• Traditional Music from India: An Evening with Mahesh Kale, Saturday October 12th April 12th at 7:30 pm
  • Empowering Women of Color and Their Feminism(s): Feminista Jones, Tuesday Oct 22nd at 6 pm
  • Large and In Charge, Chunky Yet Funky, Bold & Beautiful: I am Latrice Royale, Thursday Nov 7th at 7:30 pm
  • Ritmo Y Sonido Latino Los Pinguos, Friday Nov 15th at 7:30 pm
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Joy DeGruy, Monday Nov 18th at 6 pm
  • From Minority to Majority, Invisible to Envisioning Helen Zia, Tuesday Nov 19th at 6 pm

Upcoming Events


Large and In Charge, Chunky Yet Funky, Bold & Beautiful: I am Latrice Royale

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 pm / After years in clubs and being incarcerated, Latrice Royale was literally forced to remold herself into a stronger, more dedicated individual. Now, a decade after her release, she is stronger than ever and more determined to show the world who she is. Not only did she appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 4, where she won Miss Congeniality, but she has also hosted the documentary, “Gays in Prison,” which reveals her own experiences in jail and explores the stories of gay men and transgendered individuals in and out of the prison system. Latrice will perform two numbers, followed by a moderated discussion to share how drag is used as a platform to unapologetically express one’s identity and work through the oppression faced by queer people of color.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Joy DeGruy

Mon, Nov. 18, 6:00 pm / In this talk, Dr. DeGruy presents facts that illustrate how varying levels of both clinically induced and socially learned residual stress related issues were passed along through generations as a result of slavery. The theory of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome suggests that centuries of slavery followed by systemic racism and oppression have resulted in multigenerational adaptive behaviors—some of which have been positive and reflective of resilience and others that are detrimental and destructive. Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author, and presenter. She is a tell-it-like-it-is ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past and continue to struggle through the present.

From Minority to Majority, Invisible to Envisioning Helen Zia

Tue, Nov. 19, 6:00 pm / In these challenging times, as people of color, feminists, LGBTQs, and People of Conscience make up the majority of America and refuse to be silenced, writer Helen Zia, the daughter of immigrants from China, explores our increasingly colorful future and the imperative for communities to move forward together to re-envision the new face of America.

A Warm Welcome from the Director

mcc-logo-med-blackHello, I’m Zaveeni Khan-Marcus, Director of the UCSB MultiCultural Center. Thank you for checking out the MCC website! It will give you an insight into the many services provided for you by the MCC.

The MultiCultural Center has been at the forefront of change for 30 years educating and empowering, and advocating for marginalized communities. Through the medium of high-powered educational programming, the MCC has been an agent for change on campus and in the greater Santa Barbara area. By partnering with academic departments, departments within the division of Student Affairs, and student groups, the Center conceptualizes and presents scholarly programs, performances, art shows, and facilitated discussions that enhance our awareness and inclusivity of all people.

Everything the MCC does rests on this belief: the right to dignity, equality, and inclusivity for marginalized communities is fundamental. Realization remains a challenge in a climate where systemic and institutional inequities prevail, and the struggle for validation and valuing of minoritized voices continues.

This is your Center - a space known as a "home away from home" for many students of color and other marginalized communities. It is also a space where critical conversations take place in addition to being a place to study, hold meetings, and have social events. We invite you to participate in the Center's vibrant and engaging space and we look forward to welcoming you at the MCC.

Zaveeni Khan-Marcus


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