• The Flourish Jahman Hill, Thursday January 30th at 7:30 pm
  • Psychedelic CUMBIA! with Ochos Ojos, Friday Jan 31st at 7:30 pm
  • Honeypot: Black Southern Women Who Love Women E. Patrick Johnson, Thursday February 6th at 6:00 pm
  • 'Fros, Berets, and Leather: The Revolutionary Solidarity of the Young Lords Johanna Fernandez, Monday February 10th at 6:00 pm
  • A Night of Dynamic Post-Rock Korean Music with Black String, Friday February 28th at 7:30 pm

Upcoming Events


Cultural Switching & Gender Judo Lela Lee

Tuesday, January 21st, 6pm / Lela Lee is an Asian-American actress, cartoonist, television writer, and the creator of the animated cartoons the Angry Little Asian Girl, Five Angry Episodes, and the comic strip Angry Little Girls. In this talk, she focuses on the opposing value systems that often create inner conflict for Asian-American women who often find themselves walking a tightrope with conflicting expectations on each side. What are the solutions to feel whole and valued both at work and at home? Lela uses her own experience to help young women navigate these dual burdens in the workplace.

From “The Central Park Five” to “The Exonerated Five” Yusef Salaam

Tuesday, Feb 11th, 6pm / On April 19, 1989, a young woman was brutally raped in New York City’s Central Park. Five boys—four black and one Latino—were unjustly and wrongly convicted of the crime in a frenzied case that rocked the city. Decades later, the convictions of the boys, now men, were eventually overturned and they were exonerated. One of those boys, Yusef Salaam, was only 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever. Since his release, Yusef has committed himself to advocating and educating people on the issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system.

The Creative Imagination & Race Claudia Rankine

Thursday, Feb 27th, 6pm / In all of her work, Rankine’s voice is one of unrelenting candor, and her poetry is some of the most innovative and thoughtful work to emerge in recent years. In this talk, she will share how she came into her work, and inspire us to be as unapologetic in the spaces we take up. Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry and the editor of several anthologies. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

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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