Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement

Central Arizona College’s Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement provides a virtual hub of information on events and resources at the college and across Pinal County.

The Center supports the College’s Common Student Learning Outcomes by encouraging students, employees, and community members to “participate in diverse environments while demonstrating global citizenship and social consciousness.”


CAC faculty facilitate film screenings and discussions to provide rich, contextualized learning opportunities.


BlacKkKlansman

Film Screening and Discussion

Honoring: Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Facilitated and Sponsored by: Campus Activities Board

Campus: SPC

Date: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Time: 3:30pm

Location: Student Union, I-400


From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning Get OutBlacKkKlansman offers an unflinching, true-life examination of race relations in 1970s America that is just as bracingly relevant in today’s tumultuous world.

(http://www.focusfeatures.com/blackkklansman)


Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Film Screening and Discussion

Acknowledging the anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Facilitated by: Kolette Draegan, Professor of English

Campus: SPC

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Time: 6:00pm

Location: TBD


A group of American businessmen, frustrated by Queen Lili’uokalani’s persistence in adopting a new constitution, organized a “Committee of Safety” and staged a coup January 17, 1893. Pressured by United States Minister Stevens and the presence of American marines, Lili’uokalani acquiesced, hoping the United States President would right the situation. Though President Cleveland and his special commissioner James Blount supported the return of the Queen’s sovereignty, the Provisional Government refused to step down. They quickly proclaimed themselves the Republic of Hawai’i and by 1898 they’d received status as a U.S. Territory. (HawaiiHistory.org)


Black Panther

Film Screening and Discussion

Honoring: Black History Month

Facilitated by: Heather Moulton, Professor of English

Campus: SPC

Date: February 13th, 2019

Time: 3:00pm-6:30pm

Location: Student Union


A major blockbuster film, Black Panther, is a significant landmark for its production, cast, and representations of Black culture.


I Am Not Your Negro

Film Screening and Discussion

Honoring: Black History Month

Facilitated by: Dr. Derrick Span, Professor of Sociology and Philosophy

Campus: STC and SPC

Date: February, 2019 (check back for actual dates)

Time: TBD

Location: TBD


Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for. (www.iamnotyournegrofilm.com)


Girl Rising

Film Screening and Discussion

Honoring: International Women’s Day

Facilitated by: Adessa Lomeli, student

Campus: SPC

Date: March 6th, 2019

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: Student Union, I-400


Girl Rising is “a global campaign for girls’ education & empowerment.” As part of the larger campaign, this film chronicles the lives of nine girls, who overcome odds and face challenges to obtain and education and improve their futures.

The screening and discussion is organized and facilitated by a CAC student as part of a class project for Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (WGS100) with the support of Student Government Association.

Ask your instructor about extra credit.


RBG The Movie (documentary on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg)

Film Screening and Discussion

Honoring: Women’s History Month

Facilitated by: Dr. Joe Faykosh, Professor of History and Kolette Draegan, Professor of English, Literature, and Gender Studies

Campus: SPC
Date: March, 2019 (check back for specific dates)
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Campus: STC
Date: March, 2019 (check back for specific dates)
Time: TBD
Location: TBD


At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation’s highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg’s life and career. (www.rbgthemovie.com)



Central Arizona College hosts a number of cultural events throughout the year, including theater, music, food, and art.


Hawaiian Luau

Welcome Week Luau

Facilitated by: Professor Kolette Draegan and the CAC Student Government Association

Sponsored by: Literary Arts & Languages Division and Student Engagement

Campus: SPC

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location: Student Union


Games, crafts, Polynesian dancers, music, food, and a chance to win a partial scholarship for the Hawai’i Travel Study program, Summer 2019!


Travel Studies Program Fair

Travel and Learn with CAC!

Facilitated or Sponsored by: Student Engagement

Campus: SPC

Date: Jan. 22 or 23

Time: TBD

Location: TBD



Italian Cooking

Homemade Pasta Night!

Facilitated by: Clay Peden, Professor of Culinary Arts

Sponsored by: Student Engagement

Campus: STC and SPC

Date: March 18-21 (check back for specific dates)

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Location: STC Kitchen (A100); SPC Kitchen N120


Learn how easy and delicious it is to make homemade pasta!

