Booth at Holiday Bling EventIn an effort to support our local businesses and provide our campus community an opportunity to do some holiday shopping, the Center for Innovative Practices through Hip Hop Education & Research (CIPHER) hosted its 1st Annual Vendor’s Fair & Open Mic titled Holiday Bling on Wednesday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. in Building 6 in the Dining Room.  Featured vendors included:  Mixerfriendly, Fresh to Def Collective, Always A Student, AtPeaceInHarmony, and Calia Designs.  Faculty, staff, and students were able to purchase items such as clothing, jewelry, handmade crafts, and custom posters and postcards.  Proceeds from sales made at this event went toward educational scholarships for CIPHER and Rock The School Bells.

In addition to the Vendors’ Fair, CIPHER students hosted an Open Mic for all students and staff who shared their talents through spoken word, poetry, rap, dance, and musical performances.

If you missed them last Wednesday or want to purchase more items, you can check out the vendors at their websites:

Cipher wants to thank everyone who came out and supported our 1st Annual Holiday Bling and the student volunteers from CIPHER and the Guardian Scholars Program for truly making this event a huge success.  We are looking forward to our next one!  On behalf of CIPHER and Rock The School Bells, we wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

If you’re interested in vending at our next event or want more information about Rock The School Bells and CIPHER, log onto or  You can also email Nate Nevado at or Kim Davalos at

Article by Nate Nevado | Photo by Michael Gatmaitan