State of Oregon
Diversity Events Calendar
A publication of the
Department of Human Services, Office of Multicultural Health and Services
African American History Month. In 1926 Dr. Carter Woodson instituted a week-long
celebration of the contributions of African Americans to history. Dr. Woodson chose the week of
Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12). In recent years the observance has expanded, and now
the entire month of February is celebrated as African American History Month. Because of the
variation in terms used, this month is also known as Afro-American History or Black History and
Black Experience Month. Each year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and
History, founded by Dr. Woodson in 1915, sets the theme for the month. For information about the
theme for this February, “The History of Black Economic Empowerment” contact the association
at 202-865-0053 or visit its web site at www.asalh.org.
Date Contact Information
Feb 1 Langston Hughes (1902-1967) : African American. Writer. Hughes emerged as a leader of the
Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and became the most influential African American writer of his
time. His poetry, which drew on the traditional Black art forms of spirituals, blues, and jazz, won
an especially wide audience, but Hughes also distinguished himself as a writer of fiction, drama,
essays, and history.
Feb 1 NAACP SALEM-KEIZER CHAPTER – EXECUTIVE MEETING. Greggery Peterson,
Executive Board Meetings are the 1st Monday of the month from 6:30- President
8:00pm at Chemeketa Community College, Multi-cultural Section, 4000 gvpete55@netzero.
Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Oregon. Salem/Keizer NAACP Youth Group com
Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6:30-8:00pm at Mano A Mano 503/884-8876
Family Center, Rm 160, Salem, Oregon. Leaders – Christian Epps &
Rashad Furqan; 503/363-3909.
Feb 2 Groundhog Day – USA. Groundhog Day is celebrated in the U.S. each year on February 2nd.
On this day in mid-winter, the groundhog awakens from a long winter's nap, and goes outside
of his den to see if he sees his shadow. According to legend, if the groundhog sees his
shadow (a sunny morning), there will be six more weeks of winter. He then returns to his den
and goes back to sleep. If however, he does not see his shadow (cloudy days), he plays around
outside of his hole for a while. If he does not see his shadow, spring is just around the corner.
The Groundhog's Day tradition traveled long ways. It comes from German roots. German
immigrants brought the tradition with them from Germany. As they settled in hills of
Pennsylvania, they began the tradition of using the Groundhog to predict the arrival of Spring.
Feb 6 OREGON ASSEMBLY FOR BLACK AFFAIRS BOARD email@example.com
MEETING. The Board meets the first Saturday of each month from
10:00-noon at the Salem WMCA, 685 Court Street NE, Salem, Oregon. Its
mission is to improve the political, educational, social-health, employment,
legal, and economic status of Blacks in Oregon. OABA Quarterly Aneesah Furqan,
membership meetings are held in March, June, September, and December. Secretary 503/463-
OABA hosts the Call to Action Leadership Conference in odd calendar 0327
years to implement OBPC Platform Resolutions. OABA hosts the Oregon aneesahfurqan@m
Black Political Convention in even number calendar years. Planning for the sn.com
2010 OBPC is underway, and we have many Internship positions available.
Interested persons are encouraged to visit the OABA website
Feb 9 SALEM HUMAN RIGHTS AND RELATIONS ADVISORY Marilyn Johnston
COMMISSION MEETING. The Commission is appointed by the 503/588-6261
Mayor of Salem to advise the City Council on Human Rights issues and to www.cityofsalem.net
hear complaints of discrimination in housing, employment and public /departments/HRR
accommodation. The public is welcome. The Commission meets the AC
second Tuesday of the month at Salem City Hall, 555 Liberty Street SE,
Room 305, Salem, Oregon.
Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday : United States. This day commemorates the birth of Abraham Lincoln
(1809–1865), one of the greatest presidents of the United States, who changed the course of
history by preserving the American Union during the Civil War, thereby preserving American
democracy. In the process of saving the Union, Lincoln issued the historic Emancipation
Proclamation, which paved the way for the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
ending slavery in the United States. Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ending slavery in the United States.
