• 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.


Emergency Protocols

TEA Plan (Travel Emergency Action Plan) 2016-17


Emergency Contacts for Student


In the event of an emergency during travel study, the student's first points of contact (FPC) are:

  • The Otis On-site Faculty Leader
  • The Program Service Provider On-site Manager
  • The Center for International Education at Otis College of Art and Design
  • The International Office at the Host Institution
  • The Closest US Consulate or Embassy in the Host Country


Prior to their departures, all travel study participants are required to:

A) Review their Travel Preparation Manual;

B) Attend at least two faculty led pre-departure meetings;

C) And attend an orientation hosted by the Center for International Education during which this chain of communication is explained, consular information is provided, and health, safety and security issues are addressed.


Depending on the travel study program, contact details for the Lead Faculty, Program Provider or International Office are provided by Otis, host university or program service provider. In an emergency situation, the faculty leader, host university or program provider will contact the Center for International Education (CIE) as soon as it is possible to do so.


Anonymous Reporting

Otis provides an online incident reporting form which you can opt to be anonymous on page 2. This form may be accessed and used while abroad.

The link to the form may be found at

If the student cannot make contact with in-country support, FPC, or if additional assistance is required, s/he should contact Security Services directly using the protocol described in the section: "Emergency Contacts for Parents."


Field Trips (non-travel study programs)

In the event of an emergency during a field trip, the student's first points of contact (FPC) are:

  • The Otis On-site Faculty Leader
  • The Program Service Provider On-site Manager
  • Otis Department of Safety & Security
  • The Safety Office at the Host Institution


Working Rule:

Travel Study - Always refer to your Travel Preparation Manual.

Field Trips – Review field trip policies with lead faculty, and online at

Emergency Contacts for Faculty Leaders on Travel Study


While on program in the event of an emergency, and once you have contacted your program provider your first call is to:

  • Primary: Matthew Penkala 
    Office: 310-665-6815
    Cell: 323-359-0044
  • Secondary: Rick Gonzalez (Campus Safety & Security)
    Office: 424 207-3727 
  • Back up: Dr. Laura Kiralla (V.P. Student Success)
    Office: 310-665-6961


Emergency Contacts for Faculty Leading Field Trips


  • Primary: Rick Gonzalez (Chief of Campus Safety & Security)
    Office: 424 207-3727
  • Secondary: Dr. Laura Kiralla (V.P. Student Success)
    Office: 310-665-6961
    Cell: 310-309-7109


Incident Reporting

Submit an online incident report with-in 24 hours Otis provides an online incident reporting form.

The link to the form may be found at


Working Rule:

Faculty, while on travel study or leading a field trip, is considered campus security authorities (CSA) per the Clery Act.



Emergency Contacts for Parents


The Otis Department of Safety & Security is the primary US-based contact for all emergencies involving Otis students, faculty and staff participating in or working in support of travel study programs or field trips.

If an emergency situation occurs abroad, Rick Gonzalez (Chief of Campus Safety & Security) should be contacted as soon as possible at 424-207-3727, In response, Otis Department of Safety & Security will contact appropriate Crisis Management Team Members to assist you.

The Otis Department of Safety & Security receives calls 24-hours per day, seven days per week.

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