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Multicultural Center

Welcome! The Multicultural Center was developed to provide safe and brave spaces for historically minoritized and marginalized groups on campus with the goal of increased diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The Multicultural Center (MCC) will serve as:

  • a resource for the campus community while placing the experiences of diverse and historically minoritized and marginalized groups at the center. ​
  • a dynamic learning space with deliberate programming and opportunities to support all members of COC with the goal of increased diversity, equity, and inclusion.​
  • a safe space where the goal is expression without fear of repercussion, and a brave space where expressions are both, validated and challenged.​
  • a place to meet, build community, and serve as another access point/bridge to existing resources.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month 

Celebrating NAHM

New York was the first state to declare an American Indian Day in 1916. By 1976, President General Ford proclaimed October 10th-16th to be Native American Awareness Week. At the request of Congress, President Ronald Regan then designated November 23rd-30th as Native American Indian Week in 1986. It wasnt until 1990 that President George H.W Bush signed a joint resolution designating November as Native American Heritage Month.

Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich history,tradtions and contributions of Native Americans.It is also an opportunity to educate the public about the unique challenges Native Americans have endured historically and today and highlight how they have conquered these challenges since the start of colonialism.

In his proclamation on Native American Heritage Month last year, President Joe Biden said "Native American roots are deeplhy embedded in this land - a homeland loved, nurtured, strengthened, and fought for with honor and conviction. This month and every month, we honor the precious, strong, and enduring cultures and contributions of all Native Americans and recommit ourselves to fulfilling the full promise of our Nation together." 

The history of Native Americans runs deep. So deep that the U.s National Archives hold shundreds of thousands of Native American records dating back to 1774 through the 1990s. This includes records from the Indian Schools , Indian Census Rolls, The Bureau of Indian Affairs, and every treaty signed with Native Americans. 

November Happenings!!



  • We have embedded below our campus event calendar. You can use the "search function" to find events meaningful to you. We've highlighted a few events you may want to explore in our featured events section below to assist you in your search. 


  • Event Date and Time Location or Link
    ASG Tuesday Podcasts  Ongoing Go!


    Racism Without Racists


    Zoom Link

  •  Event  Date and Time  Location or Link

    Ask a Muslim! – A Campus Discussion

    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.  

    Zoom Recording

    Roe…A Campus Discussion

    Monday, May 16, 202

    1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Zoom Recording

    The Evolution of Sexual Assault-A Campus Dialogue

    Wednesday, April 20, 2022

    10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

    Zoom Recording

    On Account of Sex: A Campus Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Discussion

    Wedensday, March 22, 2022

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Zoom Recording  

    The Journey of Diversity: Going from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing

    Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Zoom Recording

    Mitigating the Effects of The Pandemic:  From Surviving to Thriving 

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Zoom Recording  

    Emerging Latinx Leaders Series

    (Student Panel)

    Thursday, October 14, 2021

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM 

    Zoom Recording

    Emerging Latinx Leaders Series

    (Employee Panel)

    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

    Zoom Recording
    Moving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forward in Corporate America

    Wednesday, September 29

    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Zoom Recording

    STILL Tired of Teaching to Little Black Boxes…the Conversation Continues

    Friday, August 13, 2021

    8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Zoom Recording

    COC Lunch and Learn 

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021

    12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

    Student Support Services (Part 1)

    Zoom Recording

    COC Lunch and Learn 

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.

    Human Resources

    Zoom Recording

    “College of the Canyons – A Campus Community Town Hall”

     Thursday, May 27, 2021

    10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

    Zoom Recording  

    “One Way Ticket: The African American Experience during the Great Migration, 1915-1970”

     Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

    Zoom Recording

    Muslim Appreciation Series: Islam and the Arts

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Zoom Recording  

     COC Lunch and Learn 

    Thursday, May 20, 2021


    Public Information Office 

    Zoom Recording

    Birth of Hip Hop / Evolution of Hip Hop / Where it all began

    Thursday, May 20, 2021

    3:30 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.

    Zoom Recording  

    Sociology Book Award Campus Presentation

    Open Mic / Poetry Reading

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Zoom Recording

    Mental Health Counseling Townhall


    Friday, May 7, 2021

    11:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. 

      Zoom Recording
     COC Lunch and Learn

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    12:30pm - 1:30pm 


    Zoom Recording  
    Sexual Assault-Where Do We Go From Here

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. 

    Zoom Recording
    Celebrating Multiculturalism through Poetry and Literature

    Friday, April 23, 2021

    10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

    Zoom Recording
    Disabilities 101: Campus Discussion on the Netflix film – “Crip Camp”

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

      Zoom Recording   

    Sexual Assault Awareness Series – Part 1: Sexual Assault 101

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

    Zoom Recording  

    Cultural Appreciation Series – A Student Campus Forum: Black Wealth and Economic Injustice

    Monday, February 22, 2021  (10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.)

