About the Dr. Constance M. Carroll Humanities Institute

Since it began as a campus-wide initiative in September of 1990, the Humanities Institute has supported the work of faculty and staff to bring diverse programming/events (including organizing and sponsoring conferences, guest speaker series, and community partnerships) to Mesa College. In the past, this was made possible by having a full-time faculty member and staff support to coordinate this level of work with the campus.

Mission Statement

The Mesa College Humanities Institute serves as an internal vehicle for cultural, interdisciplinary, and Mesa College community priorities. All institute activities are intended to increase student engagement, recruitment, and retention.

CLICK FOR FUNDING PROPOSAL for Fall 2021 - Spring 2022 (all FALL events must take place via Zoom - we will address the Spring semester at a later date.)

Humanities Institute Objectives 

  • Provide a funding base for faculty and staff to use for coordinating/organizing programs/events that promote our mission of working to serve as an internal vehicle for cultural, Interdisciplinary and San Diego Mesa College community priorities.
  • Provide support to complete paperwork related to funded programming/events.
  • Provide a network of campus and community partners for publicizing programming/events through email and print.


  • Cultural Enrichment: Concerts plays, Interaction with professional artist, Lectures seminars
  • Curriculum Enhancement: Resource Development, Master Classes, “Informances”
  • Staff Development: New Directions in the Arts, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Multicultural Education
  • Outreach/partnerships: K – 12 Activities, Regional Center, Arts Organization/Partnerships

Resources for the Humanities

 For more information contact: Denise Rogers, Humanities Institute Coordinator, /  619-388-2371.

2019 - 2020 Grant Recipients

14th Annual Language Conference                                   Michael Harris

19th Annual Women’s History Month                               Women’s Studies

25th Anniversary Mesa Visions                                        Jennifer Derilo 

Black History Month Celebration                                      Thekima Mayasa

Cesar Chavez Celebration                                               Chicano Studies   

Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration                               Manuel Velez

Chinese Culture Celebration                                            Shannon Shi

Constitution Day 2018                                                     Courtney Lee

Cultural Unity Week/Festival of Colors                            CDAIE/Denise Rogers

Day of the Dead Celebration                                           Languages

Fine and Performing Arts Lecture Series                        Music/Drama/Fine Art/Fashion/Dance

International Education Day                                           Languages        

Vagina Monologues                                                         Art History, Spanish