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Dear Friend of the MCC,

May we count on you to support the MultiCultural Center at UC Santa Barbara?
It’s easy to make a gift online! Click DONATE and choose "MultiCultural Center".
Or, you may mail your gift check. Print a gift form, make your check payable to "UC Santa Barbara Foundation", and send to:
Student Affairs Grants and Development
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5015.

Your gift to the MultiCultural Center will help to expand and enrich our popular and innovative series:

  • Race Matters: interactive, intimate discussions and workshops designed to increase our understanding of both racial differences and commonalities;
  • Diversity Lectures: conversations to promote awareness and heighten sensitivity regarding diversity issues on campus and in the community;
  • Cup of Culture: weekly coffee house and movie nights with filmmakers, directors and guests in post screening Q & A’s;
  • Music Concerts: master musicians represent diverse musical genres from home and abroad; and
  • The MCC in Santa Barbara presents in downtown Santa Barbara venues during monthly art celebrations

Despite the downsized economy and budget cuts facing our public university, the MCC continues to present cutting-edge programs and provide a public forum and safe space to foster diversity of expression and build community. Your generous support will allow us to bring even more creative programming to the MCC, like the kind you see in the 2012 calendar.

Thank you from all of us at the MCC.

Zaveeni Khan-Marcus, Director

P.S. The MCC welcomes--and deeply appreciates--gifts of any size.
The MultiCultural Center (MCC) at UC Santa Barbara is a dynamic force for change on campus and in the community. Our programs address complex, contemporary issues; institutional racism; political activism; the intersection of race, gender and sexual orientation; environmental concerns; social justice; and more. Musicians, writers, artists, and scholars present their works in our theater, lounge, gallery and at campus and community venues. More than 60 UC Santa Barbara student groups, representing more than 5,000 students, use the MCC as a nexus for organizing and advocating on behalf of their communities; our programming is a critical component of their higher education.
It is a policy of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the UC Santa Barbara Foundation that a modest portion of gifts and/or the income from gifts may be used to defray the costs of raising and administering funds (currently 6%).

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Upcoming Events

Race Matters
Black Cultural Profiling and the Corporate Management of Dissent
Tricia Rose

Tuesday, April 28th, 5pm

Tricia Rose will consider the importance of expressive culture in developing challenges to inequality and why these spaces are in trouble today. She will argue that the mainly invisible impact of the corporate takeover of public displays of performance spaces and institutions have stifled creative outlets for public creative challenges to discrimination and injustice. Tricia Rose is currently a professor of Africana Studies and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University.

Cup of Culture
Cesar’s Last Fast

Wednesday, April 29th, 6pm

In 1988, Cesar Chavez embarked on what would be the final act of protest in his remarkable life. Driven by penance for feeling he had not done enough, Chavez began his "Fast for Life," a 36-day water-only hunger strike, to draw attention to the horrific effects of unfettered pesticide use on farm workers, their families, and their communities. Using never-before-seen footage of Chavez and testimonies from those closest to him, directors Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee weave together the larger story of Chavez's life, vision, and legacy. 100 min., English, 2014, US.

Race Matters
Challenging the Borders of Education: Undocumented Students and Public Pedagogy - Jennifer Nájera

Thursday, April 30th, 6pm

Who are our teachers? A critical aspect of the undocumented student movement has been to create new spaces of learning and to broaden people’s ideas about who can be a teacher. From on-campus DACA clinics to Cash for College nights at high schools, undocumented students are teaching people how to navigate education and immigration policies, often to increase access to higher education for other unauthorized youth. This talk explores how undocumented students use public pedagogy to change people’s relationships to learning and education and to challenge the borders of higher education. Dr. Jennifer Nájera is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside.

Cup of Culture
Pelo Malo (Bad Hair)

Wednesday, May 6th, 6pm

Junior is nine years old and has curly hair, or “bad hair.” He wants to straighten his hair for his yearbook picture. Junior’s obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his mother. She finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s personality and tries to induce him into ‘macho’ ways, convinced his obsessions are in fact signs of his undefined sexuality. Pelo Malo is a Venezuelan film that addresses race, intolerance, hair, and sexuality in Latin America. 93 min., Spanish with English subtitles, 2013, Venezuela.

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