All Day Event

Multicultural Days & Diversity Festival at Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges

We are excited to celebrate the Ventura County Community College District’s first annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week. This is a time for us as a greater community to highlight our commitment to building a more inclusive and equitable culture, and learning environment —and welcome new voices and leaders to join in the work ahead. If we commit fully to putting diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of our work, we can take a giant leap toward being a system that truly works for all our students.

All events are captioned and have ASL Interpreters.

Most OC Events will be livestreamed on YouTube

NOTE: Due to limitations with Zoom and YouTube, The Interpreters can not be seen during Shared Screens on YouTube. Please join via the Join Link to view the Interpreters on the Live Event.


 Monday, April 12, 2021 


9:30am - 9:45am Opening Remarks with Campus & District Leadership

Ventura College President Kim Hoffmans, Oxnard College President Luis Sanchez, Moorpark College Interim President Julius Sokenu, VCCCD Chancellor Greg Gillespie, and VCCCD Board Trustee Stan Mantooth

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2:00pm - 3:30pm Youth, Identity, Power: The Chicano Movement with Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr., professor emeritus of Chicana/o Studies, UC Berkeley.

Dr. Carlos Muñoz, Jr. is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ethnic Studies at Cal Berkeley. He is a Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Scholar and the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professor. As a scholar-activist, Dr. Muñoz has been a central figure in the struggles for civil and human rights and peace since he was a student activist in the 1960s. He played a prominent leadership role as a founder of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement that came to be known as the Chicano Movement. Dr. Muñoz has served as a leading organizer of various multiracial coalitions, including the Faculty for Human Rights in Central America, Faculty Against Apartheid in South Africa, and The Rainbow Coalition.


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4:00pm - 5:30pm Understanding Audism: Discrimination Against the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with the ASL club of Oxnard College.

The officers of the ASL Club at Oxnard College will be giving an informational presentation that addresses a specific form of discrimination towards people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, known as audism.  In addition to a discussion about audism, the linguistic differences between English and ASL, the nuances of Deaf culture, and the misconceptions hearing people often have about Deaf and Hard of Hearing people will be covered. We hope to spread awareness about the beauty of Deaf culture and the ways hearing people can better support the Deaf community.

*The presentation will be interpreted into spoken English for the signing-impaired.

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 Tuesday April 13, 2021

3:00pm - 4:00pm Matthew Maxey: Bringing Music to the Deaf Community

Matt Maxey is the founder of DEAFinitely Dope, an organization that brings music to the deaf community through sign language. DEAFinitely Dope was created in 2014 as a way to provide support to those that felt marginalised and ignored by mainstream America. Matt Maxey specialises in signing ASL with hip-hop music, and found himself a pioneer in the genre and interpreting the music in new ways. 

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 Wednesday April 14, 2021

10:30am - 11:30am Songs, Dances, and Stories:  A Cultural Presentation in Collaboration with First Nations and SCAIR

Join us as local performers share Native American songs, dances, and stories. Presenters will provide us with the history of their cultural displays, followed by Q&A with the audience. Presenters include Julie Tumamait-Stenslie, Eleanor Fishburn, Sonny Flores, Sarah Koyo, and Jimmy Ramirez

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11:30am - 12:00pm Poetry Slam Presentation of Entry Videos

VC English Professor and local poet Fernando Salinas hosts a virtual presentation of the top poetry submission videos from Ventura and Oxnard College students. Winners will be announced on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

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12:00pm - 1:15pm Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions With Dr. Gina Garcia (Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is an associate professor in the department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research centers on issues of equity and justice in higher education with an emphasis on understanding how Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) embrace and enact an organizational identity for serving minoritized populations. She also seeks to understand the experiences of administrators, faculty and staff within HSIs and the outcomes and experiences of students attending these institutions. Finally, her research looks at the ways that race and racism have shaped the experiences of minoritized groups in higher education.


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1:30pm - 3:00pm Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions with Dr. Gina Garcia (Workshop) 

This training is intended for campus administrators, faculty, and staff. It can help all campus constituents think about various aspects of the campus that must be addressed for long-term change (e.g., mission, purpose, curriculum, programs, services). Dr. Garcia will discuss her organizational framework for transforming HSIs. She will then guide participants to develop ideas for what transformation looks like on their campus, guided by the framework. Topics include: (1) social and historical factors that have hindered the educational success of Latinxs, (2) decolonial and organizational theory that can guide transformation, and (3) moving from diversity and inclusion to equity and justice.

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3:00pm - 4:15pm Food is Medicine! Honoring Ancestral Knowledge & Indigenous Foodways 

Dr. Jennie Luna, CSUCI Chicana/o Studies professor, will share the seven warrior foods of Mesoamerica for overall heath & well-being and will inspire you to think about how to honor Indigenous ancestral knowledge in your kitchen. The movement to decolonize our diet and Indigenize our foodways is based on the premise that food is sacred. When we connect to our food, either through growing it, cooking it, or being mindful when we eat, food can heal our bodies and our communities. Join us on a Food is Medicine 101 discussion and recipe/cooking demonstration.

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 Thursday, April 15, 2021


12:00pm - 1:00pm Artivism: The Power of our Stories, an artist talk / Una Platica con Eli-Jacobs-Fantauzzi

We welcome filmmaker and activist Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi to share and discuss clips from his work and the creative process that he refers to as “just filmmaking.” He is the founder of FistUp.TV, a media platform of uplifting and telling stories from communities across the world who refused to be silenced. His work has circulated through National Broadcast: Free Speech TV, Teaching Channel, and PBS. Online he has created content for remezcla, okayafrica, TIDAL, and VIBE. Spike Lee is one of the reasons Eli became a filmmaker, and in 2019, he hired Eli to work on set with him as a photographer for She’s Gotta Have It Season 2. Eli is the co-founder of Defend Puerto Rico, a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. He is currently touring the world with his new film Bakosó: Afrobeats of Cuba and curating his 12th Annual Fist Up Film Festival in the Bay Area. His dedication to his craft is deeply connected to his commitment to social justice and the belief in the transformative power of film. 

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1:15pm - 2:30pm Disability Justice 101 with the L.A. Spoonie Collective

The Los Angeles Spoonie Collective will facilitate this workshop on the emergence and development of Disability Justice activism, a modern civil rights movement. Presenters Lilac and Hatfield will discuss many topics and concepts of ableism and saneism (the forms of marginality disabled people encounter) including: Patty Berne of Sins Invalid’s Principles of Disability Justice, Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory, johanna hedva’s Sick Woman Theory, and more. The presentation will close with a discussion on how folks can learn to stand in solidarity with disabled people in their lives, and how to appropriately support and affirm disabled, neurodivergent, and chronically ill people. Oxnard College English Professor Jose Maldonado hosts.

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4:00pm - 5:00pm Announce Student Art Contest Winner AND Poetry Slam Finale with Fernando Salinas and Matt Sedillo

The winner of student art contest for next year’s Festival artwork will be announced. Poet Matt Sedillo will perform his original work. 

VC and OC student finalists will perform in a live poetry slam, sharing their own works as they compete in a juried poetic competition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and cash prizes, courtesy of the OC and VC student governments.

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 Visit the full schedule of events to see every event across all three campuses. 

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