FALL 2016 events

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

Hispanic Heritage Month art exhibit

Date: Thursday, Sept. 8 to Friday, Sept. 23
Time: during Waldo Library open hours (Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 2 a.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 2 a.m.)
Location: first floor lobby of Waldo Library
Description: Mexican-American artist Rogelio Almaguer will exhibit several pieces of multimedia artwork. Mr. Almaguer was raised in Kalamazoo, Mich. He is a graduate of Loy Norrix High School and Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Mich. and a recipient of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship. The exhibit is a part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

2016 election information session

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 15
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: 1750 Sangren Hall
Description: A panel of experts will discuss the impact of historically underrepresented populations on the 2016 election. These populations will have a major role in this year’s presidential election. The panel will present information on the presidential and congregational races. Information will also be distributed on how to register to vote in the November 2016 election.

Multicultural Meet and Greet

Date: Monday, Sept. 19
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: second floor of Bernhard Center
Description: Multicultural Meet and Greet for all WMU students of color! Come and build relationships with other WMU students of color, connect with multicultural RSOs, hear success strategies from faculty and alumni who look like you, and finally, link to the Kalamazoo community and learn about your local resources. Presented by the College of Education and Human development in partnership with College of Arts and Sciences, Haworth College of Business, and the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities information session

Date: Thursday, Sept. 29
Time: 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building
Description: Jonathan D. Santeliz, the national executive director for the HACU Internship Program will make a presentation about opportunities through the program for summer 2017. The internship program is open to all students. Most of the internships will based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Division of Multicultural Affairs student employee professional development event

Date: Saturday, Oct. 1 
Time: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Bronco Global Lounge, Bernhard Center
Description: For DMA student employees only. This event is mandatory for all DMA student employees.

Multicultural Review

Date: Monday, Oct. 3 
Time: 7 to 9:30 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 the largest and most diverse audience of any event on campus. It also engages members of the Kalamazoo Community.

Hispanic Heritage Month alumni gathering and homecoming meet and greet

Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Time: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: College of Health and Human Services tailgate area
Description: Alumni gather to reconnect and share stories of their experience while they were students at Western. Come and visit our tent, have some food, reconnect with friends, and make this a part of your homecoming experience.

Festival Del Otoño (Fall Film Festival)

Date: Monday, Oct. 24 to Wednesday, Oct. 26
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: 2180 Brown Hall
Description: This three-day film festival will be showing films from Spain, Mexico, and Latin America. The films are for classes only. All films are shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Names of films will be released in late September.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 6
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: second floor lobby of the Waldo Library
Description: The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Spanish are co-sponsoring this year’s el Día de los Muertos celebration. An altar will be on display on the third flood of Waldo library. El Día de los Muertos tradition originated in Mexico and is now a holiday that is celebrated in most Latin American countries. El Día de los Muertos is a festive holiday during which relatives who have passed are honored. The holiday is marked by displaying an altar, which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles. 

Native American Heritage Month bookcase display

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, Nov. 30 
Time: during Waldo Library open hours (Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 2 a.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 2 a.m.)
Location: third floor lobby of Waldo Library
Description: A bookcase containing books and articles by Native American authors and artifacts is on display during the month of November 2016. 

Native American Heritage Month panel discussion and artwork presentation

Date: Thursday, Nov. 10
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building
Description: Each indigenous nation has a distinct history, language, and culture. While many Native communities face concerns that affect tribes throughout the United States, there are also issues specific to local and state governments, as well as regional conditions that impact Native communities. Jason Wesaw of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan, a WMU alumnus, will facilitate a panel discussion and present artwork centered around the intersection between tradition and modernity in indigenous communities.

Kwanzaa celebration

Date: Thursday, Dec. 1
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building
Description: The Division of Multicultural Affairs and Office of Diversity and Inclusion will sponsor a Kwanza celebration to honor this holiday founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. The event will include traditional Kwanzaa foods and a presenter will provide an explanation of the meaning of this holiday tradition. 

Spring 2017 events

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

Black History Month Black Love Week 2017

Date: third week of February
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: Black Love Week is a week-long program that is planned and organized by several WMU registered student organizations and supported by DMA. A series of events will be held on campus during that week.

Black History Month film screening

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 23 to Saturday, Feb. 25
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Review, Trimpe Building
Description: "At the River I Stand," a film depicting the Memphis Sanitation Strike, will be screened, followed by a panel composed of WMU faculty and staff who will share reflections on the film and personal accounts of the ways in which African Americans contributed to the labor movement in the United States. This program is a collaboration between the Division of Multicultural Affairs and AFSCME Local 1668 at WMU.

César Chávez march

Date: Thursday, Mar. 30
Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Miller Auditorium
Description: 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 High School, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and members of the Kalamazoo community.

César Chávez banquet

Date: Saturday, Apr. 1
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Fetzer Center
Description: 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 life and legacy of César Chávez, award scholarships to outstanding students in southwest Michigan, and recognize leaders in the local Latino community.

MLK Academy end-of-the-year celebration

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 12
Time: 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Bernhard Center (room to be determined)
Description: This event is held to recognize the accomplishments of MLK Academy participants.

Workshop: Connecting with a diverse community of learners and mentoring toward student success

Date: Saturday, Apr. 15
Time: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building
Please join us on WMU's campus for a workshop focused on understanding teaching, learning, and mentoring in diverse educational contexts. An opening statement from Dr. Michael Rice, superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools, a keynote address by Dr. Ceceilia Parnther, a former KCP future faculty fellow, and a panel discussion featuring experts in education will be the focus of this workshop. There is no cost for you to attend; however, please preregister as space is limited. Lunch will be provided. Please see flyer for more information. This event is jointly organized by all the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative programs at WMU.

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.