Affinity Programs

students on the quad

Oxy Affinity Groups are communities created around a shared identity to provide opportunities for networking, professional or personal development, lifelong learning, resource sharing, and an expanded sense of community.

SLICE is committed to providing programs, resources, and spaces wherein students feel safe, valued, informed, and connected. 

Programming with Purpose

SLICE produces programming that cultivates leadership development, social justice, and a sense of belonging. With programming partners, student service providers, and the greater Oxy community, we challenge students to connect learning with meaningful and reciprocal experiences outside of the classroom. Together, we support student development and help create a strong commitment to equity, inclusion and a life devoted to the public good.

Though the following programs are representative of SLICE initiatives and collaborations, this list is not all-encompassing. Event details are subject to change. Follow us on Insta @oxyslice to receive important updates and announcements.


September

Welcome Black w/ Harambee and Black Womxn Thrive

Join Black student leaders, staff, faculty, and alumni as they welcome new and continuing Black students to campus.

Harambee Social 

Attend this social and networking event where the Men of Harambee will describe their mission, vision, and programming initiatives for the academic year.

Black Womxn Thrive Social

The Womxn of BWT are welcoming all Black Womxn—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—to meet, build community, and learn more about the Black Womxn on campus. 

Discovering Black Culture in Los Angeles 

Los Angeles has a rich history of Black culture. Join us as we explore places of worship, museums, notable residences, and other historically and culturally important Black Heritage landmarks and spaces throughout the L.A.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, we acknowledge National Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of those whose families came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The celebration begins in the middle of September, as it coincides with national independence days in several Latin American countries. Join us as we explore the richness and complexity of Latinx community in Los Angeles and Southern California.

October

Black Leadership Retreat

This experience is designed to help current and emerging student leaders strengthen their leadership skills, collaborate on programs and events, and build community amongst Black students at Oxy.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Monday, October 12
Join the movement, as Los Angeles comes together to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. After years of activism and protests against celebrating Columbus Day, today now honors and recognizes Native Americans and commemorates their shared history and culture.

30th Anniversary of Paris Is Burning

Wednesday, October 7
In 1990, Jennie Livingston directed a documentary that chronicled the ball culture of New York City. For the first time, we saw the creative might of queer and trans communities of color. Now 30 years later, we will discuss the impact of this documentary and how the ball culture survives through these ever-changing times.

National Coming Out Day

Sunday, October 11
National Coming Out Day was first observed on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Since then, it has stood as a reminder of the power of coming out. Join us in a celebration of our community and to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly. 

A Family Gathering

Black Womxn Thrive, Harambee, and SLICE will engage in conversations about the mental health and wellness of Black students, and the resources available on campus. 

November

Que Vivan, Forever! A Celebration to Honor Los Muertos (ICC, ORSL, and SLICE collaboration)

Monday, November 2
Dia de los Muertos is a holiday that celebrates and evokes special memories of deceased loved ones with colorful pageantry and indigenous blessings. Learn more about the cultural significance of ritual face painting, sugar skulls, and community altar displays.

Black Mobile Art Museum 

Discover a unique Black Renaissance Art experience that explores Black history, identity, and political empowerment.

Calling All the Sisters: Sister Circle

Join Dr. Courtney Allen to unpack and discuss managing the weight of transition and navigating change on campus as Black Womxn.

December

End of The Year Shout-Out

Celebrate yourself and each other by publicly acknowledging the people who support and contribute to your success at Oxy.


Cultural Clubs and Organizations

SLICE also supports Oxy's cultural clubs, providing advisement, event planning workshops, funding, and resources. Though the list below may not be all encompassing, it is a representation of student interests and identities. If you would like to learn more about how to start a club on campus, visit www.oxy.edu/student-life/clubs-organizations

Asian American Tutorial Project African Student Association Armenian Students Association Asian Pacific Americans for Liberation Azúcar
Beauty Beyond Color Black Student Alliance Black Womxn Thrive Buddhist Meditation Club Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Folk and Historical Dance Troupe Foodies of Oxy French Club Hawai'i Club Harambee
International Students Organization Japanese Cultural Organization Jewish Student Union Korean American Student Association Latinx Student Union
Music Appreciation & Musical Analysis Club Multi Occidental Hillel Pilipinx United Students Organization South Asian Student Association
Third Culture Club Untitled Narratives      

Affinity programming and student identity support in the Division of Student Affairs can also be found in, but is not limited to, the Intercultural Community Center, the Office for Religious & Spiritual Life, Residential Education & Housing Services, Emmons Wellness Center, and Project SAFE. For more information about SLICE programming or to engage in a collaborative effort, email slice@oxy.edu