Oregon State University – Cascades will host a virtual event June 29 to explore the racial unrest underway across the U.S. with a panel of Central Oregonians of color.
Community members are invited to participate in the event, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. via Facebook Live and YouTube.
The discussion will explore panelists’ perspectives of race relations, and with audience participation look at ways to advance racial justice locally and nationally.
The program will be moderated by OSU-Cascades business instructor Erika McCalpine. McCalpine has shared her experiences as a Black woman living in Bend at local civic events. She was awarded the 2020 OSU Frances Dancy Hooks Award for building bridges across cultures and showing courage in promoting diversity.
The event is sponsored by Love Your Neighbor, Source Weekly, Evoke Therapy Programs, Embrace Bend, and the OSU-Cascades Laboratory for the American Conversation.
Love Your Neighbor is a grassroots program founded by McCalpine and Nicole Vulcan, editor of The Source Weekly. The program encourages community members to appreciate and accept fellow residents from diverse backgrounds.
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.
Note: an earlier version of this release unintentionally omitted panelist Rob Garrott.