FALL 2018 events

Multicultural Meet and Greet

Date: Monday, Sept. 10
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Second Floor, Bernhard Center
Description: The Multicultural Meet and Greet is an orientation that encourages sense of belonging for students of color at WMU and in the greater Kalamazoo community. The event intends to increase retention and graduation rates for WMU students of color through coordinated efforts and college and community collaboration. For more information, please visit the Multicultural Meet and Greet event page.

The Resilience Factor: Overcoming the Challenges for Undocumented Students

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: North Ballroom, Bernhard Center
Description: Undocumented students have a tougher path towards completing their education compared to most underrepresented groups. Writer and best-selling author Julissa Arce shares her incredible story with us in this event. Valid for #WMUSignature Explore level credit as well for Focus Diversity & Inclusion and Social Justice credit. This event is co-hosted by WMU Foundation Scholars, Seita Scholars, Walker Institute, and the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Multicultural Review

Date: Monday, Oct. 1
Time: 6 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Location: Miller Auditorium
Description: The Multicultural Review is one of the largest events held on campus during homecoming week.  Western students display their talents in poetry reading, music, dancing, and much more. This program attracts a large and diverse audience including members of the Kalamazoo Community.

Martin Luther King Jr. Program 50th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Saturday, Oct. 6
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: East Ballroom, Bernhard Center
Description: The event will recognize fifty years of the success of the program and bring alumni and current participants together to celebrate, honor, and reconnect. Please register here. Admission is $45 per person. Contact Sue Murray at for more information.

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.