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Reach & Invest (Intercultural Programs)

Reach programs are planned and led by the Student Leader Initiating Diversity Education (SLIDErs) and feature speakers, artists, films, and other activities that focus around social justice topics. Invest sessions are student led facilitations (by Intercultural Development Leaders and SLIDErs) that address current hot button issues, social justice awareness, and multiple and intersecting identities. Both sets of co-curricular programs enhance classroom learning and raise awareness about social justice. 
Fall 2016 Programs
Fri, 9/2 • Feel Good Friday • 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Join us for the first Feel Good Friday of the year! Come learn about the IC and win cool prizes.
Wed, 9/7 •  Reach: Baile Folklorico: History and Art • 5-7 p.m. • Soda Center
Mexican Folkloric Dance/ Danza Folklorica Escenica  is a documentary that “tells the story of the vibrant art form through the life and work  of the internationally acclaimed artist  and choreographer, Rafael Zamarripa.” , Producer-Writer-Director Olga Najera-Ramirez will lead a discussion following the screening.
Tues, 9/13 • Invest: Pokémon Go: Can You Catch ‘Em All ? Tier 1  • 5-7 p.m.
This first program will feature an introduction to Pokémon Go and its relation to various identities. This workshop will include definitions, videos, and interactive activities.
Thurs, 9/15  • Invest: Pokémon Go: Can You Catch ‘Em All ? Tier 2 • 6-8 p.m.
This second program will feature a more in depth conversation around Pokémon Go. Facilitated by the IC student staff, this workshop will include activities and a dialogue around this topic.
Wed, 10/5 • Reach: Exploitation & Trafficking in Your Backyard • 5-7 p.m. 
Human trafficking earns an estimated $32 billion worldwide per year.  A lot of that activity and money exchange occurs in the Bay Area including Contra Costa County. This program will features clips from 3 different programs as well as a panel discussion featuring Stephen Mullin from Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Sister Caritas Foster, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family, who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness, and Eileen Matthews, a local Contra Costa Resident that will share how anyone can get involved to raise awareness. 

Tues, 10/25 • Invest: Healthy Relationships Tier 1  • 5-7 p.m. 

This INVEST program– sponsored by the IC and WRC, will explore the differences between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. The goal of the program is to give students the tools in recognizing signs of abuse in a relationship. In Tier 1, facilitators will introduce terminology and a discussion around dating abuse and cyclical violence.

Tues, 10/27 • Invest: Healthy Relationships Tier 2  • 5-7 p.m. 

This INVEST program– sponsored by the IC and WRC, will explore the differences between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships. The goal of the program is to give students the tools in recognizing signs of abuse in a relationship. In Tier 2, students will participate in a peer-facilitated activity, look at case studies, and delve deeper into a discussion about healthy relationships and types of abuse.

Wed, 11/2 • Reach: Navigating a Hearing World• 5-7 p.m.  

About 28 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing. Despite these numbers, these realities are rarely shared in popular media. Through this program, students will have a chance to learn about d/Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Identities and listen to personal stories. This program will provide participants with effective communication strategies for interacting with people who are deaf. Lastly, participants will brainstorm ways to make the SMC campus more inclusive to people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Tues, 11/15 • Invest: Two Spirits & Two Worlds: Exploring Native Queerness and Identities Tier 1 • 5-7 p.m. 

Join the Intercultural Center for our November Invest Program on native queerness and two spirit identities. We will be analyzing and the term “two spirit”, how it relates to indigenous history and culture, and how this term should be represented today.  This two part program will start with the documentary “Two Spirit,” which focuses on sexuality, gender, and the story of Fred Martinez, a two spirit Navajo youth and will be followed by a deeper discussion on the difference of cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation of native queerness in Western Culture.

Thurs, 11/17 • Invest: Two Spirits & Two Worlds: Exploring Native Queerness and Identities Tier 2 • 5-7 p.m. 

Join the Intercultural Center for our November Invest Program on native queerness and two spirit identities. We will be analyzing and the term “two spirit”, how it relates to indigenous history and culture, and how this term should be represented today.  This two part program will start with the documentary “Two Spirit,” which focuses on sexuality, gender, and the story of Fred Martinez, a two spirit Navajo youth and will be followed by a deeper discussion on the difference of cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation of native queerness in Western Culture.

Wed, 11/30 • Reach: "How You Doin'?" API & Mental Health• 5-7 p.m. 

Although we often read about people with depression and other mental health illnesses, we rarely see people of color represented- and that alone can heighten the stigma around mental health. In recent studies from the National Latino and Asian American Study, Asian Americans are less likely to seek help for their emotional or mental health problems. This program will allow students to explore why mental health is highly stigmatized within Asian culture and to counter the dominant narrative that mental illness does not affect the API community.  

 

 

January 2017 Programs

Tues, 1/24 • Invest: Culturally Conscious Tourism Tier 1 6 p.m.

In this introduction to conversation about culturally conscious tourism, participants will begin to sift through the multifaceted layers of studying abroad. 

Thurs, 1/26 • Invest: Culturally Conscious Tourism Tier 2 6 p.m.

In Tier 2,  students will reflect on their experiences and possible impacts as international travelers through dialogue.
 

Wed, 2/1 • Reach: Toxic Territories: Environmental Racism • 12 p.m.

Learn and engage in dialogue with Bay Area activists about what environmental racism is, how it directly affects us, what local government might be doing (or not doing) about it, and what students can do.

 

 

Spring 2017 Programs
Wed, 3/1 • Reach: TBD • TBD                                                                                                     
Tues, 3/14 • Invest: TBD • TBD
Thurs, 3/16 • Invest: TBD • TBD
Tues, 3/28 • Invest: TBD • TBD
Thurs, 3/30 • Invest: TBD • TBD
Tues, 4/18 • Invest: TBD • TBD
Thurs, 4/20 • Invest: TBD • TBD