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Riverpoint Diversity Committee

WSU Spokane, in collaboration with other members of the Riverpoint Campus, has formed the Riverpoint Diversity Committee, a group of faculty, staff, and students committed to:

Transforming the Riverpoint Campus environment by challenging individuals and systems to create and ensure a climate inclusive of equity and diversity

We invite students, faculty, and staff to attend diversity committee meetings.

Riverpoint Diversity/Cultural Events/Activities Subcommittee

This subcommittee of the Riverpoint Diversity Committee plans various diversity and cultural events and activities on the Riverpoint Campus.  We invite all WSU and EWU faculty, staff, and students to attend our meetings (second Thursday of each month Aug-June from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.).

For information, contact Yvonne Montoya Zamora at 509-358-7554 or montoyazamora@wsu.edu.

WSU Nursing Diversity Committee

This committee is a subcommittee of the Riverpoint Diversity Committee planning various diversity brown bag events throughout the academic year that are open to all WSU and EWU faculty, staff and students. 

For more information, contact Dr. Julie Postma, chair at 509-324-7442 or jpostma@wsu.edu.

Riverpoint Student Diversity Club

We encourage all students to participate in this student-run organization that works toward the integration of diverse perspectives within both the campus community and academics.

Scholarships

Academic Achievement/Diversity Scholarship : WSU and the Office of Scholarship Services annually offer scholarships ranging from $1,700 to $3,500. Recipients are chosen based on GPA, standardized test scores, and other indicators of potential achievement. The selection committee may also consider leadership and services activities.

DIVERSITY CALENDARS

Aug 2014 Diversity Calendar (doc) »

September 2014 Spokane Area Diversity/Cultural Events

 

National Hispanic Heritage Month – In 1968, Congress first designated the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week to celebrate the cultural, heritage, and contributions of the diverse cultures within the Hispanic community.  This week was chosen because of two historical events: independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15, 1821 and Mexico’s Independence Day, which was the beginning of the struggle against the Spanish on September 16, 1810.  In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a full 31-day period from September 15 to October 15.

 

What will you do on 9/11 Day Campaign?

Join the movement, how will you give back on 9/11?  Take the pledge to do a good deed on 9/11, for more information visit their website at http://www.911day.org/.

 

9/11 Day is the international non-profit movement to observe September 11 every year as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds.  This observance was created soon after 9/11 to provide a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world.

 

9/11 Day was founded and is lead each year by MyGoodDeed, they were successful in their effort to secure the formal designation of September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, which was supported on a bipartisan basis by former President George W. Bush, formally authorized in 2009 under federal law approved by Congress, and established officially by President Barack Obama under Presidential Proclamation on September.

 

City of Spokane Human Rights Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Spokane Human Rights Award.  There are three categories: Youth (under 21-years of age); Individual Award, and Organization Award.   The awarded will be presented during the 2nd annual Human Rights breakfast on Friday, October 24, 2014.  Nomination deadline is Friday, October 3, 2014 pm.  For the nomination packet go to https://beta.spokanecity.org/bcc/commissions/spokane-human-rights-commission.

 

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WSU President’s Commission on Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation (GIESO) is currently accepting applications from WSU Spokane faculty, staff, and students.  For questions and/or application, please contact Yvonne Montoya Zamora at 509.358.7554 or montoyazamora@wsu.edu or Heidi Stanton Schneby, GIESO Member Coordinator at 509.335.8841 or hstanton@wsu.edu.  WSU Spokane has not had a representative on this Commission for several years.  Website http://president.wsu.edu/office/presidential-committees/gender-sexual-orientation.html.

 

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Sacred Encounters

Tells the story of Father DeSmet and the American Indians of the Rocky Mountain West which tells the history of the Mission and the Coeur d’Alene Indians.

Date:  Open, no end date at this time

Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily (except holidays)

Location:  Old Mission State Park, Cataldo, ID (exit 39)

For more information visit their website at http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/oldmission.aspx or call 208.682.3814.

 


Inland NW Narrative: Crossroads and Confluence

Dates: Wednesday- Sunday, March 21, 2014-December 31, 2016, closed holidays

Time:  10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: NW Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC), 2316 W First Ave

Cost: $10.00 adult, $7.50 seniors (60+), students w/ID $5.00, children 5 and under admitted free

For more information call 509.7992 or visit their website at http://northwestmuseum.org/.

