California Humanities grant supports conversations on race, immigration

California Humanities announced that a 2016 Humanities for All Quick Grant for $5,000 has been awarded to Dominican University of California in support of University programming focused on race and immigration.

Dominican’s “Conversations on Race and Immigration” series was part of the year-long University’s Democracy and Equity Initiative. Students spent the 2016-2017 academic year immersed in a thought-provoking and collaborative lineup of courses and activities focused on a central theme of “Democracy and Equity.” Programming both in and out of the classroom is engaging students in some of the most critical issues facing the U.S.

“Dominican’s goal in hosting events that promote dialogue around race and immigration is to cultivate a campus culture in which difficult conversations are welcomed and to get our students actively engaged in the current issues affecting our communities, and hopefully even support them in becoming leaders for change,” said Dr. Laura Stivers, Dean of the School of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
“Conversations on Race and Immigration” events included:

•    Monday, January 30. Dominican partnered with Canal Alliance to present a panel discussion on immigration and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Guzman Lecture Hall. The event featured a discussion about the personal, legal, and economic impacts of DACA. Panelists included Dr. Mara Perez, Founder of Latino Futures; Lucia Martel-Dow, Canal Alliance Director of Immigration Legal Services; and Ana Tafolla, Canal Alliance Family Resource Specialist. Following the discussion was the premiere of the “Get the Picture” music video, along with a conversation with Andre Pessis and others involved in the performance and production of the song and music video. The Associated Students of Dominican University of California (ASDU) promoted the event as part of its “Immigration Week” programming.
•    Thursday, February 23. Dominican will host a panel discussion on minority communities and law enforcement. The discussion will focus on the intersectionality of race and law enforcement. The event, free and open to the public, will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Guzman Lecture Hall. Panelists include poet and community activist Donté Clark, and restorative justice advocate Jimmy Wu. The panel also will include community member who works in the area of social justice and law enforcement, a Dominican alumnus working in law enforcement, and a parolee involved with Kid C.A.T., group founded by San Quentin inmates who are serving life sentences for crimes they committed as youth.
•    Wednesday, April 5. A film screening of Fruitvale Station will be followed by a Q&A with social justice advocate Cephus Johnson.  Fruitvale Station is a biographical drama based on the events that led to Oscar Grant's death at the hands of a police officer at the Fruitvale Bart station in Oakland. Cephus Johnson is Oscar Grant’s uncle. Free and open to the public, the screening begins at 5:30 p.m. in Angelico Concert Hall.

California Humanities is an independent nonprofit and state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This year marks the organization’s 40th anniversary of promoting the humanities as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California.


January 24, 2017