Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

2009 - 2010 Academic Year Events

 October 2009
 November 2009
 January 2010
 February 2010
 March 2010
 April 2010
 May 2010
 June 2010






Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Multicultural Welcome Dinner and Dessert Reception for New Students
5:00 - 6:30 pm
California Mission Room (Dinner)
7:00 - 9:00 pm, 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 taking a "look back".
This event is co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, and the Multicultural Center.
By invitation only.

Thursday, October 8th, 2009
LGBTQ Allies Tea Social


4:00 - 5:00 pm
Benson Center Parlors BC 


Please RSVP by October 5th to Pauline Nguyen.
Coordinated by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, Office of Student Life, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program. 

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Women of Color Faculty/Staff Luncheon

11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Benson Williman Room
RSVP required by Wednesday, October 7th to Pauline Nguyen 
The Women of Color Network is a collaboration initiative between the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Searching for Whitopia

Noon - 1:00 pm
Wiegand Room, Arts & Sciences Building

Rich Benjamin, author: "Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America" (October 2009) will speak about his new book.

Rich Benjamin is a scholar, lecturer, and commentator on contemporary American politics and culture.  He was educated at Stanford University, where he received his PhD in Modern Thought and Literature, and he served as a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School.  Benjamin is currently a senior fellow at DEMOS, a progressive national think tank based in New York City.  SEARCHING FOR WHITOPIA is his first book.  Books will be available for purchase after the event.

Your America, The Two Americas: a discussion with Rich Benjamin
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Seminar Room 232, Arts & Sciences Building
Must RSVP by October 23rd, 2009 to Pauline Nguyen.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: A gifted black journalist's frightening narrative exploration of-- and revelations about-- the new migrations of white Americans from increasingly diverse suburbs to fast-growing enclaves of white homogeneity.  "Searching for Whitopia" delves into the hearts and homes of white Americans who are fleeing the cities and states where they are increasingly the minority for small towns and exurban areas that are virtually all white.  Rich Benjamin dubs these places "Whitopias" (pronounced "White-o-pias").  Benjamin, a black American with a companionable writing style, lived for three months among white Americans in three Whitopian enclaves: Forsyth County, Georgia; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; and St. George, Utah.  Through experiencing real people and unearthing startling statistics, Benjamin shows how global, economic and migratory forces have created a perfect storm of anxiety among many white Americans--and he looks with them as they try to find and hang on to a lost America.  Through memorable characters and scenes, the book focuses on this phenomenon in a way that does justice to its psychological and cultural implications as well its possible impact on the future of the United States.  The book includes chapters written after President Obama's election.

Co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Commonwealth Club, and the Multicultural Center.

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Félix Gutiérrez and Claudia Núñez
"Voices for Justice: 200 years of Latino newspaper in the U.S."
Chicano/Latino Heritage Month Celebration

5:00 - 6:30 pm
Wiegand Room (Arts & Sciences Building)

   The bicentennial of Latino newspapers in the United States will be recognized by Santa Clara University with a preview film screening, exhibit and presentation that bring to life the people and stories in the "forgotten pages" of U.S. Latino newspapers since 1808.

   The program includes a preview screening of the documentary "Voices for Justice: The Enduring Legacy of the Latino Press in the U.S.", an exhibit showcasing key Latino newspapers and the stories they have reported over the past 200 years, and a PowerPoint presentation by Félix F. Gutiérrez, Professor of Journalism, Communication and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, a Latino media journalist and scholar for more than 40 years.

   "For more than 200 years Latino newspapers have been Voices for Justice in a nation that promises justice, but does not always deliver it to all within its borders," Gutiérrez said.  "The progam will show how newspapers advocated independence and freedom across the hemisphere, spoke against Yanqui violence after the U.S. took the Southwest from México, helped newcomers become Americanos, encouraged young Latinos to advance themselves in the 1930s and 40s, were advocates for Chicano and other liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s, and are a growing force in U.S. as other media declare bankruptcy."

Félix Gutiérrez is a Professor of Journalism and Communication in the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and an Affiliate Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity.  A former Senior Vice President of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum, his responsibilities during 12 years in philanthropy included journalism education and professional grants and programs, establishing and supervising Pacific Coast Center programs in Oakland and San Francisco, and researching diversity exhibits for the Newseum to open in Washington, D.C. in 2008.

