Cross Cultural Studies
Program Director or Chairperson: Tom Gamboa
Program Description: Cross Cultural Studies is a multi-disciplinary
approach to viewing the humanities in a cultural context. The program is
designed to celebrate diversity and broaden the students’ perspectives, and thus
to better prepare students to function in our highly diverse society. Our goal
is to provide students a thorough theoretical background on most of the cultures
they interact with on a daily basis. We offer a variety of current and topical
cross cultural courses that the meet the needs and demands of our students and
the surrounding community. Our ultimate departmental goal is for our students to
develop an understanding, acceptance and tolerance of cultures other than their
own. The Cross Cultural Studies program provides general education courses and
prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions for continued study in
African American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Asian American Studies,
American Indian Studies, or Women's Studies. The department is currently
offering classes at the Viejas and Barona Reservations which serves the Mountain
Empire School District and Viejas and Barona Casino employees. The department
has developed a Tribal Gaming: Culture and Polices certificate which will give
students an academic overwiew of the tribal gaming industry and its culture and
Activity #1: Submit the Tribal Gaming Certificate to our Curriculum
Committee for approval. This program was denied by the State Community Colleges
New Programs but was recommended it be submitted as a Certificate of
Proficiency. Our Curriculum Committee and our Board of Directors previously
approved it as a Degree/Certificate.
Expected Benefit: Will enable us to market this Certificate of
Proficiency to current and future casino employees. This will attract a new
student population to Grossmont College.
Activity #2: Present our 2nd Annual Native Speakers Series where over the
course of four weeks a different speaker address issues and topics relevant to
the Indian Community. This 2nd Speakers Series will be co-presented with San
Diego State University American Indian Studies Department and will be held on
the Viejas Indian Reservation.
Expected Benefit: Allow students and community members to be
exposed to and question speakers on issues and topics relevant to the Indian
Activity #3: Conduct extensive outreach in our East County service area.
Expected Benefit: Attract more ethnic students to our college
which will add to our diverse campus climate.
Activity #4: 16th Annual Grossmont College Pow Wow
Expected Benefit: Will expose students to American Indian culture.
Will allow Grossmont College to maintain a highly visible presence in the
community as leaders in Indian education.
Activity #5: Maintain our two tutoring centers at the Viejas and Barona
Expected Benefit: Allows our students to interact with others from
a different culture. It gives our CCS department exposure and generates good
will. This is a win-win situation as both our students and the tribal students
interact with others from a different culture.
Additional Planning Activities
2003 – 2004 Accomplishments
- Focus on retention, graduation and transfer of our Cross Cultural Students.
- Maintain a high profile in all of the various ethnic communities.
- Focus on maintaining an updating of all of our course outlines
- Develop classes relevant to Pacific Islander culture.
- Presented our 15th Annual Grossmont College Pow-Wow. During the course of the
Pow Wow approximately 1200 people attended. We raised $3200 for our Grossmont
College American Indian Scholarship Fund. During the curse of the Pow wow had 22
students volunteer for 66 hours.
- Conducted our 1st Annual Native Speakers Series where over the course of four
weeks had a different speaker address topics and issues relevant to the Indian
community. This speaker's series had an attendance of 427.
- Spring and Fall 2003 had 318 students volunteer for 1908 hours at the Barona
and Viejas Reservation Tutoring/Educational Centers. They tutored K-12 Viejas
and Barona tribal members.
- Fall 2003 had 58 students volunteer 174 hours at the Barona Pow Wow.
- Spring 2003 our first class was offered at Barona Reservation off-site
- In November 2002 there was a tragic incident in which a member of the Samoan
community was tragically killed by a member of the Indian community. Fearing
retaliation the CCS department mediated and brokered a peace between the two
communities. At the 15th Annual Pow Wow the Matai (High Chief) from the Samoan
community and Anthony Pico, chairman of the Viejas Band attended. In a ceremony
they exchanged gifts, a handshake and hug as a sign of respect, friendship and
peace between the two communities. San Diego Police Community Liaison Officer
Ralph Cummings informed us that as a result of this peace there were no reported
incidents between the two communities. We are proud the CCS department is
respected in both communities, which enabled us to broker this peace between the
two communities and, as a result, saved lives.
- We will continue to have our CCS students volunteer in the local tribal
community, which gives our CCS Department exposure and generates good will. This
is a win-win situation as both our students and the tribal students interact
with those from a different culture.
- Alexandra Harris, a new adjunct hire, recently spent two weeks and the
National Archives and National Anthropological Archives in Washington, D.C. She
conducted intensive research into the photographs and communications relating to
Barona and Capitan Grande. The goal of this research was to bring these
communications and documents back to the communities from which they originated
and keep them as an archive located at the Barona Museum for public research.
- Danny Martinez, our full time faculty, is a Board member of Excellence and
Justice in Education. This is a community-based organization for Latino parents
in East County. In this capacity he has conducted extensive outreach in the
Latino community. He also held the Latino Educational Summit Conference to
Grossmont College in November 2003, which focused on Latino educational issues
throughout San Diego County.
- Victor Ochoa, adjunct faculty, has painted murals in over two hundred
communities over the world including Belfast Ireland, Yokohoma Japan, Barcelona
Spain and Guadalajara Mexico. He also, with his students, restored the Grossmont
Mural, which resulted in a tremendous monetary saving to the college.
- Bachir Idoui, adjunct faculty, in 2002-2003 has conducted various forums and
workshops on campus and in the general community. These presentations have
helped to diffuse a volatile situation after "9-11" by bringing in accurate
information and understanding of our Middle Eastern Community.