 

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Al Jazeera – English

Date: Monday-Friday

Time:  7:-00 am – 7:30 am

English version of the Arabic-language news network. Breaking news and features plus background material including profiles and global reactions.  On KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Around the World with Michael Moon Bear

Date: Each Thursday of the month

Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

You will music from around the world.  Hosted by Michael Moon Bear on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

The Asian Fusion Show

Date: First and third Thursday of each month

Time:  12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Learn about the diversity amongst Asian cultural, listen to the experiences from individuals, music, artists, writers, cooks, and poets.  Hosted by Jing Yun Xiang and Piah Song on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Humaculture

Date:  Saturday

Time:  1:00 pm-2:00 pm

Issues related to African Americans and people of color.  Hosted by The Doc and The Mayor, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Inner Tribal Beat

Date: Tuesday

Time:  2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Inner Tribal Beat is radio show program where you will hear Native American News, music, commentary, cultural, environmental, interviews, local, and public affairs.  Hosted by Twa-le, Gabe, Eve and Jeff on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Irish Music on Tap

Date: Wednesday

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Irish and Celtic music.  Hosted by Don Thomsen and Rick Ruben, on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Latitud / Latitude

Date: Monday

Time:  noon-1:00 pm

Latitud is radio show program about sharing intercultural experiences among the Latino community.  Hosted by Zandunga on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

The Latin Lounge

Date:  Monday

Time:  6:00 pm-8:00 pm

A wide spectrum of Latin music.  Hosted by “Corazon” and David on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Layali Arabia

Date: Saturday

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Arabic songs from a multitude of different genres including but not limited to: hip hop, reggae, indie, metal, folk, pop, electronic, oriental jazz and some of the greatest classics to come out of the Arab World. Hosted by Jake, Rabab and Rahmi on KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

The Persian Hour

Date: Saturday

Time:  noon – 1:00 pm

The Persian Hour’s consists of a variety of Iranian music from hip hop to traditional, Jazz, blues, rock and roll and the usual.  Also, they will share stories, recipes, and interviews.  Hosted by Sharo, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Queens of Noise

Date:  Wednesday, every 2nd and 4th week

Time:  9:00 pm-10:00 pm

You will hear best in female vocalist/musicians.  Hosted by “Queen of Mean”, KYRS 92.3 FM or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

QueerSounds

Date:  Every Thursday evening

Time:  6:00 pm-8:00 pm

QueerSounds is radio show dedicated to playing music by and for LGBTQ people.  Music, interviews, community events and forums. Hosted by "bob" and Cat, KYRS FM 92.3 or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org

 

Spokane Slavic Radio

Date: Saturday

Time:  4:00 pm-6:00 pm

Spokane's home for news and music from the Russian community!  Hosted by Sofiya, Evgeniy and Tudor on KYRS FM 92.3 or 88.1 FM.  Website: http://www.kyrs.org.

 

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35th Annual Pig Out in the Park

100 free concerts on four stages and 47 food booths, 4 adult beverage gardens

Dates: Wednesday-Monday, August 27, 2014-September 1, 2014

Time:  11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Location:  Riverfront Park

Cost:  Food and drink items otherwise free

For more information, visit their website at http://www.spokanepigout.com/.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Mayor’s Proclamation

Date: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Location: Spokane City Hall

 

OutSpokane Meeting

Date:  Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Location:  The Lincoln Center Board Room, 1316 N Lincoln St, Spokane, WA 99201

Cost:  Free

For more information, visit their website at http://www.outspokane.com/.

 

American-Italian Club

Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Riverview Retirement Community, Village Community Building, 2117 E North Crescent Ave

For more information, call 509.994.0120 or visit their website at http://www.glnw.org/spokane.htm

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Like Water for Chocolate (Mexico, Rated R)

Date: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm, doors open, movie at 7:15 pm

Location: Classroom Phase 1 Auditorium, EWU at Riverpoint

Cost: Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.  