Feb 11 OREGON ASSOCIATION OF MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS: Oregon
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS NETWORKING. OAME's quaterly Association of
Business After Hours is a great opportunity to network in the community. Minority
It hosts between 4 to 8 vendors that promote their services and products. Entrepreneurs
There is music, great food and a no host bar. It is open to the public and (OAME)
the cost for members is $5 and for non members is $10. OAME Cascade 503/249-7744
Plaza, Large Conference Room, 4134 N. Vancouver Avenue, Portland, www.oame.org
Feb 12 Coalition for Health and Affirmation of Sexual Minorities Meeting. Sue Orchard 503-
12:00-1:00 Marquam Hill, DCH9301. The goal of CHASM is the full and 494-0082
harmonious integration of all persons into the academic, social, and firstname.lastname@example.org
professional life of OHSU, regardless of sexual orientation of gender u
CHASM welcomes faculty, staff, and students, together with friends,
spouses, partners, and family members. Usually meets 2nd Friday of the
Feb 12 OAME ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, PROFESSIONAL & OAME
TECHNICAL (AEPT) MEETING. 7:30-8:00am. 503/249-7744
OAME CONTRACTORS’ COMMITTEE. 7:30-9:00am. All minority
construction businesses are welcome to participate. You will have a chance
to find out current bid opportunities as well as networking with other
Feb 13 Susan B[rownell] Anthony (1820–1906) : Suffragist, United States. Quaker, teacher,
abolitionist, and women's rights activist. Born in Adams, Massachusetts, Anthony was a leader of
the movement to gain women the right to vote. As a leader of the Women's Temperance
Movement along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton, she secured the first laws in New York State
giving women control over their children, property, and wages.wages.
Feb 14 Valentine's Day : United States. The origins of this day are confused. There appear to have
been two or three early Christian martyrs named Valentine. One was probably executed on
February 14. One man named Valentine secretly married young sweethearts in opposition to the
Roman Emperor Claudius' ban on marriage (a policy designed to prevent young men of military
age from forming family ties). Another legend mentions flowers grown by Valentine and given to
children. When Valentine was imprisoned the children remembered him by throwing nosegays
and notes into his prison window. These were the original Valentine greetings.
Feb 15 HISPANIC SERVICES ROUNDTABLE. The Hispanic Services Lily Cáceres
Roundtable is a community-based organization dedicated to heightening 503/981-2556
the awareness of services available to the Hispanic communities of email@example.com.
Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas Counties in Oregon. Identifying us
gaps in service provision and developing creative solutions to fill those
gaps. Fostering cross-cultural education and sensitivity; involving political
public and private leadership in addressing the lack of services available to
Hispanic community members. Providing education and support toward
creating a healthful life for the Hispanic community of Oregon and
Washington. Meetings are held at the American Red Cross Building, 3131
N. Vancouver Ave. Portland, Oregon. They are usually scheduled for the
third Friday of the month, with a few exceptions. 1-3pm.
Feb 15 NAACP SALEM-KEIZER CHAPTER – GENERAL MEETING. Greggery Peterson,
3rd Monday of the month at 6:30pm at Chemeketa Community College, President
Multi-cultural Section, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Oregon. gvpete55@netzero.
Salem/Keizer NAACP Youth Group Meetings. Meets every Wednesday com
from 6:30-8:00pm at Mano A Mano Family Center, Rm 160, Salem, 503/884-8876
Oregon. Leaders – Christian Epps & Rashad Furqan; 503/363-3909.
Feb 17 PHILIPPINE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF www.pacco.org
OREGON MONTHLY MEETINGS. The monthly networking firstname.lastname@example.org
meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Holladay 503-285-1994
Park Plaza Penthouse, 1300 NE 16th Avenue, Portland, Oregon from 6:00-
8:00pm. Complimentary food and refreshments are provided. Everyone is
Feb 18 OREGON STATE HISPANIC EMPLOYEES NETWORK Lily Cáceres
(OSHEN) MONTHLY MEETING. Meets on the third Thursday of 503/373-7241
each month from 1:00-3:00pm at the DAS Executive Building, Conference email@example.com
Room B, 155 Cottage Street, NE, Salem, Oregon. r.us
Feb 18 SALEM-KEIZER INDIAN EDUCATION PARENT BOARD Salem-Keizer School
MEETING. Usually meets the third Thursday of each month from 5:30- District Indian
7pm. Student Services Building, Rooms 1&2, 2575 Commercial SE, Salem. Education Program
Feb 18 THE SCANDINAVIAN CLUB. Meets the third Thursday of the month Cathy Bjork
at Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th, Portland. General meeting is 7:00-9:00pm. 503/358-5883
Feb 19 HISPANIC HUMAN SERVICES COUNCIL MEETING. Open to Araceli Avilla
any agency or community group that works with or provides service to the 503/856-7077
Hispanic community in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. Networking
session and quarterly guest presentations precede Council meetings.
