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Dis/Representation Series to discuss “Diversity versus Equity” as it relates to corporate trainings on November 16

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Dis/Representation Series to discuss “Diversity versus Equity” on November 16

“Diversity versus Equity” is the scheduled topic for the November 16th Dis/Representation Series session. The session is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will be at the Portland Community College Cascade Campus, 705 N. Killingsworth Street, in Cascade Hall Room 209. Dis/Representation is a collaborative offering presented by the Disability Arts and Culture Project (DACP), Portland Community College (PCC), and Portland State University.

The event is open to students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members at large. The discussion will look at what is not working about corporate trainings and will be facilitated by LeileaHaile. As the co-director for Sankofa Collective NW, Haile’s activism is far-reaching, from organizing with Black Lives Matter PDX to collaborating with ENLACE on prison divestment, to running several youth programs for the LGBTQIA community. They strive to build connections for the liberation of Queer folks of Color in Portland and globally.

The Dis/Representation program is a specific response to a need communicated by DACP members and as an answer to broader issues of ableism and community. A listening session and online survey were conducted to seek feedback from the community about DACP projects. Both Disabled and non-disabled people showed strong interest in an introduction to disability justice and in a reading group on Disability Studies, in particular. The first year was supported by a grant from Oregon Humanities and DACP’s partners.

Dis/Representation is offered as a space for individuals to come together and engage in conversation around disability. The hope is to encourage an active examination of the way disability is approached in society as well as the way disability is experienced in people’s lives.

Online participation will be available for this discussion. More information coming soon about how to participate online, so make sure to check our website or Facebook group page regularly. For accommodations, transit and parking info, online participation, discussion materials and more, visit www.disrepresentation.com, or contact us at disabilityartculture@gmail.com.Please provide accommodation requests one week in advance to ensure enough time for scheduling.

Please note that when attending PCC events, please refrain from parking on neighborhood streets. A permit is required for parking on PCC lots.