Spring 2017

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 Spring Workshops

Past Workshops

  • Apr 27 Thu

    #BlackGirlHistory: Reading Race, Gender, and Punishment in the Historical Record

    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Social Justice Workshop

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Sarah Haley, Assistant Professor of Gender and African American Studies at UCLA, will lead students through late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century primary documents to open a conversation on how the processes of gender, race, and class shape archives. Walking the participants through a sample of the documents interrogated in her new book No Mercy Here, Haley will guide them in how to read resistances to racial capitalism and patriarchy that imprisoned black women faced under local, county, and state convict labor systems in the wake of slavery’s abolition.

    Register online: bit.ly/mcc-blackgirlhistory

  • May 16 Tue

    Letters to our Inner Child

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Creative Writing Workshop

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    In this workshop, participants come together to write to their younger selves. Participants are asked to think of one moment in their childhoods in which they needed help, and they guide themselves through a specific moment of conflict. By visiting our past, this writing workshop aims at naming aspects of our lives in which we fall short on either receiving or accepting care, and how we can better be there for one another. Alan Pelaez Lopez is an Afro-Indigenous artist and community organizer from Oaxaca, Mexico. They write for Everyday Feminism on issues of Afro-Latinidad, undocumented immigration, and queer and trans activism.

    Register online: bit.ly/mcc-letters

  • May 18 Thu

    Open in Emergency: Tarot Cards & Mental Health

    2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Creative Writing Workshop

    Workshop / MCC Lounge

    Mimi Khúc is a PhD in Religious Studies from UCSB and a Vietnamese American scholar, teacher, and writer on race and religion, queer of color politics, mental health, and Asian American motherhood. She has edited a special issue of the Asian American Literary Review called Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Health which approaches mental health issues in the Asian American community using art and literature. The issue re-imagines wellness practices, including tarot cards remade by Asian American artists and writers into anti-racist and immigration-centric themes, and letters by daughters to their mothers. Inspired by these elements, participants will be invited to read their own futures and name the forces shaping their lives, as well as write letters to their mothers that they have always needed to write.

    Register online: bit.ly/mcc-tarotcards