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Eclectics II—Diversity (Open to the Public)

Alternate Wednesdays • 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. • Zoom

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These sessions focus on diversity in our community through presentations from our CSUF faculty, staff, students and community leaders.

Coordinator: Janice Jeng

Check out the presentation that we made for the Spring 2021 Open House.




Wearing the Gay Revolution

September 15

Speaker: Eric Gonzaba, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of American Studies

Dr. Eric Gonzaba will discuss his digital Wearing Gay History, an online archive and museum that explores the history of global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities through t-shirts. He will explain how t-shirts can serve as valuable tools to see how we place ourselves in our local and national history. Dr. Gonzaba will discuss wearing physical evidence as another historical source for making visible the history of diverse sexual, gendered and racial queer communities.

The Amazing Story of Project Rebound

September 29

Speakers: Brady Heiner, Founder & Executive Director of Project Rebound, and James Cavitt, Master’s Student & Housing Coordinator

Project Rebound is a program designed to support the higher education and successful reintegration of students with an incarceration experience. Established at CSU Fullerton in 2016, the CSU Project Rebound Consortium now supports programs at 14 CSU campuses throughout the state. Fullerton is the lead administrative campus for this network of programs that brings opportunity and wraparound support to some of the most disadvantaged students in the state. Project Rebound has a zero percent recidivism rate, and Rebound Scholars on average academically outperform their traditional student peers. Mr. Heiner and Mr. Cavitt will discuss how CSU Fullerton is leading the state and the nation in leveraging the power of public higher education to provide second chances and build stronger, safer communities.

The 1917 Bath Riots: Uncovering Public Health History in the
U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

October 13

Speaker: Tala Khanmalek, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Women & Gender Studies Department


This presentation examines strategies of biomedical containment and subversion at the U.S.–Mexico border in the early twentieth century by engaging archival materials with Chicana feminist theory.

Sharing Experiences, Understanding Diversity

October 27

Speaker: Gwendolyn Alexis, Adjunct Lecturer African American Studies Dept./Volunteer Faculty Liaison for the African American Resource Center


Professor Gwendolyn Alexis teaches online for John Jay College of Criminal Justice in the History Department. She is extremely honored to teach for eight years in the African American Studies Department at Cal State Fullerton. Teaching at Cal State Fullerton and John Jay College of Criminal Justice is truly a dream come true for Professor Alexis. This will be an interactive workshop. Come prepared to share experiences. We will try to understand our life journeys. Come to the workshop with an open mind and heart.

A Double-Edged Sword: Critical Analysis of Social Media and Digital Tools

November 10

Speaker: Latoya Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Women and Gender
Studies Department

Black liberation movements in the United States have gained momentum in the past decade as social and political unrest around the nation have become prevalent. These 21st century Black liberation movements, while building on traditional methods of activism, have been enhanced through the ushering in and successful use of social media and digital tools. Within this context, we have witnessed the use of social media platforms to organize and challenge state repression as well as uphold white supremacy. With this in mind, this presentation uses case examples to explore the ways social media platforms operate as a double-edged sword: on one hand, a space to challenge anti-Black racism and on the other hand, a space to promote state surveillance and violence.

Discussing “A People’s Guide to Orange County”

December 1

Speakers: Elaine Lewninnek, Ph.D., Professor of American Studies & Coordinator, CSUF Environmental Studies Program, and Thuy Vo Dang, Ph.D., Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive, University of California, Irvine Libraries

“A People’s Guide to Orange County” is an alternative tour guide that documents sites of oppression, resistance, struggle and transformation in Orange County, California. Orange County is more than the well-known images on orange crate labels, the high-profile amusement parks of Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm or the beaches. It is also a unique site of agricultural and suburban history, political conservatism in a liberal state and more diversity and discordance than its pop-cultural images show. It is a space of important agricultural labor disputes, segregation and resistance to segregation, privatization and the struggle for public space, politicized religions, Cold War global migrations, vibrant youth cultures and efforts for environmental justice. Many working-class immigrants have come to live and work in Orange County’s agricultural, military-industrial and tourist service economies. “A People’s Guide to Orange County” questions who gets to claim Orange County’s image, exposing the extraordinary stories embedded in the ordinary landscape.