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Stand Against Racism

Every year, Wenatchee Valley College hosts "Stand Against Racism" in partnership with YWCA NCW. The event is a day of racial and social justice presentations and acitvities that is open to WVC students, staff and faculty, as well as the public. It is free to attend. 

Wenatchee campus, April 26, 2018

Schedule of events

The event will be held around the fountain from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Opening remarks will be given at 9:15 a.m. by Dr. Jim Richardson, WVC president; Jenny Pratt, YWCA executive director; and Frank Kuntz, City of Wenatchee mayor following an opening ceremony featuring the Red Road Drummers of the Omak Red Road Association.

Events Schedule:

  • 9:30 a.m.: “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women” presentation by Earth Feather Sovereign, Colville Tribal member
  • 10 a.m.: “Mean Green: Nation Building Within Walls and Borders” presentation by Dr. Gabriela Moreno, New Mexico State University faculty
  • 10:45 a.m.: “Our Common Future” presentation by Rich Brinkman, WVC faculty
  • 11:15 a.m.: Black Lives Matter movement presentation by Frank Leon Roberts, New York University faculty.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Lunch at the fountain provided by the Associated Students of WVC
  • 12:15 p.m.: “White Privilege, Colorblindness & Institutional Racism” presentation by Erin Tofte-Nordvik, WVC director of diversity, equity & inclusion
  • 12:30 p.m.: “Micro-slavery: Exploring the Illusion of Freedom in American Sports” presentation by Donte Quinine, South Seattle Community College faculty
  • 1 p.m.: “Intersectionality of Race, Citizenship & Sexuality – a student perspective” presentation by Luz Estrada, president, and Rozie Escobedo, vice president, of the WVC Queer Straight Alliance Club
  • 1:30 p.m.: Environmental racism presentation by Joan Qazi, WVC faculty
  • 2 p.m.:Finding Your Political Voice” presentation by Kelly Anderson, WVC faculty
  • 2:30 p.m.: Art Expression Contest Winners presentation
  • 3:15 p.m.: Closing remarks by Pratt and Tofte-Nordvik

There will also be two presentations offered the evening of April 26 for those who could not attend during the day. Both evening presentations are open to the public and will take place in Wenatchi Hall room 2106:

  • 5-6 p.m.: “Mean Green: Nation Building Within Walls and Borders” presentation by Dr. Gabriela Moreno, New Mexico State University faculty. WTI 2106 April 26.
  • 6-7 p.m.: Black Lives Matter movement presentation by Frank Leon Roberts, New York University faculty.

Art expression contest 

An art expression contest is also being held in conjunction with Stand Against Racism. This year, 2018, is the first year the contest has been held. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m. April 26.

The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2018. 

Awards:

  • First place: $500
  • Second place: $200
  • Third place: $100

Rules and submission guidelines:

  • Theme must focus on "racial justice"
  • Entries may be any art medium, including prose, 2D art, spoken word, dance or theater.
  • The submission must be original content by the entrant
  • One entry per person is allowed. Entrants must be able to attend the Stand Against Racism event on April 26 at WVC to win. 
  • Entrants must be current Wenatchee Valley College students.
  • Entries must be received by 3 p.m., April 20 at YWCA NCW, 212 First Street, Wenatchee. The YWCA Social Justice Committee will judge the entries. Email entries to chyvonna@ywcancw.org.
    • Performance art should be submitted as a video.

Omak campus, April 25, 2018

Schedule of events

The event will begin in the native garden at 10 a.m., transition to the courtyard at noon and conclude in the Hazel Allan Burnett building at 4 p.m. Opening remarks will be given by Dr. Jim Richardson, WVC president; Jenny Pratt, YWCA executive director; and Cindy Gagne, Omak mayor. A native honor song will also be performed by the Red Road Association.

The schedule of events in the native garden includes:

  • 10:30 a.m.: “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women” presentation by Earth Feather Sovereign, Colville Tribal member
  • 11 a.m.: “White Privilege, Colorblindness & Institutional Racism” presentation by Erin Tofte-Nordvik, WVC director of diversity, equity & inclusion
  • 11:30 a.m.:Intersectionality of Race, Citizenship & Sexuality - A Student Perspective” presentation by Rozie Escobedo, QSA Club vice president

The event will then transition to the courtyard, where lunch will be provided by the Associated Students of WVC Omak and a moment of silence will be held. Afterward, events will continue:

  • 12:15 p.m.: “Finding Your Political Voice” presentation by Kelly Anderson, WVC faculty
  • 1 p.m.: “Mean Green: Nation Building Within Walls and Borders” presentation by Dr. Gabriela Moreno, New Mexico State University faculty

Finally, the documentary “Strong Island” will be screened from 2-4 p.m. in Hazel Allen Burnett building. The documentary chronicles a black American director and what happened to his family after his brother William Ford Jr. was shot dead by a white mechanic in Long Island New York in 1992. The killer was questioned but never charged.

Contact

Erin Tofte-Nordvik, JD
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
etofte@wvc.edu
(509) 682-6868