Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

Learn More About Our Signature Events

Fall Quarter

50th Anniversary Kick-Off/Block Party

September 30, 2021 
Contact: Nate Panelo
6pm – 8pm
The ECC Block Party is an annual tradition to kick-off the new academic year at the Kelly ECC. This student-focused social event is geared towards new and returning students to engage and create community. This year’s event is coupled with the 50th Anniversary Kick-off to highlight our “50th Anniversary” milestone. We will be celebrating this milestone all year long through various events.

Winter Quarter

Legacies: 50 Years of Student Leadership

February, 17, 2022 
Contact: Maggie Fonseca & Nate Panelo
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6pm – 8pm
We will honor the legendary individuals and student groups who have tremendously influenced the Kelly ECC landscape as we know it. This event may include presentations by ECC legacy groups and alumni. We will call the names of the Kelly ECC legends who paved the way and memorialize those who have passed on. In celebration of the Kelly ECC 50 year milestone, we will honor the Legacy Groups with Kelly ECC Bicentennial medals.

50th Anniversary & Commemoration

March 3, 2022 
Contact: Maggie Fonseca
6pm – 8pm
The 50th Anniversary & Commemoration is an opportunity to reflect on our success, thank our supporters and celebrate our future. We want to involve everyone in our celebrations, including staff, students, alumni and the local community.

Spring Quarter

Annual Gala Awards  & 50th Anniversary Time Capsule 

May 19 , 2022 
Contact: Eileen Guo
5pm – 7pm

Join us in celebrating and honoring the student leaders among the Kelly ECC community at our Annual Gala Awards.

The Gala is our community’s annual student leadership awards ceremony. It is a celebration that recognizes and pays tribute to student leaders and student organizations for their achievements and hard work throughout the academic school year, as well as recognizes our graduating seniors. To conclude our 50th anniversary, we will also present our community time capsule for 2071 at the Gala. 

The Kelly ECC community is invited to share ideas for the 2071 time capsule.

What do you think represents our center and our community, and captures this historic moment in time?

We will collect ideas, and invite our community to vote on the final selection of items for the 2071 time capsule. The time capsule will be presented during the 2022 Gala.

Suggestion submissions are now closed. Please submit your votes here by Friday, May 6th, 2022:

Vote Now!