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International/Intercultural Education

International/Intercultural Education coordinates educational programs and events across the Metropolitan Community College campuses to commemorate nationally recognized ethnic and cultural holidays. Most programs are free and open to the public. Suggestions for programming should be sent to bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

Study Abroad programs and international initiatives for the college are also managed by this office. Click on the Education Abroad tab below for more information or contact bvelazquez@mccneb.edu.

Programs and Events

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Film & Discussion:  Changing Our Minds:  The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker

Led by Lynne Mytty, former Officer/Board Member of PFLAG Omaha, River City Mixed Chorus and River City Gender Alliance

Dr. Evelyn Hooker

During the 1950s, Dr. Evelyn Hooker undertook groundbreaking research that led to a radical discovery: homosexuals were not, by definition, “sick.” Dr. Hooker’s finding sent shock waves through the psychiatric community and culminated in a major victory for gay rights, forcing the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its official manual of mental disorders in 1974.

Startling archival footage of the medical procedure used to "cure" homosexuality, images from the underground gay world of the McCarthy era and home movies of literary icon Christopher Isherwood bring to life history, which we must never forget.

Monday, June 17, 2019
12:15-1:45 pm


South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, room 120
2909 Eward Babe Gomez Ave
Omaha NE 68107

Free and open to the public
Questions? bvelazquez@mccneb.edu

LGBTQIA+ Panel: Moments of PRIDE
Mark Van Kekerix, Lynne Mytty, Jennifer Pansing

Rainbow flag

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village, an important historical event for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally and internationally.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
12:30-1:45 pm
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg. 10 room 110
5300 N 30th Street
Omaha NE 68111

Free and open to the public
Questions? bvelazquez@mccneb.edu

Webinar:  How to make your Campus Safer for LGBTA Students

Discussion led by Julie Langholdt, Dean of Student Advocacy & Accountability and members of MCC's Student Alliance for Everyone (SAFE)

Campus study area

Jennifer L. Martin provides information and knowledge needed to make a campus safer for LGBTQIA+ students. The session includes the definitions of the LGBTQIA+ acronym, statistics on and effects of LGBTQIA+ harassment, Title IX requirements, and strategies to support LGBTQIA+ students.Included is information on how to be an ally to LGBTQIA+ students, acquire the tools to advocate and understand the research and legal requirements to create more equitable policies and procedures.


Friday, June 21
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg. 10 room 112
5300 N 30th Street
Omaha NE 68111


Free and open to the public
Questions? bvelazquez@mccneb.edu


Two spirit flag

Lecture:  Two-Spirit People:  Historic & Contemporary Native America

Led by Nicole Bergman-Tamayo, director, Soaring Over Meth & Suicide, Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition, Inc.

Traditionally, Native American two spirit people were male, female and sometimes intersexed individuals who combined activities of both men and women with traits unique to their status as two spirit people. In most tribes, they were considered neither men nor women; they occupied a distinct, alternative gender status. Although there were important variations in two spirit roles across North America, they shared some common traits:  specialized work roles, gender variation, spiritual sanction, same-sex relations.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
12:30-1:45 pm

Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg. 10 room 112
5300 N 30th Street
Omaha NE 68111

Free and open to the public
Questions? bvelazquez@mccneb.edu

Film & Discussion:  The Most Dangerous Year - Separate is Never Equal

Led by Joan Watke Stacy, PC, LLO, attorney at law, SENA, POLK & STACY, LLP & Andrew Sagartz, JD, MCC Business Law/Paralegal instructor

Protesters gather outside of columned state building

In early 2016, when a dark wave of anti-transgender “bathroom bills” began sweeping across the nation, the Human Rights Campaign published a report identifying 2016 as the most dangerous year for transgender Americans. Documentary filmmaker Vlada Knowlton captured the ensuing civil rights battle from the perspective of a small group of embattled parents as they banded together to fight a deluge of proposed laws that would strip away the rights of their young, transgender children. As one of the parents, Knowlton presents an intimate portrait of her own struggle to protect her 5-year-old transgender daughter from laws inspired by hate and fear.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
6:30-8 pm
Elkhorn Valley Campus - room to be determined
829 N 204th Street
Elkhorn NE 68022

Free and open to the public
Questions? bvelazquez@mccneb.edu

Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow poster featuring last year's Powwow Princess
 

Contact

Barbara Velázquez, coordinator
International/Intercultural Education
bvelazquez@mccneb.edu
531-MCC-2253
402-403-0660 (Fax)
 

Theresa Foley, assistant
International/Intercultural Education
tfoley@mccneb.edu
531-MCC-2266
402-403-0660 (Fax)
 

P.O. Box 3777
Omaha, NE
68103-0777