FALL 2017 events

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

Hispanic Heritage Month music celebration

Date: Thursday, Sept. 14
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Center Stage, Bronco Mall, Bernhard Center
Description: Featuring musical performances by Mariachi singer, Gabriel Estrada III, who will be singing songs from Mexico; traditional Tex-Mex music by the Holland, Michigan group, Grupo Evolución, and a special performance by our very own WMU School of Music’s Daniela Franchesca Peña Cabreja, who will be singing songs from throughout Latin American and Spain. This event is the kickoff to the celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month on WMU’s campus. The program is free and open to the general public.

Kalamazoo Hispanic Fiesta

Date: Saturday, Sept. 16
Time: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Bronson Park, downtown Kalamazoo
Description: The Division of Multicultural Affairs at WMU is co-sponsoring the second annual Hispanic Fiesta with Despierta Kalamazoo. The Fiesta will be held in downtown Kalamazoo at Bronson Park. There will be a great variety of musical acts, food, and games for those attending. This event is free and open to the public; food will be available for purchase.

Multicultural Meet and Greet

Date: Monday, Sept. 18
Time: 6 to 9 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. 

Division of Multicultural Affairs student employee fall professional development event

Date: Saturday, Sept. 23 
Time: 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. 
Location: President's Dining Room
Description: For DMA student employees only. This event is mandatory for all DMA student employees.

Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities National Internship Program

Date: Thursday, Sept. 28
10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.
Room 204, Bernhard Center
Jonathan D. Santeliz, the national executive director for the HACU Internship Program, will visit WMU to present the many opportunities the HACU National Internship Program has to offer for 2018. The internship program is open to all students, although most of the internships will be based in the Washington, DC area.

Creativity, Innovation, and Student Success: Getting the Most out of Your Educational Experience

Date: Thursday, Sept. 28
2 to 4 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building
This workshop is led by Dr. Harold T. Swift, who is an education administrator in the Kalamazoo Public Schools district  as well as an author, sports writer, and former Future Faculty Fellow. This event jointly organized by the State of Michigan Workforce Development Agency's KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Program, Mentoring for Success Program, Michigan GEAR UP Program, and Visitor Professors Program. This workshop is open to participants of the Michigan GEAR UP Program, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Scholars Program, and the College Assistance Migrant Program.

Multicultural Review

Date: Monday, Oct. 2 
Time: 6 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.

Alma Latina 40-year celebration

Date: Thursday, Oct. 5
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Location: Tenth floor, Sprau Tower
Description: The Alma Latina radio program first went on air on April 2, 1977 on WMUK-FM. This year we are celebrating the program’s 40-year anniversary with a reception at the WMUK-FM studio. This is the longest Spanish-language radio show in the Kalamazoo area. Over the past forty years, a great number of WMU student volunteers have helped keep the program going. Alma Latina is very proud of the format of its music, which plays music from every corner of Latin America. This reception is free and open to the public. RSVP by Monday, Oct. 2 to (269) 387-3329.

Hispanic Heritage Month alumni gathering: Homecoming meet and greet

Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: East Campus, College of Health and Human Services Tailgate lot
Description: Each year for the past four years, alumni gather to reconnect and share stories of their experiences while they were students at WMU. Come and visit our tent, have some food, reconnect with friends, and make this part of your homecoming experience.

MLK Program 50-year celebration

Date: Saturday, Oct. 14 
Time: TBD
Location: Heritage Hall Tailgate lot
Description: The MLK 50-year celebration committee will have a table at the main tent in this year’s Homecoming Tailgate. Information for Homecoming week will be available on the WMU Events Calendar.

Native American Month display

Date: The month of November
Time: During library fall semester hours
Location: Third floor, Waldo Library
Description: Throughout the month of November, a bookcase will be filled with artifacts as well as books and articles written by Native American authors.

Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 1 to Wednesday, Nov. 8 
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Second floor, Waldo Library
Description: 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 flood of the Waldo Library. Día de los Muertos is associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated; however, this holiday is celebrated in most of Latin America. Día de los Muerto is a festive holiday during which we honor relatives who have passed. The holiday is marked by setting up an altar, which includes flowers, candy skulls, and candles. The observance of this holiday dates from pre-Columbian times.

Film Festival/Festival del Otoño

Date: Monday, Nov. 6 to Wednesday, Nov. 8
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Room 1028, Brown Hall
Description: This three-day film festival will be featuring films from Spain, Mexico, and Latin America. The films are for classroom use only. All films shown are in Spanish with English subtitles. Names of films will be released in mid-September.

The discovery of Puerto Rico in 1493

Date: Thursday, Nov. 16
Time: 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Room 1750, Sangren Hall
Description: Dr. Ángel Gullón-Rivera, professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, will give a talk on the historical event that took place during Christopher Columbus’ second trip to the Caribbean on Nov. 19, 1493, where he would discover what is now known as Puerto Rico. Participants will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Gullón-Rivera questions at the end of his presentation. This program is free and open to the public.

Kwanzaa celebration

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 5
Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Location: Multicultural Center, Trimpe Building
Description: The Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will co-sponsor this Kwanza celebration. This event will feature traditional Kwanzaa foods as well as a speaker who will explain the meaning of this holiday tradition.

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.

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.