Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

2012 - 2013 Academic Year Events

 October 2012
 November 2012
 December 2012
 January 2013

 February 2013
March 2012
 April 2013
 May 2013
 June 2013

Events Description

13th Annual Multicultural Welcome Dinner and Dessert Reception for New Students

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
California Mission Room, Benson Memorial Center (Dinner)
7:00 pm - 9:00pm, Shapell Patio (Dessert)

This annual celebration welcomes first-year and transfer students of color to Santa Clara University.  This event is a great opportunity for you to meet current students, faculty and staff to find out more information about cultural programs, activities, and resources on campus.  A first year experience will also be shared by an SCU sophomore.

By invitation only.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning, and the Multicultural Center.

Spicy Bhangra

Saturday, October 6th, 2012
9:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Locatelli Center

Intandesh and MEChA are co-hosting this event featuring dances and music from South Asia and Latino cultures. Come check out their dance and music and hear music spun by their "dueling DJs!"

Co-hosted by Intandesh and MEChA.

Cultural Dance Workshops

Thursday, October 11th, 18th, & 25th, 2012
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Multicultural Center (Shapell Lounge)

Three different cultural dances - Salsa, Meringue, and Cumbia - will be taught on Wednesday nights in October to celebrate Chicano/Latino Heritage Month.

This event is hosted by MEChA.

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Barkada Open House

Friday, October 12th, 2012
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Multicultural Center (Shapell Lounge)

Come celebrate Filipino Heritage Month with Barkada! There will be food, PCN dance performance, cultural information, and more! We'll see you there!

For more information about Barkada check out our October Newsletter!

Hosted by Barkada.

Latina/o Leaders Recognition Program

Monday, October 15th - Friday, November 9th, 2012
Potluck in Mid-November

MEChA's Concilio and the MCC will host this program to recognize the contributions made by students of  Latino/Hispanic descent from the week of October 15 through November 9, to be concluded with a potluck to honor all the leaders as the guests of honor together in mid-November. Leaders will be given a certificate and introduced by either a member of Concilio or by the person that nominated them. Leaders will be announced through Facebook and Twitter, so check out

Hosted by the Multicultural Center and MEChA's Concilio.

El Dia de los Muertos

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Outside the Multicultural Center (Shapell Lounge)

El Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd is an important religious holiday in Mexico. Also called All Souls Day, it is an occation marked by festive celebrations to honor the dead. Cemeteries are cleaned and decorated, special food and candies cooked, and home alters are designed in homage to one's ancestors. It is a day of joyous rememberance, not of sadness. The special songs, poems, foods, and toys created for El Dia de los Muertos reflect this outlook.

This event is sponsored by MEChA.

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Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Williman Room, Benson Center

Sal Castro, a historic figure of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and 1970s, inspired the students in the East Los Angeles public schools to engage in a massive school walkout for a week to protest a history of inferior education provided to Mexican Americans since the early 20th century. These walkouts came to be known as the East L.A. Blowouts.

Dr Mario T. Garcia, author of Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice will discuss the life and times of Sal Castro and the movement. 

A light reception and book signing will follow the talk. 

Co-sponsored by Latin American Studies, the Latino Family Group, the History Department, Ethnic Studies Program, and the Office for Multicultural Learning.

Love Jones

Thursday, October 25th, 2012
8:00 PM
Locatelli Center

LOVE JONES IS BACK SCU! Get excited for a night of slam poetry, spoken word, music, dance and comedy. This quarter we'll have many of your favorite returning artist as well as many new ones! This is a night you won't want to miss. Get excited, mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you at the show!

For more information check out our website at

Hosted by Igwebuike.

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Danza Folklórica Escénica

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
6:30 PM
Learning Commons, Viewing & Taping Room A

Mexican Folkloric Dance tells the story of the vibrant art form through the life and work of the internationally acclaimed artist and choreographer, Rafael Zamarripa. A former member of the Ballet Folkloric de Mexico, Zamarripa is an innovator who has kept the art form alive among young people, founding and inspiring dance companies in Mexico and the U.S.

For more information about the film, please visit :

Following the film, there will be a Q&A with filmmaker Olga Najera-Ramirez, professor of anthropology at UC-Santa Cruz.

Presented by the Santa Clara University Library.

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Program

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Benson Center, Parlors BC

Madeleine Lim and T. Kebo Drew will discuss their work in QWOCMAP dispelling stereotypes about the Queer Women of Color community, media representations in the LGBTQ community, and how this organization allows the community to share their narratives.

If you're interested in attending, please RSVP to by Friday, October 26, 2012.

Co-coordinated by the Office for Multicultural Learning, Women of Color Network, and LGBTQ Allies Network.

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Bobby Seale - Public Lecture and Book Signing

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
7:00 PM
Learning Commons, St. Clare Room, 3rd Floor

Bobby Seale, 1960s civil rights activist, founding Chairman and national organizer of the Black Panther Party, and African-American community organizer, will speak about his personal experiences from the 1960s to today fighting for civil rights, making change happen for all humanity, and creating "community unity."

