MHCC hosts lunch conversations on prisons

The third lunch and learn conversation at Mt. Hood Community College will be held at noon Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Jazz Café, Room AC2059 on the Gresham Campus.

Walidah Imarisha, a founder of Human Rights Coalition, will guide the conversation on prisons with “Beyond Bars: Rethinking Our Reliance on Prisons.”

The conversations are sponsored by Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversations Project, the MHCC Diversity Resource Center and MHCC’s Associated Student Government.

For more information, contact Melinda Bullen at the MHCC Diversity Center at 503-491-7171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Blanger elected to executive board

Victoria Blanger, a junior from Gresham High School, has been elected to serve a one-year term on the Executive Board of the Oregon Association of Student Councils.

As an executive board member, Blanger will represent her region and join a group of 10 other youth board members and 10 adult board members from around the state.

A leadership students for four years, Blanger serves as the bulletin editor of Key Club, junior officer for the National Honor Society and student advisory board for the high school. She is also an International Baccalaureate candidate and representative for East County’s peer court program.

“I grow fonder of (leadership) every year because of how much fun I have learning new ways to help people in my school and in my community,” Blanger said.

She said she dreams of becoming a lawyer and one day starting her own nonprofit organization.

Blanger’s board duties include planning and presiding over two statewide conferences, communicating with schools in her region, writing for a bi-monthly newsletter and participating in policy decisions for the association, which was founded in 1949.

Centennial reaches agreement with employee associations

The Centennial School District reached tentative agreements Nov. 21 and 22 with the Centennial Education Association and Oregon School Employees Association.

“The district and our associations worked together to reach agreements that recognize the great work our educators do every day, while leaving Centennial in a solid financial positions for the future,” said Superintendent Sam Breyer.

Members of the employee associations and the district must still approve both contracts. The CEA will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, while the OSEA will meet Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Both contracts will be on the Centennial School District’s board agenda Wednesday, Dec. 11.

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