Past events

Student Equity has helped bring assistance, events, and prominent speakers such as Dr. Cornel West (Race Matters) for students, staff, faculty, and community members and leaders in and around MiraCosta College.

Past Events

Rugby Day  April 25th, starting at 1:30PM

Town Hall with Dr. Cornel West  March 10th, 4:00-4:45pm
This was a conversation with Dr. West, where he took questions from MiraCosta students.

Keynote Speech by Dr. Cornel West  March 10th, 6:30-8:00pm
This was a 60-minute address by Dr. West, followed by a 30-minute Q&A.

Dr. Cornel WestWho is Dr. Cornel West?

Twenty-two years ago, Dr. Cornel West came to MiraCosta College and spoke to more than 800 students, faculty, staff, and community members. His visit here helped launch the college’s early diversity efforts as a college.  Two decades later, Dr. Cornel West is back to help the college continue to cultivate a dialogue about racial, gender and class divisions. ┬áDr. West is Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University.  He also has taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. Cornel West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy at Princeton. He has written more than 20 books and edited 13. Though he is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, his most recent release, Black Prophetic Fire and Radical King, were received with critical acclaim.

Unity Day  March 11th, 10:30am-3:00pm
This unprecedented experience featured break-out sessions that dove into complex issues, interactive discussions, and lunch.  (See workshop descriptions below.) 

Unity Day Workshops

“Equity 101: What the Heck Is Equity?”  March 11th, 11:00am-12:15pm
You've probably heard the word "equity" everywhere, but you might not know what it really means. What does it have to do with diversity? Is there a difference between equity and equality? This highly-interactive workshop illustrates the true meaning of equity and will leave you with a better understanding of the kind of impact equity should have on our day-to-day choices.

“Denial Demolition: Addressing Skeptics, Cynics, and the Apathetic“  March 11th, 11:00am-12:15pm
A candid workshop that dives into the nitty-gritty conceptual conflict between equity and its opponents, examining common objections to equity and the appropriate response to them. Participants will learn how to promote equity awareness to the indifferent, explain equity to the confused, defend equity from the naysayers and recognize their own personal blind spots.

"Advocacy 101: How to Make A Difference" March 11th, 1:30-2:45pm
"I want to make a difference." It's this selfless statement and its subsequent actions that transform a citizen into an advocate. This workshop gives attendees the how-to in advocacy to make a meaningful impact in their lifetime.

“Damage Control: 5 Ways to Stop Hurting People”  March 11th, 1:30-2:45pm
Micro-aggressions have been described as "death by a thousand cuts". While individual micro-aggressions might seem insignificant, over time and en masse, they can cause deep wounds that create chasms of mistrust between people.  This workshop delves into the various ways that we can injure others accidentally, and how to exercise caution and compassion to prevent that from happening in our everyday conversations.

“Moving Forward Together: Achieving Equity & Cultural Competence” March 11th, 2:45-3:00pm
This is an opportunity for Unity Day participants to share their take-aways in an informal discussion setting and collaborate on how we can "move forward together."