Fall 2016

We offer free workshops to students, staff, faculty and community members. Space is limited in all workshops and prior registration is mandatory. Registration links are provided in its respective workshop blurb.

Behind Our New Series Initiatives

Social Justice Workshop Series
The Social Justice Workshop Series was launched in 2016 to contribute to the education, empowerment and social impact of students at UC Santa Barbara and beyond. In collaboration with activists, academics and artists, the MCC hopes to provide unique and intimate venues for social justice topics to be interacted with in diverse and creative settings. These workshops are free to attend, but space is limited so please reserve your seat as soon as possible!

Visible – Writing Ourselves into Being / Creative Writing Workshop Series
VISIBLE – Writing Ourselves into Being is a joint project of the MultiCulutral Center/Locavore Literature LA. Workshops are open to all (particularly people of color) who write. This workshop is generative, which means we will write together and then share our work. The Creative Writing Workshops are free to attend but space is limited so please reserve your space as soon as possible, and lunch will be provided!

Upcoming Fall Workshops

Past Workshops

  • Oct 14 Fri

    Finding Our Way: Whiteness & Racial Justice Work On & Off Campus

    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Social Justice Workshop Series

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Workshop participants will learn about current practices of white racial justice “activists” from around the country who are engaged in a range of actions including community organizing, education, religious work and cultural arts. Participants will also share their own stories, and dialogue about getting involved (or furthering their involvement) in racial justice action at UCSB and in the broader community. Facilitated by Garrett Naiman.

    Register for this workshop online: bit.ly/mccworkshop_whiteness

    Garrett Naiman is an educator committed to racial and social justice and Deputy Director & Chief of Staff at UC Berkeley’s Center for Educational Partnerships in the Division of Equity & Inclusion.

  • Oct 22 Sat

    Stories from Where We’re From and Who We Are

    9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Creative Writing Workshop Series

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    This is a workshop about our diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods, about place both physically and psychically. The sense of alienation, of belonging, of community and culture. Writing in poetry or prose, writers explore through prompts and exercises their sense of location, geography and community. Facilitated by Jervey Tervalon.

    Register for this workshop online: bit.ly/mccworkshop_stories

    Jervey Tervalon teaches at the UCSB College of Creative Studies' Literature and Writing program. He also is the Director of "Literature for Life," literary magazine and educational advocacy organization.

  • Oct 28 Fri

    Poetic Bodies

    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Social Justice Workshop Series

    Workshop / MCC Theater

    This workshop uses poetry writing, performance, and our personal narratives to explore how we are connected to larger political, historical, social, and economic systems. In this way, attendees will leave with a richer appreciation for poetry and performance, as well as sharpen their creative and critical skills. Facilitated by Javon Johnson.

    Register for this workshop online: bit.ly/mccworkshop_poeticbodies

    Javon Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Performance and Communication Studies at San Francisco State University, and currently finishing two books: Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities (Rutgers University Press, July 2017) and Towards and End to Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape (Northwestern University Press, Fall 2017)

  • Nov 04 Fri

    From Gangs and Dealing to Resilience and Redemption

    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Social Justice Workshop Series

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Workshop participants will learn about the resiliency and reintegration of formerly gang-involved or incarcerated men, as they heal and move away from high-risk to high-potential behavior. Highlighting the importance of community engagement and inclusivity, this interactive workshop will examine lessons learned from Homeboy Industries impact in Los Angeles and around the world. Facilitated by Hector Verdugo.

    Register for this workshop online: bit.ly/mccworkshop_redemption

    Hector Verdugo is the Associate Executive Director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. His goal is “to build kinship with the most marginalized members of our community”.