable systems and structures;
  • the need for rooting mindful practices to interrupt patterns to move us towards social transformation

Ericka Huggins is a human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther leader and former political prisoner. For the past 30 years, she has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Her extraordinary life experiences have enabled her to speak personally and eloquently on issues relating to the physical and emotional well-being of women, children and youth, whole being education, over incarceration, and the role of the spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting change.

Watch a recording of this workshop »