 

Oscar De Haro, Day of the Dead Artist

Dates: Saturday September 5, 2014 to Thursday, October 2, 2014

Location:  Andy’s Bar & Grill (21+ years of age), 1401 W 1st Ave

For other Hispanic Heritage events, visit https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

Arabian Nights at Azars

An evening of delicious Greek cuisine and live Middle Eastern dance at Azars. Enjoy unique cultural entertainment featuring rotating dancers every month, delicious Greek cuisine with a Turkish coffee or imported wine.

Date: September 5, 2014

Time: 6:30pm

Location: 2501 N Monroe St Spokane, WA 99205

Cost: Free show, must purchase dinner Azars Greek Restaurant

 

Spokane Kids Fest

Families with children ages 2-10 years are invited to participate in a free, fun event filled with activities, crafts, face painting, music, dancing, prizes and more.

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time:  noon-3:00 pm

Location:  Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E Indiana Ave

For more information, visit their website at www.spokanevalleymall.com or call 509.926.5575.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Amores Perros (Rated R)

Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm, doors open, movie at 7:15 pm

Location: Classroom Phase 1 Auditorium, EWU at Riverpoint

Cost: Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

7th Annual SpokeFest 2014

Four routes (9 miles-Spokane Falls Option, 21-miles – The Classic River Loop, and 47-miles-The Four Mounds Option and the 1-mile Park Loop and Bike Safety Rodeo)

Date: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Time: 7:00-9:00am (SpokeFair opens at 8:00.  Ride starts vary.  See website for more information)

Location: Riverfront Park

Cost:  $15.00/8:00 for adult/youth on or before August 31st, $20.00/15.00 for adult/youth after September 1st.

For more information, visit their website at www.spokefest.org.

 

Healing our Heroes Conference

Conference for those who aid rural veterans as they readjust to civilian life.  This event will equip professionals and advocates to better serve rural veterans.

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Time: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Cost:  Free, limited to 60 participants

For more information and to register, visit http://extension.wsu.edu/AHEC/Conferences.  Call Bobby Jones at 358.7547 or email bobby.jones@wsu.edu for questions.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain, Rate R)

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm, doors open, movie at 7:15 pm

Location: Classroom Phase 1 Auditorium, EWU at Riverpoint

Cost: Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

Inland Northwest Business Alliance (INBA) monthly luncheon

Networking Lunch

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time:  11:30 – 1:00: social, networking

Location:  Glover Mansion, 321 W 8th Ave, Spokane, WA 9920

Cost:  $30.00 for members and first time guests, $40.00 for non-members.

For more information call 509.455.3699, or e-mail info@inbaspokane.org, website http://www.inbaspokane.org

 

Hispanic Business / Professional Association monthly luncheon

Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Time:  11:30 – social, networking, Noon - Lunch and agenda items, 12:30 – speaker/program

Location: Fiesta Mexicana, 1227 S Grant Blvd

Cost:  Around $10.00-$12.00

For more information visit their website at www.hbpaspokane.com, menu for Fiesta Mexicana is at http://www.orderfiesta.com/.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Before Night Falls (Mexico, Rated R)

Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm, doors open, movie at 7:15 pm

Location: Classroom Phase 1 Auditorium, EWU at Riverpoint

Cost: Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Cesar Chavez (Rated PG-13)

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Jundt Museum, 110 Auditorium, Gonzaga University

Cost: Free

For more information visit http://www.gonzaga.edu/Student-Life/UMEC/Events.asp.

 

Cheney Pee Wee Rodeo

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14, 2014

Time:  10:00 am and Cowboy Church on Sunday at 8:00 am

Location:  Bi Mart Arena, 14310 Michal P Anderson Memorial Hwy (State Route 904) Cheney

Cost: Free

For more information email cpwra@hotmail.com or visit their website at www.cpwra.com.

