Ashland, Oregon (January 30, 2024) – The Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Jackson County Library Services are hosting a free “Get to know BASE: Black Alliance & Social Empowerment” discussion for the public on Tuesday, February 6th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Gresham Room at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard.

BASE ( works to create a welcoming, supportive community where Black people in Southern Oregon feel safe, respected, and comfortable being themselves when expressing any aspect of their many cultural ethnicities. Established back in 2019, it is a community platform for connection, collaboration, and prosperity.

The speaker of this discussion, Sabrina Prud’homme, is BASE’s inaugural Board Chair. She is also a member of the organization’s Police Liaison Oversight Committee. The Police Liaison Oversight Committee is dedicated to improving anti-bias efforts and community relations among local Black residents in partnership with the Jackson County Sheriff as well as the police chiefs of Ashland, Central Point, Medford, Phoenix, and Talent. Prud’homme will introduce attendees to BASE, its exciting programs, and the strategies BASE employs to uplift and empower black residents in the Rogue Valley and beyond.

The monthly “Big Ideas” discussion­­ series features prominent local experts speaking on relevant and timely issues affecting our community. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Ashland Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Jackson County Library Services. For more information, please contact Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-6996.