Stand Against Racism event at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak April 24

April 15, 2019

Media Contact:
Livia Millard, WVC at Omak multicultural affairs coordinator, (509) 422-7814
Erin Tofte-Nordvik,
associate dean of campus life, equity and inclusion, (509) 682-6868
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, (509) 682-6436 (Mon. – Thurs.)

In collaboration with YWCA, Wenatchee Valley College will present a Stand Against Racism event on campus Wednesday, April 24. This event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held in the Native Garden on campus from 9:50 a.m. to 2 p.m. Opening remarks will be presented at 9:50 a.m. by Adrian Carillo, Associated Students of WVC at Omak president; Dr. Chio Flores, WVC vice president of student services; Jenny Pratt, YWCA NCW executive director and Cindy Gagne, City of Omak mayor. They will be followed by the performance of a Native honor song.

The theme of the event this year is “Immigration: No hate. No fear. Immigrant justice is racial justice.”

The schedule of events includes:

  • 10 a.m.: “Preventing Death at the Border” keynote presentation by Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels
  • 11 a.m.: “Why American Indian Indigenous Studies Matter” presentation by Kestrel Smith, WVC at Omak faculty
  • Noon: Lunch in the courtyard and “Let Your Light Shine” by comedian Ernie G
  • 1 p.m.: Moment of silence for those who have died at the border led by Belinda Raub-Brown, ASWVC at Omak director of legislative activity
  • 1:10 p.m.: “Know Your Rights” presentation by Grant Reichert, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • 1:30 p.m.: Closing remarks by Pratt and Livia Millard, WVC at Omak multicultural affairs coordinator.

Sponsors for this event include YWCA, WVC student senates of both Wenatchee and Omak campuses, WVC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Omak campus Multicultural Affairs, Omak Red Road Association, WVC College Assistance Migrant Program, WVC Chicano/a Studies, 12 Tribes Resort & Casino, Liliana’s Beauty Salon, Molina HealthCare, Amerigroup, Gesa Credit Union, City of Wenatchee, United Way of Chelan and Douglas Counties, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and Planned Parenthood.

A Stand Against Racism event will also be held on the Wenatchee campus Thursday, April 25 from 8:50 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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