Claudia Núñez, a reporter for La Opinión newspaper in Los Angeles, documented the struggles of Oaxacan villagers who were lured to San Jose and Los Angeles by false promises of well-paying jobs, then ended up as virtual slaves in small restaurants and taquerias. Her reports on human trafficking challenged the Latino community to acknowledge exploitation from within.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Latino Faculty Group, MEChA, and the Communication Department.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Difficult Dialogue - White Identity
Facilitated by Professor Marilyn Edelstein, English Department



3:45 - 5:00 pm
Wiegand Room 
Please RSVP by October 27th, to Pauline Nguyen

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, and the Ethnic Studies Program.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010
White Privilege and Catholic Social Teaching

Alex Mikulich, Research Fellow on race and poverty at the Jesuit Social Research Institute, Loyola University New Orleans.


5 pm
Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building

Co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.


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Friday & Saturday, January 15th & 16th, 2010
Jazz Has a Dream - MLK


8 pm
Music Recital Hall

Co-sponsored by the Justice and the Arts Initiative, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010
Segregated Sunday: Race, Ethnicity and the U.S. Church


12:00 pm
California Mission Room, Benson Center

Please bring your lunch; Refreshments and Beverages will be served.

Co-sponsored by Campus Ministry, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.

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Thursday, January 21st, 2010
LGBTQ Allies Network, Winter Quarter 2010

Michael Messner
Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
4:00 - 5:15 pm
Nobili Hall Dining Room

Co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Dine and Discuss - Diversity Day

7 pm
Sobrato Hall
Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by January 19th.

Come on, come all to the viewing of The Office!!!  Discussion will follow. 
Please meet the designated CF at 6:45 pm at the front desk.

Brought to you by the Committee on Multiculturalism in the RLC's.

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Thursday, January 28th, 2010
Sylvia Hurtado

Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute, Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, UCLA



Using Student Data to Demonstrate Institutional Impact
2:45 - 4:00 pm
Williman Room, Benson Center
Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by January 25th.




Creating Diverse Learning Environment: Campus Climate, Practices and Outcomes
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Williman Room, Benson Center
Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by January 25th.


Sylvia Hurtado is Professor and Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences. Just prior to coming to UCLA, she served as Director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Dr. Hurtado has published numerous articles and books related to her primary interest in student educational outcomes, campus climates, college impact on student development, and diversity in higher education. She has served on numerous editorial boards for journals in education and served on the boards for the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), the Higher Learning Commission, and is past-President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Black Issues In Higher Education named her among the top 15 influential faculty whose work has had an impact on the academy. She obtained her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA, Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and A.B. from Princeton University in Sociology.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the University Council on Inclusive Excellence, the School of Education, the Sociology Department, and the Student Affairs Assessment Committee.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
Troy Duster
Chancellor's Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley
Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at NYU


Race in a Post-Genomic Era versus Genomics in a Post-Racial Era

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Forbes Family Conf. Room, Lucas Hall 126
Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by February 3rd.


Whitewashing Diversity in Academia: What's Behind the Strong Resistance to Multi-Culturalism?


5:30 - 7:00 pm
California Mission Room, Benson Center
Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by February 3rd.

Troy Duster earned his B.S. degree in journalism from University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. degree and a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University.


Duster became professor of sociology and Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at New York University. He is also the Chancellor's Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1970. In 2004, he served a one-year term as President of the American Sociological Association. Duster's research and writing have ranged across a variety of subject areas: the sociology of law, science, deviance, inequality, race and education. In 1970, his first book, The Legislation of Morality: Drugs, Crime, and Law became a classic in the drug field.

Duster is co-author of Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society (2003), which won the Benjamin Hooks Award and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award in 2004. Among his other awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship at the London School of Economics; an honorary Doctor of Letters from Williams College; and the Dubois-Johnson-Frazier Award from the American Sociological Association. With his siblings, Duster has established the Ida B. Wells Foundation, which gives awards to journalists and researchers working in Wells' tradition of writing and speaking out for civil rights, civil liberties and social justice.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Biology Department, the University Council on Inclusive Excellence, the Markkula Center for Applied of Ethics, the School of Education, and the Sociology Department.

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Difficult Dialogue - Appropriate This!
3:45 - 5:00 pm
Parlor B, Benson Center


From hip hop culture to orientalism.  What is cultural appropriation?  "When is your interest in other cultures Appreciation? Posturing? Offensive?  Come and join in on the discussion!

