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847 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100

Portland, OR 97232

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In 2015, Oregon’s population exceeded 4 million people. Not only are we growing in number, were also changing demographically. Considering that Oregon has a history of racial exclusion, these changes prompt questions about Oregonian identity and values. How do we build communities that welcome people of all backgrounds? How are minority and under-represented populations included and treated today? This is the focus of Where Are You From? Exploring What Makes Us Oregonians, a free conversation with Kerani Mitchell.

As an East Indian adoptee that has spent most of her life in small Oregon towns, Mitchell is accustomed to questions about her citizenship and lineage. The constant questioning of her identity inspired Mitchell to obtain a BA in International Studies from Seattle University, where she focused on multicultural and social justice issues. She’s since held numerous positions coordinating people and programs in nonprofit settings, working with immigrant, student, and volunteer populations. She currently works as a coordinator at the year-round arts and cultural nonprofit Sisters Folk Festival, Inc., and serves on the Bend International School Board of Directors.

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