 

City of Spokane’s 1st Annual Hispanic Heritage Gala Dinner &Auction- Encanto

Proceeds benefits scholarship funds for the Iniguez family Endowment and Hispanic Business Professional Association Foundation

Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 5:30-9pm

Location: Spokane Convention Center

Cost: Tickets $100

To purchase tickets for the gala dinner, visit www.joseiniguez.com/spokane-encantogala.html for more information visit https://beta.spokanecity.org/blog/2014/07/22/spokane-celebrates-hispanic-heritage-with-fiesta-spokane/

 

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians, Gays, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Persons (PFLAG) Support Group

Date:  Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Location: Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 S Ray Street

Cost:  Free

For more information on meeting times and places, call 509.593.0191 or email Support@SpokanePFLAG.org  or visit their website at spokanepflag.org.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Salt on the Earth (Not Rated)

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm, doors open, movie at 7:15 pm

Location: Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium, 1810 N Greene Street

Cost: Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

PFLAG

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (3rd Tuesday of each month)

Time:  7:00 pm

Location: Bethany Presbyterian Church, 2607 S. Ray Street

Cost: Free

For more information email support@SpokaneFPLAG.org or call 509.593.0191.

 


Diversity Recruitment Committee

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time: Employers - 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. / Job-seekers - 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Location: WorkSource, 130 S Arthur St.

Cost: This event is free, call number below for ticket.

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 2:30 p.m. (employers), 3:00 (job seekers) to 4:30 p.m.

For more information contact Dirk Vastrick at 509.532.3038 or 509.532.3186.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero (Not Rated)

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Weyerhauser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre, Whitworth University

Cost:  Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

Helping Our Heroes Veterans Event

Date:  Friday, September 19, 2014

Time:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Employment Workshop at 9:00 am (visit hihworks.eventbrite.com)

Location:  Spokane County Fair and Exp Center, 404 N Havana, Spokane, WA 99202

Cost:  Open to veterans and military personnel, must register.

For registration questions, please contact hiringoutheroes@usbhamber.com or call 202.463.5807

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Films: Companeras and Cuba Mia (Not Rated)

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

Time: First film - 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, second film – 8:00-9:30 pm with refreshments from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: Classroom Phase 1 Auditorium, EWU at Riverpoint

Cost: Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

Valleyfest 2014

Date:  Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 19-21, 2014

Hearts of Gold Parade Friday, September 19th from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Location:  Mirabeau Point Park/CenterPlace Regional Event Center

Cost:  Free and open to the public

For more information and schedule of events visit their website at http://www.valleyfest.org/.

 

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

A family friendly celebration of the Hispanic culture featuring local and regional music and dance performers.  The festival includes art exhibits and demonstrations along with Hispanic crafts and food.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Location: Riverfront Park 507 N. Howard, Spokane, WA

Cost:  Free

For other events and/or more information call (509) 625-6601 visit

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 


Children’s Renaissance Faire

Decorate and design girls’ head pieces, Robin Hood hats, masks, and coat of arms.  Games, face painting and mural painting, magician jugglers, storytelling and renaissance players.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014

Time: 11:00 am – 3: 00 pm

Location: East of Duncan Garden, Manito Park. S Tekoa and 22nd Ave

Cost: Free

For more information visit their website at http://www.thefriendsofmanito.org/.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Posada (1 hour Documentary/Not Rated) - The journeys of Densi, Johnny, and Wilber, teenagers living in the U.S. undocumented and without parents.

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Times:  noon and 6:00 pm, snacks will be served

Location: Spokane Academic Center, WSU Spokane, Riverpoint

Cost:  Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

Rosh Hashanah Services

Date: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, September 24-26, 2014

Time: Thursday: 9 am, 11 am & 4 pm, Friday: 10 am and 7 pm

Location: Chabad of Spokane, 4116 E 37th Ave

For more information, visit their website at http://www.jewishspokane.com/ or call 509.443.0770.

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Maid in America (documentary, Not Rated) and immigration panel.  Maid in America is an intimate, eye-opening look at the lives of domestics (las domésticas), as seen through the eyes of Eva, Telma and Judith: three Latina immigrants, each with a very different story, who work as nannies and housekeepers in Los Angeles, CA.

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2014

Times:  6:00 pm to 8:00 pm be service

Location: Barbieri Courtroom, Gonzaga University Law School

Cost:  Free

For other movie times, locations and other events visit for more information 

https://static.spokanecity.org/documents/fiestaspokane/first-fiesta-calendar-08-29-2014.pdf.

