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Let’s come together to honor Juneteenth and celebrate our shared journey towards freedom and equality

We are excited to invite you to the Annual Clark College Juneteenth Celebration, taking place on June 6th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Join us as we honor the significance of Juneteenth and come together as a community to commemorate this important day in history.

All Are Welcome! This celebration is open to everyone

Tickets to receive your food will be handed out in the McClaskey Culinary Institute, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Event Highlights

Indulge in Soulful Flavors: Chef Earl has prepared a delectable feast of soul food, provided at no charge to our students, faculty, and staff. Head to the line in the McClaskey Culinary Institute in Gaiser Hall to be served, and then make your way to the Gaiser Student Center for the main event.

Captivating Poetry Reading: Join us for an inspiring reading by Sylvia Welch from her book of poetry. Through her powerful prose, Sylvia will connect us all to the significance of Juneteenth and its relevance today.

About Sylvia Welch

photo of Sylvia WelchSylvia Welch lives in Woodland, Washington and is a wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, great-grand mother, a world traveler, adventurer, a fabric artist, and last but hardly least, an author.

She retired after working for 35 years as an Education Administrator at Warner Pacific University, Portland Community College, and in Germany for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Sylvia earned her undergraduate Degree from Ohio University in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications and her Master’s Degree from Portland State University in Communications with an emphasis on Intercultural Communications.

She began writing poetry at the age of 73 and published her first book at the age of 75 and is working on her next poetry book. Sylvia grew up in the 50s, during a time of obvious racial inequities and attended college in the middle 60s when racial, social, and political injustices were prevalent and the times were only slightly better for most African Americans.

Those times produced lessons and experiences that have led to emotions, feelings, and actions that have helped her age into understanding. Her hope is to continue to do so because she has learned that understanding, like the light of day and darkness, doesn’t come all at once.

More Information 

Why June 6th? We intentionally scheduled this event early in June to ensure it doesn’t conflict with other community celebrations, demonstrating our utmost respect for all commemorations happening around us.

Spread the Word: Save the date, share the news, and get ready to join us for a day of unity, reflection, and celebration.

For any questions or further information, feel free to reach out to diversity@clark.edu.

If you need an accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Clark College’s Human Resources Office. Phone: 360-992-2105 Email: hr@clark.edu