Events

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Date: Monday, Jan. 19
More information: MLK community-wide day of service and march to MLK Park. For more information, download this flyer, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website, or visit the MLK celebration website.

MLK Birthday celebration

Date: Monday, Jan. 26
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 210 Bernhard Center
More information: A program honoring Dr. King’s birthday is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Academy.

Black History Month window display

Date: February 2-9
More information: A window display will be set up in the Bernhard Center. The display will feature articles and stories of successful African Americans in business, science, and education. The display will highlight the rich history and great contributions that African Americans have made toward the success of our country.

Black History Month 2015 - Black Love Week

Date: February 8-14
More information: The Division of Multicultural Affairs will be co-sponsoring the Black Love Week programs held in the second week of February 2015. Black Love Week is sponsored by several organizations on campus. During this week, workshops, seminars, as well as speakers will bring awareness of African American culture and rich history.

Internship and summer employment opportunities brown bag luncheon

Date: Monday, Feb. 23
Time: noon to 1 p.m.
Location: 157 Bernhard Center
More information: Mr. Dannie Alexander, vice president of client and community relations, will give a talk on the importance of doing an internship while in college. He will provide tips on how to prepare for a successful interview for a job. He will also share information on entry-level summer job opportunities with PNC Bank. The program is free and open to all students on campus.

In Celebration of Black History: An Evening with Dr. Samuel Betances

Date: Thursday, Feb. 26
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: 208 Bernhard Center
More information: Dr. Samuel Betances is considered America’s foremost motivational speaker. Dr. Betances will deliver a message of unity among all people. During his career, he has worked to help others see the importance of pulling cultures as a way of bringing America back to the top in education, business, and society in general. This event is co-sponsored by the Sigma Lambda Beta, SBAC, and the Division of Multicultural Affairs.

The "Underwater Dreamers" documentary and panel discussion

Date: Monday, March 2
Time: 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: North Ballroom, Bernhard Center
More information: The documentary “Underwater Dreamers” tells the true story of how sons of undocumented of Mexican immigrants build an underwater robot and competed against the best engineering schools in the USA. The documentary is directed my Mario Massio and narrated by Michel Pena. Engineers who were subjects of the documentary will be here to give their reaction and answer questions from the public. The event free is open to the general public.

César E. Chávez birthday banquet and scholarship fundraiser

Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Fetzer Center
More information: The Southwest Michigan César E. Chávez Committee and the Division of Multicultural Affairs in conjunction with several community organizations and businesses will be sponsoring the ninth annual César E. Chávez scholarship fundraiser. The banquet marks the celebration on the Western Michigan University’s campus. This event is by invitation only.

César E. Chávez social justice march

Date: Thursday, April 2
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: North Ballroom, Bernhard Center (gathering place)
More information: The César Chávez March will take place on this day. Traditionally, the march starts at Western Michigan University and ends in the Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. The march is symbolic of the César Chávez marches held around the country, to bring awareness about the struggles of farmworkers.

Immigration reform discussion

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

"Haiti and the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided" PBS documentary

Date: Thursday, Sept. 24
Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 1820 Brown Hall
More information: This documentary explores the African ancestry in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This documentary is narrated by noted Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. The documentary aired on public television in 2013. A panel will give a reaction immediately following the program. The program is free and open to the public.

Homecoming 2015 Latino alumni gathering

Date: TBA
Time: Tailgate area of Waldo Stadium
Location: 2180 Brown Hall
More information: Each year 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 our tent, 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.

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

Date: November 2-6
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 third floor of the Waldo Library. El día de los muertos is associated with Mexico since that was 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 we honor relatives who have passed. The holiday is marked by setting up an altar, which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles where appropriate. The holiday pre-dates pre-Columbian times.