Evergreen Equity Symposium 2022

Tending This Moment: Community Care and Connection
Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14, 2022
Equity Symposium 2022 - Tending This Moment: Community Care and Connection

This year’s Equity Symposium experience is designed to help us respond to what our community needs most right now: connection and care. The idea is that this moment, with all its challenges, is our moment and that what we create from this moment can help us sustain and support our community.

Our workshops, events, and keynote speakers will help us tend to this moment, to each other, and to the natural world, as we create new possibilities together. The symposium culminates with an address by adrienne maree brown, author of this year's Common Read, Emergent Strategy.

Tuesday, April 12

12-2 pm: Equity Symposium Kick-Off Celebration
Food, games, and community building activities in the Evans Hall Lobby and (weather permitting) Red Square.   

Dr. Leticia Nieto Portrait

4-6 pm: Symposium Opening with Dr. Leticia Nieto
Dr. Leticia Nieto is a leadership coach, psychotherapist, and educator specializing in liberation and equity, cultural responsiveness, motivational patterning, and evolutionary creativity. Her book Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone (2010) is an accessible analysis of the dynamics of oppression and supremacy that offers readers ways to develop skills to promote social justice.

Secret Sound Adventures Group Shot

6-7:30 pm: Secret Sound Adventures featuring Owuor Arunga
The House of Welcome/Longhouse

Light refreshments served.
The Secret Sound Adventures started during "Lock-Down." The spirit moved three brothers to create a platform that serves as a vehicle of unfiltered, raw, musical exploration and discovery. The founding members Tim Davis (Drums), Darren Palmer (Engineer), Owuor Arunga ( Trumpet/Sound Design) are all leaders in their craft and have kept Seattle lit for decades. From their early days playing house parties and backyard boogies they have now taken the “sound adventures” to the main stage. They can be best described as “Hiphop meets Bebop” and everything in between. 

6-7:30 pm: Concurrent Virtual Workshop Sessions

  • There Is No Hierarchy of Oppression II: Reasserting the Resolve (Grace Huerta & Catalina Ocampo Londoño) REMOTE
  • We Are the Medicine We've Been Waiting For (Kendra Aguilar & Native Pathways Students) REMOTE

Wednesday, April 13

Walidah Imarisha Portrait

10-11:30am: Walidah Imarisha on "Using Visionary Fiction as an Emergent Strategy for Social Justice Organizing"
Walidah Imarisha is an educator and a writer. She is co-editor of two anthologies, including Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements. Imarisha is also author of Angels with Dirty Faces: Three Stories of Crime, Prison and Redemption, which won a 2017 Oregon Book Award. Imarisha currently teaches in Portland State University’s Black Studies Department and is director of the Center for Black Studies. 

Noon-1 pm: Social Justice Center Open House in Evans Hall 2205/2207

1-2:30 pm: Concurrent Workshop Sessions

  • Mass Incarceration by the Numbers (James Jackson & System Impacted Students and Alumni) 
  • Critical Conversations with Rare Books (Ray Zill & Library Staff) 
  • Tending Seeds Tends People (Sarah Dyer & Students, Staff, and Faculty connected with the Organic Farm) 
  • Learning and Educating at Evergreen (Joli Sandoz & Contributors to Real Evergreen: An Educator's Handbook) 
  • The Rising Intersectional Movement of Disability Justice (Tara Hardy & Carolyn Prouty) REMOTE

3-4:30 pm: Concurrent Workshop Sessions

  • Healing the Soul: Connecting with Self and Community (Marissa Cummings)
  • bell hooks Memorial Collaborative Annotation Workshop (Ruth Kodish-Eskind)
  • Homeland as Cuisine: Feminist Food Writing (Therese Saliba, Yasmine Ghosheh, Natalie Arneson)
  • Tender Hearts, Tending Community: Art & Accountability in Pandemic Times (Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser) REMOTE
  • The Established Order of Racism in American Institutions (Marcia Tate Arunga & Rev. Kelly Brown) REMOTE
  • Introduction to Mental Wellbeing Program (Jamyang Tsultrim)

Thursday, April 14

10-11:30 am: Concurrent Workshop Sessions

  • Documentary Screening: Picture a Scientist (Kina Montenegro)
  • Ethical Storytelling as Community Care (Bree Grim, Bianca Milevoj, Katherine Sackmann)
  • The laws that oppress us and the activism that liberates us: LGBTQ+ American History (Sam Fennell and Emily Pieper)
  • Deep Medicine (Mukti Khanna & Students enrolled in Spring Quarter Psychology of Mindbody Medicine) REMOTE
  • My Pronouns Are (Diana D'Arc) REMOTE

Noon-1 pm: Indian Education for All book-reading by John Hopkins, Chief Diversity Officer at Saint Martin’s University
The House of Welcome/Longhouse

1-2:30 pm: Workshop Sessions

  • Reimagining Land Acknowledgements: Tribal Perspectives (Kara Briggs, Sauk-Suiattle; Laura VerMuelen, Tlingit-Haida; Zoltan Grossman)
  • Commit to You (Pavielle Dawson)
  • Street Medicine and Radical Community Care: Taking Care of One Another Outside the System (Joshua Johnson and Greg Urquhart)
  • Where We've Been and Where We're Going: Community Care in the Evergreen Archives (Liza Harrell-Edge) REMOTE
  • Community Care: Disability Strength and Joy in an Ableist World (Meredith Inocencio, Anne Carpenter, Jess Tourtellotte, Kat Harmon, Lilly Kinnamon) REMOTE
adrienne maree brown portrait

6-7 pm: Closing Keynote with adrienne maree brown
adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute. She is author of Holding Change, We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice, Pleasure Activism, and Emergent Strategy, and co-editor of Octavia’s Brood and How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office. She is co-host of the podcasts How to Survive the End of the World, Octavia’s Parables, and Emergent Strategy. brown is rooted in Detroit.