Fall Into Service

Three students chopping broccoli at soup kitchen

Learn more about serving and engaging with your community in a meaningful way.

The Fall Into Service initiative is designed to offer resources to students and encourge a dynamic experience that also meets societal needs.

Events & Initiatives

Oct 13 thru Nov 10 - Oxy Arts: Community Organizing Workshop Series

A core element of Oxy Arts' partnership with the In Plain Sight coalition is to consider how artists and art spaces can be advocates for social change, on a local and global level. As part of Oxy Arts'fall programming, we are offering a series of workshops led by community organizers on topics related to our exhibition and critical to supporting the well-being of our communities—abolishing prisons, ICE and police, and creating community care through mutual aid networks. All workshops meet on Tuesdays, at 5pm PST. 

Click here for event descriptions and login information.

 

Oct 22 - Naomi Hirahara - ISLA Fall 2020 Writers Series

Thursday, October 22, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PT

Workshop size limited, Registration required: Click here to register on Eventbrite

Often flattened or satirized, Los Angeles comprises vibrant and hidden neighborhoods only known to its residents. Spend two hours considering your home and Los Angeles through either memory, your environmental surroundings or your imagination. Southern California social historian, journalist and mystery writer Naomi Hirahara will provide a few examples on how she has captured the greater Los Angeles in her writings while encouraging participants to mine and document their own experiences. If you are planning to write anything history-based, do a little research before our session.

Naomi Hirahara is an Edgar Award-winning author of multiple traditional mystery series and noir short stories. Her Mas Arai mysteries, which have been published in Japanese, Korean and French, feature a Los Angeles gardener and Hiroshima survivor who solves crimes. The seventh and final Mas Arai mystery, HIROSHIMA BOY, will be launched in Japan in 2021. Her first historical mystery standalone, CLARK AND DIVISION, set in 1944 Chicago, will also be released by Soho Crime next summer. A former reporter and editor with The Rafu Shimpo newspaper, she has written several historical nonfiction books related to Southern California and Japanese America. They include Life after Manzanar; Terminal Island: Lost Communities of Los Angeles Harbor; Green Makers: Japanese American Gardeners in Southern California; A Scent of Flowers: The History of the Southern California Flower Market; and An American Son: The Story of George Aratani, Founder of Mikasa and Kenwood. She and her husband reside in Pasadena, California. For more information, go to her website, www.naomihirahara.com.

The Fall 2020 ISLA Writers Series is curated by Professor Desiree Zamorano for the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles

The ISLA writers series is supported by the Howard and Roberta Ahmanson and the Arts & Urban Experience Initiative, generously funded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsored by: Institute for the Study of Los Angeles

Oct 23 - Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) Open House

CCBL brings together students, faculty, and community partners as co-thinkers and collaborators in addressing social justice issues.

Since its creation in 2001, CCBL has developed resources and provided leadership to institutionalize community based learning at Occidental College. The goal of community based learning is to enhance student learning and faculty engagement by connecting academic study and critically engaged scholarship through reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships with the greater community. Click here for the Spring 2021 Community-Based Learning/Research Course List.

Community Partnerships include, but aren't limited to:

United American Indian Involvement 
Los Angeles Community Action Network: LACAN
Southern California Library
Avenue 50 Studio

Apply to be an Election Poll Worker

An election worker is an essential component to every polling place location on Election Day. There are two different types of election workers: Inspectors and Clerks. While Inspectors serve as supervisors for the polling locations, Clerks assist with a variety of conventional tasks. Both are paid a stipend for their time. Polling place locations typically staff four to six election workers on Election Day.

To become an election worker in Los Angeles County, you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older (unless participating in the Student Election Worker Program)
  • A resident of California
  • A United States citizen registered to vote or a legal permanent resident (green card holder)
  • Election Workers must be available between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to set up the polls, provide assistance to voters and conduct poll closing procedures.

APPLY HERE

Join the Highland Park Neighborhood Council

The Highland Park Neighborhood Council currently has two opportunities for students to participate in, a short term and a long term commitment.

The short term opportunity would be the ability for students to join one of the ad hoc committees/projects that they have going on.

The long term commitment which would last through June would be for the students to join a committee. Involvement is one meeting per month and any additional support with tasks or projects.

