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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.”

About the 2020-2021 Season

In September 2020, Ocean County College launched a year-long series of monthly interactive events, films and lectures dealing with social justice issues — race, hunger, immigration, environmental change, gender and LGBTQ concerns, and more.

To date, the Social Justice Series has included a keynote presentation by award-winning actress and author Anna Deveare Smith (West Wing, Nurse Jackie, Black-ish) who addressed the vulnerability of youth, inequality, the criminal justice system and contemporary activism; screenings and workshops of the films 13th, about the 13th Amendment, and Color of Fear, stories of eight men of color and their experiences, and several timely events in October.

On October 14, Assistant Dean Veronica Guevara-Lovgren and College Lecturer IIs, Samantha Glassford and Stephen Downey led an Immigration Panel with OCC students featuring faculty and leaders from New Jersey immigration rights organizations and discussion of the experiences of Dreamers from around the region. A documentary on immigration by a recent OCC graduate also was screened and discussed.

Dr. Henry Jackson presented Voting Rights: A Social Justice Perspective on October 23, in which he explored the difference between the right to vote and the ability to vote, focusing on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th amendments and the Civil Rights Act of 1965.

Shakespeare Live! was presented on October 27 by College Lecturer IIs Ameer Sohrawardy and Paul Chalakani via WebEx for OCC students and local high school students. They featured the trial scene from Act 1, Scene 3 of Othello. After the performance the students took part in a Q&A session with the actors and director.

Events Schedule

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 examines the role agriculture, energy, economy, democracy, and education play in climate change.

Join the event

Nimbus Dance
April 24 at 7 p.m.

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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