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Identity: Individuality, Community, Humanity Exploring our identity to understand ourselves, others, and how we relate in the world. If you are interested in getting more information on the campus-wide theme or would like to contribute programs to the theme, please contact Mary Ho at or visit

  •  2014 Winter Quarter Events

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Difficult Dialogues
    #BeingGenderedatSCU, 1/16/14, Benson 21,  7 to 9 p.m.
    #BeingFirst-GenerationatSCU, 1/23/14, 135 Arts and Sciences Building, 7 to 9 p.m.
    #BeingInternationalatSCU, 1/30/14, Benson 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
    #BeingAsianAmericanatSCU, 2/6/14, Benson 21,  7 to 9 p.m.
    #BeingLGBTQQatSCU, 2/13/14, Benson 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
    #BeingChicanoLatinoatSCU, 2/20/14, Benson 21, 6 to 8 p.m.
    #BeingWhiteatSCU, 2/27/14, Benson 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
    #BeingPacificIslanderatSCU, 3/6/14, Benson 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
    #BeingNativeAmericanatSCU, 3/13,14, Benson 21, 7 to 9 p.m.

    Color Struck, Tuesday, 1/14/114, 7:30 p.m., Mayer Theatre
    See for information

    Dr. Joseph White's Last Lecture, Wed., 2/5/14, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at a location TBA
    Dr. White is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at UC Irvine and "godfather" of the field of Black Psychology. He will be visiting Santa Clara and hosting a Last Lecture here.

    Fred Korematsu Day, Thursday, 1/30/14

    Chinese New Year, Friday, 1/31/14

    Black History Month Kick Off, Saturday, 2/1/14, 11 a.m., The Benson Fountain
    Join Igwebuike in the singing of the Black National Anthem.

    Women's History Month - March

  •  Open House, Office for Diversity and Inclusion

    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014

    Friday, 1/24/14, 4 to 5 p.m., lobby of the Walsh Administration Bldg.

    Welcome Dr. Jesse Bernal and Jade Agua to their new positions as, respectively, Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and Program Director, Office for Multicultural Learning.

  •  aka Dan on Campus, 11/17/13, at 7 p.m.

    Friday, Nov. 1, 2013

    Rapper and Korean adoptee Dan Matthews will perform and share film clips of his documentary journey to discover his Korean birth family and twin brother.

    aka Dan shares issues of identity, ethnicity and family at the Locatelli Activity Center on Sunday, 11/17/13, at 7 p.m.

  •  Trayvon Martin: Discussing the Zimmerman Verdict

    Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

    Date: Monday, 10/14/13, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Where: Benson Parlors B&C
    What: Aldo BIllingslea will lead a discussion about the Zimmerman verdict

  •  Professor Aldo Billingslea Named Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion

    Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

    Aldo Billingslea, Professor of Acting and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been appointed Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. In this position he heads the University's Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

    As Associate Provost, his primary focus is to work closely with members of the University community to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of faculty from underrepresented groups. He collaborates with other University offices in promoting a student climate of inclusive excellence through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programs, and he coordinates with the Office of Enrollment Management, Multicultural Learning, Affirmative Action and Human Resources in efforts to recruit a more diverse student body and staff. He works closely with the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.

  •  Bobby Seale: The Story of a Black Panther Then and Now

    Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

    Thursday, 11/1/12, 7 p.m. public lecture in the Saint Clare Room at the Learning Commons and Library, sponsored by Unity RLC

    See the video of the lecture and Q&A at .

    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.

    Questions?  Contact Professor Sarita Tamayo-Moraga at 408 551 7829 (office) or .

  •  Vernon A. Wall on Campus, 9/11/12

    Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012

    Each fall the Offices of Student Life, Residence Life and Multicultural Learning  strive to incorporate social justice principles into fall training and formation activities for student leaders.

    Continuing this tradition, Santa Clara will host guest speaker Vernon A. Wall on 9/11/12.  His extensive list of accomplishments includes serving as founding faculty for the Social Justice Training Institute, being a trainer for the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, and serving on the Executive Council of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

    Vernon A. Wall has been widely acclaimed for his inspiring presentations on social justice and leadership.  See

    Tuesday, 9/11/12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Weigand Room (Arts and Sciences Building).  Mr. Wall's address will be followed by an open discussion about social justice and trends in higher education.

    RSVP to Lester Deanes at .

  •  Define American: Undocumented Immigration and the Future of the Country

    Friday, Apr. 20, 2012

    Define American: Undocumented Immigration and the Future of the Country
    Lecture by Jose Antonio Vargas
    Thursday, 5/17/12, at 7 p.m.
    Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building

    Mr. Vargas is an award-winning multimedia journalist and the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

    He has been a journalist for more than a decade, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the U.S. Most recently he was a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, where he launched the Technology and College sections. Prior to that he covered tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post. He was part of the team that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, and in 2007 the daily journal Politico named him one of the 50 Politicos to Watch.

    Questions? Please contact David DeCoss at

  •  Localizing Green Equity and Climate Justice Policies in Municipal Jobs Programs

    Friday, Apr. 20, 2012

    Localizing Green Equity and Climate Justice Policies in Municipal Jobs Programs
    Fifth Annual Ethnic Studies Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series
    Lecture by Dr. Sekou Franklin (SCU Class of 1994), Associate Professor of Political Science at Middle Tennessee State University
    Thursday, 5/17/12
    4 to 5 p.m.
    Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building

    The Green For All (GFA) movement was initiated by activists and policy makers to give special attention to the intersection of pollution reduction policies, economic development and anti-poverty initiatives in communities with chronic unemployment and underemployment.

    GFA activists insist that pollution reduction policies and emerging opportunities in the clean energy economy should be anchored in racial equity and an economic inclusive agenda that provides employment opportunities for residents of economically distressed communities.

    Dr. Franklin's lecture examines green job initiatives in more than 80 municipalities.

    Please RSVP by 5/10/12 to

    Questions? Please contact Professor James Lai at

  •  "Vincent Who?"

    Friday, Apr. 13, 2012

    The film "Vincent Who?" by director Curtis Chin captures a moment in U.S. history that forged the pan-Asian American identity and civil rights movement.

    In 1982, when anti-Japanese sentiment was high because of massive layoffs in the U.S. automotive industry, two white autoworkers crossed paths with Vincent Chin, a Chinese-American man, who was celebrating his bachelor party in a Detroit bar. They berated him for taking their jobs, and after following him outside they beat him to death. The two men were fined $3,000 and didn't serve any time in jail.

    Screening dates and times include:
    Monday, 4/23/12, 12:15 to 1 p.m., University Library, Screening Room A
    Tuesday, 4/24/12, 5:15 to 6 p.m., University Library, Screening Room B
    Wednesday, 4/25/12, 4:15 to 5 p.m., University Library, Screening Room C
    Thursday, 4/26/12, 12:15 to 1 p.m., University Library, Screening Room A

    Discussion with the film's director, Curtis Chin, on Wednesday, 5/9/12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Williman Room in the Benson Center. The student essay contest winner will read his/her essay. Light refreshments will be served.

    Legacies Essay Contest: due date is Friday, 5/4/12
    Students are invited to prepare a 250-word letter to their older selves. Describe an aspect of your own multicultural legacy that deserves to be treasured and how you wish to help pass it on to others. Some examples include a catalyst moment, a community hero, or a cultural story or practice. Submit the double-spaced essay, with your name at the top, to Mary Ho at Winners will share spots on stage with the film's director Curtis Chin and a $50 prize.

    Questions? Please contact Mary Ho at

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