Multicultural Immersion Program (MIP)
The Multicultural Immersion Program (MIP) promotes intercultural dialogue and seeks to promote mental health among marginalized communities. It has an academic and an internship/peer educator component. The MIP academic component is an intensive educational experience made possible through a partnership between SHCS Counseling Services and the Department of Sociology. The sociology 30 series help students apply concepts they are learning in the classroom to their lives. The goal is that students acquire knowledge, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills that facilitate their functioning in a multicultural society. The internship component has peer educators who are passionate about social justice and facilitate workshops that help promote mental health, particularly for students who have had felt oppression in the past.
Request a Film or Workshop
To ensure that a well-organized and quality workshop is delivered, workshops should be requested at least two weeks in advance.
MIP Film Discussions
Film showings include viewing preferably the entire film and facilitating a discussion after. Below are the most requested films, however MIP does accept requests to assist in facilitating dialogue groups for a film of your selection as long as it is consistent with the MIP mission statement.
- Real Women have Curves: Story of a first-generation Mexican American young woman torn between accepting a full scholarship to Columbia University or following her parents' wishes that she stay in East Los Angeles and work for the family.
- True Colors: 20/20 special that documents the effects of racism and discrimination as it follows the experience of two men, one African American and one Caucasian, as they go about looking for housing, buying a car, and other life tasks.
- The Color of Fear: Facilitated by Lee Mun Wah, a diverse group of 8 men candidly discuss their experiences and frustrations related to race relations.
- Last Chance for Eden: Also produced by Lee Mun Wah, 8 men and women from various ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations seek to understand themselves, each other, and the dynamics of living in a diverse society.
- The Way Home: Eight ethnic councils of women share their experiences of race, gender, ethnicity, relationships, and sexuality.
MIP workshops focus on wellness, race relations, intercultural communication, and the appreciation and promotion of cultural pluralism and unity. MIP Interns believe that when individuals are provided a safe and inviting environment to learn new information and engage with each other about their reactions and personal experiences, they become empowered to make positive changes in their lives and that of their communities. Below is a partial list of workshops, however workshops can be altered to meet your needs, including full-day workshops. Typical length of a workshop varies from 1 to 3 hours.
- Parents Just Don't Understand: Intergenerational conflict
- The Revolution Will Not be E-Mailed: Self-Care Strategies for Activists
- MOSAIC: My Original Self And Identities in Context
- Who's Got Your Back?: Finding Connection and Community
- Who's Got Your Back II: Interracial Dating
- Trading Spaces: Navigating Your Way from Home to UC Davis
- How Clean Do You Want Your Apartment To Be?: Preparing to Live Off-Campus
- Social Justice 101
All MIP courses have a lecture component and a dialogue group component. This allows for learning concepts applicable to multicultural societies, and the dialogue group helps students integrate what they are learning into their personal lives and how they understand others.
Sociology 30A: Intercultural Relations in a Multicultural Society
The orientation of Sociology 30A is macro-social; multicultural societies are viewed from the perspective of societies, institutions, and groups. Intercultural Relations in a Multicultural Society begins with a brief examination of immigration as the main source of multicultural realities in the contemporary world. Diverse policies for incorporating immigrants into receiving countries are compared, and controversies about immigration and multiculturalism are evaluated. The class will consider the process and outcome of incorporating immigrants into society, especially the issue of identity as immigrant groups become ethnic groups and/ or Americans. The class examines the tensions in this process and the source of group conflict and cooperation.
Course Subject Area: Sociology
Course Name: Soc 30A
Quarter Offered: Fall
Sociology 30B: Intercultural Relations in a Multicultural Society - Experiencing
Sociology 30B will critically examine how race and ethnic hierarchies operate in our lives. Intercultural Relations in a Multicultural Society - Experiencing will look at how our intentions, actions, ways of thinking and responses, all shaped by our race/ethnicity (as well as gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc.), have consequences for others and ourselves. The class will study how some people in institutionalized settings or in particular situations use race/ethnicity to deny others of privileges and power.
Course Subject Area: Sociology
Course Name: Soc 30B
Quarter Offered: Winter
Become an MIP Intern
MIP interns are paid to design, coordinate and implement workshops to educate other students and campus community members about fostering wellness in diverse communities. Work with a culturally diverse team, learn facilitation skills and promote awareness and sensitivity to race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality, gender, religious and disability issues, among others. Are you interested in:
- Building leadership skills?
- Advocating for marginalized groups?
- Building community through social justice?
- Learning how to prepare and present a workshop?
- Promoting better mental health and wellness?