Access through Action
Access through Action means that we each contribute to an equitable and inclusive university and world, creating access for all, if every Eagle understands it is the responsibility for each and every one of us to take action to make it happen.
WE ARE EASTERN Video HERE
Calendar of Events
Join us for our Keynote Address, Everything You Do or Don't Do Matters, by Kiantha Duncan. Monday, May 11, 2020 from noon-1pm. This event has concluded. The recorded video can be accessed HERE.
For over 25 years Kiantha has been recognized nationally as a leader, community advocate and convener of people. Kiantha’s professional leadership career has been in organizational management and philanthropy.
Kiantha is a speaker, columnist, author, radio personality and philanthropist. As a former foster child having experienced traumatic Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Kiantha’s lived experience, passion and long standing commitment to what she has coined as Soulful Leadership serve as drivers for both her personal and professional life.
Kiantha’s reputation as a story teller, facilitator and moderator leaves listeners inspired and motivated to transform the world through meaningful conversations.
Out of 8 submissions, the winner of our Diversity and Inclusion Week Theme and Logo Contest was EWU student, Sela Tran. Sela's design represented hands hold up the world, and was the perfect image to express a theme of Access through Action. Sela's design was turned into a graphic design, by EWU student, Gavin Davis.
As the winner of this contest, Sela will receive a certificate, $50 gift card to Amazon, and 5 t-shirts with the design on it.
Join us Tuesday, May 12, 2020, from noon-1:30pm for the Lucy Covington Symposium presentation, The Threat Is Real: Tribal Termination Under the Current Administration, followed by panel discussion. Zoom Link:
Optional Pre-Reading: Click Here
This symposium will give a brief overview of tribal sovereignty as it relates to the trust responsibility between Tribes and the Federal Government. While the Federal Government’s stance on termination has taken many forms since the mid 1940’s, the Department of the Interior’s recent decision to rescind 300 acres of Mashpee Wampanoag trust lands has Tribes preparing for what could very well become the “New Era of Termination”. The discussion will also include thoughts on how the DOI’s decision could potentially impact Tribes here in the Pacific Northwest.
Are panelists are:
Jessie Little Doe Baird is a citizen and Vice Chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and Wampanoag Women’s Medicine Society. She was born and lives in Mashpee, MA. Jessie is married and has five children and 9 grandchildren.
She is the Co-founder and Director of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project that began in 1993. This is a Cooperative endeavor between Mashpee and several communities of the Wampanoag. The aim of the project is to reclaim Wôpanâôt8âôk as a spoken language. There were no speakers of the language for six generations.
She received her Master of Science in Linguistics from MIT in 2000. In addition, she holds Degrees Honoris Causa from Cape Cod Community College and Yale University. She has completed a layperson’s introduction to Wampanoag grammar as well as curriculum for teaching and is currently working toward the completion of a dictionary and expansion of the curriculum for Master Apprentice teaching and is working on the Mohegan Pequot language as well where she currently has two apprentices.
Jessie has authored many books in the language including grammar text books, coloring books, stories, game curriculum, a prayer book, and a phrasebook for everyday use. She writes articles on Wampanoag culture and history and is a former research fellow of the National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages as well as a member of the American Antiquarian Society and a Mac Arthur (Genius) Fellow.
She has served on the numerous advisory boards in the areas of Indigenous culture and history.
Jessie has participated in Mashpee Town government on the Mashpee Housing Authority as a commissioner as well as the Mashpee Historic District and in an advisory capacity for past Wampanoag cultural projects and films for various organizations.
She also gives talks for colleges and universities in the US and abroad.
Her other interests include traditional dance, cooking for family and friends, shell fishing, creation of regalia, and writing.
Margo Hill, JD is a Spokane Tribal member and was raised on the Spokane Indian reservation. She is a semi-fluent speaker of the Spokane Indian (Salish) language she has been taught by her tribal elders the culture and the "way of life" of her people. She earned a Juris Doctorate from University of Gonzaga School of Law and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University. As the previous Spokane Tribal Attorney and a Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court Judge she worked in the legal field to protect tribal sovereignty, water rights and the land base of her tribe and other tribes. Margo Hill is faculty in EWU Urban Planning, where she teaches Planning Law and Legislation, Administrative Law, Community Development, Tribal Planning classes and American Indian Law.
Rhylee Marchand, JD is an enrolled member of the Colville Tribes, specifically Okanogan, Arrow Lakes, Moses/Columbia and Colville bands. Rhylee has dedicated her career to working in Indian Country advocating for local tribes in Washington and Idaho. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of the Arts in History with a minor in American Indian Studies from EWU. After graduating from Eastern, she attended the University of Idaho College of Law and received her Juris Doctor in 2015 with an emphasis in Native American Law. Rhylee served as the Associate In-House Attorney for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe from 2015-2020. In March 2020, she was hired with the Kalispel Tribe of Indians as a Staff Attorney.
