4th Annual African American Leadership Conference

CaptureThe Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in collaboration with the Black Student Union is hosting the 4th Annual African American Leadership Conference right here at Green River College next Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

The keynote presenters at the conference are Bellevue College’s Yoshiko Harden, Chief Diversity Officer, and Aaron Reader, Director of Multicultural Services.

The conference will begin with check-in at 11 am in the Student Affairs building and end at 7 pm. Attendees will have the option of a number of workshops to include:

  • Skills Development
  • Social Justice & Leadership
  • Awareness of Others
  • Professional Development

Find out more and Register here.

Tacoma Ethnic Fest

I try to support local events, especially when the insanity of I-5 triggers a fiery rage within me reminiscent of Michael Douglas in Falling Down. Being from Tacoma, I decided to take my family to Wright Park for the Tacoma Ethnic Fest over the July 25-26th weekend. There was something for everyone: a Lego station, fire engine and ambulance for kids, and live music and delicious food for adults. To be honest, I may have been slightly more excited than my son about the Legos, but that is content for another post, perhaps something focused on respecting the age ranges listed for popular toys.

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What I found impressive was the abundance of people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds carrying Green River goodie bags stuffed with information about our college. As we all aim to encourage diversity, I was pleased to see the Outreach and Service Learning Center’s efforts were hugely successful in advertising our institution and attracting new students.

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The GRC booth was manned only by volunteers and included Rebecca Muchmore, Conrad Webster, Sue Hart, Claire Gorenstein, and Kiana Fuega.

The Outreach and Service Learning Center additionally had a booth at the Renton River Days festival on July 24th. Green River’s volunteers included Tina Christian, Marshall Sampson, Sheila Capps, La-Basha Alexander, Camella Morgan and Jean Sauvion.

Pacific Islander Heritage Days

Alii! Talofa! Bula! Yokwe! Malo’elelei! Mogethin! Iaorana! Kia’ora! Aloha! Hafa Adai! Ka’oha! Raan Anim! Hello to all!

Pacific Islander Heritage Days

As many of you may or may not know, April is recognized as Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  To celebrate, you are cordially invited to the First Peoples (also known as First Nations) at Green River’s event, “Pacific Islander Heritage Days.”  On Thursday, April 30th, First Nations will be presenting an Island Fashion Show from 12:00-1:30 pm and an Island Culture Showcase from 6:00-8:30 pm; both events will be located in the LC’s MDA.

The Island Fashion Show will consist of participants modeling cultural and traditional wear from various indigenous and Pacific Island countries.

The Island Culture Showcase will involve performances from various: high schools, colleges/universities, and renown organizations in the PNW, and members from the Green River and South King County community.  Performers identify Pacific Islander struggles and success through numerous acts: beautiful singing, dancing, acting, spoken word, poetry, and more!  There will be: great company, free food and overall a fun-filled experience!

Come out and learn more about the Pacific Island cultures!  Did I mention these events were FREE?  You don’t want to miss out!  For questions or further information, please contact Kasanita Vaea.

Until next time, keep stylin’…ISLAND STYLE!

Benjamin Lealofi
Program Coordinator
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New Employee Spotlight – Liliana Godinez

We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.

Liliana GodinezPlease tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
I am the new Diversity and Equity Completion Advisor at the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I have over 7 yrs experience assisting students from all walks of life, preschool to higher education. I spent the last 3 yrs as a mental health counselor, serving at risk youth and mentoring them to achieve a college education.

What drew you to apply to Green River?
Working under a diverse group of staff and offering my skills and strengths to help students break down barriers towards college graduation. I am highly resourceful and enjoy new challenges.

On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
During my morning ride, I listen to 92.5 Brooke and Jubal. My favorite segment is the Second Date Update. On my way back home, mostly salsa, bachata and Mexican cumbia and banda.

What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job in an educational setting was at 14 yrs of age, teaching Microsoft Office to Latino mothers, and translating for parenting classes. This experience determined my choice of career.

What about your new position are you most excited about?
Assisting students solution focus and problem solve challenges, emphasizing that anything and everything is possible with determination.

What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
To get to know the students, staff and resources as well as see the new Project Finish Line succeed and be an exemplary example of what team work can accomplish.

What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
1) Being the first and only college graduate in my family of six; 2) Being a mother; 3)My family, friends and spirituality.

If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be?
Maybe something along the lines of my culture, because my face lights up when I talk about my Mexican-American experience, e.g. “Chica”.

For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
I am an artist at heart. I have been painting children since high school. I love kids and I enjoy painting with the imagination of one. I paint children in surreal environments, e.g. the Safari, clouds, etc.

If G.R.E.E.N. where an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?
Go big   Re-invent   Educate   Equality   Never give up