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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FALL 2018 EVENTS


Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring The Peace Poets
Wednesday September 12, 4:00PM – 5:15PM
Our House Intercultural Center
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
Our House Intercultural Center, outside at the colorful chairs

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.


NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY 
Monday October 8

Thursday October 11 is National Coming Out Day. We’ll be showing our pride early on Monday October 8 with members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies. We’ll have a fun photo booth with props galore for your Instagram, plus a panel that includes students as well as faculty who are part of this community.


UndocuTalk by Alma Valverde: “Creativity and Hope in an Era of Walls”
Tuesday October 9, 2:00PM – 3:00
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
Wednesday October 10, 4:00PM – 5:15PM (tentative)
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Word! features spoken-word performances by locally and nationally noted poets, followed by an open mic where everyone’s welcome to rap, recite, speak, sing, dance, and express!

 


The Pushouts Film Screening and Discussion
Featuring Filmmakers Dawn Valadez and Katie Galloway
Monday Oct. 15, 1:30PM – 3:00PM
 
Filmmakers Dawn Valadez and Katie Galloway will be presenting their new documentary The Pushouts on October 15, 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.
 

2018 Poesía del Recuerdo/Poetry of Remembrance Community Reading
Friday Oct. 19, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116
 
Our featured readers will include bilingual poet Beatriz Lagos, originally from Argentina; bilingual poet and artist Katie Numi Usher, from Belize, 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. The event will be hosted by Sonoma County Poet Laureate Maya Khosla. Those who would also like to be part of the community reading are welcome to present, in Spanish (or other language) and/or English, a poem or brief statement they have written for the occasion or a favorite poem that expresses their feelings. If you are interested in reading please contact John Johnson: johnmjohnson09@gmail.com (707) 338-5765. Addmission is free!

Dia de los Muertos Gathering
Thursday November 1, 3:00 – 6:00PM

Let’s honor our ancestors while building community in Our House. We’ll have pan de muerto to eat, Mexican chocolate to sip, as well as in-house altar building and calavera (sugar skull) making

 

 

Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic
Wednesday November 7, 4:00PM – 5:15PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Word! features spoken-word performances by locally and nationally noted poets, followed by an open mic where everyone’s welcome to rap, recite, speak, sing, dance, and express!