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May Culture and Community Circles

Upcoming Events

During Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month (May), we celebrate the cultures, contributions, history, and resilience of AAPI communities


During Mental Health Awareness Month (May), we focus on creating awareness of mental health conditions, providing support, and reducing mental health stigma.


During PRIDE Month, we celebrate the contributions, history, and resilience of LGBTQIA+ communities.


Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 2, 2024
11:00 am to Noon
Presented by: Tasneem Alhomsy and Manmeet Kaur
Explore AAPI Heritage Month with us this May! Dive into the diverse cultures, fascinating histories, and enduring resilience of Asian American & Pacific Islander communities. Join the celebration!

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Open Mic
May 6, 2024
11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: Library (C-219)
Presented by: the Young Gifted and Black Club, the Creative Writing Club, and the Library. Share your voice by taking the mic or just drop in to listen or make new friends.



Pronouns 101
May 7, 2024
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Presented by: Lucio Lira, M.S., APCC
Why are pronouns important? How do I know what pronouns to use? What if I make a mistake? Join us and learn more about pronouns.

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Mental Health Awareness Month
May 9, 2024
11:00 am to Noon
Presented by: Tasneem Alhomsy and Manmeet Kaur
In celebration of Mental Health
Awareness Month, our workshop aims to foster understanding and support for mental well-being. Through interactive discussions and activities, participants will explore various aspects of mental health, including coping strategies, stigma reduction, and selfcare techniques. By promoting open dialogue and empathy, we strive to cultivate a community that prioritizes mental wellness and embraces diversity in experiences and challenges. Join us in raising awareness and advocating for a healthier, more compassionate world.

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May 10, 2024
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Presented by Nicole Jannesari and Vicky Nguyen
Experience Pride with your personal counselors as we come together to honor diversity and promote inclusion. Through interactive discussions and activities, learn about the history, challenges, and triumphs of the LGBTQ community. Join us as we unite in solidarity to celebrate love, acceptance, and equality for all.

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The Filipina/o/x American Diaspora
May 13, 2024
9:30 to 10:30 am
Presented by: James Diokno
This workshop will present an overview of one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the US and in California. Special emphasis will be given to understanding why this community has been established in the US, the challenges they have faced, and
contributions of this community to the United States. The presentation welcomes questions and interactive dialogue!

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Test Anxiety
May 15, 2024
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Presented by: Nicole Jannesari and Vicky Nguyen
Join us in learning effective strategies for overcoming
stress and excelling in exams. Led by your personal counseling, this interactive session equips you with practical tools to manage anxiety and boost confidence during tests. Say goodbye to testing anxiety and hello to success with our proven techniques!

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 May Culture and Community Circles


April Culture and Community Circles

Previous Events:

Middle Eastern Heritage Month- During Middle Eastern Heritage Month (April), we celebrate the cultures, contributions, history, and resilience of Middle Eastern communities.   


Sexual Assault Awareness Month- During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we focus on creating awareness of and prevention of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse.  


Black Student Success Week- The annual Black Student Success week (April 22, 2024- April 26, 2024) will share research insights and innovative approaches for improving student success among Black and African American students.

Arabic Cultural Values

April 2, 2024

2:00 to 3:00 pm

Presented by: Dr. Shak Hanish

Location: Student Center,  I-207

Exploring the rich array of Arabic Cultural Values (Explore Arab cultural values, where history, language, and shared beliefs unite diverse people across the Middle East and North Africa. Discover the importance of relationships in business, the beauty of Arabic names, and the rich tradition of Arabic script. From warm greetings to Arabian coffee, experience the essence of hospitality and gift-giving. Uncover the distinctions of honoring guests and communal dining.



Middle Eastern Nationalities and Ethnicities

April 3, 2024

11:30 to 12:30 pm

Presented by: Daniel Kakish

Location: Student Center, I-207

Discussion on Middle Eastern nationalities and ethnicities informing our identities today.



From Service to Career: Learning from Dolores to Change the World for the Better

April 3, 2024

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Presented by: Amerika Nino-Rodriguez

Join us to hear the story of Amerika Nino-Rodriguez and how volunteering with Dolores Huerta inspired her to continue investing in her education to serve her community. From empowering youth in community organizing to empowering them in higher education she wears her experience as a first generation college student from an immigrant farm working family as a badge of honor. 

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Middle Eastern Heritage Month

April 5, 2024

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Presented by: Tasneem Alhomsy and Nicole Jannesari

Join us for our Middle Eastern Heritage Month workshop to come together and celebrate the beautiful and diverse Middle Eastern culture! We will be honoring and discussing different aspects of our culture alongside recognizing the contributions of Middle Easterners to this country and around the world.




