Community-Building Events

Students hanging out on the grass on campus

Taking a holistic approach to student development, we offer involvement opportunities that center on identity construction, intercultural communication, and community engagement. 

Occidental College 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 virtual classroom. Together, we support student development that inspires a strong commitment to equity, inclusion, and a life devoted to the public good. As part of a cohesive leadership development curriculum, each department also mentors students charged with creating additional programming throughout the semester. The intention of this evolving list is to represent the collective efforts of programming units on campus.

Though the following list of programs is representative of initiatives and collaborations across departments, it is not all-encompassing. As new events are added, they will be listed at oxy.edu/events

August

IPO: Meet with your Global Tiger Mentor (for First-Year students)

Weekly, between Monday, August 3 to Monday, August 17
Option: International Students Orientation Module via Moodle
Meet with your Tiger Mentor via Zoom 1-to-1 or in a group to learn about international/global experience as an Oxy student. 

IPO: Partner Study Abroad Info Session (SIT Study Abroad)

Tuesday, August 4 at 2 pm
Sophomores & Juniors are invited to attend the session to learn more about Spring 2021 programs offered by SIT Study Abroad.

IPO: International Students Meet & Greet (for First-Year students)

Tuesday, August 18 to Thursday, August 20, Time: TBA
Meet with IPO and your Global Mentors in live sessions before the NSOT launch! We will provide a detailed schedule as dates get nearer.

ICC, ORSL, REHS, and SLICE: Affinity and Identity Group Mixers

Meet other students in your identity group and expand your community and support system. The Intercultural Community Center is hosting First-Gen, Queer, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian Pacific Islander student mixers throughout the week. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will also facilitate a Religious and Spiritual student mixer that will explore student support through that department. Additionally, ResEd will host a Residence Hall Community Meeting.

  • Tuesday, September 1
    • Religious & Spiritual Student Social
  • Wednesday, Septempber 2
    • First-Gen Student Social
    • Asian Pacific Islander Student Social 
  • Thursday, September 3
    • Queer Student Social
    • Black Student Social
  • Friday, September 4
    • Latinx Student Social 
    • Multi Student Social
    • MINA Social
RJ Committee: Introduction to Restorative Justice

Effective responses to incidents of conflict, wrongdoing, and harm are the hallmark of restorative practices. Learn how to build social capital, resolve social problems, and respond when harm occurs. Practice monitoring your own reactions in stressful situations, listening with empathy and creating shared understanding among conflicting parties.

IPO: Q&A Session for Returning International Students

This session will cover updated information regarding immigration regulations for F-1 students. Date and Time will be determined as soon as new information is available from the DHS.

SLICE: Fall Involvement Fair

Each semester, Oxy clubs, organizations, and departments come together to help students explore involvement opportunities, identify shared interests, and exhibit student support services. Join us at the iFair to network and get a better sense of what this semester has to offer both on campus and in the Greater Los Angeles area. More at oxy.edu/student-life/clubs-organizations/involvement-fair

September

REHS: Trivia Night

Please join Dean Thomas from REHS for a rousing trivia night. Great PRIZES for the top brainiacs! Bring your friends, the more the merrier! Snacks will be provided to all on-campus students who register ahead of time. 

SLICE: Welcome Black with Harambee and Black Womxn Thrive

Saturday, September 12
Join Black student leaders, staff, faculty, and alumni as they welcome new and continuing Black students to campus.

IPO: Faculty-Led Courses Spring (on-campus course) with Summer Travel Abroad Information Sessions

1st and 2nd weeks of September complemented by “class visits”
Co-presented with Sasha Day, History (China) and Amy Lyford (AHVA) France & Germany

Emmons, ORSL, and ICC: Grief Circle for Jaden and Ilah

These departments will work together to create space for students to share their grief at the death of their peers with one another.

