UCI Cross-Cultural Center

Education & Empowerment Programs

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Deconstruction Zone comprises of thought-provoking exhibits, activities, and film screenings at the Cross-Cultural Center that explores different forms of oppression. The oppressions explored include but are not limited to racism, homophobia, ageism, xenophobia, sexism, and ableism. This annual event takes place during spring quarter.

De-Stress During Finals is a collaborative effort with the Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion. We provide snacks and self-care activities to help students de-stress during Finals Week each quarter.

Dynamic Womxn of UCI Awards, in collaboration with the Womxn's Hub, Campus Assault Resources and Education (CARE), LGBT Resource Center, celebrates and honors the incredible womxn who are leaders and role models who actively make a difference in our community. This is a one of a kind celebration that focuses on the womxn who inspire us to take action and fight for social justice.

Dr. Joseph L. White Lecture, named after the renowned UCI psychology professor and “Godfather of Black Psychology,” is a signature event as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. Thought leaders who have previously delivered this annual lecture include Harry Belafonte, Yolanda King, Cornel West, and Lani Guinier.

IDX: Identity Exploration Series (formerly known as Winter Leadership Seminars) is for students who are looking to continue their leadership growth. Seminars are created for students to: critically engage in conversations about how their identity affects and shapes their leadership qualities; acquire new skill sets; and, to prepare students to take action against social injustices. IDX includes: African American Leadership Seminar, Asian American Pacific Islander Leadership Seminar, Chicanx/Latinx Leadership Seminar, Diversity and Social Justice in the U.S. Seminar, and Racial Justice Ally Leadership Seminar.

Professional Development for Student Leaders Series is designed specifically for those aspiring to gain social and navigational capital to be successful at the institution, in the world of work, and society at large. Programs are culturally relevant to our diverse students and participants will engage in workshops and candid discussions on professional etiquette and communication, code-switching, networking, representation in social media, financial wellness, agency building, and how these topics relate to one’s cultural identity, societal norms, and stereotypes.

Reaffirming Ethnic Awareness and Community Harmony (REACH) is a multifaceted, educational outreach program that aims to educate and train student facilitators for peer intergroup dialogue. Approximately 25 students attend a yearlong for-credit class to learn about various diversity and social justice related topics, as well as how to facilitate difficult dialogues effectively. These students facilitate workshops for peers interested in conversing about these topics by request. 

REAL Talk involves a team of students, staff, and faculty who are storytellers with a message. They challenge and change the various ideas and worldviews that may hinder a positive campus climate and socially just society. REAL Talk utilizes transformative storytelling by sharing their personal story of how they overcame a societal barrier or particular incident related to their intersecting identities – whether it be their race, ethnicity, religion, ability status, gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, citizenship. REAL Talk also provides a supportive space for those who want to tell their story, be validated, and empowered. Individuals interested in joining the team can attend weekly meetings which take place throughout the academic year.