Making culture a part of the council

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By Samantha Flores / Staff Writer

By Samantha Flores / Staff Writer

When a Riverside City College student finds themselves with a little extra time on their hands, or simply bored of their usual school routine, they can always depend on joining one of the many clubs on campus.

One possibility is the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council at RCC.

This organization helps plan cultural events amongst the RCC student body.

RCC student Tracy Olmedo, takes the lead as director of the club and is proud to be a part of the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council.

The Multi-Cultural Advisory Council is a branch of the Executive Cabinet in Student Government.

The goal of the club is to make the student body more aware of different cultures and current issues that affect those cultures.

The committee is comprised of students who decide on their own which events to have and when and where to have them.

The council also consists of a board of students that get together and plan campus cultural events for the year.

  Olmedo believes that if a student has the time then the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council is right for them.

“It is ideal for those who want to help participate in a club that really gets you involved with the college atmosphere” she said.

Students spend many hours hosting events and meeting new people consistently.

One of the previous events that the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council assisted with, was Eve Ensler’s play “The Vagina Monologues,” which was performed in March and April at the Digital Library Auditorium.

The proceeds for the benefit performances went to the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center.

Also, on April 6, the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council worked to celebrate César Chavez and his achievement for equal worker rights.

Guest speakers Lauro Barajas, the Southern California regional director for United Farm Workers and RCC faculty member Alejandro Torres spoke on behalf of César Chavez day.

Arriving shortly will be Cinco de Mayo.

The Multi-Cultural Advisory Council and various other clubs will promote many important figures like General Zaragoza who on May 5, 1862, with 4,000 men under his command defeated 8,000 men of Napoleon III’s army at Puebla Mexico.

The event will promote the accomplishments of various individuals by putting up poster boards around campus to bring awareness.

This event takes place from 4-6 p.m. on the Aguilar patio.

On top of the Cinco de Mayo celebration, the Multi-Cultural Advisory Council and the International club will team up to promote Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on May 18.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to come to the United States on May 7, 1843. The month also marks the anniversary of the fulfillment of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

With all the cultural events coming up, the council is always accepting new additions.

If you have any interest in joining the many students who are already involved with this club, then Multi-Cultural Advisory Council wants you to know you’re already welcome.

All you have to do is show up to one of the club meetings.

Meetings for the council are held on Mondays at 11:50 a.m. in the Heritage room of the Bradshaw Building (down the hall in the Cafeteria).

For more information on events or how to join, contact Deborah Hall at or at 951-222-8572, or Douglas Graham at or at 951-222-8576.


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