Sponsored events

“César Chávez: An American Hero” movie

Date: Thursday, Sept. 18
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: 2028 Brown Hall
More information: The highly acclaimed film “César Chávez: An American Hero” will be shown on campus. The film, which was released the spring of 2014, chronicles the life of César Chávez, one of the greatest Civil Rights leaders of the 20th century. Chávez was the founder of the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), which brought to the limelight the struggle of farmworkers in America. The film was directed by Diego Luna, and Michael Peña plays the role of César Chávez.

Su Voto Es Su Voz (Your Vote Is Your Voice)

Date: Thursday, Sept. 25
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: 1750 Sangren Hall
More information: The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Kalamazoo League of Woman voters will provide an opportunity for Western students to register to vote in the upcoming November election. The right to vote is one of the fundamental elements in our democracy. We are inviting you to attend this workshop that gives you information on voter laws in Kalamazoo and the opportunity to register to vote. Make your vote count in the November elections!

U.S. Latina women writers window display

Date: October 6-10
Time: open hours of the Bernhard Center
Location: Bernhard Center
More information: The works of Latina writers and Chicago native Sandra Cisneros, Dominican-born writer Julia Alvarez, along with books by Pat Mora, Denise Chavez, and many others will be on a window display in the Bernhard Center. Through their books, U.S. Latinas will give a special perspective into Latino life in the U.S.

Latino alumni homecoming gathering

Date: Saturday, Oct. 25
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: tailgate area of the Waldo Stadium
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 to have some food and reconnect with friends. Make this part of your homecoming experience this year.

Festival de Otoño (Spanish Film Festival) 

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 use only. All films are shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Names of films will be released in late September.

El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Date: November 1-6
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: third floor of the 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. El día de los muertos is a very festive holiday during 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.

Native American Month celebration

Date: Thursday, Nov. 6
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Location: President's Dining Room, Bernhard Center
More information: In celebration of Native American Month, a reception will be held in the President’s Dining Room in honor of Matt Wesaw, the new director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Mr. Wesaw was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in October 2013. At the reception Mr. Wesaw will deliver remarks on the presence and history of Native people in Michigan.

MLK Birthday celebration

Date: Monday, Jan. 26, 3015
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 208 Bernhard Center
More information: A program honoring Dr. King’s birthday is sponsored by Center for Student Learning and Development. More details will be coming soon.

Black History Month 2015 - Black Love Week

Date: February 8-14, 2015
More information: The Division of Multicultural Affairs will be co-sponsoring the Black Love Week programs held in the second week of February 2015. Black Love Week is sponsored by several organizations on campus. During this week, workshops, seminars, as well as speakers will bring awareness of African American culture and rich history. More details will be coming soon.

César E. Chávez birthday banquet and scholarship fundraiser

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
Time: 7 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.

César E. Chávez march

Date: TBA
More information: The César Chávez March will take place in late March or early April 2015. 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.