Co-lab and friends host event on race, place, and climate change

Please join the UCI Community Resilience Co-lab and friends for an afternoon exploring the relationship between your environment and your community, race and place, ‘hood stories and global climate change. The event welcomes to campus special guests director Josh Healey and lead actor Reyna Amaya from The North Pole Show. The event takes place in two parts on May 9, 2018: first a screening and then a workshop. You are welcome to attend both or to choose one or the other. The event is filling up. Save your spot–RSVP below.

Screening and Discussion

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Location: Cross-Cultural Center, Dr. White Room

Screening and Discussion of “The North Pole Show,” a satirical web series that takes on these issues in North Oakland.


Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Location: Cross-Cultural Center, Ring Room

“Make It Fresh” Workshop.  Join fellow students and community advocates for a spoken word and writing workshop on comedy and creative storytelling for social justice. Facilitated by Josh and Reyna.

If politics is the art of what’s possible, then let’s use art to expand those possibilities. Join writer/producer Josh Healey and actor/comedian Reyna Amaya of the web series The North Pole in this interactive arts and activism workshop as we write and share new stories and jokes, poems and possibilities. Discover how to use your own story to change the larger world’s story towards justice, ecology, and reclaiming the power of our radical imagination.

Participants will explore the relationship between their environment and their community, race and place, neighborhood stories and global climate change — all in a fun, supportive, sometimes hilarious atmosphere. Combining creative writing and comedic storytelling, all participants will create one original story or artistic piece to take home with them.   

All levels welcome. This workshop is geared towards community activists, emerging artists, and anyone who seeks more in their social justice toolkit.

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, filmmaker, and creative activist. A regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment, he has performed and led arts and activism workshops at UC-Berkeley, Harvard, Michigan, and over 100 colleges and community organizations across the country. Former program director for the nation’s leading spoken word organization Youth Speaks, he currently directs the Culture Shift program for Movement Generation. He is the writer and producer of the web series The North Pole.  

Reyna Amaya is a comedian, actress, and voiceover artist from Oakland, CA. She has rocked stages from the San Francisco Punchline to the Nokia Theater in LA for BET Weekend with Cedric the Entertainer. Reyna has performed and appeared on Bounce TV network’s Brkdwn, Magic Johnson’s AspireTV’s WE GOT NEXT, and Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital series Professor White. She is currently starring as the lead actor in the political comedy web series The North Pole.


Make sure you get a lunch by remembering to RSVP.


This event is co-sponsored by the UCI Community Resilience Projects together with the Africana Institute for Creation, Recognition, and Elevation; Center for Black Cultures, Resources, and Research; Cross-Cultural Center; DREAM Center; FRESH Hub; Global Sustainability Resource Center; and the Student Housing Sustainability Program. The Community Resilience student fellows have convened this event with support from the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellowship Program. The event is part of the Cross-Cultural Center’s Deconstruction Zone.

Coming from off campus?

The event takes place at the UC Irvine Cross-Cultural Center, located at 106 Gateway, Irvine, CA 92697.  The Center is across from the UCI Student Center. Please use for directions. The event is free and open to the public. However, please be aware that parking a car on campus costs $10 per vehicle. If you need to park, choose the Student Center Parking Structure.