Diversity series kicks off Oct. 17

YAKIMA - Yakima Valley Community College will host the ninth year of its annual diversity series. This year’s theme is “Worldviews, Knowledge and Practice.” Various lectures and events are offered in the diversity series. The events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Oct. 17, the series begins with Quetzal East L.A. at the Seasons Performance Hall in Yakima from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Quetzal is an ensemble of highly talented musicians, who create good music that tells the social, cultural, political and musical stories of people in struggle.

Martha Gonzalez (lead singer, percussionist, and songwriter) calls it an “East LA Chicana rock group,” summing up its roots in the complex cultural currents of life in the barrio, its social activism, its strong feminist stance and its rock and roll musical beginnings.

Besides being a rock band, the group and its members participate in a much larger web of musical, cultural and political engagement.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Other Ways of Knowing-An Indigenous Education by Susan Power will be presented at the Parker Room on the YVCC Yakima campus from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Susan Power is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and a native of Chicago. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of three books, The Grass Dancer (a novel), Roofwalker (a story collection) and the forthcoming novel, Sacred Wilderness (Michigan State University Press).

In addition, Power’s short stories and essays have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies and she has participated in many fellowships. She lives and teaches in Saint Paul, Minn.

Thursday, Nov. 21, there will be a special presentation of “Resilience & Culture: Hawaiian Worldviews, Knowledge and Practice” by Dr. Lauri “Lali” McCubbin in the Parker Room on the YVCC Yakima campus from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

McCubbin is an associate professor in counseling psychology, and is an indigenous scholar (Native Hawaiian) at Washington State University.

Her research interests and expertise include resilience and adaptation among indigenous peoples and people of color, cultural identity development, and stress and coping processes among multi-racial families.

She is currently the co-director of the Northwest Pacific Center of Mestizo and Indigenous Research and Outreach and the Clearinghouse on Native Teaching & Learning. She is also the executive director of the Resilience and Well-Being Project at Washington State University.

Additional events will be hosted throughout the academic year.

For more information, visit www.yvcc.edu/diversity, call 509- 574-6800 ext. 315 or email mcuevas@yvcc.edu.


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