Participants will learn how to make fettuccini noodles from scratch, along with a homemade Alfredo sauce. After class, enjoy your meal and learn about CAC’s upcoming Travel Study program to Italy: A Taste of the Roman Countryside where we will spend six days at an Italian culinary school in the Ciociaria valley, touring, cooking, and eating.

Mangia bene!


Pecha Kucha & Poetry Contest

The Expanding Dawn of Freedom

Honoring: Black History Month

Facilitated and Sponsored by: The Learning Center, Communication Studies, Campus Activities Board

Campus: SPC

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Time: 11:30am

Location:



Culture Fair

Celebrate Culture!

Facilitated and Sponsored by: Communication Studies and Campus Activities Board

Campus: SPC

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Student Union, I Building



TED Talk CAC

Facilitated and Sponsored by: Communication Studies and Social Behavioral Science Division

Campus: SPC

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Time: TBD

Location: Student Union, I Building




Central Arizona College faculty offer speciality lectures throughout the year.


Electoral College: Eye on 2020

Understanding the Electoral College and Voting Rights

Facilitated by: Dr. Joe Faykosh, Professor of History

Campus: STC
Date: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:15pm
Location: TBD

Campus: SPC
Date: Thursday, February 21st, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:15pm
Location: TBD


This interactive presentation will focus on citizenship and access to voting, providing information about the electoral process and how access to voting has been improved to include so many, and yet remains far from complete inclusion. Prepare for upcoming elections by learning more about our voting access and efforts to fight suppression.


Ohana Means Family

Hawaiian History and Culture

Facilitated by: Kolette Draegan, Professor of English, Literature, and Gender Studies

Campus: SPC
Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Time: 6:00-7:15pm
Location: TBD

Campus: STC
Date: Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:15pm
Location: TBD



Culture of Death & Dying

Facilitated by: Jennifer M. Moore, Professor of Psychological Science

Campus: SMC

Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Time: 10:30-11:45

Location: F115


Death is a universal experience, but how we experience loss is unique to each of us. Responses to death are strongly influenced by one’s culture, which incorporates gender, nationality, religion, age, and socio-economic status. Grief is a distinct form of sorrow and may encompass feelings, thoughts, and behaviors, also based on cultural norms. Virtually every religion provides rites and customs to honor the dead and comfort the living. These dictate who we are allowed to mourn, who prepares the body, burial rites, how long we can wait to bury, burn, or submerge the body after death, and rules for remarriage. While we are familiar with our own cultural customs regarding death, practices vary among different cultures. Did you know that some cultures prohibit grieving someone younger than you? Or that there is a term defining when you are not supported in your grief because you are not recognized as being allowed to grieve for them?  Come listen to Professor Moore as she explores the various ways in which we all experience this universal life event. (Note: This is a college-level discussion; some images and topics may not be appropriate for young audience members.)



Coming soon!

CAC invites community members to share their knowledge and expertise with students, staff, and faculty.

Are you a community member interested in getting involved with the College?

Are you a faculty member interested in engaging the community in your class?

If so, contact one of the Center Co-Directors for more information.



Central Arizona College encourages members of our community to become engaged civic participants.


Peoples’ State of the Union

Democracy is a conversation, not a monologue.

Sponsored by: Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement

Date: Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: This event will be held at all five CAC campuses–SPC, STC, SMC, MAR, and AVC. Specific campus locations TBD.


From January 25-February 3, 2019, people across the country will host Story Circles in their communities, bringing neighbors together for the truth-telling and deep listening that make democracy real. 

In January of most years, the President delivers a State of the Union Address highlighting the past year and suggesting priorities for the coming year. In a year that’s seen more polarizing slogans and soundbites, more demonstrations and heated debates than ever, looking each other in the eye and sharing our stories matters even more than usual. In such moments, being able to cross political divides and remain in dialogue is a worthy challenge. Who are we? What touches our hearts and minds? What do our communities need, and what do they need to hear from us? We may know our own answers, but do we know each other?


Electoral College: Eye on 2020

Understanding the Electoral College and Voting Rights

Facilitated by: Dr. Joe Faykosh, Professor of History

Campus: STC
Date: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:15pm
Location: TBD

Campus: SPC
Date: Thursday, February 21st, 2019
Time: 3:00-4:15pm
Location: TBD


This interactive presentation will focus on citizenship and access to voting, providing information about the electoral process and how access to voting has been improved to include so many, and yet remains far from complete inclusion. Prepare for upcoming elections by learning more about our voting access and efforts to fight suppression.


