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.

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

Black Women Walking

Black Women Walking

Honoring: Black History Month and Women’s History Month

Facilitated and Sponsored by: CAC’s Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement and CAC Events

Campus: SPC

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Pence Center

Come see the multi-media production, Black Women Walking presented by CAC’s Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement and CAC Events in honor of Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
There will be a panel discussion and Q&A with the actors and director after the performance.

Tickets ($7) available on the CAC Community Events ticketing website by clicking here.

Admission is free for students with a valid ID.

Watch the official promo video.

Imagine the souls of black folks coming alive on stage through the voices and words of black women in America! Storytelling rituals, gospel music, multimedia, humor, and contemporary dance bring to life the stories of courageous black heroines who changed the course of American history. Written by Karen F. Williams, adapted and directed by Kevvin Taylor, Black Women Walking (Winner “Best Play” 2018 Atlanta Black Theatre Festival) brings together an ensemble of lived experiences and perspectives that elicit from audiences laughter, crying and shouting as it reveals of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, Wilma Rudolph, Bessie Coleman, Willie Mae Ford Smith, Fannie Lou Hamer and others. Celebrating their 11th season, this award-winning play is packed with emotional power, cultural rituals, and shows any audience that the power of black women can only fully be realized and acknowledged in the present by looking back and embracing and celebrating the past.

Flier with images from production. All info is listed in the text above.

Pecha Kucha & Poetry Competition

Pecha Kucha — Cultural Expression Speaking Competition

Theme: My Culture, My History

Honoring: Black History Month

Facilitated and Sponsored by: Communications Studies, Learning Support, and Student Engagement

Campus: SPC

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Student Union, I-400 East & West Meeting Rooms

*Must be a CAC student to participate. Submissions due by Monday, February 17, 2020. For more information about the competition guidelines and to submit your video presentation, login to Blackboard to access the ‘Cultural Expression Competition’ link on your home page.

$100 Prize!

Pecha Kucha

Poetry Contest — Writing Competition

Also, enter the 20th Annual Poetry Contest, Celebrating Black History Month, where the winner will be announced during the Pecha Kucha event. Submit your poetry entry using the theme “Ode to Black History” by Monday, February 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to the Signal Peak Campus Learning Center or to Include your contact information with your submission.

Prizes offered: 1st Place: $100 | 2nd Place: $60 | 3rd Place: $30

Central Arizona College faculty offer speciality lectures throughout the year.

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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.

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

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

    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 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

    Kim David

    Co-Director, Center for Cultural & Civic Engagement

    Coordinator of Student Engagement & Activities
    Central Arizona College

    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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    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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