 

79th Annual Greek Festival Dinner

Greek pastry, Taverna, Dancing, Deli, and Cooking Demonstrations

Date: Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, September 25-27, 2014

Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox, 1703 N Washington

Cost: $12.00 adults in advance, $6.00 for children under the age of 12 in advance; at the door $15.00 adults

For advance tickets call 509.328.9310 (during festival preparations) or visit their website for other locations or for more information (menu and times) at http://www.holytrinityspokane.org/festival.html.

 

2014 AIDS Walk

Sponsored by Spokane AIDS Network

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 11:00 a.m. with registration opening at 10:00 a.m.

Location: Riverfront Park’s North Bank Shelter

Cost:  visit website for cost

For more information and to register visit their website at www.spokaneaids.org or call 509.455.8993 or email info@san-nw.org.

 

Copacabana – A Latin Red Carpet Dinner / Dance celebrating Hispanics Cultural Diversity

Hosted by Club de Latinas de Spokane

Date: September 27, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm

Location: Knights of Columbus, 392 E Boone Ave, Spokane
Cost: $35 single/ $65 couples
Contact for tickets and information: Club de Latinas de Spokane 509-230-4385 or 509-270-095

 

Spokane’s Hispanic Film Fiesta

Film: Central Station (Central Do Brasil/Brazil  – Rated R) – Dora, who writes letters for illiterate people at Rio de Janeiro’s central railroad station, feels compelled to help 9-years old Josue locate his estrange father after the child’s mother dies in a car accident.  This Oscar-nominated drama follows the interplay between Dora and the boy during their journey to Brazil’s remote Northeast region, their bond growing every stronger with each mille logged.

Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cost: $5.00 general public, students with I/D free

Location: Bing Crosby Theatre,

For more information visit http://www.bingcrosbytheater.com/events/762/fiesta-spokane-presents-central-station-central-do-brasil.

 

 

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Out of Area Diversity/Cultural Events

Las Memorias

Students in Central Washington (Mabton, Warden, Othello, and Pateros) participate in a unique Washington State University outreach program that combines writing, performance, and theater to help them prepare for college.

Date:  Thursday, September 4, 2014

Time:  11:00 am and 7:30 pm

Location: McFarland Middle School, Othello, WA

Cost: Free

For more information visit http://performance.wsu.edu/.

 

Las Memorias

Students in Central Washington (Mabton, Warden, Othello, and Pateros) participate in a unique Washington State University outreach program that combines writing, performance, and theater to help them prepare for college.

Date:  Friday, September 5, 2014

Time:  11:00 am

Location: Wenatchee HS Music Auditorium, Wenatchee, WA

Cost: Free

For more information visit http://performance.wsu.edu/.

 

Las Memorias

Students in Central Washington (Mabton, Warden, Othello, and Pateros) participate in a unique Washington State University outreach program that combines writing, performance, and theater to help them prepare for college.

Date:  Friday, September 5, 2014

Time:  7:30 pm

Location: Yakima Valley Community College, Kendall Auditorium, Yakima WA

Cost: Free

For more information visit http://performance.wsu.edu/.

 


Healing our Heroes Conference

Conference for those who aid rural veterans as they readjust to civilian life.  This event will equip professionals and advocates to better serve rural veterans.

Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Time: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location:  Yakima Convention Center

Cost:  Free, limited to 60 participants

For more information and to register, visit http://extension.wsu.edu/AHEC/Conferences.  Call Bobby Jones at 358.7547 or email bobby.jones@wsu.edu for questions.

 

 

If you know of a diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to the monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at montoyazamora@wsu.edu with event details.

 

For other general events in Spokane visit www.visitspokane.com and/or http://www.spokane7.com/ and/or http://www.downtownspokane.org/

 

 

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Save the Date!  YWCA Women of Achievement Luncheon on October 1, 2014 with keynote speaker Hattie Kauffman, author of Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming.

 

Save the Date!  Northwest Coalition for Human Rights Annual Meeting, October 11, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on October 11, 2014, at the College of Nursing, WSU Spokane (Riverpoint Campus).  For more information or if you wish to become a member of the coalition, visit

http://www.uidaho.edu/diversity-human-rights/human-rights-access-and-inclusion/northwest-coalition-for-human-rights

 

Save the Date!  Spokane Human Rights Breakfast, October 21, 2014 at 8:00 am, Spokane City Hall, Chase Gallery. To RSVP, call 509.625.6966 or email eracoshrc@spokanecity.org.