Central Arizona College provides various travel study opportunities, both domestic and international.

Click into the titles below to learn more about current programs.

  • O’ahu, Hawai’i (Summer 2019)

    Experience the splendor of the Pacific on this 10-day domestic travel study program in Hawai’i on the island of O’ahu.  Students will enjoy excursions in Honolulu, Central O’ahu, the Windward Coast, and North Shore, including visits to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, I’olani Palace and the Waimea Valley.

    Questions? Please contact Professor Kolette Draegan at kolette.draegan@centralaz.edu.

  • Castro dei Volsci, Italy (November 2019)

    Italian Cultural and Culinary Immersion

    Spend a week in Castro dei Volsci, a medieval stone village south-east of Rome.  Experience daily culinary excursions to the surrounding countryside and seaside, then return to the Casa for afternoon riposo (rest).  Report to the main kitchen each evening for hand-on cooking instruction with an Italian English-speaking chef.

    Questions? Please contact Professor Kolette Draegan at kolette.draegan@centralaz.edu.

  • County Donegal & Dublin (Future Dates TBD)

    Spend Spring Break in Ireland!  Central Arizona College is offering a 10-day study abroad program in the lush, green countryside of County Donegal, Ireland with an overnight excursion to Dublin.  Students will participate in a World Literature class during the spring semester, exploring stories, poetry & novels from around the world with a special focus on Irish authors.

  • Cuernavaca, Mexico (Future Dates TBD)

    Central Arizona College is offering a 2-week Spanish language immersion programs in the beautiful Mexican city of Cuernavaca.  Students will be provided with daily Spanish instruction, outside activities, and multiple excursions.  Earn credit for Spanish 101 or Spanish 102 in just 2 weeks!

International Scholarship Opportunities

These scholarships are offered by third party providers, not all programs or students will be eligible for all scholarships.

 

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Explore diversity study abroad scholarships and grants from DiversityAbroad.com. Diversity Abroad connects talented diverse and underrepresented students and graduates to international education and career opportunities that will prepare them for leadership in an interconnected world.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is an undergraduate program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.

Fund for Education Abroad

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

For further information on the Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement, please contact…

Kolette Draegan

Co-Director, Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement

Professor of English, Literature, and Gender Studies
Literary Arts and Languages Division
520-494-5316
kolette.draegan@centralaz.edu

Kim David

Co-Director, Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement

Coordinator of Student Engagement & Activities
Central Arizona College
520-494-5095
kimberly.david@centralaz.edu

Get Involved

Any faculty, staff, student, or community member wishing to get involved with the Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement can reach out to one or both of the co-directors.

How the Center can support your event:

  • Fees–cover licensing or permissions fees (in most cases).
  • Coordination–assist with logistics, including location reservations, event reservations,  set up, support staff.
  • Promotion–help promoting event to the college and surrounding communities.
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Dean of Student Life

The Dean of Students office is responsible for maintaining the well-being of CAC within the boundaries of student behavior on- and off-campus. CAC requires students to follow a code of conduct that emphasizes important values for both the campus community and the workplace.

For more information, or to contact the Dean of Student Life, Dr. Tramaine Rausaw, visit the Dean of Students webpage.

President’s Advisory Council on Equity (PACE)

Mission: To ensure the Pinal County Community College Governing Board and President of Central Arizona College have available resources to carry out the school’s commitment to a community college culture of equity, diversity, safe spaces, and inclusion.


The President’s Advisory Council on Equity is integral to the campus community and efforts will aid in developing a campus climate of trust that supports the Central Arizona College mission to serve as a TRUE Learning community by empowering students and staff to succeed.

The Council will provide assistance in addressing diversity, equity, social, and inclusion issues that may arise at CAC. The faculty and staff representatives who serve on the Council are equipped to give advice to the President as needed.

Working with the President’s Office, Office of Talent Development, and all school committees, PACE will develop and implement trainings and workshops, advising, and technical assistance in an effort to cultivate a college community and culture consistent with the mission and priorities of Central Arizona College.



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