Sponsored events

César E. Chávez birthday banquet and scholarship fundraiser

Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Fetzer Center
More information: The Southwest Michigan César E. Chávez Committee and the Division of Multicultural Affairs in conjunction with several community organizations and businesses will be sponsoring the ninth annual César E. Chávez scholarship fundraiser. The banquet marks the celebration on the Western Michigan University’s campus. This event is by invitation only.

César E. Chávez social justice march

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: North Ballroom, Bernhard Center (gathering place)
More information: The César Chávez March will take place on this day. Traditionally, the march starts at Western Michigan University and ends in the Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. The march is symbolic of the César Chávez marches held around the country, to bring awareness about the struggles of farmworkers.

2015 Pow Wow

Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: doors open at 1 a.m.; grand entries between 1 and 6 p.m.
Location: University Arena
More information: This event is hosted by the Native American Student Organization and the Division of Multicultural Affairs. Admission is free for WMU students and those who are under 17 years of age. For more information, please call Paula at (231) 649-0472.

Immigration reform discussion

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: 1750 Sangren Hall
More information: Immigration attorneys will discuss the positive side of immigration and the economic impact of immigrants have on the Southwest Michigan as well as the present and future outlook for the deferred action law. In addition, they will provide an insight into the realities and daily struggles in the immigrant community.

"Haiti and the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided" PBS documentary

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Brown Hall
More information: This documentary explores the African ancestry in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This documentary is narrated by noted Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. The documentary aired on public television in 2013. A panel will give a reaction immediately following the program. The program is free and open to the public.

Homecoming 2015 Latino alumni gathering

Date: TBA
Time: Tailgate area of Waldo Stadium
Location: 2180 Brown Hall
More information: Each year for the past three years the Latino alumni gather to reconnect and share stories of their experience while they were students at Western. Come and visit our tent, have some food, reconnect with friends, and make this part of your homecoming experience this year.

Spanish Film Festival (Festival de Otoño)

Date: October 28-30
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: 2180 Brown Hall
More information: This three-day film festival will be showing films from Spain, Mexico, and Latin America. The films are for classroom viewing only. All films are shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Names of films will be released in late September.

Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) altar display

Date: November 2-6
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Second floor of Waldo Library
More information: The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Spanish will be co-sponsoring this year's el día de los muertos celebration. An altar will be on display on the third floor of the Waldo Library. El día de los muertos is associated with Mexico since that was where the tradition originated, but this holiday is celebrated in most of Latin America. The día de los muertos is a very festive holiday in which we honor relatives who have passed. The holiday is marked by setting up an altar, which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles where appropriate. The holiday pre-dates pre-Columbian times.