Where Are You from?

Exploring identity and belonging in Oregon

This conversation aims to bring people together to discuss the diverse experiences of belonging in Oregon. Challenging stereotypical visions of what it means to be an “Oregonian,” participants are asked to consider how being an Oregonian or part of the community looks different for all of us. Centered around participant’s unique identities, we will look inward and share how our race, gender and other identity markers shape our relationships to our community and the world around us. We will touch on Oregon’s founding racial exclusion laws, immigration trends and share how we can foster inclusion in our own lives.



Kerani Mitchell | Bend

Adopted from India as an infant, Mitchell was raised in small, rural towns in Oregon where she was constantly questioned about her citizenship and right to belong. These experiences followed her into adulthood and inspired her to learn more about the world. After obtaining a B.A. in International Studies from Seattle University, Mitchell returned home to Central Oregon where she aims to promote a culture of inclusion. She is a founding board member of Bend International School, a staff member at Groundswell Fund and a parent. 

Program Themes

Identity , Place , Race

Equipment Needs

chalk/whiteboard , digital projector , microphone

Digital projector optional