In recognition of Black History Month, Oregon State University – Cascades will host a virtual event Feb. 24 exploring the personal and professional journeys of four current Black leaders in Oregon.
The event, “Celebrating Black Excellence and Success in Oregon,” will take place from 6-8 p.m. and includes a panel discussion on the successes and challenges the panelists have experienced during their careers. These include the benefits and drawbacks of holding public roles; how they have advocated for Black communities in a state where 2.9% of the population is Black, according to the 2019 Census, and their thoughts on personal leadership styles that can help advance a more equitable society.
The event is co-sponsored by Love Your Neighbor.
The panel will be moderated by Erika McCalpine, executive director for strategic diversity initiatives at OSU-Cascades and director of the campus Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Laboratory. Panelists include:
The discussion will address how communities and workplaces can support Black individuals as they develop their leadership and advance their careers.
Love Your Neighbor offers community forums that foster an open exchange of ideas and stories. Founded in 2020 by McCalpine and Nicole Vulcan of the Source Weekly, the project has covered the experience of people of color in Central Oregon, Oregon’s historical Black exclusion laws, the divisive nature of elections and more. To learn more visit @LoveYourNeighborBendOR on Instagram and Facebook.
About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend brings higher education to Central Oregon, the fastest growing region in the state. Surrounded by 2.5 million acres of mountains and high desert, OSU-Cascades is a top-tier research university where small classes accelerate faculty-student mentoring. Degree programs meet industry and economic needs in areas such as innovation and entrepreneurship, natural ecosystems, health and wellness, and arts and sciences, and prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges. OSU-Cascades is expanding to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students, building a 128-acre campus with net-zero goals.