Facilitated by Perlita Dicochea, Ethnic Studies Program, and AJ Howell-Williams, Undergraduate Admissions.


RSVP required to Pauline Nguyen no later than Friday, February 12th.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, and the Ethnic Studies Program.


Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Marilyn Chin - Poetry Reading

5:00 pm
St Clare Room, (Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library)

Marilyn Chin is the author of three collections of poetry: Dwarf Bamboo, The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty, and Rhapsody in Plain Yellow. Chin has won two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the PEN/Josephine Miles Award, four Pushcart Prizes, a Fulbright Fellowship, and numerous residencies. Her work can be found in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry and The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry. She co-directs the MFA program at San Diego State University.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Ethnic Studies Program, Creative Writing, and the Santa Clara Review.

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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Dine and Discuss: Higher Learning
6:00 pm
Sanfilippo Lounge

Discussion will follow viewing of the film (film is approximately 2 hours).
Description: Youngsters from different countries, races, and social background are forced to integrate when they all enroll in Columbus University. They all have their own problems, such as finance, harrassment, personal safety, and self doubt. Additionally, campus life seems to be causing a problem for everyone: racism. Students, already under pressure to perform in the classroom, on the track, or in front of their friends, are strained to the breaking point by prejudice, inexperience, and misunderstanding.

Coordinated by the Committee on Multiculturalism in the RLC's.

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
Asian American Women and the Visual Media Today - Slaying the Dragon
5:00 pm
Casa Italiana Commons

Lecture will include a 30 minute presentation of a documentary in progress by Elaine Kim, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California-Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Program,Women's and Gender Studies, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.

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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Women of Color Network - Round Table Chat with Students, Faculty and Staff
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Williman Room

What has been your personal experience on campus?  What have been your joys and struggles?  Make connections, share experiences and meet other women of color on campus.

Join students, faculty and staff for a dialogue on campus climate and other current topics relevant to the Women of Color Network.

Please RSVP to Pauline Nguyen no later than Wednesday, February 24th.


Facilitated by Mary Ho, Program Director, Office for Multicultural Learning.

Joint initiative from the Women's and Gender Studies, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010
Dine and Discuss: What does Twilight says about gender roles?
7:00 pm
Graham Basement

We will watch some of the Twilight movie and discuss its implication on gender roles.

Coordinated by the Committee on Multiculturalism in the RLC's and ALPHA.

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Difficult Dialogue - Appropriate This II!
From the Orient to The Jersey Shore

4:00 - 5:15 pm
Parlor B, Benson Center

Appropriation is an act that we all engage in for various reasons and they may bring individuals rewards such as fame or social acceptance.  During this Difficult Dialogue, we will expand on the general discussion regarding forms of appropriation and focus on current cultural phenomenon including the popularity of all things Asian (yoga, bindis, Japanese tattoo art, etc.) in U.S. society and the latest fixation on the culture represented by The Jersey Shore's reality stars. 

Facilitated by Perlita Dicochea, Ethnic Studies Program.


RSVP required to Pauline Nguyen no later than Wednesday, April 7th.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Women's and Gender Studies.


Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Women of Color Network

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Williman Room, Benson Center

Women of color luncheon with guest speaker, Assistant Professor Robin Hayes from the Ethnic Studies Program.

Must RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by Friday, April 9th.

The Women of Color Network is a joint initiative from the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

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Sunday, April 18th - Tuesday, April 20th

Tunnel of Oppression
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Williman Room and Parlors, Benson Center

Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive program which allows participants to walk through various forms of oppression and experience the personal effects of that oppression.  A pivotal element to the program is the opportunity to discuss the experience with trained professionals and share feelings about the program in a safe environment.  A number of groups participating, include the Multicultural Center, Santa Clara Community Action Program, Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA), Interfaith Council, Committee on Multiculturalism in the RLCs, Amnesty, Every 2 Minutes, Feminists United and B LEJIT.  Please contact Pat Delves for additional information.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010


LGBTQ Allies Network
Supporting our LGBTQ Student of Color Communities
11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Benson Center Room 21

A conversation with Bonnie Sugiyama, Assistant Director of the LGBTRC and WRC at San Jose State University and Julie Freitas, MF, Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager LGBTQ Youth Space: A Collaborative of the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center and Family & Children Services.

Must RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by Friday, April 16th.  Lunch will be provided.

