For months, we’ve watched as people across the country and around the world have marched in support of racial justice and ending systematic racism.
And much like the people marching now represent a diverse community of people, so does the Chandler-Gilbert Community College. This intersection of what can be widely different visions will fill the spotlight at CGCC’s Bridging Cultures series, an opportunity for education around the diverse people who make up CGCC and our community.
Exploring not only the Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian and Pacific Islander experience, but also gender and sexuality, CGCC’s Bridging Culture series will bring filmmakers, authors and scholars to (the virtual) campus to expand the community’s collective minds.
Oct. 6 Digging Up the Roots of Sexual Violence
Aishah Shahidah Simmons's journey to dig up the roots of sexual violence unearths some of the contradictions and complexities that allow the sexual violence epidemic to flourish while dispelling racist, classist, and heterosexist myths about who causes sexual harm, what enables it to happen, and why; uncovering these myths ultimately allows us to dismantle the silence and untruths that allow sexual violence to happen.
- Join the live stream event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1HonphODz0
Oct. 22 Taking the Leap: From Hip Hop to Local Government
Rapper and Georgia county commissioner Mariah Parker discusses how she realized that the skills of hip hop artists are applicable to the political sphere as well - the ability to gather and move a crowd, the skills to articulate your ideas creatively and succinctly in a way that inspires people to action, the connection to the problems that the community is facing, and fearlessness in standing up to speak your truth in the face of opposition.
- Join the live stream event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlqglzhJEh0
Nov. 2 White Competency: A Blueprint for Racial Justice in a Global Pandemic
November’s events include Dr. Jacqueline Battalora who explains and examines whiteness to help us better understand and strategize how we might achieve true racial justice within our daily work as well as institutional structures and practices.
- Join the live stream event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-5CiCLojf0
Nov. 19 Native American Mascots and Cultural Appropriation
The series concludes with Dr. Adrienne Keene’s exploration of cultural appropriation around Native cultures.
- Join the live stream event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyDIe3BSuYU
Sept. 9 Always in Season
Filmmaker Jackie Olive screened and discussed her film “Always in Season” which focused on the continuing legacy of lynching in America.
- Watch the event here
- Watch the event here