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Spring 2021 Events Schedule

Due to COVID-19, the OCC campus remains closed until further notice. However, the Multicultural Center remains committed to connecting the OCC community to eachother through excellent programming. Join us for these virtual events:

Co-sponsored by OCC's Global Engagement Center, Multicultural Center, Student Equity Program, and Student Life & Leadership.  Join for this week long series of events celebrating our API community.  Keep scrolling to see details for each event below.

Click the image below to see the full flyers or continue scrolling to see details for each event.

Month of May​

API Community Board: Express Yourself

All month, we invite our API community to share thoguhts, feelings, and hopes. We'll use this board thorughout the week to aid dicussions at each event.

Post your thoughts:

May 3​


Anti-Hate Bystander Education Workshop

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Register for Zoom Event

Bystanders can make a huge difference.  Learn creative and safe ways you can get involved when you see problematic behaviors around you.

May 4​


Breaking the Taboo: API Mental Health Workshop

4:00pm - 5:00pm

Register for Zoom Event

Join this safe space to learn about mental health resources for API students to help us break the taboo around mental health and take better care of ourselves.

Participate on the discussion board:

May 5


Virtual Movie Screening: Over the Moon

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Register for Zoom Event

Watch a free screening of the Academy Award Nominated film Over the Moon from the safety of your own home and particpiate in the live chat.

May 6


API Student Open Mic: Talk Story

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Register for Zoom Event

We invite API students to share your story (music, poetry, spoken work, art of any kind). Event will be hosted by special guest Kyaro, A Korean American poet and rapper.  

Interested in performing? Sign up to perform by Tuesday, May 4th at 12 noon


Apr 28 - May 12

3 Session Seminar (Weds)

Real to Reel: The Real Hip Hop Series

3:00 - 4:30pm on Zoom

The “Real Hip HOP Series” workshops will  allow for networking experience with working professionals in the entertainment indsutry. The end goal is for students to better understand how they can use their majors and degrees in the professional realm.

Apr 7 - May 12

5 Session Seminar

'Let the Music' Series

*note: time updated

Let the Music... inspire you, challenge you, and create a connection.  Starting April 7, every, join every Wednesday for a listening and converstaion session about music, its impact, and its creators, facilitated by Nathan Jensen, Associate Dean of the OCC Global Engagement Center. 


Apr 26-30

Black Student Success Week

Orange Coast College is joining community colleges across the state to host Black Student Success Week from April 26 to 30, 2021, an event dedicated to Black and African American student success at California community colleges. Read below for ways to get involved.

Wall of Black Student SUCCESS: 

Post and celebrate stories throughout the week

Apr 27

(Tues) - 2pm

Black Student Success Champions: Faculty Panel

Apr 28

(Weds) - 3pm

Career Spotlight: Black Success in the Film Industry 

See below for more details and flyer.

Apr 29

(Thurs) - 5pm

My Success Dinner & Conversation

Registration required: please contact Maricela Sandoval for details

Apr 30

10:00 - 11:00am

The ASOCC Advocacy Committee is hosting a townhall. The OCC President and Vice Presidents will be present to porvide an update on campus reopening plans and answer any questions sutdents may have. 

Submit question beforehand at

Apr 30

9:00am - 12:00pm

A training for students who want to learn how to be an ally for the LGBTQIA+ community. Students who complete this training will receive a Safe Zone Ally certificate. Spots are limited and on a first come first servived basis.

For questions, contact

Apr 28

3:00-4:30pm Zoom 

Presented by OCC UMOJA and ASOCC, join a conversation with Professor Desha Dauchan, UC Irvine Film and Media Studies, who will provide a historical perspective of the Black film industry.  

For Additional Information Contact:
Jordan Stanton, History Professor, or
Clyde Phillips, Umoja Coordinator,

Apr 9 - Apr 29

A Month of Events

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: We Can Build Safe Online Spaces

The Coast Community College District present a month-long series of events raising awares about Sexual Assault.  

Register for "Staying Safe When Our World Goes Digital" on Fri,. Apr. 9:

Register for all other events:

Apr 6

11:30am - 12:30pm Zoom 

Presented by OCC Academic Senate & Multicultural Center, this is a listening opportunity to increase community insights & connections with local elected leadesr. Mayor Khan will address the OCC campus concerning diverse issues and struggles related to issues of sexism, racism, and discrimination.

Feb 18 - May 13

8 session seminar

CLEEO SUMMIT: COVID-19 Latinos: Opportunities to Strengthen Student Leadership for Community Engagement

2:35pm - 4:35pm

Live on Zoom 

The CLEEO Project bring to you this 8 session seminar, presented by Dr. David E. Hayes Bautista, Professor at UCLA School of Medicine. To learn more about this seminar, including a full list of dates, view the Facta Lux Seminar Series Flyer. To learn more about CLEEO, visit the CLEEO Project.

