Existencia es Resistencia
Existence is Resistance

The Campus & Community Dialogue on Race (CDOR) is an annual event at Humboldt State University that invites students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to present and attend programs that relate to racial justice and its intersections with all forms of oppression and resistance. Our objective is to create spaces and structures for reflection, analysis, dialogue and positive strategies for change. This year's Dialogue will run from October 29 – November 2, 2018.

The vision of Campus & Community Dialogue on Race is to achieve racial, social, and environmental justice. The program's mission is to promote and facilitate social and environmental change by engaging a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints to explore the impact of racism and its intersections with all forms of oppression. In addition, students can earn a unit of credit in ES 480, Campus & Community Dialogue on Race.

Celebrating its 20th year of CDOR, we are thrilled to welcome Denice Frohman, an award-winning queer Latinx poet, educator, performer, and speaker to HSU on Monday, October 29. Born and raised in New York City, she is a CantoMundo Fellow, former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, 2014 National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures Fund for the Arts grant recipient, 2013 Hispanic Choice Award winner, and 2012 Leeway Transformation Award recipient. Her work has been commissioned by ESPN and Twitter; and her work appears in Women of Resistance: Poems for a new Feminism, Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color, The Acentos Review, Winter Tangerine, and more.  Her poems have gone viral with over 7.5 million views online and they have been featured on Upworthy, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, mitú, and Refinery29.  Her work explores the tension between the stories we tell about ourselves, the ones told about us, and the ones we tell about each other. She uses poetry as a tool for social change, disrupting ideas of power and celebrating the parts of ourselves deemed unworthy.

Potential workshop topics might include (but are not limited to):

    • Race, racism and racial justice
    • Intersectionality
    • Citizenship, border walls, xenophobia, and immigration justice
    • DACA and AB 540
    • Refugees
    • Sanctuary movement
    • Deconstructing dehumanization, disposability, and othering
    • Poetry and art as resistance
    • Queer resistance
    • Ethnic studies in K-12
    • Fascism and anti-fascist movements
    • Voter suppression, voter rights, and radical democracy
    • Election activism
    • Whiteness -- white fragility, white rage, white privilege and active anti-racism
    • Housing insecurity / access and legal services
    • Politics of health care
    • Reproductive justice
    • Police state / community accountability
    • Prison industrial complex / restorative justice / transformative justice
    • Decolonization
    • Food sovereignty
    • Feminist vegetarian ethics of care
    • Fat / body positivity / body justice
    • Liberation theology
    • Alternative media / independent media /“fake news” / media bashing
    • Economic justice
    • Reparations
    • Accessibility / disability justice / neurodiversity
    • Mental health
    • Self care, wellness, and sustainable activism

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