Recent Events for the Partnership for Community Engagement:
February 11, 2017- "Living Mythologies: Sharing the Dreams of Queer, Trans & Intersex People of Color Through Ritual & Storytelling"
The stories of queer, trans, and intersex people of color (QTIPOC) are Living Mythologies. Connecting day-to-day meaning with cosmic purpose. Who are our reincarnated gods, our oracles, our sages, our magic workers that are shifting our life context into future paradigms? They are around us, creating ripples, shifting the universe in big and little ways.
Living Mythologies shares the stories of QTIPOC through mythology, reclaiming our stories within reimagined old/new mythological beings. Through theatrical, musical, poetic and multimedia performances give voice and existence to new mythological characters rooted in the performers' life stories and purpose. Strung together, Living Mythologies shares the dreams of QTIPOC people through the aesthetics of ritual and old/new storytelling
February 8, 2017- "Community Engagement as a Strategy for Excellence"
On February 8th, Emily Janke shared why a community engaged approach to teaching and scholarship requires a mosaic of diverse individuals, disciplines, and sectors, and how authentic community engagement can position Occidental College and its partner communities to positively transform the lives of students, faculty, and community members.
January 24, 2017- "Archivist Ryan Flahive- Repatriating History"
On January 24th, Ryan Flahive from Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) showed tribes how to own their history. Ryan and a number of the institute's partners at Occidental College, The Autry, and the Southwest Museum of the American Indian are working to preserve 43 years of pictures and documents.
January 28, 2017- "Martin Luther King Day of Service"
November 4, 2016- "Compartiendo Nuestro Trabajo: Sharing Our Work of Empowering through Conversation"
On November 4, 2016, the Partnership for Community Engagement along with the student organization, Comparte, hosted Emily Gaggia of Casa Latina, a Day Labor Center in Seattle, Washington, to share best practices from its award-winning ESL program.
Oxy students including a few community members who volunteer at IDEPSCA’s Community Job Centers to offer conversational English language classes attended the event. Participants learned and shared about their experiences facilitating programs to enhance language skills that are functional and relevant to creating safe, fair and equitable work opportunities.
April 11, 2016- "Community Engagement: Grounding the Work"
On April 11th, the Partnership for Community Engagement hosted a stimulating presentation and coversation led by Professor Tessa Hicks Peterson, the AVP of Community Engagement at Pitzer College, about the importance of recognizing community-based scholarship and co-curricular community engagement in student and faculty portfolios. Tessa examined the challenges and benefits of community engagement work and how both faculty and students can get involved in meaningful and change-making efforts with local communities.
April 1, 2016- "Day at College" with Milagro Elementary School
On April 1, the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) hosted a group of fourth graders from a local elementary school on campus for a "Day at College" event. The group of approximately 46 students were from the nearby Milagro Elementary School. The Milagro students took a campus tour, and participated in "college" classes led by Oxy students in efforts to promote college attendance amongst local students and share with young aspiring scholars about the college experience.