Following the lecture, Mr. Seale will be available to sign copies of his books and DVDs, including Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party and Huey P. Newton.

For more information about this event, please visit:

Presented by Unity RLC, Provost's Office, Igwebuike, & Office for Multicultural Learning.

The Guadalupe Celebration 2012

"Celebrating Our Community's Dream & Achievements"

16th annual theatrical portrayal of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday, December 2, 2012
2:00 PM
Mission Church

Each year this presentation is brought to campus through the collaboration of the members of Teatro Corazon of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish of San Jose as well as SCU students who are participants in an Arrupe community-based learning placement. Through this collaboration members of the Santa Clara and Sacred Heart communities learn from one another and gain an appreciation for the talents that each bring to this sacred performance.

To view the flyer click here.

Presented by the Guadalupe Celebration 2012 Committee.

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APSU Night Market

Saturday, January 26, 2013
10:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Locatelli Center

Come get a taste of Asian culture and win some cool prizes.  Based off of Taiwanese Night Markets.  Lots of cultural food, games and entertainment.  FREE admission.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander Student Union.  Funded by the Office for Multicultural Learning and Associated Student Government.


"The Color of Christ" Speaking Event featuring authors Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey

Thursday, February 7, 2013
12:00 PM
Sobrato Hall, Rooms B & C

Join authors Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey as they discuss The Color of Christ, which explores how Americans have used images of Jesus to both reinforce and challenge the power of race in the United States.


Blum and Harvey's presentation is entertaining and poignant, using images, music, and humor to reveal the ways that images of Jesus pervade the popular as well as the sacred.

For more information, please contact Vicky Gonzalez.

Presented by the Religious Studies Department.

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Dessert and Discussion

February 12, 2013
7:30 PM
Arts & Sciences, Wiegand Room

Join us as we discuss the current national debate of gun control and its present and past effect on the Black Community.

Love Jones

Thursday, February 14, 2013
Locatelli Activity Center

Single? In a relationship? Not sure? Spice up your Valentine's Day with a FREE date! Join us for our quarterly student showcase of slam poetry, music, and dance.

Field Trip to the Museum of African Diaspora

Saturday, February 16, 2013
12:00 PM
Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco

(Meet at the Mission Church on campus.)

Join us as we explore the roots of our rich and diverse heritage with a field trip to the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Black History Month Breakfast

February 18, 2013
11:00 AM
Benson Memorial Center, California Mission Room

Good food, great friends, and entertainment!

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Willie Little Presents

February 20, 2013
7:30 PM
Benson Memorial Center, Parlors B & C

Willie Little is a multi-media artist and storyteller whose work is a cultural testament to Southern rural traditions and family dynamics that identifies with universal experiences that cross racial and socio-economic lines.

Speak Up: High School Speech Competition

Saturday, February 27, 2013
7:30 PM
Benson Memorial Center, Room 15

Come support local high school students as they compete in "Speak Up," Igwebuike's first speech competition.

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Visual Cultures of Bollywood

April 15 - June 21
Living Room Area, Lower Level
Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library

This event is free and open to the public.

This mini-exhibition provides a sampling of the visual cultures that inspire Bollywood, from traditions of mythological painting to pulp art, from symbols of national identity to conspicuously visible consumer global brands. The exhibit presents a selection of film posters from the 1940s to the present and other materials, including posters of movie stars, DVD covers, and books.


  • Judith Rodriguez, Information Specialist, University Library
  • Rohit Chopra, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

The event is part of the Global Bollywood Series of Events. For more information about this series, go to:

*If you require assistance for any of these events, please contact Joanne Clymer (408-551-1753), at least 48 hours in advance.


Bollywood, Hollywood, and Beyond: Indian Cinema in a Global World

Monday, April 29
11:45 - 1:00 PM
St. Clare Room, Third Floor
Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to to reserve a lunch box.

This panel looks at the relationship of Bollywood, or the Indian Hindi-language film industry, to other Indian cinematic traditions and Hollywood in the era of globalization. Indian films have become an important space for addressing the challenges faced by a globalizing society, such as a rising consumerist culture and contestations over cultural identity. At the same time, Hollywood has turned its attention to Bollywood, seeking artistic and musical inspiration from it. India is also an increasingly important market for Hollywood, which has entered into arrangements with Indian production and distribution networks. Participants from universities across the Bay Area will explore these and related themes in the panel discussion.


  • Revathi Krishnaswamy, Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Jose State University
  • Sangeeta Mediratta, Associate Director, Center for South Asia,Stanford University
  • Mike Whalen, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Santa Clara University
  • Rohit Chopra, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Santa Clara University

The event is part of the Global Bollywood Series of Events. For more information about this series, go to:

*If you require assistance for any of these events, please contact Joanne Clymer (408-551-1753), at least 48 hours in advance.

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