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Social Justice Center Events & Activities

The Social Justice Center strengthens and supports our campus' equity programs, students and student clubs, equity-minded faculty & staff and serves as a hub to bring them all together. We work hand-in-hand with our campus and community partners for collaboration to provide educational events and activities that address social justice issues; and student leadership training, mentorship and development for the next generation of social justice leaders.

Student Leadership Institute (SLI)

Are you looking to build leadership skills to level up in your life? We are looking to help students grow as leaders - from the inside out - and create social change.
More info: Visit SLI Webpage 

SLI

Host your Student Club Meetings, Events or Activities at the Social Justice Center

Students: Does your Club have a Social Justice focus? Faculty and Staff: Do you have an activity that addresses Social Justice issues? We have space available to host your meetings, events and activities. Fill out the space request form: https://elcamino.formstack.com/forms/book_sjc 


Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break seeks to provide students with an opportunity to work with community agencies, needs, and populations in a week-long  service and immersion experience. Students will travel out and participate in an array of service projects, discussions, and workshops to immerse themselves with different social, environmental, and economic issues.

When is the Alternative Spring Break trip? We will be traveling from April 8-11, 2024

Where are we going? San Diego, close to the US-Mexico border region.

How much do the trips cost? Students do not need to pay to participate in this Alternative Spring Break trip. We will cover transportation, lodging, food and activity expenses. 

Does this count for credit? Yes, you will need to enroll in Ethnic Studies 1 which is an academic course. 

Where can I get more information? Contact Kenny Simkins ksimkins@elcamino.edu, Monica Delgado mxdelgado@elcamino.edu or Taka Tanaka ttanaka@elcamino.edu

 

Let's Celebrate Together

El Camino College celebrates its diversity through various cultural heritage months throughout the year.

Through the annual events and cultural highlights on El Camino's campus, we raise awareness, celebrate diversity, honor history and foster inclusion across campus.

View our Campus Celebrations Page



Join a Cultural Heritage Month Committee

Students, faculty and staff, we welcome you to join a subcommittee.
JOIN US ON TEAMS

  • Fall Semester: Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept/Oct), Native American Heritage Month (Nov)
  • Spring  Semester: Black History Month (Feb), Cherry Blossom Festival (March), Women's History Month (March), Arab-American Heritage Month (April), Earth Day (April), AANHPI Heritage Month (May), Caribbean American Heritage Month (June), PRIDE (June)

APRIL
Arab-American Heritage Month 2024
and National Poetry Month 

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🌸 CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Tues, April 2  |   12:00 - 1:00 PM
@ Student Services Plaza
https://www.elcamino.edu/events/cherry-blossom-festival/ 


National Poetry Month
📖 ABUELA LORE BOOK LAUNCH
Isabella Santana, Student Poet, Book Launch & Signing
National Poetry Month Celebration
Thurs, April 4  |  3:00 - 5:00 PM
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)

🌎 EARTH DAY: CLIMATE CAFE
Tues, April 16   |  2:30 - 3:30 PM
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)
The Climate Café is a safe space to discuss how we are truly feeling about climate change.
Led by clinical psychologist Dr. Maria Nazarian. Free snacks. In collaboration with Student Health Services.

Arab-American Heritage Month
❇️ STUDENT PANEL: DISCUSSION ON THE HIJAB
Weds, April 17  |  3:00 - 4:00 PM (POSTPONED)
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)
The Social Justice Center is supporting Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and encouraging religious tolerance and understanding of the hijab among non-Muslims.

❇️ 2024 BLACK STUDENT SUCCESS WEEK
Mon, April 22 - Fri, April 26 
This year’s theme is Building a Better Future Together: the Urgency is Now.
The 2024 Black Student Success Week will focus on innovative approaches to ensure Black and African American students succeed in community colleges.
Check out the Webinar Schedule: https://blkstudentsuccess.com/

The ECC Black Student Success Center will be hosting post webinar discussions. 
https://www.elcamino.edu/support/resources/black-student-success-center/


National Poetry Month
🎤 6th Annual POETRY SLAM
Tues, April 23  |  1:15 - 2:15 PM
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)
Watch some of ECC’s best poets battle it out for cash prizes and street cred.
Brought to you by the English Department and the Social Justice Center at ECC. 

 

National Poetry Month
🎤 GUEST POET: MATT CEDILLO
Weds, April 24  |  1:15 - 2:40 PM
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)
Join us for a Celebration of Chicano Culture with world-reknown Chicano political poet, essayist, and activist Matt Cedillo!


