In recognition of Black History Month, Oregon State University – Cascades will host a virtual forum titled “Oregon’s Black Exclusion Laws: How does this history impact diversity in Oregon today?”
The free event, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Feb. 24, is hosted in partnership with Love Your Neighbor, a grassroots organization that encourages Central Oregonians to get to know people of color in their community.
Erika McCalpine, director of the OSU-Cascades Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Laboratory and a business faculty member, will moderate the forum. Presenters will analyze Oregon’s Black exclusion laws and discuss the impact the legislation had on African Americans moving to Oregon, as well as how the laws shaped the lack of diversity in Oregon today.
Love Your Neighbor was founded by McCalpine and Nicole Vulcan, editor of The Source Weekly.
Event sponsors include East Cascades Works, G5, Mosaic Medical and MountainStar Family Relief Nursery.
About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s campus in Bend, Ore. features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 35 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. OSU-Cascades expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.