News Release

Santiago Canyon College to Host Racial Justice Advocate Chris Crass on October 27


Santiago Canyon College (SCC) will host “Being an Ally: Strategies for Engaging and Moving White People into Racial Justice Action” with Chris Crass. Crass is a longtime community organizer, writer, and educator.

He focuses on anti-racist organizing and racial justice. He is recognized as one of the leading voices in white communities for racial justice and Black Lives Matter. From Harvard and Vanderbilt to the University of Arkansas and UC Santa Cruz, Crass often keynotes at colleges and universities across the nation. Crass is also invited to present at major conferences including, most recently, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education - NCORE 2016 and the White Privilege Conference.Through his use of humor, storytelling, and historical examples, he is able to connect with his audience and inspire them to live and work for racial equity and justice.


Santiago Canyon College Campus, Room H-106
8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA 92869


Thursday, October 27, 2016
11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.


The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking without a permit will be cited. Visitors can purchase a $2 daily parking permit allowing parking in any student lot for the day.


After students, both of color and white, listen to Crass speak, they comment that they have never heard a white person speak with such clarity and passion when it comes to racism. Crass offers students guidance and encouragement when it comes to “what they can do” about racial injustice.


For more information, please contact Christine Umali Kopp at (714) 628-4768 or


Presented by Santiago Canyon College Foundation, the Office of Student Equity & Success, and SCC’s Speaker’s Symposium

About Santiago Canyon College
Santiago Canyon College (SCC) serves about 14,000 students each semester. The college prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions and careers, and provides courses for personal and professional development, as well as customized training for business and industry. The college is recognized for its adult education program which keeps the working adult—and senior—in mind by offering flexible schedules, and community locations. Serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin, and Villa Park, SCC is one of two comprehensive colleges under the auspices of the Rancho Santiago Community College District. Visit to learn more.

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503