Heritage Month Celebrations
Through exploration of the many diverse heritages, cultures, and histories of people around us we can discover new ways of thinking. We can celebrate our similarities and differences. We can learn how to interact with the diversity of people on campus and in our careers. The University of Missouri offers many opportunities to experience and enjoy our rich heritage and diverse society.
African American/Black History Month (February)
The commemoration of African Americans and their historical to present-day involvement and cultural contributions in our society are recognized in the United States annually during the month of February. The University of Missouri offers programming for everyone through many departments, organizations and individuals as part of this national tribute to the unique African American experience. Some of the many MU activities include dialogues, presentations, movies, and workshops. Additional information about Black History Month in the United States can be found through the Library of Congress sponsored African American History Month website.
Contact the Black Studies Program at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Black History Month programming at MU. You are also invited to stop by the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center anytime to explore additional opportunities for involvement.
Women’s History Month (March)
The annual month long tribute to women and their historical to present-day contributions to our society are recognized in the United States during the month of March. The University of Missouri offers programming for everyone through many avenues to promote women and their rich heritage on campus and around the world. Some of the many annual MU activities include the Tribute to Women, Women in the Arts, Women’s Health and Wellness Gathering, and Women’s History 101. Additional information about Women’s History Month in the United States can be found through the Library of Congress sponsored Women’s History Month website.
Pride Month (April—MU, June—Nation wide)
While the United States honors Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride month annually in June, the University of Missouri has designated April as the occasion for commemoration and celebration. The LGBTQ Resource Center offers many programming activities throughout the month such as the Queer Monologues and Pride Prom. Additional information about Pride Month in the United States can be found through the Library of Congress sponsored Pride Month website.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April)
Sexual Assault Awareness month (SAAM) is observed annually throughout the month of April in both the United States and in the MU community. The programs and activities scheduled during the month are intended to educate and raise awareness about sexual violence: what it is and how we can prevent it. Activities include Denim Day, SAAM National Day of Action: Green Dot Mizzou, and Stars Speaks Series: Sexual Assault in the LGBTQ Community. Additional information about Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the United States can be found through the National Sexual Violence Resource Center website.
You can find out more about sexual assault awareness month and opportunities for participation through the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Center (RSVP) website or you can contact the office at email@example.com.
Asian American Awareness Month (April-MU, May—Nation wide)
The celebration in May of Asian American and Pacific Islander history, culture and traditions in the United States is one of the more recent nationally recognized heritage months. MU observes Asian American Awareness in April with many opportunities for exploration into the Asian continent and Pacific Island cultures and traditions. Whether you choose to participate in Sweet Journey to Asia in Memorial Union, Rainbow Skies in Bethel Park, Stomp Out Stereotypes in Lowry Mall, or Paper Crane folding for Japan Relief Efforts in the Student Center, a variety of activities and opportunities are available to all. Additional information about Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the United States can be found through the Library of Congress sponsored Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month website.
You can learn more about Asian-Pacific American Month programming activities through the Multicultural Center at 573-882-4773. The Asian Affairs Center offers many campus and community involvement throughout the year. Find out more about activities at the Asian American Association website.
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15)
Hispanic heritage month kicks off the MU academic year of heritage month activities extending 30 days from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The Hispanic American Leadership Organization and Multicultural Center provide programs ranging from a Dance Club learning experience with styles like salsa, merengue, and cumbia in the queue, to featured presentations, movies and more. The Hispanic Latin American Faculty and Staff Association also participate with their annual HLAFSA Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Picnic. Additional information about Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States can be found through the Library of Congress sponsored Hispanic Heritage Month website.
You can get involved, too! Contact the Multicultural Center for more Hispanic heritage month programming information at 573-882-7152 or visit their office in the basement of the new MU Student Center.