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Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series

Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series

The Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series began in 2006. Approximately nine presentations annually are offered across MCC campuses and centers. Discussion leaders are identified for the films.

Upcoming events

North Portland Oregon resident re: Gentrification
VIDEO & Panel Discussion: Priced Out 15 years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon
Panel film discussion: Amanda Brewer, Othello Meadows, Teresa Hunter, MPA, JD

In the late 1990s, Nikki Williams, a single mother living in the only “ghetto” in Portland, Oregon, embraced the idea of gentrification. At that time, her black neighborhood was dominated by abandoned buildings and fear of drug dealers.
Fifteen years later, Nikki was one of the last black residents on her block, as high-end restaurants and throngs of young white newcomers came to dominate the area. While some black residents said good riddance to the old neighborhood, others felt betrayed by city officials who had promised revitalization without displacement.

Thursday, December 12
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg 10, Room 110

Tony Burroughs Geneologist
LECTURE: Why Black Families Should Research Their Family Histories
Tony Burroughs, internationally known genealogist, author and lecturer, founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy

Genealogy is great for finding information about your ancestors. But it can also be inspiring and very powerful. It can give families a sense of pride and a strong foundation of where they came from. Genealogy improves ones understanding of history. Genealogy research can add to the historical record, help correct wrongs and omissions, and can identify unknown heroes.

Thursday, January 9
12:30-1:45 p.m.
South Omaha Campus
ITC Conference Center, Room 120

LECTURE: Riding into the Unknown-What I Learned from 30,000 Miles of Equestrian Travel by Bernice Ende

In 2005, 50-year old Bernice Ende wanted to find out what kind of horsewoman she was, so she set out on a 5,000-mile ride. Atop an 8-year old thoroughbred mare named Honor, Ende traveled from her home in Trego, Montana, to New Mexico. Adorned in a broad-brimmed cowgirl hat and accompanied by her dog Claire, she made the journey with only the clothes on her back.
The retired ballet teacher depended on the kindness of many strangers along the way. Since that initial trip, Ende has logged more than 30,000 miles in the saddle, crisscrossing North America on horseback—alone.

Tuesday, March 17
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room TBA

Discussion led by Victoria (Vicky) Nakibuuka-Muli, MPA, MPH(c), global education research programs administrator, UNMC College of Medicine

Based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death class between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights, a 14-year-old girl is abducted in her rural village’s tradition of kidnapping women for marriage. Hirut fights back, killing her captor and intended husband, resulting in local laws demand of a death sentence. A local women’s legal aid lawyer challenges one of Ethiopia’s oldest and most deeply-routed traditions, portraying a country in a time of great transformation and the brave individuals ready to help shape it.

Wednesday, March 25
2-3:45 p.m.
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Room TBA

Life Lessons and A Mystic Journey on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage
The Rev. Ernesto Medina, president, Board of Directors, Latino Center of the Midlands, B.A. Communications, University of California at San Diego, M.Div.Church Divinity School of the Pacific

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. Learn from Ernesto Medina, a storyteller and visionary, about his journey on the Camino and the life lessons he learned.

Thursday, April 2
10:30-11:45 a.m.
Sarpy Center, Room 214

VIDEO & discussion: Power to Heal
Discussion led by Dr. Stacey Ocander, dean, Health Careers,
Metropolitan Community College

Telling a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans, this story is a tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country practically overnight.

Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served Black and White patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies.

Tuesday, April 7
6:30-8 p.m.
Fort Omaha Campus
Bldg 10, Room 110