If you're interested, simply reach out to the chair of the committee you're interested in: highlandparknc.com/committees

Students can also attend committee meetings virtually, without formally joining, to gain an understanding what each one is all about.

Nov 10 - Melissa Chadburn - ISLA Fall 2020 Writers Series

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm PT

Workshop size limited, Registration required: Click here to register on Eventbrite

CNF: Container Shopping.: Structures and Essaying Our Lives

Melissa Chadburn’s work has appeared in The LA Times, NYT Book Review, NYRB, Longreads, and dozens other places. Her essay on food insecurity was selected for Best American Food Writing 2019. She is the recipient of the Mildred Fox Hanson Award for Women in Creative Writing. She is an Atul Gawande mentee with the Solutions Journalism Network. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. She is a PhD candidate at USC’s Creative Writing Program. She loves your whole outfit right now

The Fall 2020 ISLA Writers Series is curated by Professor Desiree Zamorano for the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles

The ISLA writers series is supported by the Howard and Roberta Ahmanson and the Arts & Urban Experience Initiative, generously funded Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsored by: Institute for the Study of Los Angeles

Service Resources

LA Works Virtual Volunteering

Support Los Angeles from the comfort of your own home. From the #MillionMaskChallengeLA to joining a call party for Wellness Checks, the following opportunities are fun and flexible ways to serve LA remotely. Click here for more information.

Virtual VolunteerMatch

Volunteer from anywhere with VolunteerMatch. Explore hundreds of virtual volunteer opportunities in cause areas like health and medicine, education, and community building—that you can do from a computer, from home, or anywhere. Click here for more information.

AmeriCorps Volunteer Opportunities

Use this SEARCH TOOL to find a volunteer opportunity in your area. Yup, it's as easy as that!

Points of Light Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

When you think about volunteers, the typical image of a team or community group planting a garden, revitalizing a local park or painting a lively mural at a school comes to mind. Yet all around the globe, at any given time, thousands (if not millions) of engaged citizens volunteer virtually — using their computers, the Internet, even their smart phones.

Virtual volunteers can complete short-term or long-term tasks, in whole or in part, typically off-site from the organization or person being assisted. If you’ve got access to a computer, thousands of different volunteer projects and roles are available to you—from your home, the library, a coffee shop, anywhere with an Internet connection.

Click here for a robust resource list categorized by activity, impact area or beneficiaries.

Oxy Partners

Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) 

The mission of the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) is to institutionalize curriculum-based civic engagement.

CCBL’s civic engagement approach, based on community organizing practices, aims to enrich students' learning and commitment to social responsibility. CCBL brings together students, faculty, and community partners as co-thinkers and collaborators in addressing social justice issues.

Since its creation in 2001, CCBL has developed resources and provided leadership to institutionalize community based learning at Occidental College. The goal of community based learning is to enhance student learning and faculty engagement by connecting academic study and civic education through reciprocal, mutually beneficial relationships with the greater community. CCBL also collaborates with other offices on campus, as well as state, national, and international networks.

The Community Based Learning and Research (CBLR) faculty committee focuses on enhancing curriculum-connected community engagement and community based research.

Click here for more about the CCBL and CBLR.

Oxy Arts

Oxy Arts is a vital public space bringing together the campus community, the Northeast Los Angeles community, and local and regional artists in socially conscious dialogue and engagement. They seek to share, connect and hold space for ideas and curiosity. You are welcome here.

Oxy Arts programs across mediums—film, visual art, performance, writing and music. It also serves as a gateway to Oxy’s five academic arts majors and minors: Art & Art History, Interdisciplinary Writing, Media Arts & Culture, Music, and Theater.

Click here for more about Oxy Arts.

Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLICE)

SLICE brings together programs focused on leadership, activities and community engagement in one office to foster a robust student experience on and off campus. It provides students with a variety of opportunities to put Occidental’s values into action.

Whether you are interested in starting a club, being involved in student government or engaging with a local community organization, SLICE can help guide and support your passions. Our community partners can help you apply your theoretical knowledge of social justice and become an agent for change. SLICE also supports Oxy students with scholarships, fellowships and other special funding.

There are many ways for you to get involved that can have a real impact on your own life, the life of your fellow students as well as the community. We’re here with the tools and resources you need to make your Oxy experience the best it can be.

Community Partners