Speaker helps students find themselves
By Leticia Bennett - Staff Reporter
People are all interconnected through our identities and share something in common with everyone, a college administrator said earlier this week.
Jason Dorsette, associate director and chief of staff at Oregon State University, spoke Monday at Highline's annual Unity Through Diversity week.
Unity Through Diversity Week is Highline's effort to recognize the different races and cultures on campus through a series of presentations and workshops.
The workshop was centered around the topics of race, gender, and identity.
Dorsette said he does not take either of those subjects lightly when he speaks and said that it has been a "sacred journey" for him to learn, teach, and speak about it.
The workshop included several different activities that encouraged students to interact and learn more about themselves.
"Be brave, be bold, do what's comfortable for you," Dorsette said when participants formed groups and made ground rules for the activities and discussions.
Several of the ground rules included the common theme of respect, open mindedness, and speaking from experience.
One of the activities was to illustrate that all students and people are connected.
Participants divided into small groups, formed a circle and would hold a string of yarn and state one of their identities.
If others in the group shared that identity, they would pass the piece of yarn and continue until everyone was holding at least one of the strings.
The end result was a giant web that connected all members of the group together.
Another activity was forming an "identity circle." All participants formed a large circle and were asked several questions pertaining to their race and identity.
Participants would step into the circle if the question or statement applied to them and would step back if it did not.
Some of the discussions included the definitions of what race is; what the queer identity means; self-authorship, an ideology of an internal personal identity, and the critical race theory, which examines society and culture at the intersection of race, law, and power.
Dorsette said he hopes to see his work help students grow spiritually and intellectually and wants it to be of use to many in the future.
Let's be blunt
Getting busted for a drug crime can cost you your federal financial aid.
Student passes out in North Parking Lot
An older student was found unconscious in the North Parking Lot on April 13 by Public Safety. Reports were that the individual tripped and fell, hitting their head on the pavement.
The student was then transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
A 1997 Honda Civic was stolen in the South Lot on April 13 at 1:20 p.m. Des Moines Police showed up on scene and took a report. It is unknown if the vehicle was ever found.
Public Safety advises students with a 1990 to early 2000 Honda Civic or Accord models to purchase a wheel lock because those cars are easy money makers for thieves.
Some Honda models have few universal keys, making those cars very accessible too.
An epic epi-flub
A nursing student accidently injected himself at 9:10 a.m. on April 14 with a real epi-pen in class when he intended to use a prop.
A medical call was placed and the student was checked out by medics. The individual did not suffer from any complications and made a full recovery, according to Public Safety.
Way too buzzed
An intoxicated male was found by Public Safety locked out of his vehicle in the South Lot on April 14 at 6 a.m. Des Moines Police responded and the man cooperated with authorities. The man said he was having a dispute with a roommate and he was trying to get away. Des Moines Police offered to drive the man home, but he declined and a friend of the man picked him up. The man was not indicted by police.
Write with power and precision
The Writing Center wants to help you learn how to write in your own way effectively.
Today is their last workshop of the week, it will be from 11 a.m. to noon. The event will have hands-on activities and one-on-one time with tutors to explore the writing process.
The Writing Center will also offer sign-up sheets for future tutoring sessions with one of their tutors along with information with up and coming workshops.
Young poets comes to speak
Highline hosts an open mic event followed by a poetry reading from Angel Gardener, Seattle Youth Poet Laureate.
Gardener has written poetry based off of her life and life events. Being in the foster care system since the age of five and moving from more than 30 placement homes she has much to tell. At the age of nineteen Gardener is representing Seattle as the city’s Youth Poet Laureate.
The open mic will be from 11:30 a.m. to noon and then Gardener will read and answer questions from noon to 1 p.m. in the Inter-Cultural Center, Building 8 Room 204.