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2016-2017 Events

Fall Term

  • This Place

    America has a complex relationship with ethnic diversity. While being multicultural is part of our national identity, we also struggle with what it means to respect cultural diversity. As southern Oregon grows more ethnically diverse, how do we create a common culture and also respect each other’s differences? Most of us have made sacrifices at some point in our lives to fit in. How much should immigrants adapt to fit in to the dominant culture? Should their children give up the culture of their parents, or should Oregon change to welcome ethnic diversity? What about people of color who aren’t immigrants – what pressures to assimilate do they encounter? Join us to discuss assimilation and belonging in this place.

    The conversation will be facilitated by Eliot Feenstra, a facilitator and teaching artist who has been living in rural southern Oregon since 2012. As a teaching artist with RiverStars Performing Arts in Cave Junction and community organizer with the Rural Organizing Project, he has worked with youth, adults, and intergenerational groups to create dialogue and inspire creative solutions around tough issues.

    This Place is a community discussion exploring place and questions of belonging. This event is presented by Oregon Humanities and sponsored by Rogue Community College. We will explore the history of our neighborhoods and communities; and how those places have changed over time, to think together about how to engage meaningfully about going forward.

    When & Where: Thursday, October 13, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Medford Library Large Room 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

    To learn more about this program, contact Mary O’Kief at (541)956-7915 or


  • RCC Staff Climate Survey
  • Veterans War Timeline


Winter Term

  • Intent v. Impact – Seeds of Micro-Aggressions
    Micro-aggressions are acts, comments, and experiences that are not always overt in-and-of themselves.  Rather, they are unintentional actions committed with little knowledge or understanding of their intent and impact.  The results of micro-aggressions are a build-up of frustrations, hurt, and alienation over a long period of time that leads to an inevitable rift or damaged relationships.  The intent of the workshop is not to target a particular person, but instead, comprehend the triggers and emotional responses mirco-aggressions may cause.

    Facilitator: Javier Cervantes, Director of the Department of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Linn-Benton Community College will lead us in this training.  Javier’s passion is his work on transformational initiatives geared at increasing cultural fluency, equity-awareness, social justice, and diversity.

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017
    Riverside Campus: HEC 129B 10am-12pm
    Redwood Campus: The North Cafe 2pm-4pm

    Seating will be limited at both campuses.

    Contact: Jennifer Haynes-Clark (


Spring Term

A Muslim woman performing hip-hop? What? Breaking stereotypes can be the first step to understanding. The Rogue Community College (RCC) Diversity Programming Board (DPB) invites the public to two free performances by internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer, teacher and American Muslim, Amirah Sackett, for two days in April.
Joined with two other dancers, Iman and Khadijah, Sackett leads the dancing trio in “We’re Muslims, Don’t Panic.” The objective of the performance, and of Sackett’s acclaimed work, is to change common stereotypes about Muslim women by educating people about hijabs, a Muslim style of dress, and to increase an understanding and tolerance for Muslims in our nation’s cities and schools.
American Muslim, Amirah Sackett hip hop dancerIn the past year “We’re Muslims...” reached viral video fame with millions of views on multiple sites. The Huffington Post recently featured her in an article titled, "17 Muslim American Women Who Made America Great in 2016." Sackett says, “The hip-hop culture gives a voice to those often unheard and is a way to uplift, inspire, and bring change to those communities that need it the most.”
The “We’re Muslims, Don’t Panic” performance at RCC will be followed by discussions with the audience of misconceptions about Muslim women in particular. Amirah Sackett will also offer a  free dance workshop following each performance.
American Muslim, Amirah Sackett hip hop dancer on stageThere will be no charge for the DPB-sponsored event on the following dates, times, and locations:
April 18, 2017, 6-7 p.m. RWC, Rogue Auditorium.
April 19, 11 a.m. - noon at the Riverside Campus, Building C.
The College urges everyone to enjoy one of these entertaining and informational sessions.


For more information, contact Katy Wicks at or 541-956-7201.
Meet Nicole and Wayne Maines, featured in the award-winning book, “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family.” Becoming Nicole highlights the true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and one family's journey of understanding and compassion.
Recognized nationally for making sure transgender students have the same rights as their classmates, Nicole is dedicated to helping future LGBT students and adults gain total equality across the nation. As her father, Wayne, faced personal struggles raising a transgender child, he hopes that revealing his struggles and failures to the world will help others to stop the bullying, harassment, and discrimination of all children that are perceived as being different.
The public is invited to this free presentation, question and answer session, and book signing on June 9, 2017 from noon-2:30 p.m., at the Medford Library in the Large Community Meeting Room, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford, Oregon. Seating is limited to the first 200 people.
Join the RCC Diversity Programming Board for this opportunity to learn more about the Maines Family journey and their work on transgender rights and the safety and equality of all students.


If you have questions about this event, contact Jessica Shriver at or 541-245-7710.


  • "What is Your Diversity" Creative Inclusive Communities Project
  • Safe Zone Training

Date/Time: TBA

  • Cultural Competency Trainings