Watch Now! WE ARE EASTERN video HERE.
This video highlights EWU students, faculty, staff and alumni that represent the diversity of the Eastern Washington University Community.
Video edited by EWU Student, Gavin Davis.
Join us for our first Virtual Diversity Essentials Workshop on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from noon to 1:30pm presented by Kim Davis, Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusion. Click Here to Register
This Diversity Essentials workshop tackles feelings associated with fighting for equity. Are you a person in the dominant identity groups feeling like you do not know where you fit in to this conversation? Are you a person who is fighting your own never ending battle for equity, and you are just tired? We will have a frank conversation about the reality of inequities that exist, and what life is really like for people of all identities in this important work.
Kim Davis currently serves as Eastern Washington University’s inaugural Senior Director for Diversity and Inclusion. Kim is a two-time graduate of Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources Management and a Master of Science in Communication Studies. Kim was a non-traditional student, managing a full-time job, family obligations, and her education to become a first-generation college graduate. Kim knows the value of promoting diversity and inclusion at EWU and in the community and has served in many ways as an employee and volunteer in the efforts to bring equity to our campus and community. Kim has worked in a variety of roles in diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, affirmative action, ADA compliance and human resources in her 20 years at EWU. Kim also enjoys engaging with students by teaching HR classes as quarterly faculty at EWU and mentoring interns each quarter. Kim loves helping people, in particular in her EWU community of students, faculty and staff. Kim thrives on inspiring others to believe in themselves, fight for equity, and continually grow.
Join us for our first Virtual Art Show featuring Social Justice Posters created by EWU Graphic Design students. Enjoy the show: HERE
This is an advanced presentation to engage participants in actively working to dismantle systemic racism in their communities and beyond their roles at EWU. The link for Zoom link for ALL workshops is: https://ewu.zoom.us/j/834722976
Meeting ID: 834 722 976 | Telephone Dial-in number: +1 346 248 7799 (US Toll)
As part of a series, the Multicultural Center will be hosting a screening of the Film, 13th (2016) and discussion afterward. Instruction Here: Netflix Party Instructions With Link
13th is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery throughout the U.S. and ended involuntary servitude except as punishment for conviction of crime.
Criminalizing behavior and enabling police to arrest poor freedmen and force them to work for the state under convict leasing; suppression of African Americans by disenfranchisement, lynchings and Jim Crow; Declaration of war on drugs that weight more heavily on minority communities and, by the late 20th century, mass incarceration of people of color in the United States.
During and after this screening, we will discuss what the film was about, the story, and the directors intention in making the film. Most importantly, we will discuss what lessons were learned and can be taken away and applied into daily life.
Link to Nominees for Diversity and Inclusion Awards: HERE
Dear Campus Community,
I would like to take a moment to thank those who contributed to making Virtual Diversity and Inclusion Week so great for you. Without them, this would not have been possible.
D&I Week Planning Committee: Kim Davis, Tiffany Dixon, Heidi Schnebly, Michelle Schultz
Funding/Support- Office for Diversity and Inclusion: Dr. Shari Clarke, Kim Davis, Vanessa Delgado, Marilyn Dreis, Nick Franco.
Logo and Theme Contest Winner: Student, Sela Tran, Logo Editor: Gavin Davis
Keynote Address: Everything You Do or Don't Do Matters
Speaker: Kiantha Duncan, Welcome: President Mary Cullinan, Host: Kim Davis, Moderator: Tiffany Dixon
WE ARE EASTERN Video (Over 500 Views):
Video Editor: Student, Gavin Davis
The Threat Is Real: Tribal Termination Under the Current Administration
Panelists: Jessie Little Doe Baird, Margo Hill, Rhylee Marchand,
Host: Nicole DeVon,
Moderator: Jerry Crowshoe.
Support/Planning: Dean Jon Anderson, Felicia Jensen, Erika Ribbens
Over My Head Workshop: Facilitator: Kim Davis, Moderator: Remijio Mendoza
Virtual Art Show: Student Social Justice Posters (Over 100 Views): Mindy Breen's Visual Communication Design 3 class. (Over 100 Views)
Equity Educators Present, Navigating Racism: Your Role in Anti-Racism
Movie Screening, 13th
Diversity and Inclusion Awards Nominees
Multicultural Center Staff: Vanessa Delgado, Jocelyn Núñez, Alexander Brooks, Nathaniel Elongo, Darinka Cereceres Reyes, Angela Vakauta, Brooke Wright, Makai Wright.
Technical Support: Lesli Younger, Nick Brown, Jeff Healy
Recording Editor: Corey Burgess
Finally, a huge THANK YOU to YOU! Thank you for showing up to events, sharing your perspectives, sending us encouragement along the way, watching our videos, providing your selfies and videos, and for TAKING ACTION! Remember, WE ARE EASTERN!