The SBCC Associated Student Government (ASG), Asian Student Union and Ambassadors Club will host the second annual Unity in the Community, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday, May 4 on the SBCC West Campus lawn.

Conceived and organized entirely by students, the festival will celebrate the diverse cultures represented throughout the SBCC campus community.

Themed All Around the World, the event will highlight the cultures of 15 countries by showcasing food/snacks, arts and crafts, and performances, along with addresses by Kindred Murillo, SBCC interim superintendent/president; and special guest speaker Jonathan Abboud, SBCC District Board of Trustees president.

Other events planned:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Month special celebration/recognition, including performance by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble
  • ASG Bash – ASG officers greet attendees with a passport on which they will receive a stamp from two “countries” (visits to SBCC department/club tables) to be eligible for giveaways
  • Las Mujeres Market/vendor fair
  • 100-foot bouncy house
  • Kona Ice snow cones
  • Closing ceremony/awards for the First SBCC Olympics (the games were held earlier in the semester)

“The Unity in the Community event is a way for students to showcase their heritage, but as well celebrate one another and all the accomplishments we have done in this
academic year,” said Evie Pazos Ramirez, ASG commissioner of event.

“Even with the end of the year approaching, our ASG officers, ASG volunteers and students were able to pull it together for one last big event for our SBCC community,” Pazos Ramirez said. “We hope this is an event that continues for years to come and becomes a tradition for the Associated Student Government.”

Event agenda
11 a.m.: Opening remarks and guest speaker intro, Interim Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo
11:15 a.m.: Guest speaker, Santa Barbara City College District Board of Trustees President Jonathan Abboud
12-1 p.m.: Performance by the UCSB Middle East Ensemble
1:15 -1:30 p.m.: AAPID Heritage Month recognition
1:30-2 p.m.: SBCC Olympics closing ceremony
2:30 p.m.: Closing remarks