 

Save the Date!  WA State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference in Higher Education, November 5-7, 2014 at the Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center, 301 W 6th Street, Vancouver, WA.  Website to register is https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventId=1526818.   For more information email

wa-fsocc@hotmail.com.

 

 

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September 2014 International/National Diversity/Cultural Celebrations

 

 

Sept. 1                      Labor Day – Canada, USA

                                    In 1894, President Grover Cleveland declared Labor Day a national holiday.  Honors working people and the contribution of their labor. 

 

Sept. 2                      Independence Day – Vietnam

 

Sept. 6                      Braemer Highland Gathering - Scotland

 


Sept. 8                      Grandparents’ Day

                                    Established by presidential proclamation on 1979 to honor all grandparents.

 

Sept. 7                      Onam – India

A 10 day harvest festival in Kerala, South India celebrates the return of their legendary ancient ruler King Mahabali under whose reign peace and prosperity prevailed. During these days children prepare floral designs in from of their homes and extravagant boat races are organized. 

 

Sept. 7                      Father’s Day – New Zealand

 

Sept. 7                      Independence Day – Brazil 

 

Sept. 8                      Izzat – Baha’i

                                    The 10th month in the Baha’i calendar.  “Izzat” means Might.

 

Sept. 8                      Anata-Chaturdasi - Jain

                                    “Festival of Ten Virtues” is a ten day fast and meditation for the Jains.

 

Sept. 8                      Chuseok – Korea

                                    Is referred to as Korean Thanksgiving. It’s a celebration of the harvest and thanksgiving for the bounty of the earth. Family members come from all over the country to visit their ancestral homes.

 

Sept. 8                      International Literacy Day – U.N.

                                    A day to focus on worldwide literacy issues.  More than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children do not have access to education.

 

 Sept. 9                     Ksamavani - Jain

                                    Ksamavani is the “day of universal forgiveness” for wrongs committed by them and to them.

 

Sept. 9                      Harvest Moon Festival – China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

This is celebrated with family reunions, moon gazing and eating of moon cakes.  In Vietnam, it is called “Trung Thu” and it is “Chusok” in Korea.

 

Sept. 11                    Patriot Day/Day of Remembrance – U.S.

                                    Honors those who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the U.S. on September 11, 2001.  Among other commemorative events, a moment of silence is observed.

 

Sept. 11                    Meskerem (New Year) - Ethiopia

                                    During the time of the Pharaohs 4000 years ago, the appearance of Soothis (Dog Star) marked the signal that the Nile River would rise, flooding the fertile plains so that planting could begin.  This end of the rainy season became known as the New Year.

 

Sept. 12                    Gahambar Paitishahem – Zoroastrian

                                    This day celebrates the creation of the Earth.

 

Sept. 12                    Independence Day - Qatar

 

Sept. 15                    Keiro No Hi - Japan

                                    This is known as Feast of the Lanterns by Japanese Buddhists.  Prayer services are held to honor ancestors, and lanterns are floated down rivers or on the sea to guide their spirits back to the other world.

 

Sept. 15                    Independence Day – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

 

Sept. 15                    Hispanic Heritage Month – U.S.

                                    In 1968, Congress first designated the week including September 15 and 16 as National Hispanic Heritage Week.  This week was chosen because of two historical events:  Independence Day (September. 15), which celebrated the formal signing of the Act of Independence of Central American in 1821; and Mexico’s Independence Day (September. 16), which commentates the beginning of the struggle against Spanish control in 1810.  In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a full 31-day period from September 15th through October 15th.

 

Sept. 16                    Dia De La Independencia – Mexico

                                    Mexico and other Central American countries declared their independence from Spain on this date in 1821.

 

Sept. 16                    International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - UN

 

Sept. 17                    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – U.S.

                                    Honors those from other countries who become U.S. citizens each year and also the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

 

Sept. 18                    Independence Day – Chile

 

Sept. 19                    Independence Day – Saint Kitts/Nevis

 

Sept. 20                    Confucius Birthday – Hong Kong, China

                                    The Birthday of Confucius is celebrated with a dawn ceremony at temples around the world. He was born in 551 BCE

 

Sept. 21                    International Day of Peace – U.N.