IPO: Writing Workshop for International Students

Tuesday, September 8 from 7 to 8:30 pm (PST)
Join Writing Center Director Professor Julie Prebel as she introduces new international students to US academic writing norms. As you are planning/turning in some of your first papers, you will find this information helpful. Approaches to writing prompt, concern for academic integrity, and other important topics.

IPO: Bi-weekly Intl Coffee Hours (Theme: Study Techniques)

Tuesday, September 15 from 7 to 7:45 pm (PST)
Special guest:  Luci Masredjian - Study Techniques for International Students
Virtual gathering for all intl and multicultural students to socialize and ask any questions to the international student advisor. This week’s theme will include discussions on study techniques in remote learning (usually offered for in-person classroom techniques in the fall). 

SLICE: 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, coinciding 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.

SLICE: Harambee Social

Wednesday, September 16
Attend this social and networking event where the Men of Harambee will describe their mission, vision, and programming initiatives for the academic year.

ICC and CTSJ: Film Screening of Disclosure

The film follows an in-depth look at Hollywood's depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives and American culture.

SLICE: Black Womxn Thrive Social

Thursday, September 17
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

SLICE: Equity and Inclusion in Leadership

Wednesday,September 30
Let’s discuss the importance of providing leadership opportunities and support for womxn and students of color. Learn more about creating a culture of inclusion and how to identify actionable ways to prioritize equity and inclusion in your organization.

SLICE: Fall Into Service

Fall Into Service is the first virtual service day ever offered at Oxy. Start off the fall semester by doing something good for your community.

ICC, Academic Commons, and Special Collections & College Archives: Latinx Heritage Month

Events and installations will honor and acknowledge Latinx Heritage Month throughout the fall semester. We will host online workshops and dialogue with Latinx authors and creatives, showcasing a virtual exhibit on the history of Latinx Heritage at Occidental College and in Los Angeles, as well as compiling an e-book collection with newly purchased texts written by Latinx authors of students' choosing.

DOS: College Success 101 Workshop Series

Students will develop their own plan for academic, career, and personal success through self-reflection and various activities. Topics will include study skills, time management, and campus resources.

DOS: Students with Disabilities Panel

This will be an opportunity for incoming students with disabilities to connect with upperclassmen with similar disabilities. Students will share their experience navigating Oxy and what they’ve learned over the years, building a sense of belonging and community amongst students.

SLICE: Discovering Black Culture in Los Angeles

Tuesday, September 29
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 L.A. 

Emmons, ICC, and ORSL: Grief Processing Event for Covid-Related Loss

These departments will collaborate to create space for students to share their grief at the many losses we've experienced due to COVID-19.

REHS: Door Decorating 

Residential students will be given arts and craft supplies to decorate their doors and/or rooms. 

REHS: Movie Night for Residential Students

Movie Night via Netflix or Prime Video. Each resident will be provided with popcorn/snacks hung in a bag on their door.

REHS: Microwave Cooking Demonstration

A microwave cooking demonstration. Residential students will be provided with the ingredients for the recipe and attend a virtual cooking demonstration. Off campus students would be provided with the recipe and invited to attend.

October

Project SAFE: Empowerment Week

Empowerment Week is dedicated to preventing and healing from dating and domestic violence.

ORSL and ICC: Six Word Memoirs

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will lead a creative writing workshop modeled after Six Word Memoirs: sixwordmemoirs.com

SLICE: Food Justice Month

In October, we observe Food Justice Month—a collaboration between campus departments and student clubs highlighting the plight and rights of workers throughout the food chain. This monthlong celebration of, and effort toward, Food Justice will feature special events, workshops, forums, and special sustainability-themed meals in the Marketplace.

SLICE: 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.

IPO: Global Engagement Opportunities - Summer ‘21

Mid-October, repeated November
Sophomores & Juniors are invited to learn about a comprehensive overview of global projects, Richter Research, internships, and study abroad options to meet January/February deadlines!

