Community Diversity Link
“The worst distance between two people is misunderstanding”--Unknown
The Community Diversity Link (CDL) hopes to fosters multicultural awareness and understanding through reading and open discussion. Books and Breakfast meetings are hosted by the Community Diversity Link and open to the entire OES community. It is not mandatory to read the books in order to participate in our discussions.
We are pleased to chair the OES Community Diversity Link for the 2015-16 school year and hope to encourage the continued exploration of diverse perspectives through a few special events and the Books and Breakfast Series.
We plan to begin the year with a trip to see the A Community on the Move exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society in downtown Portland. We have secured a docent-led tour at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 22, and would love for you to grab a friend and meet us to see this 'original exhibition created by the Oregon Black Pioneers, [that] explores how the WWII shipyards, migration from the South, the Vanport flood, and urban renewal projects impacted Portland’s black families and businesses.'
The first of four Books and Breakfast meetings is scheduled for November 10th, where we plan to discuss New York Times Op-Ed Columnist David Brook's The Road to Character.
January 12 we will tackle Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric, a finalist for the 2014 National Book award, the winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Award for poetry and a finalist for that same award for criticism.
In February we will discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates' powerful letter to his son, Between the World and Me, and our final Books and Breakfast of the Year will be on April 12, with a book as yet to be determined.
We will conclude the year with a meeting dedicated to the state of the school and new strategic plan with respect to issues of diversity on the morning of Wednesday, May 25.
We look forward to seeing you during the year,
Lucy Shanno and Kim Bissell