Gain a greater appreciation for our differences and learn more to build an inclusive community for all
OCC is celebrating April’s Diversity Month by offering events and resources that recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. Join us as we build a greater sense of belonging through our differences, where all people feel valued.
Celebrate & Build Community
- Empowerment Summit
Friday, April 14, 10 a.m. - Noon | Virtual
Keynote Speaker: Loretta Ross
This event will bring together employees to spread awareness and share information to promote OCC’s institutional initiatives of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. We will review what the Office of DEIJ has done this academic year, as well as what’s to come. We will also be announcing our DEIJ award recipients. Our keynote speaker, Professor Loretta Ross, will discuss creating changing by calling people in instead of calling people out.
Sign the Pledge
We believe every individual deserves the chance to do their best, to be respected, and to feel safe and supported. Each of us has an opportunity to make a difference—to learn and to grow as part of our personal journey. Together, we are asking members of our community to commit to making OCC a more equitable, diverse and inclusive community and champion DEIJ forward.
Recognize & Honor
- Zoom Backgrounds - Download new backgrounds to celebrate Diversity Month, virtually.
- OCC's 2023 Diversity Champion honorees will be announced on Friday, April 14 at the College's annual Empowerment Summit.
Learn & Grow Your Understanding
- Understanding Ramadan - This time of year is filled with many important celebrations of faith. We call special attention to Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Ramadan 2023 is April 2–May 2.
- Arab American Heritage Month: History Culture and Stereotypes
Tue, April 4, Noon-1 p.m. | Virtual
Speaker: David Serio, Curator of Education, Arab American National Museum
During the month of April, the United States celebrates Arab American Heritage Month, recognizing the history, cultures, and achievements of Arabs and Arab Americans. It is critically important to share accurate information, celebrate diverse cultures, overcome stereotypes, and empower ourselves.
- Beautifully Wrapped: The Global Art of Headwrapping
Thu, April 6, Noon-1 p.m. | Virtual
Speaker: Zarinah El-Emin, Anthropologist, Beautifully Wrapped
Learn how to tie your own headwrap and the unique history of wrapping across the globe. With a piece of cloth, you will create a piece of art and share in this global movement.
For more information on these and other events, connect with OCC’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice (DEIJ) and visit the website.
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