Spring 2018 events

(Please direct any additional questions about each event to Mike Ramírez)

MLK day of discussion

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 25
Time: 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Bernhard Center
Description: More details coming soon. 

Division of Multicultural Affairs student employee spring professional development event

Date: Saturday, Jan. 27
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: TPresident's Dining Room
Description: For DMA student employees only. This event is mandatory for all DMA student employees.

Black History Month: Black Love Week 2018

Date: Sunday, Feb. 11 to Saturday, Feb. 17
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: More details coming soon.

The New Black Renaissance

Date: Monday, Feb. 26
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Dalton Center
Description: In a lecture-style open forum, the multi-generational collective will render works of iconic African American voices past and present. Bridging the gap between “old school” and “new school,” we will explore the nuances of Black music, honoring the musical genres of spirituals, jazz, soul, gospel, and rhythm and blues, as well as highlight Black music’s influence on rock and roll and popular music.

César Chávez Banquet

Date: Saturday, Mar. 24
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Fetzer Center
Description: The César Chávez Banquet is a highlight in the Hispanic community in Kalamazoo. This event is sponsored by the Southwest Michigan César Chávez Committee. The banquet is held to commemorate the birthday of César Chávez,and provides a venue to award scholarships to outstanding students, as well as give recognition to leaders within the Hispanic community.

César Chávez March

Date: Thursday, Mar. 29
Time: TBD
Location: Miller Auditorium
Description: The César Chávez March is the largest march in Southwest Michigan. The event is organized by the Kalamazoo Central High School Bilingual Club and the Kalamazoo César Chávez March Committee. Kalamazoo Central High School, Loy Norrix High School, Maple Street Magnet School for the Arts, South Haven Public Schools, Hartford Public Schools, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, as well as members of the Kalamazoo community will be participating in the march.

MLK end-of-the-year celebration

Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bernhard Center
Description: More details coming soon.

FALL 2018 events

(Please direct any additional questions about each event to Mike Ramírez.)

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.

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.