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September 2, 2013

Toward Community: On Racial Justice, Inclusion and Sustainability


Workshop Description

Toward Community: On Racial Justice, Inclusion and Sustainability – Cat Goughnour and Stephanie McBride, Uniting to Understand Racism

Theories of justice, inclusion and sustainability, creatively implemented, can yield more cohesive and thriving communities.  Given Oregon’s fraught history of exclusion, overt and covert discrimination, how do we ensure that moves to increase equity, opportunity, and access yield outcomes that are fair and just for all residents?  How do we foster social inclusion, cohesion and sustainability so that our society and community members thrive?

This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn how to use the history of the region to find holistic, inclusive and responsive solutions that increase access to opportunity and just outcomes for generations to come.

About the Presenter(s)

Cat Goughnour, MSc Sociology: Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Studies from the London School of Economics (University of London); BA Social and Political Philosophy from Portland State University. Certified Multnomah County Community Health Worker, grant writer with the Regional Research Institute for Human Services at Portland State University, certified race facilitator with Uniting to Understand Racism (2013), Office of Equity and Human Rights Equity Training and Dialogue Program participant (2012), presenter and consultant on racial justice, and dedicated community advocate/activist.

Stephanie A. McBride, M.Ed., Faculty, Portland State University, Graduate School of Education. Former high school social studies teacher. Co-founder of the Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP) for Oregon licensure in general education and special education for middle level and high school teacher candidates. ( Volunteer presenter for OSSCC ( and member of the Board of Directors for Uniting to Understand Racism (


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