Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an advocate, leader, activist and hip hop artist. He has been on the frontlines of the climate and environmental movement since the young age of 6. Recently named TIMES Next 100, Xiuhtezcatl has felt called to change the narrative on what it means to be an activist from an early age. Still a youth, X has spoken multiple times at the United Nations, addressing the General Assembly and spoken on panels with the likes of Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, Shailene Woodley, Bill Mckibbens and Pharrell Williams. Being bilingual and a skilled code switcher, he incorporates Spanish and English interchangeably into his music, which has become the outlet for representing his generation, and his people. Xiuhtezcatl has performed and collaborated with artists such as Raury, WILLOW, and Jaden, while building outside the boundaries of the music industry to use art to challenge systems of injustice and re-envision the future.
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Thanks to Julia Mendoza, Coordinator of Outreach & Onboarding at Student Services, for assisting the Diversity Committee on this program.
"Multicultural Day" was first organized at Pierce College in spring 2019 by the Diversity Committee with assistance from the ASO. The second Multicultural Day event took place during fall 2020 in an online format due to the pandemic closure. An expanded third Multicultural Day will take place in April 2023 in a variety of classrooms, auditoriums, and outdoor settings across campus. The event showcases the cultural, gender, and social diversity of the Pierce community in order to foster a more inclusive and equitable campus climate.
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|9:35 - 11 am||Session 1 of workshops related to diversity and inclusion presented by Pierce faculty and student groups; please see the 9:35am presentations below for more details.|
|11:10 - 12 pm||Session 2 of workshops related to diversity and inclusion presented by Pierce faculty and student groups; please see the 11:10 am presentations below for more details.|
|12 - 1pm||Keynote presentation by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, an indigenous hip hop artist and environmental activist | Location: Building 600 (Faculty & Staff Center)|
|1:00 pm - 2:00||Boxed lunches served outdoors in the Arts Center area|
|1:30 - 2:30 pm||Music concert, then excerpts from LAPC Theatre's spring musical production Rent (Performing Art Center)|
|2:30 - 5pm||
Screening of French film Gagarine (2021) in the Great Hall, followed by Q&A with Art & Architecture professor Patricio Gallegos. Part of the French Film Festival
GAGARINE (2021) [95 min]
Youri, 16, has lived all his life in Gagarine Cité, a vast red brick housing project on the outskirts of Paris. From the heights of his apartment, he dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when plans to demolish his community’s home are leaked, Youri joins the resistance. With his friends Diana and Houssam, he embarks on a mission to save Gagarine, transforming the estate into his own “starship” – before it disappears into space forever. The film was shot on the cusp of the actual demolition of the Cité Gagarine housing project in collaboration with its residents in Ivry-sur-Seine.
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By English professor, Ashley Granillo
While the publishing industry has become more diverse in the recent years, marginalized creators still struggle with how to represent themselves and their readers wholly. In this discussion, we’ll explore the weight of representation on marginalized creators and why it’s important to continue to pursue your writerly passions in spite of it.
Location: ELM 1711
This workshop offers the opportunity to learn more about the core practices that inform the Umoja program. The Umoja Practices are a collection of pedagogical, communication, and cultural practices that inform the classes, the way the program is designed, and the services offered.
Counselor & Umoja Coordinator, Professor Kalynda W. McLean
Location: ELM 1707
E.S.L. 8 will host an open forum discussion on experiences of international students, immigrants, and non-native speakers of English as they navigate college in a new language and culture. Come listen to their experiences and perspectives. Come ask your questions! Some topics include:
Location: Juniper 804
Prof. Jamie Ray (English) and Prof. Abigail Sandico Watson (Counseling)
by Prof. Shannon Rohrer, Kinesiology
Referred to as “meditation in motion”, Tai chi ch’uan is an effective practice for the health of the mind, body, and spirit. Join us to explore breath, alignment, and the peaceful movements of the Yang style form. Comfortable clothing is recommended.
Location: Rocky Young Park, between the Library and the Science buildings
Learn more about T'ai chi ch'uan here
Learn about T'ai chi here
A panel of professional advocates who work every day with people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. This event will explore the nature of their work, the challenges they face, and possible opportunities involved in advocacy.
Location: Building 600 (Faculty & Staff Center)
The ERA was designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all United States citizens regardless of sex. Why hasn't it been ratified as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution when 3/4th's of states have voted for it's approval? Who would benefit from the ERA and how can we get Constitutional rights for everyone in this country?
By History professor, Sheryl Nomelli
I have been a teaching history since 2003 specializing in U.S., Women's, and Southern history. My teaching experience includes undergrad and graduate courses at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), California Lutheran University, College of the Canyons, Moorpark College, and currently as tenured faculty at Los Angeles Pierce College. Making history come alive through various primary sources is a passion I enjoy sharing with my students.
Location: ELM 1708
“The canon” of English literature has historically been dominated by stories of (or written by) white and/or middle class men. As calls for representation have gained traction in recent decades, many readers who do not identify as white or male have had more opportunities to “see themselves” in literature. In this session, participants will discuss their own experiences with literature and representation.
By Professor Christopher Corning, English department
Cross-cultural psychology seeks to understand how culture influences many different aspects of human thought and behavior. This presentation will highlight some evidence-based examples that help us consider the universal vs. learned/experience-driven aspects of the human experience.
by Psychology professor, Brian Gendron
Location: Iris 916
This student panel explores the experience of those who have newly arrived in this country and are adapting to a new educational system and culture.
by Communication Studies professors, Jennifer Rosenberg & Sally Kassamanian
Location: Iris 913
by Prof. Susan Armenta, Kinesiology
Participate in a fun Zumba class with Prof. Armenta from Pierce Kinesiology department.
Zumba is a fitness program that involves cardio and Latin-inspired dance. It was founded by Colombian dancer and choreographer Beto Pérez in 2001, It currently has 200,000 locations, with 15 million people taking classes weekly, and is located in 180 countries.
Location: Rocky Young Park, between the Library and the Science buildings