NE Oregon Arts

Black History Month Film + Discussion

A Gathering Place for the Arts in Wallowa County

When: Feb. 26

Time: 7 PM

Donation: $7 Suggested

Gwen Trice of Maxville Heritage will be presenting the film “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” alongside Bennie Moses-Mesubed of EOU’s Multicultural Center.  This event will be shown in honor of Black History Month. The 50 minute film will precede a discussion about race and culture.

We’ll be using this groundbreaking film and conversation guide in our community to help bridge the gap between good intentions and meaningful change. Featuring stories from white men and women on overcoming issues of unconscious bias and entitlement, it is an powerful and unique tool in diversity work.

Mirrors of Privlege: World Vision Website

Bennie Moses-Mesubed

Hello, my name is Bennie Moses and I am currently the Multicultural Center Director at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics in 1999 and Masters in Business Administration degree in 2012 from Eastern Oregon University. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in 1999, I worked in the Learning Center& Disability Services Program at Eastern Oregon University where I assisted in evaluating documentation and providing services for students with disabilities. Two years later, I transitioned to working directly with tutoring programs, overseeing the operations of the Learning Center and computer lab. In 2005, I took a position in University Advancement at Eastern Oregon University as the coordinator for Alumni Programs. In that role, I served as a liaison for the Eastern Oregon University and its Alumni Association Board of Directors to promote University’s mission and goals, developed and implemented alumni programs on and off-campus to create awareness and support to foundation activities, and served as the editor of the Mountaineer alumni magazine.

In 2007, I took a position as the Multicultural Center Coordinator. Which involved providing the coordination of services and events for the Multicultural Center as well as the development, operation and management of minority student retention and recruitment activities for the University as well as provides leadership for Eastern Oregon University in the promotion of understanding and acceptance of a diverse campus environment through coordinated efforts with various campus groups/departments including the Diversity Committee, Student Affairs, Student Involvement, International Programs, Student Leadership Program, various student organizations, faculty, and community members.

Currently, my role as the Multicultural Center Director involves providing leadership for Eastern Oregon University Multicultural Center which includes the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive set of programs focusing on diversity, multicultural competence, social justice and an inclusive campus as well as serving the institution in formulating and instituting policies, procedures and programs that address the needs of underrepresented students and in meeting its’ institutional diversity strategic priorities.

I also provide leadership in the development of resource materials, programs and activities that increase diversity awareness and education, as well as strategic direction, relationship building and programming advocacy for multicultural students and diversity-focused student organizations. Over the years, I have been involved in various community organizations including serving in the Oregon Community Foundation Scholarship Committee Member (2010- present), First Baptist Church Awana Leader (2008-present), Community Connection Transit Advisory Council Member (2011-2012), Shelter from the Storm Board Member (2007-2009), La Grande Downtown Development Association, Board Member (2006- 2007), Union County Chamber of Commerce, Member (2005-2007) and Union County Community Coalition, Member (2006-2008). My on-campus involvement includes serving in various committees as well as searches. The following are some campus committees that I have been involved in:

• EOU Student Leadership Advisory Board (2012-2013)

• EOU International Student Program Scholarship Committee (2008-present)

• EOU Student Service Award Committee Member (2009-present)

• Wellness Committee Member (2011-2013)

• Campus Activities Assessment Team Member (2009)

• Member of EOU LEAD Team (2008-2009)

• Sexual Assault Response Team, Member (2008-2011)

• EOU Diversity Scholarship Committee, Member (2007-present)

• EOU Diversity Committee Ex-Offico Member, Member (2007-present)

• Black Student Union Advisor (2011-present)

• La Familia Club Advisor (2011-present)

• Polynesian Club Advisor(2011-present)

• Multicultural Student Union Advisor (2007-present)


I oversee a committee that coordinate our annual Celebrate, Educate & Appreciate Diversity conference and have prepared and presented workshops such as “Microaggressions”, “What’s Race got to do with It?”, “Event Planning” and other trainings geared for student organizations and leaders as well as teach First Year Experience course and the Student Council for Multicultural Affairs training course. I also oversee the campus SAFE Zone program. Over the past few years, I have been recognized as the EOU Adviser of the Year (2012), Pinnacle Honor Society member (2012), Martin Luther King, Jr. Integrity award recipient (2009) and have been nominated two years in a row as an Outstanding First Year Student Advocate.