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April 4, 2017
Remembering the Internment of Our Bainbridge Island Neighbors
March 30 marked the 75th anniversary of the forced removal of 227 Japanese Americans (Nikkei) from their homes in Bainbridge Island, under the 1942 Executive Order issued in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack. They were the first of nearly 120,000 Nikkei (persons of Japanese ancestry) on the West Coast to be detained in government internment camps as “enemy aliens,” solely based on their ethnicity.
Commemorating that painful history, a plaque at the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial reads “Nidoto Nai Yoni” − "Let It Not Happen Again." It is a poignant message to future generations not just of the atrocity of injustice, but also of the healing power of community. Read more...
On a recent visit to the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial, I was proud to learn of the many local residents who supported their Japanese neighbors during their incarceration. They included Walt and Millie Woodward, whose Bainbridge Review was the only West Coast paper to speak out against the internment; Filipino-American and White islanders who maintained the internees farms and other property during their confinement; and those who welcomed home the handful of Japanese American families who returned to Bainbridge Island. While many communities were deeply divided by anti-Japanese bigotry during and after World War II, Bainbridge Island serves as an example of the strength that can come from standing together across difference in the face of injustice.
Visit the Bainbridge Island Japanese Amercian Community website to learn about the Memorial.
See how OC’s curriculum is helping to preserve the history of the Japanese settlement Yama on Bainbridge Island.
March 16, 2017
Diverse Learning Environments Survey - Aplify your Voice!
OC students, help shape the future of our College by completing the national Diverse Learning Environments (DLE) Survey. Complete the survey and you are automatically entered into a drawing for a one-quarter tuition waiver courtesy of the OC Foundation, and four $50 gift cards for the OC Bookstore.
The DLE survey asses things like campus climate, diversity efforts, institutional practices and dialogue on diversity. It is a national survey administered by the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute. Through this effort OC will learn more about student perceptions regarding the institutional climate, campus practices as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers, and student learning outcomes. Diverse student populations are at the center of the survey, and the instrument is based on studies of diverse student bodies and the complexity of issues that range from student mobility to intergroup relations.
The survey is available online beginning April 3.
Feb. 2, 2017
Presidential Equity and Excellence Lecture Series - Barbara Ransby
If you were inspired by the inaguaral OC Presidential Equity and Excellence Lecture featuring Angela Davis, you will not want to miss the next lecture featuring Barbara Ransby. An acclaimed historian, university professor, writer and activist, Ransby's lecture centers on democatizing knowledge and the role of teaching and learning for fostering critical citizenship. This event is free and all are welcome, including students, faculty, staff and the community. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues., Feb. 28, 7-8 p.m.
515 Pacific Ave.
Bremerton, WA 98337
Jan. 19, 2017
Presidential Equity and Excellence Lecture Series - Angela Davis
The inaugural Presidential Equity and Excellence Lecture was an overwhelming success with more than 800 community members in attendance. Thank you to the many people from the College who helped to make this event a reality. If you were not able to attend, the lecture is being broadcast on Bremerton Kitsap Access Television (BKAT) according to the following schedule:
- 1/17 10pm
- 1/19 5pm
- 1/25 10am
- 1/27 3pm
BKAT is on Comcast channel 12 or WAVE channel 3. It will stream on the website at those times, here: http://www.bremertonwa.gov/402/Bremerton-Kitsap-Access-Television-BKAT.
Sept. 22, 2016
The Elephants in the Room: Why OC Won’t Ignore Them
On Sept. 21, anyone walking on the Bremerton Campus in view of the Bremer Student Center, couldn’t help noticing something out of the ordinary ̶ a giant inflatable elephant looming over an outdoor living room. Onlookers quickly recognized the metaphor, a reference to the unpleasant truths that are too obvious to miss, yet still go ignored. Surrounding the display were a host of staff and student volunteers eager to explain why Olympic College chose this symbolism to give visibility to the “elephants” it is naming and confronting in order to better support student success.