Our House Intercultural Center


Our House fosters a central space where students from all backgrounds have support, resources, and opportunities to engage with campus life, gain leadership skills, and build cultural awareness. Our House is where you come for Word!, SRJC Petaluma’s spoken-word and open-mic series, and a host of other cultural events and consciousness-raising activities. It’s a comfortable place to hang out, study, hold club meetings, and meet with staff who are here to help you thrive in your studies and in life. We offer laptop checkout and multiple services including Dream Center services for undocumented students. 

Interested in joining the OUR HOUSE LEARNING COMMUNITY? Learning communities provide extra support and a family-like structure to help students make the most of their first years in college. You form bonds with your student cohort, linked faculty and mentors, and participate in special outings and cultural events in Our House. To find out more, click here.

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Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring The Peace Poets
Wednesday September 12, 4:00PM – 5:15PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116
Grounded in the power of personal narratives and community, the Peace Poets create spoken-word poetry, rap, and movement music that responds to social and political crisis, including their song “I Can’t Breathe,”
which went viral when actor Samuel L. Jackson recorded himself singing it. They’ve performed with M1 of Dead Prez, Aloe Blacc, and Maxwell, and were the opening act for Common.

Mindfulness Group
Wednesdays, 12:30PM – 1:00PM
NOTE CHANGED LOCATION: Call Building PC 609 (near Student Health Services)

Come sit with us! We’ll use the practice of meditation to reduce stress, improve health, can build community.

DeRay Mckesson, “On the Other Side of Freedom”
Wednesday September 19, 3:00PM – 4:30PM
Carole L. Ellis Auditorium

In his new book On the Other Side of Freedom, Black Lives Matter leader DeRay Mckesson dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change. Drawing from his own experiences as an activist, organizer, educator, and public official, Mckesson exhorts all Americans to work to dismantle the legacy of racism and to imagine the best of what is possible.

picture“What Is the ‘X’ in ‘Latinx’?” 
Talk on Latinx Identity by Dr. Amanda Morrison
Wednesday October 3, 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

There are many terms used interchangeably—and often mistakenly—to describe people of Latin American heritage who live in the U.S. We’ll clarify terms, explore meanings, and discuss how insights from queer feminist communities of color are changing the ways we identify ourselves.

Monday October 8, 11:00AM  – 1:00PM

Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Show your pride! Take a professional pic with Sarah Deragon of The Identity Project, a photography series that "explore(s) the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality." Join members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies for free snacks and fun.

UndocuTalk by Alma Valverde: “Creativity and Hope in an Era of Walls”
Tuesday October 9, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Having just received her Master’s Degree from Harvard University, Alma J. Valverde C. will share her inspiring story of how she overcame barriers placed upon her as an undocumented student. A former College Success Advisor with 10,000 Degrees and the current Dream Center Coordinator of SRJC, Alma hopes to inspire and support other undocumented students in the pursuit of their dreams. 

Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring Lyla June Johnston
Wednesday October 10, 4:00PM – 5:15PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Lyla June Johnston is a musician, public speaker and internationally recognized performance poet. She was raised in Taos, New Mexico and is a descendent of Diné (Navajo) and Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) lineages.

Frida Film Screening and Discussion 
Wednesday October 10th
Pre-Film Lecture at 6:00PM; Film at 7:00PM
Admission $6 general; $5 students & seniors; FREE  for PFA Members; $45 series pass
Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, PC 310

Salma Hayek produced, choreographed and played the leading role in this powerful and impassioned biopic on the life, art and political action of Frida Kahlo, the prolific Mexican painter revered by the Chicano, feminist, LGBTQ and surrealist movements Cultural anthropologist and Mexican-American studies specialist Dr. Amanda Morrison will be offering an introduction to the film at 6pm. There will also be a post-screening discussion until 10pm. Part of SRJC Petaluma Cinema Series.         

