Our House Intercultural Center

Our House Intercultural Center fosters a central space where students from all backgrounds have support, resources, and opportunities to engage with campus life to help promote leadership, success, and cultural awareness.

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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The Mindfulness Group is Relaunching!

 Join the Mindfulness Group
 Every Wednesday 12:30PM-1:00PM
 Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

 Come sit with us! Life can be overwhelming. We got you. We'll use the practice of mindfulness meditation to  reduce stress, improve health and build community.


PAST SPRING 2018 EVENTS:

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Awakening Together with Larry Yang
Wednesday February 21, 4:00PM-5:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Larry Yang is a member of the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and one of the core teachers and leaders of the East Bay Meditation Center. A leader on the subject of multiculturalism and meditation within communities of color, Yang recently authored the book, Awakening Together, the Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community and in 2016 served as Grand Marshall of the San Francisco Pride Parade. 


I Am Not Your Negro
Film Screening with post-film discussion facilitated by Amanda Morrison and Byron Reaves
Co-sponsored by Black and Brown Union
Wednesday February 7, 1:30PM – 3:30PM
Friday February 23, 4:00PM – 6:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, Jacobs Hall PC 116

In honor of Black History Month, this documentary-film screening and discussion highlights the brilliance of James Baldwin, one of the greatest intellectuals in the black radical tradition and most unsung heroes of both the Civil Rights and Gay Rights Movements.


Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring Youth Speaks Poets
Tuesday
 February 27, 4:00PM – 5:15PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

In honor of Black History Month, SRJC Petaluma welcomes poets from Youth Speaks, the world-renowned but Bay Area-based program where young spoken-word poets develop their talent. Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks hosted the first Teen Poetry Slam ever in the U.S., and since then has helped launch the careers of many of the world’s best performance poets.

picture“Latinas in Hollywood: Stereotypes and Icons” 
Talk by Dr. Amanda Morrison
Wednesday March 7, 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Given that Latinas make up over a quarter of the female population in the U.S., they are still starkly underrepresented in mainstream popular media. And when Latinas do appear onscreen, it is often in stereotypical roles. We’ll explore changing and enduring stereotypes, and discuss how contemporary Latinas are breaking the mold.


Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring Yesika Salgado 
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. RESCHEDULE DATE TBD.

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet, co-founder of the Latina feminist collective Chingona Fire, and internationally recognized body positivity activist. She has performed in National Poetry Slam competitions and her work has been featured in Latina Magazine, Univision, Vibe Magazine, Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, to name just a few.


“Las Adelitas”
Talk by SRJC History Instructor Laura Larqué
Tuesday March 27, 9:00AM – 10:30AM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

“Adelitas” were women who served as cooks, cleaners, scouts, and nurses during the Mexican Revolution. If their male relatives died in battle, these women took their place and started fighting in the army as Soldaderas. Larqué will share some of the untold stories of these valiant women and how their contributions to the revolution have been overlooked by historians because they were poor Indigenous or Mestiza ethnic background. 


Women in Technology Panel
Thursday, March 29, 3:30PM  – 5:00PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

These women are doing exciting things in the tech sector, pioneering a path for women in STEM fields. Panelists include Catherine Ball, Senior VP and Chief Scientific Officer of Ancestry.com; Patricia Prewitt, Program Manager for Google X, Google’s semi-secret research-and-development facility; and Carole Thoraval, Senior Research Scientist for VIAVI Solutions, a company that develops optical technology for everything from currency anti-counterfeiting to 3D motion sensing, including Microsoft's Kinect video game controller. They will share their stories about working and/or breaking into an industry dominated by men. This event is presented by SRJC Work Experience


Transgender Day of Visibility
Thursday March 29, 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Rotary Plaza
 
On Thursday March 29 we’re asking folks to wear light blue or pink in support of Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), which occurs the following Saturday. TDOV aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community. Unlike Transgender Day of Remembrance, this is not a day for mourning: this is a day of empowerment and recognition. Learn more at our booth during the Midterm Jams celebration while enjoying free lunch and live music!

We the Future Social Justice Conference 
Friday April 13, 9:00AM – 3:00PM
SRJC Petaluma

This free day-long conference offers consciousness-raising workshops by longtime local activists and young leaders alike, including members of North Bay Organizing Project, our event co-host. This year’s keynote speaker is sustainability and food-justice activist Nikki Silvestri, named “One of the 100 most influential African Americans” by The Root magazine. Register now and receive free lunch while enjoying the soulful protest music of SLV (Sandra Lilia Velasquez), formerly of critically acclaimed alt-Latin band Pistolera. Click here for conference website

 


Word! Spoken Word & Open Mic Featuring Jason Bayani
Wednesday April 25, 4:00PM – 5:30PM
Our House Intercultural Center, PC 116

Jason Bayani is a National Poetry Slam finalist who has served on seven National Poetry Slam teams and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He’s one of the founding members of the Filipino-American spoken-word troupe Proletariat Bronze, and served as organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, Amulet, was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. He’s currently the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American multi-disciplinary arts organization in the country. His work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, and Learn the Burn (Write Bloody’s classroom anthology).