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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.


*In Observance of Juneteenth*

Celebrating Juneteenth

Dear COC Campus Community,  

It goes by many names. Whether you call it Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or the country’s second Independence Day, Juneteenth is one of the most important anniversaries in our nation’s history. More than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, news arrived in Texas that slaves were now free and the Civil War had ended. Today, that anniversary is celebrated as Juneteenth, the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and was recently made a federal holiday.

Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of recognition in America that is long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. By being sensitive to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society. Please see a listing of resources, links and local events below and join in on the celebration.

HIstory of Juneteenth Videos:

Recommended Books:

  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
  • The Deep, by Rivers Solomon, with Daveed Diggs, Willian Huston, and Jonathan Snipes
  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology, by Kianna Alexander

Additional Resources:


  • 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!
    Foster and Kinship Care Education Program Multiple topics and dates! Go!
    Spring FLEX Week Diversity Series

    January 31-February 4

    See Flyer for Details


    Artist Kumasi J. Barnett

    Thursday, February 24, 2022

    2:30 PM - 4:00 PM



    The Black Power Mixtape


    New Date Coming Soon!

    Zoom Link


    Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistency of Racial Inequality in America

    by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva


    March 21, 2022

    March 25, 2022

    April 15, 2022

    April 29, 2022

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Zoom Link


    Racism Without Racists

    Book Discussion with 

    Dr. James McKeever, Professor at Pierce College


    Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    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

    Highlighting Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


    The Balanced Perspective: An Intro to Islam

    Friday, December 3, 2021

    2:45 PM - 3:30 PM


    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
    Lifting As We Climb… Women Who Have Help Shape History

    Wednesday, August 18, 2021

    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    The Category Is…LGBTQ Realness

    Wednesday, August 18, 2021

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Undocumented Student Experiences and Trauma Informed Classroom Practices

    Tuesday, August 17, 2021

    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


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

    Friday, August 13, 2021

    8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    Zoom Recording

    Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and Stereotyping Threats…Taking A Deeper Dive

    Friday, August 13, 2021

    10:15 AM - 11:30 AM


    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  

    “Highlighting HBCUs – A College of the Canyons Presentation”


    Thursday, May 27, 2021

    Time TBD 

    Zoom TBD 

    “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

    Asian Americans-Film Series Discussion

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

      Link to PBS Series:


    Muslim Appreciation Series: Islam and the Arts

    Tuesday, May 25, 2021

    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Zoom Recording  

    Human Trafficking Training for the Medical  Profession  

    Monday, May 24, 2021

    9:30am - 11:30am



     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  

    Art with Impact

     Thursday, May 13, 2021

    11 am-1:30 pm


    Sociology Book Award Campus Presentation

    Open Mic / Poetry Reading

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    5:00pm - 6:30pm

    Zoom Recording

    Ask the Psychiatrist 

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    6:30 -8:00pm

     Zoom Link:

    983 5485 1050


    Mental Health Counseling Townhall


    Friday, May 7, 2021

    11:00 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. 

      Zoom Recording

    Suicide Prevention Intervention and Response Training (SPIRT) with Henry Mayo and COC

    Friday, May 7, 2021 


     COC Lunch and Learn

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    12:30pm - 1:30pm 


    Zoom Recording  

    Out of Darkness Hope Walk 

    Saturday, May 1,  2021

    9 AM


    Recovery Tools for the Pandemic 

    Thursday, April 29, 2021


    SAFE Zone Training

    Tuesday, April 27th 

    2:00pm - 4:00pm

    Zoom Link:

    945 0106 2003


    Sexual Assault-Where Do We Go From Here

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. 

    Zoom Recording
    Paris Climate Agreement – Implications and Perspectives

    Friday, April 23

    5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

    Celebrating Multiculturalism through Poetry and Literature

    Friday, April 23, 2021

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

    Zoom Recording
    Mindfulness for Mental Health  Wednesday, April 22, 202111-12pm  Go!
    “Mindfulness and Artivism” A Dreamers Together Town Hall Wednesday, April 21, 2021 4:00 P.M. to 5:15 P.M. Go!
    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  

    Welcoming and Preparing for Ramadan

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    12:30 P.M. to 2:00 P.M

    Zoom Link:



    Diversity-Celebrating Color and Why It’s Important That We ‘See’ It

    Tuesday, April 6th

    2:45pm -4:00 pm



    Women In Sports

    Women In Sports: Re-Shaping How Women are Viewed in the World of Sports

    Tuesday, March 23rd

    3:00pm - 4:30pm


     Women’s History Month Film Series  HARRIETT , 3/5 @ 1:00

    MAIDEN • 3/12 @ 12:30

    HIDDEN FIGURES • 3/18 @ 2:00

    I AM WOMAN • 3/22 @ 11:30

    THE WOMEN’S LIST • 3/29 @ 1:00


    COC Movies for Mental Health

    Art With Impact

    *Option to join anonymously

     Thursday, March 25, 2021 (11:00am-1:00pm)


    For accessibility-related accomodations or questions:





    COC Dreamers Financial Literacy Workshop

    Thursday, March 4th, 2021 (5:00 P.M.-6:15 P.M.) 



    Open Mic and Poetry Night

    Thursday, February 25, 2021 (5:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M.)

     Zoom Link:


    Artist Kumasi J. Barnett


    Thursday, February 25, 2021 (2:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M.) 


    Zoom link TBD

    Action Steps Towards Anti-Racism

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (6-7:30 P.M)

    Zoom Link:


    Cultural Appreciation Series – A Student Campus Forum: The Power of the Black Vote

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.) Zoom link TBD

    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

    Business Alliance: A Celebration of African-American Entrepreneurship

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 


    Zoom Link:

    The African American Cooking Experience

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 (1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M.

    Zoom link TBD
    Black History Month- Film Series

    Film/Discussion: “42” – Wednesday, February 10, 2021 (12:30 P.M. to 1:30 P.M.)

    Film/Discussion: “13th” – Friday, February 19, 2021 (3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.)

    Film/Discussion: “Hidden Figures” – Wednesday, February 24, 2021 (11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.)

    Film/Discussion: “Selma” – Friday, February 26, 2021 (3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.)



  •  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


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