Where Are You from?

Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians

In 2015, Oregon's population exceeded 4 million people. Not only are we growing in number, we're also changing demographically. Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? How are minority and under-represented populations included and treated today? Drawing on the diverse histories and backgrounds of participants, Kerani Mitchell leads a conversation that asks what makes us Oregonian and how can we create inclusive communities.

 

Leader

Kerani Mitchell | Bend | kerani.mitchell@gmail.com

As an East Indian adoptee who has spent most of her life in small Oregon towns, Kerani Mitchell is accustomed to questions about her citizenship and lineage. The constant questioning of her identity inspired Mitchell to obtain a BA in International Studies from Seattle University, where she focused on multicultural and social justice issues. She's since held numerous positions coordinating people and programs in nonprofit settings, working with immigrant, student, and volunteer populations. She currently works as a coordinator at the year-round arts and cultural nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., and serves on the Bend International School Board of Directors.

Program Themes

Power and Place , Race

Equipment Needs

Chalk/whiteboard, microphone, digital projector (optional)