Events
  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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Sexual Assault

Otis prohibits rape, acquaintance rape, and sexual assault. Sexual assault is a violation of the College's Code of Conduct, as well as a violation of the law. In an effort to reduce the risk of sexual assault occurring among its students, the College provides awareness and prevention programming. These outreach efforts are coordinated by Student Counseling Services. For information, call 310-665-6968.

In the event that a sexual assault does occur, the College takes the matter very seriously. A student who is found to have committed sexual assault on or off campus is subject to immediate suspension, or dismissal from Otis. If a student is accused of sexual assault s/he is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the stated Code of Conduct in the Otis Student Handbook. A student wishing to officially report such an incident may do so by contacting any of the following individuals or submitting an Incident Report Form:

Rick Gonzalez, Chief of Safety & Security 424.207.3727 or rgonzalez@otis.edu

Carol Branch, Ph.D., Title IX Coordinator 310.846.2554 or cbranch@otis.edu
Jamie Turner, Therapist 310.665.6968 or jturner@otis.edu
Laura Kiralla, Ed.D. Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Student Affairs 310.665.6960
or lkiralla@otis.edu
Campus Security at 310.665.6965

Anyone with knowledge about a sexual assault is encouraged to report it immediately.

If You Are Sexually Assaulted

Go to a safe place and speak with someone you trust. Tell this person what happened. If there is any immediate danger, let a security officer know if you are on campus or call 911 if you are off campus. Consider securing immediate professional support to assist you in the crisis. If you are on campus, go to Student Health Center located in the Ahmanson Hall, first floor. For your safety and well being, immediate medical attention is encouraged. Further, being examined as soon as possible, ideally within 72 hours, is important. TheSanta Monica RapeTreatment Center will arrange for a specific medical examination at no charge. To preserve evidence, it is best that you do not bathe, shower, douche, or change clothes before that exam. If you have already bathed, you are still encouraged to have prompt medical care. Additionally, you are encouraged to gather bedding, linens, or unlaundered clothing and any other pertinent articles which may be used for evidence. After the immediate crisis has passed, consider seeking support from Student Counseling Services or the Santa Monica RapeTreatment Center. Contact the Dean of Student Affairs at 310.665.6961 if you need assistance with College-related concerns. Counseling services are also available by contacting Jamie Turner, Therapist at 310.665.6968

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
1250 Sixteenth Street
Santa Monica, California  90404 (310) 319-4000

Legal Definitions

Rape is generally defined as forced sexual intercourse. It may also include situations where the victim is incapable of giving consent due to a disability or intoxication. Many rapes are committed by someone the victim knows, such as a date or friend.

Under California law, rape is sexual intercourse against the will of the victim that can occur under a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Where the victim is prevented from resisting due to alcohol or drugs. 
  • Where the assailant uses physical force or the threat of force to overpower and control the victim. 
  • Where the victim fears that she or he or another will be injured if the victim does not submit.
  • Where the victim is at the time unconscious of the nature of the act, and this is known to the assailant. 
  • Where the victim is incapable of giving legal consent due to a mental disorder or developmental or physical disability, and this is known or reasonably should be known to the assailant.
  • Where the act is accomplished by threatening to use the authority of a public official to incarcerate, arrest, or deport the victim or another person.
  • Where the assailant uses duress, such as a direct or implied threat of hardship or retribution, to coerce the victim.
  • Where the assailant uses force, fear, or threats to accomplish sexual intercourse against the will of the spouse. This provision of the law is known as the "spousal rape law."

The complete California rape law is contained in Section 261 of the Penal Code. The spousal rape law is set forth in Section 262.

Other Sexual Assaults

Aside from rape, other sexual assault crimes include the following: sodomy (forced anal intercourse); oral copulation (forced oral-genital contact); rape by a foreign object (forced penetration by a foreign object, including a finger); and sexual battery (the unwanted touching of an intimate part of another person for the purpose of sexual arousal).

Emergency Numbers

Otis Security Desk: (310) 665-6965
Police and Medical: 911
Natural Disaster/Campus Information: (888) 751-7523
Student Counseling Services: (310) 665-6968
Student Affairs: (310) 665-6960

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