Oxy students volunteering in elementary school classrooms

SLICE programs are designed to help you hone your leadership skills and connect meaningfully with the greater Los Angeles community through service.

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Alternative Spring Break

Each spring break, a group of students, faculty and staff participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience, focusing on themes related to democracy and citizenship. Learn More

Days of Service

Oxy sponsors a variety of service projects, but certain service days are Oxy traditions. These include Fall Into Service, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Cesar Chavez & Dolores Huerta Day of Service. Learn More

Emerging Leaders Programs

ELP is designed to help first year students establish themselves on campus. Students participate in a weekend retreat plus weekly follow-up sessions led by program alumni, building relationships, exploring personal values and implementing them on campus.

Involvement Fair

The Involvement Fair is a longstanding tradition at Oxy. Each fall, more than 100 organizations and clubs set up on the Quad to talk about what their group does and how students can get involved. Learn More


OxyConnects gives students an opportunity to engage intentionally with local nonprofits. Over the course of a year, students develop deep partnerships through sustained volunteer work with an organization. Learn More


Half of incoming students participate in this optional pre-orientation program, offering a great introduction to the vibrant city of L.A. Over two days, student facilitators lead trips to experience culture, film, food, nature, social justice, the urban environment and more. Learn More

OXY Votes

This group helps to ensure that students are registered and informed when it comes to voting. Near election cycles, they compile useful resources and plan voter education events on campus. Learn More

Oxy Women in Leadership

OWL engages students in dialogue around issues that relate specifically to women. It creates an opportunity to build skills and leadership abilities that will benefit women beyond campus (e.g. negotiating workshops, conflict management workshops, assertiveness trainings). OWL lets students come together in a woman-to-woman space to discuss issues that affect them both in college and in their future careers, simultaneously developing lasting friendships and a supportive network.

Project Pericles

Occidental is a member of Project Pericles, a national organization that facilitates a commitment by colleges and universities to include social responsibility and participatory citizenship as essential elements of their educational programs. Learn More

Student Community Engagement Council

SCEC is a group of student leaders working to communicate about and inspire community engagement efforts through service, collaboration among student groups, advocacy and community involvement. Learn More

Student Leadership Awards

Each spring, from unsung champions to emerging leaders, outstanding club advisors and program of the year, the Division of Student Affairs leadership awards recognize the accomplishments of students and colleagues who have positively impacted our campus community.