How to Play Konkan

April 10, 2024

2:00 to 4:00 pm

Presented by: Rana Al-Shaikh

Location: Student Center, I-104 (Cross-Cultural Room)

Join us and learn how to play a traditional Middle Eastern playing card game passed on by family generations and build community on campus.



Sexual Assault Awareness Month/Safe Spaces, Strong Bonds: Fostering Community

April 11, 2024

11:00 am to Noon

Presented by: Manmeet Kaur and Vicky Nguyen

Join us for a crucial workshop during Sexual Assault Awareness Month as we focus on building connected communities. In this empowering session tailored for college students, we'll delve into strategies to foster supportive environments, promote consent culture, and develop skills for bystander intervention. Together, let's cultivate a campus community where everyone feels respected, heard, and safe. Join the conversation and be part of the change.

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Open House Performances

April 13, 2024

10:00 to 2:00 pm 

Presented by:

Location: Building-G Quad

Join us in the rich captivating cultural experience of the blend traditional Middle Eastern instrumental music performances featuring the talents of “Music House”on the “oud”,” kanoon” keyboard, violin and singing performance as well as “Drum Kings” on the “ney” and “darbuka” in sound and rhythms. 



Arab Identity and its Preservation within Western Societies

April 17, 2024

12:00 to 1:00 pm 

Presented by: Ghadah Al Saadi

Location: Student Center, (I-207)

The presentation will focus on preserving Arab identity within Western societies. It covers the cultural identity and globalization's impact, explores the historical background of Arab identity, the challenges encountered in Western contexts, and strategies for maintaining cultural identity. The presentation seeks to deepen understanding of Arab culture's significance, and how to navigate contemporary challenges through interactive elements and personal narratives, aiming to inspire and educate on embracing cultural identity in a multicultural setting.



Open Mic

April 17, 2024

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Presented by: Karen Marrujo & the Creative Writing Club

Location: Library (C-219)

Share your voice by taking the mic or just drop in to listen or make new friends.



Cultivating Respect, Understanding, and Boundaries in Relationships

April 18, 2024

11:00 am to Noon

Presented by: Tasneem Alhomsy and  Manmeet Kaur  

Join us for a workshop that delves into the foundational elements of healthy and fulfilling relationships. In "Values at the Core," we'll explore the essential principles of respect, understanding, and boundaries, and how they form the bedrock of strong connections. Through interactive discussions and engaging activities, participants will discover the significance of respect in fostering empathy, kindness, and appreciation within relationships. Furthermore, we'll address the crucial role of boundaries in maintaining individual autonomy, self-care, and emotional well-being within relationships.

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Arab American Immigrants: Cultural Identity, History, Stereotypes, and Conflict 

April 18, 2024 

12:00 to 1:00 pm

Presented by: Roula Aoneh

Discussion on the immigration of Arab Americans and cultural exchange

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CHAI (Culture, Hospitality, And Identity)

April 19, 2024

12:00 to 1:00 pm 

Presented by: Aklas Sheai

Location: Student Center, I-207

Join us for a discussion on a delightful journey of Middle Eastern Tea Culture that considers tea as a symbol of mindfulness and interconnectedness.



HBCU Workshop

April 24, 2024

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Presented by: Bowie State

Please join us for this presentation with Bowie State to learn more about HBCU.

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The Black Hour

12:00 to 1:00 pm daily

Sponsored by: California Community College State Chancellor’s Office)

Webinars will be held via Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube. Webinar registration is now open. To register, click on a webinar title below or visit


The After Party (April 22, 2024-April 26, 2024)

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Sponsored by: California Community College State Chancellor’s Office)

Join us for daily small group discussion forums immediately following #TheBlackHour webinars.



Meet & Greet with UMOJA

April 23, 2024

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: 2nd Floor, G Building

Stop by this event for donuts and coffee and an opportunity to meet UMOJA Counselor Jonathan Ng and learn more about the UMOJA program at Cuyamaca College



Black Student Success

April 26, 2024

2:00 to 3:00 pm

Presented by: Ebenezer Ezenwa  and Nicole Jannessari

From addressing systemic barriers to celebrating culture, this workshop equips students, educators,  and allies with practical tools and inclusive practices to cultivate an educational landscape where every Black student can thrive and excel. Join us for a workshop focused on empowering Black students for success. 

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Middle Eastern Women in Sports

April 30, 2024

11:00 to 12:00pm

Presented by: Faid Salmoon

We will explore the dynamic landscape of Middle Eastern women in sports, highlighting their resilience, determination, and achievements despite facing numerous challenges. We shed light on the diverse experiences and contributions of women athletes in the region through success stories, initiatives, and the overarching benefits of women's participation in sports.

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Black Student Success Week

April 22-26, 2024


black student success week

Civic Engagement and Leadership Awards
Civic Engagement Workshops
Student Meditation Workshops


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