In the Main Hall:
Community Discussion: Weaving Together: What will it take?
What will it take for us to weave together as community, across identities, ideologies, and the many ways we have been divided against each other, and within ourselves? The “ism schism” of racism, sexism, classism are intended to separate. Perhaps then the greatest medicine for our ailing way of life is to weave together. But how do we do that and honor the journeys we have traveled, the history etched into our bones, and the uniqueness that makes us who we are? How do we weave together to overcome and transform the systemic oppression that must end? To explore these questions more deeply, we will be hosting a roundtable discussion with Ridhi D’Cruz of City Repair, Edward B. Hill of Groundwork Portland, and facilitated by Amanda Rain of Speaking the Unspeakable.
Ridhi D'Cruz is an intercontinental cross-pollinator, grassroots sustainability organizer and sociocultural anthropologist who came to Portland in 2010 from South India. Ever since, she has been working on the intersection between diversity and sustainability. She is a member of Portland’s Native American Community Advisory Council where she works in allyship with local Native American community organizers. This is her fifth year supporting Portland State and her third year supporting VBC Core. This year, Ridhi is Associate Director of City Repair and the Placemaking and Volunteer Co-Director. She loves facilitating community empowerment and collaborative leadership.
Edward B Hill’s focus on community development through the intersection of public lands policy, food security, environmental justice, and sustainable and equitable planning/design innovation led him to Portland Oregon in 2013, where he worked for the Portland Bureau of Transportation on comprehensive plan updates, neighborhood street projects, and public engagement, as well as consulting work for Cogan Owens Greene, LLC and the Portland African-American Leadership Forum. He serves as the Executive Director of Groundworks Portland. He is originally from Chicago, IL and has resided in the Cascade region since 1998. Hill identifies proudly as Oneida, Mississippi Choctaw, and African-American.
Terry L. Cross (Ha-ne-ga-noh), an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation, received his master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is the founding executive director of NICWA, now serving as senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parentingand co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, published by Georgetown University. He has 40 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years direct practice.