IPO: Richter Research Abroad Info Session

Learn about Richter Research abroad for summer 2021. The session will cover information on different research tracks, the application process, and finding your supervisors for the research. Applications due Spring 2021. 

CSP and SLICE: 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.

SLICE: A Family Gathering

Wednesday, October 21
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. 

ORSL: What Matters to Me and Why

ORSL will invite an Oxy faculty person to offer a virtual talk about what matters to them and why as a way of advancing campus conversations about vocation.

IPO: Spring 2021 Accepted Students Action Item Meeting

All accepted semester abroad students are invited to join the session that will cover the next steps for the pre-departure process. 

IPO: Fall 2021 Oxy at the UN Information Meeting

IPO and DWA faculty will hold a session for juniors who will be seniors in Fall 2021 to cover information on the application process, academics/internship components, and living in NYC.

REHS: Trivia Night

Please join Dean Thomas from REHS for a rousing trivia night. Great PRIZES for the top brainiacs! Bring your friends, the more the merrier! Snacks will be provided to all on-campus students who register ahead of time. 

REHS: Microwave Cooking Demonstration 

A microwave cooking demonstration. Residential students will be provided with the ingredients for the recipe and attend a virtual cooking demonstration. Off campus students would be provided with the recipe and invited to attend.

REHS: Wellness Challenge

Students will be able to participate in a two-week wellness challenge which will consist of different wellness themes such as exercise, relaxation, and nutrition. Residential students will be provided with materials and resources to participate. 

REHS: Self-Care Night

"Relax, Relate, and Release" by learning some self-care techniques to help soothe your soul. We will learn to make body scrubs. 

November

ICC, ORSL, and SLICE: Que Vivan, Forever! A Celebration to Honor Los Muertos

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 and spiritual significance of ritual face painting, sugar skulls, and community altar displays.

SLICE: Calling All the Sisters: Sister Circle

Friday, November 6
Join Dr. Courtney Allen to unpack and discuss managing the weight of transition and navigating change on campus as Black Womxn.

SLICE: Self-Care in Leadership

Tuesday, November 3
Leadership roles can be both rewarding and burdensome at the same time. In this session, we discuss ways to reinvigorate yourself by prioritizing downtime, relaxation and self-care. Learn more about how your well-being is connected to multiple dimensions of high performance.

ORSL and ICC: Six Word Memoirs

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will lead a creative writing workshop modeled after Six Word Memoirs: sixwordmemoirs.com

IPO: Global Engagement Opportunities - Summer ‘21 

Repeated throughout the month
Sophomores & Juniors are invited to learn about a comprehensive overview of global projects, Richter Research, internships, and study abroad options to meet January/February deadlines!

ORSL and ICC: Queer Spirituality Panel

Join a discussion with queer religious and spiritual leaders about their spiritual journeys and ongoing work.

ORSL and ICC: Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilience Event

Friday, November 20
ORSL and the ICC will host an event to remember and honor transgender individuals who have died since the last Day of Remembrance due to violence. 

IPO: Summer 2021 Richter Research Abroad Info Session

Learn about Richter Research abroad for summer 2021. The session will cover information on different research tracks, the application process, and finding your supervisors for the research. The application will be due in Spring 2021. 

IPO: Options after Graduation for International Students

This session covers information for graduating international students: going home, going to graduate school, or applying for permission to work anywhere in the U.S.

IPO: Internships as an International Student: Curricular Practical Training Session

Non-graduating international students may be authorized to work over the summer or during an academic semester in internships that relate to their majors. We discuss process, options, and answer any questions you may have.

REHS: Microwave Cooking Demonstration

A microwave cooking demonstration. Students will be provided with the ingredients for the recipe and attend a virtual cooking demonstration. Off campus students would be provided with the recipe and invited to attend.

REHS: Trivia Night

Please join Dean Thomas from REHS for a rousing trivia night. Great PRIZES for the top brainiacs! Bring your friends, the more the merrier! Snacks will be provided to all on-campus students who register ahead of time. 

