Past events

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm PDT, online event

"Dismantling Systems of Oppression and White Supremacy in Local Government Structures"

 

Dr. Markisha Smith previously served as Director for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the Oregon Department of Education.  In that role, she provided leadership, guidance, professional learning, and support to school districts, various education partners, and community-based organizations on education equity throughout the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Smith’s work is specifically focused on best practice in equity, diversity, and inclusion, culturally responsive practice and closing opportunity/access/belief gaps for historically and currently marginalized groups across the state. Dr. Smith’s previous experience includes working as the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education at Warner Pacific College, as an Assistant Professor at Western Oregon University and Northern Michigan University, and as a high school English teacher in Houston, Texas for nine years. She is a proud mother of two beautiful children, Cadence and Bryson.  

 

The mission of the Office of Equity and Human Rights is to provide education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access and opportunity, starting with issues of race and disability.

 

In an interview with the Skanner newspaper Dr. Smith has indicated that “There is an urgency to sustain equity work as an asset, through equitable outcomes, high expectations, meaningful engagement and consultation, and through honoring the rich and diverse experiences that have influenced the bureau’s creation and development over the past seven years. It is imperative that organizations examine systems of oppression in order to interrupt their power and influence on marginalized communities”

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm

 

"Building Equity in Communities of Color During Covid 19"

Bahia Overton, Director of the Black Parent Initiative, will speak about the impact of the Corona virus on communities of color in the Portland Metro area. She will talk about the impact the virus is having and the practical steps that nonprofits are taking to address the crisis.

 

Ms. Overton holds an MS in Social Work. She is completing her Ph.D. in Social Work Research, focusing on the experiences of African American female adolescents in foster care.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 14, 2020, 7pm to 8:30pm

 

"Black Death: the racial disparities of Covid-19"

Dr. Tenisha Dandridge, DAOM, will present a talk on “Black Death: The Racial Disparities of Covid-19” via Zoom on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at 7:00 pm (PDT). Dr. Dandridge will explore the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities of color. Brown and Black people face continual challenges in obtaining sufficient, timely medical care, which in the case of Covid-19, is a matter of life and death. A time for questions and discussion will follow the presentation.

Join this free event by visiting our Eventbrite link! Click "register" and you will be directed to a free ticket. The email confirmation you receive will include Zoom details and password.

We’ll have time for discussion following Dr Dandridge’s presentation.  

Dr. Dandridge received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Pacific College of Health and Science. She is also the author of Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism and African American History in the USA, and is the co-founder of BlackAcupuncturist.com.

 

Thursday, April 9,2020, 7pm to 8:30pm

 

"Does Social Media Encourage Racism?"

Join Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team) on Zoom for a talk by Donna Stewart, “Does Social Media Encourage Racism?”  Donna’s on-line presentation will address
how social media can manipulate users to become unwitting pawns, based on innate racial biases, to create profit and power for others. She will also address how we can protect ourselves from these influences and become better online citizens.

We’ll have time for discussion following Donna’s presentation.  

Thursday, February 13,2020, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow

 

"Understanding Micro-aggressions" with Maruska Lynch

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203

 

Maruska Lynch will address micro-aggressions from her experience as an immigrant from Slovenia.  She holds a degree in Intercultural Communication and has worked in the non-profit world. “Micro-aggressions may seem small, and many times no harm is intended,” Lynch notes, “but marginalized and underserved people experience them many times a day. For those who deal with them continually, it’s relentless and can cause lasting harm.”

“If you’ve ever been followed in a store, been the one person in line made to show id, been spoken to in too slow or simple manner - or not spoken to at all - these are forms of micro-aggressions,” states Lynch. “By better understanding what micro-aggressions are, we can learn to recognize and interrupt them.”

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow

 

"Reverse Integration: Helping White America Join the Village" with Dr Jay Klusky

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203

 

Dr. Jay Klusky, author of “Reverse Integration: Helping White America Join the Village,” will give a talk on how caring, well-intentioned, white folks can step up and learn about cultures that are different from theirs to connect with people of all races and cultural backgrounds on a much deeper, more meaningful level. There will be time for discussion following his presentation.

It has been said many times that if our country is going to thrive, all Americans must learn to live and work together.  Dr. Klusky believes that “…more than learning to live and work together, we must develop our capacity to understand one another and develop meaningful relationships with people of all backgrounds.”

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow

 

"The Black Image in Contemporary TV" with Ebonee Bell

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203

When "Good Times" aired on February 8, 1974, viewers watched the first predominantly Black cast on television.  The Evans family would face a variety of economic trials as they struggled to leave their apartment in the Chicago slums. Ten years later, in 1984 The Cosby Show introduced America to an upper middle class Black family -- one we had never seen before.  Then, in the ‘90s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air would play with the formula of the Black TV family yet again.  Combining the world of the ultra wealthy with that of the inner city, The Fresh Prince examined  the ways that Black life played out at both ends of the economic spectrum. Join us as we explore these images and more in The Black Image in Contemporary TV. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow

 

"Is the internet racist? How racist agendas are fueled by the use of your personal data" with Donna Stewart

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203

 

This informal talk will explore the extensive tracking of our online activities, how that data is sold, and then used in ways that promote racist oppression. We will discuss how the use of personal data contributes to racism in employment, banking and finance, criminal justice, and predatory advertising. This misuse of personal data is often hidden from view, and largely unregulated. Inspired by Cathy O’Neil’s book “Weapons of Math Destruction,” we will shine a light on this dark side of the internet

Donna Stewart is an armchair philosopher and cultural observer. She is fascinated by the impact the internet has on our world, and cares deeply about her community.

Thursday, October 10, 2019, 7pm to 8pm, light refreshments to follow

 

"How Portland's Changing Landscape Affects Black Communities" with filmmaker Ifanyi Bell

Portland Baha'i Center

8720 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, Oregon  97203

 

Award-winning filmmaker Ifanyi Bell will present two short films addressing the impact of Portland’s ever-changing landscape on black residents.  The films are part of a feature-length documentary, due to be released in early 2020.

 

The first film explores the emotional impact that previous development choices have had on Portland’s established African American communities, and the second film looks at how changing economic priorities are impacting modern land-use in Portland neighborhoods.  Mr. Bell will be available to answer questions following the movies.

 

Ifanyi Bell is a Northeast Portland native and accomplished filmmaker who has worked on professional film sets, as well as at public broadcasting stations, where he created Emmy-nominated work, including WGBH (Boston), KQED (San Francisco) and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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