COD offers various co-curricular events to enrich student learning opportunities outside the normal classroom setting.
Celebrating Diversity ─ The College has several events and activities to celebrate diversity, including International Day/Week celebrations and Council on Diversity activities celebrating gender equity and ethnic heritage. These events are open to all students, exposing them to the rewards of cultural awareness and diversity.
Live Performances ─ The College offers several plays, musical performances, and cultural events for student and staff participation and enjoyment throughout the year. Students can participate as performers, set designers, and stage crew. Theater performances occur in Theatre Too, the Pollock Theatre, and the McCallum Theatre while many student government and club activities will often include live concerts in outdoor venues.
Art Exhibits ─ The Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts offers regular art shows featuring student, faculty, and professional artists.
Student Publications ─ The student newspaper, The Chaparral, offers students the opportunity to actively develop their journalism skills. The Chaparral is published monthly and is run entirely by students with the support of a faculty advisor. Faculty members in the Communication Division assist students to publish a student creative writing and poetry journal, The Solstice. This publication encourages intellectual development of students and highlights the growth of student writing skills and creativity.
Student Radio Station, KCOD ─ In association with the COD Radio and Television Announcing, Writing, and Radio Production courses (RTV 002 Broadcast Announcing, RTV 005 Broadcast Writing, and RTV 007 Introduction to Radio Production) students gain hands-on experience in radio and television broadcasting. Students will create multimedia content, schedule automated programs, conduct live shows, cover remote events, and stream over the Internet. Programming includes unique music genres, cultural commentary, news, comedy, and talk shows. KCOD is the Coachella Valley's award-winning college and community radio station and is a platform for College of the Desert students & faculty, rising artists and the greater Coachella Valley community.