#ChapsUnite Against Racism

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Now more than ever, it is critically important for our Chaparrals and the entire college community to unite against racism. This institution-wide initiative will help us forge ahead in our ongoing equity and inclusion work. DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and other key stakeholders are partnering with COD.

By sharing life experiences, the cultures and histories of each other, we want to empower and amplify voices of our students, faculty, staff and the community so we can reflect, share and act against racism. Let’s work together and learn from one another. 

COD Stories

Cierra Desmaratti

"The most important thing for everyone to know is that a world with diversity is a much more beautiful world. It's a much more just world and it's a much more creative world. I'm excited for my own future, to be doing something unique and paving my own way for others to follow." - Cierra Desmaratti

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COD Stories

Amira Abuarqoub

"The older I got, the more I felt compelled to stand up for myself and others who often feel a lack of acceptance and representation, further leading me to seek avenues in which I could do just this." - Amira Abuarqoub

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COD Stories

Johnny Tran

"[The] Asian Student Association (ASA) was the biggest contribution to my growth as a leader. I was faced with many obstacles...However, I was able to overcome these challenges with the support of my team, Student Life and friends." - Johnny Tran

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COD Stories

Danya Nasr

"Dr. King believed all men are created equal and should enjoy the same rights and privileges, and I found this in COD in terms of education and treatment." - Danya Nasr

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COD Stories

Jason Florin

"I think of our program as empathy training. Empathy mobilizes us to take action; sympathy paralyzes us. So students need to be able to practice active empathy as professionals in human services. I try to focus on a few concepts that all students can benefit from in their careers, including principles such as 'Do no harm' and 'Seek supervision.' They are simple but effective." - Jason Florin

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Virtual Forums

The Sustainability Film and Discussion Series

Cooked: Survival by Zipcode, directed by Judith Helfand

View the film on your own and then join the conversation by attending four panels presentations, led by COD faculty and community experts and activists.

Health and Film Wrap Up
Thursday, Oct. 29, 3 p.m.
Speakers: COD faculty member Lori Klose and Film Producer Fennell Doremus discuss health, sociology, and details related to themes of the film.
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Inclusive Excellence Series 

How to Have Uncomfortable Conversations Towards Positive Change
Article review: Talking About Race by Dennis Pierce, see pages 10-15

Guest Speaker
Keith Barnes
Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Pikes Peak Community College
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m.
Zoom link for each session

Workshop: Identity and Self Awareness through Poetry

Special Guest: Gabriela Garcia Medina – Poet & Spoken Word Artist
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
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Gabriela will be with us LIVE on Zoom.

The purpose of this workshop is for participants to use poetry as a medium for self-awareness. We will explore creative writing activities to delve deep into personal questions about identity. Although participants will be encouraged to share their writing with one another, it is not a requirement, they only requirement is honesty, openness, and a willingness to participate.

Workshop: Conversations with the Past

Special Guest: Joan 'Lyric' Leslie – Author & Slam Poet
Thursday, Nov. 12, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
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Joan will be with us LIVE on Zoom.

This workshop will challenge attendees to write about how their pasts have shaped their current realities. They will tap into their most descriptive memories to write a poem/short story in which something or someone from both their past and present, have a chance to occupy the same space. This workshop will 50% interactive lecture and 50% writing and sharing work.

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Keeping the Conversation Going  

COD alumnus Lamorne Morris stars in the the new Hulu series "Woke." Morris looks at this challenging role as an opportunity to challenge viewers to have meaningful dialogues and create change. Learn more about Morris and the new show.

Lamorne Morris

Blog: Speak Your Truth

Sharing unique stories from our campus and extended community as we explore diversity and the experiences that have shaped our lives

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Student Development Team

Meet the professional staff that are leading the #ChapsUnite Against Racism initiative.

Contact Information

Dean of Students
(630) 942-2485