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Campus Initiates a New Approach to Celebrating Multiculturalism

Latinx Heritage Month Commemorated With Virtual Events

Titan Table Talks: Voter Education in the Latinx Community
  • 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28
  • Zoom and Podcast: Visit the Titans Together website. To register for the Titan Table Talk, visit here.
  • Panelists are Helen Iris Torres, chief executive officer, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE); Antonia “Toni” Castro-Graham, deputy city manager of Fullerton; Edgar Zazueta, senior director of policy and governmental relations, Association of California School Administrators; and Diana Victoria Coronado, vice president at Building Industry Association of Southern California, LA/Ventura Chapter. Rob Castro, professor of criminal justice, is moderator. 
Latinx Heritage Month Events 
  • The Latinx Community Resource Center, part of the Diversity Initiatives & Resource Centers, is hosting Latinx Heritage Month events open to the public. Virtual and social media events include:
  • Friday, Sept. 25 — Winners will be announced for “Latinx Top Chef” student cooking competition on videos for best Latinx dishes. Visit the center’s Instagram page for details: @lcrc_csuf
  • Noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 — “Addressing Interpersonal Violence Through Community Accountability," in collaboration with the WoMen’s and Adult Reentry Center, Title IX and Gender Equity Office and Hermanas Unidas. The educational presentation and discussion focuses on holding communities accountable for harm and interpersonal violence. Zoom ID: 999 559 29146
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7— "Mucho, Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado," a Netflix watch party in honor of Latinx Heritage Month and LGBTQ+ History Month, in collaboration with the LGBT Queer Resource Center. Watch party link will be posted here.
  • 6-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 — “Pasajes of Love and Migration with Danyeli,” in collaboration with Associated Students Inc., featuring Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe. A featured speaker at the 2019 Hispanic/Latinx Block Party,” she will perform new poetry, with a Q&A to follow. Visit: Instagram live at @lcrc_csuf
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12 — “Latinx Media Representation,” in collaboration with Al Día, Latino Communications Institute and Our Vibes Media, featuring news anchor Chelsey Sellars, alumni Sheryl Desir, Caroline Salinas and Jennifer Cruz of Our Vibes Media and moderated by Jesús Ayala, lecturer in communications. To attend the Zoom webinar, go here to register.  
  • For more information about the events, visit here.

As the new academic year has launched, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs at Cal State Fullerton is introducing a new approach to celebrating the diverse cultural groups on campus.  

"When the pandemic hit, we knew there was no way we could gather for cultural celebrations so we needed to evolve and move to a new format," said Bobbie Porter, associate vice president for diversity, inclusion and equity. "This also allowed us time to think about taking a new approach by utilizing narrative change. 

"The goal was to have engaging speakers and panelists from the cultural groups being honored who could speak to their lived experiences pertaining to a specific topic that has impacted the community. Our hope is that this increases understanding and helps connect our community to a broader, more meaningful experience." 

One way to reach out was to form Titan Table Talks — one-and-a-half hour programs that will allow Titans to listen to speakers who represent the constituencies being celebrated, discuss issues these groups face, learn how these individuals sought to overcome this adversity, and address circumstances that various groups of people face on an ongoing basis.

"Our hope is to encourage dialog and understanding," said Cecil Chik, director of engagement and learning. "It's a chance for everyone to listen and learn and engage with the other panelists." 

The first Titan Table Talk, focusing on the Latinx community in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, will feature a panel of four CSUF alumni who will take up the topic of voter rights among the Latinx community. 

"With this first session, panelists will discuss their careers, how voter activism benefits the community and why it's important," said Porter. "We worked with our partners in Government and Community Affairs to find panelists, and in the future, we hope to work with various campus partners and community members to find speakers who are culturally relevant to the month we're celebrating."

While the September event focuses on Latinx culture and voting rights, October will look at LGBTQ issues in honor of LGBTQ+ History Month and November will highlight indigenous people for Indigenous Peoples Month. 

In February, there will be a session focusing on Black History Month, March will feature women’s history, and April will center on the APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) community.  

"Our campus is so large and diverse that the Titan Table Talks are just one sliver of the activities that may be taking place during any given month," said Chik. "Our goal is to create an opportunity for celebration and education on the culture/history for that month. We want to open this up to students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community."

Contact: Valerie Orleans, vorleans@fullerton.edu

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