                                    A day of global ceasefire and nonviolence, and an invitation to all nations and people to honor cessation of hostilities and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

 

Sept. 21                    Independence Day – Armenia, Malta

 

Sept. 22                    Independence Day – Bulgaria, Mali

 

Sept. 23                    Autumn Equinox – International

                                    In the Northern Hemisphere, autumn begins today with the autumnal equinox. IN the Southern Hemisphere, today is the beginning of spring. The daylight length is virtually the same everywhere on the earth today 12 hours, 8 minutes.

 

Sept. 23                    Shuki sorei sai – Japan, Shinto

                                    Autumnal Equinox Day

 

Sept. 23                    Mabon – Wiccan

                                    Mabon is a celebration of the Autumn Equinox and occurs on this day in the Northern Hemisphere, in the Southern Hemisphere today is Ostara.

 


Sept. 23                    Chichen Itza Festival - Mexico

                                    During the Autumn Equinox, thousands gather at the Mayan Temple of Kukulkan to see the interplay of light and shadow as it forms the impression of a long tailed serpent leading down to the stone head of the serpent Kukulkan.

 

Sept. 23                    Unification Day – Saudi Arabia

 

Sept. 24                    Our Lady of Las Mercedes Day – Dominican Republic and Peru

                                    A traditional feast of Our Lady of Mercy celebrated in many Latin countries. The Lady of Mercies  (La Virgen de las Mercedes), is the patron saint of the Dominican Republic and Peru.

 

Sept. 24                    Heritage Day – South Africa

 

Sept. 25                    Rosh Hashanah/New Year - Jewish

                                    Literally “Head of the Year” marks the first day of the Jewish New Year and the anniversary of the creation of the world.  It begins at sunset the previous day and ends 10 days later with Yom Kippur.

 

Sept. 25                    Navratri – Hindu

                                    It means nine nights starting on the new moon and ending on Dussehra. It is dedicated to the goddess Durga who had mine incarnation and has the power of good to destroy demons.

 

Sept. 26                    Shemini Atzeret - Jewish

                                    On the eighth day of Sukkot, special prayers for rain are offered.

 

Sept. 27                    Mashiyyat (11th moon) – Hahai

                                    The first day of the eleventh Bahai month. The English translation of Mashiyyat (Arabic) is Will.

 

Sept. 28                    Fiesta San Miguel - Mexico

                                    The archangel San Miguel is the Patron Saint of the city of San Miguel.

 

Sept. 30                    San Geronimo Day –Native American

                                    Named for St. Jerome, an Apache fighter (1829 – 1909), this day is celebrated by the Native Americans is Taos Pueblo, New Mexico.

 

Sept. 30                    Durga Puja – Hindu

                                    This day celebrates the divine creative force of the universe and honours the 10-armed goddess Durga, wife of Shiva, and the destroyer of demons.

 

 

Source:  With permission from Creative Cultural Communications, Multicultural Calendar 2014: http://usa.multiculturalcalendar.com/v/home.html.

 

 

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Banned Book Week (Celebrating the Freedom to Read) is September 21-27, 2014.  Visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek for a list of banned or challenged books. 

 

Most Frequently Challenged Books Written by Authors of Color from 1990 to 1999:

The number is the rank within the list of the  100 most frequently challenged books, 1990-1999.

3 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Reason for challenges: racism, homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group

17 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, violence

31 Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
Reason for challenges: homosexuality, sexually explicit

34 The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language

36 Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
Reason for challenges: racism, offensive language, violence

45 Beloved by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, violence

69 Native Son by Richard Wright
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, violence

73  The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language

78 Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language, occult

84 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Reason for challenges: racism, sexually explicit, offensive language

85 Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
Reason for challenges: sexually explicit, offensive language

Other books written by authors of color challenged during this period include Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry (offensive language) by Mildred D. Taylor and American Indian Myths and Legends (sexually explicit) by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz.

 

The Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books from 2000 to 2009:

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby: The First Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins, the creators of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

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