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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%).

MCC Voices


Upcoming Events

Discovery Days
MCC Annual Kickoff!

Monday, September 29, 7:30 pm

Join the MultiCultural Center for our Annual Kickoff party! Voted Austin’s best world music band for the past six years, Atash (“fire” in Farsi), combines master musicians from around the globe to create a powerful, worldly original sound that inspires people of all ages and from all walks of life to dance and commune in a celebration of life!

Art Exhibit
Arte Intimo, Arte Público: Spirit, Vision and Form | The Art of Judy Baca

Wednesday, October 8—Friday, December 19

Judy Baca is a world-renowned painter and muralist, community arts pioneer, scholar and educator. Currently a professor of Chicano/a Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, she was the founder of the first City of Los Angeles Mural Program in 1974, which evolved into a community arts organization known as the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). Baca’s murals and public artworks reflect the lives and concerns of populations that have been historically disenfranchised, including women, the working poor, youth, the elderly and immigrant communities. She is one of the most remarkable public artists for social transformation in modern American history.

Cup of Culture
Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer

Wednesday, October 8, 6 pm

Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are unafraid of their dictatorial regimes. This award-winning film accompanies these brave women on their perilous journeys in Cuba, China and Iran while their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly, putting their lives at great risk Barbara Miller, 96 min., English, 2012, Switzerland.

Religious Literacy Series: Buddhism ABC’s

Thursday, October 9, 6pm

The first installment of a religious literacy series aiming to demystify underrepresented religions and people of faith by providing facilitated discussions on the basic tenets of several religions. This panel will provide an analysis of Buddhism in a political context while also debunking popular myths that are associated with it. Panelists include UCSB professors of Religious Studies Kathleen Moore (Chair) and Vesna Wallace.

Race Matters Series
The Challenges of Mass Violence in a Culture of Colorblindness and Post-Feminism: Learning from the I.V. Tragedy

Tuesday, October 14, 6 pm

Xenophobia and misogyny are deeply connected. Recent events in our collective history urge us to understand the relationship between sexism, homophobia, and racism, and to organize against them. This forum seeks to learn from the experiences and analyses of those activists and agents (local and historical) who have offered us ways of examining the exercise of unearned suffering frequented on vulnerable communities, and have provided us with invaluable resources for challenging the exercise of power. Shifting our attentions to developing insights about, awareness of, and strategies against racist and sexist domination create for us spaces of healing, hope, and transformation. Panel discussion facilitated by Felice Blake, UCSB assistant professor of English.

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