MAY
Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2024

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A Celebration of Chicano Culture
🤎 Chicana History with Dr. Vicki Ruíz

Weds, May 1, 2024  |  9:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
@ Social Justice Center
Guest lecturer and historian Dr. Vicki Ruíz will present her work on Chicana History.

A Celebration of Chicano Culture
🤎 The Chicano Movement in Los Angeles and Ventura County with Dr. Frank Barajas

Weds, May 1, 2024  |  9:45 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
@ Social Justice Center
Join us for a Celebration of Chicano Culture! Guest lecturer and historian Dr. Frank Barajas will present his work on the history of the Chicano Movement in LA and Ventura County.

 

Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
📚 AANHPISA Read In
Thurs, May 9  |   2:00 - 3:00 PM
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)
Join us for a very special Read In featuring Pasifika and/or Asian narratives, books and authors.

This event will be Hybrid (both in person and virtual).
Zoom link:  https://elcamino-edu.zoom.us/j/86344488423 


A Celebration of Chicano Culture
🤎 Mexican Folk Healing with Dr. Eliseo Torres
Weds, May 8, 2024  |  6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
@ ECC Library Collaboration Room
Join us for a Celebration of Chicano Culture! Guest lecturer and historian Dr. Eliseo Torres will present his work on Mexican Folk Healing.


Ethnic Studies Conference
💡 Alternative Spring Break Student Presentations

Mon, May 13  |  9:45 - 11:10 am
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)
15 ECC students and 5 staff/faculty spent their Spring Break at the US/Mexico border to educate themselves and others on the humanitarian crisis happening at the border, and to take action by distributing food, water and providing aid to those in need. Come hear about their Alternative Spring Break experience.
 

Ethnic Studies Conference + Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
✨Taiko Performance

Tues, May 14   |  11:30 - 12:55 p.m.
@ Haag Recital Hall (lower level of the Music Building)
Asano Taiko will be bringing their powerful beats and rhythms of taiko for a dynamic and captivating performance in celebration of AAPI Month, and part of the BSS Ethnic Studies Conference. 


Ethnic Studies Conference + Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

💡 Inspiring Speaker: Michelle Vargas-Lao

Tues, May 14  |  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)
Come be inspired by Michelle Vargas-Lao, Filipina-Canadian artist, vocalist, dancer and a producer from Montreal, Canada. She is founder and president of the Filipino-Canadian Artist Association Québec in Montreal, QC.

 

Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
💡 Panel Discussion: Library Services & Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Tues, May 21  |  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
@ Social Justice Center (Comm 204)

Join panelists: Justin Torres, Camila Jenkin, Laura Ishizaka, Analu Josephides as they discuss the usage of signs, images, posters, and other media in their pedagogy.
Moderated by Ethnic Studies Professor Takahito Tanaka.

This event will be Hybrid (both in person and virtual).

Zoom link: https://elcamino-edu.zoom.us/j/86956359660  


Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
✨ Field Trip to the Japanese American National Museum

Thurs, May 30  |   time TBA
Join us for a Guided Tour of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and Little Tokyo. The mission of the JANM is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.

Wear your El Camino blue to represent ECC and Oceania that connects us all.

Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012

 


Social Justice Center ART EXHIBITION 

Spring 2024 Featured Artist: Amina AmXn
@ Social Justice Center Conference Room

Dr. Amina Humphrey
Amina Humphrey, M.A., Ph.D. aka Dr. Amina is a Black Feminist, teacher, scholar, Critical Race Theory scholar, Pan Africanist, artist, activist, BIPOC book activist, agrarian, and ethnographic researcher. As Amina AmXn, she is a writer, quilter, painter, photographer, and performance artist.

As an artist, her objective is to make political and thought-provoking social justice art, informed by the context of researching, teaching, and being a Black WomXn in America. Thus, she feels it is her duty to accurately depict culture, authenticity, and representations of People of African Descent.

From 2020-2024, her photography (i.e. artist’s name Amina AmXn) was featured in the African American Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide, presented by The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and my photography was featured in the 2022 and 2023 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transexual Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide.

As a performance artist, she debuted her first play Black WomXn on Sexuality: Conversations with the Living and the Dead at the Santa Monica Playhouse on September 3, 2016 and again at the Sacred Fools Theater on December 11, 2016.

We are thrilled to have Amina Amxn's beautiful photography up in our Social Justice Center conference room this semester. 

 


Accommodations

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation, or have questions about the physical access provided, email socialjustice@elcamino.edu as soon as possible, but no later than seven days prior to the event.

Questions?

Email socialjustice@elcamino.edu.