A number of weeks ago, a large white van rolled onto the Occidental College campus, carrying with it gallons of paint, social justice initiatives, a mini-mural museum, and two dedicated and experienced artists. David Russell and Roberto Del Hoyo created the Mobile Mural Lab by combining their educations in studio art, their experience in elementary education pedagogies, and social engagement to produce mobile opportunities of expression for youth. The Mobile Mural lab defies the restrictive public art laws in Los Angeles by allowing youth to express themselves publicly on a surface that the entire community can enjoy. Starting as a white, previously-ran emergency vehicle, the van rolls into an environment with a predesigned outline for students to fulfill and blank spaces for complete artistic freedom. In honor of the Office of Community Engagement, our mobile mural featured our office emblem and symbols representing a community’s collective...Read More
Oxy Engages LA
A core part of Oxy's mission is community and service. Check out how Oxy gets involved with the city and beyond.
March 25, 2013
We had the Mobile Mural Lab (http://mobilemurallab.com/). We did some really cool things with them while they were on campus, click through to see more!
February 25, 2013
MLK Week at Occidental College
For the past two years, the Office of Community Engagement has hosted MLK Week; it is a time when the Oxy community reflects on the ideals and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The week-long series of events is a fitting way to pay tribute and celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, the most revered leader in the Civil Rights Movement and a figure who visited and...Read More
November 19, 2012
Dylan Sittig is currently a Senior at Occidental College and in honor of Food Justice month we thought it would be appropriate to interview a student that is involved with Food Foward a partner that the Office of Community Engagement has worked with in the past and a group we hopefully will be working with in Janurary for our annual MLK day of service! Check out the interview and see what and who we work with.
September 11, 2012
Remembering 9/11; Engaging in community
On Saturday, September 8, over 30 Oxy students spent their Saturday working with the Young Folks Urban Farmers, tilling the land, harvesting seeds and planting herbs. Led by Oxy alum Daniel Lawler and co-founder Julia Carr, we all rolled up our sleeves to work with these two community activists on improving the garden. Located at the LA Leadership Academy School, The Young Folks Urban Farm has had a deep impact on the school, involving the youth at the school in learning about and taking care of the garden. This is our second time collaborating with the garden and we hope to come back often!
February 10, 2012
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October 21, 2011
Hey Everybody! The OCE is back in action and doing it big for its 2nd year here at Oxy. It is halfway through the semester and we’ve already seen over 150 Oxy students participate in the 9/11 Day of Service, Social Action Week, and Trippin’ on Social Justice trip to the Great Wall of Los Angeles. It was my responsibility to organize Social Action Week and let me just say, the event was a success! We had 22 student organizations and outside community partners set up display tables on the quad to help inform students on how they can get involved in the community! Students were able to sign up to serve the greater Eagle Rock and Los Angeles area in many ways including planting community gardens, providing food for the homeless, and tutoring children. During the Social Action Fair, the office also threw our 1st annual Office of Community Engagement Block Party! Turns out… we know how to party! The students had a blast as they indulged...Read More