Corvallis Teams with Soul Force Education to Eliminate Hate and Bias

The City of Corvallis announced Tuesday that they will sponsor a workshop hosted by Soul Force Education on December 1 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Topics will include the exploration of “preventing and responding to incidents of bias and hate” according to the press release.  

Soul Force Education is a non-profit, founded by Jason J. Dorsette, a PhD candidate in the College of Education Language, Education Policy, and Equity program at Oregon State University, and Jonathon Stoll, Director of Career Education at OSU. According to the Soul Force Education Website, they “provide Diversity and Equity Strategic Planning and Leadership Development, Organizational Training and Educational Services, and Social change Research Gathering, Facilitation, and Analysis to help realize Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision of the beloved community.”  

The dialogue will be interactive and, according to the city website, “will focus on encouraging dialogue, identifying ways to effect change at the local level, and moving forward to make Corvallis a community that truly honors and celebrates diversity.” The city will also offer an update on its commitment to create and utilize a bias response program, which includes hiring a project manager to lead a regional approach to addressing hate and bias.   

The workshop sponsored by the City will take place over Zoom, and is free and open to the public, however attendance is limited to the first 50 people registered. Registration can be done via a form at https://forms.gle/cnv2QGB8mpsFueaVA. Registration must be completed by November 28. For more information, interested parties can contact Soul Force Education by email at soulforceeducation@gmail.com  

By Kyra Young