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Conferences and Trainings

There are many opportunities for students to attend conferences and trainings that provide opportunities to gain new skills, learn and expand their network.

Some conferences include:

  • CEAD Conference
    • Location: La Grande, OR
    • Students will learn about diversity, equity and social justice as well as gain skills that will enable them to be responsible and reflective campus and community leaders as well as advocates for creating a more inclusive campus community. Provide an opportunity for students to learn from others, whose backgrounds, beliefs, and perspectives are different from their own and to gain a broader understanding of differences. Promotes personal growth and skills that encourage critical thinking and transform the challenges of diversity into opportunities. Enable participants to be empowered leaders actively promoting the advantages of diversity. Increase students understanding of power, privilege, biases, and stereotypes and how dimensions impact their interactions and perceptions of diversity.
  • Oregon Students of Color Coalition
    • The Oregon Students of Color Coalition (OSCC) was formed at the 1997 Northwest Student Leadership Conference, where students of color came together because they felt they saw a lack of response to racial injustices in education. In 1999 the OSCC Field Organizer was created as a permanent staff position with the Oregon Student Association institutionalizing OSCC within the organization. Over the years our capacity has grown as well as the number of victories we’ve won. Our work is rooted in the belief that education should be accessible to all and an example of our work has come through our commitment to helping pass statewide policy like Tuition Equity and working with state leaders to promote programs that benefit communities of color.
  • National Indian Education Association
    • The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) was formed by Native educators in 1969 to encourage a national discourse on Native education. For 50 years, NIEA has hosted an annual convention to provide a forum for collaboration. NIEA adheres to the organization’s founding principlesto bring Native educators together to explore ways to improve schools and the education of Native children; to promote the maintenance and continued development of Native languages and cultures; and to develop and implement strategies for influencing local, state, and federal policy and policymakers.
  • Oregon Indian Education Association
    • American Indian/Alaska Native education sits at the very intersection of sovereignty and cultural sustainability in our Native communities. Without educating ourselves and those around us to the issues of sovereignty, governance, sustainability and cultural knowledge, we limit our capacity to truly decolonize the conditions in which Native communities continue to struggle. It is through the intersections of spiritual strength, sovereignty and educational access and success that Native communities can truly aspire to realize their own unique goals.