The Pushouts Film Screening and Discussion 
Featuring Filmmakers Dawn Valadez and Katie Galloway
Monday Oct. 15, 1:30PM – 3:00PM
Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, PC 310
Filmmakers Dawn Valadez and Katie Galloway will be presenting their new documentary The Pushouts, which explores structural racism in schools and highlights the dramatic life story of Dr. Victor Rios, an amazing scholar whose ethnographic research on the struggles of young men of color is widely assigned in social science and ethnic studies classes in colleges and high schools today.

UndocuTalk by Bibiana Luna Pureco plus Art Show & Reception: "Borderless: A Gallery of Hope"
Monday October 15, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116
Part of the Undocumented Student Week of Action at SRJC and beyond.  

Poesía del Recuerdo/Poetry of Remembrance Community Reading
Friday Oct. 19, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116
Hosted by Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla, featured readers include bilingual poets Beatriz Lagos and Katie Numi Usher and sansei (third-generation Japanese American) poet Jodi Hottel, who will tell us about Obon, the Buddhist tradition of honoring one’s ancestors and demonstrate a simple folk dance. If you are interested in reading please contact John Johnson: johnmjohnson09@gmail.com (707) 338-5765. Admission is free

Café con Pan
Wednesday October 24, 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Join us for a kickback mixer mainly for evening students. Come by and grab FREE coffee and pan dulce (sweet bread).

"Transitioning to the Spirit World: Aztec Philosophy on Death"
Lecture by Laura Larqué
Thursday November 1, 10:30AM -- 11:30AM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Learn about the indigenous roots of El Dia de los Muertos. SRJC history instructor Laura Larqué will discuss the how the Aztecs viewed death as the body and spirit’s transition to another dimension: the body begins the journey to Tlaltecuhtli (Mother Earth) and the spirit begins the journey to the spirit world. 

Dia de los Muertos Gathering
Thursday November 1, 3:00 – 6:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Let’s honor our ancestors while building community. SRJC history instructor Laura Larque will give a talk on Mesoamerican beliefs about death, and later we’ll have pan de muerto to eat, Mexican chocolate to sip, and in-house altar building, crafts, and calavera (sugar skull) decorating. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance
Wednesday November 14, 12:00 – 1:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

On November 14th, 2018 we are coming together to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance in observation of the nationwide event on November 20th. The Petaluma Bridges club will be tabling in Rotary Plaza (outside Mahoney Library) along with a few other organizations in order to show LGBTQ+ students what resources they have in our local community. This will be happening 12PM-1PM along with the setup of an altar depicting the faces of trans folks who we have lost to both hate crimes and other causes.

NOTE CHANGED DATE!!! Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring Isaac "Ike" Torres
Wednesday December 5, 4:00PM – 5:15PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Ike Torres is a spoken-word artist, actor and playwright from Sacramento, CA. In 2015, he represented Sacramento at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Conference in Salerno, Italy. In 2018, he coached the SacUnified Slam Team in Chicago. As an actor, Torres was featured in Sacramento State University’s 2012 record-breaking production of Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit, and in 2015 he produced, wrote and performed in his first solo show, Scatterbrain, which culminated in several sold-out performances. He is currently developing his second solo show,  manCHILD, set to debut in 2019.

El Dia de La Virgen de Guadalupe: Gathering and Lecture by Laura Larqué
Wednesday December 12
Reception with free snacks 12:30-1:30PM; Lecture 1:30-2:30PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

SRJC history instructor Laura Larqué will lecture on the importance of the syncretic development of Tonantzin/Guadalupe. Guadalupe’s celestial appearance to Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac where the temple of Tonantzin already existed occurred at the same time as Tonantzin’s ceremony. Larqué will discuss the intrinsic Indigenous symbolism of Guadalupe’s tunic and her mantle. All are welcome to bring representations of Tonantzin/Guadalupe and place them on the altar in Our House during the lead-up to December 12, El Dia de La Virgen de Guadalupe.