Santa Clara University

Office for Diversity and Inclusion

Upcoming Events


  •  May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

    For information about programming for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, click here to go to the Office for Multicultural Learning Web site.

  •  Fred Korematsu Day is Friday, 1/30/2015

    George Takei will keynote the Fifth Annual Fred Korematsu Day Celebration on Friday, January 30, 2015, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at City Arts and Lectures – Nourse Theatre in San Francisco.

    The Fred Korematsu Day commemoration is organized every year by the Fred T. Korematsu Institute (see to remember the life of Fred Korematsu and recognize the importance of preserving civil liberties.

    The 2015 commemoration not only marks the fifth anniversary of Fred Korematsu Day in California, but it is also the 10th anniversary of his death in March 2005.

  •  Black History Month Events

    January 19
    Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Justice Matters
    1 p.m. @ the Bronco Statue
    A Nationwide Jesuit Call to Justice

    January 23
    Friday Night at the Movies: SELMA
    Join the SCU community to watch Selma, one dream can change the world. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.
    Tickets sold in MCC starting 1/20.
    $5 for students
    $10 for faculty/staff
    January 30 
    Hart Spoken Word Artist
    4 p.m. in Shapell
    Hosted by MCC
    February 2
    Black History Celebration Lunch
    Noon @ Alameda Mall
    Rain location: Williman Room
    February 19
    Love Jones
    7:30 p.m. @ Locatelli
    Hosted by Igwebuike
    February 27
    Igwebuike's Culture Night

    7:00 p.m. @ Locatelli
  •  Archbishop Romero / Rutilio Grande, S.J. Commemoration

    Monday, 2/9/2015
    4 to 5:15 p.m.
    Location TBA

    Professors Ana Maria Pineda (Religious Studies) and Juan Velasco (English) will commemorate the 34th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Romero and the 37th anniversary of the death of Rutilio Grande, S.J.

    The two men were friends and companions on a journey of solidarity and justice for the poor of El Salvador. The commemoration will include poetry reading, art, reflections on their spiritual journey, remembrances of their lives, and a celebration of their memory.

    Sponsored, in part, by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion

  •  LGBTQ Events

    See the More Information link.

  •  Multicultural Welcome Reception for New Students

    By invitation only. Tuesday, 10/7/14, 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Locatelli Student Activity Center

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

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

  •  October is Chicano/Latino Heritage Month

    Kick-off Event is Thursday, 10/2/14, at 7 p.m. in the Locatelli Center (location has changed).  If you want to learn more about the history, activism, and heroes of Latino Americans, join us for the film Latino Americans!

    1968 - President Lyndon B. Johnson was authorized by Congress to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage week.

    1988 - The observance was expanded to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).
    Many Latin American countries celebrate their independence in the months of September and October. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15. September 16 is Mexico's independence day and September 18th is the independence day for Chile. El Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) is observed on October 12th. 
    Celebration of Chicano/Latino (or Hispanic) Heritage Month includes all people with ancestry from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
  •  A Tribute to Maya Angelou

    A.J. Williams: A Tribute to Maya
    May 29th, 2014

    By now we have all heard the tragic and bitter news that Marguerite Johnson, better known as Maya Angelou, the eminent poet, writer, and activist, died Wednesday, at the age of 86.  And now, while it is most definitely saddening, her passing in and of itself is not tragic.  Eighty-six years spent as astoundingly productive as hers were on this planet earns anyone the right to go out on their own terms.  Death is the natural outcome for all who inhabit this world, and it is something quite sadly that we’ve become all too numb and accustomed to in our present society.  Dr. Angelou’s passing is tragic however, because rarely does the world lose so transcendent a figure; so poignant a thinker, so skilled a communicator, such a powerhouse of an individual.  Maya Angelou was all these things and more.  She, through her words both written and spoken, and through her life filled with struggle and triumph, touched the lives of millions all over the globe.

    From Presidents and dignitaries, to celebrities and entertainers, athletes, world leaders and the downtrodden and disenfranchised – especially the downtrodden and disenfranchised – men, women, and children of every creed and color, for those familiar with the work of Maya Angelou, she meant something.  She stood for something.  An icon and pillar of hope, optimism, rarefied expressionism, sensuality and individuality, women’s and more broadly human rights, and especially for change; for all those reasons her passing is truly tragic.

    For me, her passing is yet another reminder that there remain amongst us those who experienced the days of segregated drinking fountains, the terror of lynchings, the stinging loss of assassinated martyrs, and the indignity of bigotry as normalcy.  There are those for whom those things are not history lessons but memories.  And by the same token there are those very same individuals who have witnessed the miraculous and continuous transformation of this nation’s conscience and moral center, so much so that an African-American family now calls the White House home.

    She, like all elders in my life as an African-American male, was a connection to our past.  Maya Angelou knew and worked with the likes of James Baldwin, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  She was a contemporary of theirs.  She had seen and shared in their struggles firsthand, and so she therefore immediately and unquestionably garnered my respect.  I, like most who will read this, never had the opportunity to meet Maya Angelou, but I saw in her eyes the magnitude and fortitude of wisdom and experience, and I revered her as a grandmotherly figure.

    To that end, and in keeping it in the family, so to speak, I’d like to end this tribute with a quote from my 22 year old brother, Delon Tomas Cone, who is currently a rising senior at Alabama’s oldest HBCU, Talladega College.  As many did when they heard the news, he took to social media, Facebook in this instance, to express his support and gratitude to an extraordinary life lived:

    Hurt by (her) exit, but inspired by (her) life ... I've always loved and admired her work, even at times I aspired to be like her work; magnificent.  Her work broke barriers and gave people hope.  Change the world from crack rock to dope; figuratively.  This phenomenal woman has given rise to a phenomenal nation of women who rise like air without a care; independent. Her work spanned the gambit from love, lust, and sensual touch, but there's one I love the most; it’s simply clutch.  ‘I know why the caged bird sings’ is a masterpiece.  It gives new meaning to easily forgotten themes; Freedom.  Well, enjoy your freedom honeybee, you sweet phenomenal woman.  I know you'll sing and dance like David.  I know you'll rise like air when you're flying way up high.  I know you'll sing the songs of the liberated, so enjoy yourself in the kingdom; Heaven.  Rest in Paradise my queen!

    Well lived, well-traveled, world renowned, and, in a word, remarkable. Maya Angelou was, is, and will forever be one of The Legends amongst us.


    A.J. Howell Williams is the Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Santa Clara University and the author of the books, The Truth Between the Lines and Divided We Fall, Ignorant We Fail.

  •  San Jose 2014 Juneteenth Events on June 14 and 15


  •  Arabic, Islamic, and Middle Eastern Studies Banquet

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