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Initiatives and Signature Events
Latino/a Heritage Celebration [top]
CSU Channel Islands is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Intercultural Services provides programs to educate students who may not know a lot about Latin culture while giving others an opportunity to celebrate it.
The Fall 2014 Latino/a Heritage Celebration was held on Wednesday, September 24.
Day of the Dead: A Celebration of Life [top]
Day of the Dead is a day to honor and remember loved ones that have passed away. It is commonly celebrated throughout Latin America with rich traditions from decorating gravestones and altars in homes with sugar skulls and food. At CI, Day of the Dead is a day-long art installation based on the Mexican cultural and artistic tradition of reverence to family and friends who are deceased.
The Fall 2014 Day of the Dead Celebration was held on Monday, October 27.
Gender Bender Ball [top]
This event is held in collaboration with Spectrum, an LGBT club, to educate students about gender differences in many forms while they enjoy performers and a fun dance. Highlights include drag queens and kings and a reason to get dressed up in any way that you dare.
The Fall 2014 Gender Bender Ball was held on Thursday, October 30.
- Come Out, Speak Out!
- Native American Heritage Celebration
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Day of Service
- African American Heritage Celebration Events
- African American Achievement Award Luncheon
- Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week
- Women's Recognition Luncheon
- Light It Up Blue - Autism Awareness
- Asian Pacific Islander Festival
- Sexual Assault Awareness Week
- Day of Silence
- Lavender Luncheon
Come Out, Speak Out! [top]
National Coming Out Day - Come Out, Speak Out! hosted with Spectrum is an engaging discussion for the campus community during Coming Out Day. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to express their gender identity and affirm their sexual identity in a safe and meaningful environment.
Native American Heritage Celebration [top]
The annual Native American Heritage Celebration reminds students of the indigenous roots of the community and CI. We have provided educational workshops teaching students about dream catchers, sage bundles, music, and dances.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Day of Service [top]
In the past CI has remembered Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work by featuring a presentation of his most famous speeches. We have also provided opportunities to serve on nature conservancy projects and community engagement with local organizations such as FoodShare and Prototypes.
African American Heritage Celebration Events [top]
CI has educated the campus community on African-American contributions to U.S. history through discussions, art, music, and food.
RSVP for one or all of the Spring 2015 events at: tinyurl.com/February2015.
African American Achievement Award Luncheon [top]
The inaugural African American Achievement Awards Luncheon was held in 2013. The luncheon has now become an annual event where we recognize individuals for their endless efforts to create, sustain and promote all forms of diversity within the community. We hope that students will attend and break bread with community leaders that are giving back on a daily basis.
The 2015 African American Achievement Award Luncheon will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the Grand Salon from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. All students who register by Friday, February 20, 2015, will be able to receive business cards to network with community leaders.
For more resources, visit the NAACP Ventura County Youth & College Chapter website.
RSVP for one or all of the events at: tinyurl.com/February2015.
Body Image and Eating Disorder Awareness Week [top]
This week is dedicated to raising awareness of the unattainable standards of beauty that the media portrays to the public and the negative consequences that come with it.
For more information, visit the National Eating Disorders Association website.
Women's Recognition Luncheon [top]
Women have faced inequality throughout history in many aspects of society and this continues today all over the world. At CI we have educated the campus about the contributions of women through a portrait series and by programming thought-provoking events. The Women’s Recognition Luncheon honors women who foster the growth and development of our community through leadership, service and dedication.
The 2015 Women’s Recognition Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 12 p.m.-2p.m. at the Grand Salon. Nomination information will be posted closer to the event.
Light It Up Blue - Autism Awareness [top]
Light it Up Blue is the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Together with Disability Resource Programs we try to raise awareness about what autism is and how it impacts the individual, family and community.
For more information, visit the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue website.
The 2015 Light It Up Blue event will be on Thursday, April 2 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Broome Library Plaza.
Asian Pacific Islander Festival [top]
This festival is incorporated in the Student Affairs Mission Games to show school pride among friends, student organizations and different campus departments. The Asian Pacific Islander Festival has educated students through cultural songs, dance, arts and crafts.
This year we will be celebrating Asian culture by celebrating a Japanese pastime, Hanami- flower viewing. However at CI, we are calling it a Sorami-sky viewing picnic that is open to the community on Tuesday, April 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at South Quad. There will be cultural fun and food for the entire CI family.
Sexual Assault Awareness Week [top]
Sexual assault is a complicated issue that affects the mind, body and soul of the victim and her/his loved ones. As a campus, we want to educate individuals on what their options are as a person and a student if they become a victim or know someone who is a victim of sexual assault. We hope to promote prevention and understanding among the campus community so that it is safe for anyone to attend CI.
The Clothesline Project was started by women in Massachusetts as a way to “air the dirty laundry” of sexual assault and give survivors a productive, artistic outlet for their anger and emotions. Previous year's t-shirts and new t-shirts designed by our students hang on clotheslines assembled at the Tree House Courtyard of the Student Union.
Take Back the Night raises awareness about the issue of sexual violence, empowers survivors and lets it be known that violence of any kind will not be tolerated in our community.
The Spring 2015 Sexual Assault Awareness Week is scheduled for Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24. It will be a very interactive week that you can't miss!
Day of Silence [top]
During the National Day of Silence, participants are asked to be silent throughout the day to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. The day ends with an event titled "Break the Silence," which gives people a chance to talk about their experiences with overcoming these obstacles.
Lavender Luncheon [top]
The Lavender Luncheon is CI's adaptation of the Lavender Graduation, which was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo when she saw the need to recognize how LGBT students struggle through their college years while dealing with the coming out process. She recognized the need of establishing a campus community that supports and celebrates LGBT students. Since then, each campus has adopted their own way of recognizing the struggles and successes for LGBTQA community members.
At CI, this celebration originally started as the Rainbow Reception to recognize individuals in the LGBTQA community who have made accomplishments throughout the University. Now called the Lavender Luncheon, the goal of recognizing individuals from the LGBTQA community is maintained.
For more information, visit the PFLAG website.
The 2015 Lavender Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Petit Salon. Nomination information will be posted soon.