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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide each year from September 15 to October 15. This month anniversary of five Latin American countries’ Independence Day: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs highlights a variety of programs that celebrates the history, culture and contributions of our Hispanic and Latinx communities. Some of our events included, Noche de Juegos, Salsa Night, Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff and Latinas y Feministas. Throughout the month, our office also hosts dialogues series to ignite awareness of issues affecting Hispanic and Latinx people.
LGBTQ History Month is celebrated each year in October in observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. Nationally we take the time to reflect on the history of the LGBTQ rights movement, the trailblazers who have brought us to where we are today and our role in continuing to create history for our community. It is observed during October in the United States to include National Coming Out Day on October 11. The month also serves as a time of pride and celebration of the LGBTQ community on our campus, as national pride month is celebrated in June when few students are on campus. Events throughout LGBTQ History Month vary, but the common themes of education, advocacy, pride, and support are woven throughout. Events cater to both members of the LGBTQ community and their allies, as well as those who want to learn more about the history of this important movement and the future of LGBTQ rights and equity.
Each year, Native American heritage Month is observed during the month of November. Although the first “American Indian Day” was declared by the State of New York in 1916, a month-long recognition of Native Americans was not achieved until 1990. During the month, we recognize the rich contributions of the American Indian culture in the United States. Additionally we provide opportunities for native communities to share their culture, heritage, history and much more through different perspectives.
Each year, Black History Month is observed during the month of February. The expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month was first proposed by the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of the Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, in February 1970. In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” During the month, we recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of African Americans to the United States as well as the world. Additionally, we honor the culture, heritage, and history of African Americans through different perspectives.
Social Justice Month
Social Justice Month, taking place in March, explores multiple identities supported through our office and provides educational opportunities that highlight the social justice issues that many of these identities are confronted with in our society. During this month we will celebrate multiculturalism through a diversity of mediums.