REHS: Love Notes/Postcards Making

"Sending my Love to you" is a postcard/letter writing program that will allow students to send loves notes to anyone. Postage will be sponsored by REHS. 

REHS: Paint Night

Our office will purchase virtual paint night tickets for residential students and provide them with paint supplies.

December

ORSL and SLICE: Destress Study Fest

Stressed about finals? Take advantage of our Rejuvenation Sessions! We’ll be providing information about student support services, everyday ways to relieve stress and anxiety, and tips for studying remotely.

SLICE: End of the Year Shout-Out

Friday, November 13
Celebrate yourself and each other by publicly acknowledging the people who support and contribute to your success at Oxy.

Events Occurring Throughout the Semester

ORSL and Emmons: Student Whiteness Reflection Group

Susan Young and Jenny Heetdirks will facilitate a group for white students interested in exploring whiteness and anti-black racism.

ORSL: Student Grief Group with Rev. Dr. S. Young

Student Religious and Spiritual Groups weekly virtual meetings.

ORSL: Values and Vocations Fellowship

Five students will explore the intersection of social justice and spirituality through weekly reflection seminars and internships at community organizations.

ORSL: Meditation Mondays

ORSL staff will lead students in a contemplative spiritual practice every Monday at 6:30 pm PST.

ORSL: Wednesday Word

ORSL staff will lead discussions on sacred texts, historical teachings and classic prayers from different religious and spiritual traditions every Wednesday at 6:30 pm PST.

Emmons Wellness Center

The following events are therapeutically focused, and will have a strong component of social connection.

  • Community Building Space for Men of Color facilitated by R. Estrada
  • Community Building Space for Trauma Survivors facilitated by J. Heetderks
  • Support for Race-Based Trauma facilitated by I. Breakfield, A. Rivera, and R. Estrada
  • Community Building through Mindfulness facilitated by A. Rivera
  • Support for Students Regarding their Relationships with Alcohol and Drugs facilitated by R. Estrada
  • Support for Students Regarding their Relationships with Food and their Bodies facilitated by J. Heetderks
  • Support for Students regarding College Life during Covid-19 facilitated by I. Breakfield
Residential Education and Housing Services
  • Monthly Residence Hall Newsletters
  • Residential Students Equipment Check out: Students can sign up to pick up recreational equipment (frisbee, kickballs, croquet) for one week. Equipment would be returned and quarantined for a week before being checked out again. 

First Gen Coalition

Workshops or other events for first-year first generation students will take place on a regular basis throughout the semester.

IPO: Fall 2021 Semester Abroad Info Sessions

These bi-weekly regular sessions will cover pre-application steps to study abroad in fall 2021.

IPO: Semester Abroad/Summer Abroad Advising for Sophomores for Fall ‘21

Students will continue to meet with IPO staff for individual advising on choosing options for semester or summer abroad for credit.

IPO: International Students’ Coffee Hour with Themes (All Years)

Visa Updates for Returning Students - Wednesday, August 26 
Writing Workshop for first-year international students - Tuesday, September 8 from 7 to 8:30 pm (PDT)
Study Techniques for the Liberal Arts - Tuesday, September 15 from 7 to 7:45 pm (PDT)
October and November dates are TBA
Sessions will be held from 7  to 7:45 pm (PST)
Virtual gathering for all international and multicultural students to socialize and ask any questions to the international student advisor. Special guests are invited to present any pertinent information for international students.

IPO: Summer 2021 Faculty Led Richter Proposal Training 

Robin Craggs from IPO will continue to work with interested faculty members on creating proposals for faculty-led short term projects abroad.

With a team of dedicated educators, accomplished event organizers, and skilled student programmers, Oxy offers the tools and resources students need to succeed. For more information about student life on campus or to learn more about our student support system, email the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@oxy.edu