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Black History Month-Sista in the Brotherhood Video Presentation

University of Oregon in Portland, 70 NW Couch
70 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209, US (map)

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Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-history-month-sista-in-the-brotherhood-tickets-40214515699

The University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) will hosting a Black History Month event on Thursday, February 8, 2018, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Entitled Pioneering a Living Legacy: Shaping Our Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in the Labor Movement. At the White Stag Building 70 N.W. Couch St., in Portland, Oregon.

Pioneering a Living Legacy: Shaping Our Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in the Labor Movement will feature two prominent African American women local leaders, a labor leader who transformed a male dominated industry as a license electrician journeywoman. The second a scholar on feminism, and tradeswomen struggle for equity and inclusion in the building and construction industry. A lively facilitated discussion will follow the presentations and the short film, Sista in the Brotherhood.

Donna Hammond joined the IBEW local 48 in 1978 as a pioneering tradeswoman in Portland Oregon; she endured both racial and gender institutional barriers in the labor movement, but transformed the barriers into building blocks. She succeeded against the odds and became a union negotiator fighting for equity diversity, and inclusion in the labor movement and workplace through collective bargaining. Donna’s personal life story is significant for students and anyone interested in a career in the skilled trades, and most importantly lessons for the future demographics of the workforce and labor movement.

Dr. Roberta Hunte teaches Black Studies and Women Gender, and Sexuality studies at Portland State University. The evening program will feature Dr. Hunte’s short film, “Sista in the Brotherhood” which highlights the experience of women struggling in a male dominated industry for equitable terms and conditions of employment in the building and construction industry. Her content includes reproductive justice, inequality, feminism, and the African American experience. The panelists will also discuss the benefits of a skilled trades and pre apprenticeship programs leading individuals to a rewarding career as a tradesperson.

The events are free and open to the public, and free food will be served. For more information, call Sherman Henry at 503-412-3722. To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-history-month-sista-in-the-brotherhood-tickets-40214515699

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