Fall 2015 events

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.

"Saluting Hispanic Medal of Honor Winners" slide presentation

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 15
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Department of Military Science and Leadership, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Division of Multicultural Affairs
More information: Slide presentation will be on display in the Department of Military Science and Leadership, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Division of Multicultural Affairs. Sixty-one men of Hispanic heritage have been awarded the Medal of Honor: two in the US Navy, 13 in the US Marine Corps, and 46 in the US Army.

Immigration forum

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: 1750 Sangren Hall
More information: Immigration attorneys will discuss the positive side of immigration, the economic impact immigrants have on Southwest Michigan, and 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.

College of Education and Human Development multicultural meet and greet

Date: Monday, Sept. 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: 1920 Sangren Hall
More information: This event gives all incoming and returning CEHD students a chance to engage in a faculty and staff panel, gain information on diverse registered student organizations, and win prizes! See attached flyer for additional information.

Billy Mills presentation

Date: Monday, Sept. 21
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 1001 Wood Hall
More information: Billy Mills is the second Native American to win an Olympic gold medal. He won the 10,000-meter run in the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. He will deliver a motivational talk on how to persevere and overcome obstacles. The event is free and open to the general public.

China Festival

Date: Saturday, Sept. 26
Time: Noon to 5 p.m.
Location: Student Recreation Center
More information: A China Festival will be held to commemorate the traditional Chinese Moon Festival. Admission and parking are free, and for a nominal fee, attendees may sample traditional foods prepared by local restaurants. The China Festival at WMU an annual event to showcase Chinese culture, food, games, and performances. The main purpose is to expand greater understanding about China. For additional information, please view flyer.

An evening of jazz music with Phil Denny

Date: Friday, Oct. 9
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Dalton Center
More information: Phil Denny was born is Sarasota, Florida and was raised by a loving, single mom. The family moved to Lansing, Michigan where he attended public schools. He had a very active and loyal fanbase even before releasing his internationally highly acclaimed 2012 debut crossover album, which has already earn him two Billboard chart hits.

Multicultural Review

Date: Monday, Oct. 19
Time: 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Dalton Center
More information: The Multicultural Review is one of the department's annual homecoming events. It is a recognition and celebration of the diversity of cultures at WMU. The event is designed to showcase the many talents of the student body. The showcase consists of singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word, skits, art displays, synchronized stepping, and various presentations of talent. The event has been well-attended since its inception in 2001 and is highly anticipated. Last year's review drew more than 800 attendees.

Homecoming 2015 Latino alumni gathering

Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
Time: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Tailgate area of Waldo Stadium
More information: 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, 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.

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.

Native American Heritage Month bookcase display

Date: November 1-30
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Third floor of Waldo Library
More information: Books and articles by Native American authors and Native American artifacts will be on display during the whole month of November 2015. The bookcase will be located on the third floor of Waldo library.

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

Date: October 28-November 2
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 second floor of the Waldo Library. El día de los muertos is associated with Mexico, 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 relatives who have passed are honored. The holiday is marked by setting up an altar, which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles. The holiday pre-dates pre-Columbian times.

Native American Heritage Month awareness day

Date: Thursday, Nov. 5
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Bernhard Center
More information: The agenda for the day will include a visit by Native American high school students from Southwest Michigan to campus, with presentations on Native culture and workshops on Native American history.

Native American Heritage Month window display

Date: November 9-16
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Bernhard Center
More information: A window display showcasing Native American pottery, painting, and artifacts from local tribes in West Michigan.

Kwanzaa celebration

Date: Thursday, Dec. 3
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Division of Multicultural Affairs
More information: The history and meaning of Kwanzaa will be presented.

Spring 2016 events

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.

Black History Month film series

Date: February 2-4, 2016
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.

Black Love Week

Date: Third week of February 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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.

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.