Contact Eric Cuellar for Registration Information: 

Mar 22

CLEOO SUMMIT - Ulama: "The Mesoamerican Ballgame"

3:00pm - 4:15pm

Live on Zoom 

The CLEEO Project bring to you this presentation by Dr. Manuel Aguilar-Moreno, Professor of Art HIstory, CSULA,

Contact Eric Cuellar for Registration Information:

March 23


LGBTQIA+ Community Building Series: Mental Health And Self-Care Workshop

4pm - 5pm

Zoom Registration: 

A workshop for LGBTQIA+ students and allies who are interested in learning about:

  • mental health resources
  • self-care strategies
Questions? Contact Diana Aguilar at or call Student Equity Office at (714) 432-6847

Co-sponsored by OCC's Global Engagement Center, Student Equity Program, and Student Life.  Join for this week long series of events recognizing the women leaders in our community.  Keep scrolling to see details for each event below.

Click the images below to see the full flyers or continue scrolling to see details for each event.

March 22 - 25

(Mon - Thurs)

Empowered Women Empowering Women CCCD Leadership Series

Missed this Series? Check below to watch fothe recordings.

This Women's History Month, join the CCCD's Women's Leadership Series. This series will highlight the diverse leadership in our community.  Each day will feature a local inspriing leader who will share their personal story.  Register and attend any or all of the scheduled sessions:

Dr. Dana Emerson, CCC Dean of Instruction - Watch the recorded event here.

Dr Angelica Suarez, OCC President - Watch the recorded event here.

Dr. Carla Martinez, GWC Dean of Students & Library - Watch the recorded event here.

Mary Hornbuckle, CCCD Board of Trustees - Watch the recorded event here.

Celebrating Women's Leadership: 


Help us honor the everyday Women Leaders in our community.  Post a photo and a shout-out on our Virtual Shout-Out Board: tell us who they are, what they do, and how they inspire you through their leadership - big or small - volunteering, engaging, and doing the work.

Post your shout-outs here:

March 23


Redefining Leadership: Women's Roundtable

Tuesday, March 23 @ 1pm

Missed this event. Watch the recording anytime.

We all practice leadership in our lives, sometimes in unexpected, hidden or personal ways. Join the Women's Leadership Roundtable for an informal Zoom discussion with diverse women about our leadership, ambitions, lived experiences, intersectionality and how we can actively support and empower one another. Also, see images and stories from the Virtual Shout-Out Board.

Celebrate Black History Month with OCC

Co-sponsored by EOPS/UMOJA, Equity, the Multicultural Center, and the International Multicultural Committee.  Keep scrolling to see details for each event below.

Click the images below to see the full flyers or continue scrolling to see details for each event.

Feb 10


Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce Presentation: Black Financial Literacy

Missed this event? Watch the recorded event anytime

Bobby McDonald will give a presentation which will focus on changing the Black narrative on how we view finances which includes the success of Black businesses that were the foundation of "Black Wall Street."   

Feb 17


Music of the African Diaspora: The Intersection between Music and Social Injustice

Missed this event? Watch the recorded event anytime.

Dr. McCurdy will provide a historical journey and contextualize how music has been used as a tool by enslaved Africans and later, African Americans to protest against social injustice. 

Ronald C. MCurdy is Professor of Music in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC).

Feb 24


It's Bigger Than Rap: The Fifth Element and the Black Radical Tradition

Missed this event?  Watch the recorded event anytime. 

Dr. Wind Woods will discuss the ways Hip Hop samles and extends key concepts of the Black Radical Traditions.  Wind Woods is professor of Theater Arts at the University of Puget Sound.


Art in Social Justice: Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter

Celebrate the history and legacy of Black Civil Rights movements through a poster contest. Create your won Black Civil Rights Protest Poster and share it with with the campus community.

Post your poster at:

Deadline: Tuesday, February 23 @ 11:59pm

Winners of the Poster Contest will be announces on Friday, February 26 via Instagram @occstudentequity and win BHM swag!


Hidden Figures of Black History

Follow @occstudentequity on Instagram to see posts every Tuesday about Black Historical Figures that you may not have learned abotu in school!

Share with us your favorite Black Historical figure!


Exploring Black History Through Food

Follow @occstudentequity on Instagram to see posts every Thursday about recipes and historical facts about food from the African diaspora! Try recipes out every week and share with us your own creations to be featured on our account!

Share with us your favorite Black Historical figure!


Black History Month Equity Playlist

Need some inspiration for the art contest? Want to learn more about Black History? Want to find new Black artists you really should know about?  Check out a curated playlist by the Student Equity Program staff!



Celebrating Black History at the OCC Library

To celebrate the work and lives of Black people in America, we have a virtual display highlighting novels written by Black authors, nonfiction books and films on Black history, culture, and the Black experience.  Visit the display!


Every month is the time to learn about Black History! Expand your knowledge about Black History from home by exploring the resources below!

Virtual Exhibits: 

National Museum of African American History & Culture Virtual Exhibit

Video, Films, Documentaries: 

TedTalk Video | Black History is American History | Okalani Dawkins

The Broad Museum Video Series | Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat

PBS Documentary | Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Check back soon for more events!

All events are ADA compliant. Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made no later than five business days prior to an event by contacting the Global Engagement Center. Dates, times, and schedule subject to change.

Questions? Cotact the Global Engagement Center: or 714-432-5940

Also, learn about the scheduled Black History Month Celebrations on the Golden West College campus.