Category Archives: Cultural Awareness Center


Join us on Tuesday, March 8 for “Quilts of Many Colors,” a celebration of quilts, and meet the women of the Sisters Quilting Collective.

The reception will be held from noon to 1:30 in the Cultural Awareness Center.

For more information, contact the CAC at 558-2575. Students requiring additional accommodations, please contact the DSPS office at 558-2087. Faculty/staff requiring sign language interpreter service should contact Chris Iwata at 558-2552.

HSI ribbon

Sacramento City College formally introduced itself Tuesday, Sept. 15, as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) during a lunchtime ceremony that included a ribbon cutting, free cake and a great concert.

SCC has been designated an HSI college by virtue of the fact that more than 25% of all students claim Hispanic/Latino background. In fact, Sac City is now more than 29% Hispanic/Latino, representing the single highest racial/ethnic group at the college.

As an HSI college, SCC can apply for federal grants, through the United States Department of Agriculture, to provide more services for students. SCC has applied for available grants and is awaiting word on whether the application has been accepted.

In addition, Tuesday was Mexican Independence Day.

James Barrera

In commemoration of Mexico & Central American Independence Day, the Cultural Awareness Center will sponsor a special performance by James Barrera.

Student Leadership and Development is bringing out DJ Big Al from ALifornia Entertainment to play salsa, Cumbia, and Mariachi music.

The celebration will be held from 12 pm – 1 pm on the SCC Quad.

Lourdes Perez

World-renowned composer and singer-songwriter Lourdes Pérez will give a free concert on Thursday, October 2 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC – 106) from 12 pm – 1 pm.

On Friday, October 3, 2014  from 10 am – 5 pm in the Cultural Awareness Center,  Pérez will offer a workshop entitled, “Compose Yourself”. The workshop  is a day-long journey into the heart and soul of songwriting, where people with no prior experience writing lyrics or composing music move through a process of writing songs.

Please note this workshop is by registration only, and open to everyone except those who participated in the songwriting workshop held during spring semester.

“Compose Yourself” is open to everyone, but space is limited. Please contact Professor Riad Bahhur at or 916-650-2738 to register.

“Compose Yourself” is a day-long journey into the heart and soul of songwriting with world-renowned composer and singer-songwriter Lourdes Pérez. This workshop will assist individuals with no prior experience writing lyrics or composing music to move through a process of writing songs.

Perez will engage the participants in an animated process of gathering words, phrases and themes to be combined to create song lyrics. Participants will then be introduced to choosing various chord progressions, rhythms and the emotions these choices evoke.  Using this method, melodies and rhythms will then be selected and applied to the lyrics.
The small group uses this method to compose a collective song by the end of the morning, which then opens a window to imagine and create an individual song by the afternoon, with Perez’s one-on-one guidance.

Friday, May 9, 2014
10 am – 5 pm
Cultural Awareness Center
Sacramento City College

Compose Yourself is open to everyone, but space is limited. Please contact Prof Riad Bahhur at or 916-650-2738 to register.

This program is offered jointly by the SCC Cultural Awareness Center andInternational Studies Program. Students requiring special accommodations should contact DSPS at 916-558-2087.



SCC celebrates “Outstanding Women Students” at the Cultural Awareness Center’s 17th annual awards program at 12 p.m., March 28 in PAC-106.

The program recognizes women who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, perseverance and a commitment to education and service. A selection committee chooses up to 25 students through a competitive process for awards in five categories: Outstanding Academic Achievement, Community Service, Overcoming Obstacles, Women in Non-Traditional Fields and Special Achievement (Scholar Athlete).