Presented by the LGBTQ Allies Network, a joint initiative of the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Life, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

 

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Thursday, April 29th, 2010


Dine and Discuss - Multicultural Identity
6:30 pm
Campisi Basement

Presented by Professor Sabeen Sandhu, Sociology Department.

Coordinated by the Committee on Multiculturalism in the RLC's.

Saturday, May 1st, 2010
APIA U Leadership 101 (Asian/Pacific/Islander/American)
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Kennedy Commons

This interactive college leadership training program for Asian/Pacific/Islander/American student leaders involves hands-on exercises, small group discussions, and presentations led by two qualified APIA facilitators from OCA (The Organization of Chinese Americans).  The one day training focuses on self-awareness, team-building, and direct action organizing.

Must RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by April 23rd.

Coordinated by the Multicultural Center, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.

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Tuesday, May 4th - Tuesday May 25th
Mexico In Film Series

2010 marks the bicentennial anniversary of the Mexican Independence Movement and hundred years of the Mexican Revolution.  Come celebrate the country's rich culture with a viewing of independent films during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema.

Tuesday, May 4th
La Perla (The Pearl)
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Library Screening Room B
Synopsis: In a humble fishermen’s village, Quino and his wife Juana suffer the anguish of their small son having been bitten by a scorpion. The local doctor, a greedy foreigner, refuses to help the boy and he is saved by a healer. After finding a very large pearl at the bottom of the sea the doctor’s greed and that of his brother, a loan shark, is awakened. They are willing to do anything to seize the jewel.

Wednesday, May 12th
Pueblerina (Paloma)
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Library Screening Room A
Synopsis: Aurelio returns to his home town after serving a sentence for having avenged the rape of his beloved Paloma by Julio González. When he returns he finds his mother dead and Paloma living exiled from the town with her son, the result of the rape. Aurelio tries to marry Paloma and bury the past, but the evil Julio and his brother Ramiro are not willing to leave them alone.

Tuesday, May 18th
Subida al Ciel (Mexican Bus Ride)
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Library Screening Room A
Synopsis: A young man and woman's honeymoon is cut short when the man learns that his mother has fallen ill back at home. The newlywed couple rush there to discover the other sons neglecting their mom in order to plot their squandering of the inheritance. The newlywed son takes quite an adventurous bus-ride to a distant city to get his mother's will notarized to the contrary, and is faced with multiple temptations along the way.

Tuesday, May 25th
Subida al Ciel (Mexican Bus Ride)
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Conference Room 21, Benson Center

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Departments of History, Communication, and Modern Languages.

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Lunch discussion with filmmaker Maria Agui Carter
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Williman Room, Benson Center

Maria Agui Carter will show and discuss her film, CLEATS,  a story about a first generation Harvard student, and the son of Latino immigrants unflagging belief in the American Dream. Cleats is a short film inspired by a true story of sacrifice and dignity, where a family’s humble, yet heroic acts help make each other's dreams come true. Please visit: http://filmmakerscollab.org/filmmakers/maria-agui-carter/for more information.

Must RSVP to Pauline Nguyen by Friday, May 7th if you would like to attend.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost, the LEAD Scholars Program, MEChA, and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Dine and Discuss: The Blind Side
7:00 pm
Casa Italiana Commons

Hosted by Alyssa Gomez from Da Vinci RLC.

Short discussion on the controversy of the movie "The Blind Side" and the ethics of College sports - Exploitation or Education?

Coordinated by the Committee on Multiculturalism in the RLC's.

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Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Film Screening: "Whatever It Takes", Directed by Chris Wong
Ethnic Studies 40th Anniversary Celebration 
6:00 - 8:00 pm
St. Clare Room (Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library)

Featured Speaker: Edward Tom, star of the film and principal of the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics.
For a preview of the film, please visit: www.whateverittakesdoc.com.

Please RSVP by May 14th to Pauline Nguyen.

Co-sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Pan-Asian Senior Ceremony

Doors open at 4:30 pm
Ceremony starts at 5:00 pm
California Mission Room
Sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.
By invitation only.

Pan-African Senior Ceremony


Doors open at 6:00 pm
Ceremony starts at 6:30 pm
Williman Room, Benson Center
Sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.
By invitation only.




Chicano/Latino Senior Ceremony
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Ceremony starts at 7:30 pm
Mayer Theatre
Sponsored by the Office for Multicultural Learning-Office of the Provost.
By invitation only.

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