Multicultural Center

Purpose Statement

The Multicultural Center celebrates the diversity of our students and staff and provides support services and educational opportunities to our college community. We strive to bring awareness and support for all underrepresented groups at Clackamas Community College, including international students, students from racial and ethnic minorities, undocumented students, first-generation students, and LGBTQIA+ students. The Multicultural Center educates the college community about different cultures through monthly events and activities. Students from underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to join a leadership role within the Multicultural Center and use the center as a safe and welcoming space to gather, study, pray and learn.

Value Statement

The Multicultural Center values all peoples of the world, both as individuals and in community. We encourage individuals to explore the world and in doing so, learn more about themselves and others. In our space, we value mutual respect, communication and international understanding which celebrates a dynamic global perspective.

Goals

  • Encourage minority leadership engagement
  • Establish a safe and confidential place for students to gather, study, pray and learn
  • Provide services and support for underrepresented populations
  • Educate the college and community about different cultures through monthly events and activities
  • Promote awareness of the positive value of cultural diversity
  • Ensure that students have varied opportunities available through which to immerse themselves in diverse cultures

Black History Month at CCC

February is Black History Month, and several departments on campus are planning events to celebrate and recognize the achievements of Black people in U.S. history.

Events throughout the month include trivia, a documentary screening, storytelling, poetry, guest speakers, performance art and more. 

 

  • Feb 2

    ASG Trivia Night

    Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m. | Join Trivia on Zoom

    Join Associated Student Government for a trivia game and a chance to win some fun prizes (even if you don’t win the trivia game!). The theme this week will be Black History Month.

  • Feb 3
    To Feb 24

    Multicultural Center Wednesday drop-in hours

    Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Join via Zoom

    Our weekly student hours for the month of February will be dedicated to discussions around Black History Month.

  • Feb 4
    To Feb 25

    Multicultural Center Thursday drop-in hours

    Thursdays from 2-3 p.m. | Join via Zoom

    Our weekly student hours for the month of February will be dedicated to discussions around Black History Month.

  • Feb 10

    Documentary screening of 'Black Girl in Suburbia'

    Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5-6 p.m. with a 30 minute discussion to follow | Join via Zoom

    Black Girl in Suburbia is directed by Melissa Lowery. Black Girl In Suburbia is her first feature documentary based off of her own experiences growing up as one of very few African Americans in a predominately White suburb. Melissa Lowery was born in Portland Oregon and raised in West Linn. She is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Jesuit High School Portland.

  • Feb 19

    Poetry Discussion: Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb"

    Friday, Feb. 19, 4-5 p.m. | Join via Zoom

    Join us for an in-depth analysis and discussion of Amanda Gorman's inauguration poem "The Hill We Climb." This poetry discussion will be led by English faculty Sue Pesznecker. No prior knowledge of the poem or poetry experience is needed to participate. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Feb 26

    Stories from America

    Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m. | Join via Zoom

    Presented by the Clackamas Community College Cultural Arts Committee

    Virtual event featuring local Portland artists, storytelling, live sand art poetry and a short film.

Black History Month Community Events

There are a multitude of free, open to the public, virtual events being hosted around the world this month! The Multicultural Center team at Clackamas Community College is putting their energy into celebrating and learning from these phenomenal programs planned throughout our state this month. We encourage all CCC students and staff to join us by registering for the events below.

 

  • Feb 5
    To Feb 23

    Season of Nonviolence: Celebrating Black Stories

    Fridays Feb. 5, 12 and Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m. | Learn more and register

    Hosted by Central Oregon Community College

    Guest speakers MOsley WOtta, Arielle Estoria, and Dr. Doug Luffborough will use poetry and storytelling to celebrate the past and present triumphs of the Black community while continuing efforts to challenge oppressive systems and strive toward a more equitable future. 

  • Feb 5
    To Mar 10

    31st Annual Cascade Festival of African Films

    Friday, Feb. 5 - Wednesday, March 10 | Learn more

    Hosted by Portland Community College

    A virtual online festival featuring "Africa Through the Eyes of Africans." The films celebrate Africa's achievements, expose its failures, and reveal possibilities for a hopeful future. Films will feature live Q&A sessions with film directors and other experts throughout the festival. There will also be casual community conversations on Mondays at 7 p.m. throughout the festival.

  • Feb 11

    Black Bag Speaker Series: Portland's History and the Black Experience

    Thursday, Feb. 11, 4-6 p.m. | Learn more

    Hosted by Portland State University

    Dr. Darrell Millner of the Black Studies Department at PSU will give a Black Portland history lesson. Panelists Ed Washington and Karen Gibson will discuss gentrification, housing and displacement. 

 

  • Multicultural Center student drop-in hours

    Stop by our Zoom office and say hi! All CCC students are welcome. Join us if:

    • You want to chat and meet new people
    • You are struggling with a class
    • You want to learn about upcoming events and how to get involved
    • You have a question and don't know who to ask
    • You want assistance talking to a teacher about culture, identity, pronouns, etc.
    • Whatever you need, we'll do our best to support you!

Game Nights

  • Thursday, Jan. 28, 5-6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 11, 5-6 p.m.

Game Nights are open to all CCC students and are free to attend. We will be hosting Jackbox games over Zoom as a way to de-stress from a week of virtual learning. Participation is optional (you're free to just watch others play!).

International Week

Thank you for your interest in our annual International Week celebration! This year, International Week: Connecting Around the World will take place from Tuesday, February 16 to Friday, February 19 via Zoom. These events are free and open to the CCC Community (family friendly).

Please fill out the registration form to RSVP for events and have a chance at winning raffle prizes. After submitting, you will receive a follow-up email from our team with confirmation of your registration and a Zoom link to attend.

Multicultural Center Event Playlist

Multicultural Events for Fall Term

Hispanic American Heritage Month
National Coming Out Day
Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead
Native American Heritage Month
International Thanksgiving

Multicultural Events for Winter Term

Lunar New Year
Black History Month
International Week
Women's History Month

Multicultural Events for Spring Term

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month
LGBTQIA+ Pride Month
Ramadan

If you want to be notified of upcoming events, have suggestions for events we should host, or wish to help in the planning of events with the Multicultural Center Team, please stop by our office or contact us below.

Cougie!

CONTACT

Multicultural Center
Community Center, room 122
Oregon City campus
503-594-3923
mcambassadors@clackamas.edu

International Student Support
Daniela Leão
iss@clackamas.edu

Multicultural Center Assistant
Beau Gilbert
503-594-1823
beau.gilbert@clackamas.edu