Social Sustainability Month Decolonizing Sustainability: Unsettling the Dominant Paradigm

Thursday, October 24th
Native American Student and Community Center
10th Anniversary Celebration
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 12:00pm-8:00pm
Formal ceremony honoring all who contributed to the development of the center and its impact on student success after 10 years of providing a cultural home for students. Keynote speaker will be Terry Cross the Director of the National Child Welfare Association. Event will also include a native plant ceremony and blessing.
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Friday, October 25th
Harvest Festival
Location: Learning Gardens Lab, 6801 SE 60th AVE, Portland
(SE Portland on 60th Ave, between Duke and Flavel)
Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Enjoy tasting tours of the garden, live music, cider press, food, games, art projects, and gardening workshops. The Harvest Festival celebrates the diversity and energy of the Learning Garden Labs community and will include PSU students, Lane Middle School students, neighbors, and community members of all ages.

Monday, October 28th
Privilege, Despair, and Responsibility:
A Conversation about Race, Place, and Action
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
With an eye to challenging white privilege and identifying avenues for responsible action, panelists and attendees will be invited to share personal stories and reflections on decolonization. This event will explore how racial oppression and privilege shape our various relationships to the places we live and those around us and what it means to act responsibly in our sharply divided social and ecological environment.

Tuesday, November 5th
Film Showing & Discussion: The Garden
Location: Multicultural Center, SMSU 228
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
The Garden follows the plight of urban Los Angeles farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall as they organize to protect their 14-acre oasis from being torn down. The event will begin with setting up a space for active participation, then the film showing, followed by a facilitated discussion.

Wednesday, November 6th
How to Make Your Own Deodorant: White Performativity and Privilege within the Sustainability Movement
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
How have colonial privileges sustained themselves and how do people who value sustainability draw upon colonial legacies in their work? We’ll explore the relationships between social identities, personal action, and systems of oppression by focusing on one particular type of relationship to dirt – more specifically, masking the ‘stank’ produced by the microorganisms who inhabit our armpits. Participants in this very participatory workshop will walk away with an understanding of some of the history of hygiene, a lens through which they can analyze how whiteness flows through sustainability work, and a little bit of homemade deodorant.

Thursday, November 7th
Hands on Sustainability
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
A discussion of the cultural dimensions of sustainability through the lens of student projects. Presentations on sustainable economic & educational
development in both local and global communities, to be followed by discussion and Q & A.

Thursday, November 7th
Indigenous Educational System of the Micronesian Island of Palau
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
This presentation is designed to share a condensed history of education on the island of Palau in Micronesia with an emphasis on the Indigenous system of education that was in place before colonization and the introduction of formal education.

Thursday, November 7th
Decolonizing our Food System
Location: Multicultural Center, SMSU 228
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Illona Trogub and Casey Corcoran will present on how our diets have been colonized and make connections between the ecological and social crises and food systems. We will then explore options available to students to begin reinhabitation of land and rebuilding of community through the creation of a decolonized food system here in Portland.

Wednesday, November 13th
Diversifying the Environmental Movement with Marcelo Bonta
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Marcelo Bonta will speak about significant demographic shifts in the US and share a vision of how the environmental movement will need to operate to be successful in coming years. He will address various barriers to broad involvement in environmental and sustainability initiatives while providing guidance for moving forward together. In a recent article, Bonta said, “Today’s lack of diversity in the environmental movement is no one’s fault — but it is everyone’s responsibility.” In finding common ground, PSU’s community can create a movement that is based in our values and representative of our diverse campus culture.

Wednesday, November 13th
Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Sustainability
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Judy BlueHorse Skeleton and Grace Dillon will examine the impacts of colonization on land management policies and the reemergence of Indigenous practices with land, water, and the management of food systems.

Thursday, November 14th
Re-indigenizing the Urban Landscape: A Community-Based Approach to Park Development
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
The ongoing planning of the 20,000 square foot Inter-Tribal Gathering Garden at Cully Park (ITGG) in Northeast Portland symbolizes a significant shift in City park policy that is creating opportunities for Portland’s diverse Native American population to reclaim urban landscapes for food, medicine and ceremony. Ridhi D’Cruz has been working on a collaborative evaluation of this community-based approach to park development and will present my experiences and research as well as opportunities for future collaborations.

Thursday, November 14th
Self-Determination Sustainability
Location: Native American Student & Community Center
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
A presentation and talking circle with Cornel Pewewardy, Director of Indigenous Nations Studies.

Wednesday, November 20th
The Sounds of Resistance: From Storytelling to Movement Buiding
Location: Multicultural Center, SMSU 228
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
This interactive session allows participants to engage in the Power of the Storytelling. Without our voices, His-story, Her-story, Your-Story and Our-story become defined through power, privilege and silence. Students leaders will be given tools and poetry prompts to begin to extract their own personal narrative. The session will end with each participant writing and sharing their poetry to a live musical performance by Las Cafeteras. This event is designed for student leaders.

Wednesday, November 20th
Las Cafeteras
Location: Parkway North, SMSU 101, 1st Floor of Smith
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Sharing Son Jarocho inspired music through singing, spoken word (in English/Spanish/ and Spanglish) and movement (‘zapateado’), Las Cafeteras seeks to gather the teachings of Son Jarocho and infuse the music with their own stories. Their mission is to learn, share, and practice the beauty, culture and energy of Son Jarocho music for the purpose of building autonomous communities. By telling our stories of life in the concrete jungle, Las Cafeteras strives to make this ancient music relevant to everyday people in everyday places.

Thursday, November 21st
Social Sustainability Month Closing Ceremony
Location: Women’s Resource Center (Basement of Montgomery Bldg)
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tea and a circular reflection on the month of events.
Events are collaboratively organized and sponsored by the PSU
Women’s Resource Center, Environmental Club, Campus Rec,
Diversity and Multicultural Student Services Cultural Centers, and
the Sustainability Leadership Center with the support of the Food
Action Collective.

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