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Green & Gold Speaker Series

The Green & Gold Speaker Series was created to reflect the ideas expressed in our campus Inclusive Excellence Statement which emphasizes our shared commitment to...

"work collaboratively upon principles of cultural humility and respect for all to create an atmosphere in which a sense of belonging within our community can flourish."


The purpose of the Green and Gold Speaker Series sponsored by Inclusive Excellence is to offer a speaker series as a learning tool that elevates and promotes diverse voices of scholars, thought leaders, community developers, civil and human rights advocates etc.

The speaker series offers a range of formats from keynote speakers to panels in webinar, in-person, and hybrid modalities. Speakers are selected to address relevant and important topics and provide our campus with opportunities to learn and unlearn as a campus community.

Journeys to Belonging

The 2023-24 Green & Gold Speaker Series theme is Journeys to Belonging. Our focus for this year is on belonging. Belonging is a critical element towards self-actualization. Belonging means you have connection, relationships, and the agency to co-construct your environment to reach the outcomes that will edify and elevate communities.

As we explore the belonging journeys of the Jewish, Latine, APIDA, and SWANNA communities. let's consider how their stories are distinct, similar, shared, and or collective.

Below are some guiding questions to help us consider ways we can build a culture of understanding others, ourselves, and our interdependence as a community to support and uplift multiple communities.

  1. What did I learn about these communities that I did not know before the speaker series?
  2. What must I unlearn about these communities?
  3. How might I support these communities in their efforts to belong?

More info coming soon!

Belonging in the Latine Community

Las Cafeteras

photo by Farah Sosa of Las Cafeteras band members. Two men in blue suits with black ties standing on either side of woman band member in a white dress seated in a tall director-style folding chair, with a baby blue bow in front. Another blue suited man sits slightly in front of the woman to the right.

The 2023-24 Green and Gold Speaker Series Journeys to Belonging theme kicks off on September 26, 2023, featuring Las Cafeteras in the University Ballroom.

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles River, Las Cafeteras has taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances that cross genre and musical borders. Their electric sound & energy has taken them around the world playing shows from Bonnaroo to the Hollywood Bowl, WOMAD New Zealand to Montreal Jazz, & beyond! Singing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and adding their own remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities and create "a world where many worlds fit."

Join the Latine Community for Beats of Belonging: Latine Revolution & Restoration featuring Las Cafeteras. Come explore belonging at an HSI with an interactive workshop that uses ‘conscious comedy,’ and engaging in conversations about race, identity, and privilege. The workshop will allow participants to engage in the power of storytelling and begin to extract their own personal narrative while working through breaking down stereotypes. Following the workshop, there will be an exciting concert performance!

Interactive workshop 2:30-4 p.m.
Concert Performance 6-7:30 p.m.
University Union Ballroom

Please register and/or request accommodations using the button below. Accommodation requests must be received no later than five (5) business days prior to the event.

Register or Request Accommodations

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Donaville-Davis.

Belonging in the Jewish Community

Chella Man wearing glasses and holding a marker in his right hand in a room with white walls and brown floor in white shirt and pants sitting on a brown wooden stool with one leg in front and the other bent. He sits behind another wooden stool that has a notebook on top and to the right of a pair of silver headphones from a brown rolling cart.

We are pleased to welcome Chella Man for the Green & Gold Speaker Series from 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the University Union Ballroom. We continue our Journeys to Belonging with the Jewish community.

Chella Man is a New York-based artist, director, and author whose work features the continuum of disability, race, gender, and sexuality. He identifies as being Deaf, trans, Jewish, and Chinese as well as determined, curious, and hopeful. Some of his accomplishments include publishing his first book, Continuum, being featured in gallery shows and artist residencies worldwide, launching a radically inclusive clothing line, working as a Deaf and trans-masculine model with IMG Models, and being cast as a superhero within Warner Brother’s DC Universe, Titan’s. He will bring his unique identity and blending of art genres to our campus as we explore belonging, accessibility, and inclusion in the Jewish community.

Headshots of Barbara Brass, Max Migdail, Sven-Erik Rose

Join us in the University Union Ballroom from 2:00 -4 p.m., for an informative presentation by Chella Man and a panel discussion with second-generation Holocaust survivor Barbara Brass, Senate Consultant for the CA Legislative Jewish Caucus Max Migdail, and UC Davis Associate Professor of German and Comparative Literature and Director of Jewish Studies Sven-Erik Rose.

For more information or to request accommodations, click the button below. Accommodation requests should be made no later than 5 days prior to the event.

Green & Gold Speaker Archive

Explore our archive of past Green & Gold Speaker Series featured guests.