April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). First observed nationally in 2001, SAAM promotes public awareness about sexual violence and education on how to prevent it, as symbolized by teal ribbon pins. This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” highlights the importance of everyone’s voice in the prevention of sexual assault.
We have developed a SAAM campaign of outreach and information, including:
- Social media campaign (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) featuring weekly educational posts defining sexual violence and promoting its prevention, as well as links to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), which sponsors the monthly commemoration
You can embrace your voice in the following ways:
- Pick up a teal ribbon pin and a palm card on “Everyday Consent” from the Equity & Inclusion Office in CSC 513 or from SGOC officers on each campus.
- Promote healthy relationships based on mutual respect, clear communication, and consent.
- Be a positive bystander by intervening to prevent sexual misconduct and reporting it when it occurs.
- Be an ally to survivors of sexual violence.
- Be an advocate by speaking out against sexually demeaning language and conduct.
Above all, continue to educate yourself on how you can make a difference. The College provides all new students and employees comprehensive online sexual misconduct training. Those who have received, but never completed it, will receive another email link to the training by the end of the month. Read more about SAAM and sexual violence.
Campus Climate Discussion Series
Almost a year to the day in 1866, Congress passed the first civil rights act in US history, to ensure the protection of newly emancipated African Americans. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 defined citizenship and the rights it entailed as a birthright of “all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power,” irrespective of race or color, “excluding Indians not taxed.” It also guaranteed the equal protection of those rights. As subsequent constitutional amendments, federal legislation, and Supreme Court decisions have expanded civil rights, struggles over the meaning of citizenship have continued, fueling fractious debates over immigration policy and inciting the resurgence of white nationalist groups. This month and next, the Campus Climate Discussion Series will examine two:
On Wednesday, April 25, Chuck Tanner will present “White Nationalism or Justice for All?, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in HSS 129 (Bremerton). Mr. Tanner is an advisory board member and researcher for the Institute for Research and Education (IREHR), a racial and social justice think-tank dedicated to defending democracy and human rights.
On Thursday, May 10, Ray Garrido, Legal Services Director for Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, will deliver a talk on immigration policy reform and the Implications for our community from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the CIC, William D. Harvey Theater.
Classes on the Poulsbo and Shelton campuses will be able to participate in both events through Zoom video conferencing. Please notify April Lagajeno at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be bringing a large group to the presentation, to request IT support for Zoom access, or if you need an accommodation to participate in either event.
Conference Theme: Revive Reunite Restore
Olympic College’s 5th Annual Diversity Conference provides participants with numerous opportunities to hear from local experts on topics related to diversity including education and skills development, identity and personal development, the arts, leadership development, social justice, and activism.
Olympic College 2018 Diversity Conference
Early Registration (Feb 27 - May 31) - $150
Late Registration (Starts June 1) - $250
Presenter Registration (Available until May 31) - $50
Student Registration (Student ID Required) - $75
Call for proposal open (February 27- April 30th)
Committee Review (May 1-4)
Notification of Selection (May 7)
2018 Keynote Speakers
Opening keynote speaker - Robin DiAngelo is an academic consultant and trainer. She has done work with racial and social justice, including White Fragility.
Evening keynote speaker - Ke'Andrea Ayers is a multi-media entertainment journalist. She has interviewed many famous celebrities from Ben Affleck, Kevin Hart, Jamie Fox, Ryan Goslin, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Ferrell and Nas.
Monday, April 23, 2-3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. at the College Instruction Center Theater
See "Racing to Zero" and "Death by Design," two films that will challenge how you live and help you consider what you could do for this Earth Day, for the next day, and for the rest of your life. Discussions follow both films.
Tuesday, April 24, 1-3 pm at Potluck and Planning at OC's Barrner Learning Landscape
Come help plan our activities for the spring and summer at OC’s outdoor learning space – the Barner Learning Landscape. We hope to install some raised bed vegetable gardens and create new stone steps in a recently cleared trail. Come lend your vision and ideas to our work at this wonderful environmental learning center – we'd love to hear from you.
We Are College Bound Event
On Saturday, April 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 .pm., OC will host We Are College Bound, a community event to expose local high school and middle school students to college and career opportunities. It is an initiative of Graduate Strong (formerly Graduate Kitsap and Mason), the collective impact initiative former OC President, Dr. David Mitchell helped launch to foster a pervasive culture of college enrollment and completion through cross-sector community partnerships, with a core emphasis on equity.
The event will include: sessions on Financial Aid, Scholarships, Essay Writing, Career Exploration, College Exploration, the Money Game, Open Computer Lab for help with financial aid filing and scholarship, followed by a college “fair with representatives from area colleges and universities. The latter two options will run the entire event so folks can use the time for one of the three breakout sessions to hit the lab and/or the fair. Several of the sessions will have two options one geared towards 6th-9th grades and the other, 10th-12th grades.
Please let our office know if you are available to volunteer for the event and we will facilitate your introduction to Alyson Rotter, the Network Manager for Graduate Strong. Roles for which volunteers are still needed are:
- Set up
- Computer lab assistant (various task completion by students)
- Clean up
CIC Art Gallery
Exhibit Opening: April 13, 5 pm – 7:30 pm
STRENGTH, STRUGGLE, SURVIVAL highlights artist from two groups who share stories of survival: Military Veterans and First Nations peoples. Artwork on display will tell stories of past experiences, present realities and future hopes from the artists' perspective.
The Gallery Committee at OC is working in partnership with OC student Valarie St. Pierre-Hodge, President of the Native American Indigenous Club (NAIC) here on campus and with Veteran/Artist/Educator Josh Disney in putting the show together.
This exhibit has been made possible by the Olympic College Foundation.