Meeting are held the third Friday of every month at Catholic Community
Services, 3737 Portland Rd. NE, Salem. Location may change due to
Feb 24 EQUAL ACCESS FOR GIRLS COALITION MEETING. Held on the Pam Patton
fourth Wednesday of each month from noon-2pm except in November 503/233-4356
when we meet on the third Wednesday. We do not meet in March, July, or
December. Call if you are interested in attending a meeting. The Coalition is
an all volunteer member-driven organization dedicated to supporting the
adults who empower girls and to giving a voice to girls and to their issues
and needs to ensure that all girls and young women have the opportunity to
develop to their full potential. Rosemont Treatment Center & School, 9911
SE Mount Scott Boulevard, Portland
Feb 25 José de San Martín (1778–1850) : Argentine. Soldier and statesman. With Simón Bolívar, San
Martín led the movement of Spain’s South American colonies to win their freedom from Spain.
In 1811 he resigned from the Spanish army to organize the armed resistance to Spanish rule in
the land of his birth, modern-day Argentina. He raised an army there and led it over the Andes to
Chile, taking Santiago in 1817, and then organized a Chilean navy to transport the rebel army to
Lima. There he proclaimed the establishment of a new country on July 28, 1821. Although he
was made leader of the new nation, he came into political conflict with Bolívar and retired to
France. The anniversary of his death is observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in
Feb 26 NAACP PORTLAND CHAPTER MEETING. Meetings held at PCC
Cascade, Terrell Hall, Room 112, 705 N. Killingsworth St., Portland, www.pdxnaacp.org
Oregon from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm.
Feb 26 OREGON ASSOCIATION OF MINORITY ENTREPRENEURS: Oregon
Coffee and Issues Forum held the last Friday of each month at OAME, Association of
brings minority and small business owners and managers together with Minority
experts and leaders in business, government and other areas vital to Entrepreneurs
business growth to share common issues and learn about business trends, (OAME)
opportunities and resources. Each month we have guest speakers that 503/249-7744
come and present projects, give updates on issues related to the community www.oame.org
or tips to entrepreneurs. You can have access to past agendas on line. This
event is free and open to the public.
Feb 26 Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Membership Luncheon phone:
Keynote Speaker: John Kroger, Oregon Attorney General 503.222.0280
Member Recognition: Roman Hernandez, Attorney fax: 503.243.5597
Benson Hotel, Mayfair Ballroom, Portland, OR; 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM info@hmccoregon.
Cost: $25 Members/$30 Non-members com
The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber is dedicated to working with all
members of the community to increase the economic advancement of
Hispanic-owned businesses in Oregon and SW Washington.
Feb 28 Lantern Festival (Yuan-hsiao) : China. This celebrates the end of the New Year season. In the
Republic of China people make elaborate lanterns to hang in the temples and hold contests to
choose the most beautiful one. They also write riddles on the lanterns and compete to solve
them. In the People's Republic of China the lanterns are hung in public parks.
Multicultural Health Electronic Newsletter:
DHS Office of Multicultural Health & Services sends out a free electronic newsletter that contains
information regarding current multicultural health issues. Information about upcoming health
conferences & events, current events, funding opportunities, interesting health websites, career
opportunities, etc are featured in each electronic newsletter. This listserv is opened to everyone
interested in joining, and is a service provided through the Oregon State Library. Here are two
different ways to subscribe to the listserv: 1.) Go to
http://webhost.osl.state.or.us/mailman/listinfo/cultural-health, enter your email address and
submit; or 2.) Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, include the word
‘subscribe’ in the subject or message field. INFO: Joseph Hesting at 503/945-6610 or
This information is prepared by Joseph Hesting at the Oregon Dept. of Human Services, Office of
Multicultural Health & Services. Please contact Joe at 503/945-6610 or joseph.hesting @state.or.us
if you have any additions, corrections, or suggestions.
To purchase a copy of the 2010 Multicultural Resource Calendar from Amherst Educational
Publishing, please call
An electronic copy of the Calendar is available through the Oregon State Library. Here are two ways
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