February 2018
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Karla Garcia Garduño has dreams for her future: she wants to get her bachelor's and law degree after she graduates from Grossmont College, then become an immigration attorney so she can help others who have come to the United States from another country.

But Karla's future is uncertain until the political controversy surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is resolved by legislators.  
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BHM Grossmont, Cuyamaca hosting Black History Month events

Black History Month will be marked at Grossmont College with many events, including a presentation that links educating African-American boys and men to the Black Lives Matter movement. The presentation by San Diego State University Professor J. Luke Wood on his course, "Black Minds Matter," is set for 2-3:45 p.m. Feb. 7 at Griffin Gate, Bldg. 60. He will be joined by SDSU graduate students who took the course last fall.

Cuyamaca College's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. & Malcolm X takes place 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb.2. The keynote speaker is Lalia Aziz, a board member with Pillars of the Community, a non-profit group grounded in the Islamic faith that helps those affected by the criminal justice system. This celebration will also include a spoken word performance by poet Edward Henderson and a step show by a San Diego State University fraternity.

All events are free and open to the public. Many others are planned for the month of February. A complete list of events is posted online.
stageSpring theater season opens at Grossmont College

For its first production of the spring 2018 semester, the Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department will present "Inside the Actor's Process: Classical" to the public at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 2 and 3, and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3 at the Stagehouse Theatre in Building 21, Room 247.

The production will include vignettes from classical theatrical productions and explore how actors can approach these works in a way similar to modern realistic plays. "Inside the Actor's Process: Classical" is also a touring production presented at high schools throughout the San Diego region.

Tickets for all public performances at Grossmont College are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military, faculty and staff; $10 for students and can be purchased at the box office, online at https://tinyurl.com/yab57n4b  or by calling (619) 644-7234.

powwow 4th annual powwow
at Cu yamaca College

The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) at Cuyamaca College is hosting its 4th Annual Powwow 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in front of the Communication Arts complex, Building B. The powwow aims to promote Native American heritage, with a variety of activities, including Bird Singing, a native singing style of the Kumeyaay people honoring the culture and traditions of the local tribes of this region.

Cuyamaca is an adaptation of a Kumeyaay phrase, "Ekwiiyemak," which writers have translated to mean "behind the clouds," "above rain," and "the place where the rain comes from heavens."  No matter the translation, Cuyamaca College's ties to the Native American community and culture are strong, with its location on once indigenous land and its close proximity to many reservations. The powwow will include arts and craft vendors, food vendors, drums, native dances and more. Admission and parking will be free.

DiversityDiversity Dialogues returns
to Cuyamaca College
Discussions on topics ranging from social justice to the unique cultural challenges facing Muslim immigrants in the region highlight Cuyamaca College's spring menu of Diversity Dialogues, which launches Thursday, Feb. 8. The workshops are free and open to the public and take place in the Student Center.

The series begins Feb. 8 with "Creating Bridges of Mutual Understanding - Session 1: Religion." The 2-3 p.m. workshop in room I-207 is part of a series that will explore the many faces of diversity, including religion, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

A Feb. 23 Diversity Dialogues workshop will provide safe zones training from 1-4 p.m. in Rooms I-208 and 209.  The safe zones training program is an ally training that brings awareness of LGBTQIA issues.
foodFood documentary part of One Theme/One Campus project 

A free screening of "GMO OMG," a 2013 American documentary which takes a negative view of using genetically modified organisms used in the production of food, takes place 7-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Grossmont College's Griffin Gate in Building 60. The screening is part of the college's One Theme/One Campus Food Project.

Originating in 2010 as a one-campus book festival celebrating such works as Rebecca Skloot's "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," and Siddhartha Mukherjee's "The Emperor of All Maladies," Grossmont College's "One Theme, One Campus" evolved in 2014 into a broadly themed learning experience, the first of which addressed the global theme of water and currently focuses on on the complex theme of food. A multidisciplinary panel of experts will lead a discussion following the film.
artHyde Art Gallery exhibits  
mixed-media works of Len Davis

The creati ons of artist Len Davis will be featured in an exhibit at Grossmont College's Hyde Art Gallery through Feb. 23.

Len Davis is a Philadelphia native currently residing and working in Los Angeles who uses mixed media to include both finely detailed drawings and collaged elements.  Davis' work explores human psychology by employing imagery from his  daily life, sometimes including portraiture of those around him, references to his transient observations, and even material remnants he finds while traveling to and from his day job.

An artist lecture will be held on Feb. 20 from 2-3 p.m. in Room 26-200. A closing reception will be held from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Hyde Art Gallery.

On Feb. 21, an artist workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon in Room 24-274. Space is limited. Please RSVP to alex.decosta@gcccd.edu.   
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