    Zoom Recording


  •  Forum  Date and Time  Location or Link


  • Title  Formatt and Author   Link or ISBN number

    Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

    Book: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Go!

    Unconscious Bias: What is it and can it be eliminated 

     Article Go!
    The Racism Right Before Our Eyes - There is implicit bias — and then there is behavior like this  Article: Jamelle Bouie


    Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America Book: Roberto Gonzalez
    ISBN-13: 978-0520287266
    ISBN-10: 0520287266

    Scientists around the world are striking against racism in academia - Scientists around the world are striking to raise awareness of institutional and systemic racism against Black academics.



    21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge:

    Website: Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.


    White Academia: Do Better

     Article: Jasmine Roberts


    USC's Center for Urban Education – Why Race Matters

     PDF: USC Go!

    Women's History Month- Library Reading List

    PDF List Go!


  • Title Desciption   Link or Location

    Student Services Homepage

     A COC webpage that lists all of our college student services offices and websites Go!
    Dreamers Together Homepage A COC webpage supporting DACA, AB 540, Undocumented,  and Out of Status students.



    Equity Minded Practitioners A group dedicated to addressing disproportionate impact by reviewing institutional practices to identify and help resolve equity gaps.  

    Anti-Black Racism Resources

    A PDF with links to multiple videos and reading resources on the topic of Anti-Black Racism. 


    Equity In Education

    A video recording of a discussion on Equity within Education - led by Brandon Ashford, Julie Johnson, and Robert Wonser


    COC's Equity Podcast 

    Hosted by Brandon Ashford, a past podcast on equity and systemic racism experiences featuring past and present COC employees and students. 



    Undocumented Students Resource

    UndocuAlly Training by TheDream.US


    Undocumented Students Resource

    Supporting Undocumented Students: Important Points for Allies

    By: Esther Villegas-Sandoval, Faculty, Sociology


    Ted Talk - All Student Allyship Resource

    Ted Talk: The Danger of Silence

    By: Clint Smith


    Overall Allyship Resource

    How to Be an Ally

    By: Amelie Lamont



    Trans Students Allyship

    10 Misconceptions Every Trans Ally Needs to Understand

    By: Brynn Tannehill

     African American/Black Students Resource

     A Call to Action 

    By: Jourdan Hailaire

    White Allies Resource

    Becoming Trustworthy White Allies

    By: Melanie S. Morrison

    White Allies Resource

    White People, Please Stop Declaring Yourself Allies

    By: Ernest Owens

    White Allies Resource

    The Role of ‘Privileged’ Allies in the Struggle for Social Justice

    By: Angeliki Fanouria Giannaki


    LGBTQ+ Allyship Resource

    How to be an Advocate if you are Person of Privilege

    By: SafeZone Advocates

    General Allyship

    Building Overall Allyship

    By: Kyle Sawyer

    White Allies Resource

    Building Allyship

    By: Dismantle Collective

     Allyship at Work Resource 

    Allyship in the workplace Ted Talk 

    By: Melinda Epler 

    Better Allyship

    Be a Better Ally (Havard Business Review)

    By: Tsedale M. Melaku, Angie Beeman, David G. Smith and W. Brad Johnson

     The Power Of Diversity

    The Key to Unlocking the Power of Diversity

    By: Sheree Atcheson

    Intro to the Multicultural Center

    Spring 2021 Welcome Week: Multicultural Center Discussion

    Importance of Diversity

    Spring 2021 Welcome Week: Importance of Diversity

    Dreamers Together

    Spring 2021 Welcome Week: Dream Big, Dream Together

    The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History With  

    A quick look into Cherokee History, accompanied by supporting documents.

    Go! Go!

Featured Videos:

"MCC Opening"

Opening Of MCC Video Clip Play

"Islam and Science"

Video clip of islam and science

"Happenings of the World"

Video Clip of Happenings of the World

"Alliances Open House"

Video Alliances Open House Play

"MCC Open Mic": (Notice: some poetry in this video may contain langauage some viewers may find offensive or inapproriate for minors)   

Open Mic Video

"Equity In Education" 

Video Still Frame- Click to hear discussion

"Equip, Empower, ENOUGH! Domestic Empowerment During COVID-19"

video still of equip empower enough

 "Undocumented Student Week of Action (Know Your Rights)"

video clip undocumented students week

The War in Artsakh: Armenians Artists Resist, React and Recover 

 The War In Artsakh

Lifting as we Climb-Women and Social Justice

Lifting as We Climb- Women and Social Justice

Gender Sexuality Alliance Workshop

Gender Sexuality Alliance Workshop

Welcoming and Preparing for Ramadan

Preparing for Ramadan

Muslim Appreciation Series: Islam and Social Justice 

Muslim Appreciation Series: Islam and Social Justice