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Friend, Neighbor, Ally: Community Response and Supportive Engagement with those Targeted by Hate and Bias

Date: 1:00pm - 5:00pm PST February 10 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

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Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

This panel discussion event will provide attendees with information about instances of hate and bias that communities in the Portland area are experiencing through the sharing of data and case stories. This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public.

Attendees and panelists will engage in discussion around building skills, making  connections, and the resources available to further one’s learning around the impact of hate and bias. Time for network and resource sharing will also be included.

Panel discussion points will include:

  • Practical skills and/or ideas for how to approach a person targeted by hate/bias when you are a bystander, neighbor, friend, co-worker etc.
  • Considerations for personal safety if interrupting act in progress, and cultural and relational aspects between interrupter and target.
  • Motivation to get/stay involved and take action.
  • Networking time will be built into the event and organizations will have an opportunity to share their resources.

Panelists Include

Michael Braxton, MBA, MSW, CADC III, CGAC I, CRM, CSWA, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, Executive Director of the Empowerment Clinic Inc

Jaboa Lake, MS ABD, Graduate Research Assistant/Doctoral Student, Applied Social Psychology, Portland State University

Shweta Moorthy, Researcher, Coalition of Communities of Color

Karin Moscon, Civil Rights Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education

Moderated by Janet Steverson, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Lewis & Clark College

Following the training, participants will have the ability to identify:

  • An everyday act of hate and bias
  • At least one way to intervene as a bystander
  • Elements of safety in intervening
  • At least one new resource for support in confronting hate and bias

Details and Registration

Date and Time: Saturday, February 10, 1-5 p.m.
Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel
Free Online Registration: Click here to register


About the Panelists

Michael Braxton is the Founder and Executive Director of Empowerment Clinic (EC) Inc and a Clinical Psychology Doctoral student. The mission of EC is to provide Life Improvement Services to disadvantaged populations. EC is culturally specific and thus specializes in providing life improvement services such as culturally responsive treatment, housing, food, acupuncture and other ancillary services to Black, Latino and LGBTQI disadvantaged populations. Mr. Braxton uses Trauma-Informed care supplemented by the treatment modalities of people of color, serving those suffering from addictions, mental health uses and challenges resulting from homelessness. He is an advisory board member for Portland Community College’s addiction program, Member of LEAD program to reduce arrest rates of African Americans in Oregon for drug possession crimes, Founding Member of Oregon African American Behavioral Health Coalition & a Member of Cascadia Behavioral Health Housing Board.

Jaboa Lake (she/her), is a community organizer and a doctoral student in the Applied Social & Community Psychology program at Portland State University. Locally, Jaboa works with various grassroots organizations to develop and implement programs that combat racial oppression through political education and community care. She identifies as a liberation researcher and seeks ways to better bridge the gap between research and community action. Recently, Jaboa worked with Portland United Against Hate on a community-led project that aimed to better understand what hate means and looks like to people in the Portland Metro Area, and to develop best practices for hate crime and incident reporting procedures that are community-informed and supported.

Shweta Moorthy is the Researcher for the Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC), one of the few community based organizations in the region to have full-time research capacity. She joined the CCC in March 2016 after a three year tenure as faculty at Northern Illinois University. At the CCC, she envisions and implements the organization’s research justice agenda including leading community based participatory research projects about the lived experiences of communities of color in Washington County, Portland United Against Hate and the Regional Equity Atlas. She earned her Masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India, and her doctorate from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

As a Civil Rights Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education, Karin Moscon works to ensure equal access to a high-quality education for all of Oregon’s students. In this capacity she serves as the Methods of Administration and Title IX Coordinators. Moscon works with 204 school districts and 17 community colleges to provide training and technical assistance, conducts site visits to monitor compliance with federal and state civil rights laws, and investigates complaints of discrimination as part of the Oregon Department of Education’s appeal process. She has worked in education for more than 25 years as a teacher, building and district office administrator, regional and state agency administrator, consultant, and faculty at Idaho State, Boise State, and Oregon State Universities.

As dean of diversity and inclusion, Janet Steverson serves as a member of Executive Council, working closely with deans, the provost, faculty, staff and students across Lewis & Clark. The dean of diversity and inclusion is responsible for the strategy and implementation of Lewis & Clark’s commitment to a safe, welcoming, and equitable learning community. Before joining the Lewis & Clark faculty in 1990, Janet was an associate at Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C., doing general litigation. She worked particularly on cases of commercial transactions involving tort and contract allegations, employment discrimination, government contracts, and insurance coverage disputes. Janet was a member of the Harvard Law School Board of Student Advisors teaching first-year students moot court, legal writing, and research. An area of special interest to her is children’s rights. She has published on the issues of interspousal tort immunity, children and the law, contracts, drug-addicted mothers, and consumer warranties.

  • This project is supported by the City of Portland, Office of Neighborhood Involvement and Office of Management and Finance, Special Appropriations for Portland United Against Hate. The content is solely the responsibility of the grantee and does not necessarily represent the official views of the City of Portland.



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