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Diversity at Linfield

Focus on Diversity Lecture Series

Thoughtful, productive and critical conversations about diversity are at the heart of Linfield’s mission. In 2015-16, various lectures, events and programming, supported in part by Diversity Committee grants of funds designated by the Board of Trustees, will explore and support the intellectual and research interests of students, faculty and staff in areas of diversity and inclusion, promoting courageous conversations about diversity and lived experiences across our college and communities.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Nicholson Library
Mexican Railroad Soldiers: A Forgotten Story of World War II

Erasmo Gamboa, associate professor of history at the University of Washington, author of Mexican Labor and World War II: Braceros in the Pacific Northwest, will  discuss migrant industrial workers in the railroads of the Pacific Northwest.  For more information, contact Sonia Ticas at

Monday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m., Portland Campus
How Health Care Professionals Can Effectively Work with and Support HIV Positive Clients, Thomas Davis

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m., Ice Auditorium
What We Don’t Know CAN Hurt Us, Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis, a young gay African American man and a Human Rights Campaign Youth Ambassador who is living with HIV, will meet with students and staff in Portland and McMinnville and examine multiculturalism in the context of sexual orientation, ethnicity and minority status. He will discuss his own experience and raise awareness about the need for more honest and inclusive education programs in sexuality. Davis will also remind us that HIV does not discriminate, and stress the importance of taking responsibility to reduce our risk of exposure. For more information, contact Dawn Graff-Haight,

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m., Delkin Recital Hall,  Vivian A. Bull Music Center
Sámi and Native American Folklore, Poetry, Song & Joik

Guests from Arctic Norway will present joik, music and stories from northern Scandinavia. They will be joined in a panel discussion by an Oregon Native American poet and scholar, a representative from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and Linfield sociology and anthropology professors. For more information, contact Joan Paddock at

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., Ted Wilson Gymnasium
History, Herstory, YOUR Story…

Tish Norman, executive director of Transforming Leaders Now, Inc.,  will address diversity, racism and inclusion in a keynote address  and in smaller meetings with various student groups including  the Black Student Union, Greek Life, ASLC and others. For more  information, contact Dan Fergueson at

Teju Cole
photo credit: Teju Cole/Tim Knox

Monday, April 18, 7 p.m., Ice Auditorium
Teju Cole

Teju Cole is an interdisciplinary Nigerian-American writer, art historian, photographer and cultural critic. His second book Open City was named as the Book  of the Year by the New York Times, the Globe, NPR and the Telegraph and won numerous prestigious awards. He will present a public lecture April 18 and meet with students and faculty on April 19. For more information, contact Marie Noussi  at mnoussi@linfield or Nick Buccola at

Co-Sponsors: French and Francophone Studies Program, Dept of Modern Languages, Political Science, English, Sociology and Anthropology, The Black Student Union, Nicholson Library and International Programs.

START Smart Workshop, Friday, April 15

According to AAUW research, just one year after graduation, women earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts earn, and that gender gap widens over the next 10 years. Over the course of her working life, a woman will earn roughly $1 million less than a man – simply because she is a woman. Start Smart is an interactive workshop designed to give participants the confidence and skills they need to earn fair compensation. The workshop will provide benchmarks for salary and benefits, offer salary negotiation skill-building exercises, and teach participants how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs. For more information, contact Amy Orr at

Faculty Reading Group

Faculty with interdisciplinary interests are invited to participate in a reading group that will discuss the book, Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are  Remaking America (Brookings Institute 2014) by William Frey, a leading U.S. demographer. It examines the demographic impact of various ethnic groups in the U.S. using the latest census data and argues for more inclusion of these groups in the social fabric of American society. The reading group will meet twice in the fall with additional meetings in the spring. For more information, contact Sonia Ticas at

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Linfield College will host a series of discussions on diversity.

The Oregon Humanities Conversation Project brings Oregonians together to talk about their differences, beliefs and backgrounds about important issues and ideas.

Wednesday March 9th
Emily Drew "White Out? The Future of Racial Diversity in Oregon"
Emily Drew, sociologist
Monday, April 4
Donnell Alexander "Northwest Mixtape: Hip Hop Culture and Influences"
Donnell Alexander, storyteller
Wednesday, May 4
Jade Aguilar "Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes our Lives"
Jade Aguilar, sociologist

All events are at 4:30 p.m. in 219 T.J. Day Hall

The discussions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, Linfield Professor of English at 503.883.2485 or Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

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