Spring 2016 events

MLK celebration events

Date: Throughout January 
Time: Varies
Location: Varies
More information: Activities at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and across the broader Kalamazoo community are planned to honor slain civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., including a convocation, march, day of service, educational programs, and presentations. Please visit the MLK Celebration website for more information.

Black History Month film series

Date: February 2-4
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: TBA
More information: The Division of Multicultural Affairs and Office of Diversity and Inclusion will sponsor a film series during the first week of February 2016. The names and titles will be release during fall 2015.

Division of Multicultural Affairs student employee spring orientation

Date: Saturday, Feb. 6
Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: 208-209 Bernhard Center
Mandatory for all student employees in DMA. Focus will be on professional skill-building and personal development.

"Tested" film screening and discussion

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 9
Time: 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Location: 1750 Sangren Hall
More information: The gap in opportunities for different races in the U.S. remains extreme. Nowhere is this more evident than our nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where Blacks and Hispanics make up 70% of the city’s school-aged population, they represent less than 5% at the city’s most elite public high schools. Meanwhile, Asian Americans make up as much as 73%. Filmmaker Curtis Chin's new documentary, "Tested," follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. Their only way in: to ace a single standardized test. "Tested" includes the voices of such education experts as Pedro Noguera and Diane Ravitch as it explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education, affirmative action, and the model minority myth. Co-sponsored by Lambda Theta Alpha and Asian Pacific Student Association.

Black Love Week

Date: Third week of February 
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
More information: There will be a main event speaker on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

César Chávez march

Date: Thursday, March 31
Time: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Miller Auditorium
More information: The César Chávez march is the largest march in Southwest Michigan. The march will begin at Miller Auditorium. The event is organized by Kalamazoo Central High School’s Bilingual Club and Kalamazoo César Chávez March committee. Participating schools include Kalamazoo Central High School, Loy Norrix High School, Maple Magnet Middle School, South Haven Public Schools, Hartford Public Schools, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and members of the Kalamazoo community.

César Chávez banquet

Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Fetzer Center
More information: The César Chávez banquet is the highlight of the Hispanic community in Kalamazoo. This event is sponsored by the Southwest Michigan César E. Chávez Committee to commemorate the birthday of César Chávez and provides a venue to award scholarships to outstanding students and give recognition to leaders in the Hispanic community.

Alpha Kappa Mu induction ceremony

Date: Friday, April 22
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Bernhard Center
More information: Alpha Kappa Mu is a national honor society. Students who meet the academic criteria for induction in Alpha Kappa Mu are invited to join the chapter and attend the formal induction ceremony. Mu Omicron was launched in 1989 at WMU and is the only chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu in the state of Michigan.

Annual Commemorative MONTHS

Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 to October 15
National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture.

Native American Heritage Month: November
Native American Heritage Month, or American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, in November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the contributions of Native people.

Black History Month: February
Black History Month is an annual observance every February in the United States for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: May
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, observed in May every year, is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society, and culture.