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For the Academic year of 2020-2021, several departments on the Ocean County College campus have worked collaboratively to put together a series of activities and events for students and the Ocean County Community. It includes a film series, panel discussions, the keynote visiting speaker, Anna Deveare-Smith, as well as theatre, dance, and poetry events. The social justice topics include race, hunger, immigration, environmental change, gender and LGBTQ concerns, and much more!

This series is presented in collaboration with OCC’s Foundation, Student Life, the School of Arts and Humanities & the School of Business & Social Sciences, EOF, the Library, and the Grunin Center.

For more information, please contact Dean Heidi Sheridan at

OCC Accessibility Statement

“Ocean County College complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in this event (captioning, ASL interpreter, large or electronic print) please contact Kristyn Stout at  All requests for accommodations must be received 5 business days prior to the event.”

Events Schedule

The Landscape of Higher Education in Prisons
Tuesday, February 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Sheila Meiman is the director of the Raritan Valley Community College RISE (Returning & Incarcerated Student Education) program.  RISE operates statewide within the New Jersey State Prison system and offers an associate degree in Liberal Arts to students who are incarcerated.  This program is a national model for higher education in prison and has a long-standing commitment to ensuring that the degree quality inside is equitable with the same degree on campus.

Sheila will share information about the structure of the program, both academically and administratively, as well as addressing the successful statewide instructional partnerships that are operational.  Program outcomes, student successes, and legislative at both the federal and state level will be part of the conversation.

Join the event

Juvenile Justice – Realizing Full Potential
Tuesday, February 23 at 12:30 p.m.

Brendan Ward works as a Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters.  He has helped develop the “Back on Track” program that provides one-to-one mentoring for children ages 11-17 years old who have committed a first/second-time minor offenses.  This program aims to keep juveniles outside of the criminal justice system.

Brendan will lead a discussion about the program and its outcomes.  He will talk about how mentors work with troubled youth and how together they identify and cultivate strengths needed to realize their full potential.

Join the event

Ashani Mufuko – Dance Economic Lecture
March 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ashani Mufuko helps small business owners, artists, entrepreneurs, and global corporations build a more powerful and profitable online brand, that celebrates diversity, values inclusion and equity, and attracts your ideal customers online, and in real life! Ashani brings a no-nonsense, expert-level approach to all things digital marketing, online branding, and anti-racism. Ashani is the Founder of several online educational training programs including; Finance Your Dance Academy, Anti-Racism School Is In Session™, and Video Mastery Academy. Learn more

She will be leading a workshop from her Anti-Racism School Is In Session™, an educational training series to educate, inform, and illuminate issues around racism in America, specifically for the purpose of guiding Americans on their journey of anti-racism.

Learn more about Ashani’s online programs, and consulting services on her website.

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Film Screening – Hidden Figures
March 12 at 11:00 a.m.

As a part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the movie, Hidden Figures, will be shown in the Larson Student Center. The film, based on the nonfiction book of the same name, follows the work of black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race. The film highlights the segregation, racism, and sexism faced by these pioneering women. Christine O’Neill and Donna Rosinski-Kauz will host this event.

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Olivia Gatwood – Social Justice Poet
April 12 at 11:00 a.m.

OCC’s annual Poetry Festival will feature poet Olivia Gatwood, who is the author of Life of the Party, a dazzling debut collection of raw and explosive poems about growing up in a sexist, sensationalized world, from a thrilling new feminist voice.

The event will feature a performance and discussion with Olivia Gatwood.

Attend the Poetry Reading

Join the Open Mic Event

Earth Day Film Screening – Tomorrow
April 22 at 9:30 a.m.

College Lecturer II, Jason Molloy, will host the screening of Tomorrow, a 2015 French documentary film that addresses climate change and looks at possible solutions and actions to address the issues facing this planet. The film addresses the areas of agriculture, energy, economy, democracy, and education.

Join the event

Nimbus Dance
April 24

The Nimbus Dance Company will come to the Grunin Center on April 24th to perform Dance Speaks Out: Lynchtown/Thistown.  They will also be working with the Ocean County college dance students to create a piece in response to this work.

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